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Comment: Re:Business class is a misnomer (Score 1) 140

by quetwo (#46759653) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Yeah, good luck with that. They give more upgrades to monkeys that use their credit cards than they do people who travel often. As somebody who used to travel > 100k a year of domestic travel (plus international), those would barely qualify for an upgrade to super coach every so often given today's rates.

Comment: Re:What society really needs to do (Score 1) 518

by quetwo (#46630005) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Then those people can request that option when they purchase their car. I have no need for it -- in fact in a car like a Mini Cooper or a Fiat where you are practically sitting in the back seat anyway it would be closer to look out the back window than the dashboard.

This forces manufacturers to re-design their dash system to be overly complex, have large, hard screen in the middle of the dashboard (which could be an issue during an accident), and add more UI issues to do simple things like put the car into reverse.

Comment: Re:no paper trail, no hope (Score 1) 232

by quetwo (#46350713) Attached to: Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

But, just like cash, why couldn't you call the cops or "beat him up" when the product is not produced? Nothing with BTC prevents you from doing this.

What you are proposing is similar to eBay or PayPal, and is ripe for abuse just like those methods. You could easily claim you didn't get object X from a BTC transaction and that transaction gets yanked even though you did get object X.

The only way to make it trouble-free is to have a real mediator that can handle disputes. We would all pay to have this mediator (lets call them an escrow), in between each transaction (lets say 3%), and they would be the ones that would mediate the dispute, or take the hit if it can't be resolved.

If that sounds a lot like a CC processor, it is.

Comment: Re:CGN, perhaps? (Score 1) 574

by quetwo (#46267631) Attached to: Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

The dirty little secret is that most routers and switches can't do IPv6 in hardware yet. If they can, they are buggy as all hell. And if you have to route in software, you tax the CPU and get only a portion of your possible (and advertised) throughput.

Hell, I'm lucky to find equipment that can do IPv6 routing at 1G linerate, let alone 10G. And this excludes everything else in our network like our IDP/IPS equipment that better run at linerate or it's toast...

Comment: Re:When I hear "I work 60 hours a week"... (Score 1) 717

by quetwo (#46259603) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

I doubt you work a whole lot more than 220 days a year yourself. Plus, they are physically in the school usually for about 8 hours a day (most teachers I knew were in at 7am and left around 4-ish). PLUS grading, lesson plans, preparing assignments, etc. (which when I was teaching could take > 40 hours a week by itself). I'd say being a teacher would probably average a 14-16 hour day. 14 * 180 = 2,520 hours, where you work 8 * 220 = 1,760 hours a year. Sounds like you are overpaid.

Comment: Re:salary (Score 1) 57

by quetwo (#46239947) Attached to: "Shark Tank" Competition Used To Select Education Tech

$36k is pretty measly for what they have to do. When I was teaching, I ended up having to buy about $1,200 to $1,500 in materials and stuff for the kids in my class each year. About $200 of that is tax deductible. Turns out, not many kids are fed when they show up to school. And their parents would rather go gamble than buy them the required things -- like pens, paper, folders, etc. Each one of my class periods had at least three or four kids that didn't have the basics -- yet I'm still responsible for them to pass. The school didn't provide any of this. Hell, at the end of the term I was forced to buy copy paper to print quizzes on because I ran out of my allotment of 500 sheets of paper per month. For 160 students.

I also had to pay into health insurance, and I missed the pension system by a few years (they offer a 403(b), but no matching for the first 10 years).

And sure, they work "10.5 months", but they also put in well more than 12 hours per day, plus weekends. It averages out to 12 months of work of 8-5 crammed into fewer months. I was usually in by 7am and left no earlier than 6. Then I still had to correct papers, do my lesson plan, speak with parents, etc.

And you are lucky if you get a 1% raise. Scratch that, you are lucky if you kept the same salary as you had the year before.

Comment: Re:You southerns are a bunch of wimps. (Score 1) 290

by quetwo (#46238873) Attached to: Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

JIT logistics are fine for manufactured goods, but for minerals and other things that you have to mine out of the ground, it is not possible. For things like salt, you place your order in the spring for next winter -- they then dig it out of the ground and deliver it to you sometime in the summer. Once the ground is frozen they can't dig it out anymore and the supply that is in the chain is all that there is.

Sure, some places keep some spare around, but if every city thinks they can just order it on a whim there won't be enough supply. The midwest (USA) has run out of salt for a couple weeks now. This winter was much harsher than everybody expected and they were expecting about 10 - 15 storm days this season (days of active snowing/icing) -- we've had over 30 this year alone. All the stores are out of salt and the community supplies are done.

Comment: Re:CATV leakage is an issue too (Score 1) 158

by quetwo (#46203267) Attached to: L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

CATV is heavily regulated by the FCC, because they use high RF energy that duplicates the RF spectrum that exists outside the cable network. Leaks of RF can and are very problematic for everybody involved. Cable companies are required to do very regular checks of their plant for leaks and if they find them are required to do immediate remediations. While a big focus of CLIs are in the aeronautical band (because of the atmosphere, leaks often go "up" and cause issues for airplanes), the entire spectrum needs to be tight. And on long-lines where you are pushing the RF energy to +60dBm, leaks can be problematic for a very large distance if they actual do happen. Regardless of QAM modulation or not, if there is noise on the wire you start to get errors -- and if you are running at QAM256 like most cable plants, there is very little room for error.

Comment: Re:"Must accept harmful interference..." (Score 4, Interesting) 158

by quetwo (#46202865) Attached to: L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

It's not that the lighting system uses 700 Mhz, but that the ballasts or other high-energy equipment that is used to power these lights leak RF in the 700Mhz band. Cheap electronics are noisy and they leak out RF like crazy. Hell, just last week I found an old CRT monitor that was flooding out the aeronautical band at about 9,000 mV -- enough for my meter to go crazy over a football field-length away.

Most likely the electronics are not grounded properly, or they aren't properly shielded. That is why the UL and and FCC require certifications on most classes of devices in order to catch this stuff. Of course, with our global economy it is easy to order cheap crap from Asia or elsewhere that was never tested by the UL or FCC.

Comment: Re:Such as? (Score 1) 232

by quetwo (#46182645) Attached to: Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

It's not even that good. It's Mag Strip + Signature for credit transactions. It's Mag Strip + PIN for ATM/ECH transactions (which are a separate issue all together). I keep smirking that the PCI industry is pushing for new notification laws but is totally ignoring upgrading their systems to at LEAST Chip + Pin terminals or cards. Things won't get better, and notification will only make people paranoid at first, then eventually ignore them as they become white noise.

Hell, I can't even get a chip+pin card here in the states anymore. My bank stopped issuing cards with chip+pin about two years ago, even for those who requested it.

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