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Comment Re:I would laugh but that's too much effort (Score 1) 253

Good for you!

You're going to find a lot of cases where the in-situ DSL provider blows away the local cable company.

But not very often. We're still a third world country in the USA, as regards broadband deployed speeds. Where DSL uses twisted pairs, it's defeated by physics, compared to coax. Fiber is the ultimate solution, but requires telcos to invest, which they are loathe to do.

Comment Re: To Fight Car Theft (Score 3, Informative) 258

CAL. VEH. CODE Â 5201 .....paste

(1) The installation of a cover over a lawfully parked vehicle to
protect it from the weather and the elements does not constitute a
violation of this subdivision. A peace officer or other regularly
salaried employee of a public agency designated to enforce laws,
including local ordinances, relating to the parking of vehicles may
temporarily remove so much of the cover as is necessary to inspect
any license plate, tab, or indicia of registration on a vehicle.
      (2) The installation of a license plate security cover is not a
violation of this subdivision if the device does not obstruct or
impair the recognition of the license plate information, including,
but not limited to, the issuing state, license plate number, and
registration tabs, and the cover is limited to the area directly over
the top of the registration tabs. No portion of a license plate
security cover shall rest over the license plate number.
      (c) A casing, shield, frame, border, product, or other device that
obstructs or impairs the reading or recognition of a license plate
by an electronic device operated by state or local law enforcement,
an electronic device operated in connection with a toll road,
high-occupancy toll lane, toll bridge, or other toll facility, or a
remote emission sensing device, as specified in Sections 44081 and
44081.6 of the Health and Safety Code, shall not be installed on, or
affixed to, a vehicle. ....end paste.

Comment Re: To Fight Car Theft (Score 3, Insightful) 258

It's also not illegal in California to put a temporary cover on your license plate when it's not in motion, parked on public or private property. When in motion on public streets/lots, it's fair game.

The scanners, if they're in radio contact with something, can easily give up GPS information about the locus of what was seen. Whether or not a governmental body/public safety unit will dash out and do something remains to be seen.

License plate covers can easily made from scrap cardboard. But what will happen next is a closeup of the VIN # on the dash. When VINs eventually go to an RFID tag, there'll be covers for the tag to prevent identification. This cat and mouse game will go on until California actually *does* run out of water, at which point, who cares?

Comment Re: Idiocy. (Score 1) 392

They can buy their own machines, software, and add-ins if they need it. Not one of them is too poor to do so. Instead, this is all about politicking because there's not a shred of fact in the letter sent.

Takes all of about two minutes to show how to use the Linux payload. And if Skype isn't on the approved software payload.... maybe there's a reason for that.

My opinion of the Munich complainers reverses what I thought about the project overall; someone didn't take the time to see this one coming, and that's a sign of immaturity. Should the mayor decide to switch to Windows, he further compounds the problem by rejecting years of planning, conversion, and implementation.

Comment Re:Amnesia? (Score 1) 129

You're not talking about the variations of capital I'm familiar with, rather, you're talking about political systems. Private banking is not Silicon Valley, and is a different subject altogether. And we're talking about the USA, which has models that are vastly more entrepreneurial than those of other countries. Yes, a few of those private banks fuel small portions of Silicon Valley, but as a fraction, it's almost insignificant.

Comment Re:Amnesia? (Score 3, Insightful) 129

You use extremes. You can learn a lot on the way through failures. If you're looking for founder-stock success on the way to your life of penthouses in Vegas, then yeah, you're stupid. If you're looking for a decent living evolving stuff, you might have success.

If you add up Apple, HP, Oracle, and other organizations that were born somewhere near Silicon Valley, and look at their market cap, it's larger than you can imagine. There is money seeking other fortune. It's how Capitalism works. Yeah, there are other tawdry forms of capitalism and elements that make you want to hurl. It's a pressure cooker of an existence for coders in an über high priced area.

Darwin wasn't wrong, just cruel.

Comment Re:Amnesia? (Score 1) 129

We disagree. People put their lives and karma in to trying to get a payoff, and there are certainly the charlatans and the self-deluded that believe that many/all of them could be huge.

Imitators have been rewarded, sometimes large, too. The great lie of entrepreneurship is that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will march to your door. Indeed invention plus innovation are only perhaps a third of the equation. St Steve Jobs taught us that extreme, vicious, unerring diligence can succeed, but first comes a relationship with a user, a human, that needs to feel as though they're satisfied.

VA Linux and the ascendency of Slashdot has to do with cashcow-mentality among its publishers, where Slashdot as a medium is a herd to be ridden. Look to Reddit and what happens when you don't understand your audience if you had any further questions. Slashdot is up for sale for less than the price of a good McDonald's location.

Comment Amnesia? (Score 4, Interesting) 129

The graveyard from Santa Cruz, San Jose, all the way to Sacramento is huge, but this isn't amnesia. This is hope, and hope sells, and occasionally, hope pays off in huge ways. On the way through the graveyard, you get to learn what worked and what didn't.

Eventually, a handful get to the Holy Gates of IPOs, and maybe things go well from there. Slashdot, financially, is a mirror of being a member of this very set, a long ago huge IPO that kept becoming sold off in hopes of future success, but now itself is on the block.

"Given the choice between accomplishing something and just lying around, I'd rather lie around. No contest." -- Eric Clapton