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Comment: Re:And why not? (Score 1) 210

by GuB-42 (#49370107) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

A deflagration simply means that the expansion of gases is subsonic, as opposed to a supersonic detonation.

Anyways, whatever the cause is, when stuff rapidly expand, it is an explosion. So they are right in pointing that hydrogen buildup and ignition is a deflagration and not a nuclear explosion but it is still an explosion.

Comment: I guess that's true, the rest is burocracy (Score 1) 140

by GuB-42 (#49367423) Attached to: NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks

They did think of getting rid of the data collection program, and they probably continue anyways.
Not because of some secret agenda or whatever thing conspiracy theorists think about but for lowly bureaucratic reasons.

The NSA maybe a technically advanced secret government agency, it is still an administrative service plenty of people who want to keep their job and think they are very important. It's the same thing as in all big structures, really.
And what happens when someone decides to stop a multi-billion dollar program ? Some people will get laid off, or at least pulled out of their comfort zone. And when some of these people have significant influence, well, they can make it so that they keep their budget. This happens all the time and it is a problem, but it is even worse with rightfully secret agencies like the NSA because it makes it easier to hide less rightful arrangements. Plus, unlike private companies, government organizations don't need to make benefits.

Comment: Re:Love AND hate (Score 2) 123

by GuB-42 (#49367079) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

[about McDonalds...] People love low prices

Maybe in the US but where I live (France) and in other countries I visited, McDonalds isn't cheap. In many cases local snacks and even small restaurants are cheaper and serve better food.
As for a reason why they are hated by their own patrons : take a group of people, each one have a list of place they are willing to eat and while no one has McDonald's as their first choice, it is on everyone's list. As a result the whole group may end up eating at McDonald's and while no one will be left out, no one will be satisfied. In other words, a compromise but noting more.

Comment: Re:Typical nazi thinking (Score 2) 431

by GuB-42 (#49366741) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Here is an example : (hunting quotas, protected species, ...)
The Nazis attached a high value to the land, which must be protected from both pollution and "inferior races".

They did think forward, after all, the third reich was supposed to last a full millennium. So yes, maybe some of their ideas were a bit misguided to say the least but they did think long term.

The anti-tobacco movement was another thing the Nazis did right :

Comment: Re:I wouldn't mind the NSA so much if... (Score 1) 167

by GuB-42 (#49347769) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

- Finding these criminals may not help make the computers run again.
- Finding these criminals may be beyond the abilities of the US Government. The NSA is not all powerful, the simple fact that Snowden's leaks exist prove it.
- If the criminals are not in the US, this greatly limits the abilities of the US justice.
- Solving the problem probably involves first paying the ransom.
- If the NSA actually helps finding the criminals, I seriously doubt it will be public.

Comment: I call bullshit (Score 1) 199

by GuB-42 (#49347393) Attached to: What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

With the rise of higher resolution screens, especially looking into 4K multi monitor systems and beyond, DPI might become an important factor in the future again, so we are not ruling out changes in the maximum tracking rate

So what's important ? tracking rate or DPI as these are very different things. DPI is about positional accuracy and is especially important to players who favor small and precise movements. Tracking rate is about temporal accuracy and is especially important to players who favor large and fast movements.

And I don't think that 4K and large multi-screen setups will change anything. Screen resolution doesn't matter as long as the target is bigger than a pixel. And according to Fitts's law, what matter in pointing accuracy is the distance / target size ratio, and this ratio doesn't change no matter how big your screens are.

I guess that Razor will soon sell a mouse with big numbers as a selling point and they are doing their best convincing us that it matters somehow. Ah, and the only number that matters to professional gamers is how much they get paid by the sponsor.

Comment: Re:Poison Chalicle (Score 1) 137

can't order a baguette with my groceries unless it was made within a 1 mile radius of some random French town.

You are probably talking about AOP (Appellation d'origine protégée), which is different.
AOP only protects the name of the product, not the product itself. For example it totally possible to make Roquefort-like cheese outside the area of Roquefort (town) but you won't be allowed to call it Roquefort. Think of it as a trademark.
Baguette, by the way, is not protected.
The problem is, in fact, the opposite. France, for example, has a lot of raw milk cheeses that may be incompatible with European food safety regulations.

As for Germany, I don't find them especially prude, except when the Nazis are involved (for obvious reasons). They do however have strict privacy laws (no street view in Germany) and they have one of the worst collecting society in the world : GEMA.

Comment: Re:The Web of trust only works (Score 1) 134

by GuB-42 (#49337569) Attached to: Chinese CA Issues Certificates To Impersonate Google

The problem is that we are using a _chain_ of trust rather than a _web_ of trust.

The difference between the two is that in a chain of trust model, a certificate is signed by a single authority, whereas in a web of trust, a certificate can be signed by several authorities. In other words, a web of trust can do everything a chain of trust can do, and more.

In the case of Google impersonation, the browser could require that google have at least 3 independent signatures from a trusted list. If one of the authority in the trusted list decides to allow someone to impersonate Google, that's one signature : not enough to break the system.

Comment: Re:it always amazes me (Score 1) 341

by GuB-42 (#49337241) Attached to: Feds Attempt To Censor Parts of a New Book About the Hydrogen Bomb

when people try and censor stuff that is already public. We see it here, we see it with snowden (im not talking classified stuff) but if this person got the information without looking at classified materials, who do they think they are to tell him to not publish?

For an information to be out in public doesn't mean it is not classified.
Sometimes, it leads to strange situations where people with security clearances cannot talk about things that regular people know and are free to talk about.

Comment: Re:Good points, bad points (Score 1) 283

by GuB-42 (#49334319) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

I would add a few bad points. generally you should not be watching your speed anyway, if you have trouble estimating and maintaining your speed then you probably lack driving experience, you should be staying at a safe consistent speed as the rest of the traffic, significantly slower or faster regardless of the actual limit is dangerous.

Getting a sense of speed is not that easy. Tree-lined smaller roads for example feel faster than the highway for example, and you are not surrounded by other, careful drivers all the time. Add this to the recommendation to drive at the speed limit and the prevalence of accurate speed traps and watching the speedometer or using a limiter becomes a necessity, at least for the safety of your wallet.

Comment: Re:Reminds of of something at a past job (Score 1) 765

by GuB-42 (#49318563) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

hungHi = (word & 0xFFFF0000) >> 16;

FYI, this is pretty bad. It does exactly the same as:
hungHi = word >> 16;

Not necessarily in 64 bit code.

It is not safe if for some reason word is signed (compiler bug on an exotic platform or some programmer resolving some signed/unsigned warning by doing the wrong thing):
((unsigned)0x80000000) >> 16 = 0x00008000
((signed)0x80000000) >> 16 = 0xFFFF8000

Maybe that's what he wants.

Instead, you should use:
hungHi = (word >> 16) & 0xFFFF;

Maybe, or maybe this : hungHi = (word & ~0xFFFF) >> 16;
Don't assume he got it wrong without context, but clearly the choice in variable name don't help understanding...

Comment: Re:Learning trumps instincts (Score 1) 77

by GuB-42 (#49285449) Attached to: NVIDIA To Install Computers In Cars To Teach Them How To Drive

On ABS-equipped cars, stabbing the brake *is* the correct action for emergency breaking. In normal conditions, no human can beat the efficiency of ABS breaking, even professional pilots. In unusual situations (gravel, snow, ...) a skilled driver can beat the ABS by basically doing a controlled skid, something that the system won't let you do anyways unless you turned on "suicide" mode.
So much that many modern cars are able to detect emergency breaking situations and use 100% breaking power even if the pedal isn't completely depressed. The ABS takes care of the skid. (see :

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.