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Comment: Misbehaving (Score 2, Insightful) 176

by amightywind (#48228673) Attached to: CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones
Ill tell you, the Pigs have been misbehaving in this country for some time. After 9/11 they all decided to be Navy Seals. Armed with high power weapons, body armor, assault vehicles, all without the stringent selection process. I imagine the pervert in Cali was suspended with pay.

Comment: Balmer has it right (Score 0) 159

by amightywind (#48228657) Attached to: Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"
Balmer is right. Good businesses that have been around as long as Amazon make money. Sentiment alone is holding up Amazon stock. The same goes for Elon Musk's companies. They make no profit and have no prospects of turning a profit as far as the eye can see. Yet Musk's starry eyed fanbois still lap up the stock. Oh, well. They will learn the hard way. As for IBM, eventually they will run out of businesses to sell and will have to sell itself. Pathetic considering what they once were. On the other side of the coin, boring old AT&T yields nearly 5.5% in this pricy market. I've held it for 10 years and am getting rich on the compunded returns.

Comment: Re:Wireless bandwidth is limited (Score 1) 38

by DaChesserCat (#48172485) Attached to: Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

Wireless bandwidth is limited by the allocated spectrum. With landlines, you can always drag more fiber or copper, hook it up, and expand your bandwidth. You can't do that with wireless.

No, but you can:

  • install more towers
  • reduce the power output/coverage on the existing towers, creating smaller cells
  • re-use the bandwidth you've already been allocated, in smaller cells

This is how wireless carriers increase bandwidth. There's considerably more bandwidth available, per square mile, in a city than in a rural area. Not because they have more spectrum in the city. But because each tower services a smaller cell.

It's slightly more complicated than that; adjacent towers need to use non-overlapping spectrum, permits, backhaul connectivity, power. Yeah, it's expensive. Of course, it's expensive to drag more fiber or copper, too.

Comment: Flights from West Africa are not ok (Score -1) 463

by amightywind (#48154827) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker
Two fine Americans have already been infected and more on the way, despite the banal assurances of the incompetent CDC. Millions of tax dollars were spent trying to treat Liberian Duncan. How many more infectious people will Obama needlessly allow into his experimental petri dish?
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Journal: Hydraulic Hybrid Notes

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I've commented multiple times about hydraulic hybrids. I like them, relative to electric hybrids, because they have a very high power density. I like the acceleration that power brings. And 1,000 charge/discharge cycles is hard on batteries but pretty much a normal day for hydraulics.

Comment: Re:confusing many very different lists (Score 1) 124

by Trepidity (#48138913) Attached to: Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

I'm not sure if it's the same as the "terrorist watch list", but there's some kind of intermediate "can fly, but only after extra hassle" list also. I was on one for a while, apparently because of some British person with the same name as mine (I'm American, but have a very common English name). I couldn't use web check-in and had to always go to the airport to check-in with a person, who would first assume I was just dumb and didn't know how to use the machine, then after they verified I could indeed not check in on the machine, they'd poke around at the desk a bit, then call someone, check my ID, then give me a boarding pass, I guess after verifying I was not the other guy. Could've been worse, but was pretty annoying, especially because nobody would actually explain what was going on.

Comment: Re:half-true, half-not-true (Score 1) 101

by Trepidity (#48123499) Attached to: More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

Android could perfectly well let you give an app local permissions without giving it call-out-to-the-network permissions. Snapsave shouldn't need to ever call out to external servers in the first place, if it does only what it advertises.

Android doesn't do this because of their broken ad-based ecosystem, though: they don't want to draw your attention to apps that unnecessarily call out to the network, because the most common reason for doing so is to show ads.

Comment: Never made an honest dime (Score -1, Flamebait) 181

by amightywind (#48123319) Attached to: The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura
None of his current enterprises has ever made a dime, nor do they have immediate prospects to do so. Musk has tunned the processes of grabbing politically favored payouts from the tax payer and gullible investors into a fine art. Musk is no Iron Man. He is a leftist anti-hero.

Receiving a million dollars tax free will make you feel better than being flat broke and having a stomach ache. -- Dolph Sharp, "I'm O.K., You're Not So Hot"