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Comment Cars are made to secure maker and dealer profits (Score 1) 417

I do have a technology, engine immobilizer, popularized in 90's. I assume that this was a selling point back then to prevent car theft.

Reality is that currently it costs $2 to $20 to cut a key. However, the price is up to $350, or more, to program transponder in the key at the dealer.

My car right now is 10 years old and I do not need some sort of protection for the car whose value is less than $2000. More importantly, once, immobilizer stopped recognizing native original key, which required mechanic tinkering with the immobilizer and car computer.

We are talking about redundant entertainment technology? How about unnecessary technology, a software, which can disable your car in the middle of your trip.

Speaking about car electronics - currently cars can perform the self check, auto diagnose an tell you what is wrong with the car. Can, and actually do, are different things: all the car is doing is only telling you to return to the dealer for "Maintenance", when the "Maintenance indicator" lights up.

I wish automakers would follow the philosophy of low cost airlines - all the features are optional, and not forcefully shoved to the consumers.

Comment Eastern Europe - attidude needs to change (Score 1) 379

I think you got this one wrong, as your thinking is probably 20 years obsolete.

Cartridges are more expense in Eastern Europe. Many from E.Europe buy cartridges from US websites.

Cheaper workers..... Yahwn.... Eastern Europeans do not come to work to USA more frequently than Australians or Japanese. First of all, because they are part of 500M+ European Union now, where people can move freely. Europeans can travel to work to other country, such as UK or Germany, without visas, green cards, fingerprinting and the wait. It is cheaper to fly form Warsaw or Bucharest to Berlin or London, than to San Francisco.

To put it briefly: Eastern Europeans are not flocking to USA anymore.....

Comment Wrong premise (Score -1, Troll) 278

Morning sickness is not a disease to begin with.

So when spin doctors started promoting thalidomide it only highlighted irrationality of individuals and population. Regulation which banned thalidomide is not an evidence that government is a solution to all the problems.

Government does have a role within a functioning society to make it more efficient or, for example, to ensure common defense.

However rationale of governing is many other areas always perverted and illogical: one one side Government allows, heck, funds millions of abortions, meaning killing millions of people all in the sake of choice. On the other hand when people make stupid choice of eating morning sickness pills, smoke weed or get faulty breast implants, all of the sudden, this type of choice is no longer tolerated. Killing with one hand and protecting from voluntary harm with other?

Who get to decide which human choices government regulates and which ones does not?

Comment 500 million panels is 0.5% of energy consumed (Score 1) 574

All authoritarians are bad at math. Many of them just incompetent and the moment they open their mouth and speak in areas that require quantification, they fail often.

This time is not exception. Who does Hillary has in her presidential team? Liberal art majors?

Here is the calculation:

One solar panel generates approximately 200 Wh of energy. Some might say solar panel generates 230 Wh, but for the sake of simple and easy to understand calculation let's use 200 Wh. There will be 500 million of them.

Let's say there will be 4 hours sun in one day, called Peak Sun hours, a factor which need to be taken into account when making this calculation. Let's say there will be 365 days in a year.

Total energy will be generated per hour: 500 million panels times 200 Wh= 100,000 million Watt hours, or 100,000,000,000 Wh, or 100,000,000, KWh, or 100,000 Mega Wh, or 100 Giga Wh per one hour. My math is correct so far. Right? Per year total energy to be generated 100 GWh X 4 hours x 365 days in a year = 146,000 GWh = 146 TWh.

146 TWh, is the output of 500,000,000 of solar panels

Total energy consumed in USA in 2009, is approx 25,000 TWh per year, here is the source

So Hillary is proposing to install solar panels that will be 0.5% of overall energy consumption?

Calculating energy in solar panels, is just as bad as scaring the world with Iran's 100,000 centrifuges, or measuring volume with Olympic size pools.

Yeah. Authoritarians are often bad at math and they are bad this time also.

0.5 % is of course better than nothing, speaking in absolute terms, but the same, or more, can be achieved by many other alternatives.

Comment Court should refuse to rule (Score 1, Interesting) 193

This is one of few instances when courts would be wise to do nothing and refuse to rule on the question.

The question is meaningless the same way it is meaningless for the court to rule whether the boiled egg needs to be cracked at the sharp end or the rounder end.

I would also like to remind the famous French Candle makers' petition asking the lawmakers to intervene:

"We (French candle-makers) are suffering from the ruinous competition of a foreign rival who apparently works under conditions so far superior to our own for the production of light that he is flooding the domestic market with it at an incredibly low price; for the moment he appears, our sales cease, all the consumers turn to him, and a branch of French industry whose ramifications are innumerable is all at once reduced to complete stagnation. This rival, which is none other than the sun.

We ask you to be so good as to pass a law requiring the closing of all windows, dormers, skylights, inside and outside shutters, curtains, casements, bull's-eyes, deadlights, and blinds — in short, all openings, holes, chinks, and fissures through which the light of the sun wont to enter houses, to the detriment of the fair industries with which, we are proud to say, we have endowed the country, a country that cannot, without betraying ingratitude, abandon us today to so unequal a combat."

Submission + - Satellites: Earth Is Nearly In Its 22nd Year Without Global Warming-> 1

Trachman writes: After September of this year, the Earth will be entering its 22nd year without statistically significant warming trend, according to satellite-derived temperature data. Since September 1994, University of Alabama in Huntsville’s satellite temperature data has shown no statistically significant global warming trend. For over 20 years there’s been no warming trend apparent in the satellite records and will soon be entering into year 22 with no warming trend apparent in satellite data — which examines the lowest few miles of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Do not shoot the messenger....

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Comment Everything is relative (Score 0) 99

While the medical achievements are amazing, something is bitter about the pediatric medicine in China.

$80,000 was the cost of the operation.

Yet the Chinese government puts enormous pressure to abort the second child in the family and literally millions of healthy children are aborted.

I never understood this selective use of efforts comparable to other initiative: one launch of satellite costing billions, mainly to pay salaries for the thousands of engineers and technicians, could also be used to provide electricity and internet (even if it is a wireless internet) to the millions and millions of people in Africa who would really benefit from it.

We wish the little girl and their parents the best of luck in their further healing.

Comment Have you seen FPS Russia video in youtube? (Score 4, Funny) 216

Check out FPS Russia video made three years ago with 27Million views. Handgun yielding quadcopter is a bit amateurish compared to the automatic weapon merged with the quadcopter.

Imagine what a quadcopter upgraded with high speed internet, nightvision optics and with the extended range (made possible with advanced batteries) could do.

Heck, drones are already used for smuggling operations.

Comment Re:Good thing ... (Score 2) 139

You are ultimate fool thinking that the appetite of data gathering (spying) organizations is somehow limited to the servers that are stationed in US.

You are double the fool thinking that the government was doing kill US tech business: the truth is these two were adulterers all the times while on surface pretending to be independent. Some Companies even had the guts to state that they are "committed to the privacy" and "fighting the government" ("google and yahoo). The truth is that not only they were adulterers, but more like fused cojoined twins where government and corporations. There is another term that, look it up.

Comment Redundant request? (Score 2, Insightful) 58

GCHQ is already collecting/monitoring the data, consequently, their request is a bit confusing if not redundat, isn't it?

Do they need a backup to their own databases? Or they want to focuss on relationship databases that aggregate all the metadata? Or perhaps they want to focus on analysis of the data, rather than focusing on collection?

Comment Absence of OPSEC is compensated by disinformation (Score 4, Informative) 180

Absence of OPSEC is counter-weighted with several hundred paid internet workers who do nothing else but work day and night to sway internet opinion.

As such, if there will be a report that there were dozens of Russians captured and hundreds of Russians killed, for each and every of the report there will be dozens of comment explaining that such findings are incorrect and fake. And that graves of the Russians are fake. And that Ukrainians are fascists and Nazis, from the failed state. Just read some of the comments for this article.

Regular reader of any news will be flooded with contradicting information and will choose to believe what he wanted to believe.

Comment Transparency is best antidote (Score 1) 173

Some SF86 data has been copied? By definition this data is no longer secret. In the world of intelligence twisted legal logic does not work, such as announcing that the data is still secret and, thus, should remain classified. Beans have been spilled, make a first step and admit it.

The second and last step, In order to prevent blackmail is to make the data available for public. Once it is public, nobody can blackmailed.

Comment Re:So we have a lack of people with wha skills? (Score 1) 614

Sir, if you run the manufacturing company, you should be knowledgeable that labor expenses, on average, is the largest expense component for manufacturing company in USA. Most of the companies choose absorption model to allocate labor expenses to the product cost, which is the reason they are hidden within "Cost of goods sold".

Now, if you look closely, within labor cost there are two most significant components: 1) taxes and 2) Net pay.

Ordinarily, Net pay represents and reflects the cost of living and the reason it is high because of overall taxation in the area.

To conclude, if taxes cut in half, you can expect to reduce your labor, services and material costs as well.

Labor costs are directly influenced by direct and indirect taxation.

Comment Damage is exagerated (Score 1) 116

I think that the damage to USA is very much over-exaggerated. So, the article says, that the informational gate to one of the websites has been messed up for some time.

So here is the prospective: if 50 years ago some some villages boys would have desecrated the entry of the US military base by peeing on the gates, or dropping a dead animal, nobody would care.

Same with the desecration of US website. The readiness and combat abilities did not decreased at all.

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante