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Comment: Re: There must be a very good reason... (Score 0) 579

by KingRatMass (#45796565) Attached to: Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

You don't need giant indoor dam, you just need a giant outdoor tank higher than the surrounding region. The problem is, big tanks like that are kinda expensive. Millions of dollars.

Expensive and, more importantly, dangerous - storing large amounts of power would risk a rather large flood. It would make more sense to excavate an underground cavern and pump water out of it to store power. This is (likely) cheaper, safer and allows far more height difference, thus more power per same amount of water and storage space. And of course you get a huge cistern out of the deal, too.

The Bear Swamp Project in Western Massachusetts has a peak generating output that exceeds that of it's neighbor, Vermont Yankee Nuclear. If Upper Bear Swamp Reservoir were a disaster waiting to happen, wouldn't the treehuggers be out in force, protesting the shit out of it? I doubt that 1% of the people in the Connecticut River Valley even know that Bear Swamp exists.

Comment: Re:Next Woburn/Billerica (Score 0) 252

by KingRatMass (#43322519) Attached to: Wayland/Weston Gets Forked As Northfield/Norwood
Wait for Lawrence/Lowell or Dorchester/Roxbury... That will happen right aorund the time they get Curt Shilling to act as their spokesman. Then project goes right down the shitter. The westbound drive on Rte 20 sucks, hardly worth naming a software project after it. Too bad he didn't live south, we might have gotten Marlboro instead.

Comment: Re:Cell phones are usually tied to a person (Score 0) 445

by KingRatMass (#42214015) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?
All you need to do is go to a new carrier and sign on for service with them. As someone else stated, have a copy of a bill from your previous carrier. Your new carrier will generate a Letter of Authorization for a number port, you sign the LoA. Then the LoA and the copy of your bill that clearly shows the Billing Telephone Number and/or the number being ported are submitted by an agent or the carrier to your old carrier. If all the information on th LoA and Bill is correct, you number will be ported to the new carrier. The process takes 1-7 days in the US typically. If there is any info wrong on the LoA or bill, the old carrier has up to 30 days to notify of a failed port and you have to repeat the process with the correct info

I have 3 LoA's and 3 bills sitting on my desk, next to my work SIP phone, that are being submitted today for number ports. One is waiting for the customer to resubmit the correct bill since the number being ported does not appear on the bill they submit. The original carrier was slick and used the BTN of the customers DSL service for the number being ported.

My work SIP phone has several inbound paths, Toll free, DID, SIP, etc... It also routes calls to different places like my cell phone, other SIP Phones inside our company and even a remote extension at home. All my call forwards are setup and controlled by me. The question of whether or not I need a phone at my desk is as pointless as asking whether I need a computer at my desk. I need a device for voice communication when I'm at, near, or under my desk... and a desk phone happens to be the best device for the job. I'm the opposite with my computer, my desktop PC is relegated to basic functions, my laptop is the one I use to do all my real work.

Comment: sifting through live shows (Score 0) 758

by KingRatMass (#36543416) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

I was looking at my 2TB drive wondering where to start with that mess, let alone my 1TB with just Live Dead and Phish shows..

Why would you need to worry about the Dead and Phish stuff? It's all legally tradeable unless you were dl'ing ripped Dick's Pick and stuff from Phish Dry Goods!

The way to verify the shows would be: checking that the show folders and files conform to Etree naming standards, the presence of the info text file and MD5 checksum file or searching the Etree database or for that show source. To date, the only downloads that I have seen that don't meet those criteria are the Grateful Dead complete SBD download torrents by year. If it was a case of getting stuff that was ripped from someone's collection, you can do individual file comparisons against known sources to determine which source a show probably came from, track times are usually a giveaway since it's rare that different sources get cut at the same place...

The most efficient model for consistent music distribution has been the one used by Each live show source was transferred, encoded and seeded with the MD5's generated at the time of encoding, earliest shows were done in SHN and later it was shifted to FLAC. A new show source was considered the equivalent of a Gold Master Disc and it was entered in a database at All subsequent copies of the SHN's and FLAC's were expected to check against those MD5's and if they failed they were considered bad and discarded so that they wouldn't get seeded in the future. It didn't matter what transport method was used for transferring the files, all that counted was that the files were bit perfect copies of the originals.

For example, here is a show I transferred and seeded in 2000

If you were to obtain a copy of those SHN files today, and you verified the MD5's, you know you have an exact copy of the files as they were encoded A DECADE AGO. Now if I were to transfer the master cd's again and encode it, the MD5's would not match, no matter how paranoid an attempt at DAE was made (this was proven back then for all digital transfers INCLUDING DAT>WAV) If you looked across the different formats available, even after 10 years there are still only 4 unique variants in the wild in spite of the show being copied by more than 5000 people. Those 4 variants are only a single format conversion removed from the initial transfer in 2000.

But this was a system that was conceived to preserve the audit trail and file integrity. The issue of legality was not a problem since the bands have given permission to allow for taping and trading of their shows.

I've got all the money I'll ever need if I die by 4 o'clock. -- Henny Youngman