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Comment: Re:These wouldn't be the microwave comms... (Score 1) 219

They're only talking about it because they're obsessed with latency. Bandwidth over the fibers will be much higher than what you can do with Microwave, and most people would rather have an extra 100Gbps than a few microseconds less latency.

Comment: Re:nobody saw it coming... (Score 3, Insightful) 335

by jandrese (#49719425) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value
Markets always crash. It's how they operate. People make money not by owning stocks, but by owning stocks that are moving. It's not in their interest to have a stable marketplace. That's why the stock market will always be volatile, because the people who run it need the volatility to skim off their percentage.

Comment: Re:Weak "yea" I guess on this (Score 1) 121

My experience with lost/rediscovered films like this is that they were usually lost for a reason. Nobody cared enough to keep it safe when it was new, and today it is at best a historical curiosity. More often the film is just straight up boring or terrible and maybe it was lost for a reason.

Comment: Does anybody use this? (Score 4, Interesting) 47

by jandrese (#49673675) Attached to: Open Source C++ ClanLib SDK Refreshed For 2015
I remember years and years ago when this first came out it was party to some of the worst looking games of all time. But bad games can be made on any platform, I'm sure someone could have made something good by now. Their website doesn't list any projects that use the library, which is very troubling. They haven't been just developing the library for their own sake for 16 years have they? Someone must be using it.

Comment: Re:Missing The Point! (Score 1) 949

Wow, I can't wait until the Congressional hearings on the "hook up classes" held by the first school district that tries this. Teaching "children" about healthy sexual attitudes is a major taboo in the US. It undermines the message they were getting from their church and parents about sex being evil and dirty.

Comment: Re:Not $9 (Score 1) 180

by jandrese (#49647275) Attached to: $9 Open Source Computer Blows Past Crowdfunding Goal
Even cheap flat panel TVs usually have a lonely Composite jack somewhere on the back, just in case someone's grandfather wants to plug in the VCR. Of course this means you'll be limited to NTSC resolution and probably a fuzzy picture, but it's $9 and has built-in Wifi and Bluetooth so you don't need to hang a wired keyboard off of it like you do with the Pi. I'm not sure what I'd do with this, but that's true of all of these cheap little SBCs, and I usually find something worth doing.

The handheld version with the GPIO pins sticking out seems pretty cool. I'd really like to feel that keyboard before committing to it though.

Comment: Re:How are they going to charge for this? (Score 1) 199

The way I see it, MIcrosoft wasn't making that much money from consumers on version updates. Almost nobody buys a box copy of Windows to do the upgrade. They just upgrade when they buy a new computer. It's always been rather expensive and the past few versions of Windows have had additional barriers to entry (annoying changes to the UI for instance) to further discourage people from updating. With this system your new "made entirely of ribbons" OS interface is just a Windows Update away.

Comment: 2038 is working itself out already (Score 2) 59

by jandrese (#49621111) Attached to: The BBC Looks At Rollover Bugs, Past and Approaching
Several years ago I was really concerned about the 2038 rollover because so many protocols have hard baked 32 bit timestamp fields in them. Even if systems were updated the protocols might not be. But I've come to realize that once the systems are updated, the protocol tend to follow suit in the next revision, and in the next 23 years pretty much every protocol is going to go through at least one revision. There are still going to be a few holdouts that have trouble in 2038, but I'm expecting it to be as much of an event as the year 2000. A few fringe things act weird or even stop working, but pretty much everything important is OK.

Comment: Re:Isn't there some vetting process? (Score 1) 553

by jandrese (#49612801) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
If you let a bunch of loons run it's pretty easy to look good by comparison. Look at Mitt Romney. A terrible candidate by most measures, but still better than all of the frothing at the mouth crazies he was running against. This is especially important if you don't have a good centrist candidate and you need to make him look centrist by comparison.

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche