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Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 398

by adler187 (#48195367) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

I remember watching one of those daytime court shows. The plaintif had asked his friend (the defendant) to drive his car and he got pulled over for going through a red light or somesuch. The plaintiff was telling the judge: "Everyone knows that green means go, yellow means slow down, and red means stop." The judge just looks at him and says: "Wrong. Green means it's legal to enter the intersection, red means it's illegal to enter the intersection (except when making a right hand turn where allowed), and yellow means that the light is about to change to red."

I think that was the most satisfied I've ever been watching a daytime court show.

Comment: Re:Yes, pipelined utilities, like the logs (Score 2) 385

by adler187 (#47927273) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

1) You can still use rsyslog (or syslog-ng or ...) with journald if you want and I believe all the major distros still do: http://blog.gerhards.net/2013/...
2) journald supports "Forward Secure Sealing" to prevent tampering of its logs: http://lwn.net/Articles/512895... See the "Seal" option in journald.conf: http://www.freedesktop.org/sof...

Comment: Re:The actual technical fault. (Score 0) 865

by adler187 (#46923327) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

You never want to turn off the engine while driving, since you lose power steering, power breaks, and other power functions that make it easier to control your vehicle. If you find yourself in an uncontrolled acceleration, there are much better options to take control of your vehicle: apply the brakes or put the car in to neutral. Your brakes are more than adequate to stop the vehicle and since basically every car sold has a rev-limiter, your stuck accelerator won't kill your engine if you pop it in neutral.

Car and Driver found that even a 540hp Roush Mustang only took 900ft to stop from 100MPH with both pedals to the floor. Most tests only took less than a couple hundred feet to stop: http://www.caranddriver.com/fe...

Comment: Re:Not a good idea... (Score 2, Insightful) 102

by adler187 (#40874583) Attached to: AT&T Killing Its 2G Network By 2017

Your comment makes no sense, since reusing those frequencies for more efficient newer technologies (4G) will improve their network.

The reason that 2G has better signal quality than 3G in your area is that the 3G signal is overloaded. Since 3G phones will prioritize 3G signals over 2G signals (since they are more efficient and capable of more bandwidth) and most people have 3G phones, most phones are on 3G signals.

AT&T are in a bind right now (as are most other cell providers). More people are trying to use more data over wireless all the time, which means that their cell networks are getting overcrowded and way oversold. They need to add more capacity, but that requires either more RF bandwidth (necessitating new phones/devices to use the new frequencies) or they need to replace their current services with more efficient protocols that are more spectral efficient (moving to LTE). This is part of the latter. By reusing the bandwidth that is currently in use for 2G as 4G (or shift 2G -> 3G, 3G -> 4G), they can add more capacity to their network, thus improving the network quality for everyone (except those still using 2G only devices).

Comment: Re:Minnesota (Score 1) 877

by adler187 (#38769526) Attached to: 2011 Was the 9th Hottest Year On Record

Yeah and it was like, what, +5 there a couple days ago. Did it ever get to +5 in January in Minnesota 20 years ago? It sure as hell didn't in northern ontario.

Hell in Minneapolis, it hit 50+ twice in January, 4 days over 40, and half the month so far has had a high above freezing. December was about the same. It has been quite the warm winter here. This change to more seasonable weather has been welcomed by me, especially finally getting some more snow.

Comment: My Experience (Score 1) 177

by adler187 (#27764863) Attached to: Viability of Mobile Broadband For Home Use?

I have Alltel data service as I live in a rural area where the only alternatives are 24-36Kbps dialup or 400-700k satellite. I pay about $60 per month and Alltel is "unlimited," however with the Verizon takeover I'm not sure how this will affect things. I typically get speeds between 400-800Kbps, but have gotten up to 1Mbps on occasion. If you want more information about the various services look at www.evdoforums.com. Note that like any wireless technology, the total bandwidth at the tower is shared by all clients and as more people use the service, the speeds go down.

Personally, I can't wait to move and get cable or DSL.

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