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Comment: Already running on your phone (Score 1) 90

by WillAffleckUW (#49753053) Attached to: NSA Planned To Hijack Google App Store To Hack Smartphones

Look, just operate under the general assumption that we live in a Police State that makes Eastern German Stasi look like kindergarten cops.

Then you'll be a good serf.

Is it unconstitutional and illegal?

Of course.

Will they do anything about it that actually changes anything?


Comment: Re:It's not a risk (Score 2) 225

by WillAffleckUW (#49752917) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

Not true. Climate change alters basic acidity of oceans, revives ancient diseases trapped in polar ice, and the interconnected nature of society and trade may result in conflicts where one person decides to start a nuclear war as billions are forced to migrate or die.

Look, I love that you civilians think it's not a problem, but you've never had to deal with what people pushed to the edge actually DO when they either leave their nation state or die. They will do whatever they have to, and that is very very dangerous. When people think they're trapped, they do amazing things.

Comment: More useful than the dumb War on Terror (Score 1) 100

by WillAffleckUW (#49738743) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals

The impact of actions like this is many many many times greater than any impact from the stupid waste on spying on Americans for the War on Terror.

The only spying that has worked has been that actually done in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other real threats.

So, about time.

+ - The Myth of Outsourcing's Efficiency

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes: Why outsourcing winds up producing cost creep over time

Outsouring over time starts to create its own bureaucracy bloat. It’s the modern corporate version of one of the observations of C. Northcote Parkinson: “Officials make work for each other.” As Clive describes, the first response to the problems resulting from outsourcing is to try to bury them, since outsourcing is a corporate religion and thus cannot be reversed even when the evidence comes in against it. And then when those costs start becoming more visible, the response is to try to manage them, which means more work (more managerial cost!) and/or hiring more outside specialists (another transfer to highly-paid individuals).

+ - Next Generation 460-Foot Towers To Bring Wind Power to All Fifty States

Submitted by writes: Diane Cardwell reports at the NYT that once the next generation of larger, taller turbines in development hits the market, all 50 states could become wind energy producers and the bigger machines — reaching as high as 460 feet — could eventually make faster winds at higher altitudes an economical source of electricity. “We believe very much the central role of wind in meeting our climate challenges, and we’re very committed in this direction,” says Ernest Moniz, the secretary of energy. “It’s going to require being able to take advantage of a broader set of resources,” and it will give wind power a “bigger footprint,” onshore and off.

Energy officials and executives are pushing toward machinery that would reach 360 to 460 feet high. That would increase the wind development potential in an additional 700,000 square miles — more than a fifth of the United States — bringing the total area to 1.8 million square miles. The potential expansion would affect areas where wind farms already exist and bring areas into the market. The main regions where height would increase potential wind production include the Southeast, Northeast, states around the Ohio River valley and the Great Lakes, and parts of the interior West and Pacific Northwest. In all, the DOE report "Enabling Wind Power Nationwide" says, land-based and offshore wind could produce 16,150 gigawatts of electricity a year, more than 10 times the country’s consumption (PDF). Wind installations now account for 65 gigawatts, just under 5 percent of national demand. “We’ve proven out as an industry in Europe, with a fair number of turbines in Europe at 120 meters,” says Tom Kiernan. “By going to 100 or 110 meters, we can open up all 50 states."

+ - Princeton Study: Congress Statistically Does Not Care About You

Submitted by chavez988
chavez988 writes: A study conducted by Princeton researchers recently found there is almost no statistical correlation between the opinions of 90% of the the population and how congress votes, but a an almost 1-to-1 correlation between the top 10%. So one question is whether or not we can still call congressmen "representatives"? This video explains the study well.

Comment: Re:Updating 30 patches cos it's midnite (Score 1) 435

by WillAffleckUW (#49701139) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?

Imagine this.

You're in an automated car, driving home from a party.

Patch Tuesday rolls up and it's a bad one. 30 patches, which if all applied at the same time will brick your car for 30 minutes and reboot 5 times.

You're on a cliff road and the car is at the speed limit.

Do you wish you had windows now?

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor