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Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 2) 321

It's probably a daily drive for some people, a weekly drive for others, a monthly drive for a few, etc.

I'm not anti-electric by any mean, but we do have to admit that we have to drive a lot between major cities.

Me? I could probably charge an electric car with a small 50km range only once a week and be more than okay. But I'm not going to pay 20K$+ for such a car.

Submission + - Watch out for this convincing Gmail phishing scam that's rifling through users' (

drunkdrone writes: Gmail users are being warned of a fresh phishing scam that tricks victims into giving up their Google credentials, before scouring their sent messages folder for new victims to pass the malicious email on to.

The attack uses image attachments that masquerade as a PDF file. Once clicked on, users are directed to phishing pages disguised as the Google sign-in page.

The user's Gmail account becomes compromised once they enter their information. After doing so, the attacker rifles through the victim's sent messages folder so that they can browse correspondence they have sent to their contacts, and pass on the scam using familiar subject lines and attachments.

Submission + - Wikipedia celebrates its sixteenth birthday

Andreas Kolbe writes: Wikipedia is celebrating its sixteenth birthday. Since the site was first put online in January 2001, it's become everyone's go-to place for quick info. But people's reliance on Wikipedia has also spawned a new phenomenon: bogus information inserted in Wikipedia spreads all over the world. The Register has documented examples of this – newspapers and academics repeating fake names and alternative histories inserted in Wikipedia, corrupting the historical record. Wikipedia users, above all journalists and academic writers, need to understand the limitations of Wikipedia's anonymous crowdsourcing process and learn how to distinguish trustworthy and untrustworthy information in Wikipedia.

Submission + - SPAM: It Can Power a Small Nation. But This Wind Farm in China Is Mostly Idle.

schnell writes: The New York Times reports on a massive wind farm in remote Gansu province that boasts more than 7,000 wind turbines but whose capacity goes more than 60% unused. The wind farm epitomizes China's struggles in its efforts to become a world renewable energy leader: the Chinese economy is slumping, leading to decreased energy demand; the country lacks the infrastructure to haul power from remote wind-producing regions to industrial centers; and government policies continue to favor the domestic coal industry. China has 92,000 wind turbines, more than double the US's capacity, but China generates only 3.3% of its electricity from wind compared to 4.7% in the United States.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Are Headphone Cables Designed To Fail Within Weeks Of Purchase? 3

dryriver writes: I'm a heavy headphone user. It doesn't matter what headphones I buy — Sony, Philips, Logitech you name it — the headphones typically fail to work properly within a few weeks of purchase. It is never the headphones/earbuds themselves that fail. It is always the part of the headphone cable where the small wires connect to the almost indestructible 3.5mm metal headphone jack. Result? Either the left or right ear audio cuts out and you need new headphones. Putting 1/2 a cent worth of extra rubber/plastic/metal around that part of the cable to strengthen it would likely fix the problem very effectively. The headphones would last for a year or even longer. But almost no manufacturer seems to do this. I keep trying new models and brands, and they all have the same "cable goes bad" problem — earbuds that came with a Sony MP3 player I bought developed the problem within 15 minutes of first use. My question to Slashdot: Do headphone manufacturers do this deliberately? Do they think "We'll sell 40% more headphones each year if the average pair doesn't last beyond 3 months of normal use" and engineer a deliberate weakness into the headphone cable? How can these major brands with all their product engineers not be able to strengthen the most obviously failure-prone part of the headphone cable a bit?

Comment Re:No Gut no Glory (Score 1) 66

A particular aspect that concerns me about them getting failure rates down into the lower tenths of a percent is their use of unlined COPVs.

The thing is... Even by the rather loose standards of the launch industry, that's not extreme reliability. It's only a modest improvement over the Other Guys. (And not worth very much unless they can also correct their ongoing inability to maintain schedule.)

And the 'lower tenths' are nowhere near airplane like reliability - which is down in the lower millionth of a percent.

And on top of that - they don't use unlined COPV's. There's not even such a thing as an unlined COPV NAICT.

Comment Do you know how to read? (Score 1) 403

What you're describing (between pointless insults?) is the dwindling need for unskilled manual labor.

No, complete idiots like yourself display the point of the insults. (Hint: The construction trades are *not* unskilled.)

There will still always be a need for manual labor.

What part of "less and less as the years go by" was too complicated for that wad of half rotten cabbage you carry between your ears?

Comment Re:Threshold (Score 1) 403

There will always be a need for manual labor

In the fantasy world of the wingnut maybe. Here in reality, just over the course of my lifetime, the need for manual labor has dropped dramatically. When I was a kid, ditch digging was a widely available last resort job. Now two guys with a small backhoe accomplish the job. In construction, a guy with a nailgun can outperform four guys with hammers. Someone with a power saw can outperform ten guys with handsaws. (Etc... etc...)
When will the wingnuts grasp that the world has changed? When will they grasp that it no longer resembles in any significant way their fantasy of what the world 'used to be like'?

Comment Re:Only a problem when they block better (G fiber) (Score 1) 199

It sounds like you should get kicked in the taint for rolling out a new network in the age of fiber but deciding to run with Cat-5 because you got a great deal on spools. Just because the network is publicly-funded doesn't also mean that all of the expertise needs to come from the community. Part of that public funding is hiring a designer who knows what they're doing.

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 1) 199

The government can subsidize the costs and offer service for well below the actual costs, which is unfair competition.

That seems like a red herring. "The Government" isn't some giant mega-corp paying out stockholders, it is run and funded by the citizens. That's not "the government" subsidizing the costs, it's the taxes paid by the people who live there. The people are subsidizing the costs, so why shouldn't the government be allowed to build and maintain a network for the benefit of the people which is paid for by the people? The answer of course is because the ISPs think they deserve everyone's money. That doesn't mean that towns should not be allowed to pool their resources and plan and deploy their own network paid for by themselves. Even if they are competing with a private company, they should still be allowed to do it. If the private company can't build a better network and provide better service than the people doing it for themselves then the private company doesn't get any business. They can up their game or go elsewhere. Instead, in reality, they find that it's a better investment to pay legislators to pass laws which favor themselves against the people living there, and the end result is that the people still have the same shit network that has been there for the last several decades and they're still paying way too much for it. That's the specific situation that people want to change - they want a fast network and a reasonable price, not 10down/1up DSL for $80/month.

The issue in high costs with broadband come from partial or complete monopolies of ISPs.

Right. But all of a sudden when the people step in to build their own network then *that* is unfair competition? I think the existence of a monopoly makes the environment for unfair competition, not a town deciding that they want to publicly fund a network.

In order to reduce costs, the government can help introduce competition.

How can they do that? Keep in mind that ISPs have very large war chests, and that they have no problems with paying large sums of money to legislators in order to maintain their monopolies and ban towns from doing things themselves. So how exactly should anyone expect the government to "introduce competition"? Wouldn't the ISPs claim some other sort of government overreach? If building their own network is unfair competition, then wouldn't "introducing competition" be labeled as some sort of anti-capitalist big government move to influence the market? You write a lot of bright-sky points without offering any actual solution. What is this supposed to mean:

I really like this idea in Virginia of providing a means for municipalities to introduce competition

What are you actually suggesting there? Anything at all? I'm not talking about suggesting vague things like "introducing competition", I'm talking about actual laws that would help the situation. Because a town getting together and deciding to fund and build their own network is a concrete example of introducing competition, but if that's not what you're suggesting then what kind of concrete steps are you referring to?

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