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Comment: Scale (Score 4, Informative) 62 62

To help understand the scale, the cable length is approximately the diameter of the earth (12742 km).

It is also 25-50% longer than the undersea hop for the longest cable paths (NY to London, LA to Sydney, San Francisco to Tokyo, Sao Palo to Gibraltar, etc.). This has the potential to allow electronics to stay on land, where they are easily maintainable and upgradable and with easy access to electricity.

Interesting development, indeed.

Comment: Nothing to see... move along. (Score 4, Informative) 180 180

From the comments below the article....

1) Site was on spamhaus's blacklist.
2) Someone with more exerience than the poster suggested he add SPF records.
3) Poster added SPF records and thanked the other person.
4) Site is no longer on spamhaus's blacklist.

I got tired of reading comments before I figured out if this resolved all the poster's complaints.

Comment: upgrade budget (Score 2) 261 261

Give some sort of budget for workspaces. I may want a bigger screen, while my neighbor may prefer more ram and the other guy may prefer to keep his PC for an extra year so he can have both. A little flexibilty to design what works for ME goes a long way towards keeping me happy. Just be sure to keep it somewhat balanced so that the people not on the favorite team don't feel disenfranchised.

Comment: Could be a good thing (Score 1) 159 159

If different rules for each meter helps people pick a different password for each site, this is a win. To a large extent, I need to trust Facebook to protect my Facebook data from breach at Facebook. However, it really is up to me to protect my Facebook data from a breach at Google.

Comment: Commuting "on the clock". (Score 1) 386 386

..."given the choice of spending $30K on a car that they fully control and can go anywhere they want at any speed they want – or another, likely more expensive buggy that will only travel on certain routes at slower speeds and with less options." Which car would you buy?

Today, I spend an hour a day driving to and from work. Being able to work on a laptop and mobile phone as the car drives itself would allow me to punch in and out in my driveway. To me, it is not a question of "which car?", it is a question of if I want the extra hour back in my life or to be paid for working it.

Comment: Re:Apple is what MS always wanted to be (Score 1) 327 327

Apple is by far one of the worst companies as far as policies and screwing people, and yet no one ever seems to say much about it even as people still write Micro$oft. Maybe it's because there isn't a cute little way to put a dollar sign in their name.

Appl€.. nope, that's not the reason.

Comment: Re:Windows XP (Score 2) 152 152

> What is funny is that the current exploits do not target XP.

More likely is that Microsoft is no longer testing/reporting on XP, so we do not know if it is vulnerable or targeted. Given that the vulnerability is with the browser, it seems likely that XP would be vulnerable. The significant difference being that the forthcoming MS hot-fix that may or may not install on XP and definitely will not apply via automatic updates.

Comment: Fundraiser (Score 1) 206 206

From the original article:

"Even if a tiny percentage of people get online (for a) drone license, that's cool. That's a lot of money to a small town like us,"said Boyd

The funny thing here is that the FAA in all their "seriousness" has become the PR department, for free. The FAA's own Altitude Rules pretty much would keep aircraft above the area covered by the town's "Rules of Engagement".

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.