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Comment: The Cloud (Score 4, Funny) 446

>Most people would just suggest to store it in "the cloud", but I'm naturally averse to doing so because that means someone else is responsible for my data and I could loose (sic) it to hackers, the entity going out of business, etc.

Simply strongly encrypt your data before backing it up to the cloud, you will be at no risk of hackers or anyone else gaining access that way. If you can't find a cloud storage service that you trust/trust won't go out of business, you can make your own cloud using Amazon's AWS system. The levels of security at the facilities and redundancy mean your data will survive anything short of nuclear Armageddon. Personally I'd just go with the local encryption option.

Comment: Re:Organic compounds (Score 3, Insightful) 125

Are you referring to 2,3,3,3-Tetrafluoropropene? That HF production scenario involved Daimler spraying HFO-1234yf over a burning hot engine block. The conditions were tuned to disqualify it. There's a bit more to that story than the surface. German industry vs. US industry pushing different alternatives and each trying to warp the science their way. PVs aren't going to be aerosolized and sprayed over 500C engine blocks while mixed with compressor fluid. Considerably easier to predict the behavior of an organic molecule in this case.

Comment: Re:Defintion of Pyramid Scheme (Score 2) 595

by kromozone (#43450937) Attached to: Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?
I think it's a pyramid scheme in the same sense Visa corporation is. It's a currency system indelibly tied to a payment processing system. The currency and the network for sending payment are fundamentally linked. This is a feature that is not shared by any other currency. Credit card processors presently extract huge sums of money from the economy to process payments and bitcoin dramatically reduces or eliminates those costs. I wouldn't accuse initial investors in Visa of colluding to create a pyramid scheme. Likewise I see early bitcoin adopters as investors in a novel mixed currency/payment processor. They go out and promote use and spread of bitcoin the same way any stockholder in a nascent credit card company would. It's just traditional investor-driven marketing.

Comment: Features lacking in paper course materials... (Score 5, Interesting) 372

by kromozone (#42862901) Attached to: Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology
You can't highlight every piece of text, run a search on it and then spend hours jumping from one wikipedia article to the next, losing track of where you even started. You can't take a screen grab of an amusing typo, caption it, and post it to some social media network. No little bubbles pop up on your piece of paper to let you know you have a new instant message, email, completed download, software update or follower... Perhaps class in a Faraday cage isn't neo-Luddism, but a practical lesson in focusing on one thing at a time for 40 minutes straight.

Comment: Re:Hopefully (Score 1) 177

by kromozone (#42319715) Attached to: Will Japan's New Government Restart the Nuclear Power Program?

They simply don't have the land mass for solar generation

That's utterly and completely false. Germany gets less incident solar energy and they would only have to cover 10% of the roofs of houses/buildings alone to generate as much as they consume. Not that solar is some sort of total energy solution but it's certainly great for addressing peak load issues.

Comment: Patent Attroneys (Score 2) 232

by kromozone (#41394381) Attached to: Apple's Secret Plan To Join iPhones With Airport Security
I've spent most of my life reading patents for money. No one, at any company, gives a crap about right and wrong. If it's a novel idea and you think there's some chance of making money on it, you patent it. I'd be reviewing applications for Zyklon B if there was a way to monetize murder.

Comment: Re:Here in Korea... (Score 1) 594

by kromozone (#32140104) Attached to: On Pennies:
A 1000Won note is about equivalent to $1. Then you have 500Won coins and 100Won coins as your main coins in practice, rarely you will buy something that is rounded to the nearest 50Won. The only time you get 10Won coins (pennies) is when dealing with the bank or the government. The really old people will remember even smaller denominations than pennies. They used to have 1Won coins, and before WWII 1/2Chon was the smallest coin, with 100Chon = 1Won.

Comment: Re:Apple Displays. (Score 1) 952

by kromozone (#31950418) Attached to: HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market
The Dell 3007WFP still doesn't have LED backlighting and runs $1600. LED backlighting makes a huge difference when you are watching video with darkly-lit scenes. The ability to dim specific regions of the backlight means you don't end up with those washed-out greyish looking blacks that you get on CCFL backlit LCDs.

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