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Comment Too Bad the US Pulled Out (Score 1) 184

It's too bad budget cuts in the US forced JPL to back out of the program. While the US has several spectacular failures, they also have even more successes. The fact that they got the Rube Goldberg landing device for the Curiosity lander to work is an engineering wonder in itself. Hopefully Europe has the same tolerances for learning from mistakes as the US.

Comment Real Life Final Destination (Score 1) 81

Ford is more or less a real life "Final Destination" character. Between the door and the number of air plane accidents he should have died years ago. That last air plane accident did a real number on him. He couldn't talk for a week. If anything the real hero is his PR guy which made the media think he walked away from the last crash.

Comment The Swiss Regulate the Crap Out of People (Score 3, Interesting) 813

What he doesn't know about the Swiss is they regulate the crap out of everyone. Health Insurance must be not for profit and the Gov't have price controls on the fees doctors and hospitals can charge insurance. The Swiss are the most capitalistic lot in Europe and even they recognize when you're injured or hurt you're in no position to negotiate. I don't see conservatives (or Scott Adams) lining up behind gov't mandated price controls.

Comment China is Doing the Same Thing (Score 1) 117

The biggest fear of the US Military is autonomous fighter jets. Even if you disrupt command and control it's quite possible the jets could still defend/attack enemy forces. The problem for that is the Chinese can make a MIG for a fraction of the cost of a F-35. Sure, the F-35 would take out some MIGs, but the it only holds a relatively small number of missiles.

Submission + - Angie's List To Charge User $1000 For Any Post That Runs Afoul of New T&C (angieslist.com) 2

Kagato writes: Customers of Angie's List may end up regretting not reading the new terms and conditions. Effective June 1st they added the following to the terms and conditions: "If You post Content in violation of this Agreement, You agree to promptly pay Angie’s List One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) for each item of Content posted in violation of this Agreement. We may (but shall not be required to) to issue You a warning before assessing damages." It's not clear what the consumer oriented website intends to do with the stipulation, but the rest of the terms and conditions are vague enough that they could attempt to fine members for just about anything they find objectionable.

Comment Re: After I received a DMCA notice from them... (Score 2) 94

In the US most ISDN service was terminated to an PRI T1. That hooked into a modem bank that would answer both ISDN and 56K calls. By that point the ISDN modems where smart enough to be able to use both 64K channels as a pair bond. It would utilize two modems at the NOC.

It was also pretty common for us to order channelized T1s for 56K applications. You could get one extra modem per T1, but we would lose the ability to get real time ANI data and ISDN.

Eventually we started having the NOC/POPs configured with a T3 and them demux it into a variety of T1s and fractional T3. For instance for a mid size POP we could have a single T3 handle both the incoming phones and the upstream data. I.e. We wanted to drop a crap ton of modems into the back room of a rural shopping mall because that was the most cost effective location based on LATA lines and what was considered the "local calling area".

A lot of the times people would claim MSN or AOL or whatever was the best service. In reality in most parts of the US all the main national services would terminate to the same place and run on the same equipment. We'd just route it differently based on the number you called.

Comment Re:Most everybody else does it (Score 1) 64

The large grocery chains have quite a lot of R&D into the white label products they sell. They have test kitchen's and conduct focus groups. I think Target and Trader Joes in particular have set the expectations bar fairly high in terms of what a white label brand should deliver. In many cases they offer products and flavors that are new. They don't just replicate an existing brand like some generic.

Comment Re:People say "custom-made" like it's a bad thing (Score 1) 474

There are plenty of companies that make rolling stock for that gauge. BART had no problem finding someone to make new rolling stock. At issue is they mandated an 18 month period to test accessibility. So they won't have the new cars until early 2017. So in the mean time they'll have to scavenge parts until the new rolling stock is delivered.

Comment Re:Better have Dolby atmos and at least 4k at that (Score 2) 288

Nope. If you want that service it already exists and has for many years for the ultra-wealthy. $500 for a single screening. Credit Check required. The equipment has a fingerprint scanner to verify you authorized the screening. It uses a satellite connection to pull down an encrypted file ahead of time and then the internet connection to get the key to decrypt. It's basically the same source material a theater would use.

Comment Re:MS Store is instant delivery, but BitCoin is no (Score 1) 116


Legitimate retailers don't need the hassle. This transaction time issues have been known for some time, but you have competing parties on the solution. So we are at a stalemate. I believe the dispute between developer factions has been going on for over a year. Different factions have interests that are not always about what's best for the general user population.

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