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Comment Meet the Aquion (Score 1) 361

Oh, and don't tell me 'battery banks!' because unless someone comes up with a way of directly storing electric power that scales up very, very cheaply, it's not really a practical solution to have bank after bank after bank of Li+ (or whatever) batteries, which in way less than 20 years will have to be junked and replaced, too.

Meet the Aquion -- batteries made of manganese oxide, carbon and salt. Everything is cheap and easily mined.

Just wait another ~15 years until key patents expire.

Comment Re:Until true AI is developed.... (Score 1) 319

I remember the first time this happened (probably about 10 years ago), I was working for a firm and they were embracing wikis and other such tools. My manager asked me to write down our trouble shooting steps in a wiki. See this line in the logs or these symptoms, and follow these steps. I kind of surprised myself how I reduced one of my great assets to something a person could follow steps on a wiki. Obviously if a new symptom showed up, not all the steps would be there. What I mean is that before there would be a problem and it would me to the rescue. Most people didn't even know where to start. Kudos to me! I realized, I just outlined the steps that most people could now follow.

Yeah, it's easy to automate part of my job. Look, it's very easy to type 'yum update' every few days, let's write it down on that fine wiki. Most people could do my work now, eh?

But once in a while shit hits the fan and suddenly openvz contaners aren't working anymore after simple update and is there anything on that wiki about handling the problem that never happened before?..

Comment Re:I'll believe it when I see it.... (Score 1) 52

I personally only consider the first one a cure. Under the second definition you are still negatively impacted by the disease which is, to me, a perversion of the term cure. You may not be at risk of death or injury from the disease but your life is still negatively impacted by the disease by requiring you to upkeep treatment in order to avoid the death or injury.

I personally consider both as cure because I have incurable problem: asthma.

That "negative impact" is much better than no treatment at all. I have an asthma and always had since 1979. I was disabled person in USSR, because they had no real drugs to deal with asthma. Later, when USSR dissolved I was able to get some first-aid inhalers (like Berotek), but these did not work well, sometimes they stopped working and I had to call emergency (in 1995 that happened 3 times during the year) and doctors were unable do anything to stop asthma attack. Later in 1999 I learned about hormone-based inhalers and I use them for more than 15 years now.

Now look, in 2000 I was able to dance ballroom dances and do other sports after I got normal treatment. Yes, I have to use inhaler every day. So what? Do you see the difference between healthy life and vegetable-like life inside your room only (in 1995 I was unable to work because of smokers around bus stops, and no, there were no cars at that time). For me, it IS a REAL cure and I don't give a fuck if I have to use them every day, that's about 10 seconds of my life per day.

Comment So what? (Score 1) 189

The classic example of "why does my radio need to talk to the engine?" is that feature in some cars where the volume automatically adjusts based on speed, so when you hit highway speeds you can still hear the music that was a comfortable volume at a stoplight. So what? Don't talk to the engine, use microphone to pick up noise level and adjust accordingly.

Comment Re:note 4 (Score 1) 208

To manufacturers, this is a problem. When phones are good enough that there's nothing substantially better to upgrade to, people tend not to buy new hardware. A way has to be found to force them to upgrade. Hence, the lack of SD cards (no way to put in a bigger one) and the lack of a replaceable battery.

It's not that simple. The problem is that market is saturated with lots of bad sd cards. SD card forgery is rampant. 2gb marked as 16gb is something way too common.

Now what happens when user insert lousy card? He complains that phone is slow or broken and blames the phone (and not himself for buying card for 1/4 of its real market price). And manufacturers see this as their biggest problem. No sd card slot, no problem.

Comment Re:Why do you let a computer choose the numbers? (Score 1) 217

A well programmed random number generator is going to be better than kind of "random drawing". The problem was the lack of oversight in having the code be submitted. Any code changes that would hurt the reputation of an organization this badly should require multiple sign offs by code reviewers.

Then add random from hardware truly random generator to random number from physical lottery and use the result. It's going to be very difficult to rig both systems (handled by different teams) to work together.

Comment Re:Economic factors are my priority (Score 1) 188

And while I *do* drive fewer than 150 miles most days, having to have another car (or rent one) the times I do want to go more than 150 miles would be a strike or two against an electric.

You need PHEV, not all-electric car. PHEV will use electricity for 40-50 miles 95% of time and gasoline engine will kick in if you need to travel more than your battery can store. THIS is the future of electric cars for nearest 20-30 years.

Comment Re:2001: A Space Odyssey (Score 1) 236

The counter to a vibrant and well-informed democracy is to throw so much information (or misinformation) out there that it becomes impossible for the rest of the participants to remain well informed. They burn out, and then it loses the whole vibrant part and you've lost.

The counter to information overflow is to develop distributed crypto-backed reputation system and filter out misinformation.

Comment Re:Java, [...] most bug-filled, hackable software (Score 1) 106

Running a full 'sandboxed' JVM in a browser needs to be taken out the back and shot and on this basis java is indeed probably very insecure, Oracle should of flagged this as a legacy setup disabed by default a very long time ago;

So, every iLO on HP servers out there must be now obsolete?

Comment Re:Tor's trust model has always been broken (Score 1) 50

This is a primary reason why I2P (Invisible Internet Project) exists. Its much less centralized than Tor, mixes other peoples' traffic with yours by default, and over the years has typically used stronger encryption than Tor. Its just more private and secure overall.

Unfortunately it does not scale well. Some time ago Russian government created new censorship laws and popular book piracy site Flibusta responded with "trainig", turning off its regular website and leaving only Tor and I2P sites, to see how well it works. And suddently I2P was bogged down. It seems that I2P architecture wasn't designed to handle serious traffic and serious amount of users.

"Floggings will continue until morale improves." -- anonymous flyer being distributed at Exxon USA