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Comment Re:Changing Roles (Score 1) 403

Those people demanding that level of safety are wrong and 3-letter organizations should be respecting their rights since those are guaranteed, unlike absolute protection. It is impossible for the government to protect you from 100% of all possible attacks all the time no matter how many rights are infringed, and that should not be their goal.

Comment Re:Try dslreports (Score 1) 479

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

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

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

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.

COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from a corporation whose president codes in octal. -- J.N. Gray