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Comment: Music has been about tech for decades (Score 1) 158

by thogard (#49780317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

Most popular music was a result in changes in technology that allowed for new sounds. Elvis and The Beetles couldn't have made their sound a decade before due to differences in the technology of microphones, recording and playback equipment. The same is true for many of the groups that produced top hits and most major groups in the last 9 decades had a tehcnological edge over the music they replaced.

Comment: Tech stock inflation is very simple (Score 1) 107

by thogard (#49771745) Attached to: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble?

Its like trying to buy a gift and you only have one shop open and you need something for a party in 10 minutes, so what ever you buy will suck.

There are a group of stock traders that have the problem that they have to spend $1,000,000,000 this week because another billion will come in next week and they told a bunch of suckers that they only invest in high gain, high risk stocks. There simply isn't anything left for them to buy that is a good buy so they pick some ramdon tech stocks and pour the money in.

Comment: Re:Root cause = speed over security (Score 1) 71

by thogard (#49740597) Attached to: 'Logjam' Vulnerability Threatens Encrypted Connections

There are things that can be done and things that shouldn't. For example there is a byte table of sines in MD5 that help scramble bits. If you scramble that table at all then you have a hash that is as strong as MD5 but unique as if someone tacks on a 2^2048 extra seed. It also keeps off the shelf hardware from trying your hash.

If you do the same thing with the DES S-boxes you can end up with a cryto that is so weak you might be able to decrypt it by inspection.

Comment: Re:Stupid reasoning. (Score 2) 1093

by CRC'99 (#49731179) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour the short term.

The other option is to effectively reduce wages by not increasing them for CPI etc and have no customers to purchase any of your products....

Meanwhile, tax avoidance is rife in the corporate world - which leads to much less tax revenue for Governments, which leads to a degradation of society and loss of services that benefit society.

So, you have the question of everyone losing out, or start with more at the bottom to allow people to actually spend money on goods and services - which actually works. Trickle down economics has shown exactly how it works - or more like doesn't work.

Comment: Stupid reasoning. (Score 4, Insightful) 1093

by CRC'99 (#49731055) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

I love seeing this crap in American articles. "Oh Noes! If we pay people more, it will cost businesses more!"

Lets look at this for a second.... Who are a businesses customers? Hint: It's the people who get paid a wage. These people get more money, more businesses get more customers. More customers mean more sales. More sales means more profits.

Is it really that hard to grasp that concept?

Comment: Icky water? (Score 2) 278

This works so well on cruise ships as hardly anyone ever gets sick on those. A tiny hole in a filter membrane is huge to bactera and viruses.

Lots of people are worried about bacteria but 99% of the bacteria on the planet doesn't like humans and is safe to consume. The bacteria that lives with humans or comes out of humans is what will kill people.

Then there are prions which will pass through these filters which is why the systems that don't concentrate diseases always have a large natural buffer that is full of creatures that mess with whatever manages to get pass the sewage treatment systems. The places that are talking about bypassing a large natural reserve is asking for trouble. A large lake or a river have plenty of life that will kill off most of the nasty things but if that cycle is short circuted, there are plenty of things that survie in fairly pure water for days or weeks.

With the cost of deslinating water, it makes more sense to use ocean water than water with too high of human waste and the health risks are far lower as well.

Comment: Copays? How about cash price? (Score 2) 78

by thogard (#49605051) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

When you try to get a prescription filled in a pharmacy they take your ID and insurance card and send that off to your insurance company. If you have a prescription for something simple and cheap like penicillin that cost say $3 the conversation looks something like this:
Pharmacy (to insurance co): Joe Sucker gave me a $25 co pay card for penicillin.
InsCo: Tell him that it is $30 and you now owe us $22.
Pharmacy to Joe: You owe us $25.

If Joe had asked cash price, the conversation would have been:
Pharmacy (to Joe): That will be $3.
Joe: But I have a $25 co pay
Pharmacy: Do you want to pay $3 or $25?

Comment: Re:Tesla battery also far larger than needed (Score 1) 334

by thogard (#49573901) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Then you are neither the problem nor the solution.

Oddly enough though, I am the market.

I expect my numbers are right on the sweet spot for a 10 kWh system. Large battery systems should help but most of the rest of the costs will scale linearly with maybe a 10% drop at 4 times the size.

So if the numbers don't really make sense for you, imagine how stupid they are for me?

My power generator will sell me power for $.025 a kwh under a contract. The rest of the $.22 is the grid, billing system, peak cost overruns and taxes so I don't see this a an electricty generation problem but more of a middleman problem and those tend to get worse as time goes on. I expact that since the grid goes past the house that in 30 years I'll get an electricty bill for about $100/mo (in todays dollars) even if I'm not cnnected.

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