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Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

sugar and acid Hotel wifi. (72 comments)

As a Common international business traveller,, I know very well the issues with hotel wifi.

First of, there is the dodgy reception interference issue. What compounds this is as soon as the wifi is flaky in a hotel, everybody gets the 3/4g wifi hotspots out compounding the problem. My solution is a high power (600mw) usb wifi adapter and high gain antenna in my suitcase. Cuts through all the crap. This one was a boon in a hotel in Lawrence Kansas, and whenever I get stuck in THAT room with sucking wifi reception.

Second is the throttling issue, where each device is throttle. Once I found In a nice hotel in Orange county had wifi hard throttle to 1mbps, I also found I could use the external USB adapter, the laptops internal adapter, and the rooms wired ethernet, and carefully created routing table, to get 3x 1 mbps streams....

I've once had the whole wifi in a hilton hotel come down, after the main login server got a virus, (short hills NJ). On the other hand the best wifi I've ever had at a hotel was at a hilton group hotel (doubletree in chesterfield MO).

about three weeks ago

Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

sugar and acid Amazon as infrastructure (168 comments)

Amazon is all about market share and building infrastructure to support that market share. So actually the main driver of amazon isn't it's store front/web presence. They sell stuff online, so do thousands of other people out of there garages. What they are driving for in the warehouse/delivery infrastructure to deliver anything, anywhere fast and at the lowest cost. By doing that they can simply offer the same things, faster and cheaper than anyone else.

But that involves building warehouses in strategic locations, and forming deals with delivery companies that lower costs and streamline the process the whole way. At the moment, this extends to delivering to local delivery company and post office depots directly and relying on those delivery services for the last mile delivery.

They have taken that same physical strategic warehouse, tied closely to key last mile delivery infrastructure model into cloud computing. Which is essentially large warehouse of servers, strategically placed for maximum efficiency of running costs and internet connectivity to large markets.

What it means is that they spend all their money that they actually make on razor thing margins, building more infrastructure, to service more customers that they have gotten by out competing everyone on price and delivery speed. All Amazon has to do to turn a profit is to pull back a bit on the growth plans.

The latest foray is into grocerys in some large west coast markets. This is traditionally a direct from store/warehouse last mile delivery service, and offered by a large number of supermarkets etc theses days. What Amazon hope to do isn't to make a lot of money on it, but develop and support a last mile delivery service. Thus completing the vertical integration within amazon of the whole order, pick, pack, ship and delivery process.


about a month ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

sugar and acid Re:Wrong priority! (503 comments)

There were a number UK, canadian and Australians killed. Which would mean those countries will get all relevant signals intelligence from the US at least under the United Kingdom – United States of America Agreement.

Also when have the CIA ever kept there nose out of anything? :)

about a month ago

AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

sugar and acid Re:Not really (228 comments)

"So what about those of us who refuse a smartphone for various reasons? I wouldn't mind having one but I'm not going to shell out another $20/month for internet on a device that I mainly use in a place where I already pay for the internet."

Simple, you will have access to only higher rate credit cards. The higher rate justified by the higher risk of fraud.

about 3 months ago

The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

sugar and acid Re:This "nightmare" rigns a bell (240 comments)

The replacement date for cell phones is upfront and written into most contracts. It is a fundamental part of cell-phone contract marketing these days. So nobody is thinking 20 years unless they are deluded, and the phone companies are definitely not promoting that at all. The 2 year upgrade cycle is transparent, and well understood between customers and vendors. So what is your point?

about 3 months ago

UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

sugar and acid Of course this was going to happen (341 comments)

The UK conservative government has an election next year. They are under a lot of pressure from the UKIP, a party that is for the UK being independent from the EU, so very anti EU. And it is about an issue that they can twist into being about them protecting children from the internet, which plays well in the tabloids. Of course they were going to do this no matter how good or bad the EU legislation actually is.

about 3 months ago

The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

sugar and acid Re:I don't need a study.. (392 comments)

The article mentions this, and solves your problem. Move out of Silicon Valley to a lower cost of living place. Some good sized mid-western city will be optimal. This only works if you have an established product and good procedures. Now if your start-up and need funding from VC etc then yes base yourself in SF, NYC, Boston or Chicago....

about 5 months ago

What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

sugar and acid Armor (330 comments)

The Presidents limo is in a heavily disguised armour. It weighs multiple tonnes.

An electric design just can't make the range or extended get away speed required with the protection needed.

Of course the one true maker of presidential limousines is ford....

about 6 months ago

CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling

sugar and acid Re:It's the *Pot & Kettle Show* (187 comments)

Iran Contra is a good example of what is the problem with the CIA. They believe they are a covert military force and diplomatic wing of government, and NOT an intelligence gathering service. Because of this, after Iran Contra, they just pulled out of everything including the basics of intelligence gathering that would generate actionable intelligence.

The vietnam war murky start was due to it growing out of CIA lead military actions. In many ways a more up front decision decision in government about if there should be any military action in Vietnam could have saved many lives, with either a fully committed profession US force being deployed earlier on or simply not engaging in the conflict at all and coming out at the same result it ended in anyway.

If the CIA concentrated on understanding what is going on in the world and feeding that back to the government. With military actions left to the military, and diplomatic manoeuvring left to the diplomatic corp, the US just wouldn't get into half the messes it does.

about 6 months ago

The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

sugar and acid And so where is the archimedes (111 comments)

The article skipped over the whole development of the arm processor. It wasn't developed for the newton, the original architecture was for the acorn archimedes risc based computers, launched in 1987.

The key difference that set Acorn apart from every desktop PC type computer manufacturer at the time, is they went down the road of actually designing their own processors for the PC market. This is instead of using one from Motorola or IBM

I think what set the ARM apart going forward was they used modern for the time CPU design principles, but they aimed for a lower end consumer grade market instead of the higher end mainframe/server/workstation/supercomputer market. Because of this they were all about getting the most performance from cheaper slightly older chip fab technologies. All of these ultimately meant that the design constraints imposed early on translated well to mobile applications.

about 6 months ago

Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

sugar and acid Re:or stop hiding... (377 comments)

Assange's resistance to extradition to Sweden is I think because he believes he is more vulnerable to extradition lock away in a Swedish Jail, not because the extradition process is easier from there to the US than the UK, just that he won't be able to skip bail and the country locked away in a jail. EAW extradition proceedings from the UK to Sweden were in motion, he was out on bail when he skipped off into the Ecudorian embassy. If he had been charged in Sweden for rape, combined with the obvious flight risk someone like Assange represents, bail would have been very very high or not available. Assange's thinking is it would be at that point that the US would start extradition proceedings.

An interesting point here is it is implicit that Assange will not stand and fight any extradition proceedings if he can skip the country. It is a strategy that has left him imprisoned in an embassy in London. Also it has effectively accomplished what the authorities of many countries wanted to achieve, he is trapped, with a progressively smaller political voice.

about 7 months ago

Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

sugar and acid Black mirror (241 comments)

Charlie Brooker's excellent series "Black mirror". Had exactly this idea in the episode "Be right back".

A company that would take all the tweets, facebook etc as input and create a bot of the deceased personality that you would be able to text with. The story had a pregnant recent widow start talking to her "deceased" husband. To extend it to the logical conclusion the company had upgrades that went from texting, through to phone conversation if audio input was put in, to finally an android based on the person that was fully functional.

The theme was that this was a really bad idea. The imitation can only ever be a imitation, with massive parts of the more private hidden personality missing. And for the people that care the most about the person, something deep in the uncanny valley. All it could really do was draw out the grief process with false hope, and that can't be a healthy thing.

about 7 months ago

90 Percent of Businesses Say IP Is "Not Important"

sugar and acid Of course (185 comments)

Lots of business are just in the business of selling stuff. So there is very little IP to be had.

Similarly there is very little IP to be protected in the vast majority of services businesses. That's everything from dog walkers to hotel chains, law firms and banks.

The building industry has very little IP as well apart on certain widgets used.

That pretty much leaves high tech manufacturing, software, and something that is probably best describes as "media".

about 8 months ago

Facebook Patents Inferring Income of Users

sugar and acid This is pointless (129 comments)

The reason Facebook has any advertising income, and therefore value as a company, is that it has the ability to provide very directed advertising.

If you want to target people who read and, why not just advertise there like you always could.

about 9 months ago

Tesla Would Be Proud: Wireless Charging For Electric Cars Gets Closer To Reality

sugar and acid Static application is stupid (176 comments)

The static application of this, automatic charging while parked over a mat in a garage is not that interesting really. But what if sections of a similar technology was installed in interstates that could charge a car on the move? Cars with a receiving system, and a way to verify and bill the driver for the electricity while moving. We would then have electric cars with potentially infinite range.

That application we could take a bit of inefficiency for the convenience added.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

sugar and acid Unbalanced (383 comments)

I'll be honest, you seem to have a large IT department. You have 4 programmers, and that seems out of whack. Now you are a manufacturer are these programmers actually working on internal business systems (so truly IT), or are they actually involved in developing end user software firmware etc (product development).

If it product development they need to be moved into the development department with the engineers, though the IT manager would then come underneath the product development manager which maybe politically problematic but needs to be done.

If it is just for internal systems development and support, frankly your doing too much customization of your internal system. I think you'll find that the payback with a company the size your described , for automating and streamlining every process, by heavy modifications to the ERP are actually not there. Get the IT manager to fight against further scope creep of the ERP, sack a programmer or 2 and get in more true IT support staff.

about 9 months ago

Chicago Transit System Fooled By Federal ID Cards

sugar and acid Re:London Oyster (196 comments)

Their is no advantage over a paper ticket with oyster for a weekly pass monthly etc. You still have to buy one at a window, shop etc. The real advantage is in the casual commuter. People making the odd tube or bus trip out of their normal zone or tourists. It massively speeds up boarding of buses with a lot less fumbling around for change.

You can easily share your oyster card with another person. The pay as you go is simply handing it over to them (I have several oysters for the visitors). For weekly passes, it doesn't matter if it is paper or card. In the UK they are tied to a railcard number with a photo. You strictly need both, but they they only check the ticket or oyster usually.

Also you can buy and use a pay as you go oyster anonymously.

about 9 months ago

Chicago Transit System Fooled By Federal ID Cards

sugar and acid London Oyster (196 comments)

The reason that everybody is trying to move to this type of things is the success of the London oyster card system. Not perfect, but good enough, and is widely adopted.

The key with the London system was the transit fare system was very well integrated to start with. If you bought a zone 1-4 weekly pass, you could take buses tube and trains everywhere within zone 1-4.

The trick to getting adoption was the cash "penalty" fare. For instance a cash bus fare is nearly twice the price of an oyster card fare. And if you buy a season ticket it gets loaded onto an oyster card. So anybody in London needs an oyster card, and so has one.

The other effective thing that was done was to only have oyster top up and ticket sales at stations and offered exclusively to local independent corner stores. The advantage to the store holder is 2 fold, it gave a small financial return to the store owner, but more importantly for the store owner it got people in the store. Topping up oyster cards and at the same time getting a drink or chocolate bar etc. So very quickly every store had one, and in London there are a lot of them so it was widely accessible with very little staffing costs.

about 9 months ago

Lead Contractor On Health-Care Web Site Led By Execs From Troubled IT Company

sugar and acid Of course they are (227 comments)

The "experience" looked for in a company looking to win a government contract like this is, well a track record in winning government contracts.

They know the tricks and hoops to go through to get to the end and win the contract. They probably also have good contacts that help them win it in the first place.

Ability to actually manage the contract and deliver the result. Pretty much irrelevant.

Basically good bullsh*tters, bad managers.

about 9 months ago

Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

sugar and acid Re:who are the directors ? (519 comments)

From a PR puff piece a year or so ago.

So the President of the company is "Lee Gersten".

The pr guy on the puff piece is Rob Key .

about 9 months ago



NHS and UK government

sugar and acid sugar and acid writes  |  about a month ago

sugar and acid (88555) writes "The UK government through the NHS is supporting a project to sequence 100,000 genomes from 40,000 NHS patients and their relatives. . The technology behind it appears to be the Illumina HiSeq technology claiming $1000 per human genome sequenced,

The concept is to identify cancer and genetic disease patients within the NHS. Sequence their genomes and their close relatives to identify the specific gene sequences involved.

In the case of cancer the Genome of both the healthy cells and the cancer cell will be sequenced to identify the mutations that triggered the cancer, and also identify inherited genes that predispose people to certain cancers.

Their is assurances that all identifying information about a patient will be removed from the medical diagnosis to protect privacy."


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