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  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 7:26am

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    I'm in an area close to one where Google Fiber has come in. While I can't get Google's offering yet (I'm still holding out hope :) ), my Comcast speeds have magically increased to 5x what they were when we first moved here.

    We originally paid for 12Mbps. We've recently started getting 60. And no, our price hasn't changed at all. It's been funny watching this happen, honestly.

  • Apr 9th, 2015 @ 12:10pm

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    Thanks for sharing this. I didn't know any other vcs had tried to do this. I'm only familiar with most of the more popular ones, and the only other ones I've ever used are SVN, CVS and a dab at Mercurial.

  • Apr 9th, 2015 @ 8:55am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Actually, this is not true of any other version control.

    If you destroy the main branch (usually referred to as the trunk) in SVN, CVS, or any other version control software, everyone loses the ability to do anything with that repository ever again.

    The only way to fix it for those is to create an entirely new repository somewhere and manually upload all the current code as if it was the first commit. You lose all your history and any ability to go revert before that point. Git is the only one that treats the main branch the same is any other branch.

    For Git, all you do is mark another branch as main and you're done. You keep all the history and everything is as if nothing ever happened. Git is like bitorrent for version control, while every other one follows the old single point of download architecture.

    Distribution is easy. All you need to do is let everyone know where to go. The difficult part has only ever been getting the files setup in the first place.

  • Apr 9th, 2015 @ 7:51am

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    That was my point. For Git, there is no such thing as a central point. Everyone is the center, and any one can be made into the "main" branch at any time with no effort at all.

    Sure, they have to tell everyone where they're going to put the new "main" branch, but that isn't going to slow anyone down.

  • Apr 9th, 2015 @ 7:18am

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    The part I find even funnier about this is that Git actually makes taking the files off the site even more ridiculous.

    The way Git works, every computer using it has a complete copy of the current version of the software, so every single devs machine is its own backup of the current state of the code. It doesn't matter if the main system crashes, blows up, or is ripped apart by a horde of zerglings. Nothing will be lost.

    Good luck playing wac-a-mole against that many moles :).

  • Feb 27th, 2015 @ 2:17pm

    The answer is photography

    The problem with the colors in this picture is caused by the lighting when it was taken, not by anyone's eyes.

    The picture was taken with the sun shining towards the lens. A light source that strong shining at the lens will always mess with the colors.

  • Jan 28th, 2015 @ 8:07am


    Let's just be clear here: Patents are NOT capitalism. They are completely anti-capitalistic.

    Capitalism says that everyone should be given freedom to create and compete with each other. Patents say that no one is allowed to create or compete with the patent holder.

  • Jan 12th, 2015 @ 8:18am

    Re: Re: Not the only problems with the Dev Agreement

    Go back and read the comment a little more carefully. He didn't say anything about open source apps.

    He said you're not allowed to use the same code for the apple version of your app that you have in any other version.

    Sadly, this matches their attitude toward desktop apps. They do everything they can to stop you from doing basic things like creating a window. They are VERY unfriendly towards developers.

  • Jan 9th, 2015 @ 7:59am

    Re: Re: TracPhone

    If you only accumulate minutes month after month, you're actually buying too many of them... and paying for them!

    So what? You're the one paying for minutes only to have them taken from you never to be seen again.

    The point is that we end up paying less than we would on any standard network, but we get all the services you enjoy paying 4x what we do. Not sure how you think we're the fools here.

    And now that Tracfone finally has smartphones available, I've lost the only reason I ever had to want to get on a "normal" plan.

  • Nov 7th, 2014 @ 8:34am

    Classic Man in the Middle

    This is disgusting. This technique well known as a man in the middle attack and should be prosecuted as such. The fact that they're your provider does not give them the freedom to alter your messages like this.

  • Nov 7th, 2014 @ 8:32am

    Re: We need TLS everywhere

    TLS cannot guarantee that. It can only guarantee that nothing in your message will be altered.

    Verizon is using a Man-in-the-middle attack here, and all they are doing is adding to your message. TLS has no control over that.

    Think of it as if you sent a letter, then the mail man wrote a message and put your letter and their message into a new envelope and mailed that. There's nothing you can do to stop it.

  • Sep 12th, 2014 @ 3:21pm

    Re: Rounding up?

    Ok, now I get what's being said. The statement just looks odd the way it's been placed.

  • Sep 12th, 2014 @ 3:19pm

    Rounding up?

    Awesome news. I'm a software engineer who has been trying to build some things on my own for some time now and I can't begin to see how anyone thinks this has made things more difficult for me. I feel like I can finally breathe a little.

    One thing, though. How does one shave amounts off of transactions by rounding up? Sorry, but that's really getting to me :).

  • Sep 11th, 2014 @ 9:31am

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    "but burning the hydrogen doesn't produce a net gain of energy"

    I'm more than a little disappointed when I see people think that this is the goal we need to achieve in order for a system to be viable for use. Our current systems don't produce a net gain of energy, but that is not the point.

    The point is that we need a source of energy that is relatively easy to extract and easy to transport in the vehicles it's intended to be used for. It would be awesome if we could also get a net gain in the process, but that is not the problem that's trying to be solved.

    The fact that we have to extract the hydrogen out of water to get hydrogen fuel is no different than having to convert oil into gasoline. There is no net gain, but there is a result that we need.

  • Jun 19th, 2014 @ 8:20am

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    This is pretty awesome to read. The problems with fusion have always been how to get enough energy in to cause fusion to happen without creating radioactive waste (read: hydrogen bomb), and how to collect the massive amount of energy that comes out once the atoms fuse together.

    Seeing them able to model how the sun does it is just incredible. I wish the article described more how they actually collect the resulting energy.

  • Jun 6th, 2014 @ 2:55pm

    Re: Re: Paid twice already

    Somehow I sincerely doubt peering is going on between Netflix and just about any other major provider. That kind of setup mostly describes how Tier 1 ISP's handle hooking their networks up to each other, not how a content provider handles hooking it's very tiny (comparatively) local network up to the ISP's.

    As to who Netflix pays directly, ya, it might not be Verizon. Generally speaking, I'm treating paying whatever ISP they are as paying Verizon because Tier 1 ISP's use peering.

  • Jun 6th, 2014 @ 2:49pm

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    My whole point is that Verizon is already getting paid twice. I never said that was bad, only pointing out that Netflix IS paying to send the package and we are also paying to receive it.

  • Jun 6th, 2014 @ 2:48pm

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    ...Which was exactly my point. Netflix is already paying for a connection to the internet. So Verizon is trying to get paid 3 times (twice from Netflix and once from the user using Netflix)

  • Jun 6th, 2014 @ 2:46pm

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    Ok, clearly everyone misunderstood my comment. You all need to look and see that I'm responding to the original comment, not someone else.

    He's blaming Netflix for the actions of Verizon. I was trying to point out to him just how stupid that is by pointing out the difference between Netflix's networks and Verizon's.

  • Jun 6th, 2014 @ 11:08am


    I cannot even begin to understand what you think is happening here. How does traffic across the internet have anything to do with Netflix's internal network? Or what do you mean by "their own service"?

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