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Comment: Re:Monopolistic thuggish behavior (Score 2, Insightful) 311

by mjwx (#47762299) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

You pay a private company for water? Where is this Randian paradise in which you live?

The third world where the water piped in isn't potable.

As I've often said, the blind Randian believers need to go and live in a third world "libertarian paradise" for a few years where you can pay for absolutely anything and have to pay for absolutely everything. Want the police to help you, expect to shell out. Want the court to do anything, reach into those pockets. Need help from the government, dont expect it to come cheap.

Living in a place like this is great... when you earn western levels of money and a yearly income of $25,000 USD makes you part of the 1%... but not when you're a regular working pleb doing 12 hour days for $4000 USD a year... All Hail Rand.

Comment: Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (Score 5, Informative) 283

by mjwx (#47762265) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

An LTO-6 drive costs about $2500, and it stores 2.5TB of data on a $50 tape. That is about half the price of a comparable hard drive. If you have more than 100TB of data to store then tape becomes cheaper (that is, the savings for the tapes exceeds the cost of the drive). Tape is also a bit less fragile during transport/etc, and likely more reliable than optical media unless you buy the expensive stuff (which certainly isn't any cheaper than tape).

The advantage of tape has always been it's nigh-indestructibility. Spinning drives in comparison are pretty vulnerable.

Tapes has a crapload of drawbacks, write speed, read speed, the fact it's sequential (random access is painful) but it remains popular because you can drop it, smash it, submerge and then freeze it and all you have to do is roll the tape into a new case. Disks have a bad tendency to fail over time where as tape is a lot more reliable.

If you want to back up a lot of data for a short time (sub six months) then disk is good, if you want to back up data for a long time (years) and know that it will be recoverable in 5 to 7 years, then use tape.

Comment: Re:Is he a senior? (Score 1) 240

by mjwx (#47762097) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

This also explains using names like John Connor. You and I would be able to recognize the source of the name. It's much less likely that a senior citizen would, so it gives them a way to filter out the people least likely to fall for the scam.

Really? The original Terminator movie came out in 1984. People now in their 60s would have been about the same age as most of us here. Someone now in their 90s might not know about the movie, but I would bet at least as many people in their 60s and 70s know the name John Connor as do people in their teens and 20s.

Actually it would be the opposite. The original terminator movie came out in 1984, the sequel came out in 1992. Someone born in 1984 is now 32 years old, you get a lot of people in their 20's who have never seen terminator. If we add a non-western culture into the mix (in Australia, a lot of these telemarketers/scammers have thick Indian accents) they will likely have never seen Terminator, let alone make the John Conor connection. Also, it's not an unusual name.

Comment: I thought it was bad (Score -1, Troll) 117

by mjwx (#47754041) Attached to: Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games
I thought Bioshock was bad when they made a game that you literally could not lose at. It was impossible to die or fail.

Now they want to make games essentially play themselves. What happens when the player produces input the software does not expect? can it backtrack, will it backtrack or just keep going with what it thinks the player should be doing.

The really sad part is I can see this succeeding. Few gamers want to play games any more, they just want instant gratification trophies. There's more focus in achievement trophies in modern games (especially AAA games) than there is on actual gameplay.

Comment: Re:I forced myself to watch it (Score 1) 299

by mjwx (#47753723) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Look how well banning Nazi memorabilia has worked out in France where they now have a HUGE uptick in the amount of anti-semitism.

That is a very long and shakey bow to draw.

It's like saying this rock prevents tigers and there were no tigers there before the rock was moved. Chances are the tigers were coming anyway. It's entirely possible the ban in Nazi memorabilia was a response to growing anti-Semitism. The conditions that created the large up tick in anti-Semitism were likely present before the ban went into effect (things like extreme nationalism).

Basically this is a lesson in correlation does not equal causation. In all likelihood, these two events share a common cause.

Comment: Re:Discreet? (Score 1) 575

by mjwx (#47753121) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Yes, because sticking your nails into a drink is totally discreet.

She smiled suggestively at him as she gently stirred her drink with the tip of her nail.

I still think the best method is to just not leave a drink unattended when you're out.

Nowhere near effective. When someone buys you a drink, you dont usually follow them to the bar whilst they do it.

Comment: Re:article summary is wrong (Score 1) 51

by mjwx (#47752989) Attached to: Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

But from TFA: "Plane passengers will be allowed to use electronic devices weighing less than a kilogram in offline mode from gate to gate without needing to turn them off. The devices will need to remain in flight mode and cannot be used for calls, text or data, however."

So, all this really does is confirm the findings that the FAA had -- small devices are reasonable to use in airplane mode in all phases of flight.

This pretty much means nothing has changed.

Singapore Airlines changed their safety video about 3 years ago to say that "all transmitting devices must be in flight mode and stowed for take off and landing". Ever since flight mode became commonplace (think old Nokia's, long before the time of Android and Iphones) it's been this way. It's only recently that the Hoi Polloi got a phone that has the capability to dick around off-line. For the business traveller, it's long since been a case of put it in flight mode and do some work.

Comment: Re:Wy not? (Score 1) 51

by mjwx (#47752951) Attached to: Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

Now they can sell Internet when phone calling abroad is already passé?

Because there's no coverage up that high.

Plus it makes it easier to sell internet services. You simply put a cell on the plane and charge for the connection to the cell (easy enough with a captive portal). Same with voice calls and SMS's.

But for the moment, QANTAS and Virgin AU dont even offer in-flight internet.


Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor 272

Posted by samzenpus
from the bubbling-up dept.
sciencehabit writes Researchers have discovered 570 plumes of methane percolating up from the sea floor off the eastern coast of the United States, a surprisingly high number of seeps in a relatively quiescent part of the ocean. The seeps suggest that methane's contribution to climate change has been underestimated in some models. And because most of the seeps lie at depths where small changes in temperature could be releasing the methane, it is possible that climate change itself could be playing a role in turning some of them on.

Comment: Re:Free market (Score 2) 257

by mjwx (#47744797) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Don't worry guys, the free market fairy will take care of it.

The free market has taken care of it. Good customer service is expensive. Consumers have demonstrated that they are unwilling to pay additional money for good customer service. Successful companies have aborted customer service to keep prices low.

US telco's are amongst the most expensive in the western world and the shittiest in terms of service.

I'm with Australia's most expensive telco, I pay $30 a month for prepaid on a BYO device plan (month by month) with 400 MB data included. The cheapest AT US it would cost me AU$45 for half the amount of data and with Telstra, I can use the same $30 to get an additional 1GB of data. Even though every time I have to call Telstra (about twice a year) I'm connected through to Bangalore they at least have been able to sort my problem out (to be fair, their in store service was quite good. It was 2 minutes to get a SIM re-issued after losing my phone).

You lot can keep your free market faeries, I'm happy with our well regulated system here in Oz.

Comment: Re:They're not gamers. (Score 1) 273

by mjwx (#47744563) Attached to: Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

In other words, the people who just published this "study" have just realized that women who play trivial games on their cell phones are a much larger (and probably more profitable) demographic than their old focus on teenaged boys playing first person shooters.

Stereotype much?

The average age of a gamer is 32 and getting older. This was also published a few years ago before Farmville even existed so it's probably around 35.

BTW, just because there is a market in serving facebook games does not mean the previous market of gamers has disappeared or even diminished. I'd bet its as strong as ever. Sure purely profit oriented entities may leave that market, companies like EA but as a gamer (also a 30-something) that is not a bad thing at all.

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?