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Comment Re:How granular is "real time" and will TSA care? (Score 1) 72

You're requested to turn off all electronics during takeoff and landing,

Not anymore, not in the US.

but you can still use this app while you're in the air.

Does Delta provide WiFi or cellular for data while airborne?

If it were "Station" based like you suggest, then the entire passenger list would be calling Delta to report lost luggage even though their luggage is 4 feet below them!

Ummm, if it is "station" based, it would say "onboard", just like they are. And nobody is going to be calling Delta about a lost bag before they arrive.

It would be smart for the app to provide the actual plane's location while you are in flight.

Uhhh, what? Why?

Comment Re:Brick 'em (Score 2) 61

And this is how people are, they don't care that they are a danger to the whole internet and them being knocked off is a service to the world. What they care about is their stupid little gimmicky toy.

How people really are is that they don't know what the Internet is so they don't know that their "stupid little gimmicky toy" could possibly be a problem because of some distant and unknown infrastructure issue. It's not a deliberate decision to cause harm, and it's not selfish.

What you think is a "gimmicky toy" may be a security cam they use to keep track of the house while they're gone because they've had issues before. It certainly is NOT something that was sold with a big warning notice that attaching it to the network in their house, behind a cable router that stops everything else from getting in, will cause death and destruction, or problems of any kind to anyone. They certainly did NOT say "fuck you" to any idea of trouble and forge ahead maliciously.

And I'd hate to think that maybe they are thinking that YOUR use of the Internet is for "gimmicky toys" like "why do you need to run your own mail server when Gmail does it for free"?

So, maybe notch the venom down a bit and accept that the problem is not the fault of the people who buy the devices and use them as instructed. People don't need to be, and shouldn't have to be, leet haxor neckbeards with in-depth knowledge of the Internet to use a network-connected device. This is why the idea of having white-hat hackers brick the devices is so tragically wrong. As soon as they start doing that to protect their turf they lose any ethical high ground because they are hurting innocent people and not the ones who produced the faulty devices.

But they'll all call the manufacturer and complain, right? Probably not. They'll take the thing back to the store they bought it from (also not network experts) and get a new one. When it stops working again, they'll get their money back. They won't search out the manufacturer, and are unlikely to find who actually built and programmed it anyway considering it is probably a Chinese company to start with. For example, I have some internet power switches that I caught sending data off to China. Don't know who, and I have no idea who built them. I know the store I bought them from. That's where the trail to the culprits ends.

Comment Re:Reality (Score 1) 93

A year ago, my Comcast service would often drop out dozens of times a day (confirmed by my modem logs). Calls to Comcast service got me nowhere.

Did you call your local franchise authority to complain and ask for their help?

When I was fighting Comcast about a cableCard and what they wanted to charge (after saying it would be free), I called my local franchise specialist. HE called Comcast, and in about half an hour I got a call from Comcast Customer Resolution (or whatever it is they call the office where this kind of thing gets resolved) with a solution. (It's free.)

They expected legal action, and they still overwhelmingly told the Metro Council that they wanted Google Fiber.

If Comcast fails to meet the terms of their existing contract, sue them. The correct answer is not to unilaterally change the rules out from under the contract. Letting "other guys" just move your stuff because they want to put their's on the pole, too, is also not the right answer. Do you WANT service to drop out on a regular basis caused by people who move Comcast's stuff, or do you want to be able to keep pointing the finger at Comcast when it does? Be careful -- this finger pointing exercise was a major downside to telecom divestiture. It was no longer "call the phone company" to come fix your broken phone service. It became "that's a long distance problem, call your long distance carrier", or "that's a local loop problem, call them". Getting a bad line fixed was a major nightmare.

Comment Re:where is your brain? (Score 1) 313

Are you actually asserting that demand is level 24 hours a day?

It can come very close.

In California, for example, a very large part of the demand is pumping water through aquaducts. By placing reservoirs along the way and doing most of the pumping during times of low electrical demand, California electrical utilities used to be able to keep the power demand nearly constant - and can still keep it much more level than in many other places.

Also: Coal plants can provide baseload, while wind and solar together do a great job of shaving peaks: Higher wind corresponds to higher HVAC load as well as higher generation. Solar not only tracks the air conditioning requirements but also comes close to tracking the daily load peaking - and solar plus wind tracks it even better, since the lake effect makes an afternoon-through-evening hump in wind generation.

at a power output proportional to the CUBE of the windspeed.

is this relevant somehow?

Yes, very. The steeply up-bending curve means that wind generators that are able to make use of high winds - which only happen for a tiny fraction of the time - have a peak power rating far above the average power they are able to produce in normal winds. So the peak power vastly overstates their average contribution.

Comment Re:Let me know when ... (Score 4, Insightful) 313

The power can be stored,

The issue is not that the power can be stored.

The issue is that power capacity comparisons overstate the total amount of energy you get out of the renewable generation equipment over the long haul because coal generation can run near capacity all the time and renewables (excluding water power) only a small part of the time.

I'm quite supportive of renewable energy. (I'm a major participant on one of the renewable energy tech discussion boards, too.) But while it's very GOOD that renewable power has passed coal in power capacity, even with near-ideal load-levelling storage, it will take about another factor of three before it surpasses coal in providing usable energy to the loads.

Comment Let me know when ... (Score 2, Insightful) 313

... they overtake coal for amount generated per unit time.

Renewables may have higher total peak, but coal plants have level output and can run 24/7, while sun is only about a third of the day and wind varies with the weather - at a power output proportional to the CUBE of the windspeed.

Comment Re:Legality (Score 1) 246

"The driver, who has to be there to help the truck get on and off the interstate exit ramps, moved to the backseat alongside a crowd of transportation officials to watch the historic ride."

What struck me most about this is not that there was a driver in this autonomous vehicle. That's normal. It's that he got in back with a CROWD of officials. In a truck like that, a "crowd" is what, ONE or TWO?

Comment Re:Just click on ADA accessible (Score 1) 328

If you are having font size problems due to readability, in general, a site-wide font size increase is recommended.

Thank you for your unsolicited recommendation. Given that most pages, and most sites, do not have font size settings, using a general solution such as the one I already spoke of is the best course of action.

If a specific article chose very small fonts, most sites have A symbols with a +/- font size increase/decrease that applies to the page.

No, most pages do not have such an option. Your experience with the sites you visit is not universal.

Or you can increase font sizes in general on Chrome and Opera and Firefox.

I think I already said that. Not for Chrome or Opera which I do not use, but for Firefox. Perhaps you remember seeing that somewhere and thought you needed to recommend that to me?

Now go Read The Fine Manual. I'm not here to solve your problems, grandpa.

I didn't ask you to solve a problem. I don't know what made you thing I had. I corrected your claim that most pages have such a setting by using /. itself as a counter example.

You managed to be civil for so much of that post, it is a shame that you couldn't manage 100%.

Comment Re:Just click on ADA accessible (Score 1) 328

No, I didn't turn off the menu bar. Had I somehow turned off the menu bar, 1. that's a browser operation which has nothing to do with /. "name at the top right", and 2. were it /. specific, I wouldn't have gotten a "name->options" button to click on at all.

What you are telling me about is a setting for the site, not a setting on a page. Yeah, some sites (still not "most") have saved settings for users with accounts. And a few have the per-page font option. That's not a setting on "most pages". It may be "most pages you access", but that's not a valid extrapolation to the rest of us.

Comment Re:Just click on ADA accessible (Score 1) 328

click on your name upper right - options - ta da! there it is on slashdot

Not on the page I'm looking at right now, not on the page where I read your reply, and not on the page I get when I click on my name->options. Zero for three.

On most web sites there is a font size (usually an A) and +/- next to it. Click on that.

Not on most pages. Some, maybe. Most, no.

Comment Re:Just click on ADA accessible (Score 1) 328

Seriously, there's even a setting on most pages to change the default font size, so the text renders in a larger font size.

Look on /. ... long pause ... no, it's not here. I've never seen one on any page, much less most pages.

Now, what there IS is a setting in Firefox (and I assume others) where you can set not only the minimum font size but what fonts are used for various kinds of text. Preferences->Content, Fonts&Colors->Advanced. And a small checkbox that says "allow pages to use their own fonts instead of the selections above" which should be unchecked.

I long ago had to set a minimum because of morons who thought that I should be able to read their fancy 3 point font. Where it doesn't always work, I think, is because "size=-1" gets around the limit -- a bug. It's sometimes interesting to undo those setting for a page just to see how awful it looks based on the designer's "vision".

This problem is not limited to web pages. "Art" has taken over the technology world, including many technical magazines and journals. Sidebars that are dark blue text with light blue background, for example, which means you cannot xerox the article even if it was readable. Or background images that have the same lack of contrast for the text. And while Wired did just fine with the circus layout they adopted, this format does not fit well with all kinds of magazines. "Eye catching" does not equate to "useful" or "readable."

Comment The issue isn't (just) speed - it's (also) range. (Score 1) 44

LTE is already pretty darn fast, so losing a little performance isn't going to make that big of a deal. It's not as if you can torrent to your hearts content without killing your cell phone bill.

The issue isn't just speed. It's also range.

At any given speed, the Qualcom can support it at substantially lower signal levels. 6ish dB in a lot of cases, a bit less in some, enormously more in others.

Look at the graphs in TFA. In addition to some specific pathologies that penalize the Intel chip farther, the bulk of the graph has the drop off looking similar but with the Qualcom shfited 5 or 6 dB to the right. (Those squares are 5 dB wide.)

6 dB is four times the effective signal strength, which corresponds to twice the range. That maps into four times the area served at that speed from a single cell tower (important in sparsely-served areas), deeper penetration into buildings and the like (in more heavily-covered areas). It can also map into more data pushed before a given area and channel allocation's bandwidth is saturated. 3 dB corresponds to twice the effective signal strength, 1.4ish times the radius, twice the area served.

If the modems were equivalent and the problem just the layout of the board and antenna, you'd expect the two curves to be the same shape but just offset. The shape is substantially different, so (board issues or not) something else is going on.

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 559

We already have some level of gun control in the US.

That's what I said.

I never said it would.

What is the purpose of more gun control laws, if not to take guns out of the hands of true criminals? Your goal is to take them out of the hands of everyone?

Well you could've used this space to give us a reason,

You made the extraordinary claim, the onus is upon you to support it when challenged. If you can't imagine any use other than "killing lots of people", then that's your limitation (either deliberate or not). All I need to do is point to our constitution which tells me that I don't need to provide any reason at all to keep and bear arms.

Comment Re:Fair point (Score 1) 559

Ah, good. You do know there's also no evidence of any "actual attacks" by Bill Clinton, right?

No, I know exactly the opposite.

Lewinsky was consensual, by her own testimony.

Lewinsky wasn't claiming there was an attack upon her, nor is anyone else. Sexual harassment is a non-consensual situation, even if the victim claims she agreed to every second of the activity. Coercion doesn't have to be at the point of a knife. The fact that everyone agrees the acts took place is evidence, which you are denying exists.

Now we're finally getting down to business. Either we believe women or we don't.

Not in the criminal justice system. There it takes evidence. People keep claiming that Trump has committed rape and is a pedophile, without so much as a single day in court. It takes more than a she-said to convict someone.

The hypocrisy is not that anyone is excusing actual attacks for one side but not the other. The hypocrisy is that we were told that the women who came forward regarding Bill Clinton's alleged attacks were "bimbo eruptions" and "that's what you get when you drag a $100 bill through a trailer park". (And in the same kind of respect for women we got that it was "putting lipstick on a pig" regarding Sarah Palin.) When it is Trump being accused, the same people are saying "we must listen to every woman".

If you want to take sexual assault off the table for both candidates,

Who said anything about doing that? I think it needs to be proven before it becomes accepted as a fact. And I'm sorry, but one person telling 6 or 600 people that "Trump did this bad thing to me" doesn't make it any more true, and it doesn't mean that there are 6 or 600 people who can corroborate that bad thing. I can tell 6000 people today that you held me up at gunpoint last night; exactly zero of them can corroborate your action or lack thereof. People who think People Magazine is a source of legal advice and knowledge are naive at best.

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