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Comment: Re:There are certain appliances that this works fo (Score 1) 172

by Whiteox (#48836245) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

The only downside of this Damon, is that radio by wire can be hacked with a signal sent to make appliances use max or min power. I understand that appliances themselves will operate within their own range but I am not 100% positive that a reciever can be made to completely shut down or placed in standby as a spoofed power blackout. So there must be safeguards to avoid this, either by the manufacturer or by an add-on device.

Comment: Re: Academic wankery at its finest (Score 1) 154

by Whiteox (#48835661) Attached to: The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

Then again, an argument could be made that the fulcrum for the advancement of our species occured with the invention/introduction of true perspective in art, which isn't even technology.

Almost. You can see true perspective in statues and facades in pre dark age Europe and the Mediterranean. The flat non-perspective that you are referring to signifies the importance of every object on a panel. That's why you get floating ships in the background much larger than they should be ~ people in the foreground smaller than the subject in the middle. You are really talking about renaissance realism which incorporated true perspective on panel work.

The biggest change imho is the burning of masses of fossil fuels (including radioactive matter). That would be a measurable criteria.

Comment: Brilliant move (Score 1) 123

This is a brilliant move. The ability to have unfettered net access (although with long ping rates) would be a world wide information source. Sure you'll get the newbie crazies, but you'll also expose millions to the web in whatever moral and ethical state it happens to be in at the time.

There should be a term for that - a term that describes or rates the ethical 'average' of the web at any given moment, perhaps on a continuum. If there isn't one at the moment then I have just coined "Nethical" or if that's too unbearable then maybe "Webethic" as in webethic state or degree.

Just sayin'

Comment: Re:Mann is a fruad (Score 5, Insightful) 786

by Whiteox (#48784373) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

OTOH this is a USA phenomena and not worldwide. It's generally only in the US that there is such a schmozzle over this. The standard right wing response "The evidence isn't in yet." is still being used, or it's some kind of hoax. The right wing is making (or has made) world perception of the USA's public attitude as a bunch of morons willing to believe non-fact checked science. All the Koch bros/Fox are doing is discrediting the intelligence of the general US public. The impression is that the general US public is listening to them and believing them is so real that whether it is true or not, it really doesn't matter.

Comment: Re: Hitler and the Nazi's were so stupid. (Score 1) 292

is nationalism

Finally. The thread is so hung up with socialism that they've ignored Nationalism!
Now there is nothing wrong with Nationalism and more countries should move towards its goals. You can have right or left wing Nationalism. Nationalism can exist in all the political continuum. It can go far as xenophobia or as welcoming as global, but you can still celebrate nationalism no matter what.

Comment: Re:My best was 45 minutes (Score 1) 246

by Whiteox (#48644047) Attached to: 65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

I thanked them once for providing me with work.
Another time, a client told me that he was also contacted and complied with the instructions, but because he was so co-operative and very paranoid about intrusion, the scammers actually set him up with a pay by the month virtual service with a vpn somewhere in NY. Amazing! After about a year, he didn't want to pay anymore and asked me to clean his system.
Another time, a newbie girl stammered through the script. It was embarrassing. I let her go on until she finished and I assumed the role of her supervisor, told her that she should be more confident, practice a few more times etc. before informing her that what she was doing was illegal.

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