Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:Libraries are one thing Amazon is not (Score 4, Interesting) 165

by ljw1004 (#47666391) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

We take my 10-month old daughter to "Baby Story Time" at nearby libraries. Last week one of the libraries brought in some zoo animals for the kids to pet.

My iPad and SurfacePro aren't as good at telling stories to baby. There's less social interaction and she gets too fixated on the screen. Also tries to eat it.

Comment: Re:yeah yeah (Score 1) 368

by ljw1004 (#47655663) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

They offer (some speed) and Qwest only offers (some slightly slower speed)." "Ok, do you really understand what those speeds mean? How much faster is your pr0n going to download at, for instance, 15 Mbps vs 30 Mbps? In real minutes." "30 is twice as fast." "That's only the top peak speed possible from the connection. The actual speed can and does vary wildly. Besides, the speed at the head end of the service you're accessing is much more significant.

I think you're wrong. I started with Qwest, switch to Comcast out of frustration, moved house to a different neighborhood in Seattle, switched to Qwest out of frustration, and switched back to Comcast out of frustration.

Qwest does reliably deliver the "slower than comcast" part of its promise. The headline slower peak speeds are indicative of overall slower peak speeds. Qwest slows things down uniformly and irritatingly no matter what is at the head end of the service.

Comment: Cost of nuclear decommissioning? (Score 3, Interesting) 409

This paper: assumes $0.2 - $0.3 billion to decommission a nuclear power plant (based on a 2013 report by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

UK: $9 billion decommissioning costs per plant, based on an estimate by the UK's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Japan: $1 billion per plant so far, but estimated $1.8 billion per plant for the remainder

I suspect this paper gets its results by downplaying by an order of magnitude the decommissioning costs of nuclear power.

Comment: Get an Apple Airport Extreme (Score 2) 427

by ljw1004 (#47633945) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

I've kept my old Buffalo running Tomato. It's fine as a router. I like the loopback functionality. I have everything set up find and don't want to change.

But frankly its WIFI was bad. It apparently couldn't cope with the way that modern devices communicate over wifi. Its wifi would get stuck every few days and require a reboot. It's not fast. Its range isn't good.

I just bought an Apple Airport Extreme. Disclaimer is that I work at Microsoft, and joined the company because I'm a Microsoft fanboy. But I bought the Apple base station solely in wifi mode, and it got extra range, and it doesn't crap out as much, and I'm delighted with it. It took an hour to set up (the setup software didn't work on my MBA so I had to install Airport Utilities onto my Windows notebook). But since then it's been running fine without worry.

Comment: Re:Just like C then? (Score 1) 371

by ljw1004 (#47631783) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

The point of async+await is that they're COMPOSITIONAL with respect to other language constructs - e.g. you can put an await inside a for loop, or inside a try/catch block. It's impossible to do compositional asynchrony just as a library.

(and the evidence is in, that compositional asynchrony is a game-changer and significantly more productive than trying to do it with callbacks and libraries).

Comment: Re:iFind (Score 4, Interesting) 138

by ljw1004 (#47605029) Attached to: Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

It's very different from iFind...

This paper flat out says that it's impossible to harvest enough energy from RF sources to power any kind of radio transmitter. Instead, it takes advantage of the existing idea that although you can't transmit your own signals, you can at least selectively block or intefere with someone else's RF signals. And the paper's clever invention is to apply this known technique to wifi in particular, so as to work with off-the-shelf wifi routers.

By contrast, iFind claimed it could harvest enough energy from RF to power a bluetooth transmitter.

Comment: Re:Weakest US President ever (Score 1) 582

by ljw1004 (#47547141) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Oh I'm sure Russia will affect America. But I what I asked was this:

"Is there a clear course of action in this conflict that will be best for America in the future?"

No, there isn't a clear course of action. It's not obvious which actions would make the situation better and which actions would make the situation worse.

Comment: Re:Weakest US President ever (Score 4, Insightful) 582

by ljw1004 (#47545511) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

* Gaza can send thousands of rockets targeting Israeli citizens and they won't even say a word.

Affects Americans right now? -- no. Is there a clear course of action in this conflict that will be best for America in the future? -- no.

* Iran can make nuclear weapons and they won't even say a word.

Affects Americans right now? -- no. Is there a clear course of action in this conflict that will be best for America in the future? -- no.

* Russia can take over Crimea and they get bashed harshly with... a speech.

Affects Americans right now? -- no. Is there a clear course of action in this conflict that will be best for America in the future? -- no.

*ISIS can take over Iraq and kill thousands and they won't say a word.

Affects Americans right now? -- no. Is there a clear course of action in this conflict that will be best for America in the future? -- no.

Now here's a bullet point that you didn't mention:

* Ubiquitous healthcare for Americans

Affects Americans right now? -- YES! Was it a clear course of action that will be best for America in the future? -- YES!

Comment: Won't affect the majority of customers (Score 1, Insightful) 274

by ljw1004 (#47540381) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

At first I read about Verizon throttling their "unlimited data plan" customers and I got concerned.

But then I read that the throttling will NOT affect the majority of customers who are paying over the odds for an unlimited data plan that they don't actually need. That's good. So long as they're not affected, things are okay. Please go ahead with your plans, Verizon!

Whatever is not nailed down is mine. Whatever I can pry up is not nailed down. -- Collis P. Huntingdon, railroad tycoon

Working...