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Comment: Seems risky. (Score 2, Insightful) 142

by iamwhoiamtoday (#48069633) Attached to: US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

The USS Cole was in the middle of a harbor being refueled when it was attacked. Would putting the rest of the harbor at risk of autonomous craft justify a small bit of extra security? How many times have the US Ships put into port / refueled without getting hit? Just seems that it would be a way to spend a ton of money for something that overly complicates normal procedures, and only wards off that 1% of attacks. (Note, percentage pulled out of my rear)

Also.... any autonomous craft would surely need a remote control system. You can't stop the signal (Mal). It wouldn't be impossible for another country / faction to take control of said boats, and use them to accomplish their goal.

Basically, seems like a large amount of money for a system that would cause more problems than it would solve.

Comment: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 5, Interesting) 353

But for once, I like something said by the FCC. Granted, jury is still out if this will go through or not, but I'm loving this push.

Wasn't one way that Broadband penetration was improved previously just by lowering what the definition of broadband was?

Comment: And yet... (Score 5, Insightful) 121

by iamwhoiamtoday (#47885609) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

So many damn kids these days use the idiotic phrase "Oh, I don't read" whenever I try to recommend a good book.

Excuse me? Reading for pleasure is one of those things that opens up your mind to new possibilities, that is a window into a new world, that doesn't result in the brainrot of modern TV programming.

So many US Soldiers spend all their free time playing video games. (source: was in the US Army for 4 years)
Get off of work? Play video games. Weekend? Play video games and drink booze. Rinse repeat.
The majority don't take advantage of the educational benefits while in the service, don't take the initiative to research things themselves. I knew more about Field Artillery then the vast majority of my unit while being a paperpusher because I'd look things up.

Regardless of the ease of access to books, if picking up a console controller takes less effort, that's what people will gravitate towards.
Watching countless of hours of TV shows on netflix, playing Call of Duty for hours on end, there is no critical thinking. It's just accepting prepackaged crap.
Books though, they help to open the mind. I'm not saying that reading books automatically make a person a genius who succeeds at everything, but they do make you think. Any thinking is better than no thinking.

Comment: What is the security like? (Score 4, Insightful) 48

Cell phones are relatively insecure, especially the ones that never get updated. What is the security of this device like?
Already we are carrying around cell phones with all of our personal lives on them, and yet they want us to get yet another device that will hopefully be supported with patches and updates?

Don't really think I'll be getting one of these until a security expect reviews them.

Comment: Thing with Cox.... (Score 3, Interesting) 129

Just moved, and Cox was my only option for internet. Currently paying about $100/month, at 150mbps down / 25mbps up. While I absolutely love the bandwidth.... I'm on the same 400GB cap that all of their residential service is stuck at. Takes next to no time at all to burn through that. (Yes, legally. What a shock. Steam / Netflix / Streaming.)

I hope that they bump up their data cap along with the gigabit rollout!!

Comment: This terrifies me. (Score 1) 49

by iamwhoiamtoday (#46803075) Attached to: Drones On Demand

I mean, the internet alone is worthy of paranoia. Adding internet connected portable cameras that can easily track me down with a small sliver of information?

Ignoring the Government Surveillance ramifications, giving some random 8 or 9 year old kid (or *insert suitable opposing government hacker here*) the capacity to tap into and take over these mobile platforms gives me shivers. I'm not saying that this is something that legislation should deal with (Thanks for cocking everything up US Gov) but where the hell does this path end? I mean, it's a slippery slope, and my opinion on it changes daily, but.... gah. The implications are staggering.

Comment: My setup (Score 1) 241

I also had issues regarding consumer grade routers (largely that they liked to slow down and die and crash horrifically), so I took a slightly different approach.

I'm using a small Mini-ITX server, using an Intel D525, 4GB of memory, and a 60GB SSD for ClearOS / Squid Proxy (does wonders for WoW Updates, actually...)
That handles all outbound traffic. That's hooked up to a nice 16-port gigabit switch, and I run cables for as many things as I possibly can. There's about 30 different wifi signals I can hit right now, so anything sent is going to be slow as hell, provided that it gets anywhere. Cat6 cables run to everything.

For those few things that have no ethernet ports, I use an Apple Airport Express-N thingy to host my wifi. I've been using one for about 2 years now in this way, and have had no issues. I have two Apple TVs, both wired into the network. iTunes on my old Mac Mini is pointed at my ZFS file server, and everything works very well.

Comment: Personal Responsibility? (Score 4, Insightful) 578

Whatever happened to the concept of Personal Responsibility? Of being held accountable for your own actions, instead of the knee-jerk reaction of "it's the firearms fault, ban them everywhere we can." This mass punishment, this taking away of people's ability to use their time and money as they see fit, is crazy. If someone proves that they can't handle a level of responsibility, then I can understand rights being taken away, but to punish everything, to take away abilities from everyone? I find it insulting, that I am automatically assumed to not be responsible off the bat.

Comment: About Time. (Score 2) 173

by iamwhoiamtoday (#43668035) Attached to: USAF Strips 17 Officers of Nuclear Launch Authority

About time that the results of an inspection actually spurred the brass to do something about it.
So often, stuff just gets swept under the rug. I'm actually concerned over this, not because "oh look, we found 17 folks out of compliance", but more because "if this is what they are publisicing, what isn't being said?".

As much as I love seeing Officers getting called out, it really makes me worry about the Chair Farce's ability to get stuff right.

Comment: Because old machines are perfectly fine! (Score 4, Insightful) 564

by iamwhoiamtoday (#43436993) Attached to: Why PC Sales Are Declining

I'm currently playing through Crysis 2 on my old gaming computer, and it is running perfectly. No lag, shiny graphics, everything. Why spend money to replace it? It does everything I want it to do!

Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz
8GB DDR2 800
Two 9800GTX cards in SLI
two 500GB Hard Drives RAID 0
Windows 7 64-bit
2560*1440 monitor

"High" settings, Crysis 2. Runs fantastically. I don't see the point in replacing it (at least, until I move into a place where I have to pay the power bill...)

I'm looking forward to seeing how well this computer handles Bioshock Infinite.

Comment: New Standards are nice and all.... (Score 4, Informative) 301

But in the end, it all comes down to cost. Current Thunderbolt displays are rather expensive. Heck, I picked up a dual-link DVI monitor of the same resolution for $275 on ebay! why pay three to four times as much for something with only a small few bells and whistles added on?

Thunderbolt, overall, is great in terms of performance, but it just seems to be well beyond what most folks are willing to pay. It's like that guy who brags about how "My car has a Turbo Kit option from the dealer" but he NEVER SPENDS THE MONEY TO GET IT.

The external drives, the only situation that I'd actually be interested in, are also stupid expensive. In the long run, just better off either using E-SATA, USB3, or internalizing the drives. Same goes for daisy chaining monitors. Want to run tons of monitors? Install more video cards! woo.

no more coffee for me after 5pm, k? ._.

Cobol programmers are down in the dumps.