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Comment Re:Spoken like a true CEO (Score 1) 104

As a rebuttal, when was the last time a "czar" position appeared with no statutory or budget authority attached?

However, the idea of a Cybersecurity Czar seems ineffective to begin with (remember DHS). A Cybersecurity Committee with mandatory quarterly/biannual face-to-face meetings with the POTUS seems more useful. The committee can concentrate on giving status updates and a high-level cost-benefit analysis that the POTUS could understand, while the POTUS would simply decide for or against.

It'd be cheaper (no separate department + overhead), the security folks can concentrate on their area of expertise instead of the politics, and the POTUS would have one less adviser breathing down his neck. It might suffer from design-by-committee flaws, but security people seem more apt to play nice with each other (at least from my 5000 mile view).

(It makes too much sense to ever exist)

Comment Re:And if they had been using roundabouts... (Score 1) 483

I can think of several possible differences, of here vs. elsewhere. For one thing, it is best if the traffic circle is not too small. It was possible to make this traffic circle whatever size the traffic engineers wanted, due to the lack of nearby buildings at the intersection. In built up areas, they can usually only build small tight traffic circles, where there is less time to react to what the other drivers are doing.

Anther factor is the little snow or ice we get, melts quickly at this altitude in Arizona.

One major disadvantage for having a stop light at that intersection, was that there was a small hill on one side of that intersection. Frequently, a moving truck was stopped at the red light, near the front of the line, it took too long to get the slow moving truck moving quickly again. During heavy traffic, that resulted in the light turning red before the people at the end of the line could get through. When it was converted to a traffic circle, the trucks could usually avoid having to make a complete stop, and keep moving.

This traffic circle is at the intersection of a two lane highway and a two lane road. I do not have any experience with how they work on intersecting four lane roads. But at this location, the traffic clearly flows much better during heavy traffic, that it did when the stoplight was there.

Many drivers in the U.S. do not know who has the right of way in a traffic circle. The people in the circle have the right of way (at least here in Arizona). Drivers entering the circle have a yield sign. Divers who mistakenly think they have the right of way, when they don't, have a much less positive experience going through the traffic circles.

Comment Re:Cost (Score 1) 405

You might think that a proper telco like AT&T might want to make a good wired-phone infrastructure, to stop the flight of people to cell phones

You mean by offering VoIP and IPTV services over their wired-phone based internet connection? They are with their Lightspeed/Uverse service which I am really happy with.

Comment The first line of the story tells you everything (Score 3, Informative) 128


OK, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Western reporters in Beijing are total dumbasses. They constantly write stories colored by their own blinders they're not even aware that they're wearing. The story doesn't even mention that WoW/Netease problems getting a license in China has been going on for a while now and is nothing new. It's not really even a story, just a space filler - bureaucratic turf wars between communist ministries are news now? Anyhow, I just wanted to mention whenever you see that line at the top of the story, immediately mentally activate your BS detectors. If you want China news, there is no shortage of primary sources in English. Even my own small city district has its own website, with a translated English page. Here is a much better story from Shanghai Daily, which lays out the issue in a much clearer fashion:

``The GAPP said downloading online games is also an "online publication". GAPP is responsible for reviewing and approving "publications", and the ministry has the right to regulate the "online game" market.''

Compelling story, eh? This is typical of what comes out of Western media in Beijing.

Comment Issue is not failure to guarantee speed... (Score 1) 698

> ...cable modem contracts [assume] that your bandwidth is shared... You can burst up to the
> advertised rate, but you are never guaranteed to get it 100% of the time.

The offensive part of this is not that there is no guarantee of availability, but that there is a guarantee that it will -not- be available for more than 15 minute increments.

> You get throttled *only* if the network is congested...

That's not what I saw in the summary. The summary states that you will be throttled if the network becomes congested -or- if you use more than 70% for 15 minutes. I would agree that throttling if the network becomes congested is reasonable, and scaling back the peak users at those times is the obvious measure.

But the "70% for 15 minutes" cap, when there is no congestion seems to be unsupportable. I can imagine thousands of legitimate scenarios where home users would use 70% plus for longer than 15 minute increments; not 24/7, but for longer periods than 15 minutes. If no other users are competing for the bandwidth, what is the justification for throttling?

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