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Comment: Re:150ms?? (Score 1) 121

I read the article, thinking this was an incorrect claim in the summary. Nope, the article insists in several places that it was "undetectable" by the surgeons. Now, anyone who's played any online FPS knows that 50ms ping times are not only detectable, but are approaching unplayable because some punk kid that's only 10ms away from the server is always taking the head shots before you can even see him.

So I figured there has to be something else. The best hypothesis I could come up with is the current robotic surgery tools introduce their own lag such that the surgeons were unable to distinguish normal device response times from network latency. That, and the goals of a surgeon are completely different from an FPS shooter. A surgeon isn't trying to race anything or anyone - they don't have to shoot first. In a live operating theatre, they are methodical and cautious. It's not like there are sudden surprises that leap out at them that they have to instantly react to. Even a burst blood vessel takes a few moments to assess and plan a recovery from. So maybe if they're used to very slow approach, the latency doesn't impact them as much.

That 50ms lag in a game is noticeable because there are other people who are also experiencing latency and the game is doing things to compensate for everyone being at a slightly different point of reference. If you were just controlling a camera pointed out your window with a 100ms latency, your mind would not notice the latency between your motion with the hand and the results with your eye.

Comment: Re:If you can update the software... (Score 1) 86

by jittles (#49776599) Attached to: Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners

...I'd like access to all of the software.

Given the current state of security in "smart" automobiles, who would want to be able for anyone to plug something into the USB port of the car's entertainment system and completely update the software for the car?

. Isn't that just asking for your car to be hacked?

Besides, Timothy can't even edit an article summary. What makes any of us think he'll be any better at editing code?

Comment: Re:Tethering (Score 1) 313

by jittles (#49773785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Thanks for the info. I checked with T-Mobile, and the $50/month plan gives you 1 GB per month of 4G data. If I understand correctly, after you reach that limit, your phone continues to work at some slower data rate (how slow, they don't say) and your tethered devices stop working altogether. (Is that consistent with your understanding?)

So for that reason alone, I think this is a no-go as a replacement for my home DSL service.

They may not offer the plan I have anymore. It was $30 for unlimited data and text and 100 minutes of phone calls per month. I signed up for that years ago, before they became the "uncarrier". It was also a pay as you go plan, and not one of their contract plans at that time.

Comment: Re:Tethering (Score 1) 313

by jittles (#49760461) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Now the tethering thing would have value for me, if it would allow me to shut off the expensive DSL service to my home. Is that realistic? Who's your provider, and what kind of speed/reliability do you get?

Depends on the conditions, but I can usually get about 20Mbps. I'm on T-mobile, but I would not recommend using it for any serious surfing. For one thing, my phone gets hotter than a $2 pistol after about 20 minutes of tethering. Plus, I try not to abuse the ability. T-mo is the only provider that just doesn't care if people tether. I think if that were abused, they might change their tune.

Anyway, the service is reliable for me, I have excellent coverage. T-mo has spotty coverage in some areas, and along some rural highways, particularly in California. The latency can be pretty high, though.

Comment: Re:$7-per-month service (Score 1) 313

by jittles (#49755173) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

If you're like me, it's the expense of your talk, text and data plan that you dislike, not the features of a smartphone.

I pay $20 every 90 days to Virgin Mobile (works out to $6.67 per month). I'll upgrade to a smart phone if and when the price of a plan that includes a reasonable amount of data drops to $15 per month. Until then, I'll make a mental note of what online content I'd like to consume, and wait until I get home to consume it.

Calculate the annual cost of your cell phone plan; do you find that having instant gratification of your online desires is worth that cost? Not judging; just curious.

Yes. For $50 a month, I get unlimited everything and free tethering. When I am at the airport, or a crappy hotel, etc I can tether my laptop and still get work done.

Comment: Re:The data (Score 1) 173

There are a few people using their .gov email addresses for this, some of those can be verified by the IP address

No, you can't. Remember, several different court cases have stated, and people on here have wholeheartedly agreed, you can't tie an IP address to a person, even if there is only one person at a residence.

So either you can use an IP address to tie it to someone or you can't. Which is it?

You can verify that someone with a .gov email address accessed a website with an IP address that corresponds to a government entity in the US. That's about all you can safely do.

Comment: Re:If the headline is posed as a question, the ans (Score 2) 384

by jittles (#49739251) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

Besides, if you can do it in 1/16th of the time, you might find your maintenance budget get slashed to 1/16th of previous year/quarter. From what you described, it seems you/they allocate about a day to upgrade each station (16 units at 0.5 hour each.) Beats driving around in traffic to 16 different stations a day, too.

Don't be silly. The maintenance will still take just as long. He'll just have much more time to focus on his real priority - Clash of Clans.

Comment: Re:single-purpose tools better be awesome + durabl (Score 1, Redundant) 270

by jittles (#49699295) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything

Yes, kitchen counter space is limited. And toolbox space, and desks, and dressers, etc etc. Keurig has a functional niche (places where mess is intolerable or there's no one to clean it up, like medical lobby or a low-use office), but their marketing has convinced a broader market that it's too cool not to have one. It won't last. Already there's blowback about the amount of waste produced by this particular device, and popularity is waning... just like most other uber-popular single-use doohickeys.

In order to survive past initial novelty-driven sales, a single-purpose/non-flexible device had better be utterly awesome at what it does, and seriously durable in both function and regularity of need. That's why the regular pan stays while the egg-magic pan goes to Goodwill (not durable, don't want eggs every day), and virtually every Rolodex has been replaced by a free app on a general-purpose portable computing device (not flexible, need changed). The Keurig makes consistent mid-grade coffee (not awesome), and is moderately durable at best (and DRM is a form of intentional breakage), which means market survival will eventually come down to flexibility. Can JoeBob consumer make ramen with a Keurig? No? Then eventually he'll keep the kettle and throw out the Keurig.

'Jus sayin... as I sip decent coffee out of a mug, made with a 15yo Cuisinart kettle, an $0.80 sbux Via packet, and less waste/cleanup than Keurig. The packet will change, the kettle will stay.

You could make ramen with a Keurig. I use one to make oatmeal in the mornings.

Comment: Re:Mostly good (Score 1) 545

by jittles (#49697013) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

The annual booster shots for dogs is greed. So is the leptospirosis vaccine, and heartworm treatments for anything bigger than a squirrel. The leptospirosis vaccine only protects against 6 of the more than 150 types, and it's transferred by wild infected animals pissing on your dog's food. For heartworm, just keep the mosquito population down, the same as you should be doing to prevent the transmission of West Nile disease in humans. It's not like dogs can catch it from each other.

There are some places where it is very difficult to control the mosquito population. I lived in Venezuela for a while. They have trucks come around and spray pesticides on everything and everyone in order to try and control the mosquito population and thereby prevent dengue fever. I can tell you right now that the mosquitoes were not under very good control. I also dated a girl whose dog died of heartworm. She had the dog on heartworm medication for its entire life until the dog was about 6 and then missed two months of treatment. In fact, where I live now, the animal shelters often have to put down stray dogs that are dying of heartworm. I rarely even see a mosquito in town.

Comment: Re:Does anyone else see the irony? (Score 1) 545

by jittles (#49696977) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

California is a microcosm of the United States as a whole: liberal around the coasts, except for the south coast; and conservative inland, except near the large body of water on the border.

They also tend to run liberal in federal elections and conservative in state elections.

This split personality is behind a lot of California's budget problems, as one part of the populace with a majority vote has mandated spending on certain programs, and another part of the populace with a majority vote has prohibited raising certain taxes, leaving the legislature tightly bound between the rock of having to spend money and the hard place of not being able to raise it, requiring them to borrow it.

Which, come to think of it, is another microcosm of the United States as a whole, and the reason for the constant debt crises we keep having. Congress mandates spending, doesn't authorize the necessary taxes, and then blames the president for coming to the unavoidable necessity of borrowing to pay for what they've required him to spend and not allowed him to raise.

If you watch California elections they only borrow money for education and repairing aging infrastructure. They seem to find the money they need for everything else by raiding the schools. If the dumbasses who vote in California would stop approving billions of dollars in school bonds every election, this practice might actually change.

Comment: Re:Obvious point of comparison? (Score 1) 211

by jittles (#49690345) Attached to: FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones

But the numbers you have come up with are not comparable to each other, as they are for different areas and data sets.

25% of calls are pranks, while 70% are dialled inadvertently - an inadvertent dial is not a prank, and a prank is not an inadvertent dial, so these figures are not comparable.

Of course they are comparable. You only have 100% of calls available to you. If 70% were dialed inadvertently and 25% were dialed as pranks, that would suggest that only 5% were dialed on purpose and NOT a prank.

Comment: Re:Trolling Douchebags (Score 1) 211

by jittles (#49689941) Attached to: FCC May Stop 911 Access For NSI Phones

The problem is that the language from that report suggests that some of the calls may be legitimate, but non-emergency calls. People call 911 all the time for the stupidest things. For instance, calling 911 to report a fender bender. That is entirely inappropriate, and a complete drain on emergency resources.

Comment: Re:Why is ITT even eligible for federal student lo (Score 1) 85

by jittles (#49688423) Attached to: SEC Charges ITT Educational Services With Fraud

The expected total expenditures for a student at my university when I graduated back in 2003 were in the range of $19,000 per year in today's dollars. Estimated total costs for students at the same university in the upcoming school year are about $35,000.

There really is no comparison here. School is vastly more expensive today than it was even 15 years ago. And that is tremendously unfair to current students.

Is that all expenses or just tuition expenses? The university has no control over outside expenses.

Comment: Re:Moral (Score 2, Insightful) 124

by jittles (#49688299) Attached to: Hackers Using Starbucks Gift Cards To Access Credit Cards

You trust the infrastructure between you and the second party, but only in the US (and some tourist areas) is it considered acceptable to hand over your card to a 3rd party who disappear with it for a while. The rest of the world, the third party never, or rarely even touches your card. So you don't have to trust a 3rd party with your card to use it. At most, you trust the infrastructure between you and the credit card company.

Except that the third patty controls the card terminal. If they're unscrupulous or if they don't have proper security, then anyone could come in there and install hardware that would get your card details, even your PIN if you're on a chip and pin system. Will that allow them to clone your chip? I'm not sure - probably not. But that doesn't stop them from having someone mug you when you're a few blocks away, either. Plus, you don't use the chip or pin for online purchases.

Comment: Re:Why is ITT even eligible for federal student lo (Score 2) 85

by jittles (#49682535) Attached to: SEC Charges ITT Educational Services With Fraud

"A better question may be, why do "federally-guaranteed loans" need to exist in the first place..." Exactly. If the question is "Why is higher education so expensive," that is the answer.

Don't be ridiculous. The loans don't exist because school is prohibitively expensive. I finished school just with the current group of "I can't pay my student loan" cry babies. I paid for all of my education, and have been supporting myself since I was 16 years old. My student loan total for 3.5 years (I graduated early) was $12,000. That included tuition, books, and my apartment minus the costs I paid myself by working throughout school. I received $1000 total in scholarships and did not qualify for grant money. I went to a school that I could afford. A state university program. Without the federally subsidized student loan, I would have been forced to work more, and would have had to spend more time on my degree.

At the time I started school, my girlfriend wanted me to attend the same private school she went to. I applied and was accepted but passed on the program because the tuition alone would have cost me over $30,000 a year. With decreased funding, my state university now charges double what it did when I attended, but your 4 year tuition is still less than 0.75 years at a private university. I have about as much sympathy for those crying about student loan repayment as I have for those people who took out a 5 year ARM on property back in 2008.

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.