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Comment: I have no particular problem with this -- but (Score 1) 176

by satsuke (#49392555) Attached to: Chinese Certificate Authority CNNIC Is Dropped From Google Products

I have no problem with this, if the CA can't be trusted than they should be de-listed from browser default behavior as soon as possible.

However, I do see the Chinese government reacting in a particular way. They could start requiring that _only_ government approved CA are used within China's borders (with the little detail of Google's certs not be accepted / listed).

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 1) 189

by satsuke (#48875493) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

Not entirely true ..

Back in those days, you didn't have serial/parallel, floppy, or IDE/disk controllers built into the motherboard,. At least not on non-Dell/Gateway/Micron/IBM computers.

All of those functions were built onto a VESA slot board alongside the video card.

You _could_ have that stuff on an ISA board, but you lost quite a bit of performance.

Comment: It might be noted .. (Score 2) 720

by satsuke (#48221499) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

It might be noted that this move to automation occured _without_ an increase in the minimum wage.

i.e. they are doing it because it can contribute to their bottom line and "enhance" customer satisfaction.

  -- time to order in this kind of business is a large part of the expense, hence why they flocked to credit card systems to lose ~3% of their revenue, because it essentially eliminates cash handling time and balancing the books at the end of the shift (for that portion of sales).

(just out of high school, I worked at a Burger King in the drive through (1992). You had to make change in my head,. I could do it without error. Most others could not)).

Comment: Re:They've reinvented CB radio! (Score 4, Insightful) 153

by satsuke (#48025341) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Ham radio (well, packet ax25) is/was so slow that any kind of peer to peer exchange would be almost worthless by modern standards.

1200/9600baud is fine for station to station packet, but again, worthless for anything more modern.

Also, the cellular network interfaces with the PSTN, something HAM could technically do, but with a ton of restrictions on content and open to anyone to listen to.

ham radio has a good place in the toolkit in terms of emergency communications, but only than and only in small pieces until the cell networks recover.

Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 353

by satsuke (#47936505) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

You are misunderstanding the market that exists in areas served / subsidized by these funds.. Rural markets that lack infrastructure currently.

e.g. there is no competition to encourage .. in areas where it is high cost - low return, most companies won't take on the expense themselves with no possibility of payback.

Currently for these customers, the only option available is cellular data access, at high prices for comparatively small amounts of data.

Comment: Dumb - not snarky - responses (Score 2) 441

by satsuke (#47346949) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

And of course the skeptical take comment section is filled with non-researched and non-constructive comments about wind energy.

Almost as if being for or against green energy were an overt political statement than a well thought out business plan and energy policy.

(I'm from Kansas, we have nowhere near enough utilization of wind energy, despite several large wind farms in the western part of the state).

Comment: Re:Rail+ ferry (Score 1) 348

by satsuke (#46968039) Attached to: China May Build an Undersea Train To America

People pay for speed of delivery, but that doesn't necessarily mean fast.. just predictable.

It's that time-to-market that has gotten some companies in trouble when dealing with chinese suppliers (capital is tied up for the 3 month lead time when ordering from China and shipping via container ship .. if someone is in a highly cyclical market than that lag time can put you out of business if you are not careful.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 172

by satsuke (#46290243) Attached to: Google Fiber Pondering 9 New Metro Areas

Completely impossible .. according to their ownership structure, 83% of the outstanding shares are owned by institutional investors.

Meaning, even if you created an artificial scarcity by buying up all shares available at any given time .. you'd still be way short of enough to effect change (and in any event, a bunch of individual investors wouldn't have any representation on the board).

You might be able to do it with an activist institutional investor like Carl Icahn .. but someone like him wouldn't be motivated to do anything like that. (e.g. against his own interests).

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