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Comment Re:Companies don't get it.... (Score 1) 445

I mean this in the nicest way - You count as your own worst enemy.

You feel some sort of sense of duty to your job, you feel that you need to cover for your coworkers' shortcomings, you (want to) feel that your job "matters" so much that the company can't keep going without you. Reality check - If the company doesn't value a project enough to give you adequate resources to get it done, you should value it exactly as much as the company does - Not at all. It will get done when it gets done. Bonuses, you say? Yeah, they don't exist in the first place. I theoretically get an annual bonus - That depends 0% on my performance, and 100% on the performance of people entirely outside my department. The salesmen rule the world, simple as that. Hell, even my annual "performance" evaluation depends less than 25% on my actual performance. I could literally score a perfect "C" without getting a single one of my formal duties done.

Put bluntly, as long as upper management can get their email, your success or failure means nothing to the company on the short term. Yes, your project may well make the company more in the long run than even its core business - For which you will get zero thanks, because the C-levels have no clue what you do.

Make no mistake, I give my employer a fair day's work. But from what you've written, you would hate working with me, because I care about my job exactly as much as my boss, and his boss, and his boss' boss, all the way to the top of the food chain, do. If they make success possible, I will succeed. If they expect "Scotty the Miracle Worker" on a shoestring, you've already failed, don't waste your time fighting it..

Comment Re:I don't see anything different. (Score 1) 132

They changed it because serif fonts are hard to read at different resolutions and don't scale well on small phones and watches.

At 60pt, they could write it in frickin' Viner Hand for all it matters and people would still have no trouble recognizing it even on the tiniest of screens.

On an iPhone 5, for example, it literally spans a good inch and a half, and roughly a third that height. "Hard to read" just doesn't apply.

Comment Re:Same issues (Score 4, Insightful) 151

Isn't this the same as having economists doing the work, just faster? You are still using past data to predict the future

Yes and no. In a sense, letting AI learn the salient traits of the available data just saves a human from needing to do it; but, you can do something with an algorithm that you can't reliably do with a human - You can model the existing system, then test billions of hypothetical situations to see how they respond.

Humans work amazingly well at pattern matching, even in the absence of understanding of "why". We can even get good at predicting what will likely happen if we change a few inputs to a system. But we don't do so well at figuring out what will happen if we tweak a large number of inputs simultaneously.

Think of this as nothing more than finally making batch hypothesis testing possible in an objective way, in a field where a persuasive argument matters more than facts and where a real experiment can take a few generations to fully show its outcome.

Comment I can already see the Slashdot headlines (Score 4, Insightful) 228

A year from now, I look forward to hearing Comcast whine about how "No legitimate user could seriously expect to pay $30 for 1.5 petabytes per month. Obviously, unlimited didn't mean unlimited - We intended it to give only another 300GB. We need to limit these greedy users out of fairness to our other customers."

Fuck 'em. I don't know who to consider dumber - Comcast, or any of their customers who fall for this again.

Comment Key word, "home" (Score 1) 179

You need to quantify what you consider "good enough" in order to answer that.

First, in strict terms of bandwidth, no, today's best wireless just can't compete with today's best fiber. But how about tomorrow? No, tomorrow's best wireless still won't beat tomorrow's best fiber; but, with wireless, when 7G hits the scene everyone goes out and buys a new $50 modem and trucks don't need to physically roll to every end point on the network to upgrade their tubes.

Second, in more relaxed terms of bandwidth, when do we reach "enough" so that even revolutionary improvements don't really matter any more? Do I really need the ability to download a full 4k movie in under six seconds? I don't mean that as a "640k should be enough for anyone" argument, but at a point in time, yes, 640k did count as "enough" for most purposes, even though at that same point in time we had supercomputers with a whopping 16MB of main RAM.

Finally, and most importantly (I touched this in my first point), you asked specifically about "to the home". The biggest challenge in getting bits to the vast majority of homes has nothing to do with the throughput of the medium, but whether we can get it to the home in the first place. In the nearest city to me, I could get 1GB connections for a few hundred a month; living half an hour away, I don't even have the slowest of DSL available at any price. Whether or not fiber counts as "better" in that context doesn't mean a damned thing to me, because I won't ever see it.

When you ask about "good enough", keep in mind that the connection that meets all you needs, the connection that you can get, beats the much, much better one that you can't get.

Comment Re:wan port (Score 1) 123

What fucking IP will your modem give you?

Well, I have mine configured to give out leases from the range, which more than adequately serves my LAN for now. What sort of piece of crap modem do you have, that can only deal with a single client connection?

What fucking IP will things on the switch get?

I just answered that, but I'll repeat myself - Since switches work by transparently passing L2 traffic, they will get an address issued by the DHCP server on the modem, just like something directly plugged into the modem would. So something between 100 and 199.

What fucking IP will things on the router connected to the switch get?

They would get whatever range I configure the OnHub's own DHCP server to give out, exactly the same way it would work with any crappy $50 DLink/Linksys. Most likely I would pick, if you want an exact number.

How will traffic to and from these IPs be routed outside of your network?

DHCP leases include a gateway address. These can nest (almost) arbitrarily deep. How do you think your phone, connected to your WAP, in turn connected to your modem, manages to route traffic? Nothing magic here, dude.

Comment Re:wan port (Score 2) 123

Incorrect. The Picostation has an omni antenna, but otherwise behaves just like all the rest of Ubiquiti's AirOS devices - It will act as any combination of {bridge / router / SOHO router} x {AP / Station / Client / Repeater}... And yes, a few of those combinations don't even make sense, but it will let you do it (never, ever disable the hard reset button on a Ubiquiti unless you know exactly what you want to do).

I absolutely love my Nanostations - Put one at one corner of an area you want covered, and bam, you will have five bars a quarter mile away in any direction (technically only a 60 degree beam, but it takes quite a distance from the antenna before that starts to matter).

Comment Re:wan port (Score 1) 123

I hate getting involved in this rapidly degenerating conversation, but...

You plug the switch into the LAN port and you plug your WAN connection into the WAN port. Hell the pictures from the article show two ports and two ethernet cables.

Assuming your modem has only one LAN port, you would do better to plug the modem into your switch, then you plug the OnHub's WAN side into the switch. This gives you full speed through the switch to your ISP for any wired devices you have, while not bogging down the processor on the OnHub dealing with non-wireless traffic. If your modem has two or more LAN ports, just connect one to your switch and one to your OnHub.

You would only want to use the LAN side of the OnHub in two, maybe three situations - You have only a single wired device in the whole house you need connected; you have a wired device that uses this hypothetical new Google spyOnYou protocol; and maybe you might put a second switch off the OnHub's LAN port if you had a strong need for an additional layer of segment isolation (and that assumes it truly isolates the LAN side, rather than merely acting as a two-port switch).

And before anyone points out that what I just proposed amounts to making your wired network a DMZ - Your modem already acts as a fully-functional SOHO router.

Comment Re: double blind testing (Score 1) 456

the point is not about detecting, the point is about being affected.

Even the worst "sufferers" of it can't successfully detect the presence of the very thing that supposedly leaves them in agony.

That is complete nonsense. With a bit of training, every one can do that.

the point is not about detecting, the point is about being affected.

"Well controlled and conducted double-blind studies have shown that symptoms were not correlated with EMF exposure."

Sorry, you are not listening, are you?

Not any more, nope. You've gone full circle with that shotgun o' logic; feel free to just keep recursively quoting yourself from the above two choices until you get bored.

Comment Re:How about "no"? (Score 1) 723

Asking Facebook to follow German law while operating in Germany is somehow forcing "billions of Facebook users" to his ideology?

Yes, because Facebook doesn't exist only in Germany or only in the US.

If I, as a US citizen, want to deny the holocaust on Facebook, FB then has two choices - Remove the offending comment entirely, or at least block it from viewers in Germany. Either of those infringe on my right to express whatever brand of bigotry I may subscribe to despite living in an entirely different country that doesn't feel the need to outlaw critical thinking. I might not get arrested for it, but I would have had my voice silenced as a result of Germany's stupidity.

FWIW, I don't count as a holocaust denier. I arrived at that conclusion through rational consideration of the evidence, however, not because my government told me what to think - And in fact, the latter would make me less likely to believe it; any time the government really wants you to believe something, that raises the bar for the actual evidence a hell of a lot higher.

Comment Re:How about "no"? (Score 2) 723

Here in the U.S., you cannot just say anything that you want without consequences. Hate speech, threats, and bullying are illegal here.

I agree with the rest of what you wrote, but one correction - Of those three, only credible threats actually break the law (with a few temporary state-by-state exceptions for cyberbullying).

Hate speech absolutely does not violate US law. Inciting to violence against them, sometimes (again, if credible); Ranting until you go horse about the evils of Muslims or gays or Canadians, no. You have every right to hate whatever groups you want and talk about it every chance you get - Hell, you can even do it while running for president!

Several states have passed anti-bullying laws, but not federally, and individual state supreme courts (e.g., New York) have already started overturning them as unconstitutional, and only a matter of time until the USSC does the same.

"Old age and treachery will beat youth and skill every time." -- a coffee cup