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Comment: Re:we're already close to that! (Score 1) 380

by Varka (#47331937) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel
When we're on the road we don't stop for an hour anywhere typically. So what you're saying is realistically it'll add 2 to 2.5 hours to my trip, since I'll have to find a power station with a bay open that I can use for a full hour, and hope it's not limited to a 10 minute top-off because of demand.

Comment: Re:waste of time (Score 3, Interesting) 380

by Varka (#47326877) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel
If I can't drive from Atlanta to Chicago without multiple hour stopovers, it's no-go. What I think we NEED are electric/gas hybrids; something I can head back and forth to work in solely on plug-in power, yet I can kick a small electric generator on for essentially unlimited range.

Comment: I've got this covered. (Score 1) 188

by Varka (#47314303) Attached to: The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe
The universe DID expand, immediately collapse into another super-massive black hole, and we're all just echoes in the subsequent Hawking radiation that's been released. The "accelerating universe" phenomenon is actually our local space/time having been slowed down by this super-massive black hole rather than distant galaxies speeding up. Make the Nobel Prize out to "Varka, of the Hill People."

Comment: Re:7.1a for x64 linux (Score 1) 146

by Varka (#47215379) Attached to: Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt
The level of trust in the current binary builds, in my mind, approaches 0. Once the source code audit is complete, we'll see where my level of trust is in whatever newly compiled versions might be available. Ideally I'd be able to take the source with verifiable md5sum/etc. and compile my own, but a number of comments seem to indicate that this is unlikely, so maybe it's just time to move on to something else.

Comment: Re:7.1a for x64 linux (Score 1) 146

by Varka (#47206025) Attached to: Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

If the developers left this "message" that 7.2 might be compromised, what kind of guarantee is there that 7.1 isn't also compromised

The only kind of guarantee there is: an open, publically funded audit of the code. That's the point of this exercise, even before people realized that blindly trusting the TrueCrypt code was a mistake, and that an audit by non-government researchers was needed.

You're assuming the binary is actually compiled from the source being audited. Once the source audit is complete, AND a recompiled version FROM THAT SOURCE is available, then I might consider using TC again...

Comment: Re:I died and was brought back to life (Score 1) 351

by Varka (#44557111) Attached to: Neurologists Shine Light On Near-Death Experiences
Ostensibly, this isn't proof of the absence of god or heaven. The (theological) argument can be made that all humans die until God resurrects them at the end of the world. Their souls are sleeping/in an unknown state until this happens. So, unless you were dead long enough that the "end of the world" happened, and then woke up and no heaven/angels, it doesn't mean much from a Biblical standpoint.

Comment: Re:Thin client: Android, too? (Score 1) 304

by Varka (#29711789) Attached to: Server Failure Destroys Sidekick Users' Backup Data
Quite possibly.

I could read all my existing google mail while out of service area

I pre-zoomed Google Maps to a level that included basically everywhere I wanted; the data was cached locally on the device. I couldn't scroll very much without encountering blank areas, and I couldnt zoom in and out because it could not load data.

Comment: Re:Thin client: Android, too? (Score 1) 304

by Varka (#29711255) Attached to: Server Failure Destroys Sidekick Users' Backup Data
No, that's not how Android works. You're also wrong on how the e-mail works. The e-mail applications sync data locally to the phone; no data connection is necessary to read e-mail once it's been downloaded to the phone. All my apps worked on a recent camping trip where I had zero data connectivity for over a week. Only thing that didn't work was my web browser, even google maps was functional albeit with no zooming. I even retrieved e-mail once or twice by surprise when a cell signal leaked through the mountains every now and then.

Comment: speaking as an IT provider to health care (Score 1) 294

by sdaemon (#28469105) Attached to: IT and Health Care

I work as an outsourced IT contractor in the Atlanta area, and a large number of my clients are hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, and so forth. The main reasons I see for them not wanting to adopt increased IT infrastructure to enhance record-keeping abilities are:

1) Budget. Health care has been one of the most resilient industries in the current recession, but no one can afford to not watch their spending these days.
2) Reliability. It doesn't work 100% of the time. It might, if you added enough redundancy, but then you're running into problem 1) again.
3) Politics. I don't know of a single hospital that doesn't have serious political infighting. This bleeds over into the budget issue again...who gets how much of the budget for what projects, who gets what access levels within the system, and so forth. IT tends to be looked on as an unwelcome but necessary expense, kind of like the power bill. If there isn't an obvious fire or immediate pressing need, getting funds for improving performance or reliability is very difficult. And if there *IS* an obvious fire or immediate pressing need, they're upset that you hadn't already prevented the problem with the budget you've had thus far. It's a catch 22.

I see these as being problems with getting all sorts of industries to incorporate better IT... the medical field is just a big obvious one right now with all the efforts to improve compliance with standards, and the efforts to control the rising costs. The answer I wish I could give to ALL of them is simply: "shit breaks. pay the cost of having it break less, or deal with it breaking. but it will always break. having a plan B is always going to be a good idea."

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