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Comment Re:Great, bombs are now more accurate... (Score 1) 70

Hell there are even autonomous GPS guided haul trucks now that drive optimized paths to and from the autonomous shovels that also rely on GPS. Granted it is RTK that they use to get the accuracy necessary but that is just GPS with some base stations that provide corrections. If you can save 1% on fuel and keep those expensive shovels and truck not waiting you can save a lot of money and not waste resources.

Comment Re:Good for consumers? (Score 2) 70

That is probably more from the constant display update plus the transmit and receive from the data network. Now interestingly I use navit on my phone with the mapset of planet.bin (about 18 GB now) and even with the GPS off it will eat battery if I am moving around the map. Interestingly turning the GPS on or off doesn't appreciably change the battery usage when doing this. If I have had GPS on on the phone before starting navit it will have my location immediately but if not it will take a bit until it has a lock so that seems to imply that even having GPS means it is ready to go when something requests it. I have left GPS on on my phone with nothing actually polling it and while it does drain the battery noticeably faster, I will lose about 1/2 a day charge over about 3 days in this case, it isn't like it is massively eating through battery. Having a couple of very nice GPS modules that are a lot more sensitive and capable than what is available in a cellphone they only draw a max of 80mA@3V and that is only during the a cold boot acquisition and lock.

Comment Re:Good for consumers? (Score 1) 70

phones already use cell towers and wifi networks which are a lot more accurate and faster than GPS

No on the accuracy. Cell tower based location determination is accurate to about a city block and provided that you have WiFi with a known location you could get accuracy to about 2 buildings. The quicker to acquire seems like it may be reasonable but by having a better guess of your location you can get a lock quicker with GPS.

Comment Re:Excess (Score 1) 281

Sam Kinison put it best:

You live in a fucking desert!! Nothing grows out of here! Nothing’s going to grow out of here!Come here, you see this? Huh? This is sand, yeah it‘s sand. You know what it’s going to be 100 years from now? It’s going to be sand! You live in a fucking desert!

Comment Re:Congress is just mad someone is beating them (Score 1) 136

Unfortunatly from my reading of some of the available material on this it appears that the feds are saying states can't do it but they could. I haven't found the actual bill yet so I don't know what it actually says but this seems to be the case. I just assume the worst and it will likely only be somewhat worse than that when it comes to the US government proposing something.

Comment Re:Methinks the maiden doth protest too much (Score 1) 170

I'm pretty sure that, given sufficient compute time, the NSA can brute-force decrypt anything.

No. At some point you run out mass energy of this universe. This limit actually happens at a surprisingly low value even using ideal computers, which are many orders of magnitude more efficient than the best we currently. For symmetric key encryption (also know as private key encryption like with the AES, TWOFISH, or SERPENT ciphers) you would run out of mass energy in this universe some where around 270 bits running on conventional computers. Sadly that is just the energy to cycle a 270 bit counter through all possible states as you haven't tried to decrypt the data yet so the actual limit would be lower. This however ignores quantum computers which people believe are magical and while they do offer impressive speedups against symmetric key encryption you would still run out of energy somewhere around 540 bits. So if we assume that any of the major modern symmetric ciphers aren't broken (seems reasonable, and if you are paranoid just cascade them like TrueCrypt or VeraCrypt do) using a 256 bit key, and using a non existent ideal quantum computer it would still take more energy than our sun will put out over its entire life (similar order of magnitude) time to brutefore it.

Now that analysis doesn't discuss asymmetric key, public key, encryption which on conventional computers is really hard with similar energy requirements but shifted. On quantum computers it is a different story for the algorithms the depend on integer factorization or discrete logarithms where a real quantum computer can trivially brake them. Right now it appears that the most likely replacement would be lattice based cryptography.

Now lets suppose that the NSA has a computer that is some ultra strange ideal computer that is composed of many universes of matter and consumes many universes worth of energy (don't ask me where the waste heat is going) there is still one form of encryption that they couldn't break with it. A one-time pad is a type of encryption that can be proved to be secure for all cases. At best they could generate all possible plain texts of the given length but they wouldn't have any way of knowing which plain text was the valid one. So if this post was encrypted with a one-time pad the NSA wouldn't ever be able to decrypt it and it is pretty short.

That said I don't know what about the built in encryption on a cellphone so that my be a giant steaming pile that isn't worth fuck all but it isn't like there aren't encryption schemes that are basically good through the heat death of the universe.

Comment Re:It's pretty obvious what happened to them (Score 1) 219

While your concept is good it would still have the effect of depressing wages which is what the H-1B program is used for.

My idea on the whole issue is different and I am even willing to take the companies at their word. So:
1. The companies always claim that they can't find people who can do the work or can't train them in time so they have to bring in foreign workers.
2. This tells us two things. The first is that these are some very highly specialized skills that apparently no one in a country of about 320 million has. Also it tells us that these skills are extremely critical for the company more so than even the skills of those at the CxO level since they don't have time to train someone, yet companies can go without a permanent CEO for quite some time.
3. The H-1B is a temporary worked program not a permanent worker program. .

So my proposal is that companies can bring in H-1Bs provided that they are the highest compensated individuals at the company they work for and that they are the highest compensated person at the company they are doing work for. This means total compensation including, base pay, stock options, vacation, expense accounts, medical, relocation, company travel, etc. For huge companies they can afford this since they are huge, but even for small companies who need one person for one job one time it would still be possible to get the one person as they are a small company and typically don't have huge payroll anyway. Make this change and we will see just how critical H-1Bs are. I have no doubt that there are cases where there is an actual need but like everyone else around here I see the abuse of the system.

I frequently write my worker hating congress critters but my war hawk Representative, John Kline, who never responds to messages on this topic same with Senator Al Franken. My other Senator Amy Klobuchar actually seems actively hostile towards skilled labor as she has been one of the main supporters of expanding or removing the existing H-1B caps.

Comment Re:Debt collectors don't like robo calls either... (Score 1) 253

I just wish debt collectors weren't so fucking dumb. There is someone who is substantially older than I am with the same name and they apparently took out some student loans before I was even born. The debt is so old that any of the reputable debt collection agencies have long since given up on it and now it is passed around to the scummy ones. Every 3-6 months it gets sold to some shitty company and they call a bunch of times and don't believe me that it is physically impossible for this debt to be mine since it dates to 10 years before my birth. Some of them I have sent letters to stating that it can't be mine if I was able to get contact information from them but they never pay attention to that it seems. Eventually they stop and then it gets sold to the next shitty company. A lot of these shitty companies don't even provide a phone number on the caller ID or it is some BS like 1-800-444-5555 so good luck ever finding out who they really are.

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