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Comment Okay, here are my thoughts (Score 1) 303

1. If you're doing a shed, then the windows and door should be secured; get keypad/key lock, self-locking, that saves you a lot of "did I lock the door", and "where's the key" questions. Get some security bars for the windows without making it feel like jail. Consider shatter-proof windows, or a nice steel mesh if you want to open the windows in good weather. Google some options. Get a steel door and steel door jambs if you won't want someone to kick in the door.
2. Put in some sturdier material on the walls other than half-inch plywood. Insulate, vapor barrier, etc. Make sure you have a solid foundation and water-proof where the wood may be in contact. Keep the shed 1-2 inches off the ground.
3. Get some proper electrical wiring and a shut off switch, or a sub-panel. If you want backup batteries, a consumer UPS won't do the trick especially if you want a rack of servers.
4. If you run cable from the house to the shed, do it undergound, use pvc piping and go at least 2 feet undergound. Run at least two cables and a string/wire to fish more in the future.
5. Get a good view without being distracted and bothered by glare.
6. Splurge on good flooring.
7. Figure out what your ideal desk arrangement is and build the shed accordingly (U-desk, L-desk,
8. Get cable locks
9. Backup to a location inside the house or "cloud"
10. Build a quality roof.
11. Sound-proof, especially the roof.
12. Have a security camera pointed a the shed and inside it if you can

Comment Competitor to SlingTV? (Score 1) 45

This service sounds pretty much the same thing as what Dish is offering with Sling TV.

I actually cancelled cable and have now a couple of Nvidia Shield's with Sling TV. Works quite well; some channels provide on-demand, some channels allow you to watch programming from the last 24 hours, and of course. Works fine for us for now; I got the basic package plus blue package. You can watch up to three devices at the same time.

Comment Re:breaking news (Score 4, Insightful) 190

What are you even talking about?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
These systems have been around forever, SpaceX is (once again) doing nothing new or special. They only work when there is forewarning, and that is unlikely to be had during a fueling mishap. This isn't a cartoon or action movie, you can't just outrun an explosion in progress by jumping fast and wearing cool shades.

Comment Re:Why is Slashdot anti-trade? (Score 4, Informative) 158

Read up on Investor State Tribunals in CETA here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Basically it allows corporations to sue states in arbitrary "tribunals" if a state violates its Non Discriminatory Treatment obligations (CETA, section 3, p 156 f) or because of a violation of the guaranteed investment protection.

So corporations can claim that environmental protection laws are arbitrary and give unfair advantages to domestic companies that comply with those laws, while penalizing foreign companies that do not comply.

The fear is that corporations will claim, "You are only enacting those environmental, worker protection, and social justice laws to penalize us, it's just code for 'protect local business.'" This is a realistic fear because it has happened before.

Comment Re:One small problem... (Score 1) 112

"That's a wiretap"

No, it's not. It's deep packet inspection for purpose of network management.

"blocking a service without a DMCA notice is criminal."

No, it's not. First, the world is bigger than the US, and second, we do it as sysadmins all the time. We blacklist spammers, and people involved DDoS attacks.

None of this matters, however, to a system like this, which involves watermarking the content, and blocking it on the upstream side. The provider watermarks all the streams of their videos, and when it shows up on the internet somewhere, that subscriber is shut off. Perfectly, completely legal.

Comment Re:Doesn't sound plausible (Score 2) 112

"So every single stream is going to have a unique watermark embedded in the audio or visual data? The original will be decompressed, the mark added, then recompressed and streamed to each specific subscriber to allow identification? Tens or hundreds of thousands, simultaneously?"

No. The watermarking technology is put in the decoder - the set top box, the Widevine DRM module (in browsers), in iTunes. The stream is watermarked so capturing it and re-encoding it will have the watermark present.

Comment Oh my. (Score 1) 469

"helps government agencies track down terrorists and uncover financial fraud,"

Other ethnic backgrounds not hired Palantir:
- North Korean
- Russians
- Iranians
- Cubans
- Chechens
- Former/current ISIS members

"Asians" may be a tad too broad. Chinese nationals? Hell, yes. I know of quite a few places that do something similar. The problem is that the idiots doing the screening cannot differentiate between a 2nd generation US citizen from Vietnamese or Hong Kong families, and someone who only a little while ago carried a nice red book and quoted the chairman.

What are the other 17 non-Asians? White, black, hispanic, pakistani, japanese, egyptian, etc?

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