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Comment: Re:Why does this need GPS? (Score 1) 803

by Nkwe (#49736759) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

Wouldn't a simple wheel odometer work just fine for this? All you're tracking is miles traveled.

No, because that's not all you're tracking. You're tracking the miles traveled *in Oregon*. Oregon can't tax anything outside Oregon, that violates the US Constitution. So they have to prove to a reasonable standard that all the mileage they're taxing was driven in Oregon.

To add, for those who haven't looked at a map, the Portland metropolitan area, which is where the bulk of population in Oregon lives, is right on the border with Washington state. A large number of people commute and and regularly travel between Oregon and Washington. Any state level taxing solution needs to account for this.

Comment: Open source colored glasses? (Score 0) 95

by Nkwe (#49682537) Attached to: 'Venom' Security Vulnerability Threatens Most Datacenters

The vulnerable code is used in Xen, KVM, and VirtualBox, while VMware, Hyper-V, and Bochs are unaffected. "Dan Kaminsky, a veteran security expert and researcher, said in an email that the bug went unnoticed for more than a decade because almost nobody looked at the legacy disk drive system, which happens to be in almost every virtualization software."

I note that the two proprietary systems were not impacted. Of course all software has bugs and vulnerabilities without regard to open source or proprietary, but here on slashdot we like think that open source is always the better option. This is not always the case.

The phrase "almost every virtualization software" is used, but the list of items given has three pieces of software that are impacted and three that are not. In terms of virtualization systems that are in production use by business, I would think that VMware and Hyper-V would take the lion's share (as they are commercial and "supported"), thus being a candidate for "almost every". I think the phrase should have been "almost every open source virtualization software".

Comment: Re:Can't wait to get this installed in my house (Score 1) 514

by Nkwe (#49592571) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Great idea. My power supplier currently has rates based on TOU (Time Of Use -, and I'd love to be able to charge up the battery supply for my house overnight at cheap rates, then run off the battery the rest of the time.

Are your night rates less than half of your day rates? I ask because battery charging isn't 100% efficient. I don't know the charging efficiency of the Tesla packs, but many battery types are only around 50% efficient in charging. By 50% efficient, I mean when charging you put in about twice as much energy as you can take back out later.

Comment: Re:Keeping warm? (Score 1) 128

by Nkwe (#49555165) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

He has a team that will be with him providing supplies as needed. So would guess he will have generators, toilet, cooking heat source,elsewhere when not using those will stay in his ball.

I didn't get that from the articles. I read the following:

This is a precarious idea. Bellini will be completely isolated, and his adopted dwelling is liable to roll or fall apart at any moment, thrusting him into the icy sea or crushing him under hundreds of tons of ice.

The article may, of course, be incorrect, but from what I have read it appears he will be alone. If he is not alone, and he has a support team, How would the support team keep safe in the event that the iceberg they are all on collapses or tips over? I ask because the article talks about how he has to spend practically all of his time in the ball because the iceberg could tip over at any moment.

Bellini will spend almost all of his time in the capsule with the hatch closed, which will pose major challenges. He’ll have to stay active without venturing out onto a slippery, unstable iceberg. If it flips, he’ll have no time to react.

I would buy that Bellini or he and his team plan to live on an iceberg as it melts and collapses and their plan to survive during the actual collapse is to take refuge in survival balls, but I have a hard time believing what the article implies to me -- that he would live for a year within and be sustained solely by a survival ball.

Comment: Re:Keeping warm? (Score 1) 128

by Nkwe (#49551253) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg
Bah. Missed a line. Since external power generation would need to take place outside his sphere, and he his planning on the icebrug flipping, he would need to plan on losing any equipment outside the sphere, therefore he needs to have enough stored energy inside the sphere to last at least until rescue.

Comment: Keeping warm? (Score 1) 128

by Nkwe (#49551229) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg
So he is going to live in a 3 meter hamster ball on an iceburg for a year? I wonder what his plan to keep warm is. Putting aside the option of getting a sponsorship from Kia and waring a warm fuzzy hamster suit, I suspect there would be some serious technical challenges.

The article says that he plans on a wind generator and solar panels. This would provide energy for light, but probably not for heat. Wind and solar generation would need to take place outside his sphere (as he is "planning" on having the icebug flip over at any time.) His reliable storage (area that won't be lost if the iceburg flips) is limited to the inside of his 3 meter sphere minus his other equipment and living space. This is not much space for fuel storage (in the form batteries, combustible stuff, or calories). I would be interested in seeing what his "energy budget" is in terms of planed energy generation, storage, and use.

Comment: Corporate Diversity? (Score 0) 629

by Nkwe (#49447751) Attached to: Florida Teen Charged With Felony Hacking For Changing Desktop Wallpaper
From the article:

Green was released on Wednesday from Land O'Lakes Detention Center into the custody of his mother.

Really? From the Land 'O Lakes website:

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s premiere member-owned cooperatives. We offer local cooperatives and agricultural producers across the nation an extensive line of agricultural supplies, as well as state-of-the-art production and business services. We also are a leading marketer of dairy-based food products for consumers, foodservice professionals and food manufacturers.

I guess they need to add "We also provide a wide variety of incarceration services."

Comment: Re:homeowner fail (Score 4, Interesting) 536

by Nkwe (#49341693) Attached to: Comcast's Incompetence, Lack of Broadband May Force Developer To Sell Home

I was expecting this to be a homeowner fail, but:

Q: Why Didn’t you check this before you moved? A: Oh, but I did. Having broadband of some kind was an absolute requirement for our new home. Before we even made an offer, I placed two separate phone calls; one to Comcast Business, and one to Xfinity. Both sales agents told me that service was available at the address. The Comcast Business agent even told me that a previous resident had already had service. So I believed them.

Another option would be to write availability of high speed internet into the purchase contract for the house - make it a condition of purchase. I took this approach to ensure I wouldn't find out after closing that my house could not get high speed Internet. My offer and contract basically said that I would buy the house if I could successfully have high speed internet installed in advance of the purchase at my cost. The seller accepted the contract, I paid the ISP (in this case DSL from the telephone company) to install the service, the ISP installed the service, and then we closed the house sale. My realtor didn't like it because it was an "unusual" offer, but I said it was a contract and I could put any conditions in it I wanted - the seller just had to agree (and did).

Comment: Re:Security theater (Score 3, Insightful) 224

by Nkwe (#49327477) Attached to: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As "Junk Science"

The TSA security theater causes more delays than bad weather.

Citation please. While I agree that the TSA is mostly annoying security theater, my personal experience has been that bad weather has delayed me in getting to my destination more that the TSA has.

I travel sometimes every week and it's a pain in the ass. Because of this I always opt out of being scanned and force the pat down.

If you travel that often, why haven't you signed up for the PreCheck program? It lets you go back to the pre 9/11 security screening procedure. Truly frequent travelers can get in the program free via their airline, otherwise the application fee is not significant with respect to other travel costs and is worth it.

I get special satisfaction in doing it especially if I haven't used deodorant that day.

You intentionally frequently travel on a plane in tight quarters with lots of other people and you opt not to use deodorant?

Comment: Government CIO using GitHub? (Score 3, Interesting) 155

by Nkwe (#49279767) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS
Interestingly the "edit this page" link on the CIO page (linked in the article) takes you to GitHub. Is our government actually taking advantage of existing services instead of wasting all kinds of money developing their own content management system? Maybe there is hope.

Comment: Re:How about cameras at enter and exit of the rena (Score 1) 188

by Nkwe (#49270163) Attached to: Hertz Puts Cameras In Its Rental Cars, Says It Has No Plans To Use Them

Smells like astroturf in here.

Says the AC. You can check my other posts to see if I have a history of shilling or not (I don't).

Believe it or not I am just a customer who is generally happy with the service. They are more expensive then the lower tier companies, but this is business travel and I am not paying for it. Their cars are generally not very interesting, but I am not a car guy and I just want to get where I am going. Sometime the cars are not new and dirty, this bugs me. But all these things are generally outweighed by the ease of the checkout process.

Anyway my point wasn't to shill for a particular company, rather to point out that I doubt the largest rental car companies are going to mess with ding and dent scams.

Comment: Re:How about cameras at enter and exit of the rena (Score 1) 188

by Nkwe (#49268787) Attached to: Hertz Puts Cameras In Its Rental Cars, Says It Has No Plans To Use Them

How about cameras at enter and exit of the rental place?

No we can't do that as it will end our ding and dent scam.

I travel for business and rent cars a couple of times a month. My experience with Hertz and Avis (top tier business targeted rental companies) has been that they don't do the ding and dent scam. If you return a car to one of these guys and it has all for tires, runs, and has no obvious accident dents, you won't get hassled. On the other hand, companies like Thrifty, Budget, and independents tend to give me the super picky inspection process when you check out and return the cars.

I did just rent from Hertz a couple of weeks ago and it had the new camera thing. It got the post it note treatment. Putting aside the new camera thing for a moment, I get really good service from Hertz. I arrive at the airport, walk to the stall number displayed on the big reader board (or in an email I receive about the time I land), get in the car, drive to the exit, show my ID, and I am on my way. No paperwork, sales attempts at upgrades, etc.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White