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Comment: Re:actual "platform" (Score 2) 668

by Thorizdin (#45173889) Attached to: A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?

It's not less expensive. Every single program is always justified as less expensive than some alternative. "We have to throw away $2 Billion on phone giveaways to save money, because otherwise we'd throw away $10 Billion on [insert random, vaguely plausible nonsense here]". Only fools believe this stuff.

It's not less expensive. Every single program is always justified as less expensive than some alternative. "We have to throw away $2 Billion on phone giveaways to save money, because otherwise we'd throw away $10 Billion on [insert random, vaguely plausible nonsense here]". Only fools believe this stuff.

So you've done a cost analysis on the comparative costs of life line subsidizes cost on wireline versus wireless systems then? Do you even know why we subsidize lifeline phone service? Here's a hint, because its cheaper than not doing it. Also, (since you've done your research) you know its funded by Universal Service Funds and not from taxation or the general appropriations fund. Since you know all of this I'll provide these links for the less informed following the conversation.

http://www.usac.org/li/
http://www.fcc.gov/lifeline

The specific savings report of wireless over wireline:
http://www.fcc.gov/document/lifeline-year-end-savings-report-2012-savings-target-exceeded

Comment: Re:actual "platform" (Score 1) 668

by Thorizdin (#45172391) Attached to: A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?

That's what people call it.

We should keep throwing away money because:
- it's more than 10 years old?
- it was started under Ronald Reagan?
- it's not officially called ObamaPhone by government officials who tell us what we can and can't call things?

How about if we stop wasting money on this program regardless of when it started and regardless of what it might be called? How about if we don't hire the government to take our neighbors' money to provide for free mobile phones?

This is a specific example, only offered because a specific example was requested. There are lots of possible examples. This is one of them.

How about you do some fucking research and find out WHY the program was created in the first place, which is its LESS expensive than the other subsidized life line programs.

Comment: Re:Compatibility (Score 4, Informative) 510

by Thorizdin (#44925595) Attached to: Valve Announces Linux-Based SteamOS

Odds are they don't make your games... so no.

Actually, they are already compatible or at least playable via the home streaming feature. "In-home Streaming
You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!"

How good that experience will be remains to be seen :)

Comment: Re:And it's in Japan (Score 1) 268

I think your figures are looking at metro areas, not cities -- Wikipedia says NY population density is 27,550/sq mi (10,640/km2),

Those vast areas of nothingness don't really matter if you're rolling out fiber to a city, you don't have to roll out fiber to Kansas if you are rolling it out in New York City.

Except, the metro areas ARE important, in fact much more important that the city boundaries. Your position that the cities matter is simply incorrect since that's not how telco territories are mapped or operated in large metropolitan areas. Cable franchises are often by the city, but all of the major operators group their franchises together and will only start operations where they can get large chunks of contiguous territory, ie metropolitan areas.

Comment: Re:I agree with Google on this one (Score 1) 614

by Thorizdin (#38398686) Attached to: Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

We don't charge per app, so for us its more which platform generates the most logins is the "best" for us. In our case its Android by a slim margin, mainly because a lot more of the companies we work with (we're a B2B shop) have deployed Android phones to their employees than deployed iPhones. Having we will be supporting both platforms for the foreseeable future and will add Blackberry once the QNX based phones come out.

Comment: I agree with Google on this one (Score 4, Interesting) 614

by Thorizdin (#38390380) Attached to: Why Developers Still Prefer iOS To Android

We publish on both iOS and Android and I can say without a doubt its a MUCH bigger pain in the ass to publish with Apple. Their processes for vetting applications, even updates, takes several days and they certainly don't work on weekends. It also took significantly (over a month) longer to get setup with an Apple developer account and the requirements in terms of legal documents are significant, to the point that my company had to go to the office of our Secretary of State to get some documents filed that we hadn't needed in more than 20 years of existence. In short, I can't see anyone who does freemimum or truly free apps preferring Apple and its certainly NOT a friendly environment for start ups. Interestingly the Amazon market is kind of a middle ground between the almost too open Android market and Apple's too closed (IMO) approach.

Comment: Re:Looks familiar (Score 2) 174

by Thorizdin (#35386338) Attached to: Most IPv6-certified Home Network Gear Buggy

Didn't read past the first page, I guess:

"With the exception of some products by D-Link and Apple's AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme, none of today's CPE can operate using IPv6 well enough for a field test trial, Bulk says."

Also, even the high points of Apple and D-Link have gaps in their best models and many models that are still very broken. IIRC, only one of the D-Link (the newest one) includes a stateful firewall and older models probably won't ever because of memory limitations.

http://www.getipv6.info/index.php/Broadband_CPE

Comment: Re:Maybe people living in the rural US need a real (Score 1) 604

by Thorizdin (#34620876) Attached to: Al Franken Makes a Case For Net Neutrality

The economics aren't that simple nor is the environmental impact. Many people tend to mix suburbs with rural and they're not the same thing. Until we get to the point where its cost effective to raise all of the food needed by city inhabitants within city limits we're going to need rural areas. Its certainly possible to raise that much food but I don't believe you could do it without dramatically changing the American diet. I don't see Americans saying good bye to hamburgers (made from beef) any time soon. If don't think we should subsidize rural broadband then you might think we should stop subsidizing electricity (which is were all of these subsidizes originated in the US). In that case everyone in the US whether that person lives in a rural, suburban, or urban area, will pay a lot more for for food.

Comment: Al Franken ever visit rural US? (Score 2) 604

by Thorizdin (#34620038) Attached to: Al Franken Makes a Case For Net Neutrality

I have mixed emotions about Network Neutrality. The concept has some good points, but there are large down sides as well. The worst thing is AFAIK no one has ever found a case that would be affected by most of the proposals I've seen posted. The closest I have seen was a telco blocking Vonage's SIP registration ports several years back, which the FCC caught. Neither AT&T nor Verizon are major rural players and mobile is most certainly not the way people in rural areas get their broadband. Perhaps the Senator should go a little further off the highway to see how people are connecting. FIXED wireless (Alvarion, Tranzeo, Canopy, etc), DSL, DOCSIS cable, and a surprising amount of FTTx but damn little mobile broadband.

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MIT Unveils Portable, Solar-Powered Water Desalination System 117

Posted by Soulskill
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An anonymous reader writes "A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Field and Space Robotic Laboratory has designed a new solar-powered water desalination system to provide drinking water to disaster zones and disadvantaged parts of the planet. Desalination systems often require a lot of energy and a large infrastructure to support them, but MIT's compact system is able to cope due to its ingenious design. The system's photovoltaic panel is able to generate power for the pump, which in turn pushes undrinkable seawater through a permeable membrane. MIT's prototype can reportedly produce 80 gallons of drinking water per day, depending on weather conditions."
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Cooking With Your USB Ports 188

Posted by samzenpus
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tekgoblin writes "Wow, I would never have thought to try and cook food with the power that a standard USB port provides, but someone did. A standard port provides 5V of power, give or take a little. I am not even sure what it takes to heat a small hotplate, but I am sure it is more than 5V. It looks like the guy tied together around 30 USB cables powered by his PC to power this small hotplate. But believe it or not, it seems to have cooked the meat perfectly."

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