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Comment: If it ain't broke... (Score 5, Insightful) 641

by Whammy666 (#46693307) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP
I'm still on XP and probably will be for some time. The fact is there is no reason to change. It works and it's stable. Plus, all my software works with it, not to mention that replacing the OS is a major pain in the ass. And finally, here's a clue for Micro$oft: ** A DESKTOP WORKSTATION IS NOT A GODDAMN SMARTPHONE! QUIT TRYING TO TURN IT INTO ONE! **"

Comment: Why would anyone ..... (Score 0) 415

by Whammy666 (#40178835) Attached to: Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran
Why would anyone place critical hardware on the internet? I'm going to assume by now that Iran has figured out that the US is trying to sabotage their equipment. You would think that Iran would take any sensitive equipment offline and avoid applying any patches from foreign sources. And why isn't this considered an act of war on the part of the US? Didn't we declare cyber sabotage as such? No wonder why we got so many countries that hate us. Do as we say, not as we do.

Comment: Public documents are now copyrighted? (Score 4, Insightful) 142

by Whammy666 (#40056669) Attached to: Protecting State Secrets Through Copyright
I seem to recall that works done by a government entity belong to the public and are not subject to copyright. Even so, this seems like a rather petty move. Of course, they tortured and held Bradly Manning is solitary confinement for a year without any charges so I guess expecting any sort of civility in the matter is unrealistic.

Comment: Getting the foot in the door. (Score 4, Interesting) 85

by Whammy666 (#39800365) Attached to: Congress Considering CISPA Amendments
The amendments are an attempt to get the foot in the door with CISPA. It's likely they hope to get the basic framework of CISPA in place and then do incremental revisions to the bill over time when the attention has died down.

The best part of the proposed amendments is the supposed liability for the companies violating privacy and handing over info to the government. How'd that work out with the massive illegal NSA wiretapping? Oh that's right, everyone was granted retroactive immunity and the whistle blower got criminal prosecution for his trouble. Somehow, I seriously doubt that the privacy provisions will carry much weight or have any teeth. This bill needs to die.

Comment: Re:Costs much? (Score 1) 380

by Whammy666 (#39585243) Attached to: Millions of Subscribers Leaving Cable TV for Streaming Services
Pay TV is not as attractive as it once was. One of the biggest draws was the ability to watch ad-free programming. Now pay tv is absolutely infested with advertisement. I think there's more commercial interruptions on pay tv than broadcast at this point. Why are we paying for this again? Add the fact that most of the pay tv programming is repetitive and pay tv starts to look a lot less attractive. Finally, toss in the high cost and the lack of a-la-cart options and it's no wonder why pay tv's business model is losing its appeal.

+ - JBI's Plastic To Oil Gets Operating Permit-> 2

Submitted by Whammy666
Whammy666 (589169) writes "JBI, Inc. announced that it has entered into a formal Consent Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 9, which will allow the Company to immediately run its Plastic2Oil (P2O) process commercially and begin construction of an additional processor at its Niagara Falls, New York P2O facility. JBI has developed a process that takes waste plastic destined for landfills and converts it into diesel fuel, gasoline, and natural gas with very little residue. The process is said to be very efficient thanks to a special catalyst developed by JBI and an attention to process optimization. That plastic water bottle you tossed in the trash could soon be fueling your car instead of sitting in a landfill for 1000 years."
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Comment: Re:The reason that I don't believe it. (Score 2, Informative) 315

by Whammy666 (#34149760) Attached to: Going Faster Than the Wind In a Wind-Powered Cart
The math is not too bad, but it does involve propeller theory which is where the magic happens. The goal is to make a propeller and cart that requires less energy than is provided by the wind pushing against the prop thrust. The energy supplied is:

E = (wind speed * prop thrust) - (cart drag * ground speed).

So if the energy required by the prop is less than E, the system works. You use the difference between cart speed - wind speed for the velocity of the air thru the prop.

Comment: Re:store and release energy? (Score 5, Informative) 315

by Whammy666 (#34149490) Attached to: Going Faster Than the Wind In a Wind-Powered Cart
Not necessary to store energy to go faster than the wind.

The reason this works is that the propeller is able to "push off" against the tail wind. Think of it like sitting on a skateboard and pushing off from a moving wall behind you with your arm. The difficulty in making it work is that you need very little drag and a very efficient propeller. But the energy equations for traveling faster than the wind do balance and there is no violation of energy conservation.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy