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In Australia, Immunize Or Lose Benefits

Deadplant Re:I completely disagree with "child benefits" as (680 comments)

The root justification for all those family/children benefits is usually economic.
Population growth translates into GDP growth.
Tax benefits are doled out to encourage population growth.

I'm not saying it is good or bad.
Just saying that is usually the actual reason.

more than 2 years ago

Doctor Who To Become Hollywood Feature Film

Deadplant already ruined (357 comments)

Dr Who has already been ruined. They may as well sell it for scrap now.
The latest season has been an utter disgrace.

I'm a big fan, I've seen every episode.
(those early black and white ones are pretty campy)

The recent episode about the fat bumbling idiot with the talking baby was the straw that broke the camel's back.
"herp a derp... I'm a fat moron, look, I walked into a wall and knocked over a display-case! hahahah, now my baby is making cutting remarks about me! Oh dear! aliens! oh dear, I've bumbled and stumbled into their grasp, how will I ever escape? Maybe if I really *really* love my baby the power of my love will make them explode! KABOOM! yay! it worked! *happily ever after*"
I haven't been able to watch it again since that day.

more than 2 years ago

Behind the Scenes: How Conflict Photographs Come To Be

Deadplant Re:Simple rule of thumb (178 comments)

pics and it didn't happen

more than 2 years ago

Satellite Glitch Leaves Northern Canada In the (Internet) Dark

Deadplant Re:Safety mode? (282 comments)

blasphemy! *never* read TFA.

more than 2 years ago

As a target for malware, my main computer is ...

Deadplant Re:DOS! (429 comments)

You know, that would be my feeling too. But people do strange things... A couple of months ago I bought a cable off ebay for $2.85. It arrived in the mail and to my amazement it had come from China.
Single unit, around the planet for $2.85! madness.

more than 2 years ago

Canada To Adopt On-Line Voting?

Deadplant Re:Ack! (405 comments)

That doesn't create a fully secret ballot.
You can still look up who somone voted for if you obtain their hash number.

The day after voting day deliver your hash number to your supervisor or you're fired.
If you voted the wrong way you're fired.

Rummage through wife's purse to find her hash number card. She voted the wrong way? Beating.

more than 2 years ago

8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

Deadplant Re:WTF, Slashdot???!? This article is garbage! (937 comments)

My mom is super-critical and she doesn't have any lasers and has never been to Jupiter!

/you can't explain that!

more than 3 years ago

Making Graphics In Games '100,000 Times' Better?

Deadplant Re:In other news... (291 comments)

EVE is doing 600-700 ship battles quite nicely these days (caveat: reinforced node, entering the star system still sucks... blah blah)

It still slows to a stall when you try to put 1000+ people on-grid at the same time but the limit has been rising steadily over the years.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Killing DVDs Like Apple Killed Floppies?

Deadplant Re:Hyperbole much? (345 comments)

aha! maybe that was the point?
the notion that Apple killed floppies is absurd... and so is the idea that netflix is/could kill DVDs so....
Yes, Netflix is killing DVDs the way Apple killed floppies.
which is to say, not at all.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Offline Storage Method For Large Archives?

Deadplant Re:Rotational media (397 comments)

that doesn't look right.
you used MB where I think you meant GB (but that doesn't matter for comparison purposes)
It looks like you're using 1000 GB = 1 TB for your calc so I'll continue with that.

the LOT05 cartridge has a capacity of 1.5TB not 3
So the cost is $0.045 per GB

the LTO4 has a capacity of 800GB
So the cost is $0.031 per GB

The large tapes are more expensive than the sata drive but very close and certainly cheaper than I expected.
Of course they externalize the cost of the tape drives but the cost of that would depend on the size of your operation.
For a huge organization with thousands of tapes it is a small cost.
For a small org or an individual with say 30 tapes it is huge. To back up a 45TB collection (very large for an individual or small business) a $1600 (from newegg) tape drive would add $53 to every tape. So the real cost would be more like $0.081 per GB for the tapes.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Debut Proxy-Less Anonymity Service

Deadplant Re:Um. excuse me? (116 comments)

yes, it *is* a proxy.
The innovation is the method of disguising the fact they you are using a proxy and removing the need for the user to manage access to the proxy.

more than 2 years ago

Could PSTN Go Away By 2018?

Deadplant Re:What happens when the power goes out? (305 comments)

There are 6 POTS COs in my city. They all have space for a large diesel generator.
There are 3000 cell towers. They are all over the farking place, the tops of apartment buildings, churches...

So yes, theoretically possible. But not remotely practical.

more than 3 years ago

Could PSTN Go Away By 2018?

Deadplant Re:What happens when the power goes out? (305 comments)

PSTN operates on a separate grid + backup power basis so that it works even in the case of a (normal) power cut. There's no reason that cellular or broadband networks can't be required to do the same and/or don't already do that.

Well, there are a few reasons they can't.
Basically, wireless networks can be battery backed but they can't be generator backed.
There are just too many cell towers and they are in all sorts of inaccessible places. In a power outage you would have to roll out and fuel thousands of small generators to the tops of office buildings, church steeples, hillsides... there's no way.
Just keeping 1500 small generators fueled and running for two days during a major outage would be a huge problem.
With the PSTN's copper network you can battery+generator back a half-dozen COs throughout the city which are dedicated buildings where you can have generators set up.

more than 3 years ago

Could PSTN Go Away By 2018?

Deadplant Re:Well (305 comments)

um well... I wouldn't say 'just as easily'.
There are waaaay more cell towers than COs.
You could put batteries on all of them but you can't roll a generator out to all of them when the power goes down and you have 6 hours of battery life.

With the copper lines they have battery backup and can prep generator backup while the batteries run down.
during the 'great power outage' a few years ago that shut down the north-east Canada/US power grid for days we had working telephones the entire time.

more than 3 years ago

Could PSTN Go Away By 2018?

Deadplant Re:Well (305 comments)

Not needed?
It is an independently powered comms system. It stays up when the power grid goes down, a literally life-saving feature.

Also, the call quality, latency and reliability are still better than the alternatives.

more than 3 years ago

Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers

Deadplant Re:Take 'em offline (583 comments)

I still believe one day all exploits will be patched and people will be smart enough not to infect their PCs

awwww, that's adorable!

more than 3 years ago

Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers

Deadplant Re:Take 'em offline (583 comments)

It is the same everywhere. Businesses pretty much all have fax machines.
Why? because they are useful. fast and effective.

more than 3 years ago

Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers

Deadplant Re:Take 'em offline (583 comments)

No, no, that is overkill. The electrical grid is the real source of the problem. Shut that down and the problem is fixed.

more than 3 years ago

Reason Seen More As a Weapon Than a Path To Truth

Deadplant Re:This seems to be a great over-simplification. (289 comments)

What is this nonsense about "seeking truth" or winning arguments?

Reason is tool that allows a person to make decisions that lead to effective action.
Effective action leads to surviving and thriving.
Or to put it another way: Reason evolved to get shit done.
Reason does not need to be articulated and frankly rarely is articulated well.

"Rationality allowed a solitary thinker to blaze a path to philosophical, moral and scientific enlightenment"

wow. just. wow.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Labs: the URL Bar Has To Go

Deadplant Re:Not New, Not Bad (591 comments)

We want to know what server we're connected to. Particularly if we are going to post any information like logins or other form data.

more than 3 years ago


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