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Comment Re:Time Warner is not Time Warner Cable (Score 1) 139

And to make things still more confusing, there *was* Time Warner Telecom, which was acquired by Level 3 a couple years ago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Time Warner is the entertainment wing. Think Warner Bros and the former Turner networks.

Time Warner Cable is the former cable wing that was spun off years ago and is now owned by Charter Cable. The only common ground was their name since it never changed it when they spun it off. That's why their changing their name to Spectrum now that Charter bought them.

This would have no effect on broadband. If anything it will make DirecTV cheaper (since they won't have to pay for the Turner channels anymore since they own them) and possibly other cable companies more expensive by raising the retransmission rates to Turner channels.

Still not good for consumers but its not going to kill broadband as we know it.

Comment OpenDNS SmartCache (Score 2) 135

I was reading elsewhere that users utilizing OpenDNS' SmartCache feature were unaffected. Basically, in the event that a domain's authoritative servers all become unavailable, smartcache uses the last known good resource records, regardless of whether their TTL has expired. Are any of the other DNS providers and ISPs utilizing anything similar?

Comment Re:U.S.A. (Score 1) 139

Are you referring to 'MaeWest'? that was the west coast aggregate fiber tap. Their was an East coast atlantic fiber run aggregate tap as well, can't recall its name.

MAE East, Duhr! But those facilities weren't particularly set up to allow government interception.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:Not a reflight (Score 0) 338

Correction: This was a brand new rocket. The first customer to fly on a used rocket will be SES.

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For SpaceX, the private space company owned by Elon Musk, it was the "first launch of [a] flight-proven first stage," the company says. The mission was using the same rocket booster that sent the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station earlier this year.
--end quote--

Comment Re:Failure on the *pad* not the rocket (Score 0, Troll) 338

This wasn't a used rocket. The first reuse will be for the SES-10 launch in a couple of months... assuming this doesn't push back the timeline.

--quote--
For SpaceX, the private space company owned by Elon Musk, it was the "first launch of [a] flight-proven first stage," the company says. The mission was using the same rocket booster that sent the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station earlier this year.
--end quote--

Comment Re:Predictable (Score 0, Informative) 338

This rocket was brand new it was the first that would have been SCHEDULED TO REUSE later after this launch.

Wrong.

--quote--
For SpaceX, the private space company owned by Elon Musk, it was the "first launch of [a] flight-proven first stage," the company says. The mission was using the same rocket booster that sent the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station earlier this year.
--end quote--

Submission + - New Fantom Ransomware Poses As Windows Update (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: A security researcher for AVG has discovered a new piece of ransomware called Fantom that masquerades as a critical Windows update. Victims who fall for the ruse will see a Windows screen acting like it's installing the update, but what's really happening is that the user's documents and files are being encrypted in the background. Fantom is based on the open-source EDA2 ransomware project, and unfortunately there's no way to decrypt the files without the culprit's help. The scam starts with a pop-up labeled as a critical update from Microsoft. Once a user decides to apply the fake update, it extracts files and executes an embedded program called WindowsUpdate.exe. As with other EDA2 ransomware, Fantom generates a random AES-128 key, encrypts it using RSA, and then uploads it to the culprit. From there, Fantom targets specific file extensions and encrypts those files using AES-128 encryption. Users affected by this are instructed to email the culprit for payment instructions. It's not clear how much it costs to decrypt the files or if the person responsible even follows through once payment is received.

Comment Re:Parking? (Score 1) 118

From Wikipedia: "Since 1996 she has been docked at Pier 82 on the Delaware River in Philadelphia."

What does it cost to leave something that huge parked in (what I presume is) a good spot in a major city for twenty years?

Currently $60,000 per month, but I don't know who owns the dock. It's right by the Walmart and there's a lovely view of the ship from the Ikea cafeteria across the road.

Submission + - Elon Musk: 'One In Billions' Chance We're Not Living In A Computer Simulation (vox.com)

An anonymous reader writes: At Recode's annual Code Conference, Elon Musk explained how we are almost certainly living in a more advanced civilization's video game. He said: "The strongest argument for us being in a simulation probably is the following. Forty years ago we had pong. Like, two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were. Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it's getting better every year. Soon we'll have virtual reality, augmented reality. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is now. Then you just say, okay, let's imagine it's 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing on the evolutionary scale. So given that we're clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would probably be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds that we're in base reality is one in billions. Tell me what's wrong with that argument. Is there a flaw in that argument?"

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