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Comment: Re:Outrage (Score 1) 60

... Us old folks call it 'a file server on the internal network'. Of course, us old folks don't call things 'the cloud' either unless talking to people who don't understand networks, so for your case I'll use 'cloud'...

I've lost count of the times I have told people the "The Cloud" is just using someone else's computer for storage. They are always shocked. I am not sure what that actually thought "the cloud" was.

Same folks that are shocked to learn that Google is reading their Gmail.

Comment: Re:Rotary Phone (Score 1) 635

by captbob2002 (#47789419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Have two rotary wall phones. With Uverse they are only good for incoming or established calls - but Uverse does put enough current on the line to ring the bells for incoming calls. I keep them because any phone made in the last 25 years is absolute crap. Been though I don't know how many cordless phones made by AT&T (in China, not Western Electric) Panasonic and Uniden...nothing but crap with awful sound quality and they never last very long. Yet the Western Electric phones just keep on working.

Remember those phones were built in the day when Ma Bell owned them and was responsible to fix them if they broke - and they'd have someone out to your house to fix the things quick - not this "sometime in two weeks" crap we see today. So Western Electric built the phones to WORK and LAST, just the way damn near nothing is built today.

Comment: Re:Railroads killed by the government... (Score 1) 195

by captbob2002 (#47474229) Attached to: The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

...Most of the Interstate is supported by fuel taxes. Fuel taxes are paid for by drivers.

Who are not now paying enough into the system (highway trust fund) to keep it solvent due to the combination of rising costs for maintenance and rebuilding of the highway system and the loss of revenue generated by the fuel taxes as cars have grown more efficient. At some point fuel taxes will need to be raised, tolls imposed, or more money from elsewhere in the budget shifted to highways. That'll be a fun fight to watch and the roads and bridges crumble

Comment: Re:Too bad. (Score 0) 236

by captbob2002 (#47352805) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Personally, I think if autonomous cars can be proven to be safe and reliable, there will be a virtual tsunami of adoption by the buying public.

The lemmings can have them. What is the real push for autonomous cars? It is not safety. It is so you can be trapped in a metal and glass bubble and pay FULL attention to your infotainment system which will be delivering advertisements to you for the bulk of your ride. No thank you.

Comment: Re:Slow Industry (Score 1) 236

by captbob2002 (#47352763) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars
Not all of us toss out our automobile when the newest model with its whizz-bang new options comes around. I'm still working on the third 100,000 mile cycle on my 1991 chevy truck. If I haven't gotten rid of it yet I won't be doing it just to get a USB port. Cars cost too much to replace due to fashion....unless you buy into (ha) the permanent car payment scam known as leasing.

Comment: Re:Backups (Score 1) 564

...Universities tend to have important data that absolutely cannot be backed up in any normal way. Data that is legally obligated to stay on one specific computer in one specific room and never leave; under penalty of legal action.

Hate this. Why keep the data where it can be encrypted and backed-up? Why keep it in a secure location as opposed to the Primary Investigator's (PI) office? Gah.

The world is not octal despite DEC.