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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

jbo5112 Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

The standard in TFS is "high quality" video. 1Mbps upload isn't for video conferencing isn't high quality video, especially since it's real-time, single-pass encoding. With 4k TV's being so cheap ($340 on Amazon), I wouldn't really call 4Mbps a high quality video stream either, especially to watch something with high-motion like Football. The change won't force them to upgrade, just limit what they can keep marketing as broadband.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

jbo5112 Re:You are by Internet standards (533 comments)

Shouldn't I get 6Mbps upload then? I'm not sure how many people have heard of webcams, but Video goes both ways now.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

jbo5112 Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

The broadband requirement is to stream high quality video, not "enough for a lot of people." Cell phones have already broken past 1080p screens, and in the US you can get a 4k TV for $350 (plus shipping). A 4Mbps video stream isn't enough to satisfy such screens, and 1Mbps upload is laughable as high quality video streaming when you consider there are services like Skype.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

jbo5112 Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

You can buy 4k TV's for under $350 (plus tax/shipping). I don't think 1080p should stand as high-quality video for much longer, since even cell phones are passing that mark.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

jbo5112 Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

I have a 23" screen that does 1080p, and I'm tired of seeing subpixel artifacts from the rgb arrangement (purples are quite odd with the gap in the middle). Don't tell me 720p is fine. Steve Jobs nearly started a war against high resolution screens based on studies of people with mediocre vision (see Why Retina Isn't Enough). With good vision 1080p is around the useful limit for a 23" display at 10 feet or a 1080p phone with a 2.3" screen, though there is some evidence to support that human vision can see quality beyond even these numbers that are based on Snellen tests.

BTW, I just checked Newegg, Target and Nebraska Furniture Mart (the most mainstream stores I could find to properly split 1080p and 720p inventory). At Target 1080p sets outnumbered 720p by 77 to 25. At Newegg 1080p/4k sets outnumbered 720p by 445 to 91. At Nebraska Furniture Mart, 4k televisions alone outnumber 720p by nearly 4 to 1. You can even pick up a 4k TV from Amazon for under $350. I'm not sure what you're calling modern, but it doesn't match what's in the stores. If we're coming out with new specification guidelines, it should at least be on par with what is being sold now (if not future sales). ATSC was foolish and short-sighted for not including 1080p.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

jbo5112 Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

I can especially guarantee you're not streaming high quality video to someone else over Skype w/ the upload speeds an ISP will provide on a 10-20mbps connection.

about 3 months ago
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Why Google Is Pushing For a Web Free of SHA-1

jbo5112 Re:Deprecation shouldn't start at the browser (108 comments)

It didn't stop VeriSign from selling lower priced MD5 certificates when the algorithm had known vulnerabilities. They finally stopped when somebody publicly announced the ability to forge a verifiable certificate for any website in 1-2 days using a cluster of 200 PS3's.

about 3 months ago
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VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

jbo5112 Re: Flashback to the 90s (60 comments)

You can download them as a Microsoft document. If the formatting is off, then just blame it on being a different version of Office. Everyone in business knows Microsoft Office is only partially compatible across product generations. In fact, I've wasted over 12 hours because an important Excel function stopped working correctly in 2013 (or possibly earlier), and I still have no fix.

about 4 months ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

jbo5112 Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

Apparently the DMV missed the report that the only accident ever caused by one of Google's self driving car was due to human error while a person was controlling it. Actually, I'm hoping the requirement is for cases like one way streets or bicycle only paths that the car decides to drive down incorrectly. However, all you would need is a break pedal (because that's what panicking are used to) and some sort of correction interface (e.g. a couple of buttons on the UI).

about 4 months ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

jbo5112 Re: The world we live in. (595 comments)

Dora the Explorer's chant of "Swiper no swiping" doesn't work in the real world where evils actually exist. We do our best to raise people into good citizens, and it seems to be helping (rape peaked in 1992). However, I don't expect the world to ever stop having horrible people in it. Some places are always going to be safer than others (e.g. church singles mixer vs wild frat party). When I would visit my grandparents in small-town Mississippi a few years ago, we never locked the door because no one even knew where a key was, but it was never once robbed. If I go to someplace dangerous like Baghdad, Iraq; Mogadishu, Somalia; or Kabul, Afghanistan, then I would be quite foolish not to take extra precautions and expect things still may go badly.

I find it amazing that a group of men worked together to find a way for women to help protect themselves, and women get upset about it. *sigh* I would never blame the victim, but I miss the days when we read children stories about little pigs that got eaten because they were too lazy to protect themselves against any old wolf.

about 4 months ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

jbo5112 Re: The world we live in. (595 comments)

If burglary and child abduction are as common as rape, we would be having a MUCH DIFFERENT conversation.

Apparently not... According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2008, there were 3,188,620 cases of household burglaries, another 13+ million cases of theft and 203,830 cases of rape/attempted rape/sexual assault. (www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cvus08.pdf) You have a study that cites 1.3 million women, which is MUCH higher (and I'm not disputing it), but still well below the number of burglaries. I'm aware that crime rates have been falling, but not by that much between 2008 and 2010.

about 4 months ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

jbo5112 Re:Complexity (213 comments)

Actually, one of the top hits is for this article. Apparently, it's mentioned in the comments.

about 5 months ago
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Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

jbo5112 Re:$23k isn't crap to an oracle shop... (97 comments)

I should point out that on multicore x86 machines Oracle counts 1 processor license needed per 2 processing cores. You're probably looking at 4-6+ CPU licenses for a dual processor system.

about 5 months ago
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Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

jbo5112 Re:Sales flow chart. (97 comments)

What about MySQL/MariaDB? Facebook doesn't even need a full time person for their production MySQL database cluster. It doesn't use shared storage, but if a shared storage system handles your workload, you're not all that big anymore.

about 5 months ago
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Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

jbo5112 Re:Sales flow chart. (97 comments)

How big is big enough that nothing but Oracle will do? Facebook is on MySQL, Wikipedia is on MariaDB and Google is using Bigtable.

about 5 months ago
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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

jbo5112 Re:Sometimes... (139 comments)

I want a steady job instead of opening a business because I want to spend my time writing software instead of engaging in government bureaucracy, handling the first tier of customer support and marketing things to customers.

about 5 months ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

jbo5112 Re:What? (200 comments)

Hope you weren't planning on downloading much of anything with that mobile access to your laptop/desktop/console. With 20-40+ GB game downloads and 1+ GB/hr movies, even the largest 12 GB/month plans go REALLY quickly. Even the 250 GB/month of U-verse is easy for me to blow through with a family and working from home.

Currently, I pay Time Warner $42/month for 15 Mbps Earthlink service. My other "option" is to pay AT&T $95/month (introductory price w/ overage fees) for 18 Mbps U-verse and get slower service where it matter most to me (ping times). Not much of a competition.

about 5 months ago
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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

jbo5112 Re:TAG: NOTNEWS (134 comments)

It also boasts a worst in class standards support. When building advanced web services, Chrome's lack of support is a big enough pain. IE 11 is still about 3x as bad, but it is getting better. IE 10, in particular, was a huge improvement, but I often wonder why they still bother trying to build a browser from scratch.

about 7 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

jbo5112 Re:Really? (310 comments)

I wrote a more extensive post on this earlier. While some teachers clearly go above and beyond what their peers do, teachers average 3 fewer hours per work week vs other professionals (without counting a teacher's extra vacation), and if they use all of their leave, will only work 171.5 days/yr on average instead of the 220 typical for a professional with 10 years of experience. Incidentally, the median experience for teachers is about 3 years, so a comperable a professional would be working even more days a year. To cap it off, teachers are paid 11% higher than other professionals. What this means is that the average professional is working >1/3 more hours for 10% less pay compared to a teacher, and that the teacher is earning 50% more per hour. If you want more details or sources, see my previous post on the issue.

I'm not sure I understand your point in your analogy to programming. I usually do just "type it once and run the program." Sometimes I'll get fancy, and type it 3 times in 3 different ways to make them race against each other. (It's kind of like battle bots but nerdier.) Then again, I've known brilliant, practiced teachers, who could pick up chalk and go.

about 7 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

jbo5112 Re:Really? -- Lets look at actual numbers (310 comments)

The local high school here only has 4 classes during a day, and I'm pretty sure the teachers get a free class period. They at least got them when I attended. The teachers I know are some of the few great teachers you don't want to miss out on having. Such employees are almost always underpaid.

Lets stop talking about anecdotes, and look at some hard facts. The median compensation package for public teachers is $75k/yr (source) and they have a median of around 3 (maybe 4) years of experience (source). The BLS states that teachers are paid 11% higher than other professionals (source). At 53 hours/wk (source, it sounds like a lot of work, but it is 3 hours fewer than most professionals, even without considering vacation time (source). Considering vacation time, teachers who use all of their days of leave work an average of 171.5 days/yr vs 220 days/yr for private sector professionals with 10 years of experience (source), which isn't quite a fair comparison because professionals with 10 years of experience get more vacation than people with 3-4 years of experience.

If you multiply this out, most professionals are working over 1/3 more hours than teachers for 10% less pay. They generally get off of work early enough to make a dentist appointment, avoiding the need to shift hours around like other professionals, and their extra hours outside of the school day are free for scheduling as they see fit. Really good teachers might be working long hours for their money. However, when they're getting paid 50% more per hr, it's clear that most are not.

If you want to argue the difficulty and stress of a job, then that would be a different matter than I've discussed. It won't be fixed by reducing hours or increasing pay, but fixing polity.

about 7 months ago

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