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Comment Earthrise (Score 2) 86

Interesting to see how many shots they took of the famous "Earthrise" photo. A dozen shots ruined by something in the foreground blurring parts of the picture, and the sequence with the Earth actually rising blown by not pointing the camera in the right direction. Now I feel better about my photography.

Comment Re:Millennials and "codes of conduct". (Score 1) 214

> I have a feeling that the annoyance felt by the existing generations when they view the generations below them stems from those younger generations being not part of the established mindset of those of the older generation

And I remember this in the 1960's. The 1970's. The 1980's. The 1990's. And from Shakespeare's writing, it certainly dates back to the European Middle Ages.

Is there anything surprising about this?

Comment Re:Soda is TOO expensive (Score 1) 412

Price was what first drove me away. Price does affect purchasing decisions. does damp down the desire for mildly addictive substances. Works for cigarettes and alcohol.

Improved health is a nice bonus, and now, having learned how unhealthy refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup is, I wouldn't take soda even if it was free. Ironically, many of these drinks were originally promoted for their health effects. Coke was created for pain relief. Carbonation itself was thought to have good effects on health.

Comment Re:What he should have done ... (Score 2) 307

What most people are missing is that they don't need a warrant because you're outside the U.S. wanting in. Supreme Court cases have established that U.S. Constitutional protections apply only to people (both citizens and non-citizens, including illegal immigrants) on U.S. soil. Once you're outside the U.S., all bets are off even if you're a U.S. citizen. That's why Bush built a prison in Guantanamo Bay - that's Cuban soil, not U.S., so prisoners there wouldn't be protected by that pesky Constitution. (The SCotUS eventually decided that because of the degree of control the U.S. had over the base, it was effectively U.S. soil and the prisoners there did have Constitutional protections. At which point the prison camps operated in Iraq and Afghanistan by the U.S. military were turned over to those countries.)

I agree that confiscating his laptop and phone and holding them ransom until he disclosed his password is morally wrong and our agents shouldn't be behaving that way. But until you've been admitted into the U.S., you have very few legal protections no matter who you are.

Comment Re:A very obvious statement (Score 1) 141

If you put any thought into this at all, you realize it is a massive conspiracy.

I reached the opposite conclusion. The EPA has been investigating this since early 2014, and asked VW to address the problem then. VW issued a recall for a software update to attempt to "fix" the problem in Dec 2014. Now, if it's a massive conspiracy, and they knew the EPA was investigating precisely this issue, wouldn't that software update have been the perfect time to erase the defeat device and cover up any evidence that they had been cheating?

Then look at how VW announced they'd been cheating. First they said 480,000 cars in the U.S. were affected. Then a few days later they said 11 million cars worldwide were affected. If this were a massive conspiracy, shouldn't they have known from the beginning that 11 million cars worldwide were affected and announced that on the first day? Instead, their announcements are consistent with a company where most of the management didn't know they were cheating, and it took them a couple days to audit code put into engines outside of the U.S. to confirm they were also affected.

It all points to very few people or almost nobody at VW knowing about this, until it was found and they knew what to look for.

Other automakers add expensive, space consuming devices to eliminate NO pollution. These is no way a single programmer could have made a change and all the engineers would go "Look, we don't need all the extra hardware, it passes the test!"

You're assuming the NOx-reducing devices are necessary to comply with emissions standards. The fact that these engines were able to pass the emissions tests clearly proves that assumption is false. We're not talking about a binary no device = fail test, device present = pass test situation. A diesel engine without a urea injection system can pass the NOx tests with a certain level of engine performance. The urea injection system allows higher engine performance while keeping NOx emissions the same.

Lots of people would notice immediately during the design phase.

Again, you're assuming the default engine state was to pair it with a urea injection system, and lots of people wouldn't noticed during the design phase when an engine without it produces nearly the same power as an engine with it. But the default engine state is to not have the system. Unless they also used the exact same engine model in a car with a urea injection system, there wouldn't have been a comparison which they could refer to to notice the urea wasn't helping the engine's output or reducing the emissions. It wouldn't have been obvious at all that the engine was producing more output "than it should have" at a given emissions level.

Comment Re:will they "cost no more to" buy? (Score 2) 170

Gas as energy for cooking and heating has even worse future outcomes (except for power generation due to the polluting nature of coal ie coal dies first, then oil and then gas).

Have you even done any calculations for how much energy is consumed by cooking and heating? My home has a gas stove, gas water heater, and gas heater. During summer my consumption is about 7 therms, which is equivalent to about 205 kWh (my bill is about $15). During winter it's about 10x that.

Using a solar constant of 800 Watts and 22% efficiency panels, 1 square meter of panels will generate 176 Watts peak. Multiply by the average (fixed) PV solar capacity factor for the U.S. of 0.145 and 1 square meter of panels will generate 25.52 Watts on average. Multiply by 730 hours/month and you get 18.63 kWh per month from 1 m^2 of panels.

In other words, just to cover my cooking and water heating needs in summer, I'd need 11 m^2 of solar panels. During winter, I'd need 10x that, or 110 m^2 of solar panels, or about 150 m^2 after factoring in batteries with a combined charge/discharge efficiency of 0.7-0.75. Unlike cooking and showering, I mostly want the house to be heated when the sun isn't up.

We have a long, long way to go before PV solar has any hope of replacing gas for heating.

Comment Re:Bad signs for a long time (Score 1) 55

And on a similar subject, they announced they weren't interested in deploying VoLTE, yet. A perfect opportunity to get people off their legacy 3G network, so they don't have to spend money upgrading it and can focus on LTE, and they say no, folks should keep on making calls over the old 3G network.

Agree with the other stuff, but technically Sprint was the first carrier with VoLTE (or VoIP). They inked a deal with Google several years back where your Sprint phone number became your Google Voice number. Unfortunately the support stopped there. It was PITA to get Google Voice working in Android back then, and I gave up after trying it for a few hours. When Google integrated Google Voice with Hangouts, that's when the magic that should've happened a couple years prior finally happened - I could make and receive calls over IP networks (wifi, LTE, the occasional 3G network with enough bandwidth) using my Sprint number over Hangouts.

Anyway, that's probably why they said they weren't interested in deploying VoLTE. Because technically they already had it, it just wasn't seamless with your phone's regular dialer.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 2, Insightful) 298

So is it really a "hit piece" to tell what happened, and put it in proper context?

The facts may be right, but the context it presents seems suspect. AFAIK HP never made its own MP3 player. If the presented context were correct, HP would've made one as soon as their contractual prohibition with Apple expired in 2006. That doesn't seem to have happened.

So the proper context is probably that HP didn't want to make an MP3 player, but they wanted to keep their name recognition up in the MP3 player market just in case they were wrong and it took off. So they inked a deal with the most successful MP3 player maker. And they tricked Jobs into giving additional concessions by agreeing not to build their own MP3 player - something they weren't planning on doing anyway.

If that's what happened, in retrospect HP did the smart thing. The MP3 player market died when phones picked up music playback capability. So HP came out ahead by never devoting resources to developing an MP3 player. Of course they totally missed the boat on smartphones, even though they used to be one of the leaders in the PDA market.

Comment Re:how will you verify? (Score 2) 337

> Amazingly simple solution: the H1b they bring in has to meet the same qualifications they listed. If they are willing to accept a lesser candidate, they have to re-list and go through their US applicants first with the lowered requirements before they can hire the H1b.

You've apparently not been paying attention to just how the H1B's are hired. The wonderful presention in 2007 about how to hire a cheap H1B instead of an expensive American revealed a number of fascinating tricks, all still in use, used to avoid hiring expensive Americans.


Comment Re:Where do I sign up ... (Score 1) 75

I would rather have something that auto-updates for me.

If this was merely a worm (it's not malware) that did a one-time-patch and went on its way, that isn't as useful as something that keeps itself updated and fetches useful router kernel patch upgrades by itself on a regular basis.

I already do this in my desktop Linux systems. Why can't I have it in my DSL modem/router? (yes, DSL. Fairpoint sucks.)


Comment Re:This author clearly is a Google marketroid (Score 1) 138

[Calibre is a] Windows ebook viewer.

No, Calibre is a cross platform viewer.

Welcome to fizsh, the friendly interactive zshell
Type man fizsh for instructions on how to use fizsh
bmo@ubuntu ~> apt-cache search calibre
calibre - e-book converter and library management
calibre-bin - e-book converter and library management
bmo@ubuntu ~> uname -a
Linux ubuntu 3.13.0-65-lowlatency #105-Ubuntu SMP PREEMPT Mon Sep 21 20:49:52 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
bmo@ubuntu ~>

Fuck you.


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