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Comment: Ummmm (Score 3, Insightful) 949

by Sycraft-fu (#49609529) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

You really can't see any difference? Then you are just being obtuse. Yes if you tried to trespass in a religious building and be offensive, there'd be a response. In particular, they'd tell you to leave and call the police. However this was not in a Mosque, no Muslims were forced to attend. This was something people were doing on their own. However the crazies felt the need to respond.

I've heard about precisely zero cases of Jews going after pig BBQs in the US. Seems they are not very concerned about what you are doing on your own. If you don't respect their religion, oh well, so it goes.

Stephen Fry put it very well:

"It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

Comment: No, probably not (Score 5, Interesting) 949

by Sycraft-fu (#49609489) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

You might recall that during the whole "draw Mohammad" controversy South Park took it on. While the were not allowed to show Mohammad at all, they did show people literally shitting on Jesus, the American flag, and so on. They received zero threats in relation to that, there was no action taken against them.

It's not like Christians didn't know either, it is a major syndicated TV show that is produced in the US.

Comment: Well in some cases you can't have one (Score 1) 290

by Sycraft-fu (#49608723) Attached to: Tesla's Household Battery: Costs, Prices, and Tradeoffs

I won't be getting this Tesla battery, for a number of reasons, but I'd like a home battery system. I live in a condo and I haven't have a backup generator. Nowhere I'd be allowed to put it. A battery system though, that I could have.

If I had my choice, I'd get a Generac whole house system but there are tradeoffs that you have to make when you want to live certain places.

Comment: Re:AT&T Autopay - Ha! (Score 3, Interesting) 233

Wow, Where are the old timers?

One of the older viruses/malware would redirect dial up just to collect termination fees. This script mailware was most often associated with porn sites., but not always. The frequency of this exploit tended to die down with growing broadband use over dialup. I first saw issues of this with dial up modems. My early cure for this as a prevention was tu use an Actiontech Dual PC modem connected to a router in the same configuration as a broadband modem and router setup.

This provided high immunity to the exploit as the modem contained the ISP dial up number and a compromised attack website could not log into the modem to change the numberr. As a network modem it did not respond to the Hayes AT command set.

A common practice for ohters was to change the escape charactor, but this only provided limited protection as a changed configuration file for common dialer programs could still be altered. Hidden and Read only attributes in DOS addad another defence with limited success.

Old school dial up was compromised by a very old attack against dial up modem use.

Comment: Also it seems to me it might be necessary (Score 1) 105

by Sycraft-fu (#49597739) Attached to: Climatologist Speaks On the Effects of Geoengineering

I guess it depends on who you believe, but there have been climate scientists that have said we are beyond the tipping point, that even if we reduce emissions warming will happen. Ok well if that's true, and if it is true that the warming will be a net harmful thing, then some kind of geo engineering would be necessary. You can't very well say "Reducing CO2 won't fix the problem, but let's do as much of that as we can and only do that and then cry about the problem!"

+ - UMG v Grooveshark settled, no money judgment against individuals

Submitted by NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: UMG's case against Grooveshark, which was scheduled to go to trial Monday, has been settled. Under the terms of the settlement (PDF), (a) a $50 million judgment is being entered against Grooveshark, (b) the company is shutting down operations, and (c) no money judgment at all is being entered against the individual defendants.

Comment: Re:Can't wait to get this installed in my house (Score 5, Informative) 506

by RingDev (#49592619) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Up to 17 cents cheaper per KWH (22c day, 5c night).

Assuming you blow 10kWh per day, primarily between 6am and 11pm, that's upwards of $2.20/day.

If you move your entire 10kWh load to the battery system and charge it over night, it drops you down to $0.50/day.

$1.70 savings per day. That's 2058 days to recoup the $3500 expenditure, or just a bit over 5 1/2 years. Over the ten year warranty period you'll save ~$3000, assuming electricity prices remain constant.


Comment: No shit (Score 1) 250

by Sycraft-fu (#49587423) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

If the problem is that the Argentine currency is unstable... well then Bitcoin is the WRONG answer. It is exceedingly unstable, it would be unstable even for a stock, never mind a currency, it moves like a thinly traded penny stock. So trying to use it for some kind of stability is just about the dumbest thing you can do.

To me, this seems like more Bitvertisement by which ever of Slashdot's editors is heavily invested in them and trying to drum up interest.

Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 1) 700

by RingDev (#49580867) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

While you are facepalming you should wipe the egg off your face. And try googling for "USA oil production"

The US produced 3.1 billion barrels of oil last year.

The US imported 3.3 billion barrels of oil last year.

So I guess my statement wasn't perfectly accurate as we don't produce more than 50% of our own oil, and a significant portion of what we do produce is distributed internationally.

Although, if you look at the trend, over the last 5 years we've reduced our oil imports by 900 million barrels a year while increasing our oil production by 1.2 billion barrels a year. At current rate by 2016 we will be producing more than we are importing.

So while I would admit to embellishing the statement a little, I think your dramatization is a bit much. ;)


Comment: Re:Seems he has more of a clue (Score 4, Informative) 700

by RingDev (#49578233) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

"1) Fossil fuels are a limited supply. Maybe enough for another 50 years. Maybe 100. But still limited."

Matters on the type of fuel you're talking about. The US has coal reserves for hundreds of years. Even NG and Crude reserves to last a loooooong time, but they will continue to cost more and more to extract and refine.

"2) We purchase large amounts of oil from countries that, in general, do not like us."

We buy most of our oil, from ourselves. The vast majority of the rest is bought from Mexico and Canada. The largest of the insignificant provider nations is Venezuela. The amount of oil we buy from countries that, "Do not like us", is insignificant.

"3) If it were not for oil, our interest in the middle east would decline greatly, which would be a good thing."

Our interest in Middle Eastern oil is due to the lack of oil reserves in western Europe. Even without any US demand on Middle Eastern oil, the US will have a continued interest in the region until Western Europe transitions off of crude.

"More fuel efficiency and alternative fuels just simply make long term sense, even without considering climate change. So, what is the problem?"

This is really the crux of it. So let's say that the Pope/Scientists are wrong. There is no global warming and any investment in improving vehicle efficiency, air quality, and use of renewable is a waste of economic output. Well, we still get more efficient vehicles, better air quality, and a bunch of jobs. So, no big loss.

On the other hand, say the Pope/Scientists are right, but we do nothing. We are at risk of creating a catastrophic level event that would dramatically alter life on the planet, and could result in the death of billions of people.

So option A, we possibly lose a percent or two off of economic growth. Option B, we die, and the economy no longer matters.

As you said, "So, what is the problem?"


Comment: Re:uh... (Score 1) 170

by Technician (#49573351) Attached to: Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video

They do need to be carefull if they try throtteling upstream bandwidth for customers with lower level packages. It is simply too easy to prove. Comcast is an example of where this was not hidden very well. Customers with 20Meg Comcast connecitons could not stream Netflix nearly as well as 6Meg DSL customers in the same neighborhood. Customers needing redundancy against outages were the very first to note and document the problem.

Verizon needs to be carefull what is placed in their sales training materials as this could come back to bite them.

Since multiple sales agents have called using the same sales script, this could indicate a problem in the sales management team.

Comment: Yep, usually "bad class" means "bad professor" (Score 2) 353

by Sycraft-fu (#49572995) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

Bad students are certainly a thing but any time I've seen a professor talk about how bad a whole class is (and I've seen it, I do IT support at a university) is the PROFESSOR who is the bad one.

We had a guy who only lasted one semester before being told to leave. He disrespected his students, did a shit job teaching anything, and expected everyone to have advanced processor design knowledge that was PhD level or beyond. He gave them an impossible project and then raged at them when they couldn't do it.

While there may well have been a few lazy and/or disrespectful students in his class, the overwhelming problem was him. He expected everyone to kiss his ass all the time, not expect anything from him, and have education far beyond their years. With unrealistic expectations like that, of course he was disappointed in his class.

Everyone "failed" his class by raw numbers but he just curved it so in the end grades were a representation of intelligence, not mastery of the subject.

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340