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Comment: most important question goes unanswered (Score 1) 473 473

What language will these girls be learning? If it's javascript, php, python, or ruby, that's great. If it's Go or Swift, then this immediately reduces to a novel form of corporate welfare as Google and/or Apple get the government to pay for training their next generation workers

Comment: Re:Links to the actual study (Score 2) 181 181

What I don't understand is why people assume congestion is intentional throttling by ISPs for them to profit later with imagined fast lanes.

Assume? The ISPs have been fighting (a losing battle) for a legal structure that will allow them to do it.
Hell, they're even telling us that is exactly their plan.

FTFA:

In Atlanta, for example, Comcast provided hourly median download speeds over a CDN called GTT of 21.4 megabits per second at 7pm throughout the month of May. AT&T provided speeds over the same network of â... of a megabit per second. When a network sends more than twice the traffic it receives, that network is required by AT&T to pay for the privilege. When quizzed about slow speeds on GTT, AT&T told Ars Technica earlier this year that it wouldnâ(TM)t upgrade capacity to a CDN that saw that much outgoing traffic until it saw some money from that network (as distinct from the money it sees from consumers).

Comment: Re:Local and small (Score 1) 268 268

This is still a terrible measure, because bible-belt Southerners average close to 7%, while New Englanders average under 3% (source [philanthropy.com]).

It's also a terrible measure because giving to a church is not always the same as giving to a charity. Not saying that all churches aren't charities, just that some spend quite a lot less on charitable works than some other charities.

Comment: Connected? (Score 1) 280 280

build and connected with the [Microsoft account] you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated.

Is this like Windows 8 where it nags you to sign in with a @msn or @hotmail account?
Because I'm very much uninterested in having Microsoft follow along with my daily activities.

Comment: dumb things to do with your phone (Score 1) 130 130

Some of the stupidest things you can do with your phone:
1. Enter your credit card number into it
2. Enter your SSN into it
3. Install your bank/mortgage co/car loan holder's app onto it
4. Access the web page of your bank/mortgage co./credit card co and pay your monthly bill.

If you never put any of your financial data into your phone or use your phone to pay bills or otherwise manage your finances, if you lose your phone all you will have lost is your phone. Do any of the above and lose your phone, and you will have lost an important part of your life.

Comment: Re:Trade authority (Score 1) 413 413

It is important to realize here that this does not mean that the bills would be automatically passed, rather that congress either has to say "yes" or "no," they can't add pork to the bill (like they tried on this one).

They also can't amend it to remove super shitty clauses that were negotiated in secret over a period of years.

Comment: Re:So, how did ... (Score 3, Interesting) 253 253

A jet engine that fails by disintegration has a high chance of slicing other airplane parts with ripped off fan blades.

It's actually exceedingly rare for there to be an uncontained failure.

That engine shroud is intended to handle catastrophic failures at full throttle.
This video is a test of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine that went into the Airbus A380. The test starts ~3:25 in.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j973645y5AA

Then again, this is the same engine after an oil leak led to an internal engine fire
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/2891294/vh-oqa-fig7.jpg
https://www.atsb.gov.au/media/4173628/ao-2010-089_vh-oqa.jpg

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) found that a number of oil feed stub pipes within the High Pressure / Intermediate pressure (HP/IP) hub assembly were manufactured with thin wall sections that did not conform to the design specifications. These non-conforming pipes were fitted to Trent 900 engines, including the No. 2 engine on VH-OQA. The thin wall section significantly reduced the life of the oil feed stub pipe on the No. 2 engine so that a fatigue crack developed, ultimately releasing oil during the flight that resulted in an internal oil fire. That fire led to the separation of the intermediate pressure turbine disc from the drive shaft. The disc accelerated and burst with sufficient force that the engine structure could not contain it, releasing high-energy debris.

Most of the shroud's strength is focused around the main fan blades instead of the turbine blades that are much deeper in the engine.

Comment: Re:Insurance companies suffer? (Score 2) 389 389

No it doesn't, the government here just pretends that it does. The first time you get side-swiped by some idiot in a pickup truck who is too busy texting to pay attention, and then find out they don't have insurance and the court doesn't really take seriously at all the promise to be financially liable that everyone signs when they get their drivers license, your insurance goes up because the court orders your claim to be covered by your uninsured drivers rider on your policy. And the texting, jobless, insurance-less idiot gets to keep his license. He also gets to do some BS do-nothing community service hours with the Red Cross or the YMCA in exchange for paying the fine on the traffic ticket, which means there is zero incentive to have insurance if you cannot afford it. Or to be a good driver, for that matter.

New Hampshire does a lot of things well using the minimalist government approach, but auto insurance is definitely not one of them.

Comment: Re:Five years away? (Score 1) 389 389

Right now, we already have cars with cruise control that can go from 0-highway speed-0.
We also have cars with "lane assist" which will steer you back into your lane if you start to drift.

All that's left is figuring out lane control during shitty weather.
Though I'm really interested in how self driving cars on all-season tires will handle unplowed streets/highways.

Comment: Unintended consequences (Score 1, Interesting) 236 236

My biggest fear regarding dying from an asteroid strike is not about the asteroid hitting me or the city I am in, but from unintended, extemporaneous consequences like someone in Russia or China panicking and launching a nuke at it, missing, and hitting France or the US or some other nuclear-capable nation and starting WWIII. Or an asteroid hit in Pakistan or India being intentionally/accidentally mistaken as a nuclear strike by its neighbor, and starting WWIII. Or an asteroid hitting a defunct Russian spy satellite, which was really a nuclear launch platform, and setting off the bombs, and starting WWIII. Or any asteroid strike anywhere being used as a convenient excuse by anyone to start WWIII.

So, in summary, the most worrisome unintended consequence of an asteroid strike is WWIII. Let's see the TFA's author gin-up some odds on that one.

Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

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