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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

quetwo Re:Business class is a misnomer (145 comments)

Yeah, good luck with that. They give more upgrades to monkeys that use their credit cards than they do people who travel often. As somebody who used to travel > 100k a year of domestic travel (plus international), those would barely qualify for an upgrade to super coach every so often given today's rates.

4 days ago

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

quetwo Re:What society really needs to do (518 comments)

Then those people can request that option when they purchase their car. I have no need for it -- in fact in a car like a Mini Cooper or a Fiat where you are practically sitting in the back seat anyway it would be closer to look out the back window than the dashboard.

This forces manufacturers to re-design their dash system to be overly complex, have large, hard screen in the middle of the dashboard (which could be an issue during an accident), and add more UI issues to do simple things like put the car into reverse.

about three weeks ago

Mt. Gox Shuts Down: Collapse Should Come As No Surprise

quetwo Re:no paper trail, no hope (232 comments)

But, just like cash, why couldn't you call the cops or "beat him up" when the product is not produced? Nothing with BTC prevents you from doing this.

What you are proposing is similar to eBay or PayPal, and is ripe for abuse just like those methods. You could easily claim you didn't get object X from a BTC transaction and that transaction gets yanked even though you did get object X.

The only way to make it trouble-free is to have a real mediator that can handle disputes. We would all pay to have this mediator (lets call them an escrow), in between each transaction (lets say 3%), and they would be the ones that would mediate the dispute, or take the hit if it can't be resolved.

If that sounds a lot like a CC processor, it is.

about 2 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

quetwo Re:CGN, perhaps? (574 comments)

Not as true as it used to be. Most business-class switches offer a full IP stack that they use for VLAN routing, and QoS among other things. And if you start to add in things like Multicast you immediately need to add in L3 stuff to process PIM messages to do proper multicast switching.

about 2 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

quetwo Re:CGN, perhaps? (574 comments)

The dirty little secret is that most routers and switches can't do IPv6 in hardware yet. If they can, they are buggy as all hell. And if you have to route in software, you tax the CPU and get only a portion of your possible (and advertised) throughput.

Hell, I'm lucky to find equipment that can do IPv6 routing at 1G linerate, let alone 10G. And this excludes everything else in our network like our IDP/IPS equipment that better run at linerate or it's toast...

about 2 months ago

Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

quetwo Re:When I hear "I work 60 hours a week"... (717 comments)

I doubt you work a whole lot more than 220 days a year yourself. Plus, they are physically in the school usually for about 8 hours a day (most teachers I knew were in at 7am and left around 4-ish). PLUS grading, lesson plans, preparing assignments, etc. (which when I was teaching could take > 40 hours a week by itself). I'd say being a teacher would probably average a 14-16 hour day. 14 * 180 = 2,520 hours, where you work 8 * 220 = 1,760 hours a year. Sounds like you are overpaid.

about 2 months ago

"Shark Tank" Competition Used To Select Education Tech

quetwo Re:salary (57 comments)

$36k is pretty measly for what they have to do. When I was teaching, I ended up having to buy about $1,200 to $1,500 in materials and stuff for the kids in my class each year. About $200 of that is tax deductible. Turns out, not many kids are fed when they show up to school. And their parents would rather go gamble than buy them the required things -- like pens, paper, folders, etc. Each one of my class periods had at least three or four kids that didn't have the basics -- yet I'm still responsible for them to pass. The school didn't provide any of this. Hell, at the end of the term I was forced to buy copy paper to print quizzes on because I ran out of my allotment of 500 sheets of paper per month. For 160 students.

I also had to pay into health insurance, and I missed the pension system by a few years (they offer a 403(b), but no matching for the first 10 years).

And sure, they work "10.5 months", but they also put in well more than 12 hours per day, plus weekends. It averages out to 12 months of work of 8-5 crammed into fewer months. I was usually in by 7am and left no earlier than 6. Then I still had to correct papers, do my lesson plan, speak with parents, etc.

And you are lucky if you get a 1% raise. Scratch that, you are lucky if you kept the same salary as you had the year before.

about 2 months ago

Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

quetwo Re:You southerns are a bunch of wimps. (290 comments)

JIT logistics are fine for manufactured goods, but for minerals and other things that you have to mine out of the ground, it is not possible. For things like salt, you place your order in the spring for next winter -- they then dig it out of the ground and deliver it to you sometime in the summer. Once the ground is frozen they can't dig it out anymore and the supply that is in the chain is all that there is.

Sure, some places keep some spare around, but if every city thinks they can just order it on a whim there won't be enough supply. The midwest (USA) has run out of salt for a couple weeks now. This winter was much harsher than everybody expected and they were expecting about 10 - 15 storm days this season (days of active snowing/icing) -- we've had over 30 this year alone. All the stores are out of salt and the community supplies are done.

about 2 months ago

L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

quetwo Re:CATV leakage is an issue too (158 comments)

CATV is heavily regulated by the FCC, because they use high RF energy that duplicates the RF spectrum that exists outside the cable network. Leaks of RF can and are very problematic for everybody involved. Cable companies are required to do very regular checks of their plant for leaks and if they find them are required to do immediate remediations. While a big focus of CLIs are in the aeronautical band (because of the atmosphere, leaks often go "up" and cause issues for airplanes), the entire spectrum needs to be tight. And on long-lines where you are pushing the RF energy to +60dBm, leaks can be problematic for a very large distance if they actual do happen. Regardless of QAM modulation or not, if there is noise on the wire you start to get errors -- and if you are running at QAM256 like most cable plants, there is very little room for error.

about 2 months ago

L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

quetwo Re:Doesn't each device have a disclaimer? (158 comments)

The FCC regulates RF airspace. They are involved with anything that emits or accepts RF energy, whether purposefully or not. They are the responsible federal agency for enforcing this matter.

about 2 months ago

L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

quetwo Re:"Must accept harmful interference..." (158 comments)

It's not that the lighting system uses 700 Mhz, but that the ballasts or other high-energy equipment that is used to power these lights leak RF in the 700Mhz band. Cheap electronics are noisy and they leak out RF like crazy. Hell, just last week I found an old CRT monitor that was flooding out the aeronautical band at about 9,000 mV -- enough for my meter to go crazy over a football field-length away.

Most likely the electronics are not grounded properly, or they aren't properly shielded. That is why the UL and and FCC require certifications on most classes of devices in order to catch this stuff. Of course, with our global economy it is easy to order cheap crap from Asia or elsewhere that was never tested by the UL or FCC.

about 2 months ago

Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

quetwo Re:Such as? (232 comments)

It's not even that good. It's Mag Strip + Signature for credit transactions. It's Mag Strip + PIN for ATM/ECH transactions (which are a separate issue all together). I keep smirking that the PCI industry is pushing for new notification laws but is totally ignoring upgrading their systems to at LEAST Chip + Pin terminals or cards. Things won't get better, and notification will only make people paranoid at first, then eventually ignore them as they become white noise.

Hell, I can't even get a chip+pin card here in the states anymore. My bank stopped issuing cards with chip+pin about two years ago, even for those who requested it.

about 2 months ago

The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

quetwo Re:Replusive (505 comments)

Actually, the human eye can really only perceive images with 16ms at the very fastest. Most people's cognitive recognition is at about 50ms, and auditory recognition is about 70ms.

about 3 months ago

Creationism In Texas Public Schools

quetwo Re:What's the big deal? (770 comments)

Because when these people graduate, they become our peers in society. They become the people on your jury, they become the people that vote in our elections, and they become the people who end up brainwashing the rest of society.

about 3 months ago

Adobe Adds 3D Printer Support To Photoshop

quetwo Re:OT: But does anybody know... (73 comments)

They had their most profitable year ever last year (the first full year since they made the change), so I guess good?

about 3 months ago

Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own

quetwo Re:So what happens to the hydrogen? That's usable. (375 comments)

These types of devices have existed in the SCUBA community for quite a while -- they are known as rebreathers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebreather . Usual rebreathers add O2 from an external tank and replenish (as oppose to air/nitrox from a regular scuba tank). This device is supposed to extract o2 from the water using an osmosis type of approach. Should be doable, but I don't know how it could keep up based on the design.

about 3 months ago

How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

quetwo Re:Level the playing field (715 comments)

Its not always about level of care the parents are providing but what they can provide. How much care towards education can a low-income single parent working two full time jobs provide?

What is the parent doesn't have a great education themselves and aren't able to help their child academically (and only motivationally)?

I'm a first generation American, so my parents were not well educated. My dad was always gone at work (out of state) and my mom worked two jobs. While my mom wasn't able to help me with my homework the key was that she made sure I did it and got me the resources when I needed them. Those resourced didn't cost the family a dime -- they were a combination of after-school programs, but more often they were friends and co-workers who helped me out. She would take a shift for a co-worker while they would tutor me on things like Shakespeare.

It required a LOT of motivation and dedication on my parents part. It wasn't the school that helped me a long -- I came from a failing school, in a failing district that had no resources outside what it was legally required to provide. Hell, sports were "pay-to-play" which precluded about 3/4 of the school from participating. When you go to a school that had 61% of the kids on the hot-lunch-program and a graduation rate that was less than 50%, you know what you are dealing with. I was lucky to escape the environment, graduating HS and attending a University and getting an awesome job out the gate.

about 3 months ago

Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

quetwo Re:what I found interesting... (489 comments)

Let alone many schools won't accept AP credit if that is what your major is in. Why take an AP test if CS is your passion but it does absolutely no good? Unlike most other AP exams (language, math, etc) those credits are useful for people who are not in those majors.

about 3 months ago

Object Blocking Giant Tunnel Borer Was an 8" Diameter Pipe

quetwo Re: Reading and comprehension skills (141 comments)

Stupid shop owner and their bengal tiger... Always getting in the way of Ozzy's M&M's...

about 3 months ago

ABC Kills Next-Day Streaming For Non-Subscribers

quetwo Re:Uggh... (169 comments)

But they don't see a way to make money off the content online.... They are forcing us to subscribe to a cable service, or we will be punished and will have to wait the extra week to see that content..

It's a play to get more money out of the re-trans fees they are getting from the cable companies. If they help get more cable subs, then they can demand more in retrans fees from the cable providers...

about 4 months ago


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