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Comment Re:dumbasses (Score 1) 82

I suppose it must be actually configured to be accessible behind a NAT using port-forwarding and DDNS. That is how the most IoT stuff is meant to be accessed these days. Controlling them on your local subnet doesn't make much sense in most cases; people would want to view and control their devices from their smartphones etc from remote networks.

Comment Re: Nothing of value was lost (Score 2) 39

There isn't any replacement coming for email in the workplace at least. Email is vendor-neutral and hence is available on all connected devices, technically has no limit on the text that can be typed or data sent as attachments in it, can be locally archived and restored and has other significant advantages over social media that I can't think of at the moment. And heck, anybody can set up his or her private mail server and ensure confidentiality of all email communications. I don't see email dying in any form.

Comment Re: Ahem. (Score 2) 465

Last night, my Gmail account was temporarily disabled by Google. Upon login, a screen greeted me with the message that Google has temporarily locked down my account after detecting some unusual activity. Some reasons were provided, as to what they thought could be deemed as suspicious - I was either accessing my account from multiple geolocations/was sending bouncing emails/was downloading emails with large attachments/was continuously fetching my mail via Imap/POP or most inexplicably, my browser cache was the problem. All the reasons, save the last one weren't valid in my case. I keep several tabs open and have Adblock Plus in my browser , dunno if they had a problem with any of that. They did re-enable my account the next morning, but there was nothing I could have done had they chosen to shut off my account permanently. There was no support email or phone number mentioned anywhere, and anyway I wasn't entitled for any support whatsoever. The point being, Google can be worse then the Federal Government in terms of service. You can never be sure when you run afoul of their vaguely defined TOS. Users need to be careful while entrusting their data to free service provider, that's the entire point.

Comment Re: Linus filled a void (Score 4, Insightful) 273

Just out of curiosity what exactly made the GNU tools so liberating in comparison to the proprietary implementations ? I can't imagine the tools being as feature filled or stable as they are now, so was it price (compilers) ?

I can vouch about how usable my HP-UX, SunOS and AIX workstations became after I installed the GNOME desktop , bash and openssh and a bunch of GNU packages on those. This as 12 years ago. There were/are official vendor repositories for GNU software. So yes, I second the AC, GNU without Linux is still liberating.

Comment Re:Five foot six inch gauge (Score 1) 474

Also used in India. This could be foresight on the part of BARTs designers, as they anticipated accommodating increased ridership by placing passengers on top of the cars. The wider gauge is more stable and less likely to shake them off.

The gauge width is also useful when you need to stuff 430,000 people into cars designed for 100,000. That, definitely was a foresight by BART designers, i agree.

Comment Completely New Species..? (Score 3, Insightful) 37

Magur fish or Clarias Magur first described in 1822, with habitat in Ganga and Brahmaputra river basins in northern and northeastern India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh is very commonly known to have walking capabilities. The link mentions this fish as "Commercial pond aquaculture of the catfish, Clarias batrachus (Linnaeus), commonly known as "pIa duk dan" in Thailand, "ikan lele" in Indonesia, and walking catfish in the U.S.A., first developed in Thailand in the late 1950s". This newly discovered species has climbing capabilities, so this might be just related to walking fish with more developed muscles.

Comment Re:There is nothing to support that claim. (Score 2) 99

Bicycles and pedestrians do not need traffic lights, so I think cycling and walking past traffic lights is something good.

Try visualizing yourself as a pedestrian at an intersection with say about 20 bicyclists approaching you in parallel at 30 kmph; what it would be like getting hit by them? It won't be fatal of course but could still cause considerable injury. Traffic signals are needed because not everybody cares about driving etiquette; bicyclists are not an exception.

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