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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Strider- Re:Cloud based? No Thanks! (92 comments)

Only a fool would be OK with cloud based control and automation. If all the processing and control is not done on the local LAN then the product is 100% crap.

The programming of the system is cloud based. The communications between the remote, the base, and your device occurs locally. The only ongoing cloud stuff comes in if you want to be able to use the app on your smartphone to control certain devices while you're away. If you don't want this functionality, nothing stopping you from firewalling off the base so that it can't communicate with the outside word.

2 hours ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Strider- Re:Wrong Solution (324 comments)

People hate driving in general.

Eh, not everyone does. I quite enjoy driving, I don't even mind being stuck in traffic, as long as I've got the CBC or NPR on the dial...

That said, I keep (handsfree) call short and sweet, and the only time I would ever check/send a text is stopped at a red light (which is still a ticketable offence here).

3 days ago
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Hidden Archeology of Stonehenge Revealed In New Geophysical Map

Strider- Pandroica? (28 comments)

Did they find that? I'm sure we all want to meet the doctor... ;)

about a week ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Strider- Re:Everything old is new again (485 comments)

Vancouver, BC has a very extensive trolleybus network, with 265 active trolley busses. The system works quite well, and the busses do have battery backup, so they can go off the wires for short periods of time (to go around road construction, accident, pass a parked bus, etc...). As for the wires being ugly? I dunno, they're just part of the fabric of the city. There are some intersections though with rather impressive spider webs hanging over them. :)

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Strider- Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (524 comments)

Correct. We basically buy 1.6MHz on the satellite, and have our own private connection. Because it's SCPC (Single Carrier Per Channel) latency is typically 550ms, and the high priority QoS queue has very little jitter (on the order of 5 to 10ms). This makes the voice quality near toll quality, and very reliable.

For reference, over the past 24 hours, the folks on site downloaded 6GB and uploaded 2GB (including all the voice traffic), and this was a light day. I've had days when it's closer to 10GB downloaded (See patch tuesday). Anyhow the goal is to make it reliable, albeit slow, and in that we mostly succeed. I also deploy some measures to combat things like bittorrent and other P2P applications, just out of necessity to protect the network.

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Strider- Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (524 comments)

Your .sig is less persuasive in the context of your post; it sounds like you are practically on tin cans connected by string up there!
My kids have practically no concept of TV, not because they're too good for it, but because it has been replaced by youtube.

The site in question is actually in the US, north-central Washington State. The surrounding terrain is extremely rugged and federal wilderness. We've looked at fixed microwave, but that would require two self-powered mountain-top repeater sites (never mind the fact that one of them would actually have to be built in the Wilderness area, which would require an act of congress to approve). Also, conservative estimates put the price tag on the system at about $250k, and ongoing maintenance wouldn't be cheap either.

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Strider- Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (524 comments)

The minimum needs to keep rising. We keep finding more to do with our net connections. These companies are just whiny because they don't want to have to roll out FTTH, they want to keep doing DSL and pretending like that works.

Heh, I operate one site that has ~60 people connected to 1.2Mbps/300kbps satellite, which also carries up to a dozen phone calls in the evening. Would we like more? sure, but the current system already costs $5000 a month (which is a pretty good deal for raw satellite capacity). Does it suck to use? sure, but once you give up on things like Youtube and put some strong QoS in place, it's remarkably useable assuming a little patience.

The biggest killer? sites like Facebook going https by default. Facebook used to cache really well. As soon as they went https by default, my cache hit rate dropped 50% or more. (It's also a BYOD environment, so I'm not doing SSL MITM etc...)

about a week ago
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ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

Strider- Re:Why do people use internal TLDs? (101 comments)

For an intranet site that employees will be using hundreds of times per day, putting it on an internal petname TLD is much quicker to type.

This is why man invented search domains. Yeah, they don't support multiple levels of DNS, but if you're running something that does that, you're doing it wrong(tm)

about a month ago
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ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

Strider- Why do people use internal TLDs? (101 comments)

I still don't understand why people use their own strange TLDs internally. I always just use split horizon DNS, and put everything under the corporate domain name, thus eliminating the problem.

about a month ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

Strider- Re:She quit because... (186 comments)

She was afraid of heights!

I've actually sat around and gotten drunk with a couple of astronauts, both of whom have spacewalked. Apparently you don't get vertigo looking down towards the earth, it's when you look into the void. (Note that the helmets are designed so that as long as you're looking ahead, it's not within your field of view.

about a month ago
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Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

Strider- Re:If you know you need a NAS, why buy it? (150 comments)

There's plenty of free options out there, if you really need that much storage, you need to care how it works and how well.

Sure, but the free options generally don't come in something the size of a shoe-box, with nearly silent fans, and 8 hot-swappable drive bays. Besides, as others have said, I've got better thigns to do with my time than futz around with mass storage.

about a month and a half ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

Strider- Re:the real question is... (213 comments)

Why does ACM still exist? what does it offer a programmer that he can't get for free?

Because it's not for programmers. Contrary to popular belief, computer science is not about programming. It's about software architecture, design, etc...

about a month and a half ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Strider- Re:Pretty sure it wasn't the heat tiles. (171 comments)

The tiles on the shuttle's belly were the complete opposite. The main tiles on the belly of the shuttle were roughly 10% silica fibers, 90% air. Think very low density styrofoam, except that it can be heated to glowing temperatures without losing its properties. This was actually the really cool demo that I saw. The person giving the demo heated it with a torch until it was glowing yellow/white, then picked it up with his bare finger tips. Because the thermal conductivity of it was so low, it could be handled (with care) with bare hands.

For the OP, the point of the thermal protection system was precisely the opposite of being a heat sink. It's entire purpose was to insulate the shuttle against the heat that the belly was exposed to during re-entry. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of heating during re-entry was due to compressive heat (think diesel engines, boyles law and all that), Not friction. Basically the shuttle would compress the air in front of it, causing it to heat up to plasma type temperatures, which was then transferred to the body of the shuttle through convective heating. As such, the best way to deal with it was just to insulate yourself, and wait for the high temperatures to pass.

about a month and a half ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

Strider- Re:Everyone loves car dealers! (455 comments)

My god, have these new-car dealers ever had the experience of trying to buy a new car from a dealer? It's an extremely complicated thing, ranking up there with doing calculus with stone and chisel. This is one main reason people loved the dealers with fixed prices or with internet sales where they can get a quote without talking to a huckster in person. If NADA thinks the public will be swayed by such a claim then they're seriously out of touch with the public.

Buying my car took more paperwork than buying my home, which is ludicrous given the order of magnitude difference in price. In the end, I bought my condo by faxing back a piece of paper with one signature on it, while on a trip in Europe. Buying my car? I had to sign a dozen different pieces of paper, and it took far longer.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Strider- Re:A bit of a red herring.... (431 comments)

What astounds me is that Chevy can build a fantastic car like the Corvette and yet nearly everything else is sub par. Ok, the new Malibu is a big improvement...I'll give them that. Ford? Well, the Mustang finally got rid of the live rear axle suspension. Now they are only about 10 years behind every other sports car on the road. Chrysler? They have some innovative designs but the quality continues to be horrible on balance.

I've driven the Ford Mondeo and the European Focus... both were just as good or better than any european vehicle I've rented (though the BMW 1 series was pretty nice).

about 2 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Strider- Re:Slippery slope (431 comments)

Consumers can tell the difference between VW made in Mexico and VW made in Germany, and VW is not owned by Chinese. Whoever thinks that Volvos made in China would be (in the near future) as good as Volvos made in Sweden is just delusional. Although, they'd still likely be much better than American cars (GM, Crysler, Ford).

Eh, my '06 Jetta TDI was manufactured in Mexico, and has been a solid and reliable piece of equipment. VW seems to have solved most of their manufacturing issues when they moved to the MKV chassis (2005.5 through 2011 or so). Now someone will probably point out how wrong I am, but to the best of my knowledge there haven't been any significant manfacturing issues with these cars, despite being built in Mexico.

Hell, the only recalls there have been on my vehicle was to put in plastic caps so that you can't adjust the aim of the low and high beams independently (which is illegal in north america for some stupid reason... I pulled the caps right back off again after the mod) and a minor issue with the wiring harness to the passenger seat.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Strider- Re:The difference is obvious (431 comments)

I can tell the difference quite easily. Americans buying european cars improves european economies. Americans buying chinese cars improves chinese economies. What I can't figure out is what would happen if Americans were to buy american cars. hmmm.

Ok, I'm Canadian but this theoretically holds true as well. The problem is that back in 2006 when I was looking to buy a car, the domestics weren't building anything I was interested in. I was looking for a reasonably sized sedan that had a diesel engine in it. Guess what, the only car on the market with that feature was the VW Jetta (Manufactured in Mexico from German parts). Had any of the domestics built something similar, I'd have considered it, but they were all on the huge "HEMI RWAWWWR POWAH" bandwagon.

When my Jetta eventually wears out (8 years old now, and still going strong), I'll probably replace the sedan with a wagon. Guess what, none of the domestics produce a real station wagon any more... You either have to go with those stupid crossovers or something larger. Now, if the domestics would import some of their european models into the North American market, I'd strongly consider them. Over the years, I've had a wide variety of european Fords and other vehicles that I would love to buy, but they just won't sell them to us.

about 3 months ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Strider- Re:DirecTV is a major problem, potential solution. (394 comments)

Oh, and one last thing... How the fuck do some of your boxes have the "Energy Star" logo??? Is it because the boxes themselves are efficient & you choose not to implement those efficiencies?

Remember, the EnergyStar logo is pretty much meaningless. Heck, a few years ago a (fake) gasoline powered alarm clock received the EnergyStar logo as part of an audit.

about 3 months ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Strider- Re:Speaking as a Portland resident (153 comments)

I just hope that in the near future they bring it across the river to Vancouver, WA.

I just wish it would come to the real Vancouver...

about 3 months ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

Strider- Re:Initial Offer (232 comments)

I bid fifty quatloos on the newcomer.

I see your fifty quatloos, and raise you 5 ningis.

about 3 months ago

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