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Comment: Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (Score 3, Insightful) 237

by jeffmeden (#47416635) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

As rooftop solar gets cheaper every year, electricity won't be the biggest environmental impact of lighting.

I already have a number of friends who's rooftop solar panels generate more electricity than they use. Once people reach that point, the biggest impact to the environment will be manufacturing --- either with poisons like mercury in CFL bulbs or with dirty semiconductor fabs and lead on circuit boards for LEDs.

Hard to beat a plain glass globe with a metal wire for clean recyclable environmentally friendly materials.

Don't forget that the solar panels only over-produce for the household at times when they *don't need lights*. This impacts your environmental summarization because in order to shift that electricity from solar hours (when the sun is up) to non-solar hours (when the sun is down and you need more indoor lighting) you need to use additional expensive (economic and environmental) techniques like battery storage or borrowing electricity from a nearby coal fired plant.

Comment: Re:Dimmable LEDs (Score 1) 237

by jeffmeden (#47416591) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

I have a few dimmable Cree bulbs and they flicker. Not impressed. Supposedly Phillips make better dimmable bulbs.

I just tested the two and had the exact opposite experience (with a pretty nice leviton digital dimmer, too). The 9.5w/60w equiv Cree bulbs worked fantastic, no flicker at any light level. The Philips bulbs (10.5w/60w equiv dimmable, according to the package) flickered like crazy and wouldnt even turn off all the way, they just slowed to a 1Hz flicker.

Comment: Re:Basic statistics (Score 1) 24

by jeffmeden (#47414535) Attached to: Another Dementia Test Oversold

THis is basic statistics learned by every doctor in medical school. specificity and sensitivity, prevalence, pretest and post test probability and false positive/true negative, false negative/true positive. They all factor in to deciding to use a medical test. Every person who comes in and demands a test ussually gets a lecture on this (at least from me) (at work have to post as AC)

Statistics aside there are two more pressing questions: 1, are patients with MCI more likely to convert (10% or greater) in subsequent years? 2, is there a preventative process that can be used by those that test positive, that is safe for the general population? In other words, do we get to narrow our treatment focus with these results, even a little bit? We can piss and moan about statistics but at the end of the day, who really gives a fuck if you were right about the onset of someone's dementia, unless you can do something about it?

Comment: Re:Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (Score 1) 578

by jeffmeden (#47369131) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

I can see a few issues with this.

1. Increase of cost. Adding a pole for the near side would add cost.

At least here in Sweden we have poles on both sides as people will be crossing the street in both directions. Yours work differently?

In the US the poles are installed at/past the sidewalk line opposite the roadway, in other words when you are standing to cross you cannot see the pole on your side because it is behind you. So, either you would have to get people to stand behind the pole, or have them turn around and look at the number before crossing (taking attention away from watching turning traffic, which a pedestrian must be very careful for).

Comment: Re:Email is expensive? (Score 1) 130

Email requires bandwidth, and you can't distribute it through a CDN like you can with downloads. It's cheap for spammers because they anonymize their email, but security notifications say they come from Now consider that you have BILLIONS of emails to send. That can get costly.

Why can't you distribute it via a CDN, exactly? I mean someone like Microsoft has either direct control over, or actually runs their own CDN servers: firing up a SMTP service (to route mail based on proximity to destination MX) should be the easy part.

Comment: Re:Email is expensive? (Score 1) 130

I can't imagine Microsoft has to pay Microsoft for Microsoft products. Accounting may want them to move the money around, but that's stupid and pointless because it doesn't actually cost them money to give it to themselves.

If the cost license doesn't get you, then the compute cycles, ram allocations, and administrators' salaries will... /troll

Comment: Re:Laugh-worthy (Score 3, Insightful) 138

by jeffmeden (#47332587) Attached to: Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

My point was merely that Alexander's CV has very little on it that isn't either irrelevant to his potential customers (at least I hope our financial sector isn't looking for armored warfare expertise...) or closely connected to a series of fed jobs that just keep getting more heavily classified as time goes on.

Hmm let's see if you can pick out the spot where he would be versed only in armored warfare expertise or looking at secret documents all day (this is his CV for the past 15 years):
Director of the National Security Agency (DIRNSA)
Chief of the Central Security Service (CHCSS)
Commander of the United States Cyber Command
Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command
Director of Intelligence (J-2), United States Central Command
Deputy Director for Intelligence (J-2) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Head of the Army Intelligence and Security Command

Do you think it's possible, after working (ostensibly successfully) as the head of so many organizations, that he knows nothing about management, leadership, best practices, and nonclassified security methodologies (of which there are many)? Do you honestly think he spent 10 years, as the head of these orgs, pushing top secret papers across his desk instead of having his underlings take care of all of that? Come on. Furthermore, I think a lot of commentators on this thread have a complete misunderstanding of what a high-level consulting firm does. Hint, it has nothing to do with configuring firewalls and antivirus apps. Big multinationals will gladly pay $1M for advice as simple as "choose off the shelf security package A, instead of B" as long as it comes from someone whose credentials are beyond repute. He doesn't have to say anything about top secret operations, techniques, or sources, he just has to put his name behind something.

Comment: Re:Laugh-worthy (Score 1) 138

by jeffmeden (#47332415) Attached to: Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

It is? Odd that someone as insignificant as me has it in his contract that any kind of "internal knowledge" he gains (and, bluntly, if an exploit isn't considered internal knowledge in a TLA, what is?) must not be used outside of very well defined areas of work for at the very least 2 years, while someone as the NSA head honcho gets a free pass to use such knowledge as he pleases.

It's hard to imagine that the banking industry is seen as competing with the NSA (in the sense that a non-compete would be enforceable)... Or is it?

Comment: Re:Poor guy... (Score 1) 138

by jeffmeden (#47332395) Attached to: Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

So the poor general can't participate in the usual dance of former Washington insiders who use cronyism and connections to enrich themselves after 'serving' in government?

There should be a name for that... like 401(c)... where c stands for crony capitalism.

What's more hilarious is that, apparently, the only thing to General Alexander's credit as head of the NSA was his ability to keep secrets. He was literally "the most powerful cyber-lord in the world" (for lack of a better term) and his only qualification was keeping secrets? He didn't bring anything to the table in terms of management skills, best practices, or good judgement via foresight? Because that's what you have to read into a statement like "..Without the classified information he acquired in his former position, he literally would have nothing to offer to you." Kind of sad, mostly for the US military apparatus that apparently promotes from within, those that have no real skills to offer except keeping their mouth shut about what they did/saw/heard.

Comment: Re:Repeat after me... (Score 2) 534

Not really, you're thinking about Politicians rather than police.

On one hand, damn all lawyers! The corporation stance is stupid legal wrangling. On the other hand, I'd never become a cop due to the incredibly ridiculous amount of liability, red tape, blatantly lying "news" channels and papers, and blame for having to enforce bad laws.

Go do some ride-alongs with your local police to see what they put up with.

It's not that the SWAT officers, their commanders, or anyone else is necessarily contriving a system where they get all the power and none of the oversight. SWAT teams are very expensive to hire, train, equip, and maintain. Hence, they need to be shared by many police districts. When the state cannot organize them any better than at the county and muni level, the solution is left up to the counties and munis to work out. And this is what they chose because it was the only thing that fit, a shared cost for shared resources.

That being said, the state really needs to intervene, now that it is painfully obvious the county/muni system doesnt work, and give them a structure (joint departments) that makes it possible. There is already too much overhead from the hundreds of different law enforcement orgs that dot each state, figuring this out is a step in the direction toward making the entire system more organized, and more accountable.

Comment: Re:I don't understand how this is a "record" (Score 0) 84

Yeah, never mind the historical significance of Cousteau, whose interest was peaceful research in a static underwater environment rather than driving around in an underwater penis to determine the best place to start Armageddon.

Fucking French don't even have a word for entrepreneur!

In case this is intended to be particularly critical of the French, they do indeed have 4 ballistic missile submarines and 6 attack submarines in their navy, all of which routinely spend more than 30 days underwater at a time.

Comment: Re:I don't understand how this is a "record" (Score 1) 84

Ballistic missile submarines regularly spend 80+ days underwater, even during peacetime. How is 30 days a record?

They _still_ don't use Twitter, Skype, etc (even though it has been technologically possible for over a decade) whereas for some reason that is of particular interest to him. Maybe he wants to set a record for deepest depths a human has traveled into the depths of his own narcissism? I am interested to see how his Facebook wall holds up.

Comment: Re:Just what Chicago needs... (Score 2, Insightful) 64

by jeffmeden (#47299513) Attached to: New Sensors Will Scoop Up "Big Data" On Chicago

I'm sure gather heat and wind information is the top priority of citizens who live in the murder capital of America.

In case there was any doubt: here is your ongoing proof that Fox is "fair and balanced" (/sarcasm). The headline reads: "FBI: Chicago officially America's murder capital" but did the FBI report contain anything suggesting the term "Murder Capital" was appropriate? Let's see... nope. OK, maybe the report particularly damns Chicago's poor attempts to reduce gun violence? Hmm, nope it doesn't say anything specific about Chicago at all. Where is the fine print at? Oh, ok, there it is! Chicago is, per capita, safer than almost all the other large cities in the US (NYC and LA as notable exceptions). So, in case you were wondering, the "Murder Capital" race is a toss up between Detroit (54 murders per 100k), and New Orleans (53 murders per 100k).

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