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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

radish Re:105 megabits per second (401 comments)

It's not about average usage, it's about instantaneous usage. Most of the time my connection is pretty idle, but when I want to download something big (e.g. multiple gigs) I don't really want to wait around for it. That's what I'm paying for - not having to wait.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

radish Re:Hard to get excited. (129 comments)

Don't forget storage. Bandwidth is one thing, but image storage is a big deal for sites like FB. They often store multiple copies of each one (e.g. at different sizes) and then you also have copies cached on CDNs etc, which also costs money. 5% isn't going to make or break the company, but it's worth investigating.

about two weeks ago
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Test: Quantum Or Not, Controversial Computer No Faster Than Normal

radish Re:The real question in my mind (119 comments)

Which in turn would mean that for the problem space it's capable of operating within it's no faster than a normal computer. Which reduces down to "it's no faster than a normal computer".

about a month ago
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The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

radish Re:The poster is showing his prejudice. (240 comments)

Door opening: See above re: neighbor or friend, or hide a key somewhere.

A truly special reply suggesting mitigating a theoretical, limited, network security vulnerability by quite literally leaving the physical keys to the castle out in public. Please hand in your risk assessment credentials at the door.

about 2 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

radish Re:Turnstile Jumping and Broken Windows Policing (389 comments)

Or you pay a couple of bucks and complain later. Given that this scenario has never happened to me in years of riding the subway makes me quite happy to take the $2 charge every few years to avoid dealing with the police.

about 2 months ago
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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

radish Re:Nobody actually gets 1 Gbps (224 comments)

I get over 100mbps on FIOS right now. I've frequently maxed out my 150mbps connection pulling from a single server (well, single URL), particularly if I use a download manager which opens a few connections. It's true you don't usually see those traffic levels in normal browsing but for large file downloads it's not hard.

about 3 months ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

radish Re:Um Yeah. Right. (109 comments)

Speaking as someone who's been robbed for his cellphone twice - bring it on!

about 3 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

radish Re:Freedom of political activism (1746 comments)

He wasn't fired, he chose to resign as it was in the best interests of Mozilla. As CEO he was the figurehead of the company, and he simply cannot distinguish his private beliefs from those of the company in the same way as a rank-and-file employee can. No one cared that he worked at Mozilla - they cared that he _led_ Mozilla.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

radish Re:Amazon Prime (88 comments)

Seriously, how much value does this device have without access to video streaming via Amazon Prime?

Pretty much the same values as a Roku - you can use it to stream Netflix etc. I really don't understand your point - yes this device is more integrated into the Amazon ecosystem, but it does do the same basic things that most other similar devices do.

about 4 months ago
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FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

radish Re:Tip from a programmer (78 comments)

If you don't trust your CA chain then do cert pinning. Either way you need to know you're talking to the right server, pretending that's impossible so it's not worth trying is a cop out.

about 4 months ago
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The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

radish Re:Counterexamples... (260 comments)

I'm certainly not one of the beautiful people but I've frequented several of those :) My memory is that Twilo had a pretty legendary door policy back in the day - I know the only time I got in was because I got on a list.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

radish Re:Still worth it (276 comments)

Then again, ordering something on amazon every 2-3 days already seems borderline compulsive behaviour to me too.

How often do you go to a physical store? More than twice a week? Now multiply that to cover a whole family.

I personally go to a physical store for non food items maybe once a month. My wife goes maybe once a week as she gets stuff for the house/kid which isn't easy to get online.

And I mentioned this in another reply - but a big part of it is not having to think. Let's say I make 100 orders in a year. That's $1 per order for shipping. Now, you're right, I could probably get some of those free. And there are other's I'd pay say $8 for 2 day. And yet others I'd pay $15 for overnight. You know what? If it takes even 1 minute per order to figure out which is which $100 a year is CHEAP - my time is worth a lot more than that.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

radish Re:Still worth it (276 comments)

Because we're not all as organized as you? :)

In fact we do that, the subscribe & save system amazon have allows us to setup recurring deliveries of the stuff we predictably need (baby supplies, cosmetics, etc). But other than groceries we buy pretty much everything online, and most of that from amazon. Not having to think about delivery times or prices is what allows us to do that. Having to worry about whether it would be delivered in time, or whether spending $10 to ship a $10 widget is worth it is a waste of mental energy I just don't need.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

radish Re:Still worth it (276 comments)

You're completely ignoring speed. My family buy tons of stuff from Amazon (typically 2-3 orders per week, sometimes more) and so of course we could cancel prime and get free shipping pretty easily. But waiting a week+ for delivery? Not interested. Which means we'd be spending $5-10 per order for 2-day, which would pay for prime in maybe a month.

about 4 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

radish Re:Go Amish? (664 comments)

Seriously? Software has bugs. Aviation software has bugs. Planes crash. It sucks but it's the truth, 100% perfection in any non-trivial thing (whether hard or soft) is impossible. The list of examples is long (think Ariane 5, MPL, various F-22 crashes, Chinook ZD576, Osprey, etc).

Effective risk management is predicated on understanding that fact and designing systems to be fault tolerant. It's my understanding that most flight control software runs with redundant non-similar implementations which vote on the correct decision to try and handle spurious results. Why would you bother with that if there are no bugs?

about 5 months ago
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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

radish Re:The UK border staff are wildly incompetent. (261 comments)

Believe me, the US CBP would not take kindly to that. Remember, different laws apply at the border (see: searching laptops) and they don't have to detain you, they can just throw you back on a plane to wherever you came from. It's generally wise to be pleasant and courteous if you don't what them to really ruin your day.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices

radish Re:Gender neutral? (462 comments)

"I saw someone running into the street; they didn't stop and now their guts are all over the road."

about 5 months ago
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11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

radish Re:It doesn't matter. (180 comments)

People love to hate on them because they aren't unsure of which scientific authority to believe in, they are choosing Jenny Fucking McCarthy over every single scientific authority - and at the same time putting both their kids and every other kid in their area at serious risk.

Sure there was one fraudulent study done which may have confused some people, but that was exposed years ago and people still aren't getting their kids vaccinated despite huge amounts of publicity. It's unbelievable levels of stupidity and selfishness and I'm not going to give anyone a pass.

about 5 months ago
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Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves

radish huh? (72 comments)

You must be seeing a different site than me. I'd say the comments take maybe 70% of my screen width. There's a pretty wide margin on each side which could certainly be reduced a little, and then a column on the right with the search box, poll, and a bunch more panels. There's certainly some wasted space, but nothing like you imply. And nothing is double line spaced.

FYI, Chrome/Win.

about 6 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

radish Re:I kind of agree (573 comments)

You could say the same for any library in any language. Hell, you could say the same for a compiler. Or an assembler.

about 6 months ago

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