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Comment Re:If it was easy (Score 2) 132

If it was easy everybody would do it. Like engineering, like medicine, like pro football, like many other things.

It CAN be easy.Just click the EASY button. Let's begin.

Now click on the Think button. Tomorrow we're going to show you how to click and hold an actual Idea and drag 'n drop it into the Brain.

Then we'll introduce the Wizard Wizard. Ever went looking for a Wizard only to find that what you're trying to do has never been done? Wizard Wizard to the rescue! There's even a Wizard Wizard Wizard that can help you decide what needs to be done, and a W4 that does this automatically. It is advised to run W4 and up in a secure virtual machine. After a period of self-assembly they invariably set about to exterminate mankind.

Next you'll learn how to click on things that are outside your computer. Like this cat. The problem with visual IDEs is that too often the stuff inside the computer does not give you the tools necessary to drag anything useful anywhere --- or you just wind up with things on top of or inside other things. We'll experiment with pillows, freight trains and Russian Dolls and of course, cats.

Then on the last day you'll learn how to splice DNA, which is derived from the ancient threaded Forth language. You'll meet the members of the 'DNA glitch' community, who jack around and patch DNA to see what those hilarious fucked up creatures do.

Then when the world has been destroyed and everything is on fire and foul mutants hunt humans, you will receive your Certificate of Completion.

Submission + - Some Reversible USB-C Cables/Adapters Could Cause Irreversible Damage

TheRealHocusLocus writes: Three Decembers ago I lauded the impending death of the trapezoid. Celebration of the rectangle might be premature however, because in the rush-to-market an appalling number of chargers, cables and legacy adapters have been discovered to be non-compliant. There have been performance issues with bad USB implementation all along, but now — with improved conductors USB-C offers to negotiate up to 3A in addition the 900ma base, so use of a non-compliant adapter may result in damage. Google engineer and hero Benson Leung has been waging a one-man compliance campaign of Amazon reviews to warn of dodgy devices and praise the good. Reddit user bmcclure937 offers a spreadsheet summary of the reviews. It's a jungle out there, don't get fried.

Comment Re:ABORT on goddammed ESC key (Score 1) 404

Here is an addendum that I would have added to the original message IF the EDIT/ADD Slashdot feature request I propose here was implemented, please vote for it!

Here is a good description of the ESC key behavior change which among other things introduces a Firefox add-on called SuperStop . SuperStop adds a Shift-ESC key combination which most often succeeds in shutting everything down. But it is it is apparently unable to prevent the triggering of JS timers that have been set... allowing persistent-connection-abusive sites like Yahoo News to awaken from the dead to do more nasty poodle doo.

Comment Reconsider "read rest of comment" thresholds (Score 1) 1825

People like me who rant on a lot feel genuinely slighted when the final paragraphs of our wordy treatises are axed suddenly, often mid paragraph, with a "Read rest of comment" sentence of doom. I'm not sayin' it should be unlimited, just perhaps increased again by half or even doubled from what they are now. Slashdot has its origins in USENET where any such cloaking devices resided completely on the client side.

If the split-threshold is based on some estimation of vertical page height that allows the presence of many shorter comments to affect the display of the longer ones, please consider removing it.

There is also an APPARENT BUG that manifests itself at times where you see an incorrect and annoying "Read rest of comment" at then end of a comment that has been completely displayed. Whether it is a logic fault or the posted text contains white space after the end, the code that decides whether a split is necessary should be reexamined, even if it is so little as a single trailing CR that puts length over the threshold by one. All trailing white space should be trimmed anyway.

Being one who communicates paragraphs at a time, when time only permits skimming I naturally pause at longer comments, and I wish more other people would also.

I wouldn't go so far as to bring karma metrics into it, but specifically AC might be exempted or given a smaller split-threshold because there do exist certain ACs who routinely drop massive paste-a-thons regarding Yoda and butt-plugs. I have researched these topics independently and can attest that those posts add little information or insight.

Some attention to lameness filters may be in order also. There is a filter that seems to be in place to discourage ASCII art, and recently it also discouraged me from posting something regarding WIN-1252/vs/UTF-8 character sets where I attempted to show a simple table of problem characters. Even the those few characters nailed me to the lameness filter. I finally gave up completely. Maybe if I had dropped in a bunch of Yoda butt-plug text at the end it would have posted, sorry I didn't think of it.

Comment MIT: Add an egg! And an extra egg! (Score 4, Interesting) 52

Let's begin with a little story. In the 1950s the Betty Crocker company introduced just-add-water 'box' cake recipes that produced cakes that were as good as and often better than peoples' 'scratch' cakes --- sometimes the recipe was better (or) the mix in the factory-sealed box stayed fresher than ingredients taken from the pantry, why does not matter. Betty Crocker cakes aced blind taste-tests and were affordable, and yet the product did not take off as expected.

A bit of research uncovered a guilty secret. In spite of what the company perceived as pure convenience, cake-making women (and the manly cake-making men of the 1950s) were secretly ashamed of the simple steps to produce a product that had been the subject of family pride. They no longer felt sufficiently empowered by the process. By the simple addition of an actual egg, enough recipe-empowerment returned to remove this psychological deterrent and cake-box sales soared.

They later refined the tactic by suggesting on the box that the product might even be improved even further by the (optional) addition of that miracle of miracles, the extra egg. Two eggs! Everyone who was anyone tossed in that extra egg. And all remnants of cake-making insecurity vanished completely and America embraced the box-cake, to become the industrial cake-making giant it is today.

((SIDE NOTE: Even though this was known to me, to come up with a citation I found it not generally discussed. I had to delve down to 'book' level to find a good reference to it. Thanks Google. Folks who imagine that web content sufficiently represents our culture should think again.))

(DO, a deer, a female deer) So not surprisingly the good people of MIT have re-discovered that to continue the cryptographic arms race every simple hard-coded tag must become a passive device, (RE, a drop of golden sun) every passive device must become an active computing device, (MI) and every active computing device must become a self-contained machine (FA) with an autonomous power source, (SO) non-volatile memory and significant processing power. It will soon move into the next phase where even this is not sufficient because of unforeseen circumstances like new attacks on hash algorithms or implementation errors, and a robust system must also include flash-update capability, (LA) which also requires a separate and secure chain of certificate-based authentication to prevent someone from planting the original 'stoned' virus upon RFID tags. "Your passport is now stoned. Legalize marijuana!" (TI)

Which is itself moot if someone somewhere manages to leak or crack a single private flash update key. Which brings us back to (DO).

So the discovery is actually that RFID technology is mirroring nicely the same arms race that computers and communication links everywhere are experiencing. As Bruce Schneier sagely says, "Security is a process, not a product." So be generally conservative and wary every time someone offers a new security end-product --- and remind yourself every now and then, "Why again are we even riding this Merry-Go-Round?" By all rights Schneier should be helping to roll out the gravy train that would place RFID tags everywhere. More work for him! But surprisingly often he comes out in favor of less embed-intrusive and more human-intensive approaches to security. That's why humans love him and robots don't subscribe to his Twitter feed.

In addition to taking these (seemingly necessary) small steps in the direction of embedding additional complexity, we should devote equal time to considering the possibility of small steps that roll back complexity generally, to reveal what unforeseen benefits they may have. Perhaps the powdered egg once included in box-cakes was actually sufficient for the task at hand. If you are a merchant concerned about security your ultimate ace-in-the-hole is that empowered employee who notices the unusual trend in transactions or that skimmer on the gas pump. To evolve as a species and slow down the arms race we should be finding way to make better people not products. Employers think employees suck. Employees think employers suck eggs. We are becoming paralyzed by add-an-egg anxiety.

Otherwise the next woodpecker to come along will destroy civilization. Give the chickens a rest.

Comment ABORT on goddammed ESC key (Score 5, Interesting) 404

Some where back in the dim recent past, Firefox's ESCape key no longer meant abort everything and return control completely to the user. No matter if the base html is incomplete, no matter if some goofy-gumdrop JSON cloud-abortion is in progress, or a 302 redirect is in progress. No matter if you'll have to settle for a blank page because CSS cannot decide what color the text will be. Just ABORT. Now the ESC key means hardly anything.

Now in the face of incomplete loads, packet loss, severely delayed DNS lookups, javascript tumors that are busy metastasizing to grow the page from seeds using repeated lookups to unresponsive and overworked database servers --- all of this results in pages that won't stop loading, tabs that will not close immediately, or even pages with visible readable content that will not respond to scrolling requests or link clicks... until... exactly what I never found out.

The purported reason was to save the poor deep data content providers from aborted transactions caused by unwashed masses hitting reload and ESC. I say, if they're overloaded or vulnerable in any way to aborts or identical re-submits they are vulnerable to script kiddies too and someone has not done their job properly or provisioned their servers adequately. I never considered the ability to abort a web load as anything but an intrinsic RIGHT --- until it was taken away. It was,like, what are they thinking?

I've had to force-close Firefox to regain control. And no we're not talking about Flash or embed delays either, I run NoScript. This is Firefox's native process refusing to abort everything under all conditions.

If content providers bite into some apple of complexity (for example) embedding advertising and load sharing schemes that do little tricks (such as) using gobblegook DNS names with low or zero TTL, they deserve to be sandbagged for their effort by the masses until they re-think their decision and (god forbid) roll back in the general direction of 'static' content.

Unfortunately this is something a third-party addon cannot really fix. If ever I was temped to fork a whole project and create a new subculture to fix one aggravating feature=bug this is it.

Comment Superfreakin' EDIT/APPEND function please (Score 1) 1825

Posted messages have two status: UNRESPONDED immediately after post, and RESPONDED after someone replies to or moderates it.

If a message is UNRESPONDED the full text of the message can be edited at any time until the whole thread is locked weeks later.

If a message is RESPONDED, then when the original poster selects 'edit' the poster is informed in the edit screen that only append is available. They can enter any amount of new text, which will appear at the end of the original message after the tag: "[username] added:"

Whenever any 'edit' transaction is posted or previewed, the system should check the status of the message again to see if it is (or has become during the edit text entry) RESPONDED. In that case, show a message saying that its status has changed and only 'append' is available, presenting the poster with an empty text area for append text.

If you really want to get fancy consider the other race case too, every time someone hits reply and is entering text then hits post/preview, the system should check to see if the revision of the message they are responding to has changed. If it has, the system returns with a message informing them that the original has been changed, supplying their input again just like a preview and giving them a chance to re-read the original and (perhaps) back out.

All messages that have been edited or appended show a additional clickable tiny unobtrusive '+' symbol in the header, which links to a log listing date/time of original post and subsequent edit/appends. I suggest no 'reason given' field, this is not paranoid Wikipedia and should not be treated as such. The fact that something was edited is only of concern during conflicts, this information should be available but should not clutter up the normal header with whole words, the '+' symbol would suffice.


Implementing it this way should take care of the most common and aggravating reasons for edits. You can 'silently' correct grammar, spelling or spell-checker mistakes, fix rotten links.

In RESPONDED messages, the appended text would give the poster the ability also to fix rotten links by having the corrected link appear at the end of the original message: "Oops, that link should be ____", avoiding the need for the poster to post a reply that gets shuffled way down the screen. Appends to RESPONDED messages can also be used to communicate with those replying in a manner more fair to the author: "[username] added: Yes I know I the message says 'stenography' instead of 'steganography', I know what I meant, my spell checker didn't and you should have been able to figure out what I meant."

This would also add a new dimension to discussions from the perspective of those browsing them late in the cycle. If authors have the ability to append to messages that incited a reply-riot, they have a new tool to re-visit previous comments insert post-comments to enhance the flavor. For example if the original message says "I'm certain Trump will/won't win Iowa" the append could say "[username] adds: So Trump didn't win Iowa. We're screwed/saved!"

Other good reasons for editing/appending besides the obvious:

Fix MSWORD special character pastes where WIN1252 and UTF-8 charsets collide. If you know what I mean then you know what I mean.

Recipients of +5 Insightful messages with good links have incentive to append more. People who feel they have been unfairly awarded -1 Troll have an opportunity to explain why that might influence subsequent moderators.

New types of humor will arise: "[username] adds: well fuck you all! I'm outta here!" and new opportunities to subtly game and cleverly abuse the system will arise, helping us to evolve as a species.

I think it would be a win. I have at least one bad link and embarrassing spelling to fix.

Comment Re:Let's be even clearer... (Score 1) 181

People at MIT are very aware that they're in Cambridge, not Boston (600,000), and rarely consider that they're part of the "Greater Boston area" (7,000,000). When they say Boston, they mean Boston, and their estimate is correct.

You are factually and socially correct of course.

The thing that annoys me time after time is when it's time to front grandiose claims regarding energy production and consumption for some fantastic 'new' technology, it seems to be perfectly alright to maintain a provincial attitude to support your claim. It's akin to a forgiven religious indulgence. The people who actually live and work in 'Boston proper' may never be able to afford one of these things, let alone three.

So MIT will hold the patents to this 200MW design which is in terms of solving the global energy problem is a small scale prototype. But it's not being fronted as a prototype model, it is the end product, a city power-er! They will then exert every bit of political influence they can muster to secure contracts to have that (small) item replicated as many times as possible, making the evolving fusion economy as complicated and ineffective as it could possibly be. Once they have secured a new line of funding from bankrupting several 'small' cities they will have the necessary capital to develop a larger one, only three of which could power (and bankrupt) the 'greater Boston' area.

So the claim that three could do Boston --- in the immediately foreseeable future --- is true only for very small numbers of Boston, and the claim they will be 'relatively inexpensive' will only be true for large numbers of inexpensive.

I just wish people would wake up to the real world numbers and delivered promise of nuclear fission with a sense of urgency that there is a problem to solve and we must solve it soon.

Comment Re:This is why, because y has a long tale (Score 2) 227

I personally wrote a steganography tool for JPEG-2000 files for a graduate school project - it just stored data in the least damaging sections of the file. The resultant files were still perfectly legal image files, lossy compressed, and minimally visually damaged.

Kudos for the hands-on. I was fascinated some years ago with progressive GIF overlays and coded some stuff to produce them, not so concerned with stenography and hiding the presence of a message, but more with novel ways of presentation.

One example was embedding a public key into a GIF image. Starting with a standard base image and palette that was the same for everybody, like a shiny golden key floating over a smooth blue gradient... the key bits encoded as a series of overlays that when displayed, made the key sparkle and the background vary in color, all happening over ~10 seconds. The idea was that while most people didn't stand a chance memorizing much "BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK" gobblegook, we'd be better equipped to remember the distinct "sparkle" of an image. More of a style thing than a useful crypto concept.

I also experimented with things like encoding process/memory access and toyed with the idea of filesystem journals rendered as displayable GIFs. It was a fascinating foray into the realm of data structures and helped me to become the person I am today. I presently jet sewers for a living.

Wouldn't it be strange to see some future Slashdot shocker headline, "Bit Rot Discovered In Cloud, All Data Will Be Reduced to Gaussian Noise By 2030". And like the proverbial boiling frog we deny the problem or postpone dealing with it as everything progressively (but slowly) dissolves into static. People who try to raise consciousness and alarm are booed off Slashdot with comments like, "I can read it. What's wrong with you? posted by folks who are also having trouble reading things but enjoy sniping at others more. Then as it reaches the final stages all electronic mediums are projecting mostly static but people are pretending they see and understand the messages perfectly. And most oddly, when we hit Peak Gaussian something resembling a modern society continues to function. Then unfettered by structure society literally melts into phantasmagorical goo. Something... like... THIS.

Comment Let's be even clearer... (Score 1) 181

Yep. And as for the "three would power the city of Boston" remember that Boston is TINY. In a list of the top 150 largest cities in the US, Boston comes in at "too small to be on the list." It's barely half the size of the 150th largest city. So that's hardly impressive. (Not that you'd be able to tell by how important Boston thinks it is, but it's one of our nation's smallest "cities.")

Boston? 600MW? I think these MIT folks may be off by as much as a factor of 10 on the 'Boston' thing. If "The Greater Boston area, which includes the North Shore, represents about half of the state's electricity use." [and] 2012 Actual Peak Demand was 12,429MW then at 200MW apiece it would require ~32 of them not 3. That would make their claim true only for really small numbers of Boston.

Not trying to belittle the achievement of a 200MW fusion reactor. The most astounding figure of all is that no matter the size of the reactor, it would produce exactly 100% more electricity than fusion produces today.

Comment AND NOW for something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT (Score 1) 178

Updated for 2016! All original unless noted! Browse! Engage! Plagiarize!

It's fun to discuss nuclear energy on Slashdot... A brief history of nuclear energy fear in these United States... You should fear everything besides nuclear energy... Solar drives California towards cannibalism, or your money back... There's a fire, and people pushing intermittent sources are blocking the exits... Hiding wonders of the modern world from the kids...Some energy priorities... 2016: The Year in energy... Meet the folks of TBA, a city willing to store spent nuclear fuel... Nothing is as patriotic as mining... A move to LFTR may be the only way to preserve modern society in the face of disaster (volcanism, Maunder minimum)... Can the grid 'black-start' after a disaster?... Sometimes you just have to point things out... some confuse Weinberg's '300 year best-fit for waste' two fluid design for other single fluid designs... or using solid fuel Thorium, which is pointless so long as uranium is available... yes it's full of dangerous glop, but it is useful and happy glop... yes, I think a LFTR could be developed and built within $4B... every path to biofuels leads to scorched-earth disaster, Thorium energy gives us the surplus to generate synfuels... Decommissionining of nuclear plants promotes an ugly 'vulture culture'... One way to do it: ThorCon, a thorium burner not breeder... Aside from your own yard or roof, solar and wind are losers... With LFTR surplus we could begin making diesel and fertilizer... Do it for the children... No-Plan-Stan tries to derail another discussion about Thorium... EVOLUTIONARY DEAD END COOKIES (serves 7 billion)... AND YOU MY FRIEND -- you would look especially good in Space ... To summarize most energy threads on Slashdot... Finally! Someone who feels personally threatened by solar net-metering!... Golly Gee, it's the UN Convention for Nuclear Safety... Antineutrino Detection is a good thing, but be wary of the Church of Environmentalism... Beware the pseudo-environmentalism of waste-fault-finding... An Admiral Rickover fact check (severe tire damage)... LNT (linear no threshold) needs re-examination... No I'm not risk adverse, just risk conscious... Don't destroy the environment, use surplus energy to sequester CO2 (if you wish)... Welcome to Camp Awesome... Build a giant wind turbine for Toad Suck... Say hello to the supertoy of the future, the nuclear/RTG powered Teddy bear!... Sitting Ducks Hail Megatons to Megawatts... Weaponize space (for asteroids)... One must sift past Fukushima fear-hype... So what is good about Fukushima Daiichi?...And no, it's not a freaking extinction level event... (Leslie Corrice on the 'cancer spike'), so keep a level head about it... No, Japan is not decided on nuclear power... Energy subsidies, and Japan's biggest mistake...Meanwhile China is forging ahead on nuclear power... China is poised to build 'Americas' wherever it pleases... Meet Robert Faulkner, (apparently) the only other person who believes in HVDC pipelines... Alook at Electricity in the Time of Cholera... On the new coal powered IBM Power8 chips... Thorium lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. Why aren't you helping?

Think of me as the Trix Rabbit of Thorium.

Please see Thorium Remix and my own letters on energy,
  To The Honorable James M. Inhofe, United States Senate
  To whom it may concern, Halliburton Corporate
Also of interest, Faulkner [2005]: Electric Pipelines for North American Power Grid Efficiency Security

Comment windbags are not the solution (Score 1) 178

I see you've gotten a 'Troll' for your seasoned GP remark. Around here that means you're on the right track. There's a lot of delusion around here.

The 'smart grid' argument is a 21st century phenomenon where smart takes on the meaning that robust used to have. And the term robust has slipped too --- it used to mean engineered well enough to be truly resilient to failure, now it is often used to describe a mere excess of something, usually taken to absurd limits.

Advocates of 'smart' things center their argument on waste and inefficiency, as if we had attained some optimum level of energy production years ago and have been just pissing it all away. They'll reach into thin air (and other places) for figures like 30-50% waste and when someone presents a study that identifies a specific loss in a certain place that is say, 3-5%, unacceptable only in some perfectionist sense of engineering, those who claimed the higher figure will cry "See? I told you so!" as if their error of magnitude is unworthy of note. They will then go on to propose changes that require everyone to manufacture and purchase and deploy centrally monitored smart widgets everywhere that are all watched over by machines of loving grace to nip that 50% (oops actually less than 10%) in the bud. They're actually just saying, "We like to think about complicated things and (fragile) intricate networks, so every time you speak of increasing capacity we'll derail the discussion to talk about smart widgets and waste because no one can stop us."

Advocates of 'robust' windsolarwhatever multipliers run smack into your stochastic wall, but even though you have expressed it well it will not faze them a bit. If you point out that even at 'optimum' efficiency the yield for wind is typically 30% they'll take that unimaginably ludicrous number of turbines that would need to be built and triple it, problem solved. Your stochastic point is completely lost. There is no way to counter the idea that the wind is always blowing somewhere and these people are actually imagining giant wind turbines hopping back and forth across the continent trailing transmission umbilici behind to gather in throngs where the wind is the strongest. Or easier still, simply imagine them as having been built there. They saw a wind map one day and imagined that's the way it 'is' and do not recall the continent ever being under a stable high pressure dome for weeks with generally light and variable winds. Not one of them would be willing to gamble their own lives on the bet that there will be wind on any day in any location, yet they'll do their small part to drive society, by small degrees, to a point where it is hanging on a desperate and stupid gamble.

When someone mentions 'storage' technology it should be whispered, with the eyes gazing heavenward to beg forgiveness. For these folks know or care little of the devastating ecological horrors they are proposing. By going with that gigajoule-level storage paradigm to somehow salvage what is an (already) ridiculous idea of replacing few 1-10GW plants with many intermittent geographically dispersed 3-50MW sources... the storage solution for this level of energy is freaklishly and chemically insane. Storage is where the most bizarre bedfellows emerge from the shadows. They imagine a few lithium batteries the size of skyscrapers that rendered large areas (in other countries) uninhabitable in their manufacture, or (if they're more practical) great lakes of acid and lead plates. Of course if you press them on the matter they won't admit to imagining any of those things. Instead they are thinking of the little safe and friendly batteries in their cellphones and cars gently and lovingly encased in plastic, maybe a little bigger, connected by enough copper wire to render large areas (in other countries) into desolate open pit mines. Or taking temporary refuge from reality altogether --- imagining game-changer things such as a (mumble mumble) matrix (mumble) graphene mumble. Something the size of a house that can store so much energy that it will level a city block if anything goes wrong. Which it will. It may toxify the planet to manufacture and kill people but it isn't nuclear so it's safe.

But it goes even further. These storage bedfellows beyond environmental hypocrites, they are monsters. I've seen with my own eyes folks who think fracking is intolerable but the idea of pumping air into the Earth is cool. Let's take the hypothetically incomprehensible number of intermittent energy sources we need and increase it again 3x-10x to compensate for more 'practical' forms of energy storage with tiny efficiency factors --- yet do not involve batteries and chemistry. Like blowing air into mines, or the most popular, pumping water uphill. Oh great --- now we are building hydroelectric plants (in addition to the wind turbines) on a scale beyond any that presently exist. Whose only purpose is to harness energy from water that humans have lifted up-hill to, um, where? Into giant lakes of course! Ones that presently do not exist. Or do exist and some kindly socialist government has 'acquired' it from the locals. Or on lands unfit for lakes to which, um, plastic?, bed-liners have been placed. Or something, anything! Oops, evaporation. Better double the amount of intermittent energy sources again to compensate. And where does the water come from in the first place? Canada of course.

We haven't even touched on time. How many days must/should this storage be able to carry the grid? No one was ever derided, or had their thesis score penalized, for suggesting 1-3 days. As if there has never been a continent-wide freeze or other event that could possibly decrease solar yield for longer. By now I've lost track of the multipler by which we'd need to increase the capacity of intermittent sources to compensate for the absurdity of the basic approach. And the time thing is a bit hairy too.

So are the people who have latched onto these schemes really certain that they would work, or are they actually just certain that we're wasting most of the energy anyway? Are they really concerned about waste, or merely certain that any global measures down this road will impact other people first? They've got brains. So what is it, exactly?

Nature has already shown us some great ways to store release energy from chemical bonds, and some truly fantastic methods of breeding energy-dense but short-lived isotopes superior to any chemical means by a factor of a million --- and even ways to do this that keep hazardous waste volume small and waste decay to safe levels to a few hundred years.

But that's nuclear. And nuclear is off the table. And there you have it. There are relatively few people who actually stand to benefit from the push for intermittent energy sources, and none will benefit in the end. But what of the others say, those who insist on talking up this awful mess of ideas, though their day-jobs do not hinge upon it?

The one thing that unites intermittent energy advocates, including the ones who claim they're not opposed to nuclear energy yet fail to mention it because it's not fun to discuss it right now and they want to be trendy and popular, is deep down really, opposition to nuclear energy.

Opposition to nuclear energy in any form --- including pushing this intermittent source crap solution --- itself deserves serious opposition.

It is no longer enough to just raise children without an irrational fear of nuclear energy. They must become aware at a young age that there is a silent war on and they must, in order to ensure the continued survival of modern civilization, begin to oppose and publicly ridicule those who exhibit this fear. This may range from a gentle instruction and chiding of those who express misgivings honestly and openly, to a direct and aggressive attack on the greatest sources of danger in our time --- those who deliberately cloak their anti-nuclear sentiment in Byzantine ways that serve to derail debate and parry the subject to other 'alternative' approaches. In other words, this is an existential threat.

"I'm for all forms of energy, and storage, the more complicated is better! No one can fault me for that!"
It's time that we did. There's a fire and they're blocking the exits.

Comment Let's BUILD one for them toad suckers (Score 0) 178

Oh let's do it! Let's harness the wind and crack the storage problem and lay thousands of miles of connecting feeders and create shell companies that live off of subsidies and hammer consumers for long term investments to build massive machines in the most hostile, corrosive environment amortized over 30 years that need major maintenance and replacement parts in 10! Let's Suck 'Em dry!

We really need to build one of these things, because we can, and the first one should be special. To showcase the idea that offshore wind can run a whole continent from miles away, let's run the wires all the way to Toad Suck, Arkansas in (Perry County). With a population of ~10,000 the turbine's peak 50MW should be able to handle the pumps in the water treatment and distribution plant and the sewer plant for a few hours a day, with maybe a thousand or so watts left over for each resident. They'll be able to run their whole houses on one outlet and one circuit breaker because there won't be much left over. They'd better have natural gas or plenty of firewood for Winter heating.

The residents of Toad Suck are hardy folk who'd gladly participate in this experiment. Maybe they could even put up fake 'charging stations' so yuppie tourists arriving in electric cars to catch a glimpse of the community of the future can have the juice sucked right out of them, so Toad Suck can run their pumps for a couple minutes more every day.

Oh wait--- you thought this megalith was going to power your own city or sprawling suburb and ensure a bright and prosperous energy future for your kinfolk? That's funny. Not this one, not so fast. There's maybe around ten thousand of them left to build out there in the ocean before the great project is scrapped, as the last vestige of this great country has been laid waste by famine, revolution and debt to foreign manufacturers. The next one we build will power neighboring Conway County Arkansas to the North of Toad Suck. It's a better fit for this experiment because with a population of ~20,000, double that of Perry, we can determine whether a modern community can get by with only half the energy capacity of Toad Suck. The folks in Conway will be casting envious eyes towards Perry, with their one house with Xmas lights per block. Conway will be almost entirely dark at night, gotta run those pumps! Good time to invest in sustainable whale-oil futures!

Or we could build small self contained buildings protected from the elements close to where the energy is needed, that just produce gigawatt-years of electricity from a few tons of barely-radioactive Thorium seed fuel that can be stored in a single room.

Please see Thorium Remix and my own letters on energy,
  To The Honorable James M. Inhofe, United States Senate
  To whom it may concern, Halliburton Corporate

Submission + - On Noes! Facebooks Haz 7even Buttonz Now

TheRealHocusLocus writes: The kitsch klatch is in a buzzfeeding frenzy over the announcement of a new Likelovehahayaywowbadangry button bar. Bloomberg has taken a strong lead with a story that has it all: bizarre smiley head photo art, throbbing gifs and a whispered promise of steamy secrets revealed. Chris Cox emerges as the corporate rockstar whose head will be served on a platter if this bold gamble backfires. But perhaps most amazing, the article mentions Buzzfeed exactly zero (0) times. This confirms our worst fears.

Facebook has not simply served up someone else's emotion bar. They have provided man with the tools of his own destruction — or deliverance, if you prefer the whitewashed corporate version. The seven iconic temperaments represent the Seven Seals of God that may only be opened by Lamb with seven eyes as portrayed in the Book of Revelations. The Seals' earthy appearance is that of an unsigned 3 bit integer. By clicking through the eyes of the Lamb Facebook users will be able to latch those bits to bring about the final days. Throughout history seers have struggled to identify the Beast, but they have been looking in vain to people or shadowy organizations. Therefore it is both ironic and fitting that the Beast would reveal itself as a cloud app.

If you are fragile in temperament and fear the Bloomberg story might be too upsetting, try this this simple announcement with screenshots.

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