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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

faedle Who wants to live forever? (439 comments)

I've been thinking long and hard about this concept lately. I'm getting old(er), and I'm noticing that I'm starting to slow down. I've still got 20, maybe 30 years of good life left, but really I don't see the point of living much beyond my 60s.

Logan's Run had the right idea. People increasingly just "get in the way" of progress at a certain age. It does vary for some of us, but I'm already seeing that in some ways I'm holding society back by extending my life. The next generation is more tolerant, more enlightened, and certainly more technically competent than I could ever hope to be.

5 days ago

IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

faedle Re:In b4 arrests for facilitation of theft (116 comments)

There's a big difference between indexing files and distributing files.

And I think most people who write GPLed software know the difference.

about a week ago

11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

faedle Re:Dont worry, they will just take it from somewhe (330 comments)

> Nobody lives in the California Desert.

Las Vegas would disagree. Technically, that is the northeastern edge of the Mojave Desert.

about two weeks ago

Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

faedle Re:ive been through the new check (France, CDG air (184 comments)

Your assumption that being French isn't a reason for selection is dubious.

US Customs officers at some border crossings are often more suspicious of US Citizens (based on behavior) than certain non-US citizens. I swear US Customs at the Interstate 5 crossing to Canada seem more suspicious of me than most Canadians crossing at the border checkpoint.

about two weeks ago

Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

faedle Re:Hard problem to solve (88 comments)

Funny, I found Diaspora to be easy to install.. no more difficult than any other "web 2.0" app. It does require something a little more than a simple "webhosting" account: you need to be able to configure Apache or whatever webserver to run the Passenger bits properly, and that's not something I think you can do on a $5 shared-hosting Dreamhost account (that said, it runs fine on Dreamhost VPS: I ran it that way for a while). And Diaspora does have ways of pushing to Facebook and Twitter: any more interaction than just pushing would require Facebook to open up their API, and that isn't happening.

about a month ago

Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

faedle Re:Takes Two To Network (88 comments)

Diaspora's solution is that the "personal information" is housed on a server that you trust (ie. one you run or know personally the administrator of). Nothing marked "private" is typically passed off the home node unless you specifically push it out.

about a month ago

Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

faedle Re:If it helps: (88 comments)

At least in the US a lot of "personal information" can be obtained from public sources. And with Facebook's tendrils into other sites (with things like beacons and such) they can probably get a surprising amount of information from sources you wouldn't expect.

Install Ghostery sometimes and see how many websites you log in to every day have beacons that go to a Facebook-affiliated site.

about a month ago

Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

faedle Re:Simple fix (158 comments)

Yes. ILI Oregon, where it's 0%.

about a month and a half ago

Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

faedle Can't wait.. (92 comments)

.. to use that on my "broadband" connection at home that's 3 Mb/s down and 384k up.

about 2 months ago

PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

faedle No. (367 comments)

Can we just stop giving PeTA any attention? They're 100% trolls. The sooner we all ignore them the sooner they go away.

about 2 months ago

Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

faedle Re:Why law not policy? (95 comments)

Oregonian here who follows the happenings in our state capital.

IIRC the concern in Salem was institutionalized cheating: that is, a school district turning a blind eye to (or actively encouraging) cheating to improve scores. Without a law, there was no formal way to dictate a universal anti-cheating policy state-wide.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

faedle Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

I designed and built a custom CPU in college. And it had to be somewhat Turing complete.

Computer science isn't what it used to be.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

faedle Re:Why do CS grads become lowly programmers? (637 comments)

I've spent some time doing "computer science".

Computer science IS boring. It's a lot of math and logic and tedium. Once you've gone over Turing's proofs, you either go into Cognitive Science or go full Math Retard (I did the latter) and become one of those boring researchers on campus nobody talks to.

about 5 months ago

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

faedle Re: Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Bandwidth is perhaps cheaper than you suspect.

I worked for a regional ISP that serves about 50.000 subscribers. We had multiple 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections to various peering points, one of which happens to be where Netflix peered with us. Total cost for that peerage: the cost of the extra fiber capacity, plus engineering the peer.

As opposed to housing Netflix servers at our data center. First off, to service that many potential streams might require a few boxes and a not insignificant storage array. We actually did have a similar arrangement with another very large content provider: their stuff took about a half-rack. It then needs to be added to network monitoring, and you need to train your NOC staff what to do when that little red light comes on. And the equipment will fail: the "other content providers" equipment had a MTBF of a couple of months. The hard drives will take a pounding.

And we were small enough that when we asked Netflix to co-locate in our data center for free they actually said "Not interested."

about 5 months ago

Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

faedle Re:Cheap Labor (164 comments)

You apparently haven't been to Billings lately.

It has all of the above.

about 8 months ago

Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

faedle Re:Forget licking their boots (325 comments)

.. or the beating and civil wiretapping lawsuit for the cameras.

about 9 months ago

Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

faedle Re:There are 1000's (223 comments)

My small city of around 200K just had one big wireless player (who also happened to be the cable company) announce they are leaving the market (and selling the spectrum licenses to one of the big guys) and the other three I know of buy their bandwidth from.. well, that same cable company and/or the local telephone company. There's no other place to ultimately buy bandwidth: there are three companies that transport and transit: the big regional telephone company, the local cable company, and Facebook. Everybody else is buying and selling Internet from the big guys.

I can't talk about the health of the small wireless ISPs here, but if you sit down and do the math, they are likely just barely making a profit. This may be why the local cable company has exited the wireless ISP market. (I live in an area with a small urban center surrounded by miles of farms and ranches, the cable company's strategy was to use the wireless to extend their range to these rural subscribers and infill in the few areas their cable network didn't cover). And this small cable company had the first LTE network on in the state, so they had a hell of a head start.

That's pretty much the picture in most places: the little guys are very little and increasingly getting smaller, and the big guys are only getting bigger.

about 9 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

faedle Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

> Indeed, no culture in the history of humanity has done so

[citation needed].

Many tribal cultures in the Americas and Africa not only acknowledged the possibility of non-child-bearing unions, many Tribal American cultures even had words for describing people in it.

about 9 months ago

Surrogate Database Key, Not Bitcoin Protocol Flaw, To Blame For Mt Gox Problems

faedle Re:Wait... (81 comments)

.. and that's still a pretty accurate description of the contents.

about a year ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

faedle Here's the $64,000 question (2219 comments)

" We want to take our current content and all the stuff that matters to this community and deliver it on a site that still speaks to the interests and habits of our current audience, but that is, at the same time, more accessible and shareable by a wider audience. "

Have you considered that those two points might be in conflict? That the precise reason for Slashdot's success might be that it speaks to the interests and habits of a fairly specific and narrow audience?

about a year ago


faedle hasn't submitted any stories.



TivoToGo Transfers broken.

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 7 years ago

With all the chatter recently about TiVoToGo coming to Mac users, I'm a bit surprised that nobody mentioned the fact that a significant percentage of TiVo users have not been able to use TiVoToGo since a patch in November broke the functionality on a small (but significant) percentage of Series2 TiVos. This problem was discovered within days of the patch's release, and as of today there has been little official response from TiVo.. save a few messages in the forums when things got downright nasty.

The problem is in the TiVo box, not in the implementations of TiVoToGo, and affects both PC and Mac users. For those considering shelling out the US$100 for Toast 8 Titanium, or any other TiVoToGo solution, you might want to read a few forum posts first to get an idea of the scope of the problem...

Personally, I'm appalled that TiVo could break something this bad and then take two or more months to not fix it. And, what's even worse is, if you read the forums it appears that Tier 1 support isn't completely informed of the problem.



faedle faedle writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So, I submit (what I think) is a great "Ask Slashdot" about wanting to hear everybody's moving experiences ("Moving Your Geek Cave") on August 15. Here it is, almost a month later, and the submission is still "Pending."

Jeez. Reject it or freaking post it already.

Meanwhile, we get Ask Slashdot "stories" about cleaning pig smells out of equipment. Like, any of us is ever probably going to have to deal with that.



faedle faedle writes  |  about 11 years ago

I think I just did a Bad Thing. I posted a link in a slashdot story about Scott McCollum, and I suspect that I'll get a lot of hits. Heck, they're already pouring in.

My poor bandwidth bill...


Ueberroth __NOT__ for Governor

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 11 years ago I'm submitting this as a slashdot story, but in the likely event it dosen't get approved, I'll go ahead and write something here. It's also on my livejournal.

I got spam from the Ueberroth campaign this morning. Ugh. Not that it matters, because I'm still registered to vote in Arizona (not here in California). But, I did send off this little letter to Ueberroth's campaign. Maybe something will come of it. I doubt it.

It's very unfortunate that your campaign has chosen unsolicited E-Mail as a way of promoting your campaign. It now has required me to rethink whether or not Ueberroth is going to be sensitive to the needs of the electronic community.

Unsolicited E-Mail is a huge problem on the Internet. It costs mail operators and ISPs like myself millions annually in costs, clogs our systems with mail that is largely unwanted and discarded by our customers, and is generally used to advertise products and services of questionable legality. One of the issues that will inevitably come up during this governor's term is the "SPAM issue".

By choosing to send spam, you have proven to me that you will not be "tough on spam". We need laws that make spammers responsible for the damages they do to systems, and to allow both consumers and business owners to seek damages; and allow our state government to imprison those who use spam to run scams.

As an aside, not only does this show a resistance towards passing tough anti-spam laws, it also shows that Mr. Ueberroth is out of touch with those of us that the media has labelled the "digerati." Without question, none of us likes spam, and the vast majority of us get so much spam in our mailboxes that we are drowning in a sea of penis-enlargement scams, MLM solicitations, and porn website ads that we go through extensive technical measures to shelter ourselves from such unsolicited crap. It does make me wonder how Mr. Ueberroth will vote on other important issues like UTICA, the use of open-source software (and IT methods) in government, and the abuse of the court systems by "industry groups" like the RIAA and MPAA. It sends a very clear message that Mr. Ueberroth is likely either behind the times, or in active opposition of the online community in these areas.

For the record, at no point did I ever release my E-Mail address for the purpose of solicitation. I do not tolerate spam, and this is "polite" compared to the average spammer message I send. I expect to be removed from your mailing list, and further expect an apology for intruding on my personal space.


Oh, the insanity.

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 11 years ago It's a sad day on slashdot when Phil Karns KA9Q gets modded a troll.

No, really. This is one of the guys who's singlehandedly responsible for TCP/IP over amateur radio. He's part of the ARRL's Future Systems Committee (or, at least he was a number of years ago). Argh.

When even the tech community can't tell the differnece between a troll and somebody who knows how to butter his bread, we're in big trouble.


Journal on /.

faedle faedle writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I don't ever write much here. Mostly, because I don't comment much on slashdot. Maybe I should start journalling here on things that are /. related.

If you want to read the generic journal, check out http://feedle.livejournal.com.

I've recently started ticking off people who's comments I enjoy as "Friends." If you came to my user account's journal as a result of looking at your "Fans", welcome. You apparently don't suck. *chuckle*

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