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Comment: Re:So, why the continued G-love? (Score 2) 105

by Andy Dodd (#48388065) Attached to: Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

Pretty much everything on your list of stuff that got dropped was in the category of:
1) Very few people used it in the first place (Wave, Buzz, Orkut, Reader)
2) Was not really dropped but replaced with a similar service under a different name with a method of migration (Picasa got integrated into Drive for all practical purposes, and actually technically G+ replaced Buzz)

The only thing I'm not sure about is Google Health - although remnants of that have been getting integrated into Android lately.

Comment: Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (Score 1) 201

by Andy Dodd (#48385481) Attached to: Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

"But at least the phone companies can know about it and mount a legal fight, if they so choose'

Really hard with current legislation.

Remember Lavabit? It's already been proven that the government has been using legal means to acquire the private keys of service providers for the purposes of MITM attacks just like this one.

Comment: This doesn't work (Score 1) 485

by Andy Dodd (#48368185) Attached to: Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Last I checked, Denmark is already filling in their holes by using Norwegian hydro.

Effectively, when Denmark has a surplus, they sell it to Norway and Norway throttles back generation at their dams (allowing water to back up in the reservoirs a bit).

Of course, because this is a surplus and Norway doesn't really need it (other than effectively saving it in their reservoirs), it's sold to Norway cheap.

When Denmark has a shortfall, they buy back energy from Norway, but because demand is high, the price is high.

At least as of 2-3 years ago, no country had achieved more than 20-25% grid penetration of wind/solar. Denmark was the highest percentage, and to achieve their high percentage, they were critically dependent on Norwegian hydro resources as a form of "battery". There's only so far you can take hydro-based storage though.

That's the big problem with renewables - we just don't have the energy storage technology yet to make them feasible.

Comment: Re:Science fiction comes to life, again (Score 2) 176

by Andy Dodd (#48359719) Attached to: The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

The cables between sites are contained within pressurized conduits buried pretty deep. You'd have to dig down to the cables without a patrol seeing you, then you'd trigger a bunch of alarms the moment you breached the conduit (drop in pressure triggers alarms)

Comment: Re:Science fiction comes to life, again (Score 4, Interesting) 176

by Andy Dodd (#48354933) Attached to: The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

One thing not well documented (but it is covered if you take the tour at the Minuteman National Historic Site):

A missle will not launch until at least two capsules "vote" for launch. For a capsule to "vote" - both operators must engage the key within N seconds of each other.

So a person would need to, in addition to stretching their arms, twist two additional keys in a separate capsule using some sort of portal technology. Someone with such techology likely does not need nukes.

Also, as I understand it, in addition to the key turn, there is additional validation of launch codes by computer nowadays.

Comment: Re:DebianNoob (Score 1) 450

by Andy Dodd (#48351229) Attached to: Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

No they can't. There is more to being able to buy out a company than merely having sales income.

Also, SAP and CA's sales income is irrelevant for comparison here, since they aren't in the operating system business.

The truth is, as far as platforms SAP and CA customers can run their software on, RH is a VERY big fish. If RH made a change that impacted Oracle or CA - Oracle or CA would have to adapt.

Comment: Re:Google hate. Again. (Score 1) 59

by Andy Dodd (#48350143) Attached to: Google "Evicted" the Berlin Wall From Property It Bought

Also, if I am understanding various things I've read correctly:

Owners of the slabs did NOT want to sell the slabs to Google (Google was fine with this)
Owners of the slabs WANTED to move the slabs to a more public place (Google was fine with this)
Owners of the slabs asked Google for some time to figure out how to move/where to move two gigantic concrete slabs (Google gave them this time)

What I'm not sure of is whether the owners took longer than expected to move the slabs than Google originally agreed to, leading to this story of "eviction"

Comment: Re:This seems a missed opportunity (Score 1) 59

by Andy Dodd (#48350101) Attached to: Google "Evicted" the Berlin Wall From Property It Bought

Based on other comments:

Google bought the building, but the owners did NOT want to sell the wall pieces to Google. The owners WANTED to move them to a more public place.

However, since moving gigantic slabs of concrete and finding a proper place for them is difficult, the owners asked for time to move the items in question after the sale.

Comment: Re:What's the name of the drug? (Score 5, Informative) 140

Yeah. Before insulin was discovered, Type I diabetes was a death sentence.

You would effectively starve to death within a year of symptoms showing up, regardless of how much you ate. (IIRC, actual starvation could prevent/slow the progress in some way)

However, once you've been on insulin therapy for a while, eventually you'll be in trouble within hours of insulin becoming insufficient. (An especially big problem for pump users - people using long-acting insulins like Lantus probably will have 1-2 days before they're in serious trouble after stopping administration of insulin.)

This reminds me of rumors of studies a decade or so ago involving administering long-acting insulin to diabetics in their "honeymoon period" (After diagnosis and starting insulin therapy, in many cases a diabetic's requirements for injected insulin will drop to near zero after not too long, but this only lasts for a few months after it starts) - reducing load on the pancreas seemed to prolong the period, allowing them to rely on their pancreas to handle meals and such.

Of interest is the "52 people between the ages of 19 and 45 that have received a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes within the previous three months" - That's a VERY rare category of people. The most interesting is that 3 months is typically within that "honeymoon period". Diagnosis of Type I diabetes that late in life is very uncommon (which is why Type I is often called juvenile diabetes). There's also the fact that this might be far less effective on diabetics who have had the disease for years, who basically have no remaining beta cells. (In most cases, Type I diabetes in mice is artificially induced - in humans the root cause is that the immune system attacks beta cells, however, this might allow at least some of the cells to survive the onslaught by preventing a failcascade due to the cells being overworked.)

Comment: Re:Get rid of numbers (Score 5, Interesting) 130

by Andy Dodd (#48312943) Attached to: American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

You just described EMV, which all retailers will be effectively required to accept by October 2015 in the US. (It's not completely mandated, but the fraud liability shift effectively mandates it. After Oct. 1 2015, *retailers* will be fully liable for magstripe fraud.)

EMV is widespread in Europe, it's been slowed down due to political bullshit from MCX in the USA.

Comment: Holy crap... (Score 3, Interesting) 162

by Andy Dodd (#48254805) Attached to: OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

These are some of the worst and most uninformative commit messages I've ever seen...

1) Why are there so many commits to achieve the same thing?
2) Any commit message that is only a single line other than "fix typo" is a bad commit message

Seriously, even some of the worst/most incompetent Android kangers have written better commit messages than the shitpile of LKM removals I'm seeing there.

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