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Comment: I don't understand.. (Score 3, Insightful) 221

.. why we would want to use microwaves for this. Fiber is shielded, and capable of higher throughput. While I can understand using microwaves to communicate with satellites, I don't see why we would use them for communications between two population centers.

This might just be my dislike of wireless in general, but I don't see how this could solve latency issues...

Comment: So? (Score 4, Interesting) 162

by iamwhoiamtoday (#49514795) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

Most folks who need the throughput of a PCI-E SSD won't use it for just gaming. These same users are likely power users. Everything from running test VMs locally to Video / Audio editing would see a huge improvement from this tech.

Loading apps? games? That's nice and all, but those are far from the only use cases of fast storage media.

Personally, the new PCI-E SSDs have gotten a good amount of use from me as ZFS cache drives, where they've been wonderful for saturating 10gbps Ethernet.

Comment: Re:Benchmarks for that AMD chip look bad... (Score 1) 180

by iamwhoiamtoday (#48815387) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

But if the NICs are decent ones, and are able to offload most traffic, I'd love to use this for Untangle / PFSense / VMs and such.
cpubenchmark shows this as being roughly 30% more powerful than the Intel D525's that I've been using for said task.

Might even use it for XBMC / PLEX Home Theater.

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.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955