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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.

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

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

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

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.

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