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Comment: Honeypot (Score 1) 89

by mfh (#46779917) Attached to: RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

I've talked to an accountant about this and we're both convinced this was an RCMP sting. They announced there was a vulnerability on their website about six hours before they patched it. That's either totally stupid and insane, or it was a police sting and they were just waiting to see who would be stupid enough to try and break in through the open door. Please have a seat.

Comment: I hate personal definitions (Score 1) 150

by dbIII (#46779761) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars
Ah, I see now. Differing definitions of what ignition under pressure and how the resulting sudden gas expansion is described. Where do the larger explosions such as sometimes occurs in the F1 engine in the Saturn V fit in your definition - are they also not explosions or is your line drawn somewhere between the two? Are you someone with the 1930s gunpowder engine idea or is it coming from somewhere else that actually considers that carrying around an oxidiser when you do not need to is a drawback?
To sum up - when you "correct" somebody it's best to consider which parts of your correction are based on your own gut feelings and which are more easily communicated. I'm intrigued by your explosion powered engine idea but suspect it's the same drivel dreamed up by people without a grasp on the topic that are missing a major flaw - if not please feel free to tell us exactly why they will "replace scramjets" - which as you should know are only there to replace rockets because they can save the weight of an oxidiser (so your explosive powered system sounds a bit like a step backwards).

Comment: Let me give an example of "might" (Score 1) 150

by dbIII (#46776957) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars
Back a few years there was a quest for an all ceramic car engine. Fuel could burn a lot hotter so your could get a lot more power per litre. It seemed obvious. A few partial successes happened and then Mercedes actually built one. On a test bed the performance was wonderful. In a car the extra weight required to keep it cool made the performance of a 1936 Chevy look better. In the end some ceramic parts are in use, mostly in trucks, but making it all ceramic to get those higher temperatures is impractical in something that has to move it's own weight around.
So it all comes down to physical contraints instead of yelling OMG flying car! Please forgive us for not being instant fanboys until we know something about what is going to distinguish this thing from reverse peltier effect devices we already know about. The thing has got to be able to add more performance than it reduces by weight for it to be worth it.

Comment: Re:power cars? technically no (Score 2) 150

by dbIII (#46776883) Attached to: 'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars
I suppose so but that sounds very impractical since a bunch of candles would give you a larger heat difference. However I don't think many would call it a thermoelectric car just as a diesel-electric train is not called electric and a Prius is not called electric. It's probably best to accept that some people won't accept your proposed terminology and move on to discuss more than just semantics.

Comment: Re:wait, what? (Score 1) 435

by dbIII (#46776703) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

such as rapidly changing design specifications in a mass production line

That's always available and at a cheaper cost when you actually own the mass production line. Of course you need some sort of volume to justify production yourself instead of paying someone else to do it and you need to employ engineers for longer than it takes for the first setup of the line which is why such a thing is very unpopular in the USA.

A move towards the short term and cutting things with long term benefits made local manufacturing inflexible. Meanwhile the Chinese are still copying the successful US businesses of the 1960s so are still flexible.
If they hit the "just change the appearance every year and it will sell - sack those engineers we don't need them anymore" attitude of a great deal of US manufacturing management then there will be no benefit to outsourcing. However, if the trend continues, by then they will own the market and there won't be US money available to pay the Chinese to make stuff.

I agree, outsourcing is good if you want something done you can't do in-house, but I wanted to point out why I think it's not being done locally and how I think some places that have outsourced their core business are doomed.

Comment: What empathy do they have anyway? (Score 1) 301

by dbIII (#46776233) Attached to: GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless
Considering nearly all of what Americans call Christianity has purged "the good samaritan" from what they teach and instead taken a "if you have money it proves you deserve the love of Jesus" approach then what empathy was there for the poor in the first place?
Also people just cannot see themselves falling into that position so they blame the victims. The attitudes to and of the Katrina refugees pointed that out very well - we had "pious" people like Barbara Bush saying that people who were homeless before Katrina should not be helped and we had people that suddenly found themselves becoming the "worthless homeless person" they never imagined they would be and having to rely on charity, even if it was only for a short time.
Another way to look at it is at this time any homeless person in the USA has a more positive financial balance sheet than Donald Trump. He defaulted on a couple of vast fortunes in debt and comes nowhere near matching them since, but his connections allow him to be respected instead of despised like the homeless people that also ran out of money.

Comment: Different mindsets required (Score 1) 212

by dbIII (#46764401) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer
New code is not perfect on creation and developers need to be prepared to swing the axe, scrap stuff that doesn't work and start off different approaches.
However in production it's better to make very gentle changes to a unstable house of cards even if it is utter shit held together by chewing gum and string.
To work in both you need to be able to switch between mindsets because they are really very different jobs. Someone working in both is not ideal. Even if you are very good at both there is a strong temptation to make radical changes, make incremental changes an place them in production and thus limit options in development or to develop something new that incorporates the flaws of something in production. An ideal is good communication between people in both roles.
"Switching hats" can result in too many compromises and being either too conservative or too radical for the project. If you are stuck in that situation external input from testers or somewhere is vital as a sanity check.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 622

by dbIII (#46764289) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt
I'm not speaking of the US but instead providing an example from anther country of a child "held accountable for crimes that precede their birth". In Australia, due to odd wording of a law, babies born to refugees are classified as "maritime arrivals" and denied citizenship. If their parents are not refugees that "Anchor Baby" situation applies. I'm not going to argue if it's right/wrong or doesn't matter, I'm just using it as an example.

Comment: Re:Apply critical thinking instead of changing top (Score 1) 427

by dbIII (#46764277) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Honestly, I'm not paid to post here

I never suggested that. However in hindsight you are acting as if you were so I can understand now why you decided you needed to point out that you are recycling silly propaganda for free.
You have stated that you are no longer a child. I suggest acting accordingly and lay off the stupid lies or you will get people taking you to task for such stupid lies.

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