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Comment Re:Bit fields (Score 1) 87

that probably would not have made much of a difference. People would have assumed that this would never happen and would have made practical implementation assuming a fixed 32 bit space. By the time it became a practical problem, we would have had a creep of devices that does not follow the norm, and managing that would be a nightmare.

Yes, but it would have put more pressure on the existing user base like Y2K compliance to follow the "full" standard. Right now it's like we're on IPv4, tagged WORKS4ME so why bother with IPv6. But I know I've made many more "shortcuts" than limiting something to 4 billion...

Comment Re:This isn't really that hard to understand (Score 1) 452

Given this, attacking on the basis of "CLIMATE CHANGE" is the absolutely worst approach. The ignorance of your target audience will prompt them to respond contrary to your goals. Instead focus should be placed on the specifics; clean air emissions, water discharge standards, ect... Why? Because these are things people can understand, and they are immediately relevant to them.

You're breathing CO2 right now, it's "only" 0.04% but pretty much anything that is actually toxic would have killed you at those concentrations. The Apollo 13 astronauts remained functional at 2%, even 5% isn't usually fatal and it's actually the absence of oxygen that kills you not the CO2 itself. Not to mention it's essential for photosynthesis so plants grow, it's far from obvious that CO2 emissions are bad for the local environment. Pretty much all the bad things that happen locally are from things that are not CO2, like CO from unclean combustion, NOx and various other particles that get whirled into the air. It's not like humans shy away from a fireplace...

Comment UTF-8 style would have been better (Score 3, Insightful) 87

So the 1992 UTF-8 specification didn't exist when the 1983 IP specification was created, but they could have done:

First 2^31: 0(31)
Next 2^59: 110(29) 10(30)
Next 2^88: 1110(28) 10(30) 10(30)
Next 2^117: 11110(27) 10(30) 10(30) 10(30)

And just declared that for now it's 0(31) - still 2 billion addresses but the sky is the limit. Heck, they might even have used shorts (16 bit) that way and declared that hardware/software should update as the need approached:

First 2^15: 0(15)
Next 2^27: 110(13) 10(14)
Next 2^40: 1110(12) 10(14) 10(14)
Next 2^53: 11110(11) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14)
(...)
Next 2^140: 1111111111111111(0) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14) 10(14)

As for PKI, that couldn't possibly have happened. US export regulations wouldn't have allowed it at the time, this was long before Zimmerman and PGP.

Comment Re:these new companies trying to get around old la (Score 4, Interesting) 253

Haha, what? You're whining about a manufacturer selling their product for whatever price they want to sell it at? Tesla "fixing the price" on their own products that they make and sell themselves, that's funny. How does a single company "fix" the price? They don't "fix" the price, they set the price, that's the price, anyone can buy it at that price. You might as well whine about McDonald's "fixing" the price on a Big Mac because they cost the same anywhere you buy them.

A good example, 80% are franchises and 20% centrally owned but you'd never know the difference. The franchising agreement controls pretty much everything, so would a dealership contract. Some people still hasn't figured out what car dealerships was all about. In the before time, before the Internet and all that the car manufacturer would need a retail store, effectively a dealership since nobody would order a car by mail order or over the phone. But instead of that belonging to a big car company that took all the profits back to their corporate HQ, laws were passed to make that a local business that would keep it part of the local economy. It's a bit of a protectionist racket, but the local customers may have wanted it. Today though you don't need a retail store, because you can do it online. The car manufacturers want to cut out the middle man, the middle men want to stay. It's become a protection racket for e-tail vs retail instead of local vs big business.

Comment Re:Tech Company arrogance. (Score 3, Insightful) 161

1. Technology isn't alive. You can copy it, test it, break it, completely gut all the parts and rebuild it. Ethically you cannot do that with people and animals. And right now if it dies, it is dead you can't undead yet. Unlike technology, it dies you can bring it back to operational again.

And this one is the blocker for the really interesting research now, which is combating aging. This graph is in Norwegian but it should be pretty understandable, it's number of deaths by age for each sex and in total. If you look at age 1-17 it's almost zero. from 18-40 we get to make our own stupid choices but still very low, 40-60 people start to check out, 60-80 it's climbing rapidly and 80-100 almost everyone dies. If we were all as resilient as 20 year olds we could live 1000+ years, we're fighting disease in a more and more frail body. I'm not saying it's pointless but it will get exponentially harder and harder to improve.

The problem is though that nobody wants to experiment on healthy people that don't suffer from anything but aging, that you're in good shape for a 60yo but considerably worse than when you were 20yo is only natural. Beyond that you should eat healthy, exercise and all those other lifestyle choices we're not going to make any real medical effort to make you young again. Could we for example clone a new heart and give me a heart transplant, for no other reason than it got 50 years less wear and tear? Can we fix presbyopia that from Greek literally means "see like old man"? What about a way regain lost hearing, that almost everyone loses with age?

This is not how you would maintain a car, you don't wait for it to break down first before you start doing anything. Parts have life spans, parts need service, parts that start showing signs of wear and tear gets replaced. Humans? Don't fix it if it's not broke, in fact we often can't even fix it when it's broke. You're just supposed to accept that you're not a spring chicken anymore, half your body's systems are failing and doctors are running around with the proverbial duct tape. At some point we have to try experimenting on making healthy people even healthier, to rejuvenate them. We haven't really started yet and we certainly won't finish in my lifetime, nor in the lifetime of anyone I'm likely to meet.

Comment Re:Good for backhauls and maybe some DC uses (Score 1) 74

10GB e-net stuff is still mostly priced at enterprise levels.

The 10 GbE card would be the least of my worries. We have had two operators offering it for "consumers" here because apartment buildings typically have a single connection but most pro routers have dual uplink ports so it didn't really cost them anything to offer it - but the price has been ~10x their gigabit price at $1800/month and $700/month respectively. From what I've understood it's extremely few clients, but... there's always that guy working with 4K dailies both from home and work or whatever and the odd billionaire tech freak I suppose. Personally I got 150 Mbit and could get more but my connection is rarely the problem, I think the only time I'd like a faster line was when my GTA IV installation got irrecoverably borked and I had to wipe it and download ~57GB again. And even that took less than two hours...

Comment Re:"Debating"? (Score 1) 147

Seriously, anyone giving a shit about higher resolution? What I care about is sensible gameplay and fun. You remember fun? Try to put it back into games and I'll bother buying some again.

Depends on the game. I really like Overwatch, obviously you can play that on pretty much anything and it's rather cartoony. On the other hand, I've always loved the increasingly natural look of the TES games from Morrowind to Skyrim. Oh and you just got old, I'm not doing to pretend that FPS games are worse now than when I played Doom 2. If you go back without the nostalgia glasses many of the games were quite pathetic then too but you were 15 and had different standards. And I really can't sit up all night any build empires in Civilization anymore, but really beating tanks with militia in the original wasn't better than today, it was lamer. But at the time it was totally super cool. Welcome to the non-excitement of having lived a while, it'll get worse...

Comment Re:Society Advances? (Score 1) 227

A modern day "Renaissance Man" like Leonardo da Vinci would be a quack in everything from medicine to aerospace. Or brain surgeons need to know brain surgery, our rocket scientists rocket science but any one person would only know a tiny little fraction of all human knowledge even if he studied 24x7 from the day he was born to the day he died. Yes, obviously the more knowledge we accumulate the longer the climb before you can stand on the shoulders of giants but you can't just decide to make it go faster. It's a bit like saying we climbed this 4000m mountain in a week, now we'll climb Mount Everest in the same time by going twice as fast. It does not work that way.

Comment Re:Read/write speed? (Score 1) 98

Would you be in the market even if it did? At 20-30MB per photo 500GB is 20,000 photos which seems rather extreme in one session. Even for recording video this seems like major overkill, at UHD/60fps @ 150 Mbps which is the most bandwidth hungry I've seen to date is 70GB/hour which should be enough to record a whole concert and then some. And most pro cameras come with dual SD slots and continuous recording so all you need to do is swap cards every once in a while to film 24x7, assuming you can't take a minute of your day to swap cards. And how often is that, really? I think the best use case I got for this is having a huge video library on your phone...

Comment Re:Cool, and no 4K content (Score 1) 207

I don't need a TV in the near future, I needed a new one now, and therefor bought the 4K screen, since my TVs last somewhere from 5 to 10 years.

And also with UHD TV and 4K BluRay comes Rec.2020 color space, 10 bit video and HDR, none of which is strictly related to resolution but better colors, less banding and more intense highlights/contrasts improve the total experience. Some of this like "deep color" existed on BluRays too, but now it's standard from the beginning. Though despite all the other improvements, movies have to run at 24p for that "filmic" look. At least everything else is moving to 60p...

Comment Re:Cool, and no 4K content (Score 3, Informative) 207

As I understand this. 4K is what you get at many small theaters which use digital projection these days.

Yes, but cinema 4K is not the same as TV 4K. They use DCI 4K, either 4096x1716 for 2.39:1 or 3996x2160 for 1.85:1, while UHD 4K is 3840x2160 for 16:9. For extra confusion most 4K cameras capture at 4096x2160 and there's some speciality monitors in the 17:9 format too, but usually you'd crop down to one of the three above for delivery. Most of them frame/master for the DCI release, so what you get on TV is mostly an adaptation/rescale for UHD.

Comment Re:Well that's wrong (Score 1) 274

many things are a 'judgement call' and that requires a conscious, sentient, self-aware brain to decide what to do.

That's not at all true. Anything directing the car, no matter how dumb, can make a choice.

There's also a huge gap between the smartest thing to do and the minimum required by law. If I see a crazy drunk driver that's about to ram me in an intersection I might want to slam the brakes, but it's not like I'll get charged for not avoiding it. If I come across a hill and get blinded by the low sun I could brake hard. I might also be rear ended by the next guy coming over the hill, but technically that's his fault. Even if a semi has lost its brakes and is barrelling down the hill towards me I legally don't need to get out of the way. Now I, with my sense of self-preservation would. But if an autonomous car doesn't it won't be the charged with reckless driving or manslaughter.

And that really does solve most of the imaginary "hard" problems, it doesn't have to do better than a human all the time. It just needs to sufficiently obey the rules of the road that it can't be held culpable for causing the accident. Even if that means running over two people who jumped out from cover instead of one on the sidewalk. Obey all signs and limits, stay in your lane, signal as appropriate and brake hard for any obstacle and you'll be hard pressed to be found reckless. Accidents can still happen, but a tire can blow out today just like a sensor can malfunction. And I imagine it'll have more redundant systems than a human...

Comment Re: This was a market failure (Score 1) 428

The problem is that nobody believes you acted selflessly (activating more drivers) while you profit it from it (higher volume, higher prices = more money for Uber), they're not mutually exclusive results. If I was in charge of their public relations I'd keep the surge pricing, declare disaster areas a 0% commission in real time if possible and retroactively refund any commission taken so far. You'll lose money but there will be a lot of non-disaster surge pricing that won't be affected.

Then send the PR problem downhill, ask all drivers that benefited from the surge pricing afterwards if they're willing to abstain from any of it, most won't whatever they give subtract it as a flat percentage from all the surge charges. That way everyone gets a little and word gets out that no, Uber is not trying to profit here. What you got charged is what the drivers wanted to take the job and it went 100% to them.

For the drivers who do abstrain swap the cash for "good Samaritan" points and make them count for something, like prioritizing them for more profitable rides until they've recovered roughly what they lost. That way you get them to help you make this a PR win without actually costing you anything, spreading the cost of the forgiven charges across your general business.

Comment Re:What do you want us to do? (Score 1) 536

Second, it's more likely to be paid for by European state insurances. For this to understand, you have to know how they work. Basically (VERY roughly simplified) they pay for cures more easily than for continuous treatments. Basically it's a rather inhuman calculation around the question "are you worth the expense", and if it is a cure, the answer is invariably yes, independent of the cost. This isn't a given for palliative means, which treatment for AIDS is, from the perspective of the insurance: There is no chance for cure, it can only prolong the life of the patient and/or improve the quality of life.

That's not how it works at least here in Norway, everything is worked out to a cost per quality-adjusted year. Fully healthy is 1, dead is 0 and various degrees of impairment somewhere in between. So if it's about saving your life, it's about how many years you'd statistically have left and a 20yo would get a much, much more expensive surgery than an 80yo. A treatment that'll improve your quality of life from 0.8 to 1 for five years is equal to one that'll (fully) prolong your life for a year (1-0.8)*5 = (1-0)*1. And I'd call it "given finite resources, are we taking treatments away from people who need them more?" because the system really isn't trying to be evil. It just can't afford to give everyone all the treatments they could marginally benefit from.

At least here in Norway the threshold is around $50-100k/year somewhere, which is to say there are only rather extreme measures that'd either take massive hospital support, absurdly priced medication or that would only give a few months or have very slim chance of success that is refused. At some point you also have to consider the grander picture, how much would the taxes to pay for a massive last-ditch effort negatively impact everyone else's lives, if you live less healthy because you can't afford to or die in a traffic accident because we don't maintain the public roads that too will ultimately end up in lives cut short. We can't just pull money out of the hat, not even for a good cause.

Comment Give fish to feed a day; Teach fishing is for life (Score 1) 536

My impression is that techies for the most part dismiss most immediate help as not being sustainable or productive in resolving the underlying issue, unless it's a temporary crisis caused by exceptional circumstances like a natural disaster. This is often mixed with a determinism that people will keep doing stupid things and that attitude campaigns is Sisyphus forever trying to roll a boulder up the hill. We build safer and safer cars with seat belts and airbags and ABS and emergency brake systems, people keep finding innovative ways to maim themselves. We make the cell phones so you can dial 911. We make the systems to dispatch and manage the ambulances. We make the medical equipment so the EMTs and doctors can save your life.

Obviously the bulk of the credit should go the EMT who patched you up when you were bleeding out, but s/he is at the top of a very long pyramid supporting it. I work with collection of healthcare data for secondary use, that is to say not treatment but administration, research, public statistics and so on. My contribution is more on the order of showing that this hospital needs another ambulance or we need to educate more cardiologists or researchers used our data to discover something that led to a new treatment or better practice that maybe ten steps down the road gave you a 1% quicker recovery or higher rate of survival. It will go totally unnoticed, but if I can on average help 5 million people live one minute longer I'll have saved 10 lifetimes.

To being it down to a whole other level, we even see this in IT projects where often the firefighter is the visible one, the one solving the crisis and becoming the hero. All the people who wrote robust, defensive code that didn't catch fire not so much. It's never glamorous to be the one making sure things don't happen, that disease you didn't get because of vaccinations? The food poisoning you didn't get or cancer-causing additive you didn't eat because the FDA shut them down? For the most part you don't even know that it happened, and if you did you wouldn't give it a second thought and if you did it'd just be that they were doing their job. That's how it is when you move the bar one inch at a time.

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