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Comment It (Score 1) 825

Insurance doesn't deter crime, its an after-the-fact remedy. It replaces stolen possesions

Oftentimes it doesn't even do that. An insurance check can't replace your family herilooms at any price.

An alarm won't stop a quick smash-n-grab, but it will limit the amount of time that the criminal can spend in your residence pilfering your stuff. With a proper alarm and TL-30 rated safe, it's very unlikely that someone will walk out with the family jewels before the police arrive.

That said, an alarm and a good safe are not cheap. Whether it's worth it depends on your risk and how many "priceless" items you would protect.

To the OP's point, an alarm will add some degree of safety for your family. It's preferable to having a door or window open quietly in the middle of the night.

My home was burglarized years ago, and while I've never been able to replace what was taken, I am most thankful that none of my family was at home when the break-in occurred.


Growing A House From Meat 133

baosol writes "From the boundary-pushing team of archi-visionaries who brought us the fabulous Fab Tree Hab comes a new (and somewhat disgusting) way to grow a structure — using animal flesh! The In Vitro Meat Habitat is a futuristic concept home composed of meat cells grown in a lab. The creator of the concept, Mitchell Joachim, is a futurist with a twist– he says he is actually developing the concept in a lab."

Comment Re:It's for the best (Score 1) 319

I can understand why people don't like the elimination for unlimited plans, but I feel like it's for the best. The problem is that an "unlimited" plan is always a lie, always. It's never really unlimited.

It is possible to honestly offer "unlimited" data at N megabits per second, and that is how they market it today.

Google tells me there are, on average, 2629743.83 seconds in a month. If I'm buying "unlimited" 20 megabits per second service from my ISP, I can transfer approximately 321 gigabytes per month if I am constantly downloading at the maximum rate that we have mutually agreed upon.

I see your point, though: the lie is that you cannot really run your connection flat out without running afoul of the fine print. See Comcast's 250GB cap on their "unlimited" service, for example.

Which would you rather have?

A) 20 mbit/second "unlimited" service as described above: use it as often as you like during the month, and don't worry about your bill changing from month to month; the cap is effectively set by the 20 mbit/second data rate.

B) 100 mbit/second with a 321GB monthly cap; when you blow through the cap, you will likely pay through the nose for each extra megabit consumed.

C) Flat rate, metered, pay per megabit transferred. Perhaps with tiered pricing as practiced by some power companies.

E) Some other option?

Comment Re:I'm neither for or against Microsoft, but as a (Score 1) 291

...I can simply relate what things I believe and the things I hear from other CTO/CIOs regarding Google Apps and using Google Mail in a corporate environment. Everyone I know is adamantly against the idea. It isn't because there are technical shortcomings, it's simply because of liability and privacy.

This is an important lesson for some of us geeks. We would like to think that the best technology will always win on its own merits, but the reality is that products are often selected for other reasons.

Comment Re:Sorry Ars, you are animated too (Score 1) 1051

Sorry Ars Technica... you can CLAIM your ads are non-intrusive and "quality", but I just visited your site with adblocking off and was immediately met with one highly annoying animated banner and a second, lower-animated, section

Ars Technica has for years discouraged its users from running ad blockers. They need the revenue; I get that. However, since Ars was acquired by Conde Nast, the ads have become significantly more intrusive and annoying.

Comment You can grill them too! (Score 1) 920

Ryan's spot on... the best pizzas are made at home if you take the time to do it right.

You can also make them on the grill. I feel like a god when I follow the instructions in this book:

I've no association with the author; I just think it's easy to follow and get great results. Of the hundreds of cookbooks that line my shelves, this is my favorite.

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