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Comment: Re:I don't think so (Score 1) 126

by NoKaOi (#46796581) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

It's $11 Billion. I know that sounds like a lot, but it's not really. Not on a Global scale. It might help stabilize North Korea a bit though. They're a poor enough nation to notice it.

To put it in perspective, that's 1/4 of the B-2 program cost, 1/6 of the F-22 program cost, 1/77 of the (projected) F-35 program cost, 1/545 the cost of the Iraq + Afghanistan wars, 1/39 of Exxon's market cap, or 1/7 Bill Gate's net worth.

Comment: Re:Follow the money (Score 1) 227

by NoKaOi (#46796147) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Who benefits the most from this? Big, big breweries who feel probably threatened by people who brew good beer (as a Dutch colleague of me said, they make Heineken by pumping the Maas water into the bottles).

You're forgetting about a much bigger lobby. The lobby that brought you such things as ethanol in your gasoline, farm subsidies, and gene patents: corn! For every ton of brewers waste sold for feed, that's a ton less of corn that gets sold for feed ("grain fed" means corn fed, btw).

Comment: Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (Score 1, Insightful) 311

by NoKaOi (#46790319) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Nobody is arguing for that. His private emails are not "publicly funded academic research". Publicly funded researchers should be required to publish their data and research results. They should not have to give up their private lives.

Emails are only one part of it, according to TFA there are other research documents and data too. Emails are one thing, it is communication with an expectation of privacy (and the ruling of being proprietary shouldn't apply to that anyway), documentation and research data is another thing entirely. A fundamental concept of science is that documentation and research are meant to be shared.

Here is the Virginia Freedom of Information Act section at the crux of the case, one of the law’s exemptions from disclosure:
“Data, records or information of a proprietary nature produced or collected by or for faculty or staff of public institutions of higher learningin the conduct of or as a result of study or research on medical, scientific, technical or scholarly issueswhere such data, records or information has not been publicly released, published, copyrighted or patented.” ...
In a decision written by Justice Donald W. Lemons, the court ruled that “the higher education research exemption’s desired effect is to avoid competitive harm not limited to financial matters.

And now here's the part that really bugs me:

Mann said after the ruling, “This is a victory for science...

No, it's not! Our high schools really need to do a better job teacher students what science is and not just memorizing the first 6 steps in the first week of class and then memorizing facts that were found using science (biology, chemistry etc). Just because in this case the other side who is trying to get your data has even less understanding of what science is (and will no doubt intentionally misconstrue your data) does not mean this is a victory for science. There is no concept of proprietary knowledge in science, quite the opposite in fact.

Comment: Re:This isn't news... (Score 1) 212

by NoKaOi (#46783621) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

This is probably more than just shit-slinging. The more reasons they have to create more paperwork and more time in court for an individual plaintiff, the more money it costs on both sides in legal fees. How much would it cost in legal fees to fight the validity of just this point of the EULA? They don't care if they lose the individual battle, they have much deeper pockets for legal fees than an individual, or even a class in a class-action lawsuit, so delaying and/or running the plaintiff out of money means winning the war.

Comment: Re:In Mother Russa... (Score 1) 388

by NoKaOi (#46782545) Attached to: Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

What does any of that have to do with why Snowden was granted asylum? In case you hadn't heard, this whole thing started because Snowden did his best to make everything public by giving it to multiple news outlets. Or do you really think that he held some valuable documents back from the press and is now giving them to Russia?

Comment: Re:Nuclear? (Score 1) 431

by NoKaOi (#46752085) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

It is easy to point the finger at utility companies for 'overcharging' for connections to their grid...

But the $3k is in addition to a monthly fee for being connected to the grid, so they're double dipping. Really, they're just extorting extra profit because they are allowed to get away with it. Their profits are still increasing every year so they can't complain they are losing money over solar. They are a monopoly and as such are supposed to be regulated by the PUC. The PUC isn't doing their job, which can only be explained by either incompetence or corruption. If they were putting that money into infrastructure upgrades instead of lining their own pockets then the cost of those infrastructure upgrades could legitimately be considered by the PUC when the PUC sets the rates, but that's not the case.

Comment: Re:Why just the BBC ? (Score 1) 109

by NoKaOi (#46751591) Attached to: Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

If the BBC can do this ... why aren't the police doing so ?

Because they don't care. In some cases it's apathy and in some it's incompetence. I had my wallet and iPhone stolen, and the thief actually used the phone and tried to use the credit card. I did all of the leg work so that all the police had to do was submit a law enforcement request (not even a court order) and would have got the name of the thief, but the detectives danced around outright saying it wasn't worth 5 minutes of their time. Of course, if they caught the thief it means hours of their time to make the arrest, paperwork, court, contacting the owners of all the other stolen goods they would likely find in their home, etc.

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 1) 586

by NoKaOi (#46750973) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

The problem is herd immunity.

Is that the only problem? What about the children of the deluded anti-vaxx parents? If parents stupidly expose their children to risk of death (say, encouraging them to play in traffic on the freeway) that's usually considered some form of criminal child abuse. Please explain why this should be any different.

Comment: Re:Medical authority vs you (Score 1) 586

by NoKaOi (#46750941) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

I think her actions are borderline criminal.

Not borderline. She should be charged with negligent homicide. She gave medical advice without a license and that resulted in deaths. A reasonable person putting so much time and effort as she is should have known the evidence is so strongly against a link between autism and vaccines. A reasonable person should have read about Wakefield's fraud and known she was wrong. Too bad DAs are politicians and not one of them will have the balls to charge her.

Comment: Re:Nuclear? (Score 3, Insightful) 431

by NoKaOi (#46745193) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

If solar and wind were so great, Hawaii would have shutdown its oil based thermal plants already. They have very expensive electricity, making renewables cheap, yet it doesn't quite work, cause it's just not that simple.

How ironic that you point out Hawaii. Hawaii exemplifies the political problems moving away from oil, not the technical problems. Our PUC is utterly impotent and lets our electric utility (HECO) get away with whatever they want. For example, if you want grid-tie solar HECO charges you $3,000 for an "interconnect study" which is complete and utter bullshit. They claim to the politicians that the grid can't handle more solar or wind with no technical basis whatsoever. Why? Because of the way they've got the PUC to structure they rates, they make more than double the profit from burning oil than from anything else, because they get to "pass-through" the cost of the oil, which amounts to more profit and the customer getting screwed.

Here's essentially how it works:
Generation from oil costs them 6.5 cents/kWh, plus the cost of oil.
They are allowed to charge 16-18 cents/kWh -ish (sorry, I don't remember the exact number offhand) PLUS the cost of the oil.
They buy wind power for 13 cents/kWh.

Customer cost per kWh of oil generated power = 40 cents, consisting 18 cents allowed rate + 22 cents for fuel , of which 11.5 cents is profit (18cents allowed - 6.5 cost not including oil).
Customer cost per kWh of wind power = 18 cents, of which 5 cents is profit (18cents allowed - 13 cents they buy it for)
Customer cost per kWh of home grid tie solar = 0 cents / kWh, so they manage to charge $3,000 upfront for the privilege even though there's already a base monthly charge for being connected to the grid.

HELLO, of course they are going to lobby (or bribe or give blow jobs or whatever it takes) the politicians. The PUC has got to be so utterly corrupt, and HECO so entrenched with the legislators to allow this to happen, but that's exactly why this is a political problem and not a technical problem.

Don't get me wrong, I totally agree with you on the nuke subject, just pointing out how you don't know wtf you're talking about with Hawaii and solar+wind power. What's ironic is that people here are so utterly scared of nuclear just saying the word is worse than saying the other 'N' word, yet they revere the Navy's presence here and apparently don't realize what "Nuclear Submarine" means...there's at least 15 nuclear reactors running around the islands right now.

Comment: Re:It's not a bug (Score 5, Insightful) 149

by NoKaOi (#46729637) Attached to: NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

it's a (NSA) feature...

Even if it's not an NSA feature...of course the knew about it! They would have to be even more incompetent than we think not to. They are HUGE, with something like 40,000 employees. At least of few of those employees must be dedicated to code review of OSS looking for vulnerabilities, and more in general looking for vulnerabilities in any widely used software. And if that's the case, then you'd think OpenSSL would be one of the first things they'd look at. The fact that they didn't tell anyone though shows that the S is NSA is bullshit. They cared more about being able to exploit the vulnerability themselves than making their country's computers more secure. If they cared one shit about their country's security then they'd have big teams dedicated to finding software vulnerabilities and working with vendors to fix them.

Comment: Marketspeak (Score 5, Insightful) 270

by NoKaOi (#46729453) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

95% of the article has no substance and is clearly a bunch of marketspeak, though it's not clear who the marketspeak is targeted at. Users? They're not gonna care about any of it because it's gonna make sense or doesn't affect them. Shareholders? Maybe.

There's really only two bits that seem to mean anything:

No longer are there different kernels for Windows 8, Windows Phone or Windows RT it's now all just One Windows.

That's cool, and it actually means something. But do users care about this? Do investors care about this? How many Apple users know or care that Mac OS, iPhone, and Apple TV all share the same kernel? In general neither users nor investors know what a kernel is.

If you want to use a Microsoft app, you can find it on whatever platform or device you are using, not just on Windows.

That's means something too, but....are you freakin' kidding me? So if I'm making an Windows app, I'm required to design it to work well on a desktop, tablet, phone, and gaming console? What if it's an awesome app that sucks on a little phone screen? What if it's an awesome app that works well on a touchscreen but sucks with a mouse? What if it's awesome with a keyboard and mouse and sucks on a touchscreen? You get the idea...this is the whole thing they're trying to do with Windows 8 and surface and they're failing to hear users screaming at the top of their lungs DO NOT WANT.

Comment: Re:If this is not a bribery then I don't know what (Score 2) 133

If fact of donations will be confirmed, then Comcast lost in the court of public opinion.

Lost public opinion? Maybe on /. but not to most of the voting public. Do you think CNN/NBC/Fox News will feature a story about this? And even if they did, would most people care? The only court of public opinion that matters is political candidates. Giving money to them means more campaign advertising for their candidate, thus is a win in the court of public opinion.

I do agree with you about calling it bribery. Why even bother using the term campaign contribution anymore? "Bribe" is a convenient synonym with fewer syllables.

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