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Comment: Who wants to live forever? (Score 1) 438

by faedle (#48654519) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

I've been thinking long and hard about this concept lately. I'm getting old(er), and I'm noticing that I'm starting to slow down. I've still got 20, maybe 30 years of good life left, but really I don't see the point of living much beyond my 60s.

Logan's Run had the right idea. People increasingly just "get in the way" of progress at a certain age. It does vary for some of us, but I'm already seeing that in some ways I'm holding society back by extending my life. The next generation is more tolerant, more enlightened, and certainly more technically competent than I could ever hope to be.

Comment: Re:ive been through the new check (France, CDG air (Score 1) 184

by faedle (#48578129) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

Your assumption that being French isn't a reason for selection is dubious.

US Customs officers at some border crossings are often more suspicious of US Citizens (based on behavior) than certain non-US citizens. I swear US Customs at the Interstate 5 crossing to Canada seem more suspicious of me than most Canadians crossing at the border checkpoint.

Comment: Re:Hard problem to solve (Score 1) 88

by faedle (#48460255) Attached to: Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Funny, I found Diaspora to be easy to install.. no more difficult than any other "web 2.0" app. It does require something a little more than a simple "webhosting" account: you need to be able to configure Apache or whatever webserver to run the Passenger bits properly, and that's not something I think you can do on a $5 shared-hosting Dreamhost account (that said, it runs fine on Dreamhost VPS: I ran it that way for a while). And Diaspora does have ways of pushing to Facebook and Twitter: any more interaction than just pushing would require Facebook to open up their API, and that isn't happening.

Comment: Re:If it helps: (Score 3, Insightful) 88

by faedle (#48460173) Attached to: Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

At least in the US a lot of "personal information" can be obtained from public sources. And with Facebook's tendrils into other sites (with things like beacons and such) they can probably get a surprising amount of information from sources you wouldn't expect.

Install Ghostery sometimes and see how many websites you log in to every day have beacons that go to a Facebook-affiliated site.

Comment: Re:Why law not policy? (Score 1) 95

by faedle (#48067811) Attached to: Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

Oregonian here who follows the happenings in our state capital.

IIRC the concern in Salem was institutionalized cheating: that is, a school district turning a blind eye to (or actively encouraging) cheating to improve scores. Without a law, there was no formal way to dictate a universal anti-cheating policy state-wide.

Comment: Re:Why do CS grads become lowly programmers? (Score 1, Funny) 637

by faedle (#47616665) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

I've spent some time doing "computer science".

Computer science IS boring. It's a lot of math and logic and tedium. Once you've gone over Turing's proofs, you either go into Cognitive Science or go full Math Retard (I did the latter) and become one of those boring researchers on campus nobody talks to.

Comment: Re: Alternative explanation (Score 3, Informative) 398

Bandwidth is perhaps cheaper than you suspect.

I worked for a regional ISP that serves about 50.000 subscribers. We had multiple 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections to various peering points, one of which happens to be where Netflix peered with us. Total cost for that peerage: the cost of the extra fiber capacity, plus engineering the peer.

As opposed to housing Netflix servers at our data center. First off, to service that many potential streams might require a few boxes and a not insignificant storage array. We actually did have a similar arrangement with another very large content provider: their stuff took about a half-rack. It then needs to be added to network monitoring, and you need to train your NOC staff what to do when that little red light comes on. And the equipment will fail: the "other content providers" equipment had a MTBF of a couple of months. The hard drives will take a pounding.

And we were small enough that when we asked Netflix to co-locate in our data center for free they actually said "Not interested."

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop