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Comment: Re:Time (Score 1) 108

by BlueStrat (#49608827) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

I think the place they will dominate first (and next, I guess) is motorcycles. The only thing missing from most current electric motorcycles is top speed.

Prepare for major E-cycle-gasm. 140 miles per charge highway, 230 city. Full charge time 1 hour. Insanely fast.

https://youtu.be/W1CSdYsJIWQ

Even this one is reportedly quite fast, and being a replica of a "light cycle" from the movie "Tron", it *should* come with a gold-plated Nerd Card included.

https://youtu.be/6aC57JeJt44

They also makes more cosmetically-conventional (and affordable/practical) models as well.

Strat

Comment: Re:AT&T Autopay - Ha! (Score 3, Interesting) 226

Wow, Where are the old timers?

One of the older viruses/malware would redirect dial up just to collect termination fees. This script mailware was most often associated with porn sites., but not always. The frequency of this exploit tended to die down with growing broadband use over dialup. I first saw issues of this with dial up modems. My early cure for this as a prevention was tu use an Actiontech Dual PC modem connected to a router in the same configuration as a broadband modem and router setup.

This provided high immunity to the exploit as the modem contained the ISP dial up number and a compromised attack website could not log into the modem to change the numberr. As a network modem it did not respond to the Hayes AT command set.

A common practice for ohters was to change the escape charactor, but this only provided limited protection as a changed configuration file for common dialer programs could still be altered. Hidden and Read only attributes in DOS addad another defence with limited success.

Old school dial up was compromised by a very old attack against dial up modem use.

Comment: Re:how (Score 1) 172

by BlueStrat (#49592051) Attached to: FBI Slammed On Capitol Hill For "Stupid" Ideas About Encryption

Don't worry, the next round of Republican voting will ensure he's replaced by a guy that uses a drawl, could beat up the other candidate physically, and asks God for guidance on good encryption policy.

But...but..

Robert Byrd is dead and was a Democrat, besides he didn't look all that tough! Maybe he was a bit more spry back in his younger days when he was burning crosses on 'uppity' black family's front lawns with Al Gore Sr.

Strat

Comment: Re:when? (Score 2) 179

Stop holding back the future by asking for comparisons from today.

There are tens of millions of people that get to make the following choice:
1. Dial up.
2. High latency capped satellite.

If they're "lucky" they one or two more choices:
3. Slow and asymmetric ADSL
4. Fast but capped LTE.

I have no desire to hold back the future but if you ask me to rate my frustrations with the residential internet marketplace in the United States a lack of gigabit+ speeds doesn't make the list.

Incidentally, the sentence that you quoted had the word "residential" in bold. You listed a bunch of potential business and academic applications to refute my assertion that connections like these are useless in the residential setting.

Comment: Re:when? (Score 1) 179

If you're working from home on a regular basis you can spring for a business class connection with the money you're not spending on transportation. Better yet, your employer should be paying for it. This thread is about residential use. I know that's a blurry line for a lot of people (myself included) but let's at least acknowledge that residential service is not intended for business proposes.

Comment: Re: Kill the entire H1B program (Score 1) 624

by Shakrai (#49591695) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

I guess the point that I was trying to make is why is the H-1B program any different than agriculture, taxi driving, or any other position that's stereotypically filled by immigrants? You can tout out the, "They're just doing the jobs that Americans don't want to do." line if you wish but it rings hollow with me.

The hostility here towards H-1B feels hypocritical to me. You're either in favor of the free movement of people, goods, and labor, or you're not. You can't cheer on immigration so long as they're limited to grunt work.

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