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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

OzPeter Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (323 comments)

Why do you feel entitled to to decide that rural inhabitants should enjoy more internet and less live sport events?

Because in general sports franchises could pay for new stadiums out of petty cash, but still demand subsidies for said stadiums.

2 days ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

OzPeter Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (323 comments)

And that's kind of the point. Where nature/reality/market dictates the different availability of certain services, let people who choose to live there absorb those consequences. Don't protect them from the consequences of their choices. They're adults, and will adapt.

Except that there are benefits to society as a whole by having these people live in rural areas.

2 days ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

OzPeter Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (323 comments)

No. I would simply not support subsidizing them.

And in doing you are implying that market conditions should dictate the availability of such services in rural areas. However the cost of such services is increased by the fact that they are being provided in rural areas compared with more densely populated areas. In addition the effect of this cost is exacerbated by depressed earnings in rural areas compared with metropolitan earnings. Thus by removing all subsidies you are reducing the ability of people in rural areas to enjoy the same levels of service as people in metropolitan areas. Which will create a society of Haves vs Have Nots based on location. In effect condemning the Have Nots to a sub standard living compared to the Haves. This is not begging the question .. its a direct consequence of your desired policy.

And while you can't expect to have everything available in rural areas, increasing access to fundamentals such as power, water, health care, education and now internet service benefits the country as a whole. However you seems to have philosophy that its is OK to stratify society based on location. I disagree and think that the job of a country is to raise up all members of its society regardless of where they live.

Now if you want to talk subsidies for sports stadiums .. then yeah .. they should go.

2 days ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

OzPeter Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (323 comments)

"why not just get them all to move"

Sorry, I'm not a dictator.

But you would condemn them to sub-standard living just for the reason of residing outside of a large metropolitan area.

2 days ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

OzPeter Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (323 comments)

Yes. And they should get off open-ended subsidies (transfers from other taxpayers).

While you are at it .. why not just get them all to move to the cities where all the important infrastructure, jobs and money are?

2 days ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

OzPeter Re:Americans shoudln't subsidize internet service (323 comments)

... at all.

Sooo .. all the people out in the countryside with the subsidized phone, water electricity service should just suck it up in this case?

3 days ago
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Are Matt's Robot Hexapods Creepy or Cute? (Video)

OzPeter Missing option: Hipster (35 comments)

3D printed legs, Intel Edison system board, machine vision camera and $4200 worth of drive motors.

and all it does in the video is sit there and wobble like a drunk, white, middle aged guy at his daughters wedding reception.

3 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

OzPeter Gotta love hubris (377 comments)

Of course, the kernel is special, and kernel engineers are just better people. Everybody knows that.

Given his communications style I'm not surpassed by this quote.

Or maybe I am just missing the implied "/s" .. yeah .. right .. NOT.

3 days ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

OzPeter Re:as good as a pair of pliers to drive in a nail (110 comments)

Why not use the right tool for the job. A *REAL* firefighting airplane.
The CL415 http://www.bombardier.com/en/a... is *designed* for that purpose.
It can reload in 12 second by scooping over any body of water just 6 feet deep. How long does it take to reload a DC-10?

If only there lakes full of fire retardant that a plane could just fly down to and scoop up a full load in a mere 12 seconds.

3 days ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

OzPeter Re:Obvious (73 comments)

There are a lot of Muslims in Australia, and it makes sense to keep an eye on them as a lot of them support terrorism

That seems like an obvious trolling comment, but sadly I'm not sure.

You just need to look at the Rise up Australia party for that. (Run by the same person as the "Catch the fire" ministries in Melbourne)

5 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

OzPeter Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Regardless I would press charges (which is more accurately said than "sue them")

IANAL either, but suing (civil) and pressing charges (criminal) are two different things.

5 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

OzPeter Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

I would sue them for defamation, if I were one of their Tor-using customer.

It's a grave offence to imply someone is engaged in criminal activity, without actually having evidence of such activity.

And in what public venue did they announce this scurrilous rumor?
And what are the actual damages that you suffered from said announcement (and being butthurt is not a valid damage)
And assuming that you can satisfy the above, how much $$ do you have upfront to pay for a lawyer to take on your defamation case?

You may get the EFF interested, but I don't think that the case would even go anywhere unless there was actual damages involved.

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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

OzPeter Re:Requirements ? (129 comments)

The choice is yours. Upgrade or die.

I would .. but..

I am not going to buy a sealed-in iMac or MacBook, I can't afford a Mac Pro and I am hanging out for a new Mac Mini model (and have been for 12 months)

about a week ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

OzPeter Re:Requirements ? (129 comments)

Switching to 64 bit builds means that they will have to drop OSX 10.6, right? It's about time this one is left behind!

No, 64 bit builds run on 10.6 just fine. You may be confused here: 10.7 requires a 64 bit processor. So if you don't support 10.6, then supporting 32 bit is pointless - anything running 10.7 upwards supports 64 bit.

But there is also the corner case of machines like I have with a 64 bit capable CPU but only 32 bit EFI for which I am endlessly trapped on Lion (10.7). Which probably doesn't count in this case, but is always a source of endless bitching for me.

about a week ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

OzPeter Re:Non story (207 comments)

Company tries two things, chooses the one that is better. News at 11.

Nope ..

News at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 AND 11 .. plus at 6AM, 7AM and 9AM there's a recap of the previous days related rumors and stories.

And I say this typing on a MacBook with an iMac to my right, my iPad downstairs, my Nano in my gym bag and my iPod touch in a drawer.

about a week ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

OzPeter Re:Bank customer records (151 comments)

Does anyone know which financial institutions have their data protected against a Carrington Event-sized CME hitting the earth? I'd hate to lose all my money because my bank's customer records were destroyed.

A certain right wing talk show host in the US recently made a big fuss about he has bought an "EMP-proof" car. I guess that this means either pure diesel or spark plugs and points IC engine (he never did elaborate on what model it was) . However he made no reference to stockpiling fuel for the vehicle so I am apt to wonder what will happen in his post EMP world when everything else electronic around him will have died.

about a week ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

OzPeter Re:Suercaps (149 comments)

Supercaps aren't even really out of the early lab stage, their commercialization curve is at least a decade out.

Given that super caps are currently being used in F1 racing (Tackling KERS in Formula One) I'd say that they are a little more advanced than "early lab stage". Although 10 years from F1 to commercial does seem reasonable.

about a week ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

OzPeter Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

If you are at a normal intersection (not a roundabout), and you cross the intersection, have you 'changed lanes'? Any sane person would say no.

I was equating a roundabout to turning right, not crossing an intersection.

Regardless what you call them a roundabout have multiple lanes of traffic. I have driven on roundabouts in the UK that are a good 1/4 mile in diameter with significant distances between on/off ramps. Do you consider that those roundabouts do not have a left and right lane?

about two weeks ago

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I am Slashdot

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  about 7 months ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "I submit stories. I read stories. I add comments. I moderate comments. I am the reason that there is ad revenue.

I am Slashdot.

(please propagate the "I am Slashdot" meme in anyway you can)"
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The Inside Story Of The World's Biggest 'Battery'

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  1 year,17 days

OzPeter (195038) writes "With 24 gigawatt-hours of capacity, the Bath County (Virginia) Hydro Pumped Storage Facility is one giant sized storage battery that is the largest in the world. The Inside Story Of The World’s Biggest ‘Battery’ And The Future Of Renewable Energy talks about its operation, where pumped storage fits into the mix of power generation and the challenges they expect in the future. Also see this youtube video for another overview of the facility.

Disclaimer .. I have nothing to do with any of these websites .. I just drove past the place on the weekend."
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$1b Ghost town to be built in New Mexico

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "As reported in the Brisbane Times, construction of a $1b Ghost Town is expected to start in Lea County near Hobbs, New Mexico this year. The town is the brainchild of Pegasus Global Holdings and represents its Center for Innovation, Testing & Evaluation (CITE) and will be modeled after the real town of Rock Hill S.C. From the Brisbane times article:

The point of the town is to enable researchers to test new technologies on existing infrastructure without interfering in everyday life. For instance, while some researchers will be testing smart technologies on old grids, others might be using the streets to test self-driving cars. "The only thing we won't be doing is destructive testing, blowing things up — I hope," said Brumley (senior managing director of Pegasus Holdings).

Also from the that article:

Brumley said plans are to break ground on the town by June 30. The initial development cost is estimated at $US400 million, although Brumley estimates the overall investment in the project to top $US1 billion.

"

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Robot bird perches on human hand

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "As reported in The Age and also directly from Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign researchers have demonstrated a robot bird that can fly down and perform a soft landing, such as perching on a human hand. From the the Age's article

"The ability to perform perched landings on a human hand endows our robot with the ability to operate around humans," says Aditya Paranjape, a post-doctoral scholar working on this project. The project is based on Paranjape's PhD thesis and journal articles written with Soon-Jo Chung, an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Illinois who is also working on the project."

. Video of the robot performing various landings can be seen on youtube at: First Successful Perching on a Human Hand by a Robotic Bird Airplane"
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War driving puts on a uniform

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "As reported in The Age and from the Press release as a part of National Consumer Fraud week, the Queensland Police are going war driving in order to identify insecure WiFi setups. from the press release "The War Driving Project involves police conducting proactive patrols of residential and commercial areas to identify unprotected connections. Police will follow this up with a letterbox drop in the targeted area with information on how to effectively secure your connection". While some people may like having an open WiFi AP its interesting to see that the Police also feel that "Having WEP encryption is like using a closed screen door as your sole means of security at home. The WPA or WPA2 security encryption is certainly what we would recommend as it offers a high degree of protection""
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Re-programming the thermostat

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "As reported in WA Today, Tony Fadell of iPod fame has been using Nest Labs to design and build a thermostat that learns how you live in your house by following how you manually change the temperature. Once you have taught it how to behave (How the Nest learning Thermostat learns), it then can schedule temperature changes that suit your lifestyle, and help you cut down on energy costs."
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Rent an iPad for inflight entertainment

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Jetstar will be trialling the renting out of pre-loaded iPads as a form of inflight entertainment instead of the the more typical seat back video system. No word in the article on how or if they will handle wi-fi connections, but interestingly it does mention that they will be usable during takeoff and landings — something that will be sure to spark lots of discussion regarding planes and modern electronics."
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Volvo demonstrates automated car breaking

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Back in 2009 slashdot ran a story about Volvo working on a crash proof car that used radar and and automated braking (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/01/02/159210/Volvo-Introduces-a-Collision-Proof-Car). Well a few weeks ago they demonstrated their S60 car with full auto braking. One small problem, it rear ended the truck it was meant to avoid. Fortunately (or perhaps smartly) no driver was in the car, so no one was injured. The failure of the demonstration was blamed on "one or more of the car's sensors had been "fried" before the demo, caused by the car maker fast-charging the S60's battery after discovering it was flat.". After seeing that I am not sure which is worse — that Volvo failed to properly run a demonstration of a new technology (and did not have a backup car ready), or that the said technology can easily be damaged without anyone noticing that it no longer works.

[note to editor — yes I deliberately said "breaking" in the title — its a joke, see]"

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Airport full body scanners not so secure

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting a story out of Manchester, UK of how an Indian actor claims he was asked to autograph printouts of his full body scans for two female security officers. If true, then this makes a mockery of the official claims that scans will be deleted immediately after they are performed. How long before copies of printouts of celebrities' scans start appearing on websites devoted to security porn?"
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Flying cars .. get yours now

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Flying cars (or more rightly "Driving Planes") are just around the corner. The Terrafugia website is hosting several videos detailing some of the test flights performed in the last 6 months. The site also suggests that the initial delivery will be in 2011 — just in time for the end of the world when the Mayan calendar rolls over!"
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Ploughing carbon into the ground

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "A wheat farmer in Australia has eliminated adding fertilizer to his crop by the simple process of injecting the cooled diesel exhaust of his modified tractor into ground when the wheat is being sown. In doing so he eliminates releasing carbon into the atmosphere and at the same time saving himself up to $AUD500,000 that would have been required to fertilize his 3900 hectares in the traditional way. Yet the crop yields over the last 2 years are on at least par with his best yields since 2001. The technique was developed by a Canadian, Gary Lewis of Bio Agtive and is currently in trial at 100 farms around the world."
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What to do with a free XBox 360 Pro?

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Last week I won an XBox 360 Pro, however I am not a gamer and after looking at the current MS offerings I am not tempted to become one.

But I am in the market for a Media Center PC that I can use for streaming TV shows off the 'net as well as general web browsing and displaying the video through the HDMI port. With that in mind I again looked at MS and saw that they seemed to have positioned the XBox as an adjunct to a separate Windows Media Center PC and not as a stand alone unit (which is not what I want). So once again I did some more research into the XBox homebrew scene and discovered things like Xbox Linux. But after reading that site it is apparent that MS is trying to beat down the homebrewers and I am left wondering how much hassle it would be to go down that path.

So my question is how should I re-purpose my XBox? is it worthwhile doing the Homebrew/Linux option (and can anyone share any experiences)? Are there other ways of re-purposing the device that I haven't considered? Or should I just keep it boxed up as a Christmas present for a favourite nephew?"
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Getting better cellphone reception

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "I currently have cellphone service with T-mobile and I get great coverage everywhere I go — except for in my own home. Their coverage website indicates that I should get reasonable signal strength at home, but in practice I only get about 1 bar and that can drop to zero depending on which side of the house I am in. This is very annoying given that my cellphone is my work phone. So I have been looking around for solutions to my problem.

Switching to AT&T might be a solution as that way I can keep my GSM phone, but their website also indicates that I should get about the same level of signal strength as I get with T-mobile. I am not too trusting about that, but I will be trying to track down a friend with AT&T and invite them over to see what actual signal strength I can get. My current phone is a Motorola Razr V3, but I am wondering if a newer phone might have better receiver sensitivity. And the third possible solution would be to install a cellphone booster — which is a big unknown.

So I am looking for recommendations/experience with each of these options:
  1. Switching from T-mobile to AT&T
  2. Getting a newer phone
  3. Installing a cellphone booster
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Microsoft loses patent case to tune of $US331 mil.

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "As reported Microsoft has lost a patent case relating to copy protection and has had a $US331 million judgement awarded against them. The case was brought by Uniloc, which sued Microsoft in 2003 for violating its patent relating to technology designed to deter software piracy. From the article (with my emphasis):



"Richardson's patent, one of many under his name, relates to work he did in the early 1990s and covers a software registrations system that allows software makers to create try-before-you-buy versions of their work.

Once users buy the software they get a registration key that unlocks the full featured version of the software.

Uniloc claimed Richardson showed a copy of his software to Microsoft in 1993 but Microsoft did not license it, instead developing its own almost identical version and incorporating it into its products from 1997 or 1998.

Microsoft said that its system works differently from Uniloc's and that Uniloc's patent was obvious.""
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How should I increase my billing rates?

OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "Last year I formed a company for the sole purpose of sub-contracting to another larger company, and for the last 14 months I have working exclusively for that larger company. At the start of the process I set my contract rates based on the level of salary I wanted, number of hours I wanted to work and additional overheads such as business and health insurance. The number I came up has given me a quite a healthy income, but I have come to realise that I have undervalued myself by a considerable amount. In fact rates double what I currently billing would not be unreasonable in my field of work. As I now know what I am really worth in the market I would have no problem telling a new client what my rates are, but the question is how should I approach my current (and main) client? There is currently no formal contract between myself and them and thus no set rates, I do the work and invoice them, and they pay weekly. So should I just announce to them that as of some date I will be raising my rates to $$, or should I sit down with my main contact and try and feel out their response to a rate increase? And does the lack of a formal contract worry people, and should I use a new contract as the mechanism of increasing rates?"
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OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  about 8 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "The Age is reporting that Google has set up a group for developing humanitarian projects around the world. Details can be found on Google.org

From the article: "The ambitious founders of Google, the popular search engine company, have set up a philanthropic group, giving it seed money of about $US1 billion and a mandate to tackle poverty, disease and global warming. But unlike most charities, this one will be for-profit, allowing it to fund start-up companies, form partnerships with venture capitalists, and even lobby the US Congress. It will also pay taxes."

So do we like Google again?"
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OzPeter OzPeter writes  |  about 8 years ago

OzPeter (195038) writes "In light of the Maryland election, Princeton's Centre for Technology Policy has released a paper on the security risks of the Diebold AccuVote-TS voting machine. From the summary: "For example, an attacker who gets physical access to a machine or its removable memory card for as little as one minute could install malicious code; malicious code on a machine could steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates." and "We have constructed working demonstrations of these attacks in our lab." As a foreigner I can't even begin to understand how the USA can allow such systems to control their elections. It seems the only possibilities are negligence or explicit fraud — and I don't know which is the worst possibility."

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