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Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 187

by sjames (#49178209) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

I guess you don't know how the grid actually works. It does NOT involve running wires directly from the generator to some distant location. Again, I don't know that much about how it's set up in the UK, but physics there is the same as in the US. In the US, electricity is often sold across multiple states (easily far enough to reach another country in Europe). even when it's generated with fossil fuels. Since losing money isn't a popular hobby, I would have to say it makes economic sense.

Comment: Two part problem (Score 1) 534

by sjames (#49178161) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

It's a problem in two parts, but what it really comes down to is that when you double click, you don't actually know if data will be viewed or a program will execute. Is it REALLY a surprise to anyone that that's a gamble you will lose sooner or later?

Fundamentally, having the same action mean more than one thing is asking for trouble. There needs to be one action to open and another to execute.

Next, the icons themselves should indicate an executable even if it does not end in .EXE. Some sort of emblem should take care of it.

+ - Scientists Create Artificial Sunlight Real Enough To Trick the Brain 1

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Navanshu Agarwal writes that Italian scientists have developed an artificial LED sunlight system that looks just like real daylight streaming through a skylight. The LED skylight uses a thin coating of nanoparticles to recreate the effect that makes the sky blue, known as Rayleigh Scattering that doesn’t just light up a room but produces the texture and feel of sunlight. Paolo Di Trapani, one of the scientists who worked on the device believes that the skylight will allow developers of the future to not just build up, but also far down below the ground- without any of the dinginess that currently keeps us above ground.

CoeLux hopes to treat seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Each year, some 10 million Americans, mostly women, find themselves sinking into a heavy malaise during the wintertime. CoeLux hopes its LED bulbs, which create the illusion of infinitely tall, bright blue skies, will help trick the brains of people with SAD, ridding them of their blues."

Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 187

by sjames (#49177479) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

How does this excess electricity get to non-local consumers? There is significant line loss over long distances and the grid has to have the capacity to carry it.

Given that the grid exists and power is sold on it now, it stands to reason that it can be done in an economically sound manner. Otherwise it wouldn't exist.

Comment: Re:Secure is now illegal (Score 1) 197

While there may be information in this instance we don't have access to, on it's face there is no reason whatsoever to believe the datacenter knew what the customer was storing. They generally don't unless it is specifically pointed out.

Too many of these investigations are way too close to the old witch trial where they toss you in the river and if you drown you're innocent (but dead) and if you float you're a witch so they burn you. It's about as logical as seeing if they weigh the same as a duck.

Comment: Re:Morale of the Story (Score 1) 211

Those things always have fuzzy lines. Most likely the standard would be if a reasonable person might expect the expenditure to further the goal (answer, yes). Buying a Ferrari for the CEO certainly is not but hiring a software developer for a product that needs software clearly is a reasonable step.

If it gives you some idea how liberally the courts interpret those things, look at the various boards paying huge salaries and 'performance' bonuses to CEOs during bad years that don't get buried in shareholder suits.

But not to stray too far from the point, that language and other notices in the FAQs that they are not a store tend to show that their intent is not to be a mail (or web) order business. In fact they specifically state that they are not.

Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 187

by sjames (#49176581) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Why 6 times a day? Why would an industrial user care how many times a day as long as the duty cycle is adequate? Given the equal spacing of events, many of the low points in production would be in the middle of the night when demand is low.

If you'll note the terms I listed for residential a/c, that's potentially more than 6 a day.

In addition, when supply is high and local demand is low, they could always sell the excess.

Comment: Re:Morale of the Story (Score 1) 211

You just proved you're one of those people who didn't read. I quote (same page, a couple graphs down from yours):

If a creator is unable to complete their project and fulfill rewards, they’ve failed to live up to the basic obligations of this agreement. To right this, they must make every reasonable effort to find another way of bringing the project to the best possible conclusion for backers. A creator in this position has only remedied the situation and met their obligations to backers if:

  • they post an update that explains what work has been done, how funds were used, and what prevents them from finishing the project as planned;
  • they work diligently and in good faith to bring the project to the best possible conclusion in a timeframe that’s communicated to backers; they’re able to demonstrate that they’ve used funds appropriately and made every reasonable effort to complete the project as promised;
  • they’ve been honest, and have made no material misrepresentations in their communication to backers; and
  • they offer to return any remaining funds to backers who have not received their reward (in proportion to the amounts pledged), or else explain how those funds will be used to complete the project in some alternate form.

That's it for the remedies, make best effort, look for alternatives, say what went wrong and how the money was spent, and offer to return whatever is left. They've done all of that.

Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 187

by sjames (#49176133) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

I don't know about the UK, but in the US MANY manufacturers make such arrangements with their power provider, including interruptable service that can go down at will.

They typically connect the interruptable feed to large freezers that can coast for days on thermal mass without harm. It is usually done to shave the peaks.

It's not that uncommon in datacenters. In that case, there are contractual limits on how often it can go down and how long at a time.

It's also fairly common for residential customers to agree to an interrupter on their A/C in exchange for a modest bit significant discount. Last time I saw an agreement for that, power could be cut for up to 30 minutes at a time with not less than 30 minutes power on following.

+ - You Can Now Easily Send Encrypted Texts to Anyone, and the NSA Is Gonna Hate It->

Submitted by sarahnaomi
sarahnaomi (3948215) writes "The NSA is not thrilled about the fact that encrypted communications are becoming easier and more widespread than ever before. Its director, Admiral Mike Rogers, said as much last week during a cybersecurity event in Washington, D.C., where he joined the FBI in asking for a “legal framework” by which government agencies can insert backdoors into commonly used communications software.

So chances are, NSA and co. are not going to like Signal, a cross-platform app that now lets you send encrypted text, picture and video messages to virtually anyone with a smartphone.

The free app is made by Open Whisper Systems, makers of TextSecure and Redphone, which allow Android users to send end-to-end encrypted texts and calls, respectively. That means that short of someone hacking your phone and stealing your encryption keys, no one—not even the app's creators—can eavesdrop on your calls and texts."

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