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Comment: Re:Labelling won't change others' morals, but... (Score 1) 250

by acidradio (#46317473) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

I have a broadband router and a VoIP ATA both made by Linksys, both of which look identical and have "identical looking" AC adapters. I moved to a new apartment. All of a sudden my VoIP calls had a horrific buzz and would randomly drop. Upon further investigation the VoIP ATA needed the adapter that kicked out about 1000mA and the broadband router only needed about half that. Swapped. Problem solved. Now both adapters are labeled as to avoid future mishaps like this. That's the reason I mention this.

Comment: Labelling won't change others' morals, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 250

by acidradio (#46316875) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

I can't change others' morals and not make them thieves. But I do label stuff simply so it doesn't get confused. We all have so many big power transformers to power every device and, well, I end up moving every 2-3 yrs. How will I know what all they go to? Some look identical and even have the same plugs! But not the same wattage or amperage, which makes equipment go bananas. So... for at least THAT reason it's wise to label stuff.

Comment: Re:Importance in diversity of energy sources (Score 1) 230

by acidradio (#46072373) Attached to: New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

Today plucked from the local news: Xcel urges customers to turn down the heat after Canada pipeline blast (

Xcel Energy is also a natural gas provider throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. A sizable amount of their supply comes from Canada. They are urging people to turn down their home thermostats to a relatively-low 60F. What happens to the nat gas power plants now? Do *they* have to throttle down too? Other fuel sources can keep on truckin.

Comment: Importance in diversity of energy sources (Score 4, Interesting) 230

by acidradio (#46068519) Attached to: New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

In recent years there has been a movement to quickly shutter "old" power plants that run on fuel sources like coal, oil and other less environmentally friendly fuels and totally replace them with natural gas plants. Natural gas has come way down in price also which helps force that along. But what happens when supplies of natural gas either radically go up in price or become limited due to some other distribution problem? It's a good thing that they had these peaking units ready at the standby along with a sufficient amount of fuel.

Where I live (Minneapolis) a number of the local coal power plants have been completely converted to natural gas. There is still one large coal-fired plant though north of town (Xcel Energy's Sherco) that is not viable to convert to natural gas at this point and still runs on coal. Sherco was the quintessential baseload coal fired power plant cranking out 2400MW through three units. It has now be relegated to being a peaking unit for the most part, turned up and down as necessary. Recently one of the three turbines violently shattered, had to be rebuilt and was offline for many months. Sherco is the kind of power plant that was meant to be fired up and ran continually for a couple of years without downtime and without significant variation in the throttling/output. I can only speculate but I don't think that treating it like a peaking plant and constantly varying the output is good for it... and a number of other similar power plants around the country.

Comment: RIAA = pig stuck in mud, dying (Score 3, Insightful) 198

by acidradio (#46036507) Attached to: Canadian Music Industry Calls For Internet Regulation, Website Blocking

The recording industry, the biggest bunch of middleman thieves ever, is finally losing its free ride. You don't NEED a record company anymore, you can be your own! If they didn't think they were dying they wouldn't be violently throwing tantrums everywhere - lobbying for really radical unilateral changes to the law, suing regular everyday people for "piracy" to the point of bankruptcy, hassling bars/restaurants (usually mom and pop operations, barely making it as it is) into paying commercial licensing fees for music, etc.

A band now can cut their own album and sell it on iTunes, Amazon or a host of other music sites and retain a lot more of the proceeds. Back in the day even large, famous acts were getting stiffed by the record companies! Thanks in part to the way that record companies have pushed musicians up against the wall now for many years the market is now to a point where the artists don't even make money on the albums themselves. Instead they make the money at concerts, both on tickets and on merchandise. An artist now almost has to *give away* the music (many seem to - look on Youtube for all of the "full album" videos) as the loss leader in hopes of getting people to their concert. Artists can post samples on Youtube (at no cost) to drive sales and exposure. The record company middleman has less and less importance in a marketplace like this.

I'm glad to see that more and more musicians are standing up for themselves and taking advantage of the offerings that don't involve RIAA-related entities. If the entity doesn't add value they shouldn't have a role in the marketplace anymore.

Comment: Now the "alternative" is becoming the culprit (Score 3, Interesting) 194

by acidradio (#46001847) Attached to: Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

Many people have defected from IE due to its problems with malware and adware. Firefox, but more so Chrome seemed to be safe. So now that the awesome, "safe alternative" browser is compromised, what's next? I can't imagine there an easy fix to this. Is it time to go to yet another browser?

This is almost like how pharmaceutical scientists keep having to modify and discover new antibiotics. The current batch of drugs eventually becomes less and less effective and the bacteria become resistant, prompting us to constantly evolve the offerings.

Comment: Re:Barbaric (Score 1) 3

by acidradio (#45996791) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Murdering people is barbaric. That's what all of these people are on death row for. And often for gruesome murders combining things like kidnapping, rape and torture! How is it not barbaric to say that someone who has viciously murdered someone has more rights than their victim was ever afforded?

Comment: Drug enforcement = job program (Score 1) 1

by acidradio (#45975747) Attached to: Nations Largest Cocaine Smuggler Revealed: The DEA

News like this just reinforces that drug enforcement in the US (and much of the western world, at the puppet-strings of the US) is a job program and political game. Lots of "Hank Schraders" and "Steve Gomezes" make their living trying to eradicate a product that people will spend hard-earned money and get into gunfights to obtain. They are trying to empty the ocean one teaspoon at a time. And the prison industry... ah the US prison establishment. We now lock up more people than all of those supposed communist, totalitarian nations we hate!

+ - A beer AND "gun range"? What could possibly go wrong?->

Submitted by acidradio
acidradio (659704) writes "A former FBI agent wants to open a combination saloon/"gun range" in the western resort town of Deadwood, South Dakota (known for its Wild West outlaws, saloons, gold mining and gambling). Apparently it will involve a saloon along with both a simulated gun range (for those who have been drinking) and a real gun range (apparently for those who have NOT been drinking). I almost feel it's inevitable the two lines will get blurred. What happens when some drunk patron sneaks over to the "live" gun range? After living in South Dakota I can tell you that basically "anything goes" there and there doesn't seem to be much common-sense protection of human life, or as little as you can find in a US state."
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+ - Cisco: 1 Million Worker Shortage In IT Security->

Submitted by chicksdaddy
chicksdaddy (814965) writes "Cisco released its annual security report this morning and the news isn't good. Hidden amid the standard bad news (100% of 30 Fortune 500 companies were found to host malware on their network) is a particularly biting piece of bad news: a dire shortage of trained cyber security experts.

Cisco estimates that there is already global shortage of up to one million more cyber security experts in 2014. As the security demands on companies increase, that shortage is set to become even more acute, according to Levi Gundert of Cisco's Threat Research and Analysis Center. Expertise in areas like security architecture, incident response and threat intelligence are already in demand and where organizations are going to feel the pinch of the skills shortage, he said."

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