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Comment Not the right mentality. (Score 1) 239

"The biggest loser stands to be the coal industry, where we estimate cumulative spend under our Action scenario could be $11.6 trillion less than in our Inaction scenario over the next quarter century, with renewables, wind and nuclear (as well as energy efficiency) the main beneficiaries."

Wrong.

The main beneficiaries here are humans, as we wise up and discover more and better ways of creating energy that do not rely upon resources that are depleting and will eventually no longer exist for our use.

I grow tired of seeing only a capitalistic viewpoint as we look to define winners and losers in this ever-growing problem that the human race faces. Buggy-whip manufacturers are not viewed as "losers" today. Their technology was merely replaced, just as coal and oil will be one day.

Comment Re:And? (Score 2) 205

So I should swap out my video card to save a little power, drop a few frames and die a virtual death? I think they have their priorities backwards.

Agreed. Talking to gamers about their systems being inefficient when it comes to power is akin to talking to the guy driving a supercharged Challenger about gas mileage. There are factors that consumers do not give a shit about. Power consumption with gaming rigs would be one of them.

You want people to run more efficient devices? Make the cost of electricity higher. Otherwise, good luck getting people to change. Performance will likely win no matter what, as it does when shopping for gas-guzzling muscle cars.

Comment Re:Society better get used to it (Score 1) 137

Within 20 years we will probably have contact lenses or even retinal implants that allow us to interact with technology at any time and without anyone noticing. Learning to deal with people looking at their cell phones during conversation is a good way to help transition society to a time when you can't assume 100% of someone's attention just because they are standing next to you.

Now the loud cell phone behavior is just being a jerk though.

Ah, so retinal implants will pretty much guarantee that I won't even be able to tell if someone is actually paying attention or listening, even if they are staring right back at me in an apparent attempt to look engaged in physical conversation with another human being.

Gee, sounds wonderful. I'm starting to miss the days of human distraction being fucking obvious already.

Comment The role of a CSO is simple. And justified. (Score 1) 154

Who should make the call to take any corporate data to the cloud? That answer is simple. The CSO.

Who usually does end up making the call to take corporate data to the cloud? That answer is unfortunately simple too.

It's usually anyone other than a CSO, with the end result being the justification as to why you need one.

Comment Re:Those who work for you are your responsibility (Score 1) 114

Handing a critical communication tool to an intern is a pretty dumb decision.

Gee, and I was thinking defining Twitter as a "critical communication tool" was the dumb decision here.

But if the intern then says something stupid on the politician's behalf then the politician needs to own that because it is the actions of those who work for you are your responsibility.

Agreed, although if you're too damn lazy to maintain your own damn Twitter account, you should probably shut it down. I probably won't vote for you when you have to hire someone else to type 140 characters or less. Shows me what kind of money you're likely to piss away on stupid shit while in office.

Comment Re:Time for shoe-on-the-other-foot tactics. (Score 3, Insightful) 258

Here are a couple of things wrong with your statement; 1. The garbage truck is not parked in front of your home 24/7 2. Only pictures of license plates are save. No pictures of people are saved. No vehicles parked off the road are photographed. 3. Access to the database is restricted and there will be retention policies in place. A webcam and license plate scanning are very different and equating the two is invalid.

I cannot believe you actually accept all of this as truth, as if we haven't found rampant abuse of monitoring systems after promises like this shit are made up front to justify the "innocent" program. Hell, I couldn't even make it past #2 in your list without thinking of the stories that came out regarding images gathered by TSA body scanners.

The level of blind faith here fucking floors me.

Considering that the garbage truck will be on your street for a few minutes every week or two it is not monitoring day and night.

I'm not worried about the garbage truck and the "few minutes". I'm worried about years of data being collected and used and abused in ways you've not even thought of by law enforcement.

Do you think streetlight camera databases are never tapped into to track movements of "suspects" (gotta love parallel construction), even though the entire system was justified in order to curb people who cause accidents by running red lights?

Do you think your travel information isn't kept for years to benefit pattern analysis even if you've never even been accused of a crime?

Do you enjoy the fact that you could end up on the No-Fly list with zero explanation as to how you got on the list, or how you could be removed due to your obvious innocence?

How will you feel when they come back in a few years complaining about the limited capability of vehicle mounted cameras and instead propose a fleet of drones to capture images in driveways and parking lots? (of course, they'll pinky-swear they won't point them in your windows or otherwise invade your privacy, and none of that footage will ever be leaked.)

On top of all this, statistics will likely show this monitoring will do fuck-all to stop or curb auto theft. I sure as hell don't expect my auto insurance company to hand me a huge refund if I move to a "monitored" community next week, and chop shops don't usually worry about keeping license plates intact.

Comment Re:Time for shoe-on-the-other-foot tactics. (Score 1) 258

So long as you are careful not to cross the line into harassment, I don't see why he would mind at all.

So, you would not find any of the prescribed actions invasive or an invasion of your privacy?

If you question those actions yourself, I fail to see how you can assume he wouldn't.

Understand that today's plate scanners are tomorrow's drones with your mentality. This can only get worse without proper legislation and control around what privacy should imply for anyone anywhere.

Comment Time for shoe-on-the-other-foot tactics. (Score 5, Interesting) 258

"...City councilman Johnny Khamis dismissed such criticism: "This is a public street. You're not expecting privacy on a public street."

Really Johnny?

So you won't mind if I just set up this webcam on the public street outside of your home and feed that stream to the internet, right?

Or perhaps we'll find some volunteers to follow you and your family around day and night as you drive around. That won't seem creepy or invasive at all, I'm sure. And after all, we're just driving around on public streets, right?

Sometimes I really wonder what the hell it would take to get these morons to wake about privacy and how it feels to be monitored day and night.

Comment Re:As much as conveniently fits (Score 1) 350

Honestly, these days if it has two memory slots I stuff it with 16GB of ram. If it has four, then 32GB of ram. Simple as that. Hell, I just put together a 'gaming box' for the son of a friend of mine a few weeks ago and thought 16GB would be enough (4x 4GB). I didn't even follow my own rule because I was being cost conscious. The first thing he did with it? Run minecraft with a visibility setting that ate up all 16GB of ram.

Can't imagine what it feels like to fire up a game that looks like it was ripped out of a 40-year old Atari console and have it take your brand new gaming rig down to it's proverbial knees.

Good times.

Comment Re:Can it self restart? (Score 4, Insightful) 278

Go buy a Cisco router and the WIFI HWIC modules for it. Granted, you'll spend 10x what that consumer-grade POS costs and you'll have to spend a considerable amount of time learning how to properly configure and secure it, but it will be reliable. And 802.11g.

I think the more relevant point the parent was trying to make here is the rest of that "consumer-grade POS" network hardware does not need to be rebooted on a regular basis, nor does it require a CCNA to set it up properly.

And with the usage profile of the average 4-person household, one should not have to spend 10x the cost to procure hardware rated for 24/7 use and load rated for hundreds of users in order to gain a modicum of reliability.

Comment Re:65 VW Bug (Score 1) 373

At some point, the higher insurance premiums for driving around a relic that lacks pretty much all modern safety features may not be worth the trade off.

Wells, since the higher insurance premiums for decades old cars are actually lower, I would say it is worth the trade off.

A car over 25 years old is defined as a classic when it comes to most or all insurance companies.

And someone driving around a 50-year old car isn't likely driving around some worthless piece of shit, and thus is insured and rated appropriately.

Comment Re:Insurance subsidy? (Score 1) 204

Insurance companies should see this as an opportunity to subsidise late night taxi rides for those who have been drinking. It would cost them far less than paying out on a death or inury claim due to a drunk driver.

Or perhaps ask those who profit the most from getting people drunk in public (the bars) to subsidize that cost instead.

Insurance companies don't solely exist to support drunks, and not every insurance claim revolves around alcohol.

Comment Re:65 VW Bug (Score 1) 373

my thought as well, go back to a carburetor based non-computer timed car from the 60/70s/80s

Guess that depends on what price you put on the risk of being hacked.

At some point, the higher insurance premiums for driving around a relic that lacks pretty much all modern safety features may not be worth the trade off.

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