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Comment: Re:power (Score 1) 25

by drinkypoo (#48672877) Attached to: DARPA Wants Help Building a Drone That Flies Like a Hawk

I'm sure that it will use a lookup table, but it's also going to have to build those tables dynamically because due to the nature of mechanical devices. 1) no two are identical and 2) they wear while in use, especially while running near the edge of materials technology, further exacerbating point #1. You really do need a learning control system if you're not in a perfect world, or doing something hilariously easy — which this isn't.

Comment: Re: not original (Score 1) 181

by drinkypoo (#48672249) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

One thing about your earlier example is that generators are not normally a necessity.

Unfortunately, even the furnace won't function in most places without power, so electricity is a necessity. Most of our equipment is very poorly thought-out like this. When I installed a replacement on-demand water heater in this house, I could get the same model with different suffixes corresponding to three different ignition systems: a plug-in, on-demand spark ignition; a dynamo-based, on-demand spark ignition; or a tradtional pilot, with a piezo igniter. I chose the piezo igniter because I know I live in the boonies and the power can go off here, and I still want to have hot water if that happens. Of course, having flow takes a generator, but it doesn't take a whole-house generator and the pump house is significantly distant from the house.

Comment: Re: not original (Score 1) 181

by drinkypoo (#48671941) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Plus, how do you codify a house able to withstand a high tide 12 feet above normal?

You don't. You just expect it to be washed away, and you don't expect help. And anyone who expects to be able to depend on you in situations with heavy weather is a tool who deserves to fail. We keep propping up idiots and we wonder why the world keeps looking more and more like Idiocracy. Nobody but farmers should be living on a flood plain, and we should be farming it. Nothing but disposable (and once fallen, biodegradable) summer homes should be built on the beach. No flammable structures should be built in wildfire zones. No fragile structures in common quake zones. Yet we still have all of that. Yes, even that last one, California is still building shit-shacks made of nothing. They might not fall down in a quake, but they will slop themselves apart, and they're highly flammable even though this is wildfire country.

In short, we are not even using the most basic common sense when siting and building. It's all for profit, and there is no sense to the system whatsoever. In fact, people who try to do the right thing are usually hampered so as to continue to produce more business for the system, ye olde broken window fallacy in action.

Comment: Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (Score 1) 82

by drinkypoo (#48666161) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

If by that you mean it won't make anything except more money for the new Comwarner Cable for doing absolutely NOTHING, and removing a potentional compertitor from EVER becoming a threat, then yes it makes absolutely nothing.......

They're not potential competitors because in most markets they have monopolies on the right-of-way.

Also, there will be something REDUCED as a result of this merger. Comwarner CEO: "Hmm, we really don't need TWO marketing departments right? Or HR departments, or janatorial departments or........"

They will need just as much janitorial staff, but you're right, they won't need as many marketers, or HR employees. So that's a major win in my book. Are you sure you know what you're arguing?

Comment: Re:Today it is porn, tomorrow it is your political (Score 1) 285

by drinkypoo (#48666057) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

It will not be long that the UK government will choose to put any site they do not like into the black list.

That's how it is now. The "porn" sites are on the list, but the religious sites aren't, and their works are much more harmful to children, least because they include material which could be considered pornography under the government's own guidelines but primarily because of all the violence with specious justification.

Comment: Re:Prohibitions do not work! (Score 1) 285

by drinkypoo (#48666053) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

And if those services are not available in the UK, or not good enough in the UK, why not create the company and let the free market do the work?

We tried. No suitable product became available.

That no suitable product became available proves that such a product is either unworkable or undesirable. Problem solved!

David Cameron pushed the market into providing such a service.

No, it's something that masquerades as such a service. The provided solution does not work properly. If you sold customers such a product, it would be returned as being unsuitable for the stated purpose, because the mission is impossible. That is why no one produced a suitable product: it cannot be done.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been known? (Score 1) 160

by drinkypoo (#48666035) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

Although there are some ways to secure DMA (like a white list of addresses/sizes that are safe to write to), all of the advertised functionality of USB3, such as the sustained data rates, would be very hard to achieve if you didn't have direct access to memory

Sigh. It's almost like slashdot is peopled by people who know fuck-all about computers, such as the existence of the IOMMU. Decent operating systems have support for these. They completely solve this problem with minimal overhead.

That's why Firewire ruled for live streaming of data for so long: DMA made it's rates reliable

Yes, firewire has the same problem, and the same solution.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been known? (Score 1) 160

by drinkypoo (#48666011) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

Firewire, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt all have DMA, which means any device hooked to a host can pretty much do anything they want to the host, no matter what the host hardware or OS is. I didn't think this sort of thing was still news?

It's news to me that apple still isn't using an IOMMU, I thought that they were supposed to be fixing this problem. Most modern PCs have one.

Comment: Re:I'm starting to think it's this simple... (Score 1) 59

by drinkypoo (#48665983) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War

If patents could not be transferred, then if person X worked for company Y, and then went to company Z, they'd be taking the patents with them with no means to leave them with the company that was using them.

I don't think it's necessarily a very good idea, I think the problems with IP can be solved by shortening the terms of protection on both patents and copyrights, but I don't necessarily see this as a bug. Corporations should be encouraged to reward their employees fairly. Such a system would do that.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759