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

by Ichijo (#49578673) 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.

That's not a problem because science will find a replacement. Not the same science that discovered that global warming is caused by human activity, of course, a different science. So let's just kick the can down the road like we always do and let our children and grandchildren deal with the problem.

And so ends the American Dream.

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

by Ichijo (#49573531) Attached to: Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video

Taken to the logical extreme, if you are correct that latency has exactly zero effect on the viewing experience as long as it's reasonably consistent, then bandwidth is irrelevant because you can simply download the entire movie before watching it and it would not impact the viewing experience.

No, I think every additional second between the time you press "play" and the time the movie starts, downgrades the viewing experience slightly, no matter how repeatable that latency is.

Comment: Re:uh... (Score 2, Informative) 170

by Ichijo (#49572779) Attached to: Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video

with Netflix, you can have 5 second ping and still have a good video watching experience.

That's correct when the buffer is more than 5 seconds long and you don't mind the >5 second delay before the video begins.

So in real life, a faster data connection really does create a better viewing experience, so Verizon is technically correct, but each additional megabit per second provides less and less of an improvement over the previous megabit per second.

Comment: Re:P.S. (Score 4, Informative) 353

by Ichijo (#49570879) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

Asked if the decision to fail every one of the 30-plus enrollees was fair to every student, Horwitz said that "a few" students had not engaged in misbehavior, and he said that those students were also the best academic performers. Horwitz said he offered to the university that he would continue to teach just those students, but was told that wasn't possible, so he felt he had no choice but to fail everyone and leave the course.

Comment: Re: Talk about creating a demand (Score 1) 329

by Ichijo (#49569423) Attached to: Why Our Antiquated Power Grid Needs Battery Storage

Instead of patching what they call our "antiquated" power grid, perhaps we should actually rethink it... Allowing people to generate power using solar and wind, use it what they want and sell the rest to utilities sounds very good, but it does not reduce the peak capacity that the utilities must have...

That goal is achieved by dynamically pricing electricity always just above market equilibrium to create a small, permanent buffer of excess capacity in order to prevent brownouts and blackouts. That means we need to upgrade our antiquated power grid in order to allow the price to rise and fall in accordance with supply and demand.

Crime

TeslaCrypt Isn't All That Cryptic 52

Posted by timothy
from the nelson-laugh dept.
citpyrc writes: TeslaCrypt, the latest-and-greatest ransomware branch off of the CryptoWall family, claims to the unwitting user that his/her documents are encrypted with "a unique public key generated for this computer". This coudn't be farther from truth. In actuality, the developers of this malware appear to have been lazy and implemented encryption using symmetric AES256 with a decryption key generated on the user's machine. If any of your machines are afflicted, Talos has developed a tool that can be used to generate the user's machine's symmetric key and decrypt all of the ransomed files.
Government

Indian Telecom Authority Releases a Million Email IDs, Taken Down By Hackers 21

Posted by samzenpus
from the naming-names dept.
knwny writes: In a bizarre move that threatens the privacy of over a million internet users in India, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the list of email IDs from which it received responses regarding net neutrality. Most of these responses were sent by the general public following a massively popular online campaign to protect Internet neutrality in India. The regulatory body says that it has received large number of comments from the stakeholders on its Consultation paper on "Regulatory Framework for OTT services". So to aid the reading of comments, it has divided them into three blocks — "comments from the service providers," "comments from the service providers' association" and "comments from other stakeholders'"(this includes individuals, organizations, consulting firms etc). In the meantime, the TRAI website remains inaccessible after a DDoS attack by Anonymous India, the hacker collective, apparently in retaliation for the data release.

Comment: Re:Still works, just not the way people thought (Score 1) 96

by Ichijo (#49508199) Attached to: How Uber Surge Pricing Really Works

in some neighbourhoods the wait time actually increases along with the surge price increase.

It makes sense that neighborhoods with a relative oversupply of drivers would see their wait times increase, approaching the wait times in neighborhoods with higher demand.

In San Francisco when they implemented surge pricing for parking, prices went up in some neighborhoods and down in others. But prices on average fell.

Introducing, the 1010, a one-bit processor. 0 NOP No Operation 1 JMP Jump (address specified by next 2 bits)

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