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Comment: Re:Ping times are long, but too optimistic. (Score 2) 245

by Zombie (#38635528) Attached to: ViaSat Delivers 12 Mbps+ Via Satellite
The math bit is about right, the rest is bullshit. I implemented a 2-way satellite modem, with VoIP, a few years back, and 600ms RTT is what I got typically. Upstream bandwidth contention is handled with QoS on the link layer and some form of traffic shaping. After that, from the ground station, it's just a fast link to the Internet like from any ISP, which means roughly 150ms to get across the Atlantic, for example. So real-life ping times are well under 1000ms.

The Slashdot crowd seriously underestimates how much engineering goes into modems to ensure that the end user experience is optimal.

Comment: Re:Yeah, we knew that already. (Score 1) 109

by Zombie (#38111264) Attached to: Of Mice and Cancer

They use mice and rats because testing things on people is unethical and testing things on animals a lot more like us (primates, pigs, etc) is either unethical or expensive.

Testing things on animals unlike humans is unethical too. It's just more convenient to ignore the ethical implications if they don't look at you in a manner that a human animal socially responds to.

Comment: Re:I am windows free and proud (Score 1) 417

by Zombie (#37646784) Attached to: I typically run Windows ...
My wife runs Ubuntu on her work laptop. My kids run Debian on their netbooks. My phone runs Linux (N900). My TV runs Linux (LG). My NAS/IPv6 gateway runs Linux (Debian install over the bundled Linux D-Link firmware). I'm pretty sure my TV set-top box runs Linux. My car runs VxWorks, but the next generation of their platform runs Linux (BMW). It's not 1997 any more. Real people with real lives use Linux.

Comment: Re:Some thing needs to be done about abandonware (Score 1) 172

by Zombie (#37646742) Attached to: EU Parliament Group Opposes Long Copyrights and Oppressive DRM
Mod parent up! Once the copyright owner stops commercially offering a product, it should be legal to copy it. I should be legal to circumvent restrictions that prevent copying, and possibly even legally required by the owner to provide support for this. This goes not only for software, but also for music. One of my favourite CD's was not produced for 15 years until the band finally managed to convince the record company owning the rights to sell them.

Comment: Re:Is this even a real question? (Score 4, Insightful) 990

by Zombie (#37230182) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Could We Deal With the End of Time Zones?
No, it just means you're old.
Linux is twenty years old.
The IBM-compatible PC is a relic.
Modem handshake noise is no longer widely recognised.
Most people using computers have never seen a text screen.
And your UID has four digits, as does mine.
Now let's kick those darn youngsters off our Slashdot!

Comment: Re:This does not inspire confidence (Score 1) 104

by Zombie (#36687026) Attached to: IETF Mulls Working Group For IPv6 Home Networking
Residential networking has been booming lately, and we're only scratching the surface compared to what's about to come. We want to make sure that the home has all the goodness of properly configured, secure, scalable networking without any of the administration overhead. I may be my family's IT department, but I shouldn't have to be. Stuff should just work. That's what this is about.

Comment: Re:Because They Sell Better and the FDA Allows It (Score 1) 354

by Zombie (#36312286) Attached to: World Health Organization Says Mobile Phones May Cause Cancer

organic products (hate all you want. it is the technical term)

"Organic" is a marketing term. The word has an entirely different meaning in the context of chemistry.

The marketing term differs from language to language and possibly country to country. Here, they're called "bio"-products, an equally incorrect term, obviously.

The best name for it is "eco-"/"eko-". Because the produce is grown in an ecologically responsible manner.

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin