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Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 186

by sjames (#49178209) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

I guess you don't know how the grid actually works. It does NOT involve running wires directly from the generator to some distant location. Again, I don't know that much about how it's set up in the UK, but physics there is the same as in the US. In the US, electricity is often sold across multiple states (easily far enough to reach another country in Europe). even when it's generated with fossil fuels. Since losing money isn't a popular hobby, I would have to say it makes economic sense.

Comment: Two part problem (Score 1) 473

by sjames (#49178161) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

It's a problem in two parts, but what it really comes down to is that when you double click, you don't actually know if data will be viewed or a program will execute. Is it REALLY a surprise to anyone that that's a gamble you will lose sooner or later?

Fundamentally, having the same action mean more than one thing is asking for trouble. There needs to be one action to open and another to execute.

Next, the icons themselves should indicate an executable even if it does not end in .EXE. Some sort of emblem should take care of it.

+ - Scientists Create Artificial Sunlight Real Enough To Trick the Brain 1

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Navanshu Agarwal writes that Italian scientists have developed an artificial LED sunlight system that looks just like real daylight streaming through a skylight. The LED skylight uses a thin coating of nanoparticles to recreate the effect that makes the sky blue, known as Rayleigh Scattering that doesn’t just light up a room but produces the texture and feel of sunlight. Paolo Di Trapani, one of the scientists who worked on the device believes that the skylight will allow developers of the future to not just build up, but also far down below the ground- without any of the dinginess that currently keeps us above ground.

CoeLux hopes to treat seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Each year, some 10 million Americans, mostly women, find themselves sinking into a heavy malaise during the wintertime. CoeLux hopes its LED bulbs, which create the illusion of infinitely tall, bright blue skies, will help trick the brains of people with SAD, ridding them of their blues."

Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 186

by sjames (#49177479) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

How does this excess electricity get to non-local consumers? There is significant line loss over long distances and the grid has to have the capacity to carry it.

Given that the grid exists and power is sold on it now, it stands to reason that it can be done in an economically sound manner. Otherwise it wouldn't exist.

Comment: Re:Secure is now illegal (Score 1) 196

While there may be information in this instance we don't have access to, on it's face there is no reason whatsoever to believe the datacenter knew what the customer was storing. They generally don't unless it is specifically pointed out.

Too many of these investigations are way too close to the old witch trial where they toss you in the river and if you drown you're innocent (but dead) and if you float you're a witch so they burn you. It's about as logical as seeing if they weigh the same as a duck.

Comment: Re:Morale of the Story (Score 1) 194

Those things always have fuzzy lines. Most likely the standard would be if a reasonable person might expect the expenditure to further the goal (answer, yes). Buying a Ferrari for the CEO certainly is not but hiring a software developer for a product that needs software clearly is a reasonable step.

If it gives you some idea how liberally the courts interpret those things, look at the various boards paying huge salaries and 'performance' bonuses to CEOs during bad years that don't get buried in shareholder suits.

But not to stray too far from the point, that language and other notices in the FAQs that they are not a store tend to show that their intent is not to be a mail (or web) order business. In fact they specifically state that they are not.

Comment: Totally meaningless paper (Score 2) 162

by Kjella (#49176869) Attached to: Study: Refactoring Doesn't Improve Code Quality

Sorry, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the real world. They're giving twenty people - ten in experiment group and ten in the control group 30 minutes to do a bit of analysis. And they measure minutes to apply a few changes, without any qualitative measure on how the code is growing. There's very little proof that the refactoring they did made any sense, the sample size is so low you'd never get reliable results and pretty much what you can conclude is that refactoring doesn't make hackjobs easier. Never thought so, that just involves finding the place something's happening and hack it. If it's a good idea, well... it works there and then.

Comment: And this, kids, is why you configure your servers (Score 2) 46

by Opportunist (#49176645) Attached to: FREAK Attack Threatens SSL Clients

Because clients are run by idiots. Sorry, but it's true.

Clients are run by people who look at the funny acronyms and you can watch their eyes glaze over. If they know anything about it, they will know that there are keys and these keys depend on how big the number next to them is. That there are symmetric and asymmetric keys and that 512bit can be a LOT if it's symmetric and insignificantly little if it's asymmetric is already something you won't be able to teach them.

So configure your servers, people. Configure them to ONLY accept sensible ciphers. Yes, that means that people with Internet Explorer 5 might not be able to use your page. Then inform them to fucking get a browser that was made in this millennium! These people are a security risk and bluntly, if you want to do business with them, you do not want to do business with me.

Or at least I don't want to do business with you!

Comment: Re:Ciphersuite Negotiation (Score 2) 46

by Opportunist (#49176589) Attached to: FREAK Attack Threatens SSL Clients

One set of algorithms, good for the lifetime of the device... hmm... you mean, like, say, SSLv3 until about 6 months ago? If we hadn't found POODLE, it would still meet all criteria for a good, secure algo for the foreseeable future. At the very least for the lifetime of any device build within the last year (until about 6 months, of course).

There is no such thing as "guaranteed to be secure for the lifetime of a device". All it takes is to find a fundamental flaw in the algorithm (like, well, POODLE) and what was supposedly bulletproof for the next few decades crumbles like a house of cards the next day.

Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 186

by sjames (#49176581) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Why 6 times a day? Why would an industrial user care how many times a day as long as the duty cycle is adequate? Given the equal spacing of events, many of the low points in production would be in the middle of the night when demand is low.

If you'll note the terms I listed for residential a/c, that's potentially more than 6 a day.

In addition, when supply is high and local demand is low, they could always sell the excess.

The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much.

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