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Comment Re:Timeout (Score 1) 325

The problem is that HTTP is a shitty protocol. It uses an unique TCP connection for every request. For each page of text and every image, HTTP requests a new TCP connection and tears it down after transfer. This causes a lot of latency, partly because TCP is designed to start slow and ramp up to the available bandwidth and partly because of the extra signalling for new TCP handshakes, authentication tokens, encryption renegotiation, etc. As a result, your web browser spends way more time than it should just waiting for data transfers to start. In response to HTTP's limitations, web browser make parallel server connections to conceal some of that latency. Users on slow or congested links may find it beneficial to tweak their browser settings for fewer concurrent connections and/or longer timeouts. HTTP2 fixes many of these problems, but server support has been slow to roll out.

Comment Re:New York (Score 1) 69

In their complaint, "the Plaintiffs analogize this practice of facial scanning to the collection of fingerprint data without the consent of the users." My understanding of the process is that the player must deliberately allow their face to be scanned, "Gamers get close to the camera and slowly turn their heads to the left and right while the camera scans their face. The face scanning process takes about 15 minutes to complete, according to the biometric data class action lawsuit." It seems unlikely that the user did not consent to this, only that they see an opportunity and are trying to cash in on it. Is Take-Two's scan data detailed enough or precise enough to the level of sophistication to where it can be used to fool facial recognition?

Furthermore, the law is stupid. Who used facial recognition data for security? Retinal scans? Sure. Iris? Maybe. But facial geometry? A handful of pictures of any person is enough to extrapolate their facial geometry.

Comment Re:The real missed point (Score 1) 455

I agree that what Disney did was probably legal, in the strictest interpretation of the term "legal". But, it is illegal to hire an H1-B visa holder for a position that can be filled by a qualified American, and it is is illegal to displace an American worker with an h1-B visa holder. I presume that "American" includes permanent residents as well as US citizens. If anyone broke the law, it it would have been the contracting companies, HCL and Cognizant

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 220

Everyone hates the RIAA, but the fact is without the marketing by these entities you would never have found your "favorite" bands. Of course, out will come the people saying I am stupid (or a troll), and protesting that they like their favorite indie band because they heard them in a bar, Youtube, from a friend, etc. But the reality is that 99% of music is heard because of marketing. Period.

I'm not going to insult you, but I will protest.

Yeah, 99% of what is heard is from marketing, but it's still the same 10 hottest bands that sound exactly like the last 10 hottest bands who sounded exactly like the previous 10 hottest bands. Marketers don't take risks, and they don't care about putting out a good product. They just repackage the latest, generally pleasing band's stuff and ignore everything else. Different is unpredictable. Unpredictable is bad because they might not hit their target sales figures.

Comment Re:Apple's made this kind of decision before (Score 1) 238

Apple doesn't want to compete on price. Now that competitors have caught up on ease of use, they undercut Apple's prices. Apple doesn't want to compromise on profit margins.

Apple used to focus on vertical integration. They wanted you to have an Apple computer, Apple iPod, Apple camera, Apple TV, Apple iTunes, Apple Printer, Apple everything, all working together seamlessly. Apple has changed direction and are abandoning less profitable market segments to focus on iPhones.

Comment Re:I'll wait for a third party review... (Score 1) 428

That's more of an installation problem. Gutters are supposed to be mounted lower than the roof's plane. The idea is that any ice and snow sloughing off the roof will be carried past the gutter by momentum. Water, on the other hand, falls mostly straight down from the roof edge.

Comment Re:Perhaps (Score 5, Interesting) 598

I see your article and raise you another.

There are some benefits to DST, but the preponderance of medical and energy policy research I've seen shows that DST has a net negative effect.

We have also been living with DST so long, that I'd wager that most businesses have adjusted their hours to open later than they would have otherwise, so the extra hour of daylight after work has effectively been nullified. I have not been able to find a good source of numbers for business opening/closing times before DST was implemented, but according to Snopes ( "far fewer businesses stayed open into the later evening hours, so most people tended to rise and retire earlier than they do today, negating the practicality of shifting an hour's worth of daylight away from early morning." You can't fool the body with a clock change alone. People's circadian rhythms follow light, not a clock. I suspect that a fair portion of the reason that people stay up "later" these days is that the clocks are wrong.

If Ben Franklin wanted to have more daylight, he should have just set his own alarm clock ahead and left the rest of us the hell alone!

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 524

I manage both Macs and PC's and I call bullshit. It's true that I get fewer urgent help desk calls from my Mac users, but that doesn't mean they take less work to keep running. It is much easier to push out configuration changes and software to the PC's, and there are a wealth of mature add-on management utilities that work really well with PC's. The Mac tools are just not as polished.

There are also a bunch of undocumented networking compatibility issues on the Macs that I have to work around, and Apple just doesn't seem to care about. Each iOS update brings new compatibility problems, just like with Windows. Apple won't let me install OSX server in a hvpervisor not hosted on Apple hardware so I can run the management tools on a real server.

I get just as many hardware bugs with the Apple machines as I do with the PC's.

Physically, the PC's I buy are much easier and cheaper to repair. Mac hardware keeps getting harder and harder to repair. One upon a time, I had some G4 iMacs that I could replace hard drives in under 10 minutes. All it took was loosening a few screws, the back popped off, and all components were laid bare. The entire PPC Mac line was beautifully designed for easy repair. The first generation Intel iMacs took me 45 minutes to replace a hard drive, and that was after I was practiced at it. More recently I had to replace a keyboard on a late model Macbook Pro. There were 55 screws holding the keyboard in. Just the keyboard. That's not to include the work involved dismantling the entire laptop first. I have pictures to prove it.

On top of all that supporting the macs takes longer because the user base is so much smaller. Virtually every PC problem I come across has been solved already. All it takes is a simple google search. I can't always do that for Mac problems.

Mac external ports change with every generation, so I have to keep buying new adapters to support each new fleet of laptops.

That brings us to Apple's planned obsolescence. I had an x-serve obsoleted after 3 or 4 years because Apple didn't want to support its boot loader. They did about the same thing in 2014 when they dropped support for some macs that were just 5 years old. On the other hand, Windows 10 supports 10 year old hardware, with no planned obsolescence. I have Mac pros at work that are obsolete for OSX, but they still Windows like a champ.

Costwise, he has a point about the Macs not being much more for base-line configurations. But, that cost delta grows quickly as you start upgrading components, especially considering that I can selectively upgrade prices on PC components, even if I have to go off the reservation and buy after-market. The cheapest macs with discrete graphics as an 27" iMac for $1800 or a Macbook Pro for $2,500.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a Mac hater. There are a lot of great things about OSX, and it has Windows beat in a lot of ways. The Mac build quality is the best in the business, and I never get an out-of-the-box failure. But, you could call my an Apple hater. I despise they way Apple segregates their product lines, and I swear they purposefully try to make their products harder to support.

Comment Re: Movie theaters (Score 3, Informative) 342

These numbers are pretty rough, but annually about 60% of US firearm related homicides are suicide. About 3% of gun deaths are accidents. About 80% of non-suicide homicides are ruled as gang-related. Police kill in the neighborhood of 1200 people per year, criminals or otherwise. Mass shooting deaths, defined as "4+ deaths of people selected indiscriminately in a public place", are vary small. The figures I've seen are between 5 and 75 people per year.

That leaves somewhere around 1000 to 2000 murders.

If only America could address its drug habit and figure out how to employ our young men. Then gang and other organized crime violence would be severely curtailed, and this would be a pretty peaceful place to live.

Comment Re:Imagine how it would work (Score 1) 84

I had a fiber connection installed to a private school. We bought the connection from a local non-profit that was built for providing fast, affordable Internet connections to schools, libraries, and non profits. The non-profit ISP had a fiber corridor running right down the street at the front of the property that took about two years for them to clear all the red tape for installation. The proverbial "last mile" was about 150 yards of driveway between the street to the school. There were existing utility poles running down the drive, owned by the local power company. With only power, one telephone cable, and one CATV cable on those poles and no other customers were served using those cables, there was no justifiable reason for the fiber not to simply be run on those poles. The power company either denied access or asked a ridiculous attachment fee. The ISP had a boring company come in to get the fiber from the street to our front door.

Comment Re:Ban same company offering connectivity and cont (Score 1) 68

It's a bit of a stretch to call Comcast a natural monopoly. Yes, it's true that the physical wiring installation is a barrier for entry for new competitors, but not an insurmountable one. Many areas of the US have multiple cable offerings. Not my area, but many. A natural monopoly occurs when a single company out-competes all competitors, or where profits are so slim that the remaining entities have to merge just to reduce overhead to survive. For most regions where a single cable company holds local monopoly status, the incumbent gained that status by making deals with the local governments to keep all competitors out.

Now that every region with enough population to support a cable company has an incumbent, the existing cable companies seem to avoid competing with each other. Look at what happened when Comcast and Time Warner were looking to merge a couple years ago years ago. They argued that the merger would not reduce competition because the two barely compete for local markets. ( No, I would not call Comcast a "natural monopoly". It's better described as a cartel member. (

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