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Comment Re:Nothing has been learned (Score 1) 217

The lesson from that scene is extremely powerful when you understand the same lesson applies to ANY problem. When you are faced with a heavily secured door, or an encryption standard, the attack vector is often going to be something other than going through the face of the door or the front end of the encryption. What you'd do is KICK IN THE DOOR. And the TLAs know this and do exactly that. Their people have always kicked in doors while normal people look at the locks and shrug and walk away.

In this case the lock has performed its function: it prevented Redford from effecting a clandestine break-in. It is now obvious to the office owner when he returns that he has been burgled and he can take steps to minimize the damage that will result from it.

In the security business it is accepted that ultimately you cannot prevent a determined attacker from gaining access to a physical location. The best you can do is 1) delay him and 2) force him to leave evidence that he was there.

Comment Re:How is electric clean? (Score 1) 230

The huge advantage of electric cars is that the mode of power generation for them is infinitely mutable, as decided on national policy level. If coal pollution is an issue it can easily be eliminated by shutting down the coal plants and building nuclear or hydro or whatever. You can't do this with gas powered cars because replacing all the millions of petrol power plants in people's cars is an impossible prospect as compared to replacing a few dozen regional power plants.

Comment Re:In Soviet Russia, Internet never disconnects YO (Score 3, Insightful) 245

Full Disclosure: I live in Russia. And I am quite glad that the experiment failed.

Failed? No, it provided a roadmap.

What Russia needs to do to control the domestic network is start consolidating/nationalizing the ISP sector so that you end up with half a dozen big ISPs which can then be controlled by the government directly or indirectly.

Next the network hardware market will need to be heavily regulated so that only approved entities can legally get access to the equipment necessary to establish satellite or radio uplinks.

With this in place the rogue uplink problem can be eliminated and Putin can have his control. So I'd look out for those things starting to happen, if they do you have 5-10 years of internet freedom left before the lockdown sets in.

Comment Re:Hipsters fight over limited supplies of juice (Score 1) 554

Or another alternate headline: "Rich people fight over free lunches"

These aren't rich people, they are people who couldn't afford to buy an EV that covers their actual needs so they went for one class below. This is why they need to plug in ever time they stop, they couldn't afford the range necessary to bypass that issue.

The rich people are driving Teslas, which don't need to charge outside the home ever except on road trips. And on road trips they use Tesla's super chargers because other charging stations just don't have the power necessary.

Comment Re:Typical electric car consumes 35 kWh per 100km (Score 1) 398

Typical electric car consumes 35 kWh per 100km. (62 miles)

The Tesla Model S easily gets 400km out of 85kWh which puts it at ~20kWh per 100km.

Say it can drive 400km (250 miles). That's 140 kWh of energy.

85kWh for the Model S

Now, to pump 140 kWh in 15 mins, one needs electircity source of 560 kW.
Typical "big" power plants with several blocks are normally in 1-1.5GW area.
With about 2500 such vehicles you'd consume 100% of power generated by such power plant.

Only if all cars always simultaneously drive 400km in 15 minutes and also charge at full capacity during those 15 minutes, and they do this continuously 24/7. This is a practical impossibility for a number of reasons.

Even if you suppose that all cars drive 400km per day (which isn't the case) and so need a full charge every day, a smart grid would distribute those 2500 cars out such that 26 charge at a time (26 x 4 x 24 = ~2500 cars) and you only need a 9MW energy supply for the 2500 cars with the Model S 85kWh battery. (In practice cars drive a lot less than this and so when all is said and done you don't need a whole lot of electricity at all to keep them going.)

Comment Re:One of the "example" solutions (Score 1) 142

They acknowledge right at the start that whatever you propose could easily be defeated by the consumer simply encrypting things themselves. So if the entire thing is technologically unfeasible why on earth would you even study it?

It makes sense as a first step towards a total solution. It will be massively imperfect but you've got to start somewhere and over a 20-30 year period of refinement and expanding the scope you might actually get to where you want to be.

The one thing I haven't seen covered in the paper at all is that IF the US were to implement these requirements that all business involved in encryption would simply move off shore and destroy a thriving US business ecosystem. The paper's assumption is that any US developed protocol would then be exported world wide. This is profoundly illogical on many fronts. There would be numerous countries that would simply not participate in some US encryption compromising ring.

This could only work if done at an international level. You absolutely must have the major economic blocs (Europe, Russia, China etc.) on team with it, and preferably also the major "new" economies. The rest will naturally follow. Actually generating this international consensus will be a difficult task but they're finally doing it with personal finance so there's no reason to think they couldn't do it with digital communication. Again, 20 years of constant pushing and making the best use of every crisis can get you a long way.

Comment Re:I predict the future of a government API (Score 1) 142

The result of this is that even is some key recovery system is mandated users could simply encrypt their own data underneath the compromised encryption and render the device inaccessible and defeat the entire purpose of the law and international accords.

If this is made illegal though most people will be disinclined towards doing it, and those that still do it can be sent to prison for that at least even if you can't figure what else wrong they may have done.

There's a million crimes in this world any one of us can commit any day (and probably get away with), yet because they are illegal most people don't. This will be another one of those.

Comment Chess (Score 1) 69

Someone should write a chess program that communicates its moves to the other players via the blockchain.

As these things always develop, before long there will be a feature to read and send email from this chess program, also via the blockchain.

Then this should gradually evolve into an IP over blockchain standard. Then everything can use the blockchain.

Comment Re:Why? Sexbots could be great! (Score 1) 536

Objectifying a woman-shaped sexbot will only train men (or women) to objectify women.

You're not seeing the long picture here.

Once we have trained people to desire sexbots, we can start slowly morphing the sexbots away from looking like women (or men for that matter) and over to some other form entirely. In the end, when the sexbots look completely non human like, we will have trained men to feel no sexual desire to woman-shaped forms at all and everyone wins!

Comment Re:Slower, Same range, within 5 years?!? (Score 1) 213

A couple of DAYS between SF and the Oregon border?

I have no idea how far this is, but that is also not relevant.

If Tesla has superchargers along your route then essentially your Model S drives for 4 hours then charges for 20 minutes before repeating the cycle. It can keep doing this 24/7 for however long you need it to. What will usually stop you is tired drivers or having reached your destination.

This summer I did a 12 hour drive with a Model S covering about 800km, which includes ~2h of stops wasted on feeding the humans. (That may seem like slow going but that's Norwegian speed limits for you.)

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.