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Comment: Re:Hey Verizon, can you hear us NOW! (Score 1) 99

by rioki (#48194443) Attached to: 32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

The last mile is really a logistical problem. The current US system is quite problematic. In many cases whoever owns the last mile provides the service and you basically have no choice.

In contrast, I like the German system. Whoever owns the last mile, is forced by law to lease it at a reasonable price. The result is that you have real competition with dozen of telephone, internet, cable, gas and electricity providers. This is an almost perfect win-win system. The people owning the last mile infrastructure have an incentive to keep it running and upgrading it or else they will lose their income (penalties, incensed fees for better service, government subsidies) and the service providers can reach a large volume of people. This only mildly fails for rural areas, but here subsides are used to alleviate the problem. The other mild problem that established players (e.g. Deutsche Telekom) can rest on their laurels of existing infrastructure and provide crappy and overpriced service, but fixes itself in the long run.

Comment: Re:Are you patenting software? (Score 0) 224

by rioki (#48157053) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

I can totally relate to that sentiment. I am mentioned as "inventor" on two patents; things that are actually rehashes of existing things, just in a new context. The things where so novel to my colleagues that my boss though I should file an invention. And after a session with the company's patent lawyer and some waiting I got a nice letter form the patent office. I did it primarily for career advancement and I honestly think they will fail miserably if challenged.

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 2) 72

by rioki (#48157005) Attached to: Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

I would think about it as an investment. You may get a return, you may not. If nobody backs that game, it will never come to market and in some cases there is no alternative that you could buy. Backing "me too" project of course is stupid... You just have to evaluate the project and team and see if they are likely to deliver.

Comment: Re:Straw Man (Score 1) 622

by rioki (#48148403) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Then do not publish it on the Internet.
If you want to keep a secret, don't share that secret.

They did not publish the pictures on the internet, they stored them in their iCloud account, big difference. If you post something on Facbook or upload it to YouTube and that later comes to bite you, that really is your fault. You willingly published something about you. But here we have something else. The iCloud is semantically part of their device, that it resides on server connected to a network is a mute point. If you decide not to trust networked services, you basically have to stop to trust any modern IT system. Say you decide to only store such things locally, how can you be sure that the software / firmware is not leaking your data clandestinely? You can't.

I personally only trust the current breed of web services (storage & apps) only as far as I can throw them. The reason being that I know how some of them are implemented and the inherent risks. But that does not preclude hat the systems could be designed in a safe way.

Comment: Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (Score 1) 294

by rioki (#48100585) Attached to: NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Yes is maps very closely to the inverse of the average temperature, lagging around a good decade. Who would have though? But If you take the current decade average the trend is flat. If you take the 1979 - 2014 time range you get a clear temperatures up, ice down trend; but that does not tell you much about the future. If we had good data on the last couple of decades before that...

Comment: Re:I'll take another look at it. (Score 1) 267

by rioki (#48090307) Attached to: GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

GTK is not the Gnome Toolkit, it is the Gimp Toolkit. That it sort of was absorbed into the Gnome project is rather a sad reality. While the Gnome 2 days it seemed like an OK trade of. But as they purposefully broke Windows support in GTK 3 for Gnome 3, the writing was on the wall. Although they brought Windows and Mac OS support back in line, GTK stopped being the reliable UI library it once was.

Comment: Re:Everyone should just say "interesting" (Score 1) 294

by rioki (#48090185) Attached to: NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

You are correct, the effect, without feedback mechanisms that is, is well understood. When going from 300ppm to 600ppm the average temperatures should rise around 1C. So how did the climate scientists come to the 4C figure or the current IPCC figure of 2C? Assuming that these figures are correct, the exact feedback mechanisms that lead to these figures are not understood.

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