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Comment: Thoughts (Score 3, Insightful) 425

Some thoughts:

Wired Networking: Wireless can never touch the bandwidth, latency, or collision handling of wired networking. Provide wired access for all stationary devices, and use wireless only for those devices that are mobile or wireless-only by design (laptops, tablets, phones, WiFi lightbulbs, etc.). As much as possible, avoid wireless for things like smart TVs, set-top boxes, game consoles, etc. The more devices you have on wireless, they less bandwidth is going to be available to any one device. Unless you're going to invest in some pretty expensive networking gear, I'd stick with Cat 5e or Cat 6 cabling for now (Cat 7 is budget isn't an issue), however, ensure you use some form of wiring duct behind the walls: should the day come when you can reasonably wire everything with fibre, it will be a whole lot easier to pull it through wiring duct than it is to remove all your walls.

Geothermal Heating/Cooling: Again, if you're not constrained by budget, invest in a Geothermal system for your heating and cooling. This often needs to be done rather early in the house design/build phase (due to the need to dig deep holes into the ground), but once in place you'll have nearly free heat in the winter and cooling in the summer (usually you just need to pay for enough electricity to run a heat pump and a fan, which is negligible). I'm fortunate enough to live in a home with community geothermal, and the system has been flawless for us (albeit not as cheap as a DIY system, as the community treats the turmoil energy as a utility. Still cheaper than the alternatives, however).

Solar: Even if you don't plan on installing a solar system (ha!) right away, I suppose you could at least get the basic wiring done, such that when it is time to install such a system you already have a suitable location for the banks of batteries (if you're building from scratch, this could be part of a custom utility room designed for this purpose), plus the necessary wiring between that location and your rooftop panels. That way you're future-proofed, and the rest would pretty much be plug-and-play.


Comment: Not a good interview. (Score 1) 148

Look, if you're going to do an interview, please try to stay on topic. You don't need to veer off into a discussion about some local wing restaurant, or some long extended rant about your local ISP choices, and how you decided to pick one versus the other.

Nobody watches, listens to, or (in my case) reads an interview to see what the interviewer has to say about random topics. They watch/listen/read the interview to see what the interviewee has to say about the topic on hand.

Maybe I read too much into the transcript, but it seemed too much of the time SJVN was just saying "Yeah", "Right", or "Got it" -- when what he really meant was "Can we get back to the part of the interview process where you ask me questions on the subject at hand"?

That interview transcript is five minutes of my life I'll never get back.


Comment: Re:Soon (Score 1) 138

by Cyberdyne (#49825567) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

How would an ISP block them, however? The only mechanism I know about would be DNS blocking, whenthe DNS server is supplied by the ISP.. Is there some new British trick where pages of certain sites could be selectively blocked? If so, how long before "politically sensitive" human rights pages would be blocked, or whistle blower pages?

CleanFeed, built by British Telecom to block access to child abuse imagery, sold to other ISPs, then inevitably abused as a blunt instrument to enforce copyrights. It's a two-stage filtering system: a list of IP addresses gets loaded into the ISP core routers, which diverts all access to those addresses through a proxy server; that server checks against a (secret!) list of prohibited URLs and lets the rest through. It has already blocked part of Wikipedia by mistake or misjudgement, and the government has already announced plans to filter "extremist" websites too.

TalkTalk, another of the named ISPs, bought a more elaborate setup from the People's Republic of China for millions of pounds, and push their "adult" content censorship system on all customers who don't specifically opt out. It's been a big political issue lately, with the current government wanting to force all ISPs down that route so you'd have to ask your ISP specifically to stop filtering your connection.

Comment: Re:This works 100% (Score 1) 256

by swv3752 (#49792085) Attached to: How a Scientist Fooled Millions With Bizarre Chocolate Diet Claims

At +- 100-200 Calories( really kilocalories)and less than 2000, preferably less than 1800 (at normal activity levels), Insulin levels play a bigger role than total calories. Insulin is a hormone and in addition to promoting cells to burn glucose, at high level it promotes cells to convert glucose to fat.

There is a decided link to promoting eating more sugar and starch and the US population turning fat.

Comment: Re:Blocking access (Score 1) 253

by Cyberdyne (#49773453) Attached to: Leaked Document Shows Europe Would Fight UK Plans To Block Porn

Easy. You call up the US vendor that sold China their Great Firewall and order another one. This one will be cheap, considering the UK's population is a fraction that of China.

Already done: TalkTalk (arguably the UK's worst ISP in general, as well as being the first to jump on the government's bandwagon) spent many millions of pounds (described in a related court case as "an eight figure sum") importing a horribly flawed censorship system from Huawei, which is one of the Chinese manufacturers of part of the Great Firewall.

A few principled UK ISPs are standing up to censorship, and still offering unfiltered services - though I do fear Cameron will attack them for it now: like most bullies, he can't handle criticism or opposition.

Comment: Re:471 million? You may want to think about that. (Score 2) 247

by metlin (#49756021) Attached to: California Votes To Ban Microbeads

471 million potatos is a lot of potatos.
471 million .2mm bits of plastic is enough to cover in plastic all of the living rooms in California.
Wait - no - one living room. Or about a dinner-plates worth a day.

Every day. That's the difference.

Even assuming that it's a dinner plate sized amount of pollution, over two decades, you are looking at 7300 dinner plates. Only, broken into little chunks, easily consumed by aquatic life and smothering plants, clogging pipes etc.

Comment: Re:Article doesn't answer two biggest questions (Score 5, Informative) 108

by swv3752 (#49745223) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

I have had a Zenfone2 for over a month now. I am at about 50% after 16 hours with moderate usage- checking email connected to Zenwatch, streaming music for a few hours, and checking a few websites through out the day, and play a few games.

Everything feels smooth and no lag anywhere. While I have heard of some folks with applications not working on an Atom, I have not experienced any issues. Hulu, Netflix, Youtube all play smooth and cast to my Chromecast fine. Games play fantastic.

Overall it has been a very nice phone and I am more pleased with it than my prior Nexus 5.

Comment: Re:Stupid reasoning. (Score 1) 1093

by unitron (#49734651) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

> Is it really that hard to grasp that concept?

And then with more people with more money, businesses respond by raising prices until $15 no longer has the buying power it used to.

Why'd you stop your analysis half way?

Because these businesses have no competition that will underprice them by a bit and take all their customers?

You can tinker a little with the law of supply and demand, like this would, but you can't repeal it altogether.

To be fair, eventually that $15 won't have the same buying power, just as the $1.60 per hour 1968 Federal Minimum Wage no longer has the buying power it did back then (4 to 5 gallons of gas or packs of cigarettes, or 16 soft drinks or candy bars, or 10 comic books, or 2 paperback books, or a fast food meal for 2, or movie tickets for 2, etc.)

But that's eventually, not instantaneously, and in the meantime, it can do some good and stimulate local economies.

Comment: Re:Long Term / Sort Term (Score 1) 1093

by unitron (#49734625) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

Everybody posting comments on this article is required to add either the words "... in the long term", or "... in the short term".

If either of these phrases is omitted, the comment will be modded down.

You have been warned.

Wasn't it an economist who said something like "In the long term, we're all dead."?

Neutrinos are into physicists.