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Comment: Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 78

by mi (#49550583) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Few people have the space for so many panels to run their house on them — even if the problem of storing it were solved. From MIT:

Imagine that your house uses 48 kWh of electricity per day (about average). If you live in Arizona, where the average solar insolation per year is around 6 kWh/meters squared/day, you’ll need 53 square meters (574 sq ft) of 15% efficient solar panels. If you spend the extra money for 21% efficient solar panels, then you’ll only need 38 square meters (409 sq ft) of solar panels. But if you try to power the same sized house in Vermont, where the average solar insolation per year is around 4 kWh/meters squared/day, you’ll need 80 square meters (861 sq ft) of 15% efficient solar panels and 57 square meters (615 sq ft) of the 21% efficient ones.

And 48kWh, which is cited above as "about average", means, no home-servers running 24x7 (about 200Watts*24h=4.8kWh — or 10% more than the estimate — per server), no super-duper Christmas lights, and other limitations...

No, electricity companies are better positioned to produce electricity. And, truth be told, they should be using these wonder-batteries to store electricity during the night so they wouldn't have to charge more during the day. If only we had them properly competing with each other...

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 1) 159

by mi (#49550515) Attached to: Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password

He did not say "more often".

In the below context, the qualifier "more" is implied and does not need to be explicitly mentioned to convey the implication:

The problem is that in real life, often the people who think they are right and good actually aren't,

Because people make all sorts of mistakes "often" — and that is not worth mentioning. So, if you mention it, you are implying, that a particular mistake happens more often than others.

some cops wanting their boots licked.

Neah, they are all busy chasing you over your truancy.

What would you consider to be an acceptable error rate in this situation?

I did not express any opinion of my own on the "acceptable" rates or actions in this thread. I'm just pointing out the discrepancy between our condemnation of fictitious vs. real police (and military).

A discrepancy, that, strangely enough, does not exist (or is not as big) in our disapproval of other things — like on-screen sexism or racism.

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 0) 159

by mi (#49549321) Attached to: Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password

We must burn all the Three Stooges reels!

Three Stooges are not offered as role-models. Viewer is invited to laugh at them, not be inspired by them.

And Tom and Jerry? My god!

Actually, my collection of Looney Tunes came with a video-clip by Woopy Goldberg apologizing on behalf of Warner Brothers for the "racism" and "stereotypes", which, according to her, "were wrong then and are wrong now", but, nevertheless, "are part of Americana"...

Funny, how Django had no such disclaimers and apologies over portraying the two good guys as head-hunters sniping from afar at innocent people for money. (Kinda vindicates our Dear Leader's policies, but I digress...)

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 0) 159

by mi (#49549287) Attached to: Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password

The problem is that in real life, often the people who think they are right and good actually aren't, they torture the wrong person, and there are unintended consequences.

But not in the case described in TFA — the threatened man really was a drug-dealer, and they did get the necessary info out of him.

Now, do you have statistics to back up your implication, that in real life police are more often wrong than right?

Note, that I am not saying, it justifies the miscreants in TFA. But you seem to...

Comment: Re:Windows !!! (Score 5, Insightful) 71

by Shakrai (#49548841) Attached to: Buggy Win 95 Code Almost Wrecked Stuxnet Campaign

Why they didn't use Linux, BSD, even the Russia or RedFlag version ?

Ask Siemens. They designed the equipment the Iranians are using and wrote most of the control software to operate in a Windows environment. Not that it would have mattered, once you've got an agency with the resources of CIA or Mossad after you it's only a matter of time before they find a way in. Linux is not proof against malware delivered via HUMINT assets.

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 1) 159

by mi (#49548567) Attached to: Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password

They get away with lots of things in movies that are not acceptable in real life.

Sorry, I fail to see, how mere racism or sexism can lead to a boycott, while abuse of a suspect gets a pass. And not just once either!

Likewise, if Captain Steven Hiller — Will Smith's character in Independence Day — can be a hero despite beating and otherwise abusing a prisoner, the morons of Abu Ghraib have their excuse...

The real life vs. fiction may explain the legal responsibility, but the moral condemnation of such actions should not be any different between the real and imaginary worlds.

Comment: Beating is for wussies (Score 1) 159

by mi (#49548525) Attached to: Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password

Drug him and beat him with a $5 wrench until he tells us the password

XKCD did not invent it — the method is known as rubberhose cryptoanalis for ages — unlike wrench, a hose is less likely to leave visible marks.

But beating is for wussies — and drugging is completely gratuitous. The real men of the wonderful entity lovingly referred to as "Russkiy Mir" (Pax Russiana) use the swifter variation known as thermorectal cryptanalysis.

It does not have to involve any beating and requires a $5 soldering iron. I'll leave the details to your imagination...

Comment: Done in movies... (Score 5, Insightful) 159

by mi (#49548423) Attached to: Allegation: Philly Cops Leaned Suspect Over Balcony To Obtain Password

I remember it being done in a few movies — by the good guys — without anybody in the audience cringing. Nor do I remember any calls to boycott a movie over such things.

So, if popular culture approves of and encourages it, can't blame the cops too much for doing it despite it being merely illegal...

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