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Comment Re:NIMBY (Score 1) 436

the 1.21 GW of power that each person will eventually need.

You think (or don't) that global is a problem now? Imagine dumping an extra 16 suns worth of power into the atmosphere. Total insolation of Earth's atmosphere is about 500 quadrillion watts. 1.21 GW per person is over 8 quintillion watts at the current population level.

Comment Re:Yes but it's to prevent terrorism. (Score 1) 327

We all know that airport security and border security failed before 9/11.

What failed on 9/11 was the traditional policy of airline crew and passengers meekly submitting to the demands of hijackers. By 9/12 that policy was corrected, with no government intervention necessary.

Letting multiple armed men most of whom had passport and visa violations into airplanes was a colossal intelligence failure.

Letting "armed" men (with small knives) onto airplanes was not a failure of anything. There is no reasonable way to discriminate at boarding time between homicidal maniacs (an infinitesimal minority) and ordinary people. Trying to make that determination is unreasonable, as is preventing everybody from carrying anything that could possibly be used as a weapon.

Having a passport or visa violation does not make one a deadly threat. Plenty of harmless people with visa irregularities have managed to squeak past the TSA with no repeat of 9/11. A giant state security apparatus to ensure that everybody has all their papers and documents in order before they can travel ... that hurts far more than it helps.

Comment 128K MP3 is good enough for me. (Score 1) 749

When I was much younger and had better hearing and MP3 was a new thing, I ripped my CD collection and encoded everything with whatever the state of the art was back then (bladeenc? mp3enc? this was pre-lame). After a while I started hearing artifacts in MP3-encoded music so I did some A/B testing against the original CD the music was encoded from. Turned out those same artifacts were in the CD.

MP3 encoding has matured and improved since then, so whatever degradation there may have been, it's less now. I've only ever used 128Kbps stereo encoding, and I've never been able to detect any difference from the CD in any kind of music. This is with fairly high-quality sound cards, amps, and speakers.

Of course, my high-frequency hearing is pretty much gone now so I sometimes worry that my music collection might sound horrible to anyone with fully functional ears.

Comment Re:correction (Score 2) 222

99.9% of the time those are (1) someone goofing around, not a real threat, or (2) drive-by from a botnet, never going to hit from that address again. So you're adding complexity and extra points of potential failure to your router with no real benefit.

Obviously I pulled that "99.9%" figure out of my ass, but seriously, whom do you think you're protecting yourself from with this script?

Comment Re:oh that's right (Score 1) 276

My iphone 3gs is like that too. I figure it's mainly the flash controller working harder as the flash memory ages. I routinely fill it to 99% before purging the camera roll. After 3 years of heavy use I'll bet the average page erase count is way up there, and there are probably more than a few bad blocks by now.

Or it could just be three generations of extra firmware bloat bogging down the primitive CPU.

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