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Comment: Re:ISP Availability (Score 1) 595 595

AT&T has given me an IPV6 address and routes traffic to certain destinations using it. I can tell because those destinations time out if I haven't visited them recently, then after a minute or so of trying (no matter how many windows, refreshes, etc. while other sites work fine), they suddenly start working - until I don't visit them for 10 minutes or so and they reset. Facebook, Google properties fall into this category.

According to the internet it's a know problem in AT&T's IPV6 implementation and I need to turn it off at the router. I keep meaning to take care of it but then again I keep thinking Google Fiber will get here and I won't have to bother.

Comment: Re:Can we have another poll? (Score 1) 246 246

The thing is, the number of people who want to regularly visit a site that looks like it was made in 1998 and mostly comments on decade-old inside jokes and features an increasingly libertarian slant is not growing because the number of people who fall into that category is not growing. Slashdot has four options:

1) Figure out how to grow their customer base without eliminating their existing customers (difficult; existing customers oppose change and tend to either directly be, or through their opinions appear to be, hostile to newcomers),

2) They should give up growing their customer base and just be the best they can for their existing base, trying to win back the Soylent News crowd. (This might work, but wouldn't grow the base. They'd be like "classic rock" stations or "oldies" stations before that, who were playing popular music when they started, but rather than keep up with pop they decide to freeze in time and mostly ride the same fan base to their mutual deaths. Plus this assumes the existing base was homogenous; it wasn't, and as some groups have gotten more vocal they have permanently chased others away.)

3) They could say "fuck it" to their existing customer base, make all the radical changes they want to make, and start over rebuilding a new crowd. (This usually doesn't make corporate overlords happy unless it's their brainchild idea, e.g. Napster, etc., and even then it rarely works.)

4) Cowboy Neal could pull the plug and shut the whole thing down. (I needed to include a decade-old inside joke here somewhere.)

Comment: Re:probably a fair sentence (Score 2) 225 225

The law isn't so black and white. The government (and a judge, and a jury) would weigh the illegal uses of the service with the legal ones. They would also look to see how the service handled obvious and reported illegal uses. If, for example, eBay only sold stolen goods, and it was obvious (as in spelled out in the product descriptions) that they were stolen, and they did nothing when users reported the listings of stolen goods, then yeah, they would be breaking the law.

On the other hand, Craigslist has many legal users, and does block listings reported for selling drugs, etc. So even though you can buy drugs through Silk Road and Craigslist, one was shut down and the other one wasn't, with the same standards applied.

I'm not going to touch your Too Big To Fail corporate references as they have their own set of standards that do reflect actual problems with the legal and/or corporate governance system.

Comment: Re:Lemme guess (Score 1) 413 413

...and basics like the ability to receive a phone call with a job offer while also being out on the town distributing resumes is necessary to empower people to get the job that lets them earn that wealth. The idea that the best way to empower someone is to make them sit at home waiting for a phone call on their land line, while being unable to go out due to lack of cell, and unable to apply to any job at home thanks to lack of internet service, is frankly absurd. Government investing in people to empower them with the tools needed to get jobs and become productive members of society is something I want out of my government, and since enough other people agree with me including enough of the Supreme Court that it's constitutional, I get what I want.

Comment: Re:jury duty and double jeopardy (Score 3, Informative) 82 82

The one time I was on jury duty, after we found the guy guilty (of robbery), the prosecutor tried to bring up a history of similar crimes in a different state in the 1970s. The defense attorney objected, we were kicked out of the room for 4 hours, and when we were brought back in, we were told that the old records of supposed past crimes were incomplete and had been rejected as evidence.

At the same time, though, the defendant had waived his right to jury sentencing, so we didn't have to mentally exclude those while contemplating his sentence. Instead the judge just gave him the maximum allowed time and we went home for dinner.

So, in the one situation where I have first-hand experience, the judge wouldn't let the prosecutor allege and allude to past crimes - even arrests and convictions - if the paperwork wasn't in order.

Comment: Re:Can we have another poll? (Score 1) 246 246

When's the last time /. took down a site?

The last time a site was linked to that was running on an ISDN line.

The internet is designed better now. Regular users can only rarely bring down web sites, and then only if tens of millions of people try to use it simultaneously. Slashdot never had that many readers. Seriously, how many times have you upgraded your computer since 2002? Did you upgrade your internet connection? Have you regularly streamed large amounts of data? Guess what, so has everyone else. And the internet can generally handle it now.

Comment: Re:Signals, zoning, and subsidizing transit (Score 1) 837 837

Someone else replied already and explained this, though that seems to have attracted a troll of some sort.

Basically, the idea is that people on bikes have better awareness of road conditions as they should be traveling cautiously at lower speeds and aware of their surroundings more than a vehicle driver would be. They can therefore approach an intersection with a stop sign the same way a driver in a car would a yield sign:
1. Slow down, checking for traffic in all other directions
2. If there's no other traffic, proceed without coming to a complete stop

Moreover, it can actually be more dangerous for a bike rider to come to a complete stop. It is much slower for a bike to accelerate from a complete stop than from a slow yield. That puts the bike rider in the intersection for longer, making it more likely that they'll be hit by someone speeding along in another direction, who was out of sight when the biker started. A car in this situation can gun it; a bike rider in a low gear just gets hit.

Next, it's safer on bike riders to take back roads than it is major arteries. In my area, bikers can take the main road with all its traffic and traffic lights, or they can take one of the collector streets in my neighborhood. If they take the main road, they might not have to stop as much, but they are more likely to be hurt in an accident. The neighborhood collector has a lot of stop signs, but if they can treat those as yields then they can take it also without stopping much and be safer due to less overall traffic and slower car speeds.

Finally, not every biker is in tip-top shape. Letting them bike without having to restart from a complete stop as often makes it easier on the biker, which keeps them biking, which is healthier for them and might take a car off the road. For people who don't give a damn about biker safety, but hate sitting in traffic, this benefit is for you.

Comment: Re:9.81 m/s^2 at sea level (Score 1) 95 95

9.81 m/s^2 at sea level is how I was taught.
Anything above sea level is less and below is more.

This is incorrect.

If you are standing at sea level in a cave deep inside a mountain, acceleration will be less than 9.81 m/s^2. That's the point of the article. The mountain above you is pushing down into the mantle, displacing denser mantle material, so between you and the core is less mantle than if you were on a boat in the sea.

Comment: Re:Signals, zoning, and subsidizing transit (Score 2) 837 837

That depends on 1. signal sets that can detect bicycles rather than leaving them at a dead red,

They need to rewrite the law to allow bikers to treat stop signs and yields, and to treat stop lights as stop signs.

Of course that doesn't work at a busy intersection where the bike cannot safely cross without a green light, but it's a good start to making biking more efficient for bikers.

Comment: Re:Most places still face monopolies or duopolies (Score 1) 289 289

In central Austin, I have AT&T U-Verse, Time Warner, and Grande. Eventually Google will get to my neighborhood but they're taking their sweet time about it.

I assume by "cable network provider" you mean anyone who can provide wired broadband and television. There's no reason to distinguish whether they were originally a television or telephone provider as that is now irrelevant except perhaps in the style of their bundling. You probably wanted to exclude the satellite television providers Dish Network and Direct TV and high-latency broadband provider DishNet, all of which I and most others in the U.S. also can access, as the latency unambiguously relegates the internet service to second-class.

Comment: Re:Brand? (Score 2) 227 227

For a more reliable product, the door's interlock would first signal the microprocessor to shut things down normally, but then manually cut power if the processor doesn't respond. For similar behavior on high voltage products (for example), the hardware has like 60 ms or so to become safe after the interlock opens. For a product I worked on recently, we budgeted around 1/3rd of that for the standard digital system to operate and bring things down cleanly, and only if it didn't would the analog circuit kick in and pull the rail down hard. (The analog circuit could damage the board by discharging capacitors too fast, but if digital is dead that's what we had to do to protect the users.)

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake