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Comment: Re:The above poster is literally talking shit (Score 1) 140

by dbIII (#49358973) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan
As does the non-desert air in other places with cooling towers FFS.
What is your game? I state the equivalent of "water is wet" and you go off with something like "as a rabid fanboy of water sports I strongly object, water is more like a very tasty chocolate milkshake only crunchy". It's not even a criticism yet I get an ignorant fanboy kneejerk response with made up "facts".
Evaporative cooling to remove a lot of heat requires access to a lot of water that's a "real" fact as distinct from silly deliberate misinformation.
In reality it just means putting your reactors close enough to a whole lot of salty water that nobody is drinking if that's all you've got. No contraversy. Not a criticism of nukes at all. Why make up shit to deny it?

Comment: bullshit (Score 1) 250

by Tom (#49352371) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

This is total bullshit, and dangerous at that.

Firstly, a lot of software out there still has password length limits, sometimes silently discarding additional characters. You will still need ordinary passwords now and then.

Secondly, no normal human will type a five, six or more words passphrase every time they want to unlock their screen. They will do it for three days while they're hyped on how secure they are now, and then it'll become something they hate, and then they'll change it back to "123".

Thirdly, this is a bit more tricky, the real world security of almost every password scheme I've come across in 15 years of IT security experience is several orders of magnitude lower than the mathematical assumption. Because we consistently forget to take the human factor into account. Maybe some extreme nerds will actually follow this guideline, more normal people will discard words they can't remember for words they can, change things "a little" for convenience, and generally sabotage the whole system without even realizing it. It's the same as with passwords, all over again. Yes, on paper, a password has on the order of 10^16 possible combinations. But in reality, taking into account how people actually choose passwords (even ignoring the whole "password" and "123456" problem!) the actual diversity is more on the order of 10^9. Same here. You think using dice removes the human factor. omg do you underestimate humans!

Comment: What is that blue stuff in the picture then? (Score 1) 140

by dbIII (#49352355) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan
Instead of taking the word of a fanboy being ridiculous because someone suggested nuclear is not perfect in some way that nobody gives a shit about I suggest taking a look for yourself:
That's from the article about the station he's writing about which is here:
Note the line "20 billion US gallons (76,000,000 m) of treated water are evaporated each year.

So yes, the Jordan plant is going to need a LOT of water but nobody said it has to be drinkable or even fresh water. It just means it has to be sited near the sea, a river or a lake (even a very salty lake) or have some other access to a lot of water.
It's not a disadvantage, just a constraint, and it's pathetic that somebody is enough of clueless fanboy to see it as an attack instead of just a statement about a choice of site.

Comment: The above poster is literally talking shit (Score 1) 140

by dbIII (#49352313) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan
The above poster is literally talking shit (as well as doubling the size of the plant - what's with that?)

The Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant is located in the Arizona desert, and is the only large nuclear power plant in the world that is not located near a large body of water. The power plant evaporates the water from the treated sewage from several nearby cities and towns to provide the cooling of the steam that it produces.

Sorry kids - no magic to see here. Just a LOT of water from wherever you can get it, even sewage. You can reuse the water but you do need a LOT of water to start with.

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 2) 322

by dbIII (#49351781) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"
The entire "booth babe" thing is rather pathetic - a step below being desperate enough to pay to see strippers that reveal less than you would see at the beach.
It's a cynical sales trick that shows a vendor is not taking the visitors seriously.
Yes, they may be cute, but if you are going there to see cute girls instead of elsewhere then something is screwed up.

Comment: Re:Memorizing site-unique passwords isn't possible (Score 2) 250

by dbIII (#49351613) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

I stopped using Groklaw back in the day because they started requiring excessively complex passwords.

People were being paid to disrupt Groklaw and even stalk and shame the founder. It's not paranoia when serious cash is being splashed to deface your website and a fucking insane horror writer (who pretends murdering ghosts are real) is parked across from your house watching your front door.
It's a special case.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser