Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Comment: Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (Score 1) 291

by m00sh (#48561583) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

... but their Xfinity Wifi Hotspot program, if implemented correctly, shouldn't cause customers any real harm.

What I believe happens is that your modem gets virtualized into two modems/routers. Cable Internet is already based on shared broadcast signals, so in terms of bandwidth it should be identical to adding a second, mostly inactive cable modem somewhere in your neighborhood. Since the 2nd modem is virtualized, it should not affect your transfer rates or bandwidth quotas.

This second modem is connected to a second, virtual router, with its own SSID. Unless there's a vulnerability in the router (which is possible), users of the Xfinity Wifi Hotspot should not be able to access your network, use your IP address, etc.

Available bandwidth could conceivably be reduced, due to more packets in the air, but WiFi is already unregulated and subject to additional interference. Increased load on the modem/router could theoretically reduce your bandwidth as well, although probably not by any noticeable amount.

The best claim is based on increased electricity usage. However, the additional energy needed is probably negligible. Here is a link to a blog post about the increased electricity costs, where they conclude it's about $8 per year in the mid-Atlantic area -- if it's being used. Comcast could give everyone a $1/mo credit for enabling the Xfinity WiFi Hotspot, completely eliminating the issue.

The problem is that they are enabling it without consent.

Comcast should give a large discount to incentiveize people in enabling them. Since they are Comcast, they just said fuck you and turned it on to rake in the sweet sweet profit.

Comment: Re:This! (Score 1) 84

by m00sh (#48399385) Attached to: Billionaire Donors Lavish Millions On Code.org Crowdfunding Project

There is a great portion of my favorite book on Political thought regarding wages and the Artisan. Socrates points out that once a person in society receives ample money for a project they no longer have incentive to do future work. Socrates continues stating that this is not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that the person with the wealth is now free to meddle in the affairs of everybody else in society. That meddling is almost never in societies interests, but that person or the person's close friends and associates, so that they gain further control of society and have more stuff than everyone else.

That book in case you are interested is Plato's "The Republic".

The whole "everyone should code" argument is foolish. Society needs plumbers, welders, architects, accountants, doctors, physicists, line workers, and every other job there is. As society has demand for jobs the wages should go up, which draws people into the needed jobs. Since coders are in demand and receive good wages for their work, it seems at least some of this push is to artificially reduce the wages by flooding the market. And lets face it, there are not a whole lot of decent paying middle class jobs left in the US any longer.

Human societies are now billions of people. Even millions of dollars are just a drop in the sea. There is absolutely no way anyone can know what that drop is good or bad for society. Is the projected funded by a billionaire for his interests more detrimental than a project sanctioned by a government official using taxpayer money?

By the same logic of not everyone should code, then everyone shouldn't need to read and write, do math, learn science? Every scientist now learns to code; engineers code, physicists code, biologists code. Why shouldn't the average person code?

Comment: Re:Yes yes yes (Score 1) 405

Everyone I worked with 15 years ago as an engineer is now in management. What are they managing? Where is this productivity I keep hearing about?

Good engineers quickly outgrow what they themselves alone are capable of to their visions of what is possible. Management is the only way you can get hundreds of engineers to realize your vision.

Comment: Re:You have to have a car payment to drive? (Score 2) 907

by m00sh (#47994665) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Strange. I've owned a car (several of them, actually) for a couple of decades and I never made a payment other than the first one I used to buy the car. I've also never paid over $3000 for a car. Something about learning to maintain it yourself and not having much money. Also something about how true ownership beats the pants off someone else having control of my stuff.

Guess as you get paid more, you gather this strange belief that everyone does the same crazy dumb shit that you're doing.

Cars are cash items due to severe depreciation and high maintenance costs. Can't afford to buy it cash? Don't. If you have under $1000 cash (the minimum I find drivable cars selling for) the last thing you need are payments! And if you need it for a job, make sure you pay the car off within a month or two (there's plenty of $2000 jalopies you can pick up at the various fleece-me-blind no-credit car lots that should be priced at $1000 cash).

If you buy a used car, it will run into problems. If you go to a mechanic with even the smallest of problems, they will quote you $500. If you ignore the problem, it will get worse and worse until it is unsafe to drive or the car simply doesn't start at all.

Learning to maintain a car isn't that hard but you can't do it on your apartment parking lot.

Comment: Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (Score 0) 200

by m00sh (#47992943) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

The article spells out the differences - the India probe took longer, weighed less, has fewer experiments, and probably won't last long. Meanwhile the NASA probe got there quickly, weighs 4 times more, has twice the number of experiments, and can serve as a communication relay for probes on the ground.

I can drive across country in a $5000 car, a $50,000 car, or a $500,000 truck. Each of them have different purposes and will get you there in different ways. To say NASA needs to only use the $5000 car isn't in our long term interest.

Or maybe, just maybe, they innovated and solved key problems to make ti cheaper.

But we can't have that, can we? American steel is stronger than Indian steel.

Let's just give credit where it's due and learn from their success. We can't put our noses up and say our space program is a 2015 Cadillac Escalade whereas yours is a 1999 Honda Accord.

Comment: Re:Cake and eat it too (Score 1) 365

by m00sh (#47992831) Attached to: Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Corporations want infrastructure, rule of the law, and educated workforce that comes with doing business in US while paying third-world wages and hiding income in tax shelters. You can't have it both ways.

By the same argument, we want high wages through government intervention and artificial barriers to labor just by the virtue of the luck of being born on the right side of the line. At the same time, we want to buy the cheapest parts and gadgets manufactured in China so we can consume more even though it costs the manufacturing sector in the US.

We also want it both ways as well. Everybody wants it both ways.

The goal is to find the balance that is best for everyone.

Comment: Re:The kind of science fair my school used to have (Score 1) 308

by m00sh (#47988963) Attached to: Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

If it's anything like the science fairs we used to have at my high school, then it will turn out dad is a plant biologist (who swears the girls did it all on their own) and the girls will be curiously vague when asked about the methodology.

The greatest challenge is not knowing how to do something but knowing all the ways on not how to do it.

There is always someone who shows the exact way of doing something and the kids follow the step and sometimes produce great results.

Even great university research has someone vastly experienced guiding it.

Comment: Because of Apple engineering (Score 1, Informative) 264

by m00sh (#47953581) Attached to: Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

It is obviously because Apple has engineered iOS so well that it only requires a fraction of the memory that Android does.

And, iOS8 has such wonderful memory technologies that Apple developed that even new apps only need a small fraction of the memory that they would need in Android and iOS7. So, there was absolutely no need to put extra memory that will never be used.

Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 1) 224

by m00sh (#47943895) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

What a load of PC "humans are the only baddies in the world" bollocks.

Chimpanzees have a well documented history of intra-group hierarchical violence, violence against females and extra-group murdering raids. This is nothing new. Anthropologists have known this stuff for decades.

In Matthew Lieberman's book Social, he has a chapter on this.

Especially entertaining is what he wrote regarding the bonobos. They are essentially the free love orgy and hippies of the primate world. And, chimps are the violent and brutal ones.

So, whatever the primates do, there isn't a definite reflection on humans. We all share the fact that society and social connections are the most important things in our lives but it can go in multitude of directions - from hippie to killers.

Comment: Re:Tenure-hunting discourages risk (Score 1) 203

by m00sh (#47832657) Attached to: Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

In my opinion the peer-review should be changed to a double-blind system: the reviewer should not see name and affiliation of the authors, and judge the work as it would grade an undergrad paper (i.e. harshly). Like this I believe the signal-to-noise ratio in journals would increase, and only good papers would get published. At that point, I'd be willing to accept impact factor as a measure of worthiness of a publication. Until then, it's just friends judging friends, with nobody wanting to piss off anybody else. Minor revisions, congratulations, you're published.

There are many many double blind review systems.

The world of research on a specific topic is very small. If you write a paper, you can probably guess who will review it. Also, the reviewer can also guess who wrote it.

If that doesn't happen, then it goes to the guy who drew the short straw and you get a pointless review criticizing pointless things from a person who knows nothing about the field but is in the review committee for whatever reasons.

Comment: Re:Here's an idea (Score 4, Insightful) 448

by m00sh (#47827111) Attached to: Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

How about we just stop invading other countries where we know people don't like to see Americans? If we had opted out of the second Iraq war, we could have saved thousands of lives, billions of dollars, and our own collective faces on the international stage. To top it all off we wouldn't need to be having this discussion at all. We didn't accomplish anything with that war. I know that is not a popular opinion here, but it is the truth.

Under the sanctions, Iraqis were suffering. The child death rate was soaring, there were food shortages and there were thousands of deaths. The power of Saddam Hussein was actually growing and he was getting richer and more powerful while the population was suffering.

Which was all caused by the first Iraq war which was the result of arming Saddam Hussein so that he would fight Iran. We were fighting Iran because they were hostile to us because of supporting the unpopular Shah dictator. We supported a military coup that put the Shah in power because oil was nationalized by then Iranian government. The Iranian government nationalized the oil fields because they were outright owned by foreign oil companies and didn't think it was fair. I don't know what happened before that.

Just a chain of dick moves and greed all the way.

Other nearby countries using their oil resources wisely have done very well and are the countries with the highest per capita.

Comment: Re:dumb as fuck celebrities (Score 1) 311

by m00sh (#47818941) Attached to: Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Your life is already under a microscope. You can't go to the supermarket without a crew from TMZ following you and paparazzi are camped out on your lawn.... just how freaking stupid do you have to be to post nude pics of yourself to the cloud?

I'm going to start a consulting agency to the stars, called "Common Sense", and get paid to distribute my common sense to people who obviously have none of their own.

Here's a free tip: If you don't want nude pics of yourself spread to the web, don't take nude pics of yourself!

Or even better yet, never be nude. Always wear clothes. Then, there there is absolutely no chance of nude pics.

Comment: Around or on top of millitary bases? (Score 5, Insightful) 237

by m00sh (#47813413) Attached to: Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

The article says ...

What we find suspicious is that a lot of these interceptors are right on top of U.S. military bases.

The summary says ...

Many of them are built around U.S. military bases.

Way to slant the summary to make it look like Chinese towers rather than our towers.

Brain damage is all in your head. -- Karl Lehenbauer

Working...