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Comment Re:Oh, this is going to be great (Score 1) 240


Of course, it doesn't sit right atop a continental divide, unlike the river in TFA.

IOW, it's still not all that big a deal. Interesting, and I'm really curious to see the long term effects (if any, it may reroute itself back next year). But not something to panic over....

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 343

And yet, traffic fatality rates have been declining for the last couple-three decades. In 2015, they were barely 2/3 what they were in 1990.

So, as cellphones became more ubiquitous, there have been fewer traffic fatalities...hardly seems to be all that serious an issue....

Comment Re:Oh, this is going to be great (Score 4, Insightful) 240

Addendum to my last:

Note that I live near the Mississippi River, which, until it was leveed all to hell-and-gone, routinely shifted its channel from year to year. So the notion of a river rerouting itself isn't terribly surprising to me, nor is it really that big a deal, unless it reroutes itself over someone's house or a town (which the Mississippi used to do from time to time in the 19th Century).

Comment Re:Just like finding a crashed airliner under the (Score 4, Informative) 294

Not so hard to find if you are looking in exactly the correct place and they are not running on batteries.

They're diesel boats. They can run on batteries during the hours of daylight if necessary, but they can't run on batteries long enough to cross the Pacific (realistically, they can't run on batteries long enough to go 100km). Most of the time, they'll be running on diesels, and can be heard by anyone within a 100 km or so.

And they can't outrun a nuke boat. Not even sounding like a freight train (diesel boat running at max).

Comment Re:Network-wide solution? (Score 1) 67

A lot of people seem to misunderstanding the nature of my question. I understand what a site-to-site VPN tunnel is, and I can set one up. The question is, is there a reputable service out there that provides some kind of proxy or site-to-site VPN that obscures the source of outgoing Internet traffic? The point here isn't to secure traffic between two endpoints that I control, but to make it so websites see all of my company's traffic as coming from an IP address other than my own, and where the service provider won't disclose the original source of the traffic without a subpoena.

The specific concern came out of the prospect that ISPs might start selling records of their Internet activity, and businesses with security concerns not wanting their ISP to be able to track that information in the first place.

Comment Re:Ya, it's called IPSec (Score 1) 67

My question wasn't whether it's technically possible to set up a VPN. It was more, is anyone providing that as a service? Specifically, one focussed on privacy (obscuring the source of the traffic and not logging), and also that is reputable security service (marketing to businesses rather than pirates).

Comment Re:Not exactly direct evidence (Score 1) 156

would not the presence of 'dark energy' strongly infer the existence of 'dark matter'?

No, it wouldn't infer any such thing. It might, however, IMPLY the existence of "dark matter".

Note, by the by, that your statement above allows me to infer that you don't know the difference between "imply" and "infer".

Alternately, in your statement above, you are implying that you don't know the difference between "imply" and "infer"....

Comment Network-wide solution? (Score 1) 67

With all this talk about using VPN for privacy, I've been wondering if there are any solutions that are designed to provide that kind of privacy across an entire LAN. If, for example, you wanted to make sure your company's web traffic was private, is anyone offering some kind of service that allows you to configure a common SMB firewall to route all outgoing traffic through a secure VPN/proxy?

I've had some clients request this, but I can't find anything that looks remotely reputable. Most of the services getting attention right now are designed to have software installed on every device.

Comment Re:It has always bothered me (Score 2) 78

but in terms of the rocket going where it's supposed to, and coming back safe: it's not like the astronauts are anything but spectators to a programmed series of events.

Apollo 13. Yeah, the real heroes were the guys on the ground, but as I recall, one of the astronauts had to actually pilot the thing in a completely unplanned maneuver or three.

For that matter, Apollo 11 LM had to do an unplanned manuever or two, when they realized it was coming down onto a boulder field....

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