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Comment Re:You CAN'T have ads without tracking. (Score 2) 354

But tracking isn't going to go away. Your computer is initiating a conversation with someone else's computer, and there's only one thing you can do to prevent someone else's computer from remembering that it happened: have there be nothing to remember, because nothing happened. i.e. don't request the ad.

My computer initiated a conversation with Site A. This does not mean that Site A should conference in Ad Network B to advertise at me without even notifying me of what they're doing. If Site A wants to get ad revenue, they can tell me directly about the advertised product, but clearly state that it's a paid ad and don't sell my personal information to third parties.

What would you think of someone who sold your contact info to telemarketers as soon as you called him or gave him your number?

Comment Re:That is utterly stupid (Score 2) 217

Binge on allows T-Mobile to have a say in who wins the video streaming market

How so? There are simple rules for inclusion in the program which are applied equally to all and not inherently unfair as far as I can tell.

Please let me know when there are any services that have been excluded after requesting access and I'll listen. Until that happens, the perception of possible abuse is insufficient to prove this is anything other than an effort by T-Mobile to better serve their customers.

Comment Re:It's just resistive heating (Score 3, Insightful) 26

An epoxy based coating on the leading edge of a helicopter rotor will be gone almost instantly. The blades are basically sand blasted on every takeoff and landing from the dirt and sand that gets kicked up by the rotors. That's why they have that metallic cap.

Also, the reason they don't heat the entire rotor blade now is because the electrical power requirements would be excessively high and it isn't necessary. The metallic ribbon heating elements they currently use are such a small contributor to the overall weight that it's almost negligible. The rest is thermal mass and insulation necessary to evenly distribute the energy across the anti-iced section of the blade and to protect the composite blade structure from the heat. Maybe, due to reduced thickness and uniform heat output, this new coating could be applied closer to the back side of the LE abrasion shield and be more resistant to foreign object damage being a continuous sheet, but I don't expect it to revolutionize the industry. It certainly won't grossly increase the range of application of aircraft anti-ice systems. Outside of rotors/propellers, aircraft generally use engine bleed air for anti-icing since that is readily available and the electric power needs to replace those systems would require much larger and heavier generators.

Comment Re: The Cloud: 1, Users: 0 (Score 2) 432

Does my honneywell programmable thermostat learn that my radiators take x number of hours to get 4 degrees when it's y tempursture outside, or x+1 hours when it's y-5 outside?

Yes, it can, depending on the model. The basic (and inexpensive) programmable ones don't, but even the moderate level 7 day programmable ones do. I think they call it "smart response". By the way, they also have wifi connected thermostats that can be managed remotely through the internet or your phone.

Comment Re:Whiners, LISTEN UP: (Score 1) 533

The article itself did a good job of explaining the FAA's position to us. There's no need for you to enlighten us on that point and you really didn't anyway. Instead, you blather on about how it's the fault of a handful of irresponsible people who we have no control over and refuse to recognize that sweeping new regulations, that arguably infringe on on civil liberties, might potentially be an over-reach of authority.

If you're not interested in discussing anything of substance, why post at all?

Comment Re:Whiners, LISTEN UP: (Score 1) 533

I would be all for an education effort with funding commensurate with the size of the problem (in this case a few million dollars worth). But is it really a "clusterfuck" at this point? How many people have been harmed by a privately operated drone so far, a few hundred at most? You're probably about as likely to get struck by lightning as get hurt by a drone. What the FAA, and you, are doing is over-reacting to a potential problem without thinking it through (or more realistically, actively using it as an opportunity to make money and gain more power).

And I bring up the pointed stick argument because it is analogous to your argument. You're arguing that drones should be further regulated without establishing a valid justification why the specific regulation is needed. If there weren't already laws against flying things around in controlled airspace or spying on neighbors, I'd probably be on board with creating those. Considering that those laws already exist, I'm questioning if the added imposition on our personal privacy, that registration amounts to, is warranted given that there have only been a few incidents and the drone operators weren't prohibitively difficult to find.

I say there's no need to panic yet. If the current enforcement efforts aren't doing the job, we should focus on improving those. Then, if the problem continues to escalate, there may come a point where new measures should be considered to address them (training requirements, licensing, registration, etc.), but until we exhaust the available options within the current laws, I see no reason to add new ones.

Comment Re:Whiners, LISTEN UP: (Score 1) 533

I don't disagree that there are morons out there who will break the law and they should be held accountable. But there are already laws in place to cover all of the issues you mentioned. How about we just enforce those. Is registering drones going to reduce the incidence rate of these issues? I certainly doubt it. The only advantage is that it may be somewhat easier to identify who the drone belongs to if the thing has a serial number and it's registered. Making the cops jobs slightly easier in a few (actually, very few to date) cases doesn't justify this sort of gross intrusion into private affairs, in my opinion.

And if you really think banning drones is "fair" then what about cars or guns or power tools or knives or laser pointers or any other tool that could be used destructively (which is all of them). Should we ban (or register) all those too? What rights do individuals have to sovereignty in your mind? Should we be allowed to make our own decisions about what we eat, where we work or how we spend money? Or do you just know what's best for everyone and screw them if they disagree?

Comment Re:Whiners, LISTEN UP: (Score 2) 533

2. What the actual FUCK do you expect the FAA and the government to do? Nothing?

Yes

Doing nothing means the problem continues. Or do you expect cops to waste their time trying to chase down little flying toys?

What problem? And the cops will still have to track down the owner of the toy used for the crime anyway. Maybe a list of registered drones helps, maybe not (which is likely the case for mass produced, non-serialized toys).

Comment Re:What exactly are you backing up? (Score 2) 118

For user files only (ie, My Documents or whatever) can you set up network based home directories ? And then just back up the server they live on.

If you do this, you better have an insanely reliable network with at least gigabit speeds. Where I work we have all of our *nix boxes set up with the user home directories on NFS and when the network goes out, we have a lot of employees who can't do their jobs. Even a few hours of outage can be extremely costly. On top of that, no one who works with large files uses their home directory for anything due to the limited space and slow (100Mbps) network speeds. Instead everything is stored locally and backups are up to the end user (read "non-existent").

Comment Re:Fuck You, Experian (Score 1) 161

Are there ANY US mobile providers ... which are not total fucks?

No.

There are only varying degrees of total fuckishness and, as far as I can tell, T-Mobile is the best of the bunch. Maybe you can find a trustworthy local MVNO, but even then most of the money you pay them will still be supporting one of the big 4.

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