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Comment: Stop shooting yourself in the foot (Score 4, Interesting) 289

by zamboni1138 (#49719849) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

Municipal broadband is a good thing. It might not be a needed item in population centers. But once you get outside of those areas and into "the sticks" your options disappear just as quickly as all the other traces of modern civilization. You're left with two, one, or sometimes no option.

My company currently has the best internet connection it's ever had in almost 20 years, provided by wireless point-to-point from the nearest city. In terms of cost, uptime, bandwidth, you name it, this connection is better in every category. The ILEC in the area (Frontier, formerly Verizon, formerly GTE) can't event begin to compete. All they offer is T1. Comcast just started to pull cable, but why would I choose to switch the worst company in the western hemisphere for an inferior solution? Besides, we all know what Comcast has to offer.

I'm going to stick with the better solution provided by the local government. If something better comes along, great. If anyone in my state's capitol starts to try to make this illegal they will hear from me ad nauseam.

Comment: Smartphone for landing beacon? (Score 2) 99

by zamboni1138 (#49644191) Attached to: Amazon's Delivery Drones Will Be Able To Track Your Location

In the last diagram the drone (object 200) is shown directly over what appears to be a smartphone (objects 600 and 602).

Looks like in addition to tracking your location for the "Bring it to me" function, they plan to use your smartphone as the "landing beacon" for the final part of approach and landing. Didn't see that mentioned in either article. Looks very interesting.

Comment: Re:Why does it need to be replaced? (Score 1) 152

by zamboni1138 (#49363543) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

It may be impossible to disassemble the ISS and replace the bad parts in orbit.

Why? You have EVA access to all external parts of ISS Alpha. You should have access to all internal parts of the station. The real issue I've seen come up is all about seals. The station is mostly modular, single piece segments attached to a node. Just seal up that node junction internally (like it was before the module arrived), disconnect external connections, use the station arm to pull the module free, replace the seals, reconnect.

I can think of at least a Lego and a car analogy, but I can't be bothered to type it all out.

Comment: Seen in the film? (Score 1) 126

by zamboni1138 (#49323469) Attached to: Boeing Patents <em>Star Wars</em> Style Force Field Technology

"Just liking the luminescent shields seen in the film..."

Uh, when do "see" any shielding in Star Wars? Star Trek, sure, they are popping up all the time.

But I can't remember one scene in Star Wars 4, 5 or 6 where shielding is displayed. Except for the briefing scene in 6 when discussing the attack plan on Death Star 2, and that's just a holographic projection.

Comment: Re:What will really happen (Score 1) 110

by zamboni1138 (#49109133) Attached to: Mars One Does Not Renew Contracts For Robotic Missions

Simply, Wow. +6 for effort, producing a working business model, and because I'm literally watching the Oscars right now.

I have been watching this Mars One drama for a little while now, and besides my main question of "Why not Moon First?", I was always trying to figure out the actual economics of it all. As others in this thread have pointed out NASA + ESA + RSA + JAXA, et all., are still firmly in LEO. Currently only one option available for human taxi service to said LEO.

However, your description sounds like the best I've heard to date. As I read it I could imagine the "Mars One Crew Transfer Vehicle" circa 2024 in LEO with 64-bit color windows from W.O.O.L. How the fuck would the crew inside even know the difference?

Landing them back on Earth (a.k.a. Mars) in a Truman Show situation with the whole reality TV bit ready to go is icing the cake thick.

Comment: Any competition is good competition (Score 4, Interesting) 204

The ILEC's (Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier) need competition. I work in an area only a few thousand feet from fiber. After Frontier bought that piece of Verizon land (many years ago) they stopped all FiOS deployments. The only landline access available to my main office is T1, currently $650/mo. That's 1.5Mbps up/down to the lowest bidder with Frontier providing the local loop. I was paying $2,600/mo for four T1's to get 6Mbps. The lines went down continuously. Customer service was a joke. I lived in this hell for almost ten years until the neighboring city started providing internet access. We were able to get a point-to-point 5.8GHz solution for less than $1,000 setup and 400/month that provides 30Mbps up/down and has near 100% uptime, better than anything provided by the the local telephone (err, data transport) companies.

Comment: Very Useful (Score 3, Interesting) 139

by zamboni1138 (#48295701) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

I have DKIM and SPF in place for a domain that needs to send out important emails. It is not that difficult to get in place (assuming you're already comfortable with DNS, SMTP, Public/Private key encryption and debugging email problems). Setting up OpenDKIM alongside a PostFix install is straight-forward. And you don't need to buy a Certificate from a CA to get it working for the public.

Google checks both the SPF and DKIM when receiving mail, and you can see the results their servers come up with in the header of the received mail. Your message will also display "signed-by: [domain.tld]" in the header details popup.

I have never seen or gotten reports of emails that pass both DKIM and SPF checks going into Google's "spam" folder or otherwise being delayed/redirected.

In short, I find it very useful to help assure my customers that data will be kept flowing properly, to the best of my ability anyway. Haven't looked into DMARC much.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.