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Comment: Re:So in 300 years... (Score 1) 309

Well my Grandad knew Hans Delbrook personally. Hans was a genius and it was decided to preserve his brain in a jar at the brain depository. A decade later, it was destroyed by a clumsy thief. A pity, as rumor had it that there was a re-animation experiment going on at the time. It would've been nice to have him back according to Gramps.

Comment: This.... (Score 1) 58

by Whiteox (#49481899) Attached to: Why "Designed For Security" Is a Dubious Designation

SRW Iron is touted to be a secure browser [Warning: Demands Java after install]. I don't think it is.
In fact, playing around with FF shows that the problem isn't the browser, but the reliance on 3rd party cookies as 1 example of the way websites are constructed.
If you load FF's Lightbeam and check all the 3rd party sites, block access to them, they often stop the parent website from operating properly or at all. Typically, Google and most banking sites won't work without 3rd party links or cookies.
Then there are routers that claim security but are still running buggy old firmware. AV software like Bitdefender also have issues. AV software still refuses to scan for pup, browser addons and other malware that the UAC allows! I mean if you download an app, UAC asks for permission which you give for that instance, but it automatically gives permissions for all the other installs that come with the package. Why?
I reckon half of the security issues can be fixed if some clever plug-ins, better AV database and a trusted installer with UAC can be done. EG Spoofing 3rd party links and cookies within the browser.
I went here and downloaded the app a few days ago. It installed on Vista and a Win 7 machine (with MS Defender) I was building. The payload installed as well (Trovi) - I wasn't paying attention btw but the 2nd time I installed it on a Vista machine I had an option of opting out. As a test, I Installed it on another Win 7 box with an updated Kaspersky. It installed (without the payload or opt out!) and when I checked the reports, there was no log or trace that there was any payload at all. Weird, but my respect for Kaspersky has increased and/or the UAC was working properly.
We all talk about security but there are fundamental, easily fixable things we can do right now. I don't think that this has to do with the OS as most of these issues are external.

Comment: Oz Pop and Rock (Score 3, Insightful) 212

by Whiteox (#49468023) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

They tried that in the late 60's in Australia. So the Aust. radio stations refused to play any US pop/rock and concentrated on available UK bands That very thing allowed the local industry to air home grown tracks on radio (and TV) and I for one think it was the beginning of the early commercial Oz music. Eventually the USA licensors gave up but the re-uptake of US bands by radio stations was slow.
The other thing is that quite a few radio stations are owned by religious organizations, even though they are full commercial for the added revenue.

Comment: Re:Watt is this article about? (Score 1) 278

by Whiteox (#49450879) Attached to: The Myth of Going Off the Power Grid

I got agitated because I miss-read 'Smart Grid' for 'Smart Meter'. Try and avoid smart meters because they will work against you.
In the 80s, I lived in a house with a heat bank. This massive collection of brick was warmed up and provided heat during the day. Electricity prices were cheap at the time. If I had that now, I could feed some of my solar electricity to it and save on costs. The problem is that home solar generation either goes to the grid OR gets stored in batteries. Right now it's cheaper to sell my energy and I have thrice achieved +ve $credit in 4 years.
If I could split the power output, I would of done so already and powered the house at night via batteries and used the existing inverter. In that case I would have upped the panels from 3kw to 6+kw to do the job with almost no ongoing costs. I don't mind capital cost; it's the ongoing cost that breaks most households.
Now that's all good for the summer months, but cloud and shortened days means that I must rely on grid power unless I supplement that with a 3~5kw diesel generator to feed the batteries (which die after 10 years). So there is no achievable off the grid solution at the moment unless you want to go hippie.

Comment: Re:smart/intelligent != knowing a lot of facts (Score 1) 227

by Whiteox (#49401145) Attached to: Google 'Makes People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are'

Sure. It works both ways though.
You can ask a question that you want to know the answer to from someone you think is more of an expert than you: "Why do women wear burkas?"
Response "You are a sexist, racist and religiously and culturally intolerant."
The true reason is that they wear burkas to signify their humbleness before god.
Or you can state the facts as you see them and get ignored: "Skoda Technical's flowchart shows that we had to replace the computer FIRST, then if that didn't work, replace the fusebox. That's why we're charging you $2000 for the job."
That was after I explained very carefully that wiggling the fuses fixed the problem temporarily.
In the first instance, the expert assumed that I'm a religious intolerant for asking the question, sexist as we're talking about women, naive as it's culturally different and racist because women who wear burkas are from the middle east.
The second instance is where some intelligent German drew a yes/no flowchart which was technically correct, passed it onto the Skoda arm which was followed by their technical services to solve a problem.
Ask any old school mechanic and they would of checked the fusebox first, fixed the problem. Here we have a situation where efficiency in solving a problem is via a flowchart and not common sense.
So although intelligence is great, you also need perception and experience. The are too many dull eyes out there.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with the old one? (Score 1) 152

by Whiteox (#49364009) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

I believe that the null gravity point is about 90% from Earth. It should remain stationary and would be a true space station and not orbital. It could be out of the earth moon plane as well, so you wouldn't have issues with eclipses.
I agree with the AC that the next one should be an unmanned freight depot about half way to Mars.

Comment: What's wrong with the old one? (Score 2) 152

by Whiteox (#49362833) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

So what happens in 2024? They shut ISS down? I expect to see another crater somewhere in the middle of Australia soon after.
Anyway, if you are going to build another one, then move it far out at null gravity between the Moon and Earth, instead of stuffing around in Earth orbit, i.e. stationary. Make it count as a stepping stone at least.

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