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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

amorsen Re:Insurance rates (239 comments)

Why would any bank finance a car loan without insurance? That would be monumentally stupid.

The bank can just insure the car themselves and add the cost to the interest rate they charge. However, most banks are likely large enough that self-insurance is the best option for them.

about two weeks ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

amorsen Re:3dTV is a flop? (197 comments)

3D TV requires you to disassociate your depth perception and your eye focus. 3D needs to stay properly sharp despite your eyes changing focus (and ideally blur the things which are out-of-focus, but that is less important). The technology to do so is almost here now.

Alternatively, most children today probably watch enough 3D that their vision adapts.

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

amorsen Re:How much did move to cable/DSL cost Cisco? (207 comments)

Procurve is getting killed by software development. They are behind their competitors, and getting left further behind each day.

If you can make do with the limited software features (and you avoid the rebranded 3com stuff) they are great switches.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

amorsen Re:What would I *not* do? (123 comments)

We have way more gold in storage than we have an industrial or jewelry-related use for. The primary use for gold is to sit in Fort Knox doing nothing at all. Gold-coloured plastic would do that job just as well.

about three weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

amorsen Re:Broadcast standards in Europe (81 comments)

There are plenty of places that run HD over cable on plain -C or even -T.

DRM does not have any connection to which particular DVB version is used.

about three weeks ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

amorsen Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

Preventing Russia from placing drilling platforms in Canadian waters is a use. If your enemy has air superiority, all you can do is look on angrily like Vietnam does.

about three weeks ago
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California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

amorsen Re:They deserve it (286 comments)

1080i is a disaster for sports. Then again, so are all the other things cable companies do to ruin the signal.

At least there is finally hope: 4k has no interlacing, and with 8x8 *PEG blocks you still get the equivalent of 512x270 uncompressed pixels, no matter how crappy the encoding is. That is nearly NTSC resolution...

about a month ago
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Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

amorsen Re:+ in an e-mail address (149 comments)

"+"-characters keep out an amazing amount of spam. Please do not teach the world to recognize them.

about a month ago
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Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot

amorsen Re:Design Issue (60 comments)

First off, it seems unlikely as the phone will either be a corporate device, including BYOD, or a personal device. In the first case the traffic will have to flow across the network (including the firewall)

What stops a BYOD from using multipath? It will have to use the 4G connection when it isn't on the corporate wifi, so what keeps it from using both?

about a month ago
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Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot

amorsen Re:Network-based IPS and IDS are obsolete (60 comments)

Your IDS/IPS cannot look inside SSL traffic

Sure it can. You just push a new root certificate to your devices and intercept away.

about a month ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

amorsen Re:Minimal Alert (205 comments)

USB device drivers are not of sufficient quality to make that mitigation very viable. Just exploit the broken drivers instead; on most operating systems device drivers have the equivalent of root privileges.

about a month ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

amorsen Re:Can't Wait! (95 comments)

Personally I am much more excited about a gigatesla than a Tesla Giga.

about a month ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

amorsen Re:Considering his history... (144 comments)

Wrong way around surely: The test audience found the movie confusing and sad and so the internal monologue and the happy ending was added. Later came the director's cut which attempted (unsuccessfully) to outdo 2001: A Space Odyssey for longest CGI scene with nothing happening.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

amorsen Re: Alternative explanation (398 comments)

The reason why routers are so underpowered is that nobody uses multicast. If there was a strong demand for multicast I'm sure that the manufacturers would increase the capacity of their hardware.

If you build it and it costs less than 6 figures USD, you will drown in customers. It would not be used primarily for multicast at first, it would be used to get BGP working better, but every major ISP would want your router.

Using P2P does not lower the total load on the network, it just spreads it out more evenly.

Correctly done P2P sends traffic through the best route, typically from someone on the same ISP as the recipient and preferably from the same neighbourhood. That lowers total load a lot. Most current P2P networks do not particularly worry about optimal routing; they are much more constrained by traffic shaping or (often artificially) limited last-mile upstream capacity. It would be fairly easy to give priority to low-latency peers.

Besides, P2P can solve the problem of subscribers not watching at exactly the same time. Multicast breaks as soon as someone presses pause.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

amorsen Re: Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Multicast is not a viable technology for truly large scale deployments (more than a few hundred thousand hosts perhaps). Routers and switches do not have the required resources to maintain multicast routing/switching tables for millions of multicast sessions.

The correct way to solve the problem is to push it to the end nodes. They have much more CPU power and memory than routers and switches. The technology to do so has existed for a long time: P2P.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

amorsen Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Thats how the internet is paid for. The sending provider pays the receiving provider for the bandwidth, and this is the only rational way it can be.

No. That is not how it works. The truth is that the smaller provider pays the larger provider, no matter which direction the traffic flows. Some companies, like Netflix, are nice enough to not use their size as an excuse to charge people -- they offer free peering at internet exchanges. Other companies are maximally greedy.

about a month ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

amorsen Re:What? (200 comments)

Netflix limited the highest bandwidth streams to direct peers for a while. Everyone going through transit could not get the highest quality.

Similarly, it would be quite trivial for Netflix to limit non-paying ISPs to lower quality.

about a month ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

amorsen Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

We are talking about ODF here. The encoding will be UTF-8.

about a month ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

amorsen Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

ASCII is a subset of UTF-8-encoded Unicode. If you do not use anything beyond ASCII in your document, the unzipped file will only contain ASCII. If you put Korean characters into your document (and you do not have to change font to do so, if you are using a decent font), the unzipped file will contain non-ASCII characters. In both cases, the file will be a valid UTF-8-encoded Unicode XML document.

about a month ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

amorsen Re:But Moonshot is years old (68 comments)

www.hp.com is fully moonshot-powered

That would explain why the HP site is so ridiculously slow. Except that it has been slow for years, but maybe they were always running it on prototypes.

about a month and a half ago

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