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Comment: Re:Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 210

The utilities have been entrenched monopolies with very heavy government corruption and collusion and what not for 100 years.

Finally they are getting real competition from the free market. The new paradigm is, "Home owner, you don't worry about site survey, investment cost, installation contractor etc etc. Here is the deal. We install our solar panels in your property using our workers. We install a meter. You pay for whatever electricity we deliver at this price. There is x year lock in period, after that we take our stuff away anytime you cancel the contract. You compare apples to apples, metered electricity cost to metered electricity cost".

Even after the subsidies are taken away, even after imposing road blocks by politicians and utility commissions, this would not be stopped. The technology already has very strong market where the grid is poor. India, Pakistan, many developing countries, etc. They will provide the demand and the technology will advance. Then private companies will raise investment to compete with utilities. As people start using less and less of the grid, it becomes more and more expensive for the utility to find cash for infrastructure upgrades. That will feed into the vicious cycle, and utility companies will face big problems keeping customers.

Comment: Re:Woop Di Do Da! (Score 2) 210

I am with you on this ledow. Just yesterday I ran into a couple oohing and aaahing about a pathetically tiny human being. Hardly 10.5 pounds and 19 inches long, without any hair. And this couple is totally over the top, painting a new room, getting new furniture, wondering what to name this human etc etc for this tiny member of Homo sapiens hardly 5% of the size of the parents.

Comment: Lunacy of the government (Score 1) 125

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49385693) Attached to: World's Largest Aircraft Seeks Investors To Begin Operation
That much of helium alone could be worth more than $300,000. We still have the strategic helium reserve, pay companies to make, (not make, it can't be made) to collect helium, store it in some abandoned mines, and get that supply of helium may be for free for the defense department, fill it up in a balloon, abandon the project, sell it to private companies at some ridiculous throw away prices.

People have been looting our US government from the day it was founded. George Washington spent post presidential life trying to get a canal built using federal money through Cumberland gap into the Monongahela valley in south western Pennsylvania. He had bought all the land that is today Washington County, PA. That shining example set by our founding father is a well trodden path. Flat-as-pancake land is declared to be "mountain" to extract quadruple the federal subsidy for transcontinental railroads. There are literally thousands of companies and individuals whose only ability is extracting money from the government.

And usually these are the folks who are in the fore front decrying government waste citing some poor black inner city single mother who probably gets 400$ a month.

Comment: Would we lose this too? (Score 1) 115

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49382415) Attached to: Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA
In the ancient times not many people knew it and it was not over used like today's antibiotics are being over used. So if you over use it, may be new resistant strains might emerge.

It is interesting one of the ingredients is cow bile. Definitely not something you would think of as an disinfectant. But, being from India, I know so many people who believe cow urine and cow dung has disinfecting properties. May be there is something to it. Cows digest tough vegetation. Their stomachs are full of bacteria that could break down vegetable matter. May be there are so many beneficial would-not-harm-a-mammal bacteria in there, some of them might fight of any bacteria that would infect its host, the cow.

Comment: Just a moment of madness ... (Score 1) 737

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49344373) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident
All the sequence of events would have been set in motion, just due to one moment of madness by the co-pilot. Might have been depressed or what, might have engaged in fantasies about doing it. Pilot left, may be a restroom break, doors locked automatically, comes back and knocks to be let in. At that moment, if the copilot has decided to act out his fantasy for even a few seconds, he would not be able to reverse course easily. He has to explain the delay, there will be investigations, skeletons in his closet might come tumbling out, at that point co pilot would be in total panic mode with his whole life crashing around him. He would be totally irrational, 38000 feet, 4000 feet per min, it took the plane 10 minutes to crash. Passengers would be in panic, the locked out pilot too. Very very tragic.

Surprised USA has a policy of not allowing the cockpit to be occupied by a lone occupant. Given the staffing cuts and the callousness of the airline management surprised they did not mount a lobbying effort "against the onerous and burdensome regulations by Washington bureaucrats that is strangling the industry and killing jobs" to remove that requirement.

Comment: One guy makes an electric car, ... then.... (Score 1) 226

One guy straps together 8000 laptop batteries to make an electric car, prove its viability and creates the most successful challenge mounted ever to the dominance of internal combustion engines in the luxury car market. Then ...

Every damned fool who was lucky enough or criminal enough to make oodles of money thing they are visionary thinkers too and come up with grandiose projects. Let us award Vladimir Yakunin, the Wannabe-Elon of the Year award.

BTW China just demonstrated the Steel-Silk Road, a rail link between China and Spain via old Orient Express route via Samarkand. Trans Siberian railroad links to Chinese network. Chunnel connects London to European network. There is a railroad in Alaska, but not sure it connects to Canadian national network. Building rail links and putting a roof over them to keep out the snow and and fence to keep out the animals, to provide overhead electric power, to make it an year around service would be a lot more practical. Steel-on-steel rolling friction is much lower than steel hull on water drag. Done correctly, it could peel off a huge chunk of ship borne Pacific freight, reduce the over reliance of West Coast ports. Essentially it would become a conveyor of 40 foot containers.

Comment: Steve Wozniak was scared by Prius (Score 1) 292

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49329101) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk
Sorry for the click bait. But he did post in slashdot about Prius cruise control suffering from what appears to be some edge case coding error. He was not really scared. He systematically debugged the cruise control at 75mph, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, ok overflow error. Then first thing he seems to have done is to post about it in slashdot.

Comment: Hope this makes agencies to take doxing seriously (Score 2) 336

Most soldiers are quite open and public about their service, proudly wear uniforms, sport bumper stickers and baseball hats with their units and affiliation. So this move by IS might get some news play but unlikely to do much damage to the military. There were never shortages of soft targets of US military personnel in the home land. This will not impact our soldiers much.

But doxing of other activists would really have a chilling effect in the political speech. Hope agencies take doxing seriously and if any of the perps are within jurisdiction, hope they catch them and punish them.

Comment: Re:ActiveX (Score 2) 95

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49309295) Attached to: South Korea Begins To Deprecate ActiveX
It is aided and abetted by what are known as Browser Helper Objects, which are further code downloaded from the internet and run natively in your computer without any user intervention or even a notification. Thus the ActiveX dll is merely the entry way. Anything from anywhere gets to run anything on your computer through ActiveX and BHOs. In retrospect it looks like a very dumb idea. But back then, for PCs, the P as in Personal was the dominant part. No clear distinction between user, admin and the owner. No idea that there could be malicious players in the internet. Unix, on the other hand, grew up in universities. Many hundred users and every freshman wanted to hack the university computer. So it had very good security model. But unix did not get the cost amortization benefits that came Microsoft's way because businesses latched on to IBM-PC compatibility to be short cut for interoperability.

Comment: Malware symcyberosis approaching? (Score 2) 70

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49308023) Attached to: Government Spies Admit That Cyber Armageddon Is Unlikely
Very lethal viruses and bacteria kill their hosts so quickly they lessen their chance for propagation. So less virulent forms propagate better. At some point some of their mutations actually help their hosts survive a little longer. Those viruses propagate even better. At some point the benefit provided by these viruses is worth having the infection, at this point the host and the former pathogen enter into symbiosis. Many of the microbes living in our bodies were once free living competing microbes that did all the food gathering, multiplying, fending off their competition etc. The most striking example is our mito-chondrial DNA which are the real power generators in each of our cells, which were once a free living bacteria.

The computer malware is following a similar path. Some of the early viruses were so destructive. Then they got to be less destructive to survive longer. At some point the criminals started protected the computers they have infected from other malware, they reduced their load on their hosts, to survive longer, and to keep the owner fro dumping the machine for a newer one. It is possible there are uninformed computer owners whose computers anti-virus software is actually one of the malware they had picked up. So at some point we will be having these malware incorporated into our computers in some symcyberosis?

Comment: Blind side (Score 1) 70

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49307851) Attached to: Government Spies Admit That Cyber Armageddon Is Unlikely
Most people ignore things whose risk could not be determined. In their mind, they divide issues into what can be estimated and what can not be. Then they spend time on estimating the risk of things that they can estimate. So much of the mind share is taken by things that can do something about, the risks of things they could not estimate gets relegated into some corner.

Some sort of, "we can't do anything about it anyway, so why think about it or talk about it?". That is how people get blindsided. Remember Mitt Romney talking about "there are this 47% we can't do anything about" (I admit what he was trying to convey was not the as bad as the media made him out to be, I am a staunch Democrat by the way). That is a classic top executive way of dealing with things. "Cant do anything about it, forget and concentrate on something we can do about".

But that is precisely where people will attack us. For an enemy of America the first question is, "What is something they can't do anything about? Let us attack there. They can't make every liberty loving American to subject themselves to strip search, gate rape. Meekly walk barefoot in front of uniformed officers? They will get flashbacks of cattle cars and nazis with folding tables snapping 'papers, please'. That for just boarding a plane to fly to Kalamazoo! come on! They cant do that. So let us hijack a plane and hit a couple of buildings."

Comment: Remote driving cheaper than automatic driving. (Score 1) 341

Why try to build a machine to mimic human intelligence. There are 7 billion people on earth. Already remote control tech is allowing soldiers to maintain a 9 to 5 job fighting wars from their Florida bases. So let us equip the cars with real time feedback remove control and outsource driving to drivers sitting in Bangalore, Bangkok, Dacca, Manila... It will be fun to watch traffic.

The tao that can be tar(1)ed is not the entire Tao. The path that can be specified is not the Full Path.