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Comment: Re:Not Obsolete At All (Score 1) 365

by WRSaunders (#46188485) Attached to: Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?
Really, I'm not at all sure these "hypersonic" missiles exist. The US, China, and a team of Russia and India are working on them. There have been some tests, including a Chinese test in January that caused all the news coverage. Many of these tests, including 2003-4 US tests in the X-43 program, have led to hypersonic scramjet meltdowns and explosions. This seems like something the propeller-heads need another decade to work on. If nobody can get a test vehicle to work, and even the super-well-funded US can't get a practical missile out of the technology, it seems premature to consider this particular bit of Buck Rodgers fantasy a game changer.

Comment: Re:cartechboy (Score 5, Informative) 734

I have an electric car, and solar panels. The answer is still no. My electric car is so efficient that it's not the largest component of my electric bill. I have gas cooking, heating, and hot water; and the electric bill is three times the car bill, in December. In the hot summers, the AC can kick the daylights out of the Tesla in terms of power consumption. By the way, electric car travel is NOT FREE. There is significant capital expense, just another way of financing energy usage. My solar panels spread this capital cost over their usage period (I pay an "electric bill" for the solar power I use). It's all just a financing shell game. You can make one number $0, but you can't make them all $0. As folks have said, they want to charge my electric car a "gas tax" to pay for the roads. They even want it to make noise, so kids and folks don't walk in front of it. None of this transportation power shuffling does anything about industrial power consumption. You're not going to like the price of aluminum foil made with solar electricity. High power industries need the high power density low cost power that renewables can't provide.

Comment: Re:It was nice... (Score 1) 4

by WRSaunders (#26442195) Attached to: Is a 9/80 work schedule a good thing?
Actually the best feature is "nobody ever really knew who would be around on any given Friday". It means that meetings on Fridays are impossible. It gives you one day every other week to sit at your desk and WORK. Sure, sometimes you get calls when you are off, but if you take an hour and do something gratis at least it didn't get screwed-up by someone who didn't have all your facts. It does work better in a big firm, or at least a project-organized firm. It's hard to get it to work with a service business. With a project, somebody might be on vacation any random day. Clients don't expect everybody to be at work every day, so it all averages out. In a transaction-based service business, the client only needs you for a couple of weeks and so they expect you to work their job every day. Losing one day is too big a percentage.
Security

+ - Cyber Crime A Distant #3 Priority for FBI

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A reading of the Justice Department's 2008 budget justification to Congress for the FBI indicates the agency is dedicating about 5.5 percent of its field agents to combating cyber crime, the FBI's stated Number Three priority, The Washington Post reports. Take away the agents dedicated to catching child predators online — a program that accounts for the vast majority of the department's prosecutorial victories — and about 3.6 percent of the FBI's agents are dedicated to cyber crime, the report notes. From the story: "If the FBI's third most-important priority claims just over 3.5 percent of its active agents, how many agents and FBI resources are dedicated to the remaining Top Ten priorities?"
Music

+ - Apple hides account info in DRM-free music

Submitted by Alvis Dark
Alvis Dark (666) writes "Apple launched iTunes Plus earlier today, the fruit of its agreement with EMI to sell DRM-free music. What they didn't say is that all DRM-free tracks have the user's full name and account e-mail embedded in them. Is this to discourage people from throwing the tracks up on their favorite P2P platform? 'it would be trivial for iTunes to report back to Apple, indicating that "Joe User" has M4As on this hard drive belonging to "Jane Userette," or even "two other users." This is not to say that Apple is going to get into the copyright enforcement business. What Apple and indeed the record labels want to watch closely is, will one user buy music for his five close friends?'"

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