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Comment: Re:Worst Response of all Time (Score 5, Insightful) 174

by Kardos (#47520281) Attached to: Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

So, you would have preferred a positive sounding statement indicating that they are aware that some users have privacy concerns and a vague reference to ongoing efforts to address these concerns?

I didn't find that response "worst of all time". It came across as lacking in the bullshit department, almost refreshingly so, actually.

+ - Google Offers a Cool Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With the Little Box Challenge, Google (and IEEE, and a few other sponsors like Cree and Rohm) is offering a $1 million prize to the team which can "design and build a kW-scale inverter with the highest power density (at least 50 Watts per cubic inch)." Going from cooler-sized to tablet sized, they say, would make whole lot of things better, and the prize is reserved for the best performing entrant.

"Our testing philosophy is to not look inside the box. You provide us with a box that has 5 wires coming out of it: two DC inputs, two AC outputs and grounding connection and we only monitor what goes into and comes out of those wires, along with the temperature of the outside of your box, over the course of 100 hours of testing. The inverter will be operating in an islanded more—that is, not tied or synced to an external grid. The loads will be dynamically changing throughout the course of the testing, similar to what you may expect to see in a residential setting." he application must be filled out in English, but any serious applicants can sign up, "regardless of approach suggested or team background, will be successful in registering." Registration runs though September.

#power #google #invertor #contest #ieee #technology"

Comment: LibreSSL not ready for deployment yet (Score 5, Insightful) 151

by Kardos (#47470483) Attached to: LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

> The OpenBSD project late last night rushed out a patch ...

Sensationalist introductory sentence. LibreSSL is is not used in any production environment, there is no "rush" here.

It is an early version released to solicit feedback. Feedback was provided, resulting in a bug fix. This is *exactly* anticipated outcome.

Comment: Killing the employees seems a bit harsh (Score 3, Funny) 89

> Employees not wearing protective gear worked with bacteria that were supposed to have been killed but may not have been.

So the employees didn't use protective gear during their work, and that got them slated for a killing? I can understand trying to contain an outbreak, but one would think they should have been quarantined and tested for infection before commencement with the killing. Who's in charge of this mickey mouse operation anyway?

Comment: Re:Just give the NASA budget to Elon Musk (Score 2) 206

by Kardos (#47168183) Attached to: NRC Human Spaceflight Report Says NASA Strategy Can't Get Humans To Mars

SpaceX doesn't have the R&D hurdle that NASA had to achieve LEO. SpaceX first to mars? That seems unlikely. Perhaps if we gave them a sustained budget comparable to mid-60s NASA levels for a couple decades. Or, we could just fund NASA, they are quite competent.

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