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Comment: Re: what if NASA gets the wrong 4 meter-or-so boul (Score 1) 97

I think there's already a 2030 mission in the works to send the boulder back with flowers, chocolates, and an apology letter inscribed on a golden disc that reveals a YouTube compilation of Carl Sagan quotes if placed in a laserdisc player. (The instructions on the sleeve for constructing such a device simply say "This product has been discontinued" in a mixture of pulsar coordinates and atomic oscillations.)

Comment: Re:Politicians will be stupid but scientists/techn (Score 1) 356

by Kobun (#49241647) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

Why invest in short term solutions?

Yes, why do anything ever if there is something better eventually behind it? You are starting to skirt the edge of stupidly fanatical. If we have a technology NOW that allows us to effectively halt our contribution to climate change, we do that. While we are doing the thing that we know how to do, we're also researching how to do the thing that we'd like to be doing - solar in the near term (100 years), fusion out past that.

My point about coal & natural gas is made to illustrate the huge gains to be made in divorcing ourselves from coal as rapidly as possible. Almost anything is better. "Better" is what we're all supposed to be working towards - my better is a drastic reduction in dispersed pollutants from energy production (mercury, ash, atmospheric uranium, CO2, etc.). What's yours? Solar isn't worth doing just for solar's sake, there needs to be a reason.

Comment: Re:Politicians will be stupid but scientists/techn (Score 2) 356

by Kobun (#49240379) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

All this is irrelevant. Uranium, is limited in supply, even if it's a large supply. This limit means we will eventually have to stop using it and use something else. So why bother starting?

Whilst living on this planet the sun will provide us with all the energy we need if we can just work out how to harness it effectively. Save the Fissile materials for when we *really* need them, like if/when we get into deep space exploration.

There are enough fissile materials for 100,000 years worth of power, once you put thorium and breeders and non-traditional uranium sources into the mix. Even if this is off by an order of magnitude, a 10,000 year supply of power lasts longer than recorded human history. To me, this is a reliable enough supply (and one that can be used TODAY) that I support its use until we bridge to some form of terrestrial fusion, and/or solar energy.

Let me ask you this: If we started now and built even just enough natural gas plants in the US to replace every erg of coal power that are currently used here, what would the effect on US carbon emissions be? Don't sweat the limits of the gas supply, it's a thought exercise. And this doesn't even attempt to consider all of the other crap that coal puts into the environment.

Comment: Re:What difference does it make? (TM) (Score 1) 609

by Kobun (#49235381) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server
Doesn't even matter - she's demonstrated that either:
a. Her technical adviser was too stupid to tell her that she could get two (or more) email addresses worth of mail on a single device.
b. She thinks that she can sway independent voters with a pack of lies that I'd be embarrassed to hear come out of a ten year old's mouth.

Either way, I'm of the opinion that she would have been better off ignoring it. Her dyed in the wool followers would continue to support her and the maybe-third-party voters wouldn't have had to listen to the dumb.

uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner 275

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-cpu-is-our-cpu dept.
New submitter Eloking sends news that uTorrent, a popular BitTorrent client, is silently installing cryptocurrency mining software for many users. [uTorrent] brings in revenue through in-app advertising and also presents users with “offers” to try out third-party software when installed or updated. These offers are usually not placed on users’ machines without consent, but this week many users began complaining about a “rogue” offer being silently installed. The complaints mention the Epic Scale tool, a piece of software that generates revenue through cryptocurrency mining. To do so, it uses the host computer’s CPU cycles. ... The sudden increase in complaints over the past two days suggests that something went wrong with the install and update process. Several users specifically say that they were vigilant, but instead of a popup asking for permission the Epic Scale offer was added silently.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 449

by Kobun (#49111361) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV
I didn't say they were looking at signatures (and really, how many cashiers are trained in handwriting analysis to tell the difference between my variable scribbling and a forgery). Visa (and MC and Amex) disallow either a customers willingness to produce an ID or anything about the ID itself as a legitimate factor in refusing to accept someones card.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 449

by Kobun (#49084645) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV
Absolutely correct. In fact, merchants should not (cannot, in practice) ask for your drivers license to compare to your credit card. Visa's rules don't allow them to base a decision off of that. Once they touch a drivers license, they have now colored any future decision to reject the card as a payment type.

See the top of page 34: http://usa.visa.com/download/m...

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