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Comment Re:It's idiots like this... (Score 2, Insightful) 168

I hate the idea of an R/C license... but if it keeps the selfish idiots grounded then it's probably the way to go. Unfortunately.

Is this like how we keep drugs off the streets, guns out of the hands of criminals, and unlicensed drivers off the road?

How many times...

Comment Re:Toilet paper and timber? (Score 2, Informative) 257

With paper, the tree is crushed. Why would you need a large straight tree for that? Economics re-enforces this. You're not going to pay extra for a large tree just to crush it

What? Have you even been to an active paper company forest?

This reminds me of the Mike Rowe's TED talk about how a lot of people talk about things they think they know.

Yeah.

Comment Re: hacking (Score 1) 108

I've actually been thinking of changing my open "Guest" SSID to "Password is guestaccess" and put WPA2 PSK on it, for better guest privacy. I wouldn't consider it hacking for somebody to use it. Just be careful with terminology and specificity before somebody carelessly outlaws more useful things (like the firmware that letd me do those useful things).

Comment Re: Short answer? (Score 1, Troll) 184

don't abuse Shannon's Law like that. There are ways of rotating and polarizing the waves to get thousands of times more information out of every frequency range. Shannon's Law only applies to each specific modulation. There was an article here on work in the lab to commercialize this in the past year or two. Most FTTH use cases could be replaced with this, although FTTH can roll tomorrow and this is still vaporware - 15 years is a lot of productivity.

Comment Netflix is Tanking Hard (Score 2) 293

Look at the new and leaving content for this month - it's almost all junk (with slightly more quality stuff leaving than coming).

Netflix is still showing me "New Episodes" for stuff I watched 6 months ago. A friend of mine said recently, "I spend more time looking for something to watch on Netflix than I do watching Netflix".

I just started requesting DVD's again from Netflix (send back the first one in two years yesterday) and my kids watch YouTube all the time anyway - I'm pretty sure there's no reason for me to keep the streaming service at this point. I wonder if I can cancel that separately. I still have 300 discs in my DVD queue and feel silly for trying to use the Internet instead of USPS for digital content.

Comment Re: There's an easy solution to this problem...Tru (Score 1) 214

That's retarded. I'm sending my Auto to go get the kids and/or the groceries.

Let's just go back to the pre-Industrial age when everybody was "safer". OR - we could stop supporting corrupt, murderous regimes that piss everybody off. The Future or the Past - one will win.

Comment Re:I've had this as a plug-in. (Score 3, Informative) 190

I'm assuming HTML5 graphics and videos will still play, so if it's limited to just Flash, so what?

So what? It'll stop all drive-by Flash malware. cf. the AOL (advertising.com) attack vectors that are such a problem right now.

Amazon is refusing Flash ads on its CDN on the same day.

Comment Re:What else would the FBI (Score 1, Insightful) 84

Hey there, bucko - if the FBI could have prevented Hurricane Katrina with the use of Stingray gear, don't be so quick to get up on your civil rights high horse there and condemn it - the loss of life and property damage was pretty terrible!

Comment Re:Slow is why it's expensive. (Score 2) 194

They'd make the same money per flight if 10 people paid $1 or if 1 person paid $10. They just want to keep it greedy.

Just the opposite, in fact - they want to keep it "fair" and that's the whole problem. Reality is you get what you pay for. This is true for loads of gravel to bandwidth.

But Americans are programmed to demand "fairness" and "equality" in all things and revolt when given pricing tiers that reflect reality. The most workable option, at present, would probably be to have SSID's for "First Class", "Business Class", and "Steerage", because those discrimination levels currently exist, and price accordingly, though there's no rational reason for somebody to not be able to prefer steerage seating and first-class routing, or vice-versa.

"Fairness" is a dangerous fantasy.

Comment Re:Slow is why it's expensive. (Score 1) 194

Simple law of supply and demand. When the supply is small (relative to demand), you keep the price high

Yes, that's the basics of it, but I would bet money that if we look at a traffic graph, the link isn't always 100% full, the QoS is probably sophomoric, and the $50/flight pricing does not achieve Pareto efficiency.

A simple price rationing scheme would improve both customer satisfaction and profitability - charge $50 for priority access and $5 for best-effort access, so both the corporate raider and the teen who wants to chat with friends can benefit.

*Because* bandwidth is scarce, you want to keep it at 100% utilization (with proper QoS and debloating) at all times - anything else is disappointing to customers.

Comment Re: 24/7 here we come... (Score 1) 96

"Too cheap to meter" is typical central-planning nonsense. Fusion power only needs to be cheaper than everything else by a margin to ensure its selection and expensive enough to repay the capitalists that are risking their fortunes to make it happen. Fortunately for us, bureaucrats can only forestall markets - fantasy never works in the long game.

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