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Comment: Re:Debating over ridiculously defined problems... (Score 1) 92

>By their statement they obviously mean directly under...so what area are they using? The area of the soles of your feet? The widest area looking down from a top view? I assume it doesn't matter and they are assuming any area projected towards and through the Earth.

The easiest way would be to define that as the center point of your mass, reducing you to a point, which at the size of a human is not an unreasonable assumption. Humans are not really large enough to have a barycenter.

Comment: Re:seems kinda pointless (Score 1) 143

These apartments are


You seems to misunderstand how police budgets work. They don't have the money to go after every crime, and they especially don't have money for crimes that no one cares about (black on black crime for example), But, if you somehow catch the attention of someone higher up in the department and they think they could get a career promotion from busting you, then you better believe they have hundreds of thousands at their disposal to catch you with.

Comment: Re:Get a T1 (Score 1) 536

Yea, if most people put a traffic shaping rule on their router that limited them to T1 speed they'd go insane these days. Websites have grown huge, PDFs are commonly gigantic, and images are enormous. Oh, and don't even try to do anything with video.

Google fiber is the equivalent of an OC-20 (which doesn't exist per se).

Comment: Re:Only on some... (Score 1) 155

by PlusFiveTroll (#49280817) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS

Uh, no.

Remember it's not just someone else seeing the data you view or send to the server, it's also about the data that the server sends you.

Lets say you go to the census website. Is the PDF you are about to download really from their site, or has a MITM attack replaced the data with a file that contains an exploit? Included a javascript with malicious code? Or, just making the site display incorrect information.

Data from HTTPS sites is both encrypted and authenticated as coming from someone who has a valid cert for that website, and has very unlikely been altered by your ISP to include ads for example.

Comment: Re:Space for solar hasn't been much of a concern (Score 1) 437

Uh, yea, a whole lot.

It doesn't become cloudy instantly everywhere at once in the middle of the day. Generally a front moves in and creeping line of cloudiness moves in to an area at 10-80km/hr Your solar production has a rather slow decrease in production. Even if you wake up in the morning and your entire grid is under clouds, you don't move off your baseline power, and you just ramp it up with normal demand curves.

An eclipse is a 170 mile wide that moves 1,700km/hr. You get plunged in darkness very fast for a few minutes, output sags and other utilities try to ramp up, only to get the influx of solar minutes later when the shadow moves off. You put the system in to oscillations it wasn't designed for.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 362

by PlusFiveTroll (#49188045) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

If you ever study disasters it's very rare that one sensor is the cause, even if it is supplying bad information. It's when the complexity raises that things get tricky and (n) order interactions occur leading to invalid states where your car can suddenly decide that it's taking too hard of right turn on a straight highway pulling you left in to an oncoming semi. A slow drift from normal is far more dangerous to a system than a huge jump.

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