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Comment Re:That's why... (Score 2) 366

Well, to be fair, that's the official report. I'd use Occam's razor and note that if the pilot did the arithmetic wrong and the copilot simply copied the pilot's calculation instead of doing it himself, the records would also match this explanation. Occam's razor cuts to the chase, even as it also cuts to the quick.

Comment FCCing comments not convincing (Score 1) 85

These FCC comments do not dissuade me from the concern that whether or not that was the intention of the FCC rule-making, the effect will be to lock down router firmware. Locking down the firmware is one of the easiest way to address the FCC's concern. How else are router manufacturers going to prevent modification to the values place in control registers of commodity I/O devices? The processors in these devices don't have the necessary capabilities to lock these parameters down using a virtual machine model, and the commodity I/O devices don't have any built-in mechanism to prevent other than blessed values to be placed into control registers. Clearly the FCC still values their concerns about preventing us from misusing our devices over our concerns about securing our devices.

Comment Re:Just makes them look even more guilty (Score 1) 323

Your diesel cars are polluting the environment with extra NOx at a rate that, under cap-and-trade regulations which have established a market price of about $50 per ton, comes to about ten cents per mile driven on the road. If you're getting 50 miles per gallon, the pollution you are causing has a market price of about $5 per gallon. The conclusion to be drawn here is that you are saving money for yourself only by stealing from the environment. When the price for the excess pollution is paid (at "free market" rates, mind you), these cars are more expensive to operate than any other car on the market.

Submission + - Linux 4.3 Bringing Stable Intel Skylake Support, Reworked NVIDIA Driver (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Mr. Torvalds has released Linux 4.3-rc1 this weekend. He characterized the release as "not particularly small — pretty average in size, in fact. Everything looks fairly normal, in fact, with about 70% of the changes being drivers, 10% architecture updates, and the remaining 20% are spread out." There are a number of new user-facing features including stabilized Intel "Skylake" processor support, initial AMD R9 Fury graphics support, SMP scheduler optimizations, file-system fixes, a reworked open-source NVIDIA driver, and many Linux hardware driver updates.

Comment Spy Industry had their chance (Score 2) 403

The "Spy Industry" had their golden chance to do it right after 9/11, and they demonstrated their inability to behave in a manner that honors the cause of freedom and liberty for our citizens. They earned the venom and cynicism by their misbehavior, and until they own up to that, I can't see cause for the American Public giving them a free pass again. Brennan and the rest are seriously in deepest denial if they are truly thinking that the backlash against government spying comes from a desire to undermine the mission of the Three Letter Agencies fueled by our adversaries.

If they want to have keys to our backdoors, they'd better come up with lube.

Comment Re:Enhance 34 to 46. (Score 1) 32

No only did that Decker have access to a plainly ridiculous level of zoom, when panning around, the perspective of the image changes, and object that were hidden from the original perspective appear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?... We're left having to assume that "enhance" operation can do wonders on an old snapshot, or that it's something of an old snapshot from a holographic Polaroid. It would sure make image occlusion an easier problem to solve.

Comment Re:Why supervised? (Score 1) 32

Yes. One can synthetically create cropped images to train CNNs. Then if you recognize "person standing" in the left side of an image and "front end of commercially relevant automobile" in the right side of the image you can likely expect that this is a person standing in front of the automobile, unless the template for junkyard is also signalling recognition. Then you zero in on which of your friends is standing there, and try to get that friend to recommend to you that you need a new car just like his. Almost a solved problem, no?

Comment Comment system down for a whole WEEK (Score 2) 242

I noticed when I put in my comments that the deadline has been extended by about a month, but still, I put a comment in before the FCC took their system down for a WEEK for a software upgrade. That in itself ought to be an indication of how wrong-headed this regulation is - even the FCC can't write software that doesn't fail and require modification in the field. This regulation will effectively freeze development of wireless routers and other wireless devices that are key to Internet security and ensure that these devices are full of unfixable software defects that when discovered, make these products immediately and irreversably worthless. Not that any of these routers and devices are actually unfixable or irreversably damaged, but they are effectively so, because manufacturers often take no obligation to repair broken software in products that have expired warranties. Unfortunately, it's the nature of these software defects that the entire manufactured base of product become 100% defective all at once upon the discovery of a critical software security defect - that's world's away from the kind of random, slowly developing defects that result in poorly manufactured hardware. For example, all of my twenty or so personally owned routers would have needed to have been thrown away and replaced when "Heartbleed" was uncovered, and again when "Shellshock" was uncovered, except that they were all running open software for which fixes were provided by the open source community. If I had to rely on the kindness of profit-seeking router manufacturers, they'd all be in the garbage bin, so that I could "shell-out" for new routers. Others have written that millions of devices will never be fixed because of effectively abandoned support of these devices: http://www.technologyreview.co... ..or have exposed long-standing vulnerabilties left unfixed: https://www.mocana.com/blog/20...

This one-week downtime is unfortunate, because the news may be forgotten by this community by the time the FCC restores the ability to provide comments online. Someone needs to ping slashdot back in a week when the FCC restores service, or else this ill-considered proposal may become part of established regulation.

Comment Extended comment period (Score 1) 242

The comment period is actually open until sometime in October, but promptly entering your comments is more likely to be effective (call now before you forget). The FCC has responded to mass commenting before on the net neutrality issue - it's time to do it again before the FCC lays us all open to having wireless devices with massive security failures that we can't fix ourselves.

Comment University Project (Score 4, Interesting) 45

I attended the presentation for this chip, and as multiple audience questioners pointed out, this design hasn't been carefully designed to be clear of patents. As a university project, it's not likely to be an issue, but cribbing from a recent GPU design is not a promising way to get a patent-clear open-source hardware design. It's also not complete, as it's missing graphics-specific functions, such as texture-mapping, and the FPGA implementation had a single processing pipeline. By taking the same instruction set, they made it easier to test and operate their design using AMD's tools. All that being said, it's an impressive start for a small university group, and by enabling operation with instrumentation hooks for measuring dynamic operations, may become useful as benchmarking and measurement tool for GPGPU programs. Just don't expect this to displace commercial designs RealSoonNow.

Comment Re:Real numbers (Score 1) 105

Value should be given to the reduction in transmission and distribution costs as well. On my bill the sum of those two items is about the same as the rate for the generation cost.

Hell, there's a charge on my bill to pay off bonds that the California government used to buy power at exorbitant, extortionate rates more than a decade ago during the "energy crisis" created with the "help" of Enron. - that's an extra half cent per kwh that we'll have to pay for freaking ever because politicians got bought out by corporations' "free market" bullshit and overpaid for power for less than a year.

Plus, there's about 8c/kwh that I'm paying for "Conservation Incentives" and another 1c/kwh for "Electric Public Purpose Programs." If all I had to do was pay for fscking power, my bill would be a factor of three smaller. Just saying....

Comment Re:Real numbers (Score 2) 105

Sunroof doesn't operate in Texas, and perhaps because it's not worth it due to the structure of electricity rates. In California, we've got tiered rates that punish high usage - buying your electricity in Costco-sized bundles costs more than buying it in convenience-store tiny bundles. The statewide solar initiatives (CSI) is done, kaput, played out, but used to pay as much at $2.50/installed-watt or 39c/kwh - but it ended at 20c/installed-watt or 2.5c/kwh. The 30% federal tax credit's the sole big remaining inventive, until the end of 2016.

Here in the Bay Area, one of the few regions where Sunroof actually is operating, residential electric rates start at 16c/kwh (Tier 1), but rise to 19c, 28c, and 34c (Tier 4) as your usage increases over "baseline". If you size your system to knock out Tier 3 & 4 usage via net metering, the payout's much quicker.

If you combine net metering with time-of-use metering, the payout time can be even sooner, as the Weekday (Monday-Friday), "summer" (May-October), Tier 4 rate reaches 49c/kwh at times of high demand and 38c/kwh at medium demand. The high demand period runs 1pm-to-7pm, and medium-demand runs 10am-to-1pm and 7pm-to-9pm, so the sweet-spot daylight times for solar are generally net-metered at medium-demand and high-demand rates. Notably, this means that west-facing solar panels get a sweeter payback than either east-facing or south-facing on a typically-sloped roof.

As a rough figure, this probably puts payback times into the 3-to-7-year range, depending on cost of installation and orientation of the panels. It takes a lot longer to break even if you're trying to zero out your utility bill, because if you try to drive your net-usage all the way to zero, you're net-metering down at the 16c level, actually 13c during "winter" season (November-April). If you oversize your system and try to get a net payment from the utility, they only pay about 3c/kwh for excess power.

As an aside, I used this opportunity to check out the TOU rates to see what the average rate is for, say, a continually-running server, and it looks like the TOU schedule is 0.78c/kwh lower than the standard tiered rate plan. For me, that was one one of the questions to consider whether going for a TOU plan was going to hurt my bill.

For other stereotypical Californians (not me, not me, it's for a friend, really), a grow lights for ...umm... plants might be a similar issue - but typical schedules for grow lights & heat cycles are 12 hours/day - perhaps you can reverse day for night, and grow your plants with off-peak power FTW? Or supplement with actual sunlight during peak hours?

Comment Re:But this is California, so of course it's stupi (Score 1) 135

No. Just No. I'd equate that heartless comment to the bitching about the cost of ADA compliance. Safe food is a basic human need. We're not eating at the damned Fountainhead Cafe. You seem to think that it's just economically cheaper to kill all people with allergies, but that's just too cruel to consider.

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