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Comment: Re:We are fucked (Score 1) 125

My guess is we are fucked.

Did you say "fucked"? Definitely, from the wallet to the waist, From the waist to the brain. Net Neutrality died and so has democracy. All roads are toll roads, and the providers have their hand in your pocket. Your thinking and what you can see is falling under more control. Sad sad sad is the day that the internet became toll road.

Comment: Re:May not take apart? What? (Score 1) 171

by lsatenstein (#48020089) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

My wrist watch a 7 year battery. And I replaced the battery, along with a new back cover gasket for $8.00 combined parts and labour.

My next wristwatch, if one day I decide to get one, will be a model with photocell to charge the internal battery/capacitor. As the abilities to use 14nanometers of line thickness, and tighter densities, I would say that power consumption of small devices will drop and all devices could last forever.

But then, value engineering, the art of making a device last the length of the guarantee period plus some cushion, will come into play. Instead of a 20 year device, it will be a 2 year device. Examples are the radios that my grandparents owned, and the ones we walk around with, and throw away when the plastic case cracks, or the battery dies, spilling it's contents all over the printed circuit wiring.

Comment: Re:that's sorta the problem (Score 1) 188

by lsatenstein (#48015331) Attached to: NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

they are capable for a little while. Usually the 90 days to get out of any warranty work. Maybe a few of 'em even run at the clock freqs without crashing. It's not just clock freq either. Nvidia shuts off broken cores in software. You're games might run but they'll crash a lot. What Nvidia's worried about is that You'll blame them for a buggy card and go buy AMD. It has major brand damage potential especially with Alibaba about to become a household word what with their IPO.

Why would I not buy AMD anyway?

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 480

by lsatenstein (#48014133) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

One would think that this makes perfect sense. How is it "passing the loss on to customers"? It used to be that night-time electricity was cheaper because the supply was largely flat, while the demand got lower at night. If the day-time electricity production gets to be largely covered by PV, the whole thing may either turn around or at least shift toward day-time electricity being cheaper simply because of basic economy principles, not because of some malicious intent.

A crude measure.

Pricing = (sales -costs) plus markup. Costs don't change, and if dividends per share remain flat, then sales prices have to rise.

Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 585

by lsatenstein (#48011607) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last as long as they are sposed to.
Of course they still save money in power costs

Where I live (Canada-Quebec), our winters are very severe and our summers quite hot. But daylight hours in winter are about 9-10 meaning that lights are on from 4pm onward. Summer daillight hours are 4am to almost 11pm. We rarely use lights during daillight hours.

But here, electricity is very very inexpensive (ranges from 4cents(offpeak) to 12cents (peak) or standard all you can use rate of 7.5cents per kwhour). Our homes are mostly electrically heated. Since they are electrically heated, any heat from an incandescent displaces heat from baseboard elements.
As far as CFLs are concerned, if we get past the incipient failure, They last their 5000 hours. But they cannot be used outdoors in the winter, as the bulbs will not ignite. (too cold). If ignited, they will sustain themselves in the cold.

I have a few LEDs, as an experiment, and they lack sufficient efficiency. I have not been able to find a 900 lumen output, comparing to the standard 60watt incandescent output. And we buy our incandescents from the Chinese import stores (Dollarama, Dollartree, and other DollarDeal stores).

So, we use CFLs where lights will be left on 16 hours a day, and incandescents (Halogens included) elsewhere.

Comment: I don't mind monitoring if... (Score 1) 353

by lsatenstein (#48003605) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

I don't mind the monitoring of meta and actual data if and only if the data is not kept for more than 10 days.

So, in the event of a child kidnapping, for example, the police could investigate messages within that window.

If the message needs to be kept for a longer period, a warrant would be necessary to retain that message and to search the contents of associated messages.

Comment: Re:min install (Score 1) 221

by lsatenstein (#47975077) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

I worked in the IBM mainframe era (MVS) etc. The OPSYS was built by a gen, as IBM could not generalize MVS for all environments. We indicated what we had as disks, tapes, printers, etc, and token ring (remember Token Ring) stuff. and then a while later, a test system was ready,

Perhaps we should be downloading a minimal generator system that uses a pick list for the kernel. We do the checkbox tour, picking what we want to include, and after a click to save the list and initiate the compiles, we obtain a kernel to test boot. Who does not want a kernel that is anorexic lean and mean?

Patches will still come as updated sources. To apply, we go through the previous exercise and out comes an updated kernel.

I bet that my linux kernel could shrink in size by 50% Is what I write about a dream?

Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 1) 477

by lsatenstein (#47974953) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

We'll see how he feels when he's 75.

I am 73+, and decided on a physical and mental exercise program. Almost daily, I do a 5 mile (7km) walk with the dog. On rainy days its 2 miles or about 4km. For exercising my mind, I write blogs, I do C language programming, and I keep up to date with hardware, software and Linux technology.

Currently I am exploring the use of LibreOffice writer as a way to document Linux stuff. My favorite distribution uses Docbook, which I find horrid for collaboration and for editing. Docbook to me, is text preparation at the assembler language level. Do write content for 20% of the time and spend 80% of your time on formatting your text to Docbook tags (my rant). I keep a pretty good social life, and have an enjoyable time with I am also auditing three courses from Stanford about automata theory, encryption, and fundamental algorithms.

The Who guy must be depressed. Does he come home and just watch the soaps on TV? I have no time for that.

Comment: Re:Non Tax Based?!? (Score 1) 88

by lsatenstein (#47961851) Attached to: Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

So, is Google's non-tax based public school funding

They pay billions in profits to an empty office in the Carribbean so they don't have to pay taxes, and give a small portion of that money back through school funding, and take that as a tax deduction.

In the process, they get enormous influence over the educational agenda. It is largely in a direction Slashdotters can agree with, but imagine it was a church doing this.

Like Al Capone giving some of his money to the Chicago slums, it may be better than if they weren't doing it, but it hardly gets Google out of the crooked, lobbying megacorp set.

Google always throws out the bait and then two years later, after everyone has bitten it, pulls in the line. What they do today is for something they plan in two years time. Beware the gods bearing gifts.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 324

by lsatenstein (#47954833) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Is Canada still taxing blank media

Youu mean the blank media levy? Yes.

Which is particularly ironic now that Bill C-11 passed in 2011 (despite otherwise unanimous objection to it by all other parties, the Conservative government, controlling slightly more than 50% of the seats in the House of Commons, was able to finally push it through, which they had been trying to do repeatedly since 2006, and were only able to do so once they had a majority government), and which happens to make it illegal to bypass or break any kind of technological protection measures on copyrighted works, even for personal use, and considering the increased reliance of such measures in an only ever-increasingly digital era, this bill makes the levy on blank media, which was supposed to exist to subsidize for private copying only by the way (not piracy, as some people believe), an extra expense that Canadians are paying for and practically don't even have the right to legally enjoy (although the government has said they will not enforce the bill in matters for strictly private use, it would still apparently be technically illegal).

Did I mention that I really hate the Canadian Conservative government? I sure as hell didn't vote for them.

My goodness, If the line for Conservative dislike is formed single file, it would stretch from Ocean to Ocean. Time for a new broom to do some clean sweeping.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 324

by lsatenstein (#47954813) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

why does anyone other than netflix need to know who their customers are?

If your article is for sale in a foreign country, and I pay for it with local currency, I would like to know how many millions are leaking out of the economy. Perhaps VISA, MASTERCARD, and other payment systems should be obliged to report foreign purchase payments.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 460

by lsatenstein (#47954785) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

No, because if that is what the poster was referencing, "going on a tear" was actually saying "guys, don't do that", with the context being: sexual propositioning a stranger in an enclosed space in a foreign country at 4 AM after having just listened to the person you're propositioning give a presentation that included discussion on how the constant sexual propositions she received at these conferences made her uncomfortable.

THAT in turn led to her receiving a never-ending wave of abuse, including rape and death threats, and including having one of the most prominent male voices in the movement insultingly state that women in the west shouldn't complain about sexism because women in Islamic countries have it a lot worse.

It was after all THAT, that she, quite rightly, started going on a tear.

I really wonder if all that "sexual harassment" is really harassment. Suppose I was single and I asked a co-worker out, is that wrong. Do I have to wait until we both get home, to search out her phone number and call her from home?

Women put on lipstick, get hair and nails done, put jewelery in their earlobes and navel cavity, apply some perfume, and wear low cut tops to highlight the valley between, and wear up-lifting bras for one reason -- to feel feminine, to catch the eyes of males, to receive complements and perhaps, because it is the mode. So, if you advertise your femininity, and you receive messages that hurt your feelings, is it any wonder why? My opinion is that it is only harassment if there was an invitation or insinuation for physical contact, or if a person told a second person, "I'd like to go all the way with her", while she overhears it.

Some women like to feel sexy, and recognize what it is, and others, interpret sexually based remarks the wrong way. Again, no to touch, no harm to responding to "sexy" with politeness, but not crudeness.

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson