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Comment: Re:Links to the actual study (Score 2) 181 181

What I don't understand is why people assume congestion is intentional throttling by ISPs for them to profit later with imagined fast lanes.

Assume? The ISPs have been fighting (a losing battle) for a legal structure that will allow them to do it.
Hell, they're even telling us that is exactly their plan.

FTFA:

In Atlanta, for example, Comcast provided hourly median download speeds over a CDN called GTT of 21.4 megabits per second at 7pm throughout the month of May. AT&T provided speeds over the same network of â... of a megabit per second. When a network sends more than twice the traffic it receives, that network is required by AT&T to pay for the privilege. When quizzed about slow speeds on GTT, AT&T told Ars Technica earlier this year that it wouldnâ(TM)t upgrade capacity to a CDN that saw that much outgoing traffic until it saw some money from that network (as distinct from the money it sees from consumers).

Comment: Connected? (Score 1) 281 281

build and connected with the [Microsoft account] you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated.

Is this like Windows 8 where it nags you to sign in with a @msn or @hotmail account?
Because I'm very much uninterested in having Microsoft follow along with my daily activities.

Comment: Re:Trade authority (Score 1) 413 413

It is important to realize here that this does not mean that the bills would be automatically passed, rather that congress either has to say "yes" or "no," they can't add pork to the bill (like they tried on this one).

They also can't amend it to remove super shitty clauses that were negotiated in secret over a period of years.

Comment: Re:So, how did ... (Score 3, Interesting) 253 253

A jet engine that fails by disintegration has a high chance of slicing other airplane parts with ripped off fan blades.

It's actually exceedingly rare for there to be an uncontained failure.

That engine shroud is intended to handle catastrophic failures at full throttle.
This video is a test of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine that went into the Airbus A380. The test starts ~3:25 in.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j973645y5AA

Then again, this is the same engine after an oil leak led to an internal engine fire
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/2891294/vh-oqa-fig7.jpg
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/4173628/ao-2010-089_vh-oqa.jpg

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) found that a number of oil feed stub pipes within the High Pressure / Intermediate pressure (HP/IP) hub assembly were manufactured with thin wall sections that did not conform to the design specifications. These non-conforming pipes were fitted to Trent 900 engines, including the No. 2 engine on VH-OQA. The thin wall section significantly reduced the life of the oil feed stub pipe on the No. 2 engine so that a fatigue crack developed, ultimately releasing oil during the flight that resulted in an internal oil fire. That fire led to the separation of the intermediate pressure turbine disc from the drive shaft. The disc accelerated and burst with sufficient force that the engine structure could not contain it, releasing high-energy debris.

Most of the shroud's strength is focused around the main fan blades instead of the turbine blades that are much deeper in the engine.

Comment: Re:Five years away? (Score 1) 389 389

Right now, we already have cars with cruise control that can go from 0-highway speed-0.
We also have cars with "lane assist" which will steer you back into your lane if you start to drift.

All that's left is figuring out lane control during shitty weather.
Though I'm really interested in how self driving cars on all-season tires will handle unplowed streets/highways.

Comment: Re:Typo: Digital Rights Management (Score 1) 371 371

So you want complete freedom of expression as long as others agree with your vision.

There's no such thing as complete freedom of expression.
We naturally put limits on expression to prevent assholes from taking advantage and causing us all grief.

Some people see DRM as part of the assholes who would cause us grief.

Comment: Re:Backwards much? (Score 1) 200 200

But, honestly, with the bullshit "we can do a border search at an airport and within 100 miles of the border", they probably figured they didn't need to.

They've already been told they have search powers that are effectively unconstitutional, but some how magically legal.

There's nothing bullshit about the border search exception.
It was defacto law before it was dejure law and it was done before The United States were United.

Yes, 100 miles from the border is nonsense, but the basic principle existed long before the Constitution did.

Comment: Re:"xenophobic fascist" (Score 1) 1097 1097

The others aren't just prepared to murder Wilders. They want to abolish democracy and replace it with sharia law, and kill the Untermenschen i.e. the unbelievers.

Please don't try and conflate Islamic fundamentalism and the Nazis.
Untermenschen does not mean "the unbelievers" it means "the under-man"

The American who first used the term in the context of inherent inferiority, which is how we understand it, said thusly:
"This term is The Under-Man the man who measures under the standards of capacity and adaptability imposed by the social order in which he lives."

That same year, he also published The New World of Islam where, if you glance at the chapter titles, you'll notice he calls Muslims "Bolsheviks."
Unsurprisingly, this is the same label that the Nazis attached to the Jews in an effort to slur them.
(And no, Bolshevism and communism are not the same as national socialism. The Nazis weren't commies.)

Comment: Re:Liberty (Score 3, Insightful) 1097 1097

Reliance upon the government to protect you after you have insulted someone is not freedom

What exactly is it that you think Government does?

Because collective security is the most basic function of Government.

As an example, if you insult the King of Thailand, the only thing keeping the Thai government from crossing borders to take you in for prosecution is your government.
Or do you think you can defend yourself against the resources of a nation state?

Comment: Re:Money (Score 3, Insightful) 140 140

At first glance, all of these technologies are implemented solely for the purpose for bring in more money to the government.

HOV lanes exist to encourage ride sharing and to reduce the traffic load during rush hour.
Ticketing cheaters serves that end and is not exclusively about monetary gain for the State

So yes, you are being cynical, though I wouldn't take off the tin foil hat.

Comment: Re:Very expensive (Score 1) 299 299

They make deep cycle lead acid batteries for (mostly) boats. Typically they last 5-6 years in a marine application and you can drain them to about 10% without problems

Not sure why you'd want to go to a lithium based technology in a stationary application.

Lithium batteries have much higher charge and discharge rates.

And while you *can* discharge lead acid batteries down to 10%, you *shouldn't*.
The best lifespan is with a cycle that only goes down to 50%.
A 10% discharge cycle leads to significantly shorter lifespans for lead acid batteries.
This is not the case for lithium technologies.

Comment: Re:"Close" Only Counts (Score 1) 342 342

Yeah, they were 'hands on'

That was a philosophical choice made by NASA: pilots should have as much control as possible over the systems.
Sort of like the design choice made by Boeing to let the pilot override the automated systems and break the airplane if he wants to vs Airbus limiting the max g-forces a pilot can generate.

It didn't hurt that Eisenhower told NASA to only recruit military test pilots for the Mercury program.
While NASA no longer exclusively recruits test pilots, they still make up a large portion of recruits.

Comment: Re:This sh*t again? (Score 2) 247 247

Antitrust isn't really about consumers (although arguable it is ultimately) but about making sure the free market is both a market and free.

You should have prepended that sentence with the qualifier "American"
In Europe, anti-trust philosophy and regulation is most definitely focused around consumer welfare.

If you re-read the reporting a bit more carefully, the problem with Google's actions is not that it is bad for competition, but that it is bad for consumer welfare.

This is a major difference in thinking between Europe and the USA.
There are other large differences, particularly as a result of the EU's need to integrate markets across its member Countries.
That need to integrate was never a factor during the formation of the USA's anti-trust policies.

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader, but to protect the writer. -- Dean Acheson

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