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Comment Re:Why does GOVERNMENT have to do EVERYTHING?! (Score 1) 115

The biggest barrier to the spread of private broadband is the cost of acquiring right-of-way. But I can envision a government approach (not a "solution" but a major addition of network capacity) that costs ZERO for right-of-way.

Bury fat broadband along the Interstate Highway System, starting with segments that connect major markets. Let there be taps at exits, access to which would be leased to local ISPs willing to lay connecting fiber. Such a National Internet Backbone could pay for itself the way Hoover Dam did.

If you're going to spend public funds on Technology X, infrastructure always bets a subsidy.

Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 521

Christianity was horrible and oppressive and militarily adventurous just like Wahhabism once, in a time we now call the Dark Ages for exactly that reason. Since then we have evolved democratic institutions and a secular civilization that includes religion as an element, rather than a dominant force which lusts for global takeover.

Someday the Ummah will have to learn the same lesson..

Comment Re:Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 3, Interesting) 250

I'm not a Christian and I don't define life as starting at the instant of fertilization, but doesn't life start at some time that has to be specified by law, a definition that is meaningful in cases like the murder of a pregnant woman? Since have put a lot of effort into legally defining death as cessation of brain activity, why not use the start of brain activity as the definition of humanity in secular law?

Comment Re:Austin 16 minute commute? (Score 1) 252

Back in the early 2Ks, I had to go to the San Jose area for a few days training for work. I was quite stunned when I turned on the TV in the hotel room at 6AM to see that traffic was already bumper-to-bumper on the freeways. Now I've recently moved back from Austin to San Antonio, where Californians would kill for even its rush hour traffic. But if they got homesick, I think there's a section of Loop 1604 that they could try.

Comment Re:Intel is blowing (Score 1) 109

No, nor do they allow for a user to override the 1GB read cache limit. In the link provided, they stated scope of change features may change based on user feedback. But for not, it's geared to the consumer "set it and forget it" mentality. For what it does, it works well, but it does have limitations.

Also worth noting, RAPID only works for SATA drives. NVMe don't allow for the feature to be enabled. I'm not sure if this a limitation in how the storage is addressed differently, or the Samsung Magician app hasn't been updated to target non-SATA enumerated devices.

If you need something with faster write-backs, it looks as though soon there with be a new RocketRAID 3800 series from HighPoint. Essentially, a PCIe RAID card that hold NVMe drives with over 15GB per sec (you read that correctly, Bytes, NOT bits per second!!!) of bandwidth.

Comment Re:Just needs a little nudge. (Score 1) 234

To be fair, you don't need to change inclination to enter LTO, you just need to boost at the right point in your orbit. However, I think you would reach the moon at a corresponding inclination unless you do something to change it, and mass concentrations in the moon may make the resulting orbit unstable. (there are only a few stable inclinations for low lunar orbit, the rest will decay in days or weeks)

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