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RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

CaptainNerdCave statistics (196 comments)

There are three types of lies:
1. Lies
2. Damn lies
3. Statistics

In a poverty-stricken community of 1000 people where 999 people earn $10000 per year, one person earns $100000000. That results in an average (mean) income of $109900 per person, which is not at all representative of the poverty. The problem with economic statistics is that they are painfully skewed by the top incomes.

about 4 months ago

RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

CaptainNerdCave Re:RightsCorp (196 comments)

Yes, I saw that link, but I was trying to illustrate the average income and how it isn't representative of the average person. I know plenty of married households where husband and wife (combined) earn less than $40k\year. When I worked as a software tester at Deere, about half of the engineers I knew didn't even make $70k.

about 4 months ago

RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

CaptainNerdCave Re:RightsCorp (196 comments)

Craigslist? Classifieds? An apartment fit for a single person can be found for $400-600.

about 4 months ago

RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

CaptainNerdCave Re:RightsCorp (196 comments)

Sorry, I forgot to respond to the other things.

I take care of myself by eating reasonably well, exercising, and visited the dental wing of a local college when I needed work. I was in a car accident when I was 20. My car insurance payed for the hospital expenses and work I missed. Clothes, housewares, appliances? Thrift stores and rummage sales. By the time I was 28, I had over $20k in savings. I guess I'm fortunate with regard to my student loans. My first degree was an AAS from a state school that I paid for as I attended, and my BA was at a private college (I know now, THAT was stupid), but I graduated with only about $55k in loans.

For about the last year, I've been making around $20\hr, and I still shop at thrift stores for almost all of my goods.

I'm not insisting that everyone can live like I do, but I'm telling you it's possible.

about 4 months ago

RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

CaptainNerdCave Re:RightsCorp (196 comments)

I don't have the statistics handy, but last year I crunched some numbers to figure out estimates of the total working population. If the average income per person in 2012 was just shy of $43k (, that's about $13.4 trillion (using the population numbers from Assuming everyone who works is working full-time or better (60% of the population? That's about 188.3 million people), we have an average income of $71155 per person. Of course, these are fuzzy numbers that I put together in just a couple minutes.

about 4 months ago

RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

CaptainNerdCave Misdirection. (196 comments)

Does this smell anything like the platform that our current president ran on, twice?

We don't need to pay more in taxes, we need to stop spending so much on things like war, unnecessary civil developments (Silent railroad crossings?), corporate welfare, politician pensions, etc. You're addressing a symptom of the problem, not the root: government spending and thieving to support private interests that are funneled through government spending.

about 4 months ago

RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

CaptainNerdCave Re:RightsCorp (196 comments)

Please, get off your soap-box.

monthly expense
500 apartment
300 groceries
300 transportation expense
100 utilities
total necessary expenses = 1200

Granted, I live in a smaller city, but Minneapolis is about the same cost, unless you need to go a great distance for work. Just outside of DC is also about the same. A nicer home, car, and children are not necessities. As an adult, I spent 10 years working for less than $10\hr. A large number of people I know make less than $10\hr. In fact, I made less than $8\hr until I was 26, and I was still able to live rather comfortably because I didn't waste money on things that I didn't need.

Does this mean that I think things are fine? No, I agree that income disparity is a horrible problem in a country where the "average" income is $75k\year, but very few of us know anyone who makes that much money.

about 4 months ago

Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

CaptainNerdCave This _is_ a way. (223 comments)

Mod parent up! Wireless opens up many doors for ISPs. Infrastructure is the biggest cost, and wireless infrastructure makes it possible for just about anyone to become a tier 3 ISP.

Want a neighborhood ISP? Fast and easy: just put a tripod on your roof with a couple sector 3.65Ghz APs, and connect it to a router with a fast backbone. Add more components to improve security, or whatever you want. It's not hard. My friend sold his rural ISP late last year, and he had just negotiated for a 500Mb/500Mb up/down backbone for $3k/month. Each month, they are getting about 10 new customers at $50-70/month. The last I heard, his customer count was about 900, and that was before he signed away financial responsibility in November 2013.

The guy started this company about eight years ago, and was just a network engineer at a hospital when he did. Yes, almost anyone can start an ISP.

about 5 months ago

Why People Are So Bad At Picking Passwords

CaptainNerdCave Complexity != Security (299 comments)

I've been saying it for years: length! Thisshittasteslikechicken! Will take many, many years for any algorithm to crack. will also assure security. Why don't management and administrators understand this?

about 10 months ago

WRT trans fats, the FDA should ...

CaptainNerdCave Ban it, and something worse will come along. (376 comments)

You can bet food manufacturers will not just decide "Well, I guess we can't use this anymore, so we'll just switch to lower shelf-life products."

Interesterified oils? As bad, if not worse.
TBHQ? WAY worse. Looking for DNA damage? Look no further.

Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss.

I'm all in favor of telling people that something is a potential danger, and letting them make the decision on their own. I don't buy "low sodium" cheese because it taste worse. I do buy "low sodium" V8 because it tastes better. Then again, what do I know? I don't work for the nanny state.

about 10 months ago

Movie Review: Ender's Game

CaptainNerdCave British kid will ruin it. (732 comments)

Call me a hateful bigot, but casting that Asa Butterfield as Ender will be the downfall of this film. He ruined Hugo, ruined The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, and probably everything else he's touched. I have already promised everyone I know that I will not be seeing this in the theater, and not renting it.

about 10 months ago

High-Gain Patch Antennas Boost Wi-Fi Capacity In Crowded Lecture Halls

CaptainNerdCave EIRP regulated in US (104 comments)

This is similar in the US, but it varies slightly based on frequencies, locations, and environment.

about 10 months ago

Web Literacy Standard Announced By Mozilla

CaptainNerdCave not completely pointless (64 comments)

You've never worked a helpdesk, have you? There are few things more painful than spending 40 minutes on a call with someone who can't figure out how to copy and paste, or type their username and password into the provided and labeled fields.

These are people working for some of the biggest engineering firms in the world. I only wish I were joking.

about a year ago

Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

CaptainNerdCave Walk through snow in Buffalo? (867 comments)

Why should I be forced to subsidize some lazy people who _choose_ to live in a city where they experience snow flurries once in a while? I don't know of anyone in North Dakota or Minnesota who complains about having to get their mail from the curb. You think Buffalo has harsh weather? Then move!

about a year ago

Do Nations Have the Right To Kill Enemy Hackers?

CaptainNerdCave obligatory (482 comments)

Or they're operating from their parents' basement...

Am I too late?

about a year and a half ago

Sewage Plants Struggle To Treat Fracking Wastewater

CaptainNerdCave every investor? (264 comments)

You must not understand where your IRAs are, because they're in these companies.

Does that mean every mutual fund must pass this punishment on to its customers? There's no way, because that might be a breach of confidence.

You (as the investor) have no way of knowing exactly what gets done because the information doesn't come out until it's too late for you to make an informed decision.

Are you a senator or congress critter? Upper management of a US automaker?

about a year ago

Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican

CaptainNerdCave It is not! (473 comments)

Are you sure that isn't dependent upon which state you call home? In my state, no political registration is necessary.

That's right, North Dakota doesn't force you to take sides until you actually vote. What a concept!

about a year and a half ago

Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

CaptainNerdCave bad advice (984 comments)

If civil engineers designed traffic lights like this, it would _ruin_ automobile transportation. Have you ever driven a car/truck/bicycle in America?

It seems like you're encouraging a race to see who can approach the light at the slowest possible pace to ensure they can stop before it turns red for fear of being punished? That is the wrong paradigm.

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Introduces a Mobile-Oriented Redesign

CaptainNerdCave innovation doesn't matter (61 comments)

I'm not joking. The trick seems to be finding a way to improve your odds in the numbers game of marketing. Usually, it's by finding a way to get mentioned at the water cooler. It doesn't matter that if product you sell is indistinguishable from any of the competitors, what matters is that they remember yours.

Look what Jobs did with the Macbook line, even just the "Think different." tagline. Dodge seemed to have a winner with the "Hi." campaign. AFLAC's duck is a great way to help remember them. Volkswagen's "Das Auto" was pretty great. Wendy's "Where's the beef?" lady will probably never be forgotten.

about a year and a half ago

Boeing 787s To Create Half a Terabyte of Data Per Flight

CaptainNerdCave not unbelievable (213 comments)

John Deere has a variety of satellite-guided systems that can be implemented, and there are a few methods to monitor and program firmware over a wireless connection (I don't know the exact communications medium, it's not my field). Suggesting that there is 500+GB isn't unlikely, because I use CAN to interact with the hardware that we test, and a few seconds of reading a few variables can easily be 1MB.

Here's my quick number-crunching output:
500GB / 5 hours (estimate average flight including prep) = 100GB / hour
100GB / 60min / 60sec = .0278GB / sec of data being recorded
If it's anything like the CAN system here, they'll probably have 16 byte messages, depending on how it's subdivided. A lot of things report at 1000ms intervals, but more critical ones report at 100ms or faster. .0278GB/s = 28.4MB/s = 29127KB/s = 29826162 bytes / second
29826162 byte / 24 byte / 10 ms =
Assuming they use 16 byte messages with 8 character message IDs logged to .asc or .blf, etc, that breaks down to roughly 124000 things reporting every 100ms. My guess is that there are probably messages transmitted to the ground every minute or thirty seconds, or about 3MB per data burst.

about a year and a half ago



Senate votes on new health care bill

CaptainNerdCave CaptainNerdCave writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CaptainNerdCave (982411) writes "Should we believe the Obama supporters:
"The bill will help 'promote choice and competition to drive down skyrocketing health care costs for families ... all across America.'"
Or everyone else in America?
"'Make no mistake: If the people who wrote this bill were proud of it, they wouldn't be forcing this vote in the dead of night,' argued Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.

'Mark my words: this legislation will reshape our nation. And Americans have already issued their verdict. They don't want it. They don't like this bill, and they don't like lawmakers playing games with their health care to secure the votes they need to pass it.'""

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