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Comment: Re:Thank Greeks and Microsoft for your iWatches! (Score 1) 41

You do realize that these systems are connected to the Internet? The same Internet that everyone else is connected to. The fact that the server is in the middle of the ocean is irrelevant. As is the fact (true enough) that a significant fraction of commercial shipping is run by Greek firms.

I suppose it being in Greek might be an example of security by obscurity, but it's just TCP/IP and the same Microsoft code that everyone else uses.

Comment: Re:Not exactly a hack (Score 3, Interesting) 78

by ColdWetDog (#49605567) Attached to: Hacking the US Prescription System

Your pharmacist has sold your prescription data to some shady third party for advertising purposes. Somehow they managed to loophole that out of HIPAA - it's a 'service' for your own good - or something along those hallucinatory lines.

Supposedly you can opt out but you first have to know if you got opted in.

I'm actually surprised that this hasn't generated much flack, but there are so many things to get angsted at I think that most people are just overwhelmed. Personally, I ran out of extra angst a long time ago.

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 506

by ColdWetDog (#49604015) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

While I don't hold myself out as an expert in rack mounted UPS systems, I can safely say that APC is pretty bad after tossing a bunch of them out shortly after they're purchased.

I have found the folks at Don Rowe helpful for power inverter stuff. In my case for marine applications. I really like the KISAE inverters / UPS - have three of them that have been running for over a year in some fairly tough conditions.

But there has to be a better professional vendor than APC. Even their mid range stuff is put together like typical Chinese consumer electronics. The KISAE units are much better finished and have beefier PCB boards, mountings and hardware.

Comment: Re:If 39% is "good science" (Score 1) 173

There's no grant money available from government for that. It's only available (in huge quantities) for supporting the paradigm. Strange but true.

I rather thought that energy companies had a few extra dollars running around. Exxon's 2014 revenue was over 400 billion. Surely they could fund a few studies all by themselves.

Comment: Re:Uh, only doubled? (Score 5, Insightful) 160

by ColdWetDog (#49590919) Attached to: US Switches Air Traffic Control To New Computer System

So how does a 40 year old computer system get replaced and only doubles the number of flights capable of being tracked?

How about this concept: Maybe that is all that they set it up for. The rate limiting step of the Airway Traffic Control system just might be somewhere else so there would be no need to do anything else.

I do find it concerning that the system comprises of 'two million lines of code'. Last time I heard that metric was "Jurassic Park". And we know how well that turned out.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman