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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

Moskit Why not multi-SIM single-plan contract? (98 comments)

"One big draw is ability to easily use multiple devices without expensive additional lines or constantly swapping SIMs."

Why not simply get a multi-SIM contract? You pay for just one common data contract, but can use multiple (up to 3..5) SIMs that seamlessly share this contract. Easier to manage, easier to use, perfect when you want to rely on data transmission for multiple devices, as in your case.

13 hours ago

Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Moskit Good point about gas. (261 comments)

Thank you for information, switching to gas would explain a lot.

I wonder whether this switch was caused by a policy (gas is "green") or economy (gas is cheaper). If the latter (which I suspect is true), this is still a side-effect of the economical situation, not a conscious decision.

Coal is widely available in countries like Germany or China, while USA has pretty much every resource you can think of. Basing local economy on what is most economically viable is capitalism rather than eco-friendliness. Good example is fracking, less CO2 but much more toxic substances in the ground.

By pushing against coal some countries also try to enforce a different thing on the other countries - when those limit using coal, they need to import gas (or other resources) from somewhere, at higher price than coal. Money flows elsewhere. Increasing gas consumption in Europe is just a tad difficult in current situation with Russia, which doesn't help with reductions.

Again, I suspect Obama is more motivated by economical implications rather than "eco".

Pity that atomic energy has earned such a bad label.

about three weeks ago

Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Moskit Re:Not intended, result of market crash in 2008. (261 comments)

For sure this is more complex as you wrote, and economic situation must have had more persistent results than can be recovered by economy picking up. Moving factories/production outside of USA is one such factor - this is not simply coming back when things get better, unless there is a major incentive for that.

It would be interesting to learn what's behind statistics.

about three weeks ago

Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Moskit Re:Not intended, result of market crash in 2008. (261 comments)

USA seemed to be most impacted with economic side of the things, other countries failed on political side - actual implementation of various measures.

This just shows how disjoint those things are from reality.

about three weeks ago

Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Moskit Re:Continuous work vs accidental reduction (261 comments)

That is a separate matter.

I'm not 100% convinced that all those actions (such as Kyoto Protocol) make sense. This doesn't change the situation with USA - they either think reduction is important, and should act (which they don't) or think it's not important and don't lecture other nations.

Note - I am not upset, I point out inconsistency (and to certain extent hypocrisy) of what Obama does.

about a month ago

Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Moskit Continuous work vs accidental reduction (261 comments)

No, I did not write that.

I wrote that accidentally meeting Kyoto requirements due to economy crash is not the intention of the protocol. Intention is a continued, ongoing, planned reduction down to the goals over multiple years.

USA didn't care about Kyoto protocol and did not introduce a program that would continuously work towards that goal. It still doesn't have plan, and did not change their approach after accidentally meeting the goals.

It's like comparing two sportsmen.
One is training and keeps getting better results. He will continue to get good results in coming years.
The other neglects everything, but in one competition, by accident, he reached the same result as the first one. Sadly he is not training, and this was just a one-off performance without any stable background.

about a month ago

Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Moskit Not intended, result of market crash in 2008. (261 comments)

There was absolutely no planning and no real work behind this.

Reduction resulted mainly from economic crash in 2008, and resulting lower production (=lower emissions). Kyoto goal has been reached by accident, not intentionally, and not in a stable way. When economy picks up and production increases, emissions will go back to previous levels.

Accidentally meeting Kyoto requirement is NOT the same as actively working on it.

Boasting this "achievement" is more like saying "he is a good guy, because today he did not hit his wife as he always does."

about a month ago

Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Moskit You don't, others do. (289 comments)

The problem is not that YOU can overcome car limitations.
The problem is that OTHERS will not - all those lowest-common-denominator- people who will be told that this is a self-driving car will expect it to self-drive in all conditions.

If you don't think it's real, just read stories of how "GPS crashed a car" because some of the lowest-common-denominator drivers switched off their brains and just drove car into a river or off a cliff.
Just wait until a drunk sues car manufacturer because their car crashed or stopped in a middle of road instead of parking safely. Since those cars are going to first appear in USA, their usage will be dictated by famous USA lawyers based on experience of the least smart drivers, not those who understand what such a car can or cannot do.

On a pure technical front what Google does is a technical advancement, but it's not going to be a universal solution. Especially not when advertised as a car that drives itself.

about 1 month ago

Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

Moskit Re:A complaint (207 comments)

By laying off 6,000 people, they are showing cowardice and a lack of confidence in their existing workforce. They would sooner send 6,000 people to the unemployment line then work work with a known, reliable quantity.

If you have a hardware design (say, cooling) engineer and whole world moves to the new fancy software networking (say, you need a COBOL programmer), it might not quite work to shift existing person to a completely new area of knowledge.
Part of adapting to new conditions is changing what has to be delivered to customers, instead of trying to keep selling them a hammer just because you have a hammer.

As for "replace people with cheaper people", that's the way capitalism seems to work. This is not even enforced from the top by corporations, but from the bottom by customers, who will buy anything that's cheaper, even if lower quality.
Same thing happened in other industries.

Whether this move is shortsighgted or not, remains to be seen in a year or two, when restructurization effects come into force.

about 2 months ago

Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Moskit 50cm limit was on selling, not taking photos. (140 comments)

AFAIK this limit was for _selling_ photos commercially, not for taking them. Those satellites could already take photos at higher resolution (25cm or better), they just had to be provided to USA government and noone else.
50cm images sold commercially were probably upsampled from 25cm photos anyway.

Limit was also only applicable in USA (obviously), and was changed to allow USA companies to compete with rest of the world as technologies advance.

about 2 months ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Moskit Re:Possible factor (752 comments)

Russian military apparently does not participate in ICAO in that area and their weapon systems only recognize friend=russian military, foe=anything else, including civilian.

This crime was done with a russian-made weapon system, as far as is known for now.

about 3 months ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Moskit Re:Back in the day? (502 comments)

And the best hack was the a-ma-zing RealSound system created by Access Software guys (of Tex Murphy fame).

It could even reproduce very good quality speech on that flimsy PC speaker, truly impressive feat at the time.

Soon sound cards got cheap enough and popular, as gamers took over PCs from businessmen/programmers.

about 3 months ago

Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

Moskit 10,000 Mbps = 10 Gbps (149 comments)

Metric conversion for those who prefer simpler numbers.

Oh, and that's a furload of Libraries of Congress per time period.

about 3 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Moskit Re:Second key (560 comments)

TrueCrypt Hidden Volume.

Oh wait, TrueCrypt is now Not Secure As :-(

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Moskit Smartwatch on airplane = switch off? (427 comments)

"I am surrounded by time - on my computer, the TV guide, cell phone, clock on microwave, clock on stove, clock on standard phone"

Once you get out of parents basement, time is not everywhere ;-)

It's true though that there will be people who find utility in wearing watches, and those who don't. Enforcing one solution for all will not make people happy - if you don't want a watch on your wrist, why wear it?

Interesting to see whether smartwaches would need to be turned off at an airplane... they use radio for some of functionality.

about 4 months ago

Can Google Connect the Unconnected 2/3 To the Internet?

Moskit They look for new consumers. (99 comments)

Reason Google is behind this drive is that it will allow them (and NSA) to reach more consumers.

Similar to how USA and other countries' corporations were happy to make Iron Curtain fail - not exactly for political/goodwill reasons, but to reach more consumers.

about 4 months ago


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