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Comment: Re:That's unchecked capitalism for you (Score 1) 361

by Carewolf (#48466153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Then the answer is having a couple of military in full battle dress holding guns to the heads of the CEO.

Yes I said heads. One gun pressed into the forehead, the other a shotgun jammed into his junk. The marines must YELL at full volume all the time at him.

I hate to say ths, but that is no way to treat a private business. If you want to command them around, maybe you should buy/nationalize them instead of threating them.


Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places? 361

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-not,-the-power-company-just-hates-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes: I live in a relatively large college town that's within easy driving distance of several major metropolitan centers. In many ways, the infrastructure around here is top-notch. The major exception is the electrical grid. Lightning storm? Power outage. Heavy winds? Power outage. Lots of rain? Power outage. Some areas around town are immune to this — like around the hospital, for obvious reasons. But others seem to lose power at the drop of hat. Why is this? If it were a tiny village or in the middle of nowhere, it would make sense to me. What problems do the utility companies face that they can't keep service steady? Do you deal with a lot of outages where you live? I'm not sure if it's just an investment issue or a technological one. It hasn't gotten better in the decade I've lived here, and I can imagine it will only get worse as the infrastructure ages.

Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines 83

Posted by Soulskill
from the who-needs-keyword-search dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today unveiled some of the new search features coming to Firefox. The company says the new additions are "coming soon to a Firefox near you" but didn't give a more specific timeline. The news comes less than a week after Mozilla struck a deal with Yahoo to replace Google as the default search engine in its browser for U.S. users. At the time, the company said a new search experience was coming in December, so we're betting the search revamp will come with the release of Firefox 34, which is currently in beta. In the future release, when you type a search term into the Firefox search box, you will get a list of reorganized search suggestions from the default search provider. Better yet, a new array of buttons below these suggestions will let you pick which search engine you want to send the query to.

Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 292

by Carewolf (#48462807) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

I'm also talking from a position that can be backed up by a large amount of both theory and data. The data cannot show that the universe is infinitely extended, but it very definitely does not say that it *isn't* infinitely extended,

You are talking religion, I am talking science. The scientific universe, the universe we can observe and interact with is finite, anything beyond what can ever theorically be observed might be infinite, but it is also not scientific and pointless to discuss.

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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven 177

Posted by timothy
from the not-quite-on-the-money dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from The Guardian: "Internet companies are allowing their networks to be used to plot "murder and mayhem", David Cameron has said in response to the official inquiry into the intelligence agencies' actions ahead of the killing of Lee Rigby. He demanded that internet companies live up to their social responsibilities to report potential terror threats and said there was no reason for such firms to be willing to cooperate with state agencies over child abuse but not over combatting terrorism. His comments to the House of Commons came after the parliamentary intelligence and security committee concluded that the brutal murder of Rigby could have been prevented if an internet company had passed on an online exchange in which one of the killers expressed "in the most graphic terms" his intention to carry out an Islamist jihadi attack.

Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 292

by Carewolf (#48456719) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

No, it's definitely false. Current data strong favours a universe that is flat (ie infinite), while it only narrowly supports a universe that is open (ie infinite and shaped like a foliation of saddles), and only slightly better favours a universe that is closed (ie finite and shaped like a foliation of spheres.)

You are talking about the potential size of the universe, a flat universe would continue to expand into infinitity, but like any number on the line of numbers going to infinite, and the current universe is finite.


Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack 151

Posted by Soulskill
from the try-long-enough-and-you-find-a-soft-target dept.
MojoKid writes: It appears that Sony Pictures has become the victim of a massive ransomware hack, which has resulted in the company basically shutting down its IT infrastructure. According to an unnamed source, every computer in Sony's New York Office, and every Sony Pictures office across the nation, bears an image from the hacker with the headline "Hacked By #GOP" which is then followed by a warning. The hacker, or group, claims to have obtained corporate secrets and has threatened to reveal those secrets if Sony doesn't meet their demands.

Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her 182

Posted by samzenpus
from the looking-for-love-in-all-the-wrong-places dept.
jenningsthecat writes A happily married Ontario woman was shocked and dismayed last January to discover that she had an active account with dating site Mari Sherkin saw a pop-up ad on Facebook for Zoosk, but wasn't interested, so she "clicked on the X to close it. At least I thought I did." She immediately began to receive messages from would-be Zoosk suitors in her Facebook mailbox. When she had a look on Zoosk she was horrified to find a dating profile with her Facebook picture, name, and postal code. Zoosk denies ever setting up profiles in this way, yet their terms of service explicitly allow them to do it, and there are apparently several Facebook pages with complaints of similar occurrences.

Comment: Re: UPS (Score 1) 229

by Carewolf (#48445001) Attached to: What is your computer most often plugged into?

Nope nope.
Not how it works, unlikely to happen anyway but don't spread your BS around that a 1000V or more surge would only take out the power supply.

Yes it is, with modern PSU. I have seen old systems that fried everything when they failed (1990), but one of the roles of modern power supplies is surge protection. Besides these days they can take anywhere from 100W to 300W as part of their standard operation because they make them identical for all markets, and if you have over a 1000W surge, you are having a lightning strike, no electronic on the path of the lightning will survive a strike, the only way to avoid that is lightning rods that takes the path away from the power net.

Surge protectors for computers are snake oil, or maybe rather monster cables at this point.

Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 495

by Carewolf (#48438115) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

It's more subtle than that. Better paying jobs are more likely to go to men, so a women with similar qualifications and experience is likely, on average, to earn less than a man. It's easy to fix too, just make the jobs more accessible to female candidates. Obviously you still hire the best candidate, it's not about favouritism.

For example, a lot of well paying jobs are found through networking. If most of your current employees are male and network with other males, you are less likely to get female candidates applying or head hunted. All you need to do to correct that is to make an effort to network with women, and maybe ask some of the women in your company to put the word out. It benefits you because you have a wider pool of talent to pick from. It's actually dumb not to do it.

There is also bias at the hiring stage that can be eliminated. Some managers don't want to hire women because they worry that they will go on maternity leave or quit completely if they get pregnant. That one is harder to deal with, but does again exclude good candidates and diversity from the company.

How would that help tech companies to hire female tech talent that does not exist?

How do you suggest we get around the problem of companies trying to hire equally in a field that women dispite heavy positive discrimination on their behalf choose not to enter?

Comment: Re:In Order To Meet Contract Obligations (Score 1) 76

in order to meet "obligations under a contract"

Coming soon from ISPs: Legalese buried deep in your contract with them that essentially states "We [the ISP] have the contractual obligation to muck with any website as we see fit whenever we want to do so."

They're contractually obligated to slow down your Netflix speeds because they really wanted to and the contract means they are now obligated to slow down Netflix.

Yeah. The idea is not bad, but that is how it would end unless they demand it to be very explicit. Basically this is how everybody already sells fixed phone lines. The phone lines have a reserved bandwidth that can't be used by the internet though it uses the same line of copper or fiber, but that bandwidth is not advertised as part of the internet connection. I think if it is fine that they can do all kinds of crazy things, they just can't call it internet or broadband and can't advertise bandwidth not treated neutrally as part of their broadband offering.

Comment: Re:Also in iBooks (Score 1) 103

But there can still be in-book purchases.

Pay $1.99 at the end of chapter 10 or the author kills off your favourite character.

Which is why the extra label below warning about in-app purchaces is a good idea. Still haven't seen that with books though, but if they keep getting away with it elsewhere it is just a matter of time.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein