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Comment: AT&T = Bill Trolls (Score 1) 196

by Tablizer (#47770397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

AT&T keeps adding "insurance" charges to our bill without asking. They make up odd excuses to keep adding it back after removal, something like, "Oh, you said, 'Are you sure', I thought you said, "You insure us".

Reminds me of the browser Spam Bar prompts: "Are you sure you don't want to not add the Ask Tool Bar? _Yes _No"

Comment: Re:maybe (Score 5, Insightful) 196

by bill_mcgonigle (#47769963) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

I thought everyone knew this, or were able to google it especially if they are able to upload something like DDWRT to their router. Perhaps I had too much faith.

especially in AT&T if nobody he's ever spoken with about the issue knew enough to mention encapsulation. It doesn't sound like he's a dope, just possibly missed this factor. Somebody there could have simply asked him, "are you counting the overhead of PPPoE and ATM?" and then his post may have been entirely different, if it even existed at all.

With millions of home users and thousands of techs, the onus should not be on the customer base to understand how the vendor's product works internally.

Comment: Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (Score 4, Insightful) 196

by bill_mcgonigle (#47769899) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Most places I've seen measure with encapsulation, because it's easier. The problem's not with the meter, it's with the small print

The problem actually is with the meter, if you're not allowed to see the meter.

"We're going to charge you based on this gas/electric/water/phone meter, but you have no way to verify the reading" is something the PUC wouldn't accept other than in the case of "the Internet".

Comment: Re:Official Vehicles (Score 1) 188

by bill_mcgonigle (#47769817) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

the rules and licensing that happens on the State level should only be applicable to those roads.

Please explain the legal theory for the State being able to a-priori take away your right to free travel without due process of law and how that fits with, e.g. the 5/9/14th Amendments and the privileges and immunities clause. Remember, they seized most of these roads, however long ago.

Comment: Re:Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (Score 2) 189

by bill_mcgonigle (#47769755) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

The whole point was that developers influence the choice of distro on the server

There must be cases where this is true. However, it's really unclear to me why most developers would care and why they would feel themselves qualified if they have competent sysadmins to work with.

When I've got my sysadmin hat on, most of the developers I work with are developing on Macs. They have no hangups about their code being deployed on EL systems in a big data center. Nobody is clamoring for a shelf full of MacPro tubes to deploy on.

When I've got my developer hat on, I usually write on a Fedora machine. But I'm not daft enough to try to run Fedora on a server and have to worry about the maintenance cycle. I put my configs in a puppet module that pushes the code out to whichever VM I'm going to run it on, regardless of the OS, hypervisor, hardware, or country that code is bound for.

If my code doesn't run on a particular distro, then my code is probably broken (or my devops is hosed).

Maybe there are some startups with a bunch of kids and one third-careeer CEO and they all tell him what's going to happen. Good for them, I guess. Someday a sysadmin might come in and help them fix their stack. Let's not speak of the failwhale.

Comment: Better Long-Term Prospects than IT (Score 1) 104

by Tablizer (#47768025) Attached to: Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

If you like the field of statistics it seems a better long-term bet than IT. The "laws" of math are not going to change in 40 years, where-as in IT the languages, GUI's, frameworks, and Paradigm Fad of the Day will change...several times. Plus it won't give you Carpel Tunnel (unless you can't trick a grunt into data entry). You are expected to know the domain (industry) such that outsourcing is not as likely either.

Software may pay more in the short term, but career-wise, stats seems more stable.

Comment: Re: As a statisticians (Score 1) 104

by bill_mcgonigle (#47766781) Attached to: Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

what's funny is that CS nerds and stats nerds work very hard together to enable hard drive firmwares that permit the very dense and cheap storage that scientists and statisticians need. Not to mention the broad applicability of coding theory to every other discipline. TFA might have a point on the margins but by and large he's trolling academia (which is working to bring attention to his issue).

Comment: Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (Score 1) 437

by Tablizer (#47766567) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

[they believe] that religion in school meant students were better behaved and more obedient, and society as a whole was just better off

Note there is no real evidence that the threat of a ghost-father BBQ-ing your ass for eternity if you are bad actually works as an incentive. Shorter-term feedback is usually much much more effective on humans (and all animals).

Comment: Re:This is good! (Score 1) 437

by Tablizer (#47766455) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

the problem with "Intelligent Design" is not that whether it's "true" or not, but rather that it's not science because it ignores the Scientific Method

I disagree. ID is a valid theory, in terms of a possible explanation. After all, Monsanto is doing ID (and some DD - Dumbass Design), so we know it can happen to some degree. Old-fashioned breeding is also ID.

But, the evidence for it is very week in the big-picture sense. We normally don't discuss very week theories in science class. I don't mind if a state textbook puts in a blurb about it, but the "Evidence" section would be blank.

An interesting side discussion for students is if complexity alone is evidence for ID. In other words, if a natural explanation is not currently known, is that strong evidence for a creator, or merely evidence of humanity's knowledge gaps?

Asking those kinds of questions is a great way to learn such that I am all for bringing up ID in a science class, if done well. I really hate to say it, but I agree with Bush in terms of bringing it up. (I have to shower after that admission.)

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