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Comment: Re:sort of like Antifreeze and pets/wildlife (Score 1) 90

by hawguy (#49551197) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

Toss a few gallons of water in your trunk before you head to remote locations -- while the propylene glycol in the antifreeze may not kill you, the corrosion inhibitors and other ingredients

The glycol is the corrosion inhibitor. That's its job as much as anti-freezing. That's why we use it even in climates without freezes, and not just a smaller package of corrosion inhibitors. You have to substantially change the properties of the water to retard corrosion.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Propylene glycol oxidizes when exposed to air and heat, forming lactic acid.[9][10] If not properly inhibited, this fluid can be very corrosive, so pH buffering agents such as dipotassium phosphate, Protodin and potassium bicarbonate are often added to propylene glycol, to prevent acidic corrosion of metal components.

http://www.amsoil.com/lit/data...

Amsoil Low-Toxicity Propylene Glycol Antifreeze

Composition by Weight:
Total glycols >= 92 percent; Corrosion inhibitors and
antifoamants = 8 percent
; Water

Comment: Re:sort of like Antifreeze and pets/wildlife (Score 3, Informative) 90

by hawguy (#49548727) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

This is why I always try to purchase the "Low Tox" antifreeze for my vehicles. Should I ever be stranded in a remote location without water, I could survive for days just by cracking the draincock on the radiator. Plus, I don't have to feel as bad about parking my car over the storm sewer and emptying out the cooling system when I do a flush!

Toss a few gallons of water in your trunk before you head to remote locations -- while the propylene glycol in the antifreeze may not kill you, the corrosion inhibitors and other ingredients plus possible oil and combustion product contamination is not going to be great for you.

Comment: Re:So, where's IBM in all of this? (Score 4, Insightful) 78

by hawguy (#49546335) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

Seems like this should really be IBM's forte. I wonder why they didn't jump into it with both feet.

-jcr

Cheap commodity services was never IBM's forte - they don't want to rent you a $20 virtual server that you maintain yourself, they want to sell you a million dollar mainframe and $10,000 Intel servers that you pay IBM to maintain.

Comment: Re:Good for Amazon! (Score 1) 78

by hawguy (#49546257) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

Amazon is my favorite nonprofit organization! Their investors are footing the bill for that 100 pound room air conditioner I had shipped to me via Amazon Prime 2 day shipping, and all those times they spent 2-3 dollars to to ship me a 5 dollar item.

Amazon is squeezing the shipping carriers to lower shipping prices, so don't bet that they lost money on those packages.

Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 4, Informative) 145

by hawguy (#49541879) Attached to: Groupon Refuses To Pay Security Expert Who Found Serious XSS Site Bugs

I'm tired of these security experts holding these sites hostage. They should disclose these vulnerabilities to build a safer Internet, not to line their pockets.

If they really wanted to line their pockets, they'd sell them to the black hats.

Blindly disclosing the security holes to the internet at large makes the internet less safe in the short term since the bad guys can exploit the vulnerabilities before the good guys can fix them.

Groupon could hire people themselves to find the vulnerabilities, but they chose not to, instead they offer a bounty for security bugs, which apparently is very cost effective when they don't pay up, so it's a double win - no need to pay money to hire security experts when a community of bug hunters will do the work for a token bounty, and no reason to actually pay the bounty when you can find a technicality (if one out of 30 bugs were released in violation of their guidelines, why aren't they paying their promised bounty for the others?)

Comment: Re:Maybe so but... (Score 3, Informative) 170

by hawguy (#49537393) Attached to: USGS: Oil and Gas Operations Could Trigger Large Earthquakes

Good luck getting a penny in compensation out of the corporations responsible if this happens.

They are already smart enough to use shell corporations to do the drilling -- by the time water contamination or triggered earthquakes are discovered, the shell company is long done and a new one has taken its place.

Comment: Re:I call bullshit on anything from Forbes (Score 1) 132

by hawguy (#49534413) Attached to: New Javascript Attack Lets Websites Spy On the CPU's Cache

But Javascript?

RTFA:

Two specific
APIs which are of use to us in this work are the
Typed Array Specification [9], which allows efficient access
to unstructured binary data, and the High Resolution
Time API [16], which provides sub-millisecond time
measurements to Javascript programs

Comment: Re:I call bullshit on anything from Forbes (Score 1) 132

by hawguy (#49532319) Attached to: New Javascript Attack Lets Websites Spy On the CPU's Cache

Yes, but it cannot observe what data from other processes is moving out of the cache The attacking process already has to know what bits the other process might have in the cache that they are attempting to time. The cache side-channel attacks are using statistical techniques... in artificially constructed scenarios: where only one other process has shared data you want to do a timing attack against.

Well yeah, that's kind of what the whole paper is about - the fact that they can analyze cache behavior to detect network and mouse activity on the system.

Comment: Re:Cripple Linux? (Score 1) 174

by hawguy (#49531121) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested

It's also $40 cheaper, which translates into a savings of > 25% of the device price.

You want Ubuntu on the "non-crippled" version? Good news: If you are willing to pay the additional $40, you ought to be able to install Ubuntu because the same hardware (minus some RAM/storage) has already been setup to run Ubuntu.

Is it the same hardware? This implies that it's not identical: The Ubuntu version of the Compute Stick has as a similar CPU -- if the CPU is different, how much of the rest of the chipset is different?

Comment: Re:I call bullshit on anything from Forbes (Score 2) 132

by hawguy (#49531009) Attached to: New Javascript Attack Lets Websites Spy On the CPU's Cache

They cant even describe what happens.

" Once there, the software inside the bogus content launches a program that manipulates how data moves in and out of a victim PC’s cache"

Uh, if the website can launch programs to manipulate your CPU cache, that's a problem.

I suspect this is the old "set up a webgl context, read back a framebuffer, maybe you will see some old shit in the framebuffer" attack that Microsoft used to attack WebGL back in the day.

Sounds like typical OMG COMPUTERS!!!!!!! from the business crowd.

God how I wish everyone with an MBA would just get the fuck out of my way when I have grownup work to do.

If you understand the CPU architecture, any program that can control what happens within its address space can manipulate data moving in and out of the CPU cache.

Comment: Re:Cripple Linux? (Score 4, Insightful) 174

by hawguy (#49530037) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested

For the last 24 years: LINUX ISN'T STUPID BLOATWARE! IT RUNS GREAT ON ANY HARDWARE!!!

Hardware maker in 2015: OK, you're right. Here ya go.

Fanboys: OMG!! CRIPPLED HARDWARE!!

It's still a valid complaint -- why give the Ubuntu device half the ram and 1/4 the storage? Even if Ubuntu *requires* less resources than Windows, the applications that people want to run may not. Chrome, in particular, seems to grow to consume all of my RAM whether I run it on my old 2GB laptop or my 16GB desktop. And the Windows device has 19GB of usable storage -- more than 3 times the total amount of storage on the Ubuntu stick, Ubuntu users store data too, especially on a device well suited to be a media player.

As of next Tuesday, C will be flushed in favor of COBOL. Please update your programs.

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