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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

mosb1000 Re:20 knots isn't that fast (91 comments)

This has three times the capacity of the LCAC but takes up the same amount of space in an Amphibious Assault Carrier. So even though it is half the speed, it will be able to transfer equipment to shore at a 50% greater rate than LCAC.

about 2 months ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

mosb1000 Re:20 knots isn't that fast (91 comments)

This would have over three times the capacity of the LCAC. I'm not sure what they're planning to haul on it (3 tanks, maybe?). There certainly is construction equipment that weights 200 tons, or industrial equipment.

about 2 months ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

mosb1000 How is that even possible? (285 comments)

to pass the Lovelace Test a computer has to create something original, all by itself.

Are we even sure people can do this?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

mosb1000 There isn't a set time limit. (282 comments)

You should move on when you stop having opportunities to learn new skills.

about 3 months ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

mosb1000 Re:Americans (198 comments)

Their ideas are wrong, but they're hardly a threat. Most people don't take them seriously, and only 80-95% (depending on the disease) of a population needs to be immunized to achieve herd immunity.

about 3 months ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

mosb1000 Re:Americans (198 comments)

The original study linking vaccination to autism was from the UK. The press has really overstated the anti-vaxer thing in the US. I don't remember the exact statistic, but close to 99% of American children are vaccinated (at least partially). Most of the ones who aren't are clustered in immigrant communities, that's why we see the outbreaks. It poses no threat to the general population.

about 2 months ago
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Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

mosb1000 Re:About time (118 comments)

Typically, when they nationalize infrastructure, private competition is not allowed. Even if it is allowed, they have to compete with a service the customer has already paid for. So you are stuck with whatever the state has to offer.

Obviously, private entities with no incentive to upgrade will not do so. That's what's so infuriating about this debate. People say: "well, I guess it's time to give up on having private telecommunications infrastructure" but like the ex-FCC chairman said here, it hasn't really been tried. A private company with a monopoly is not really a private company, they're just a money-taking intermediary between you and the government that granted them the monopoly.

about 3 months ago
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Former FCC Head: "We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves" For State of Broadband

mosb1000 Re:About time (118 comments)

By treating internet access as a piece of necessary national infrastructure, instead of just letting "the market" fight it out, you arrive at a far better end point far sooner.

But you have to hope that where you end up will be adequate for a long time, because you're going to be stuck with it. That's not to say that the private companies that dominate the US market are doing very well right now, but they're all locked into government mandated monopolies so they have no reason to even try.

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

mosb1000 Re:WTH are Verizon customers paying for? (364 comments)

There's no need to require Verizon to peer with Netflix. That isn't even what Netflix wanted. But if Verizon (or any ISP) has ports that are saturated during peak times, they could be required to upgrade them in order to keep up with customer demand. And they could be prohibited from charging their peer for their internal upgrades.

You see this a lot as industries mature. The initial developers are eager to roll out their technologies in order to make money and benefit everyone. Then later on they get bought up by others who are looking at how to make as much money as possible by any means necessary. Eventually, it gets so bad the government has to pass consumer protection laws and everyone has to fill out a bunch of paperwork to get anything done. Then the industry stagnates.

When providers have a monopoly, there's no way to let the market decide. So you have to either bust up those monopolies, or give them a whole bunch of rules to follow. Usually the government goes with the rules, because that's really what they're all about.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

mosb1000 WTH are Verizon customers paying for? (364 comments)

The problem is the way they do their accounting, people pay a monthly rate no matter what, and every bit they deliver is written down as an expense. Verizon doesn't feel they are obligated to actually provide the service their customers are paying for. I'm not even sure what they think their customers are paying for. They will readily admit that 30% of their peak traffic is Netflix, but somehow it never occurred to them that some customers might be paying them $120/month so they can have access to Netflix. Also, if Netflix can deliver this service $8/month (most of which is spent buying content), it's hard to believe Verizon can't keep up with them for 15 times that amount! In reality, there's a bunch of shady nonsense going on here.

If Verizon doesn't like government regulations, they probably shouldn't be such total assholes to their customers. You'd think that the geniuses running that company would have the foresight to realize their monopoly is only secure as long as their customers are happy, but instead they are pulling this crap.

If you prefer a free market solution, we could pass a law requiring ISPs to charge per GB delivered. Then they'd get the message that their customers are paying for data, not whatever the fuck Verizon thinks they're providing. But either way, Verizon is totally in the wrong here.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

mosb1000 Short sighted nonsense, which is to be expected. (185 comments)

Your customers definitely believed they would receive internet access paid for from their rent, and if you change that while still holding to a lease it will upset them. Legalistic mumbo jumbo like claiming they paid for "network access" rather than internet access would't actually fly in court if you ever do face a class action lawsuit or FTC complaint about this. The expectation you intended for your customer is what matters, not your ridiculous word games. Most students would probably be too busy with other things to take action over this, so if your tenants really are all students you won't face civil action.

But this kind of move is bad for other reasons. The bad blood it will generate between you and your customers will incur other kinds of costs as your customers act out passive-aggressively against you, in the form of poor yelp reviews, poor word of mouth, and deliberate property destruction. This is just the kind of short-sighted nonsense I've come to expect from many businessmen. Absolutely no conception of the big picture. Providing this access is very inexpensive, and you said you'd do it when you rented the apartments. By changing it up you are saying to your customers that you don't value their time and that you don't take them seriously. You just want to use them to extort money from someone else.

Moreover, this action is not sustainable. If you and enough others to this, you will be seeing net neutrality and other consumer protection regulations in the future as a result. Most college students don't stay in college forever.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

mosb1000 Surely. (433 comments)

Just like how any corporation will run out of employees when their current crop retire.

about 4 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

mosb1000 Microsoft for business is bullshit. (379 comments)

There's nothing special about Microsoft products that makes them business compatible. That's been a ridiculous nonsense talking point for selling Microsoft's overpriced bloatware for far too long. The people running corporations are stuck in the '80s and believe they need to use MSFT because they were sold on that scam 3 decades ago. But those dinosaurs won't be running things forever. Soon younger CEOs with a more intelligent approach to IT procurement will be in charge.

about 4 months ago
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The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call In the Bahamas

mosb1000 They do this everywhere. (205 comments)

I don't know why it's taking people so long to realize this. The NSA records everything they can get their hands on. And thanks to the USS Jimmy Carter they can get their hands on all terrestrial communications.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast: Destroying What Makes a Competitive Internet Possible

mosb1000 Not Likely (227 comments)

I don't think there are a lot of people who don't use Netflix. At least, I don't know any.

about 5 months ago
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Skepticism Grows Over Claims That MH370 Lies In the Bay of Bengal

mosb1000 Re:People actually believed them? (126 comments)

If it makes you feel better, they aren't using it just to get attention. They're using it gain notoriety and legitimacy so they can scam property owners out of money by offering fake prospecting services.

about 5 months ago
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Skepticism Grows Over Claims That MH370 Lies In the Bay of Bengal

mosb1000 Follow the scientific method. (126 comments)

The company hasn't released enough information for you to know it's bullshit. Scientists aren't supposed to debunk things by saying "well I've never heard of anything like that so it must be impossible." Science has a hard time advancing in a climate like that.

That said, they haven't proven any of their claims. If they had done any of the things they said they've done on their website, they would tell you who their customer was so you could look them up and ask them if it was true. Basic fact-checking like that is a requirement of true journalism. If the company refuses to provide any evidence, the journalist should report the claims as being highly suspicious and call attention to the fact that the company has been unwilling to provide evidence of their claims. Unfortunately, this kind of basic work has been replaced by reporters taking claims made by scammers like this at face value and reporting them as fact.

about 5 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

mosb1000 Re:frosty piss (664 comments)

What the law literally says doesn't really matter in a case like this. Even if the police would ask the prosecutor to bring charges against you (which they wouldn't) there's no jury on the earth dumb enough to to take the letter of the law more seriously than their own sense of justice. And even if there were, there are few criminals bold enough to report a crime like this to the police, since they'd likely face jail time as a result of it.

about 5 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

mosb1000 Re:frosty piss (664 comments)

It's not wrong to retrieve stolen property.

about 5 months ago

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What's wrong with online comments?

mosb1000 mosb1000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mosb1000 writes "CNN has an opinion piece about online comments in websites. The author bluntly asks "Have online comment sections become 'a joke'?"

He then proceeds to shoot down a number of common suggestions: having editors and reporters engage their readers in the comments, requiring readers to post using their real names, giving other commenters more power to "up-vote" or "down-vote" posts, etc. And he ultimately suggests that the authors themselves should chose comments to be posted. I don't think that's a real solution, and I've noticed that the comments on Slashdot are generally more useful than those found on other sites. How can we export what Slashdot is doing right to other parts of the internet (and can we)? And what can we do to get rid of the all the useless comments on Slashdot itself."

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Bradley Manning formally charged with aiding the enemy.

mosb1000 mosb1000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mosb1000 writes "Bradley Manning was formally charged with aiding the enemy on thursday. Although aiding the enemy is a capital offense, the prosecution is mercifully seeking only a lifetime sentence for leaking thousands of sensitive documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and US diplomatic cables. No concrete evidence of harm as a result of the leak has come to light, nor any evidence that Manning intended such a result. If they prosecution gets it's requested August 3rd trial date Manning will be receiving his speedy trial after little more than 800 days in prison."
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Siri fails to show up for work.

mosb1000 mosb1000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mosb1000 writes "You may have noticed that Siri didn't show up for work yesterday. CNN has an article about the outage. From the article:

Siri needs to communicate with computers that are in the cloud to understand and process voice commands, leading observers to believe something went wrong with that system. Apple hasn't commented on the outage and did not immediately respond to CNN's request for information.

Is this kind of behavior understandable since she is a relatively new hire, or is it time to start the disciplinary process?"

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Boeing to Deliver First 787

mosb1000 mosb1000 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mosb1000 writes "Boeing will be delivering their first 787 to All Nippon Airways next month. The 787 is the first commercial airliner to be made from carbon fiber composites, and has been delayed for years because if Boeing's extensive outsourcing of the project."
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