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Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

xenocide2 Re:Gigabit connection (408 comments)

KCMO is one huge fucking jurisdiction. Nothing like the Bay Area with a couple dozen cities and their own jurisdictions and contracts and holdout dilemmas. And I'd argue that if the purpose of a pilot is to learn something about the market, you need to go outside the Bay Area, so you can learn how to sell this in the marginal US cities. Of course the Bay Area has demand. But can you sell it in the other 98 percent of the US?

about a year and a half ago

Apache Terminates Struts 1

xenocide2 Re:For non-Java users... (61 comments)

Well, Struts 2 was a completely different thing. Why WebWork thought Struts was the right brand to associate with, we'll never know.

about a year and a half ago

US Senate Passes National Internet Sales Tax Mandate

xenocide2 Re:Here is the list of senators... (297 comments)

I don't even understand why he voted nay though -- There's no sales tax in oregon to be charged!

about a year and a half ago

Cryptography 'Becoming Less Important,' Adi Shamir Says

xenocide2 Re:APT? (250 comments)

Advanced Persistent Threat. The idea is that your threat is a state agent deliberately after you, not just the economically cheapest target (ie the one with the weakest security).

about 2 years ago

Passwords Not Going Away Any Time Soon

xenocide2 Re:Get it right the first time? (232 comments)

Technically, you could have your phone autocomplete / spellcheck your password if such a scheme were used.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Algorithm Predicts Red Light Runners

xenocide2 Re:Why just predict, when you can prevent? (348 comments)

That's a pretty big assumption. The advantage this thing has is that you can outfit the traffic lights to delay the green light while the runner crosses and prevent the problem without instrumenting every car on the road.

And ticket the jackass who might have killed someone.

about 3 years ago

Consumer Tech: an IT Nightmare

xenocide2 Re:Consumer Innovation (533 comments)

My Linux smartphone connects with exchange perfectly fine. It pulls calendars, contacts and mail.

What more do you want?

more than 3 years ago

DARPA: Reconstruct Shredded Docs, Win $50K USD

xenocide2 Outsource it to 30 years ago (209 comments)

Off the top of my head, this seems very close to the techniques used for shotgun sequencing of genomic data. Lots of little strands you want to line up. Just in multiple dimensions.

more than 3 years ago

Sprint Cutting Unlimited 4G Data Plans

xenocide2 Re:Why *partial* caps?!?!?! (325 comments)

I'm guessing their current ad campaign on smartphones blasting all their competitors and lauding themselves as being the last truly unlimited phone plan has something to do with it. Advertising unlimited one month and take it away the next seems to be one of those bait 'n' switch tactics that attract regulator's attention.

more than 3 years ago

US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

xenocide2 Re:I have $127k in student loans (917 comments)

My undergraduate student loans are at 2.25 percent. But they dont hand out 127k worth of that. To get that kind of debt you have to become a dentist or doctor or lawyer. Aka, traditionally rich professionals. You pay that much because the certification is worth that much.

more than 3 years ago

Putting Emails In Folders Is a Waste of Time, Says IBM Study

xenocide2 Re:Not why many people use folders (434 comments)

"The study suggests to me that people just aren't fluent in using their e-mail applications."

Did you actually read the study? Everyone was using the same email client, and had been doing so for quite a while, and the sample only included people who'd used all retrieval features at least once.

Of course, we don't know whether bluemail is better at one kind of use vs the other. Except for this study...

more than 3 years ago

US Gov't Pays IT Contractors Twice As Much As Its Own IT Workers

xenocide2 Re:Including Benifits (382 comments)

Which is why the study looks at total compensation instead of just salaries:

Because the contractor billing rates published by GSA include not only salaries but also other costs including benefits contractors provide their employees,[66] POGO added OPMâ(TM)s 36.25 percent benefit rate to federal employee salaries[67] and BLSâ(TM)s 33.5 percent loading to private sector employee salaries to reflect the full fringe benefit package paid to full-time employees in service-providing organizations that employ 500 or more workers.

more than 3 years ago

Your State University Doesn't Want You

xenocide2 Re:As a university professor: (551 comments)

"Enrollment is down"

What the hell is Wisconsin doing wrong? Every school I've looked at has growing enrollment. It's the natural thing in a recession: the opportunity cost of attending school far lower when you don't have a job to quit in the first place.

more than 3 years ago

Essential Open Source Tools For Windows Admins

xenocide2 Re:My Picks (226 comments)

"FIPS-validated AES256 encryption, integrated into Active Directory"

What does that mean? Your sysadmin can decrypt your bitlocker?

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Slashes Profit Forecast and 3DS Price

xenocide2 Re:Phones cost per month (168 comments)

You don't need a cellular contract, and many parents now buy their kids a plan. A kind of digital leash, if you will.

Even if you didn't have a cellphone, you don't need one to get iOS or Android via iPods and Galaxy Player. Plenty of students have iPods now.

more than 3 years ago


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