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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

PPH Re:Vote (198 comments)

But, as telcos love to point out, broadband is NOT phone service. It is not subject to the same regulations. That's why they were able to provide it to some neighborhoods and not others. And price it any way they wanted. And maintain it in whatever crappy manner they wanted.

So now the municipality steps in and says, "We can play that game too." We'll pick and choose where we want to run our fiber.

Oddly enough, the argument that municipalities will end up runnig fiber only to the most lucrative areas undermines the telco's arguments. If the city couldn't get the telco to run fiber there, what chance do they have to get it run to less profitable areas?

4 days ago

Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

PPH Infinitely dense? (225 comments)

IANAA (I Am Not An Astrophysicist) but I was under the impression that black holes have a non-zero Schwarzschild radius (and therefore volume). Together with a finite mass, how does one get infinity for density?

Yes, there are things about warped space that may give odd local answers frome a classical physics perspective. But using the term 'infinie density' seems to be an over simplification that is misleading.

4 days ago

A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

PPH Re:dial IBM model M for MURDER (80 comments)

The best keyboard is sturdy enough to kill a man with. And then use to write his obituary afterwards.

4 days ago

"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

PPH Re:Bad Plane (184 comments)

pay Canadian companies to produce a world-class, well-designed and actually useful aircraft

We could sell you some Bomarcs instead. Our foreign curtomers will buy what we tell them to. So price and performance aren't issues (to us).

4 days ago

For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

PPH Half get other jobs .... (173 comments)

... but the remaining two thirds of us with math degrees are working in our fields.

5 days ago

The Psychology of Phishing

PPH Phishing? (128 comments)

From TFA:

people clicking on a link in the email that goes to a malicious website that looks harmless but can have total control over their PC in less than five seconds

That's not really phishing. More like a drive-by download. Phishing is where the e-mail or web site attempt to truck the luser into entering an ID/password for the legitimate site being masqueraded.

Phishing attempts to exploit a weakness in the user, downloads exploit the o/s or client software.

5 days ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

PPH Re:It's not just woman; it's workplace harassment, (960 comments)

The reality is men basically have to suffer through this harassment too and the difference is they are expected to put up with it.

No, I'm not. When some lard-ass starts shouting, pounding the table and threatening people physically, I can back him down. Not many women can.

Management needs to make it clear that this behavior will not be tolerated. Or the company will end up being run by Bubba and all the intellectual talent will move on. This is fine if you are in the business of digging ditches. Not so much in the software business.

about a week ago

Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

PPH At least ... (76 comments)

... if we kill it, we won't have to use a silencer.

about a week ago

Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

PPH Some real estate valuations .... (64 comments)

... are going to collapse if surverys of old slides are made easily available.

It's possible to map ground contours using SAR through vegetation. And it would be trivially easy to make property purchases conditional on a risk assesment of landslide conditions basd upon past slide activity. There goes the market for those cheap riverfront vacation properties.

about a week ago

Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

PPH Sarah Conner ... (69 comments)

... had better get her ass moving!

about a week ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

PPH Re:Thank Government, not Microsoft (282 comments)

The IRS does not like this one bit,

But that's not the employer's problem. If an employee leaves of his/her own volition and offers services only on a contract basis, there isn't much an employer can do about it. If its critical talent, they may have no choice other than to accept contract terms. If the IRS takes issue with this, the company has the option to take the whole matter very public. It becomes a clear case of tax regulations interfering with the operation of business operations and is the basis of many companies just saying "F*ck it!" and taking their operations overseas.

about a week ago

Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

PPH Re:110 or 240v (260 comments)

In both configurations the inverter output is fed into an isolation transformer.

Which is going to be bigger and heavier than the inverter module. And have higher losses as well.

So what was the point of this contest?

about a week ago

Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

PPH Re:I've heard this one... (260 comments)

That's 305000W.h per litre.

This isn't an energy storage device. It' an energy conversion device and as such stores nothing*. Think of it as a piece of wire. Power in, power out. With some minor loss which produce heat. An inverter is just 'magic wire' where DC goes in and AC comes out.

*Technically not exactly true, as an inverter has some smoothing filters. But they store energy for a time period on the order of half an AC cycle, not hours.

about a week ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

PPH Sensitive? (960 comments)

To being criticized by women? I think not. Or the species would have gone extinct thousands of years ago.

Personally, I like women that can stand up or themselves. I am admittedly a bit of a jerk and I don't think a relationship with me would survive if a girlfriend or wife wasn't capable of telling me when I'm being an asshole. As long as its constructive criticism, I'm OK with it.

about a week ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

PPH Under socialism ... (613 comments)

... if you don't like the rules, you skirt them.
Under capitalism, if you don't like them, you pay to have them changed in your favor.

Either way, the same shit happens.

about a week ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

PPH Re:Thank Government, not Microsoft (282 comments)

I suppose this would depend on who made the decision to depart. If the employer lets an employee go only to rehire them back as a contractor, then I can understand. But this doesn't need to be communicated to employees through memos. HR can enforce employment/contracting legal and tax issues on their own.

On the other hand, if the departure is initiated by the employee, its quite possible that this employee might be valued but not willing to return under standard employment terms. If Mircosoft wants them, they may only be available as a contractor. Then the IRS and NLRB can go suck an egg.

about a week ago

"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

PPH Human touch? (102 comments)

Check in kiosks are fine the way they are. If you want a human touch, just wait for the TSA security line. Of course, it will involve a Latex glove.

about two weeks ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

PPH Shoot straight .... (701 comments)

... you bastards!
Don't make a mess of it.

about two weeks ago



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