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Comment: Re:Alternate viewpoint (Score 1) 548

by dcmoebius (#34392518) Attached to: Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

What amounts to poaching other people's resources works well right up until you drive that other party into the wall and force them to spend a crapload of money for which they receive nothing in return. That is, they don't receive any renumeration for the additional expense - but you do!

This is the base problem with all overcommitted services where the business model is predicated on fractional use of maximum possible resource consumption. When that model is violated costs go up dramatically. This is ok provided the person who has the cost also gets the revenue that is occasioned by the violation of the original model.

The entire argument hinges on the idea that Comcast's model of over-subscribing is falling down in the face of increased traffic.

But who in their right mind didn't realize that internet traffic was going to continue to grow? Frankly, I'm sure Comcast saw this coming. They had ample opportunity (and money) to make appropriate upgrades to their infrastructure; instead, they figured that they could simply keep the money, and then blame the users and other content providers for using "too much" bandwidth, passing the costs along to them.

Long story short, they COULD have kept the old model going (as other ISPs have, so far), but why would they? This strategy is more profitable, and no one is telling them they can't do it.

Security

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

Posted by samzenpus
from the security-theater dept.
3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.

Comment: Humanities != Engineering (Score 1) 438

by dcmoebius (#33704438) Attached to: You Are Not Mark Zuckerberg, So Stay In School
I have a hard time lending much credence to the "college is a bad investment half the time" school of thought, if only because it only looks at college graduates in aggregate, not by field of study.

I can pretty much guarantee that the person walking out of college with a degree in electrical engineering will probably have a MUCH better chance of a satisfactory return on investment than the person that leaves with a BA in English Lit.

However, this isn't to say that the english degree is necessarily a bad decision. To echo some of the posts above, the value of a college education isn't exclusively monetary, and as such, shouldn't be viewed merely as an "investment".
Medicine

Researchers Zero In On Protein That Destroys HIV 216

Posted by Soulskill
from the discovering-the-crucial-bazooka-protein dept.
Julie188 writes with this excerpt from a Loyola University news release: "Using a $225,000 microscope, researchers have identified the key components of a protein called TRIM5a that destroys HIV in rhesus monkeys. The finding could lead to new TRIM5a-based treatments that would knock out HIV in humans, said senior researcher Edward M. Campbell, PhD, of Loyola University Health System."
Google

+ - Google Android tablet, another choice of e-reader->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you think IPad is not worth the price, Kindle is too specific with its ebook reader only functions. How about using Android tablet as ebook reader ? With Google Android tablet’s reasonable price (starts from 109 USD) you can use it as ebook reader, internet & multimedia browsing. By download the Google Android tablet online ebook provider “aldiko” you can use Google Android tablet as color ebook reader."
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+ - NAND Flash Price Drop Should Kick-Start SSD Sales->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "The price of consumer-class NAND flash memory is expected to drop to $1 per gigabyte of capacity by the end of this year, representing a halving of the cost since the beginning of the year, according to a new forecast by iSuppli. The precipitous drop is expected to jump-start solid state drive sales, which began to take off in 2008 but then stuttered and stalled later that year due to an enormous jump in prices due to a NAND flash shortage. The drop in pricing is largely due to new technology which allows 3-bit-per cell versus the traditional 2-bit-per-cell multi-level cell (MLC) flash used on consumer-class products, such as laptops and tablets. In order to beat out HDDs, however, the price of SSDs must drop further the report states."
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Comment: Re:No!! (Score 2, Insightful) 319

by dcmoebius (#33101910) Attached to: Should Professors Be Required To Teach With Tech?

I can't agree with this more strongly.

Technology can be a useful addition to a lecture, but it doesn't ALWAYS add value.

The most engaging, informative CS courses I ever took involved nothing more than the instructor using a blackboard. Some of the worst on the other hand, came as a result of poorly applied tech.

Comment: Re:Would the event horizon retreat if you approach (Score 2, Interesting) 364

by dcmoebius (#32537874) Attached to: How To Destroy a Black Hole

Hello,

Suppose you were falling into a black hole, and you didn't get turned into spaghetti (as might be possible if you're approaching the event horizon of a supermassive black hole). Would the event horizon seem to retreat before you? I mean, light can't escape a black hole's event horizon as we see it, but if you're falling in, wouldn't you be able to see further into the black hole as you fall?

--PM

Well, since sight depends on light reflecting off of objects to work... No, as you approached the event horizon, you still wouldn't be able to see into the black hole, as no light would be escaping (hence no visual information conveyed).

As to other point, no, the event horizon would not appear to be receding. You would seem to be approaching it normally (from your perspective), however due to time dilation, the rest of the universe would seem to be aging quite rapidly compared to you.

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