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Comment Use case (Score 2) 106

I'm still not seeing a strong use case for having every-thing connected ..

Certainly for things like furniture, just as not all those objects or walls will have need for a display.

It goes back to an old recycling meme .. the "you can extract petroleum, refine it, form it into pellets, form that into a fork, transport it to market where it is bought, transported to place of use and than finally -- used and discarded .. or you can wash the fork and set it aside for reuse".

Meaning in this context, you _could_ have the tables and chairs in a diner report their utilization and/or have a system optimally place customers to enable more people to be served in a given period .. or you can allow the much simpler approach customers use of "sit at an open table".

Comment Re:Buying freedom (Score 1) 128

I don't have points and wouldn't have downvoted you, but it is rather simplistic to think that all the modern things you enjoy are somehow without cost.

e.g. it's not theft to pay property taxes if those property taxes pay for your ability to drive to your property, enjoy protection on your property should it be targeted by criminals or should catch fire,. to say nothing of the education of you and the people around you to enable you to have money to make and do those things in the first place.

Comment Part of the problem (Score 3, Insightful) 186

That is part of the problem .. trying to design a drop in replacement that replicates the current functionality and interoperability with other systems.

With government especially, you have lists of exceptions and custom one-off code to get something working, that it becomes impracticable to replace it without an equal or additional number of exceptions.

It's the kind of system that benefits from a "flush it all away" mentality of defining new standards and sticking to them.

Comment If they're really worried about radiation (Score 4, Interesting) 207

If someone is really worried about radiation from wifi, they'd be well advised to not have _any_ wifi devices in the home, if not actually living some large distance from anyone else with same devices.

They'd also want to avoid cell phones too..

Actually, such a person would just become a hermit.

Comment It's a fake!! (Score 3, Interesting) 385

This was a fake filibuster ..

If he had been serious, he could have lodged a nominal filibuster (e.g say "I am speaking" that could only be overridden with a majority vote of the senate.

Since his party controls the senate, and he basically just did a political stunt, I question if he is actually against the Patriot Act, or if he was just playing political theater for his doomed presidential campaign.

Comment Re: I cannot prove it, but I can say it? (Score 1) 302

Rural Kansas gets much more in state funding benefits than they do in taxes paid.

if KS did what you suggest, the per-pupil expenditures would plummet in the rural counties and stay the same in the urban / suburban ones.

All that would be great .. in a amoral libertarian world.

The "secret sauce" of Johnson County has been the citizens willingness to pay for the schools. No other county I am aware of has been as willing to approve the bond issues, property tax and sales tax increases that joco has.

Schools in KS are messed up, there is no reason to mess it up more.

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

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

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

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

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.

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