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Comment: Re:Remote management (Score 1) 149

by MasterOfMagic (#47793965) Attached to: Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

It's not at all hard to write a filesystem that can cope with not only damage, but even recurring damage. You've seen PAR files presumably? The same could easily be done on a filesystem-level basis (and I imagine, somewhere, already is for some specialist niche).

You mean like RAID-5? Because RAID-5 was part of the inspiration for the PAR2 format.

Comment: Marketplaces also sorta tend towards monopolies (Score 1) 112

by i kan reed (#47785561) Attached to: Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Every marketer and customer gets some easy benefit from a single marketplace to go with the most customers(for marketers) or marketers(for customers), maximizing the competitiveness of their respective markets. In the physical world, this naturalmonopoly is mitigated more than a little by the utility of physical proximity.

It's a bit like how social networks are successful because that's where all your friends are, but more complex since it involves multiple kinds of participants.

Amazon has filled that role online, particularly for books. And that advantage is can be leveraged for quite a premium. I'm not sure I see a nice clean solution to the problem either.

Comment: Re:Time to travel 11 light years (Score 1) 88

by i kan reed (#47785269) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

Hypothetically, fusion powered Hall ion engines might be able to manage something within an order of magnitude of that, I think.

But of course, we'd need a lightweight fusion reactor that produces electricity without a boiler. Such a thing has been proposed as possible, but it's definitely not available yet.

Comment: Re:Crowding Out Effect (Score 4, Insightful) 108

by i kan reed (#47785071) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

It comes from the fallacious belief that non-government created monopolies leveraging their position will face competitors who can "do it for less". The truth is that infrastructure just isn't that conducive to competition. Who'd want 3 different water/sewer systems connected to their house?

Comment: Re:This Just In! (Score 4, Insightful) 108

by i kan reed (#47784969) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

There is only one reason for the government to step in: make it easier for smaller ISPs to start shop. I'd love to start a small ISP in my area, but it is practically impossible.

Given a few common, yet unproven, assumptions about how markets operate. ISPs operate a lot like utilities in terms of fundamental market behaviors, and the prevalence of natural monopolies. Organizing the structure of the market to allow smaller competitors, to me, is one way a government could help. Not the only way.

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