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Comment Seattle? Seriously? (Score 3, Interesting) 240

I work in Seattle. Here (at UW) our internet is pretty good, as you might expect - but the city as a whole is nothing to write home about. Of course there's a Starbucks on every corner, so perhaps the city scored well based on the availability of that AT&T free wi-fi...

Reading the article, it appears Seattle scored highly based, at least in part, on things they say they plan to do. And I must admit our local guys are very adept at talking a good game. But come on... they just killed the almost stillborn city-wide wifi network! Talking is basically all they're good at!

Comment OH... (Score 1) 282

I read the article, but didn't note the date - so I was rather confused by a story about some mega-delivery company I'd never heard of that mentioned facts that weren't remotely true!

But, even in 2023... How is this supposed to work? They're a delivery company - are the customers supposed to be on the honor system, coming out to the curb and taking only the packages addressed to them? The basic idea doesn't really work, unless the car also has fold-out legs and can walk up to the door...

Comment Re:Shades of Blake's 7 (Score 3, Interesting) 401

I know I'm in the minority, but DS9 was my favorite Trek after the original - in part because they did a much better job developing the interpersonal relationships than other post-TOS Treks (which is part of the reason TOS stands up so well, even now).

And I actually enjoy long story arcs.

Comment Re:Considering the cost of one Texbook (Score 2) 192

I'm curious about how this will work with regards to textbooks. Nowadays - at least at my university - many of the faculty use their self-authored textbook when they teach a course. Given that this seems to be done to generate income, I doubt they're going to discount their part of the cost just because the books weren't printed on paper. And what if the facility's publisher doesn't offer electronic versions of their books?

Comment Inspiring (Score 5, Insightful) 508

So, basically, guys who are apparently stupid enough to think this actually accomplished anything are the ones we're supposed to give the benefit of the doubt to when they say they're adequately protecting our data when they vacuum everything up?

No wonder they say they need to gather up every available piece of data they can - they're not bright enough to walk and chew gum at the same time.

Comment Re:NSA has cribs? (Score 4, Insightful) 394

If the NSA suspects that certain of their internal documents occur in the insurance files, can't they use these as cribs to break the encryption?

These files were almost certainly from the NSA in the first place - they already have the unencrypted versions.

I imagine they also have a pretty good idea which specific files Snowden had access to.

Comment Re:*People* can't understand people (Score 1) 277

On the old TV series "Get Smart", there was a robot agent named Hymie. There was a running gag where one of the human agents would say something along the lines of "kill the lights, Hymie", whereupon the robot would of course pull out his gun and shoot the light bulbs; or tell Hymie to "hop to it" (which led Hymie to start hopping), "get the door" (so he'd rip the door off its hinges and bring it over to Max), etc.

Comment Unless the amortized annual cost is low (Score 5, Interesting) 379

The municipal power plant isn't going anywhere.

Our house has all electric utilities - stove, oven water heater, dryer, home heating (in-wall heaters, no central furnace). I'm too lazy to add up the exact numbers, but we're probably paying $2000-2500 a year for electricity (Washington state).

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