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Comment: Re:Minor setback (Score 2) 213

by HangingChad (#48781325) Attached to: SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

What they accomplished was absolutely amazing. Anyone who doesn't get how astonishing just getting that close really was doesn't understand the problem.

There has to be a test range on land somewhere they can try putting one down instead of a pitching platform in the middle of the ocean.

Comment: Pay for priority doesn't work anyway (Score 2) 255

by HangingChad (#48765985) Attached to: FCC Favors Net Neutrality

If Netflix is paying Comcast for priority, they're not getting their money's worth. Lately we've had Netflix stalling and taking forever to load. If Netflix is paying for priority, they're getting ripped off. But, then again, why would Comcast treat Netflix any different than they treat any of their other customers?

When Netflix calls to complain Comcast would try to upsell them on subscription channels after hanging up on them three times.

Comment: How is this any different than thermal imaging? (Score 4, Insightful) 139

by HangingChad (#48704777) Attached to: Doppler Radar Used By Police To Determine Home Occupancy

Cops used to peek into houses with thermal imaging until the courts told them they needed a warrant for that. This doesn't seem any different other than it radiates.

For an institution sworn to uphold the law they sure do bend it a lot when it's convenient for them.

Comment: Re:How about ignoring it? (Score 1) 484

by HangingChad (#48633765) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

I can't believe anyone can be stupid enough to think cannabis is dangerous enough to merit criminalization.

Not only that but to then turn around and whine about the neighboring state, which adopted a smarter policy, making your life difficult. That's not just being stupid, it's being stupid and a big whiny cry baby

Comment: Re:these are WORM drives (Score 1) 219

by ckedge (#48593967) Attached to: Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

Maybe they'll do something neat like putting in one non-shingle platter.... (yeah yeah, cylinders, but still...) Or maybe everyone will do something really neat at the driver/OS level like putting one regular drive or one SSD in the array of shingle drives, and let zfs handle the optimization.

Personally, a 10TB drive would be perfect for many of us for the collections of .... stuff .... we have, that is write once and never write ever again, or if we do we don't really care about write speed. Any random read/write loads I have goes onto an SSD.

Comment: This is a Bad Idea (tm) (Score 2, Insightful) 1051

by photon317 (#48582209) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

We *need* the ability to object to government intrusion on philosophical (or any) grounds in the general case. Attacking that premise just because of these anti-vaccine nutjobs is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The problem isn't actually "philosophical objection", it's ignorance. If the government needs to take a stand on something here, how about taking a stand for improving the public state of scientific understanding and reducing ignorance? Let's start with not letting FDA-regulated things put words like "Homeopathy" on the label as if homeopathy were a real thing. Let's call the Chiropractics out for the fact that their field (and its exemption from most Medical regulation) is based on whacked-out semi-spiritual anti-science voodoo stuff that denies that Viruses actually exist as a real physical thing, instead of endorsing them and paying for them with state-mandated health programs. I could go on. You reap what you sow, and we allow a lot of bullshit to pervade our society that we could be preventing. It's no wonder at the end of the day that a bunch of people are confused and just believe whatever counterfactual pseudo-science bullshit some popular personality told them to believe.

Comment: Re:Misleading Title (Score 1) 213

by FhnuZoag (#48496455) Attached to: Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

Yes. Exactly!

On the grand scale of things, I would suggest that evolution *vastly* favours cooperation. No, really. Think about all the cells in your body working together to form a multi-cellular organism. Think about the organelles in symbiosis within those same cells. Think about bacteria sharing plasmids amongst each other, and forming aggregates. Think about ecosystems where different organisms form finely balanced cycles, where no single element ever predominates. Think about the majority of encounters you have with other people in human society, and the large numbers of colony/herd/flock arrangements in wildlife.

Comment: Re:propagation delay (Score 1) 720

by ckedge (#48493431) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Yeah, I'm with all of you. If he's seeing symptoms for a long cable run, it's not any kind of "lag", it's flat out signaling loss and interference problems.

We should also point out that the physical specifications for some protocols and the high signaling rates may make it such that over a certain length, no type of cable will work.

For example - networking protocols and gear are designed for "not short distance" runs, but even they top out around 100m.

A quick similar google for hdmi shows that beyond the 15 meters (50 feet) distance you need very good quality cable, and that much longer than 30m (100 ft) is not doable.

Solution? Fiber. Not cheap though, $1700.

The herd instinct among economists makes sheep look like independent thinkers.