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Comment: Sounds like Project PRONTO all over again. (Score 1) 230

by TheHawke (#45004359) Attached to: The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin

Remember that disaster in a can? This was during the Big Deal when DSL was the trend maker. The problem with DSL or any ISP service over telecom copper needs to be operating at or on spec. Most of the locations where Pronto was slated to roll out on had crap copper. So guess where the money went? Almost all of it got sunk into infrastructure improvement and service roll out to high income, high density areas, leaving the blue collars and rural folks high and dry.

Take a guess where the FTH is going to be rolled out to. You guessed right, the moneybags districts.

Comment: Appears their sins have caught up with them. (Score 1) 151

by TheHawke (#43553259) Attached to: Pearson Vue Now On Day 5 of Massive Outage

Their mistakes have multiplied greatly over the past 5 years, ranging from basic testing errors that wiped out the hopes for several thousand students, to outages that shackled tens of thousands of applicants for a variety of programs, not just in the academic field.

Questions abound over how they managed to obtain half-billion dollar contracts with states. This stems from non-profit organizations that are attached to the corporate body itself. Plus the heavy-handed lobbying and borderline monopoly they have over the instructional book, testing and exam industry.

Sounds like Pearson needs to come under a congressional audit and grilled until they are past well done.


+ - Is your data on the cloud really private? Few think not.->

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TheHawke writes "If you upload a copy of a legally bought DVD to your cloud drive, could your provider label it as a copyright violation? What about a honeymoon photo set that includes one too many bikini shots — could an overzealous automated porn filter delete your pictures by mistake?

Some popular cloud storage providers sweep accounts looking for illegal data. Right now, the focus is on hunting for child pornography, but their terms of service allow for other kinds of files to be considered non grata as well."

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Comment: Re:We'll see how long this lasts... (Score 1) 398

by TheHawke (#38364042) Attached to: UK Police Test 'Temporarily Blinding' LASER

Past the first person with eye problems (particularly photosensitive people) being blinded permanently....

Eyes are a lot more durable than most people think. Even staring at the sun *won't* cause permanent damage, contrary to what your Mom may have told you. What it will do is give you a sunburn on your retina, and being somewhere you can neither get aloe on, or scratch or anything else... well, yeah, that'd suck. But it goes away. The sun isn't bright enough, nor the area of your iris large enough, to create enough heat to cause damage.

That is if the eye is not already damaged... If someone has cataracts or similiar myopia and their eye's cannot respond properly, then damage can and will result even during a time exposure that would not damage a normal eye.

There is the point of my concern.


+ - NASA Administration announces Saturn V Rebirth->

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TheHawke writes "The Obama administration on Wednesday will unveil its much-delayed general plans for its rocket design, called the Space Launch System, which will cost about $35 billion, according to senior administration sources and information obtained by The Associated Press. It will carry astronauts in a capsule on top and start test launching in six years.

The design for NASA's newest behemoth of a rocket harkens back to the giant workhorse liquid rockets that propelled men to the moon. But this time the destinations will be much farther and the rocket even more powerful.

I can hear the old Saturn contractors cheering now..."

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Comment: Related, possibly a solution (Score 1) 218

by TheHawke (#33738304) Attached to: Las Vegas Hotel Vdara an Accidental Death Ray

At a bank, they put in gold-tinted reflective panels as exterior decoration. Shortly afterward they realized that the reflection was roasting their vehicles. So they called in a contractor and they lightly blasted the panels, making them opaque. I forgot what material they used, probably something soft to keep from knocking too much of the gold coating off, just to soften the mirror finish.

Comment: Re:Lots of good memories :) (Score 2, Interesting) 110

by TheHawke (#33263736) Attached to: Keith Elwin Wins Pinball World Championship

Shades of Raul Julia: "FIIFTY MILLLION!!" And there was great rejoicing (while the ball went down the drain).

Tilting: "Heh heh heh, you're a funny guy!"

That thing sucked more quarters out of my pocket in one day compared to when Gauntlet hit the streets.

I don't think Cousin Itt is ever going to like me; I used him as target practice every time he came up.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton