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Comment: Misleading headline? (Score 1) 256

by Kultiras (#46704335) Attached to: Navy Creates Fuel From Seawater
While the verbiage is not inaccurate, the headline insinuates (and is reflected by the comments) that the seawater is consumed by this process. I'll admit that IANAC, but from what I read (yeah, I know...) the first step in this process only extracts CO2 from the seawater. The byproducts of that step are acidified seawater, hydrogen gas, sodium hydroxide, and carbon dioxide. Putting the CO2 aside, the rest of it can be recombined into seawater at it's original pH. Maybe I overlooked something?

Comment: Re:I can think of a few rea$on$ (Score 1) 573

by Kultiras (#43034283) Attached to: Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

that's because it's waaaaaaaay overpriced.

Exactly. I upgraded from 20x2 to 30x5 for a reasonable amount of money, ~$10 more per month. The upgrade from 30x5 to 50x5 was completely unacceptable, somewhere around $40+ more per month. I think I'll stick with 30x5, thank you very much.

Comment: You aren't alone (Score 1) 467

by Kultiras (#42859861) Attached to: What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?
I went through this back when I was in high school. Compaq insisted that a BIOS update for my laptop would resolve an issue I was having with the PCMCIA slot under Windows 2000. The BIOS update bricked the motherboard, and the BIOS recovery procedures did not work. They then washed their hands of the problem because the laptop was out of warranty. To say that I was livid would be a gross understatement...at sixteen years old I didn't have the means to run out and buy a replacement. Laptops still cost $1200 at a minimum back then, and even ebaying an old used laptop would have cost $700+. I considered taking the issue to local media so that I could get some sort of response from Compaq, but ultimately decided it wasn't worth the effort (plus, you know, I was sixteen, so I figured I wasn't going to be taken seriously).

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 866

by Kultiras (#41683105) Attached to: Parent Questions Mandatory High School Chemistry

they can't adjust, they can't get out of their box, they have little empathy or respect for people outside their domain

I have those same tendencies, but I don't blame my local public high school for it. Lots of people are just assholes. It doesn't have to be specific to their educational background or chosen career field.

Comment: Re:More Patents (Score 1) 260

by Kultiras (#39660229) Attached to: Using Non-Newtonian Fluids To Fill Potholes
Potholes are an unavoidable fact of life on asphalt roads that exist in climates that experience Winter. Not a single asphalt road in my city has survived it's first Winter/Spring after being repaved during my lifetime. Some of our highways are completely concrete, and they usually look great for several years with only some minor maintenance needed. The constant freeze/thaw cycles and snow plow blades just aren't friendly to road surfaces.

Comment: Re:Companies are obsessed with VPNs (Score 1) 212

by Kultiras (#39590311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Linux Telecommuting Tools?

Some of us are subject to regulatory compliance and/or PCI-DSS. Accessing anything on my internal network from outside without two-factor authentication that is logged is a sure way to fail many kinds of external audits.

Requiring the use of a VPN defines the single point of entry into your network. That's one point to monitor, secure, and administrate; not one for every server you want access to over the public Internet.

Comment: Re:The Usual Suspects (Score 1) 212

by Kultiras (#39590109) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Linux Telecommuting Tools?

If you're trying to remote into a company LAN or VNC things then your main block is company IT policy rather than Linux capabilities

Your main block for remote access to a company's internal network is more likely to be the vendor's operating system support, not company IT policy. The two VPNs I manage both support Windows, Macs, and Linux with (mostly) the same code. Unfortuantely that means it's Java based, and it has been very problematic because of that. On people's personal Linux installs, a combination of not following instructions and the version of Java they're running virtually guarantees that it won't work for them the first few times, if ever. In the case of Apple, every time they touch something in Safari or Java it screws up the applet in some way, requiring a reinstall of the program or waiting on a client patch for the VPN. The Windows version certainly isn't perfect either, but the issues there are known and easily fixable.

"'Tis true, 'tis pity, and pity 'tis 'tis true." -- Poloniouius, in Willie the Shake's _Hamlet, Prince of Darkness_