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Comment: Re:Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans... (Score 1) 784

by BravoZuluM (#47040331) Attached to: Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

When I was a kid, early 1970's our government was making plans to cover the ice caps with soot to help alleviate the coming ice age. We are after all, at the end of an inter-glacial warming period. Unfortunately, carbon dioxide constitutes 0.04% of our atmosphere. IF there is a CO2 warming link, we'd have to get the CO2 up to 4% of the atmosphere to stave off the next ice age.

google "Next Ice Age". Man typically does better in a warm climate than a cold climate. Women look better in bikinis than parkas. Choose wisely.

Comment: Humans have the attention span of a gnat. (Score 1) 379

by BravoZuluM (#47038347) Attached to: Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

Wildfires have been with us for a long time.

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

Some of the largest occurred in the 1800's when we didn't have the means to fight them. But politicians today want more money so they claim the fires are getting worse. Funny, I remember a few California wildfires in the 70s that were much worse than the San Diego fires we just had. Santa Ana winds are just something that Southern California locals have been dealing with for a VERY long time. The problem for San Diego is the arsonists. Three of them were just arrested. Another problem is aging transformers. We have had a number of the explode here recently and they typically start fires. The secondary transformer across for my mother's house is seriously rusted and it's only a matter of time. California's biggest threats is state insolvency and our power infrastructure. Sacramento would rather spend it on the booty train, impose fire fees and raise taxes.

Comment: Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (Score 1) 578

by BravoZuluM (#46474821) Attached to: White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Except that it isn't a few hundred $ a month. I went online to discover what it would cost me to replace my current employer's plan with an "equivalent" Covered CA plan, The cost was almost $19k a year or $1500 a month. My company sends a yearly statement regarding the value of my benefits. They priced it at $18k. The year before, it was 11k. BTW, my very large company had been conducting clandestine layoffs at the highest levels. I'm pretty sure they can thank Obamacare for that gift.

Comment: Re:Google's Aura (Score 1) 240

by BravoZuluM (#46465001) Attached to: Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome

The incompetent lawyers hire the additional incompetent lawyers. It was hell just getting our lawyers to understand that ftping source over the network through open source routers and servers did not make the transmitted code open source. The name LGPL needs to be changed so that the letters "GPL" does not appear in the acronym. Our lawyers screech, "GPL! GPL!" "Uh no, it's LGPL" "But it's GPL!" Our lawyers are fine with the BSD license so maybe we can call it the LBSD license. :-)

Our lawyers, quashing innovation one bad decision at a time.

+ - Anti-Polygraph Instructor Targeted by Feds Goes Public 1

Submitted by George Maschke
George Maschke (699175) writes "Last year, the McClatchy newspaper group reported on a federal criminal investigation into individuals offering instruction on how to pass polygraph tests. The ongoing investigation, dubbed "Operation Lie Busters," has serious free speech implications, and one of the two men known to have been targeted is presently serving an 8-month prison term. The other, Doug Williams, himself a former police polygrapher, has this week for the first time gone public with the story of federal agents' February 2013 raid on his office and home. Williams, who has not been charged with a crime but remains in legal jeopardy, is selling his story in an e-book. Public interest website AntiPolygraph.org (which I co-founded) has published a synopsis."

+ - Ask Slashdot: Copyleft, permissive license, or something else?

Submitted by Jason Baker
Jason Baker (3502325) writes "It may be an age-old discussion, but whether to choose a copyleft license, a permissive license, or something in the middle is still a hot topic of discussion. There's certainly a philosophical argument to be made for going with copyleft, but sometimes, the complications just aren't worth it. Philosophy aside, permissive licenses just seem simpler to use. Time is a precious comodity, and writing code is just more fun than spend time figuring out the complex licensing chains that are sometimes attached to copyleft projects. How do you balance the demands of time versus philosophical purity?"

+ - With No Guidance from Google, Makers Creating Own Glass Accessories->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Google remains tight-lipped about its roadmap for Google Glass, and its population of early-adopter "Explorers" remains small. Nonetheless, a growing collection of engineers, designers, and artists are creating their own accessories and add-ons for Glass — some of them useful, others totally whimsical. For example, there's Brooklyn designer Todd Blatt, who's relying on a 3D printer to churn out Glass accessories such as tiny flower-pots and pencil holders (not so useful) as well as a plastic camera cover (useful, at least for anyone in the vicinity who likes their privacy). Small firms such as GPOP and Remotte are likewise exploring how to best skin, dangle, screw, and attach hardware to Glass that makes it operate in whole new ways. (The avenues for exploration have opened up with the second generation of Google Glass, which includes a small screw in the right arm that can double as a mounting point for new tech.) Google seems to have no choice but to let this growing ecosystem thrive, even if some of the modifications (such as camera covers) don't necessarily suit its interests. But will the company actually say something about it?"
Link to Original Source

+ - What Was Behind the Sudden Spike in Indonesian Internet Attacks?

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "In the second quarter of 2013, Internet traffic-routing specialists at Akamai noticed something unusual: The amount of attack traffic originating from Indonesian IP addresses had jumped significantly, making that country the world's top source of attack traffic. But three months later, it dropped off just as quick, putting Indonesia back at No. 2 behind usual leader China. Akamai doesn't offer any speculation why this might have happened, but it's interesting to note that Indonesian attacks target the WWW and SSL ports far more than malicious traffic routed from other countries."

+ - Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

Submitted by SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "We are less than a month away from seeing the first ever Tizen smartphone from Samsung. The leaked image points towards Feb 24th launch date at MWC 2014 in Barcelona. The phone design is very similar to Galaxy phones, while the UI reminds us of Windows Phone 8 . Samsung is also the world's top smartphone vendor, so it has all the chances of developing a mobile OS of its own, what do you think?"

Comment: Re:GTK+ is standalone (Score 4, Informative) 282

by BravoZuluM (#45976485) Attached to: Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

How is this insightful? GTK guys modding this up? FUD. Qt is not written in some weird dialect. Where'd you pull that factoid from? I compile QT all over the place, Windows, Mac, LInux and embedded Linux using the VS C++ compile or gcc. On each of those platforms, it works VERY well. It's cross platform; more so than any other framework/language I've worked with. Qt apps look like Windows apps on Windows, Mac apps on Mac, Linux apps on Linux (if there really is such a thing)

Comment: Re: $5000 gets you... (Score 2) 196

by BravoZuluM (#45122097) Attached to: Cadillac Unveils Pricier Alternative To Tesla Model S

There is NO fixed RPM engine that can convert the energy from gasoline to electricity more effectively than just driving a gas engine. The electricity from the Volt must come from from the grid, or in my case, solar panels to be cost effective. There is a conversion loss of ~30% when the electricity is sent to the wheels and then another 30% when you re-gen. The Volt gets ~36 mpg if you feed it gas alone. That's not a bad number but you can do better with other fuel cars, like a Volkswagen Jetta.

I own two Volts. I have two charging stations at home. My driving situation is that I get about ~40 miles per charge. Several times, I have gotten 60 miles out of a charge that was situational. Mechanically, the Volt seems to be very sound. With the exception of the center console electronics, everything is top notch.

An earlier poster compared the new Cadillac to an old Cimarron, My Volt, from 0-50 will smoke 95% of the vehicles out there. Electric motors don't have a torque curve, they have a torque line from 0 RPMs to 15000 RPMs in the Volt's case. I don't know this to be the case, but if they upped the battery bank, the Cadillac could have even faster take off than the Volt.

At work, we have chargers, again driven by renewable energy. My Volt was backed into the spot and right next to is, was a Tesla Model S. The front ends are remarkably similar. The back end of the Volt is nice. I find my Volt visually appealing with the exception of the black plastic body trim. But it is acceptable

The point is that electric cars can work, but you have to be in a position to make use of it.

Comment: Then it should be applied across board... (Score 1) 288

by BravoZuluM (#45070135) Attached to: Red Cross Wants Consequences For Video-Game Mayhem

Films should at all times should add scenes which show the consequences of those serious violations. Songs should at all times have a chorus that show the consequences of those serious violations. Books same thing. Of course, the media will get quickly boring when they are forced to follow a recipe.
 
I think that system has been tried...in socialist and communist countries. It seems that people are voting with their money. Games like GTA are fulfilling a need, or it would not sell.

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