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Comment: Because it's true (Score 1) 840

... claims that the under 40s expect everything to 'just work' ...

Because, in fact, most everything does "just work." And, the cost of the parts that need replacing makes repair uneconomical. And a new one does much more than the broken one ever did. And a new one uses less electricity. And who needs a crock pot anyway?

Comment: Re:NSA (Score 2) 71

by jamesl (#48632433) Attached to: Ars Reviews Skype Translator

AK Marc wrote, "Skype was never P2P ... "

Wikipedia tells us:
Skype uses a proprietary Internet telephony (VoIP) network called the Skype protocol. The protocol has not been made publicly available by Skype and official applications using the protocol are closed-source. Part of the Skype technology relies on the Global Index P2P protocol belonging to the Joltid Ltd. corporation. The main difference between Skype and standard VoIP clients is that Skype operates on a peer-to-peer model (originally based on the Kazaa software[83]), rather than the more usual clientâ"server model (note that the very popular SIP model of VoIP is also peer-to-peer, but implementation generally requires registration with a server, as does Skype).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Stop making things up.

Comment: Only 118,746 ... (Score 2) 87

by jamesl (#48591193) Attached to: California's Hydrogen Highway Adds Another Station

... to go.

The USA had 118,756 filling stations (gas stations) in 2007 according to the Census
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

Not quite ready for prime time.
Drivers will likely have to take a slight detour to reach the station, which is in an industrial section of West Sacramento, next to a cement factory that is currently being demolished.

The station was originally planned at a Shell station 2.5 miles away in a much busier section of town, but building codes required setbacks too wide to fit the hydrogen infrastructure within the station.

Comment: The only real defense ... (Score 1) 190

by jamesl (#48578565) Attached to: Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

Mao Zedong opined that "the only real defense is active defense", meaning defense for the purpose of counter-attacking and taking the offensive. Often success rests on destroying the enemy's ability to attack. This principle is paralleled in the writings of Machiavelli and Sun Tzu.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

Comment: What me worry? (Score 3, Interesting) 178

by jamesl (#48567111) Attached to: LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

From the LA times about earthquake insurance ...

Rethinking Your Stance on Earthquake Coverage
Californians have a well-deserved reputation for being in denial. We build our homes on flood plains, on brushy mountainsides, in the path of mudslides and on or near earthquake faults. Most of the time, most of us avoid catastrophe. But we should acknowledge that someday our luck could run out--and consider whether it's worth taking precautions to protect against the unthinkable.
http://www.latimes.com/la-home...

Comment: No bigger than ... (Score 4, Insightful) 325

by jamesl (#48545969) Attached to: Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

... a bird. And airplanes hit birds on approach almost every day. Certainly every week.

N417SW SKYWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT SKW2608 BOMBARDIER CL600 AIRCRAFT ON FINAL, STRUCK BIRDS, LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT IS MINOR, SACRAMENTO, CA
http://www.asias.faa.gov/pls/a...

UAVs (sometimes called "drones") shouldn't be operating around airports but the likelihood of one downing a transport category aircraft is just about zero.

Comment: Re:Sensors can't monitor climate change (Score 0) 116

by jamesl (#48540233) Attached to: NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

That's sort of like saying you can't measure the area of a room using a tape measure

That's exactly like saying you can't measure the area of a room using a tape measure. And it's true, as you acknowledge.

Why do you object to writing with clarity and precision? Why do you resort to insults?

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