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Comment: Re:Won't be enough (Score 0) 49

Not magic at all. I have solar panels and electron wells. Wind energy around my environs is much tougher. The power company here burns coal. The less of their electricity that I use, the less coal that burns.

To your point, however, once a cogent third party says Yucca is safe over that term, the happier I am. The NRC is a self-serving adjudicator of this sort of information, and frankly, I have little reason to trust them.

Comment: Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 99

by postbigbang (#48939767) Attached to: New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

E85 lacks basic energy, not to mention the hideous cost of manufacturing. Methane recovery is a great idea and there's an abundance of methane (just look at Congress-- they need a dome over the dome).

Ultimately, producing heat for use with transducers just isn't going to work, and doesn't scale. Passive solar scales. Active solar (wind/volcanic) lunar (yeah, waves) are all vastly underdeveloped resources where at least the energy coefficient comes free-- the transducers and business models cost.

Comment: Re:Won't be enough (Score 0) 50

Nevada already has its own background radiation levels problem. Part of this is to stick it to Harry Reid.

Just because the NRC says it's ok, there's no third party corroboration that ground water contamination won't be a problem soon, and then for another half-million years. Yes, something needs to be done with the waste, but I'm hoping for a future disposal method that brings the waste to the average background radiation levels tolerable by simple burying.

Comment: Re:Blame politics (Score 1) 231

by sumdumass (#48939259) Attached to: The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

I wouldn't be surprised at all if it goes beyond publishing papers and into political advocacy. However, you should expect people to discount the agenda and information behind it when that hapens. Do not be surprised when people lay politics with your politics. Especially when you turn the AC off and schedule a presentation for the politics of global warming after specifically setting it on one of the historical hottest days in washington for dramatic effect.

Comment: Re:Manual config (Score 1) 59

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48939093) Attached to: D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking
I'd be inclined to say 'amazing' for the price. I understand the use case for rPi, beaglebone black, cubieboard, etc. when you need video and actually good GPIO(even more so if you need proper PWM, i2c/SPI, etc. BBblack, especially, has some pretty powerful specialty I/O options); but routers are so aggressively priced that they are often a pretty good deal for adding network capabilities to assorted projects on the fast and cheap.

I'm always up for other suggestions, of course; but I'm currently a big fan of the little 'travel/portable' routers that the RT5350 seems to have spawned a bunch of. Ethernet, USB, 802.11B/G/N, typically a serial port(I got lucky with the ones I purchased, the pads were even labelled and everything), and a few GPIOs, all for $15 or less. Kind of weak (usually 32MB RAM and ~400MHz MIPS core); but feel the price.

Comment: Re:Blame politics (Score 3, Insightful) 231

by sumdumass (#48938351) Attached to: The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

It doesn't help when scientists pushing the fear also push the politics.

Also, its not fiction that is easier to understand. Its how it does or does not impact your daily life directly or indirectly enough for the near future. That is what politicians and news anchors do.

Comment: Re:The fuzzy line between hobby and job (Score 1) 215

And if that redistribution did not happen, those drivers would be out of jobs among other things. But who cares anyways. Its not like the government will stop taxing cars, they will just find new ways to sprnd the money.

Also, on existing roadways, the amount collected from the gas taxes at the state and federal levels is completely enough to maintain state and federal roads. Where the shortfall come from is adding additional capacity to existing roads, new roads, projects that are not roads, and roads and infrastructure unrelated to those roads. A sizable portion of money collected for roads does get shifted to non road uses.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 65

by tlhIngan (#48937651) Attached to: Alibaba Face Off With Chinese Regulator Over Fake Products

Hmmmm.... somehow I thought that knockoffs are legal in China? Maybe only if they knockoff another Chinese manufacturer? Maybe only if they sell it to a Chinese person?

Ironically, it's more a case of "ripping off your own products".

Knockoffs are legal... if they're of a non-Chinese good.

But try to knock off a Chinese product or even pirate a Chinese product (say a DVD or something) and China Does Something About It(tm). There have been more than a few piracy groups busted for pirating Chinese movies and TV series.

This applies in other countries, too. The night market here used to be known for the pirated DVDs, but various busts between Hollywood (who only remove the Hollywood movies and leave the Chinese pirated DVDs alone) and China itself (who go after the pirated Chinese DVDs only, and leave the pirated Hollywood ones alone) has resulted in those distributors being busted. It apparently lead to the operators being more vigilant and ensuring there aren't pirated DVDs available for sale there anymore.

Now, it rarely involves jail time - usually just complete seizure of goods.

Comment: I wonder if Google has made themselves vulnerable (Score 1) 187

by SuperKendall (#48937311) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Google had problems with getting updates out to devices, so they decided to move many functions of Android the OS, into a Google Services library that could be upgraded when the core OS could not...

But doesn't that leave Google kind of vulnerable? In theory a different company could create their own variant of that library, take things the way they want...

I'm surprised Samsung at least has not done that, perhaps Microsoft is considering it.

Comment: Re:Add noise (Score 1) 82

by gweihir (#48936887) Attached to: Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

It is not. A Faraday cage is great for shielding a static E field (for this, it is perfect if made form a perfect conductor or you wait infinitely long), but it does exactly nothing for shielding the B part. Hence a Faraday cage _weakens_ electromagnetic radiation, but it does not block it completely. What you need is proper EM-shielding, which can be accomplished with any conducting material, but effect is dependent on thickness.

It is fascinating though that you think a Faraday cage would give you 100% reliable protection, when it does no such thing. This exemplifies the real problem with IT security: Too many people that think they know what they are talking about, when in fact they have no clue.

Comment: Re:Positive pressure? (Score 1) 351

by gweihir (#48936841) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

And hence the proposed solution does work even less. You seem to have completely missed what I was talking about and that the UEL is completely irrelevant for my argument. "WTF" indeed.

But you know, UEL 100% nonsense. Wikipedia seems to have copied a rather obvious error. Looking it up, it turns out to be 80...82% and that explains why it is used in this fashion: It has an extremely wide working range as a fuel-air explosive.

I do stand corrected on the UEL though, even if that has zero impact on my point and your claim is just as wrong.

Comment: Re:Since when is AMT controversial? (Score 4, Informative) 147

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48936245) Attached to: FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed
A mixture of both. The AMT system includes a dedicated ARC cpu, which runs its own OS and functions independently of the host to a large degree; but also can see into, and sometimes make use of, some of the hardware visible to the host system(details depend on version). For communication, for instance, the AMT system has access to the wired NIC below the OS's view(wireless NICs are more complex, I think AMT can do a direct connection to a trusted AP if configured to do so; but can't do VPN without piggybacking on the host OS), and it also has enough hooks into the various peripherals that it can do remote KVM in hardware, by emulating HID devices and snooping the framebuffer, mount an .iso as though it were a connected SATA device, and access some storage and memory locations that are also accessible to the host OS or programs, in order to gather data on system health, software versions, etc.

I'm not exactly sure how the BIOS/UEFI flash and the flash that stores the AMT firmware are related to one another. On computers with AMT, a 'bios update' will often flash both; but I don't know if that's because they are just different areas of the same SPI flash chip, or whether it's just a convenience bundling of two nearly unrelated updaters.

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