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Comment: Re:Try dslreports (Score 1) 479 479

by Zargg (#49911743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Service Providers When You're an IT Pro?

Update on my post... this was the quickest, simplest, most pleasant experience ever with an ISP, this was awesome. Please up-vote radish's post!!

I've been having disconnects around 1pm every day for the past couple of weeks. It would always come back after a couple minutes, and would be fine from then on until the next day. Looking at my modem logs, I see T2, T3, and T4 timeouts whenever this would happen and many un-correctable errors.. I simply made a post with my info (it is private, only the TWC members can see it) and posted the modem logs to it. About 3 hours later I had a reply from a TWC tech who said they looked at their logs and confirmed my internet drops, and had scheduled a tech to come out tomorrow. At first I was like uggg a tech coming out will be worthless and stuff....but then I got a call from TWC about an hour later. The lady said my issue had already been escalated to a senior tech who had checked it out remotely and made a fix and that my service call wouldn't be needed anymore, hooray! I checked back into my router and can see that they pumped up the Power across all the downstream channels, which we'll see if that actually resolves the issue, but it was so simple to just make a forum post with my router logs and get an actual technical fix and not just a bunch of 'restart the modem' and crap on the phone. Will definitely use this for future issues.

Comment: Re:Issue will be resolved... (Score 1) 347 347

by Zargg (#49245083) Attached to: FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order

The interesting thing is the FCC just recently redefined the speeds of officially defined broadband to 25m down and 3m up. If any portion of the connection doesn't meet or exceed that, it's not broadband as far as the federal government and FCC is concerned. What if the ISPs redefine their offerings as 24/3 or 50/2.5 up and down respectfully. That would suggest that all this new regulation could be avoided if they simply didn't offer "broadband".

Interesting point. That makes me question, would not offering "broadband" be against the franchise agreements they have in place with cities that keep competition out? Probably dependson the specific agreement with each city?

Comment: Re:What is the purple stuff? (Score 1) 69 69

by Zargg (#49034625) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches, Rocket Recovery Attempt Scrapped

Ah ok, thank you! Makes sense... after all, what other giant liquid tank is there on a rocket other than the fuel...

Any purpose for the camera other than for watching blobs of fuel float around? Just in case of RUD to see if something happened in the tank?

Comment: What is the purple stuff? (Score 1) 69 69

by Zargg (#49034343) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launches, Rocket Recovery Attempt Scrapped

Anyone who watched the launch video...what is the purple water looking stuff that the camera switched to a couple times? Example at T+00:07:06

That and the black and white shot like at T+:00:09:08...not sure what I'm looking at, the actual sat still covered or something?

Comment: Re:ISS is worth the dollars spent. (Score 1) 219 219

After everything is said and done, the one thing we need NASA to do, is save the human race: Both by getting us off this rock, and by keeping other rocks from hitting us. We are no closer to either of those goals than we were in 1980, so I feel no particular inclination to keep on giving them any money.

Wouldn't you say having rovers and observers on Mars and beyond for years at a time is going to help us get off this rock and possibly save our planet at some point?

Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 1) 438 438

by Zargg (#48463231) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Such statistics are meaningless in my book. Light bulb manufacturers claim their bulbs will last five years or seven years but when you look at the fine print they say that's given under the idea you're turning the light on, leaving it running for 3 hours, and turning it off once per day -- nobody uses light bulbs like that.

But this is the opposite direction as your light bulb example, very few people write 3.2 TB of data every day for 5 years straight, so for most users something else will break before cell writes becomes a real issue.

Comment: Re:Not at all (Score 2) 191 191

by Zargg (#47743721) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

In Japan we had earthquake drills of the housing community one time per year, and one time per year in the company.

Just curious, do companies in the US do this?
In Belgium we have a yearly firedrill, because that will be the most likely disaster. So do US companies in earthquake country have drills or do companies in "Tornado Alley train for that?

My company in Los Angeles seems woefully under-prepared for earthquakes. We have an annual fire drill, but when I asked about earthquake drills, the response was basically "get under the desk while it's shaking, then we'll wing it and someone will announce evacuation if needed."

I think the general attitude is that new building codes will handle most earthquakes, and if the big one hits then everyone is screwed anyway. For reference my office is only 4 stories though, curious what other companies do.

Comment: Re:How would you like it? (Score 1) 322 322

by Zargg (#46710915) Attached to: LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

I could see the protection in having my "official interactions" recorded, and I can get behind that in theory too, but I'd still hesitate to give a complete thumbs up to the "you have to wear a wire continuously" level of intrusion. It really seems excessive. Perhaps if there were assurances that legal barriers existed on who/how the data could be accessed then it would be a lot more palatable.

If a cop has a uniform on (wired up) and is driving around in a cruiser interacting with the public, then every interaction is an "official interaction". My small talk at work can get me in trouble if I say the wrong things, why would an officers small talk while on the job be protected?

Comment: Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (Score 4, Interesting) 870 870

by Zargg (#46580523) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

As for self-checkout, most places I saw experiment with those in the past two years (grocery stores and Costco) has ripped them out and gone back to using human cashiers. The reasons? Fraud/theft and speed (trained cashiers are faster, who would have thought?). Walmart and big box home improvement stores are the outliers still offering self-checkout in my area.

That's not automation though. Self checkout is just making the customer do the cashiers job for free before realizing that customers suck at doing these things correctly because it's not their job.

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