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Comment: Re:I can't believe we're afraid of these assholes (Score 1) 542

by coofercat (#47799347) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

...Curiously imposed by using very 21st century means and technologies though. Had we all stayed in the 8th century, they'd be coming around with nothing more than a sword. As it is, the rest of the world provided them with guns, missiles, tanks and Internet videos etc, and they're very happy to use that to get the rest of the world back to the 8th century. Ironic, huh?

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 1) 355

by coofercat (#47773471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Yeah right - what if they decide to use some proprietary encapsulation that adds 200% to the original data. Should you have to pay for that? If you should, then it's only a matter of time before someone figures out this could be a nice revenue stream :-(

I'm not sure, but ToS or none, I doubt this sort of thing would be legal in most of Europe. You can't really be charged a variable amount for something you have no control over. All that said, I wouldn't be surprised if someone somewhere is charging for encapsulation (knowingly or otherwise).

Comment: How Stupid are Elected Representatives? (Score 4, Insightful) 531

How stupid do you have to be to read this sort of thing and say "oh yeah, good point". I mean, if you see "public utility" and "Marxist" being joined together, do you think "hmm... yes, I see what you mean", or do you think "hang on, but aren't the electrical grid, water, gas, roads and other things public utilities? We're not in a marxist state, so what's one more utility to worry about?".

Comment: Re:Thirty minutes is ridiculous. Swap out the pack (Score 1) 190

by coofercat (#47728247) Attached to: How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

...and do what in the meantime? Hydrogen isn't piped around the city or country *at all*, at least electricity is - so right now, today, you can use it. You could be waiting 5 years, 10 years or longer for the hydrogen economy to be properly viable. Besides, it's not like doing any of this slows down any of the work on getting fuel cells to work sensibly.

I agree the tech has a while to go before it fully replaces petrol/diesel, but it's a good enough option for a lot of use cases. Therefore, for people who fall into those use cases, they get to use a fossil fuel free solution for $n years until the hydrogen solution gets worked out. When it does, Tesla will have all the real estate and mind share to take advantage without having to spend millions on getting the basics in place. Seems like a pretty sensible way to go to me...

Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 1) 276

by coofercat (#47719261) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

You must live outside some shit cities. The ones I've lived in have been great - there's always something going on that's worth spending your time on. You have a number of friends who live a similar distance as you from $thing, so you can arrange that a few of them meet you there to do whatever it is you want to do.

Additionally, there are (usually) more job opportunities, and generally higher paying jobs in the (good) cities, with the really good cities having suitably affordable housing - although you don't need to spend too much time there, so don't need the garden and clear views in all directions (there are parks just up the road for that sort of thing, which get maintained without you needing to use up your valuable time on the task).

Having said all that, I now live in a village. It's nice to have actual knowledge of your neighbours, and even the people that work in the local stores. We'll be moving somewhere bigger soon though - there just aren't any opportunities for the kids here.

Comment: Touch and feel (Score 1) 165

by coofercat (#47669627) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

I'd live to give my kids a copy of "That's not my ___" (http://www.usborne.com/catalogue/subject/1~b~bbtnm/thats-not-my.aspx) with it's touch and feel areas on Kindle. I'm sure they'd find a way to get some touch and feel sensation out of it, by maybe chewing the corners, dribbling on it it generally trying to use it in ways the manufacturer doesn't advise.

Closing libraries in preference to kindle (or any other e-book reader) is quite probably the stupidest idea I've heard on the subject. It's great for the trash novels and other ephemeral crap, but for just about anything decent, or *shudder* different, it fails entirely.

Comment: Re:Ah yes (Score 1) 145

by coofercat (#47661763) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

I think it's more about the end of the MHz wars. Nowadays, to get more power, you add more cores. If you can't do that, you add more boxes.

If you've got a single threaded million instruction blob of code, it's not executing very much faster today than it was a few years ago. If you're able to break it into a dozen pieces, then you can execute it faster and cheaper now than you could a few years ago, though.

Moore's law hasn't really run out of steam, it more that it's rules have changed a bit - the raw power may be going up and getting cheaper, but the way to use it all has changed.

Back on topic, I'd say TFA is roughly right - the data centre isn't going through mainframe/big iron/commodity hardware changes any longer. Things are getting refined and improved, but the major shifts in approach seem to be coming to an end.

As others above have mentioned, there's still plenty going on in the world of coding/testing/deploying. In some sense, stabilising the physical kit gives us room to think about those things in more detail.

Comment: Re:Send your data to the CCP faster? (Score 1) 135

I have no idea what I'm talking about here, but could the tap be applied while they're still laying the cable? I mean, at some point a ship with a coil of cable sets off from the US, unreeling the cable as it goes. Once it's a couple of kilometers away, the NSA sends in the sub and applies the tap before the ship's even got over the horizon. Presumably that'd work, wouldn't it? Or do they have the cable lit with some sort of test data while they're laying it?

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