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George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

halltk1983 Detriot, Mi (98 comments)

They could have put it in Detroit and used the city itself as an example of post-bombardment Taris.

about a month ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

halltk1983 Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (583 comments)

Oh, well, if you don't trust it, I suppose we should can the whole project. I'll let Mercedes know that their automated controls for slowing down a vehicle to match the speed of the one in front of it, and their lane assist keeping distracted drivers from creaming minivans aren't effective enough, even though they haven't caused any issues yet.

about 2 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

halltk1983 Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (583 comments)

It's not really a needed service, if you can do it yourself just as easily, or if it can be done by a computer. Did you pay a local technician to assemble your computer by hand, transistor by transistor?

about 2 months ago
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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

halltk1983 Re:Excellent (322 comments)

That song is burned into my soul.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

halltk1983 Re:One person a bottleneck doesn't create... (238 comments)

You peer with other carriers, not content providers, typically. Exceptions are if the content provider happens to also be in the same data center, or if they are also a carrier, ala Redbox / Verizon, Comcast / NBC, Time Warner, Google / Youtube... So they allow for no-cost peering agreements with the carrier / content provider, and also appear to allow for no-cost co-location. They probably used the word "peering" because it happens to be a hot topic in the news, and they are providing contrast to all the other content provider / carrier combos in that they are working with other people to keep costs down.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

halltk1983 Re:One person a bottleneck doesn't create... (238 comments)

It appears that you may not have read the article. They let the providers put servers in their racks at the datacenters, and give them free power and connection to their networks, and if there end up being a bottleneck, it'll be the connections from the servers to the switches, in which case they'll simply allow the provider to put in more servers. It's like the old cache servers that companies would run to make their T1 seem snappier, or the old NNTP servers that they hosted in the past to lower their outside connectivity load.

about 2 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

halltk1983 Re:Competition (258 comments)

Population density is pretty good where I live. I live in a major city. In fact, it's a lot like Austin. I know because I lived there all my life until a couple years ago when I moved out here. However, the city needs to make a bid, which means the council needs to not be owned by corporate interests. Our $80 million jumbotron on the stadium came at the price of them trying to close the local public libraries. It's unlikely that they'll see past the payments from the telco and cable company.

about 2 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

halltk1983 Re:Competition (258 comments)

There is no winner when the rabbit must choose between the lion and bear.

about 2 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

halltk1983 Re:Monopolies? (258 comments)

You've posted this twice now.
1) is Clear. 20mbps if no one else is using the tower. Reliably, closer to 3-4mbps. I know, I used to compete directly with them in the market, running a WISP north of Austin.
2)This is actually a VOIP company. They don't sell internet.
3) U-Verse: only available in some areas
4) Grande: Only available in some areas, usually do not overlap with Time Warner
5) VOIP company, no internet service
6)Western Broadband. This is the company I used to work for. Outside Austin, north of the city, in the rural area, it's the best choice for net. You can get a few megabits to your home when the cable company isn't there. Inside the city, they don't compete.
7) This is Clear again, see #1.
8) OnRamp is a Colo / Datacenter. Not home internet.
9) Business only, pretty much downtown only, where they have prewired. Extremely limited service area.
10) Clear again. See #1.

So, while you can go on yelp and pull up a list, you clearly didn't even click any of the links it's provided. Are you shilling, or just clueless?

about 2 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

halltk1983 Re:Monopolies? (258 comments)

Much of what drives up the cost is not laying conduit under the streets and giving fair access to the conduit. This means that companies have to get a permit (months or years, if it's not rejected) and then actually go dig up everything and lay cable. While that's expensive, it's still quite doable, but not if you have to line the pockets of the local council more than the cable company can to get your permit approved.

about 2 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

halltk1983 Re:Competition (258 comments)

Where I am, you have 2 choices for internet. Comcast and AT&T. Until a few months ago, AT&T was DSL only. And 6 mbps just wouldn't cut it for my needs, since I work from home, so Comcast was a functional monopoly, and they acted like it. Until AT&T stepped in with the UVerse service and gave me more than I was getting from Comcast for about $50/mo less. Now, I'm with AT&T and Comcast has dropped price and increased service to compete. Funny enough, if they'd decided to price competitively when they had the monopoly, I'd probably be with them, since overall their net service was better, but I'm with AT&T to reward them for actually coming into the area to compete.

about 2 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

halltk1983 Re:Competition (258 comments)

No, they had billions of government dollars to do it a decade ago, and didn't. Just took the money and pocketed it.

about 2 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

halltk1983 Re: Buggy whips (417 comments)

I don't know, having rapists caught after the first time seems pretty efficient. Since Uber validates identity, shows the customer a picture of the person picking them up, and logs the time and location of the driver, it would be really easy to prove that they raped/murdered. So, it would be a really efficient means of ending a crime spree. Do your homework before you spread FUD.

about 2 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

halltk1983 Re: Buggy whips (417 comments)

Driving a cab and neurosurgery are two completely different ballparks.

about 2 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

halltk1983 Re: Buggy whips (417 comments)

And gets caught within the first couple, because it logs each ride, with their name, picture, and your name and picture so you can't use someone else's information. Since you were the last person to see them alive, the police will question you. If you don't crack after the first round of questioning, the police will certainly start watching you after the second or third person you were the last person they saw alive.

You could, like, research things before spouting out. Or you could sound like a dumbshit. Your choice.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

halltk1983 Re:perhaps (294 comments)

Several of them. Expect each one to be able to write up a change per hour, so you need a junior admins for every 40 changes per week. That means you'll need probably 2 for windows patches, plus quite a few for linux patches, another couple for your other software packages you maintain, and a couple more for any software you have in house. Welcome to management, sir.

about 3 months ago
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Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

halltk1983 Re:Bill specifically about Glass is a bad idea... (226 comments)

Imagine if it was smart enough to work with you while driving. Highlight things coming out, or the road you're supposed to turn on when using GPS, keep a feeder of speed limits, and hold a clip of video for use in analyzing fault during accidents. Indicators around pedestrians, red lights, traffic control signs. Basically things to make you more aware of the road, instead of distract you from it. And the coup de grace: if you're in the driver's seat it blocks out the screen of your phone or tablet.

about 5 months ago
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Gmail's 'Unsubscribe' Tool Comes Out of the Weeds

halltk1983 Re:Did Google do this right? (129 comments)

Presumably, if a company gets blacklisted, they will contact Google. Then Google will provide evidence that the unsubscribe requests were being ignored, in violation of federal law (CAN-SPAM Act). Then the company finds the customer that was ignoring it and removes them. And the internet gets a little cleaner.

about 5 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

halltk1983 Re:Could we be so lucky? (235 comments)

It's because you're going around the choke point. You're doing 2 connections to go around the limited area. One to the endpoint of your VPN, and then through your VPN provider's connection to Netflix. It's like taking a different route to work than the shortest because the interstate is at a standstill. You might be smart enough to do it, but the automated routing protocol is not.

about 5 months ago

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Website

halltk1983 halltk1983 writes  |  more than 7 years ago I finally got my website up doing what I wanted. Political rantings.

I'm a libertarian Mormon, so beware. I'm still working on the codebase, but at least it does what I want for now.

Deoan's Politics

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My life is complete

halltk1983 halltk1983 writes  |  more than 8 years ago I now have a freak. Yup, unprovoked too. I have no foes, and attempt to state the truth on any matter I post on. I have no idea why I was foe'd. We haven't even posted on the same threads recently. But I don't feel bad... I have more fans ;-) Besides, I'm not gonna let it get me down... he has a lot of foes.

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Project

halltk1983 halltk1983 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I am working currently (as of 6/21/05) working on a project to be a foundation for web sites, using perl and mason, over a postgres database. The object is to learn perl and mason, as I have always wanted. If you have any tips for me, please email me at [no spam please] halltk1983@gmail.com
Thanks,
Travis

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