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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

profplump Re:Small setup (283 comments)

Some people -- particularly those with 2 servers -- transfer data on paths other then WiFi endpoint Internet. Wired Ethernet is definitely faster in such cases. It's also frequently more reliable, easier to secure, allows simultaneous full-speed transfers, is full-duplex, doesn't incur a repeater penalty for transfer among local endpoints, requires less configuration and frequently avoids the need for custom driver installation.

Not that there's anything wrong with WiFi. It has lots of useful applications, its own set of benefits, and is definitely sufficient or even preferable for many installations. But to suggest that there's no use for wired Ethernet in a tech-heavy home scenario is ludicrous.

4 days ago
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Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

profplump Re:Mixed units (66 comments)

It sounds like you're saying /. doesn't support Unicode. Make all the excuses you want about it being hard -- they might be true -- but Unicode support on /. does not exist. The idea that a whitelist (that doesn't even include mu) is evidence of support is like claiming that an F1 car is road-legal because you added headlights.

about a week ago
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

profplump Re:Obvious (73 comments)

Tell me about it. And don't even get me started on the Anglicans -- they do almost nothing except plot terrorism. Given the number of current and former Anglicans in Australia it's hard to believe you can walk down the street with getting blown up.

/ Or maybe reducing the entire world to the single dimension of religion is not a terribly useful way to understand "terrorism"

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

profplump Re:The real reason, and it does make sense (533 comments)

The sentiment "then they are just going to stop caring" ignores our ability to require universal service for broadband just like we did for voice in the past.

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

profplump Re:I'm with ATT on this one.. (533 comments)

I'm not sure where you getting mobile out of this -- AT&T is talking about wireline service. They think 10 Mbps is too fast to be counted as wireline broadband.

It's also unclear why you feel entitled to make everyone use the Internet the same way you do.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

profplump Re:So long as it is consential (363 comments)

The smaller government is the less harm it can do. But also less good. You can argue about where the point of balance should be, but to argue that smaller is always better assumes that government can do nothing worthwhile. That is not a widely held assumption, so you must support it if you want to convince anyone of theories that assume it.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

profplump Re:So long as it is consential (363 comments)

Exactly what makes parents more qualified to make educational decisions than other people? I know they *feel* more qualified, but it's unclear to me that feeling is justified by any observable fact. Parents have a certain perspective to offer, but no particular expertise (at least not as a group), and certainly not the only valid perspective. What you're suggesting is essentially self-regulation -- which we know from other areas creates inherent conflicts of interest and readily ignores broader societal goals. Why do you think it will work here when it clearly does not in other places?

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

profplump Re: Misleading Headline (246 comments)

And the parent says "fair" as though there's only one way to evaluate that declaration. As with most things it's a more subtle question than simply declaring that some other position is morally wrong and therefore your position must by default be the only acceptable option. If you want to support a regressive tax feel free, but simply declaring that a progressive tax isn't clearly morally superior is not the same as providing rational in support of a regressive tax.

Moreover anyone who excludes payroll taxes from their definition of "income tax" is stretching credulity. Payroll taxes are paid by even the very poorest earners, are proportional to income, and are deducted from paychecks. The only people who avoid them are the very rich who either hit the upper limit -- though it's unclear why such a limit even exists -- or those who don't have earned income in the first place, like those living on investment income.

And of course most poor people pay both payroll taxes and sales taxes, even if they "pay no income taxes at all". Which is why taxation needs to be considered as a system and not as a series of independent pieces -- only they very rich have the freedom to choose which taxes apply to them.

about two weeks ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

profplump Re:Official Vehicles (261 comments)

You've got this 100% backwards. Deciding to drive slower than everyone else makes you a much bigger risk than the people driving the same speed. If the speed at which most drivers are comfortable on a road is too high for safety the road system itself (which includes signage and surroundings) has been designed incorrectly and should be corrected.

about a month ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

profplump Re:Aww jeez (194 comments)

People who didn't want their car stolen again asked for that feature. Feel lucky that you didn't have need of it before it existed.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

profplump Re:Firearms? (191 comments)

Or maybe we're just familiar with past disasters and a more or less complete lack of the sort of scenario you imagine. I know it's fun to pretend that everyone else is evil and coming to hurt you -- that's the plot of more or less every zombie movie -- but in real life it's just not much a threat compared to say, dehydration.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

profplump Re:Travel trailers have dual use. (191 comments)

A lot of people would be excited to have $1.5k to spend on their vacation. Your plan sounds great for you, but it's hardly generally applicable. Even ignoring the costs, most people who live in dense urban areas wouldn't be able to park the thing anywhere useful.

about a month ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

profplump Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

So which differences in skin tone, height, and facial features uniquely define the races? If you start with the assumption that race is a physical, heritable trait this work might make sense. But if you want to be take seriously you first have to establish that claim, and thus far no one has done so (nor is anyone honestly trying, as definitions of race are not stable across cultures or time, which almost certainly means they aren't physical in the first place).

about a month and a half ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

profplump Re:Politically Correct Science (541 comments)

You might want to re-read the quotations from the article: “Our findings do not even provide a hint of support in favor of Wade’s guesswork.”

That is not the same as saying "I didn't publish those conclusions" -- it's a rebuttal that the conclusions he makes are supported by the evidence he provides, from one of the foremost authorities on that evidence. You can claim that the original authors are lying if you want, but they aren't making the sort of wishy-washy statements you describe.

about a month and a half ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

profplump Re:alas (541 comments)

As soon as you come up with a heritable definition for race you can start on your analysis of heritable differences in relation to race. But historically we can't even come up with racial definitions that are stable across cultures and over a few generations, let alone that are heritable on the scale of evolution, which makes the whole discussion nothing more than handwaving.

about a month and a half ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

profplump Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Which has essentially nothing to do with the way most people -- scientist and layman alike -- define and delineate race. Which is the objection the scientists are raising.

about a month and a half ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

profplump Re:Politically Correct Science (541 comments)

I can't tell from your post what agenda you think these PC-police have, or what science you think they are suppressing. Could you make an actual refutable claim rather than merely implying that your unexpressed viewpoint is supported by science?

about a month and a half ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

profplump Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

You really should publish the work you've done identifying IQ as a physical aspect of the brain, and identifying the genetic definitions of "white" and and "Asian". I'm sure the relationships are clear to you but the rest of us are stuck in a world where race is more social than genetic and IQ is merely one particular measure of a combination of dynamic mental processes.

Or maybe you just didn't take up the required reading before claiming that actual scientists are ignoring their work in pursuit of some globally-unified set of politics.

about a month and a half ago
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How Facebook Is Saving Power By 10-15% Through Better Load Balancing

profplump Re:Switch off servers? (54 comments)

Or it could be that the power-cycle stresses actually aren't a big factor, or aren't a big factor given the expected lifecycle of the device, or are a big factor but not big enough to offset the savings, and so it would make perfect sense to turn them off any time you're fairly sure it's safe to add the delay of a boot cycle. It's also possible that reducing power usage might be worth more than the pure cost of power, as it might reduce say, expected future power costs or installation costs or any of 100 other things.

We get it, there are lots of potentially complicating issues. But it's silly to talk about how factor B might overwhelm factor A when you don't have numbers for factor B.

about a month and a half ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

profplump Re:Contract binding third parties (183 comments)

Insurance, though, is strongly regulated, precisely because of the sort of difficulties discussed here. You can't form an arbitrary insurance contract; the insurer must be licensed and the contract must conform to a whole slew of extra rules not applicable to contracts in general.

about a month and a half ago

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