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Comment: Re:Ethernet still the best (Score 1) 66

by TWX (#47716151) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?
I expect with the short length of Cat6a that I'll be using for each drop, that I can probably run 40 Gig over copper, and there won't be any of the expensive GBIC issues that come with high speed fiber optic.

I'll probably leave pullstrings in the walls so that if later I need to pull in an armored fiber (no innerduct remember) I'll be able to do so.

Comment: Re:Ethernet still the best (Score 1) 66

by TWX (#47716131) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?
I'm considering it, but Cat6a is big enough that I might not be able to stuff enough into one even with 100% fill, let alone the 40% fill practice that I was taught.

And much bigger than 3/4ENT and one starts risking compromising the top plates and studs one drills through. My house has a basement and ground floor, and I'm going to have some fun getting down there without having anything exposed. That's contributing to my putting-off doing the work.

Comment: Re:Ethernet still the best (Score 2) 66

by TWX (#47715703) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?
I'm still planning on Cat6a-cabling the house, even if there will be less devices over time that can use it. I want to be 10GbaseT-future-proof, and if I'm pulling the cable myself (I spent more than two years as a network infrastructure tech, I know how to do it) the cost difference between Cat5 and Cat6a, and between one cable per wallplate versus several, isn't that dramatic.

So, at least two cables to each multimedia area, possibly three or four (computer, Blu-ray player, TV, etc), one or two to each room, six or so to my office, at least two to the workshop, etc. I'm still on the fence about the laundry room and the kitchen for possible future network-connected appliances there, and the same goes for HVAC devices (EMS controllers, etc) and hot water heaters, but the cost is low so it's not exactly much of a burden to do it when I'm doing everything else anyway.

We'll see how motivated I am.

Comment: The flipside (Score 1) 96

by TWX (#47715639) Attached to: Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily
What I've noticed in myself and in others is that it's not so much the act of reading as it is the act of putting into practice what one has read, from the simplest form in transcription, to the most complex in applied labs.

In myself, for something that's going to be difficult to remember from a lecture or a text, I find that writing it down with a pencil or pen makes remembering it easier than typing it does. My wife has commented similarly for herself as well. That's part of what makes me wonder about all of these electronic education means, in that I don't think they're as good at reinforcing learning as penmanship is. Rote repetition isn't necessarily fun, but it does often work.

Comment: Re: Would be awesome (Score 2) 539

by TWX (#47715593) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
The problems with point-and-click, as I see them, are first that there's generally less understanding of the underlying configuration and how things actually work, second that people that really aren't qualified to be administrators end up playing admin and doing a poor job of it, and third, a pretty GUI is meaningless in the way most server functions work, and the entire underbelly could be a disgusting morass of barely-functional code that is chock-full of vulnerabilities or bugs but sells because the untrained buy it based on its prettiness rather than on how solid it is.

Comment: Re:This is ridiculous. (Score 2) 133

by TWX (#47715563) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners
It may not have constitutional authority, but might makes right.

Andrew Jackson force-marched indigenous people thousands of miles from the ancestral lands that they'd continuously occupied for longer than this nation had existed to open that land up to settlers of European ancestry, even against court-order, because Congress didn't join with the Supreme Court and force his hand.

Andrew Jackson is featured on our money, despite falling into your definition of a traitor.

Comment: Re:Would be awesome (Score 0) 539

by TWX (#47715003) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
The apps will follow the proliferation of the desktop environment, as developers will write for a widely-adopted architecture.

An architecture will follow the availability of killer applications that justify using that OS/machine when there's a need.

Right now Linux doesn't really have either, as far as desktops go, and even in server architecture a generation of Microsoft users-turned-admins are looking to Redmond for server solutions even though the underlying OS is less reliable, because point-and-click.

Comment: Re:Infrastructure? (Score 4, Interesting) 539

by TWX (#47714969) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
Well, to an extent he's right; the kernel does what kernels do, and that is, talk to the hardware at the lowest level. It does that just fine.

Unfortunately the stuff piled on top of it is either not keeping up with trends (X and the way modern video changes on the fly), or not really good at handling what a user would want automagically.

I attempted to use the most integrated desktop with vanilla Ubuntu 14.04, but I found its window manager to be so restrictive as to be useless to me. It handled a lot automagically, but not what I wanted, and it was also very unclear how to go about getting to what I needed to change. It wasn't even intuitive on how to bring up a terminal window, for example, which is basically the bulk of what I use Linux for.

The lack of documentation is also hurting, badly. I'm working on building a multiseat box at home and LightDM was redone sometime between Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04, and there wasn't any good support documentation explaining how the configuration files now work. I ended up switching to kdm even though I'm not using KDE, just so that I could configure a display manager that would actually work right.

I think that the golden age of FOSS documentation is over. For a long time Linux and other FOSS docs were based on how commercial UNIX documentation was written, but slowly more and more developers aren't creating volumes of use or configuration docs in the UNIX model anymore, and as few UNIX-era developers work on Linux and other FOSS, there are less people who remember how those documents were made and why. I think that is what will hurt FOSS the most, simply being unable to figure out how to do the things that one wants to do because the docs don't exist.

Comment: Re:This is ridiculous. (Score 3, Informative) 133

by TWX (#47714579) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners
Unfortunately for your position, the courts have always provided interpretation to the Constitution, and many instances of limits on the defined words of the Constitution are found in law.

If you want to get all strict-constructionist on this matter though, planes, cars, buses, and rail didn't even exist when the Constitution was written, so one could argue that there's no Constitutional protection when travelling by anything beyond horseback, carriage, or walking.

Then there's the other side, where airlines were allowed to be in charge of their own security, letting "the market" set the balance, but then nineteen men decided to kill about 3500 men, women, and children one day, and our society realized that it wasn't gonna work to let the airlines be in charge of security.

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