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Comment Re:America! F-Yeah! (Score 5, Informative) 435

Like who? MIT Is the only school i see that still has a class A

The most obvious people who should be giving them up are

a) HP - who have TWO class As and I believe around 7 employees.
b) Apple - have a class A and as far as I know don't run any significant external networking.
c) IBM - kinda like apple. they did have a networking business at one point but I believe that's sold to AT&T now
d) Halibutron - just why?
e) Prudential Insurance - wtf? in what possible world do they need 16 million external addresses?

Comment Re:Voting - how to ensure a secret ballot? (Score 1) 69

There are solutions if you trust the election body.

The most obvious one would be a system where the candidate positions are presented to you in a random order. You get a receipt that says "you voted for presidential candidate #3" and you can verify that against what's shown on screen. You can also verify later that your vote for candidate #3 was counted, but only you (and the election organizers) know which candidate that really was.

Making that work with a public block chain is harder, but there's probably some variant of secret knowledge that you could harness. What if you batched all the voters together into sets of 1000 and then give you a receipt that shows which block id you are in, but only show which of the thousand voters you are on screen. That way as long as you can remember your 3 digit number then you can go check that your vote was counted after the fact, but you can plausibly give another number to anyone that coerces you.

Comment Re:I'm going to try to avoid getting nauseous (Score 5, Insightful) 233

I think it depends a lot on where you are.

My personal experiences with Uber when I was in Salt Lake for a convention were terrible. There was so much demand that they were sucking in drivers from other parts of Utah who didn't know the city well. My hotel was on a weird frontage road thing that nav didn't get and every time an uber drive appeared they'd end up circling the hotel and coming in from the other side. Similarly downtown salt lake has two Marriotts (the Downtown Marriott and the City Center Marriott) - I've never had a cab driver mix those up, but I've had an uber driver stubbornly insist that I was at the hotel I wanted despite the nav showing he was a few blocks away.

I did have a couple of excellent uber drivers who'd grown up in the city and had no trouble navigating, but uber does a terrible job of separating those from the crap ones. Their weird arms-length sub-contractor situation really hinders their ability to train drivers and make sure they are up to the right standards. If they are actually required to employ everyone then I think it'll be a hell of a lot better. Frankly I went back to taking regular cabs for every situation but 2am coming back from a bar, it was just easier and more predictable.

Similarly I imagine uber will struggle in places like London where cab services are excellent. The real solution to cities who want rid of uber is to make their own cab services be excellent.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 2) 508

I never made a claim about a "phone being only $10 a month". Comcast repeatedly try to sell me one and it's far more expensive than that.

What I said was that $10 a month internet service is good enough to run skype or google voice and can be used as a phone number for things like job applications.

As best I can tell in CO, subsidized phone service is about $21 + taxes and subsidized internet service is $10 + taxes. Obviously if you can't afford a box of mac & cheese then you'll have neither one. However if you could afford phone service then you could free up $11/month to put towards buying a $150 computer.

I'm asking you to defend your position that phone service is a necessity but internet service is a luxury and you resort to pointing out that some of the poor can't afford a single meal. However the poverty line for a family with two kids is around $24k/yr, there are a lot of people who are poor but who can absolutely afford the prices i'm talking of.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 508

> It is mathematically impossible for your 10.00/month broadband cost to be cheaper for a phone, than a standard phone.

As best I can tell a phone line is still >$20/month even with subsidies for low income. I'm not sure how you define mathematical possibility, but I'd certainly hold broadband as much more valuable than pots.

You can use cable just fine with a basic computer from 5 years ago. Sure you won't be streaming high def video, but that's not really the point here. I pretty much give away older computers, but for my convenience I really only do that to people who have craigslist available, which I suppose creates a tough catch-22.

It's not going to be easy. I can pick up a $3k macbook and expect it to work perfectly, but it can absolutely be done. Plus of course once you have the internet you have access to things like craigslist which are really useful when you are broke.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 2) 508

Have you looked at the links I've posted?

Both comcast and centurytel have programs which allow qualified low income families with children to get 1.5Mbps broadband for ~$10/month. It doesn't appear to be an introductory rate and I don't see any obvious requirements that you have cable tv or phone service from them. Comcast will even sell you a low cost computer and come to your house and set it up and show you the basics of using it.

Comcast charge a bunch more for phone service, but once you've got cable internet you can easily sign up for google voice, get a free local phone number and (with the purchase of a cheap headset) you can take phone calls and receive voicemail.

These seem like programs that are absolutely targeted at the use case that the OP is describing. I'm asking you why, if you were eligible for a program like that, that you'd suggest getting a landline instead of cable/dsl?

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 508

Comcast and Centurytel both have plans that start at $10. I'm sure taxes and fees bump that up to nearer $15 but you can get a low-end broadband connection for LESS per month than a landline.

I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that if you had to choose between a phone line and a cable connection, the cable connection will provide way more value to you in the short and long terms. There's loads of free entertainment online, you can make phone calls for free, it's a necessity for applying for a lot of jobs, it lets you easily compare prices without wasting gas driving round town and it's an important part of educating your children.

Obviously there are going to be select people who can't afford either of them, but if you can afford one I have a really hard time pushing for the land line.

Comment Re: Go after China (Score 1) 528

Well what's the point of the US having any environmental regulations at all if US corporations can import goods from chinese factories that are dumping poisonous fumes into the air. We've effectively already created a market where we can only source certain products from China because it'd violate our own laws to produce them here at that price point.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 2) 508

Not to make light of the situation you were in, but you say that you had a land line poor. I'm going to assume that was some time ago, but in the current day and age you'd be hard pressed to suggest anyone have a land line instead of a dsl/cable connection, especially when it looks like subsidized broadband is actually cheaper than subsidized phone service. Then of course you can tack on something like google voice to get a phone number and take calls for free.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 508

It's half the price of the original message I was quoting.

While I recognize that lots of poor families won't make it a priority, it's also not a gigantic burden compared with the other general costs of raising a child.

And frankly, if I heard that there was a kid at my kid's school who didn't have a computer at home then i'd put one together and pay their internet bill.

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