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Comment: TL-DR (Score 1, Insightful) 51

by wbr1 (#49185671) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?
As with any new technology, society and by proxy the government will struggle with its place and rules in said society. There will be oversteps, misses, and oversights.

There will be detractors, luddites, and evangelists, sociopaths and attention whores all vying for a moment in the sun.

Welcome to the human race. I'll go get my popcorn.

Comment: Re:MVNOs.. (Score 1) 43

by wbr1 (#49168739) Attached to: Google Prepares To Enter Wireless Market As an MVNO

I don't know how an MVNO can be cheaper than a carrier except for cheapskates who want those weird, super low-end plans because they're always on wifi and only use their phone for emergency calls away from wifi. I can't see an MVNO ever able to buy airtime and sell it cheaper than carriers can directly without strange limits or associating with a sucky carrier with shitty coverage and slow data.

I'd like an MVNO that could associate with multiple carriers, let me rank those carriers by preference but override my preference if another carrier has a better signal by some threshold as well as provide VoIP service to my PC or any of the cheap SIP devices.

I use ting. My main contacts use hangouts or kik for messaging, so texting is low. I use my phone as a media player but store most of the music on the phone. 32 GB is plenty if managed correctly. Calling is low, as my main contacts use messaging more. I am at work or home mostly and wifi is automatic. When I travel on 2-3 weekends a month, hotel wifi is mostly free, and enough for phone data. Consequently, even though I browse quite a bit my data usage is typically under 1.5GB per month.
This is for me and my (gasp yes as a slashdotter, girlfriend). Our average ting bill is So with proper management and expectations (neither of which are difficult), MVNOs can be useful. Plus ting is branching out to gig fiber! And launching in my town 1st. I cannot wait!

Am I biased? Yes, but I have been extremely satisfied with my experience with ting so far, both in price and customer service.

Comment: Nope..... (Score 4, Insightful) 93

by wbr1 (#49168253) Attached to: New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown
From TFA

The real question is whether or not Seagate can maintain similar full drive performance compared to a non-SMR drive.

No.The real question is longevity. Per backblaze and my own anecdotal experience, Seagate drives already have a higher failure rate. Looking at this, any firmware bug or flaw could result in massive data loss of an entire 'band' if written incorrectly.

I understand that in any environment backups are crucial, but I live in the real world. A world where small and medium size business (for good or ill) neglect IT until it bites them. At least with regular drives recovery is often possible with block for block copies, and baring that a clean room has a good chance of recovering crucial data.

If a user has a performance need, I can suggest an SSD or SSD+HDD config with appropriate redundancy and backups. For pure space, large HDDs in an appropriate RAID or ZFS work fine. Per TFS, this is not ready for heavily drive loaded server configs yet, and i do not see a need in residential, or small biz or workstation use where other solutions are far better. To me this is currently a product looking for a solution, and one that is risky to data to boot.

Comment: Re:I strongly disagree. (Score 1) 95

by wbr1 (#49163445) Attached to: Ikea Unveils Furniture That Charges Your Smartphone Wirelessly
I try not to engage in personal attacks, but i have to say man, you really looked like a jacktard there,

Pro-tip, when you make an erroneous and asinine statement (which we all do from time to time), and someone calls you out on it, be humble, bow your head and admit it, or remain silent.
Following the refutation with random stupidity makes you look even worse.

Comment: Useless comparison (Score 4, Insightful) 398

I drink.. I used to smoke, and I used to smoke marijuana, but I wont bore you with anecdotal personal stories. TFA mainly looks at the ratio of LD50 compared to the effective dose. For alcohol, the LD50 is close to the dose many consume. Closer than the LD50 of THC is to the used dosage. By that measure, LSD is safer than asprin because the ration there is so far apart.

Yes alcohol has long term health effects, so does any other substance. Eating has long term health effects. The real measurements are immediate risk, long term risk, and gain from consumption.

This addresses none of those in a useful fashion.

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