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Comment: restricted, did not eliminate franchises. Most ppl (Score 2) 350

The 2007 action put some limits on local (but not state) franchising practices. It did NOT eliminate them. In fact, most of the US population still lives in areas with restricted franchises. The FCC said that local franchising authorities could not be "unreasonable" in their demands. More info:

Comment: true. The explosion attracts attention (alarm sire (Score 1) 337

by raymorris (#48935275) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

You have a point there. On the other hand, generally one of the best deterrents to crime is a loud alarm siren. Crooks don't like to attract attention. If your solution to making it "more secure" means they can get in silently, rather than having to set off an explosion, many bad guys will very much appreciate your improvement.

Comment: no, everyone stop guessing if you don't know (Score 0) 353

by raymorris (#48933679) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

I don't understand why everybody is guessing. This doesn't have anything to do with advertising or any of that. The FCC by law is required to count which rural areas have internet access that is unable for:

High quality voice

Those are the four elements specified by Congress. With this change, the ability to watch Netflix at 1080p with a 5Mbps connection will no longer qualify. So the FCC will now report that 19% of people don't have internet that is usable for the four items listed above.

What Congress and the ISPs will do with that information is unknown. One thing we know is that ISPs won't get "credit" for rolling out internet access on their legacy coax networks. Instead, they'd have to spend several thousand dollars per mile on upgrades before it's recognized as high speed, so in suburban areas new upgrades should support 25Mbps, but in rural areas they'll likely not happen at all. Why would an ISP spend $15,000 to run fiber or new coax to one farmer, then another $12,000 to get to the next farm? They won't, unless someone else is forced to pay for it.

It is possible that lawmakers will decide they want to upgrade rural areas from 5Mbps to "broadband", in which case we'll all pay the $15,000 cost to upgrade farmer Bob from 5Mbps to 25Mbps.

Comment: expensive BECAUSE four hour service (Score 1) 238

>. service calls are expensive. Perhaps a company has a 4 hour response time -

Service calls are expensive BECAUSE it's an emergency. If you have four spares, plus the two parity drives, you're still six drives away from a problem. With a few spares, you can easily replace one by sending it UPS ground, rather than having a tech run out there immediately.

Comment: that's the problem. 3/16th" hole = opened (Score 1) 337

by raymorris (#48932457) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Having a small slit (for money to come out) is precisely how they are getting broken into. If I can slide a thin piece of steel inside, I can open it. One method I use to open safes is to drill two holes, each 3/16th of an inch. One hole is for my pinhole camera so I can see inside. The other hole is to insert long, thin tools which I use to partially disassemble the mechanism from within.

Comment: TLDR; 2D arrays wit a ton of spares are reliable (Score 2) 238

The bottom line is, having a lot of spare disks for a 2D array makes it reliable over time. These configurations of 2D arrays are quite reliable, over time because they have many spares available to automatically replaces failed disks:

Data parity spare
12 3 13
12 3 14
24 6 20
36 9 26

To understand the above table, we'll use the first row as an example. An array made up of 1TB disks 12TB of data space would have 3TB of parity and 13 spare 1TB drives, for a total of 28 drives to get 12 drives worth of net storage.

What they didn't mention is that the same reliability can be achieved with only three spares, by replacing spares at your convenience. Replacing drives can be somewhat costly if it has to be done quickly, but if you can schedule to replace the failed drive "some time in the next two months", that probably won't be costly.

Comment: kinda illegal already, by a rule referring to a ru (Score 3, Interesting) 156

by raymorris (#48930493) Attached to: Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

>. Either way a lot of large metro areas already have limits on flying a drone in urban areas, either from federal or municiple laws.

Yeah there's a federal law that covers "populated areas". The law passed by Congress gives the FAA authority to make rules regulating airspace. As I recall, for model aircraft the FAA rules reference (or incorporate verbatim?) the rules of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the primary hobbyist association*. The AMA bars flight over populated areas, encouraging people to find a cow pasture IR something.

* It may seem odd that a private club has effectively been given authority to make law, but it has worked quite well for 60 years or whatever. The hobbyists have made good rules for themselves. This is analogous to the other AMA, where doctors make rules for themselves and any doctor violating these generally accepted standards is likely to lose any court case.

Comment: look up straw man. YOURS is the straw man (Score 1) 209

by raymorris (#48922869) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

A straw man is a position invented during an argument in order to strike it down. If I pretended Obama had proposed executing anyone who gets a promotion, then shown why that proposal is bad, that would be a strawman.

Pointing out what the original claim was isn't a straw man, that's the opposite of a straw man. Let me give you two more examples of straw man:

Bob: The water is shallow.
Sally: You're wrong, I can prove the water is wet!

Bob: The bug is shallow.
Sally: You're wrong, I can prove the bug exists!

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