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Comment The money quote (Score 5, Insightful) 71

Hayden said that losing the first Crypto War on the Clipper Chip did not stop the US government from obtaining the information it needed.

âoeIn retrospect, we mastered the problem we created by the lack of the Clipper Chip,â he said. âoeWe were able to do a whole bunch of other things. Some of the other things were metadata, and bulk collection and so on.â

So... "don't ban encryption, we don't need to!"

Comment Re:Cheap you say? (Score 1) 198

Hell, I used to do that with Infocom games back in the DOS days, because every command would hit the floppy to return the appropriate response.

Solution: RAM disk the same size as the floppy (320K), copy the whole disk to RAM to play, save games to the B: floppy. Game actions were stupidly fast for the most part.

Comment Re:Not another one (Score 2) 604

Then they should just fucking get on with coding.

Shit, I was programming for seven years before I even heard of the internet, and within three months of getting online for the first time I was contributing to an open source code base. Which had female contributors. Which is still around.

What's stopping women from just coding. Starting their own project. Writing software that meets needs that they have.

Nothing. Big fat fuck all.

So please, stop bleating about this supposed sexism, unless you'd like to comment on the massive resources, programmes, scholarships and other support being given to just one fucking gender to get them programming.

Comment Re:Maybe it's just who we are... (Score 1) 604

Just witness gamergate

What, where feminist attention seekers sent themselves abusive messages over twitter and viciously abused people trying to objectively discuss journalistic ethics?

Yeah, I witnessed gamergate. Didn't see any misogyny though, unless you want to count the feminists attacking other women for not complying with their edicts.

Comment Re:Maybe it's just who we are... (Score 1) 604

Something has changed.

Well, two clear differences come to mind:

1 - it's become apparent that software development is not a good career option. Long hours, bloody hard work (compared to most office jobs), poor recognition and very limited career prospects

2 - women are now doing much better academically. This means that careers in other professions are now much more available than they used to be, as evidenced by female dominance in hiring numbers for lawyers, accountants, doctors, vetinarians, etc

Comment Re:Maybe it's just who we are... (Score 1) 604

What fucking country do you live in?

Dick to women? Sacked.
Hasn't washed? Told to address basic hygiene or sacked.
One-up everything? Told to sit the fuck down and behave.
Hit on her? Sacked for sexual harassment, unless they're toned and well paid in which case she might be interested.

Basically any well run workplace I've worked in - all but one, basically - has all of those issues already addressed. The one exception went (oddly enough) out of business because the sole individual that was a problem was also the owner. The good staff left.

Anyway, what the fuck do you think this has to do with gender? Men don't want to work with people that act like dicks, or smelly people, or people that make unwanted sexual approaches to them either.

Meanwhile six of the forty-eight staff at my local health center are male. I'm guessing that's also men's fault?

Comment History says otherwise (Score 1) 264

Wind and solar have minuscule costs over the long term (just maintenance on the machines and lines).

Please then explain the massive fields of dead turbines in California and the southern tip of Hawaii.

Long term history teaches us that wind power plants shut down after just a decade or two. Why is that? If the long term cost is minuscule why would they have been decommissioned?

Of course there's tremendous cost to birds also but fuck wildlife, right?

Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 2) 264

You also have to include the cost to maintain the fossil fuel plants that back up the fossil fuel plants, in the fossil fuel analysis.

The UK National Grid maintains a "spinning reserve". This has to be big enough to cope with a couple of large fossil fuel or nuclear plants going offline suddenly, which does happen from time to time (and there have been blackouts when there was not enough spinning reserve when two power stations went offline - for unrelated reasons - within minutes of each other). From the point of the UK National Grid, nuclear, coal and gas are seen as "intermittent power sources". Sizewell B, one of the largest generators in the country, could go from full capacity to zero in an instant, without any warning, if a problem occurs - and suddenly you're without a terawatt of generating capacity. Wind power on the other hand doesn't suffer this problem, wind generators are small and numerous and the loss of one of them doesn't have that kind of impact since at most they are only about 2MW each. Over the period of the next hour or two, wind is also extremely predictable. The wind doesn't just unexpectedly stop blowing. Also in the UK, it tends to be windiest when power demand is highest, those dull winter days when it's doing horizontal rain and everyone's got the lights on.

Of course you still need an alternative for when the whole country is under a high pressure system and there's not much wind at all. But any power generation system alone isn't a silver bullet, that's why we don't just have solely nuclear, or solely gas, or solely coal, or solely oil - we have a mix of different fuelled generation.

It is not every question that deserves an answer. -- Publilius Syrus