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Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 124

Believe it or not, Comcast was a MAJOR upgrade from AT&T for me.

I used to have the @Home cable modem service and was quite pleased with it. This is before the days of Doxis and there was no throttling. My cable modem was capable of 10Mbps up and 10Mbps down. Later, @Home reduced it to 10Mbps down and 1Mbps up. Times were still good since that was an insane amount of bandwidth.

Then AT&T bought out @Home and switched it to AT&T Broadband Internet (ATTBI). They decided to reduce the upstream bandwidth to 128Kbps, but they aggregated all of the users through the SAME 128Kbps pipe. As a result, on the best of days I saw 40% packet loss with ping. My old 28.8Kbps modem was faster than my cable modem. It was like this for 9 months. Technical support was absolutely useless. There were newspaper articles about it but still the incompetence continued.

When Comcast took over things improved drastically. I will go out of my way to avoid anything to do with AT&T. While Comcast has a lot of problems, it is nothing like what I experienced with AT&T. AT&T was absolute shit.

Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 4, Insightful) 322

There's no proof that it has anything to do with Wikileaks, but in a world of IoT devices with no thought toward security, anyone who cares to do so can mount DDOS with the power of a national entity.

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 2) 274

No, of course it is not legal to set a trap to intentionally hurt someone, even if you expect that the trap could only be activated by the person committing property theft or vandalism. Otherwise, you'd see shotguns built into burglar alarms.

Fire alarm stations sometimes shoot a blue dye which is difficult to remove or one which only shows under UV. Never stand in front of one when pulling the lever! But they are not supposed to hurt you.

And of course these booby traps generally are not as reliable as the so-called "inventor" thinks and tend to hurt the innocent.

Comment Re:non-news is non-news (Score 1) 157

Various chips have various speeds too; specifically newer chips tend to have both more capacity, better speed and higher price (until a point where the old ones' price starts climbing again...)

If the phone doesn't use a different number of chips, but chips from a different generation - 'economy class' 32GB nearing end-of-life, vs bleeding edge 'high performance' 128GB ones, that would explain the disproportion too.

Comment Re:one in every home? (Score 1) 227

The price of batteries is quickly dropping and there are other battery types that show promise for grid storage such as liquid metal batteries. It sounds like the main bottleneck now is the seals to keep air out, otherwise the batteries should be fairly inexpensive and use common materials. This article describes where things are at with liquid metal batteries.

Tesla has said that their grid batteries use NMC, nickel, manganese, cobalt and lithium. Lithium ion batteries typically contain only 3% lithium. The cells should support 5000 charge/discharge cycles, or over 13 years with full daily cycling.. Of course the cells won't be fully cycled every day so they should have a very long life.

Lithium typically is less than 1% the cost of the batteries.

Ethanol for energy storage will be extremely inefficient, especially when one takes into account the costs and energy to:
1. Extract CO2
2. Filter the water to remove contaminants
3. Generate the ethanol
4. separate ethanol from water (which tends to be energy intensive since ethanol loves water)
5. convert the ethanol back into electricity

Liquid metal batteries and pumped storage are currently around 70% efficient. Lithium ion batteries are over 90% efficient. Using ethanol will be significantly lower. Batteries will also require a lot less maintenance.

The efficiency increase from using batteries would more than pay for itself long-term since this option also will likely require a lot more maintenance.

Comment Re:one in every home? (Score 1) 227

The problem is that the efficiency is going to be significantly lower than the other two solutions you mentioned. Battery storage is extremely efficient and pumped storage also isn't too bad. Converting to ethanol is just the first half of the equation. Converting it back also needs to happen and there are significant losses there. The article also doesn't make any mention of efficiency, only of yields so my guess is that it isn't all that efficient.

Comment Re:So, what's Soylent really about? (Score 1) 207

Like Boost, too much simple sugar.

Water, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Blend of Vegetable Oils (Canola, Corn), Milk Protein Concentrate, Soy Protein Isolate, Cocoa Powder (Processed with Alkali). Less than 0.5% of: Nonfat Milk, Magnesium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Soy Lecithin, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Cellulose Gum, Potassium Citrate, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Cellulose Gel, Carrageenan, Salt, Ferric Phosphate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12, Phylloquinone, and Vitamin D3.

Comment Re:So, what's Soylent really about? (Score 1) 207

The closest would be Boost Plus, which still comes in short on calories and way too much simple sugar. Look at the ingredients!

Water, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Canola, High Oleic Sunflower, Corn), Milk, Protein Concentrate, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, and Less than 1% of: Calcium Caseinate, Soy Protein Isolate, Sodium Caseinate, Gum Acacia, Fructooligosaccharides, Potassium Citrate, Inulin (from Chicory), Soy Lecithin, ...

Comment Re:So, what's Soylent really about? (Score 1) 207

First, you're not realizing what I bill those customers. I don't want to wave money around on Slashdot but I assure you, you too would drink an unoffensive bottle of Soylent for that much. The main thing it buys me is freedom, and there is no shortage of pleasure coming from that. I can work on what I want most of the time, or not work, if I just keep a few of those customers.

Second, you can't have any of the real pleasures in life without your health. You are evolved to be attracted to foods that would have been infrequent windfalls throughout most of the evolution of human beings. Now, you can have them for every meal, and your body is sending you the signals to do so despite the fact that those foods will ultimately be detrimental to you. If you are still compelled to eat them, there's a pretty good chance that's the addiction talking.

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