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Comment Re:Why are we doing this? (Score 1) 134

Our solar system consists of 3 classes of objects: rocky planets, gas giants, dwarf bodies. Going to Pluto allows us to study the 3rd class. Scientists think these dwarf objects in the Kuiper Belt are the building blocks of planets but did not have a chance to accumulate into one since our solar system formed and studying objects in that area will give us a more complete understanding of what happened during the early age of our solar system.

I think this mission is especially challenging because it's so far away. Mission planners need to account for the considerable latency involved.

Comment Re:The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 1) 86

> why has gigabit internet rapidly proliferated around the country over the last decade?

You have an interesting view about the glacial pace at which gigabit service is rolling out in a handful of US cities. Just because you reference a bunch of links doesn't mean your posts should be taken seriously.

Comment Re:The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 5, Interesting) 86

in 2004, the FCC took steps to limit competition, turning away from key provisions of the 1996 Telecom Act. They set aside unbundling requirements which serve as a key bridge for competitive carriers. By circumventing Congress this way, the Bush-appointed Chairman of the FCC was able to turn back a competitive tide, creating an intentional duopoly on Internet access in the US.

The FCC Chairman was Michael Powell

Comment Re:Hasn't Google been doing that for a while now? (Score 1) 109

I can't answer your question but the html5 player is much more efficient than the Flash player and I've set it as the default in Firefox. I find that a video would buffer more often using the Flash player compared to the html5 player.

Does it mean the video has been encoded in VP9 if the nerd stats say DASH in Flash? The html5 stats say explicitly VP9.

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 115

FreeNAS's base is NanoBSD. describes the project. The primary benefit of using NanoBSD is that everything is RO at runtime which means you can pull power from the system at anytime.

Another vendor who uses FreeBSD is Juniper. I've read about file system corruption--not often, but it can happen--from admins when they don't perform a proper shutdown.

Comment x64 only (Score 2) 115

My CPU doesn't support x64 guests so I'll remain on 9.2.x, which still works pretty well. The only downside is the minidlna plug-in is a bit old and needs to scan the entire collection when adding new files. Newer versions will either have inotify/kqueue working, if not already.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle