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Comment: duh, it doesn't have to be complicated (Score 1) 184

by VernonNemitz (#48608465) Attached to: Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography
Just draw lines from the North Pole to places where countries border each other, and each country gets that slice of the Arctic. For example, in-between the Bering Strait one line would be drawn between USA and Russia, toward the Pole. Where Alaska borders Canada. another line is drawn toward the Pole. That slice becomes claimable by the USA. Another line between Canada and Greenland would yield the Canadian slice. And so on.

Comment: Did they forget planetary migration? (Score 1) 62

by VernonNemitz (#48511815) Attached to: 'Mirage Earth' Exoplanets May Have Burned Away Chances For Life
It is known that some planets migrate closer to their stars during the early stages of star-system formation. So, a planet that forms outside the habitable zone, but migrate into the habitable zone after the intense-heat period, could still be a good prospect for life.

Comment: Change is coming, so... (Score 1) 516

by VernonNemitz (#48414567) Attached to: Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016
It seems to me that the energy utilities need to restructure their billing. I suggest dividing it into two parts, one of which is related to the need to pay for infrastructure maintenance and expansion, while the other is related to the energy they sell. The first part could be charged to every customer equally. The second would depend on energy usage. In places where the customers can sell energy to the utilities, the most reasonable answer was devised and implemented in various places years ago: Just install a second meter and think of the energy company as a middleman. You can't sell to the middleman at the same price you buy from him --and when you are a customer selling energy to the utility, you are essentially selling it to some other customer of the middleman. It would make sense for your sales price of energy to be equivalent to what the utility pays to generate it.

Comment: Re:A Casual Observation (Score 1) 401

by VernonNemitz (#48299357) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion
I should have specified a longer-term history than just the past few years. Here is a nice long and detailed list. Enron, for example, and the recent banking-crisis-caused Recession, are Republican scandals, because they have never been interested in making sure businesses do honest dealings, and they block Democrat attempts for such oversight at every opportunity. (It is possible that the Democrats want to over-do it, but History shows we need more than Zero oversight, of business dealings.) Attempts to repeal the Clean Air Act is a Republican scandal (they don't care if they poison more millions of people with air pollution). Nixon was a Republican scandal. Reagan and Eisenhower weren't, but their underlings most certainly were scandalous. Attempts to reduce the Minimum Wage is a Republican scandal (millions of people are already living from paycheck-to-paycheck, and they want to make the situation worse?). Attempts to increase numbers of skilled foreign workers is a Republican scandal (preferring cheap labor over American labor; whatever happened to companies being willing to do OJT?). The entire Republican economic "trickle down" policy has been proved to not work, yet they still push for more of it, because it financially benefits them, and very few others. And per that list presented at the start of this message, lots more Republican politicians have been associated with financial shenanigans, than Democrat politicians.

Comment: A Casual Observation (Score 1) 401

by VernonNemitz (#48297471) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion
If you step back and look at the history of scandals associated with political power, you might notice that, in general, Democrat scandals have tended to involve sex and drugs, and hurt a few people (along with the status of a high political office). Meanwhile, in general, Republican scandals have tended to involve money and power, and hurt thousands or even millions of people. It's tempting to predict that, if the Republicans gain control of the Senate, some sort of money/power scandal will result. One example: They might repeal part of Obamacare, the part that the Supreme Court associated Congress' power to tax --while keeping the part that requires everyone to get insurance. Because, after all, the majority owners of most big insurance companies are, largely, Republicans, and therefore would directly financially benefit from such a scandalous change. Remember that the preceding is just a possibility/example. If some sort of money/power scandal does happen, it will take time to plan, time to become manifested, and time to be discovered/exposed. So, it will be a while before anyone knows for sure, whether or not it was smart to give Republicans control of the Senate.

+ - Wordpress.com's https certificate appears to have expired->

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VernonNemitz (581327) writes "The wordpress.com site generally uses the https protocol, which requires a valid security certificate. Today my browser says the certificate is untrusted. So, the implication is that someone forgot to renew it, or there is a man-in-the-middle attack going on. Does anyone have any more information about this?"
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This post relates to the preceding "Web of Trust" post. I'm putting my Public Key on the Internet in multiple places, where people can access it and see that it is the same data in those different places --and where, presumably, only I had the ability to post that data in all those places. At this writing the data can be compared at this site and this site, and

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Journal: Web of Trust

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Think about the number of different sites you typically visit, and the number of sites where you joined to become someone who could post some sort of content. You've probably used different passwords at those sites, which means that, in general, you are the only person who is able to access your accounts at all those sites. Now suppose you fired up a "Pretty Good Privacy" program like "GnuPG", and created a Private Key (that you keep secret) and a Public

Comment: Sounds like... (Score 1) 36

by VernonNemitz (#47736413) Attached to: Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara
Sounds like the start of making each phone module into a nano-computer. Each nano-computer controls only its own module, running a nano-OS. The nano-OS would only need two things: a way to plug in a driver for the particular hardware of the module, and a communications program so all the modules can be coordinated. One particular module would have, as its "driver", the coordination program, producing the overall result with which the end-user interacts.

Comment: Re: Why would this surprise? (Score 1) 254

by VernonNemitz (#47668825) Attached to: The Benefits of Inequality
I tend to agree that other social animals also mostly are not quite so egalitarian. However, the way it is expressed is more about "alpha male" dominance, among animals, while among humans it is more about "social power". On the other hand, we can easily form groups to resist some current Authority figure. When our species emigrated from Africa, for thousands of years human tribes split and went separate ways because of social divisions. After the accessible world was filled with hunter-gatherers, then came more serious inter-tribal competition for resources, and the first battles. Meanwhile, something Robert Heinlein wrote appears to have been valid the entire time [paraphrased here]: "Any government can work if power and responsibility are matched." So the masses of low-status citizens can basically say, "Sure, you can have the social power, but you had better use it to deal with these responsibilities...." That is the advantage seen by those masses of low-status citizens, for themselves: less responsibilities.

Comment: A Modest Proposal (Score 4, Interesting) 120

by VernonNemitz (#47647293) Attached to: Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security
One of the simplest ways to lock down a computer is to physically lock it away from access. Originally car-makers did that --you needed physical access to the computer (usually inside locked hood compartment) to do anything to it. Now they have connected it to radio waves. That is the main security hole. Go back to a solid wired-only connection, with the connection point(s) behind locked doors, and a significant chunk of the security problems goes away.

Comment: Re:Translated into English (Score 1) 306

One problem is that the politics has overlooked two important things. First, those power companies build "base load" capacity plus "peak power" capacity. Often the peak-power capacity involves a different and more-expensive source of energy than the base-load capacity. Meanwhile, peak-power capacity is most often needed in the middle of the day (like for running lots of air conditioners). Well, solar power is pretty much ideal for matching the peak-power needs. There could be a legal compromise between customers installing some solar power, enough to handle their peak needs, and customers installing so much solar power they don't need the power company at all. This would save the power companies the investment in those peak-load power plants, while the customers generally simply wouldn't be producing levels of power such that they might want to sell some over the grid. The second important thing is the fact that as population rises, the need for more base-load power keeps going up. The power grid can currently handle the current-base-load plus current-peak-load, and as the overall load increases, the grid needs to be enhanced. Well, again if customers can have solar power adequate to handle their peak needs, then the power companies, by not needing peak-load power plants, can also save on investing in upgrades to the grid for a while. They would only need to do that when the total base-load production rises to equal the current total of base+peak.

Comment: Nuclear can be OK if... (Score 1) 389

by VernonNemitz (#47417721) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis
If we concentrate on fusion, not fission. Today there are a number of researchers who think that the theoretical problems of fusion have been solved enough that all we need to do is invest money in actual hardware. But the existing entrenched interests keep opposing such investments. Well, that's what THEY say, anyway. But they are certainly right that fusion, when perfected, will be less problematic than fission, especially with regard to wastes.

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