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Comment: Re:Batteries exist (Score 1) 209

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49506381) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

f I have the capital resources to invest in a home energy system to go off the grid and say the payback time is 15 years. I and many other people might decide to do just that.

Remember, your parents did exactly that. I957 was the peak of street car/public transportation. Every one who could afford a car, bought one, leaving the remaining riders to pay for the amortized cost of public transportation. Almost all of the street car companies went bankrupt in 20 years. Of course, there was this illegal secret cartel of Firestone, Ford and Standard Oil that speeded up the demise by secretly buying key transfer points of the network and shut them down. But they were also actively aided and abetted by local politicians promising a car on every drive way and a chicken in every pot, and the people also thought it was a good idea to ditch public transportation.

Comment: Re:Ok.... Here's the thing, though ..... (Score 1) 209

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49506365) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power
What? NG gas turbine takes 3 to 6 hours to start? You should tell this to the airplane manufacturers. All the turbo-fan engines powering all the airplanes and helicopters are gas turbines [*]. If they are going to take 3 to 6 hours to start, they should never turn their engines off, or they would be stuck at the gate for three to six hours.

[*] I know they use kerosene but combustion of NG is even easier than liquid fuels.

Comment: Chrome broke my VPN (Score 1) 19

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49506297) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites
When it rains it pours. I am battling a serious RAID controller failure at my work desktop. At least I could go home, use VPN to access some common team servers to do some work. Lo, and behold! St Murphy, the patron saint of all things barfing, decides to step in at this critical juncture. Chrome decides to cut Java. Our wonderful IT had bought VPN software that relies on java plug-in in the browser. OK firefox will come to my rescue, so I thought. But St Murphy had anticipated my move.

When everything fails, you sell your soul to Satan and decide to fire up, gasp, internet explorer. For some odd reason it manages to get past all the hurdles gets the network extender running. Satan is laughing at St Murphy. St Murphy never loses, his revenge will come soon, and it will be swift.

In the meantime, caught as a mere pawn in the eternal battle between Satan and St Murphy I am ruing my fate and belly aching in slashdot.

Comment: We Remember things which Affect Us (Score 1) 221

If you mention Pol Pot they have no idea who he was, if you mention the Armenian genocide they will also have no idea what that is.

I bet they would if you went to regions concerned. The holocaust is well known in the west because we were all involved in the war that was fought to stop it and many families lost members fighting it. We were far less involved in the Armenian genocide, Pol Pots regime or the countless other genocides (like the more recent one in Uganda). That does not make them any less terrible but it does make them far less a part of our history than WW2.

Comment: Re:Help me out here a little... (Score 1) 209

by Smidge204 (#49505635) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

One part of the problem is NOT going to go away however - they have to pay to maintain the lines. Right now, that cost if covered by your electric bills. As the amount of electricity you draw from their generators goes down, they're going to reach the point of needing to charge you a flat fee just for the connection to the power lines, plus the usual fees for actually using their electricity.

For me, the "connection charge" is already an itemized part of the electric bill, so nothing will change.

Smart inverters will solve all of this nonsense. It wasn't long ago that the local gas company would offer special rates to larger customers if they would set up for gas/oil heat and allow their gas service to be remotely shut off. The problem was that, on really cold days, the demand for as would be so high that the pressure would drop and people's furnaces would kick out... so they came up with a scheme that could reduce demand.

I don't see why something similar could not be done with solar. Grid-tie inverters already turn themselves off if they don't "see" grid power that's within the voltage and frequency tolerances, so there is no barrier to getting the inverters to safely shut off or reduce output. All that's needed is a throttling mechanism that will allow the utility to remotely control what goes out into the grid from the home. The inverter can be set to produce only what the home is using and no more, or cut out entirely if needed. We have smart meters that can detect which way the power is flowing so the only missing piece is the control itself.

Seems like a perfect application of power line communication technology; just wedge a controller box in next to the inverter that also interfaces with the meter and waits for a signal to enable throttling.

+ - DARPA Just Open Sourced All This Swish 'Dark Web' Search Tech->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Google appears to be an indomitable force. But, with today's release from the US military's research arm of its Memex search technologies and Europe's competition investigation into the Mountain View giant, it might be a propitious time for tech-minded entrepreneurs to start building a Google killer.

DARPA's Memex search technologies have garnered much interest due to their initial mainstream application: to uncover human trafficking operations taking place on the âoedark webâ, the catch-all term for the various internet networks the majority of people never use, such as Tor, Freenet and I2P. And a significant number of law enforcement agencies have inquired about using the technology. But Memex promises to be disruptive across both criminal and business worlds.

Christopher White, who leads the team of Memex partners, which includes members of the Tor Project, a handful of prestigious universities, NASA and research-focused private firms, tells FORBES the project is so ambitious in its scope, it wants to shake up a staid search industry controlled by a handful of companies: Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Putting those grandiose ideas into action, DARPA will today open source various components of Memex, allowing others to take the technologies and adapt them for their own use. As is noticeable from the list of technologies below, there's great possibility for highly-personalised search, whether for agents trying to bring down pedophiles or the next Silk Road , or anyone who wants a less generic web experience. Here's an exclusive look at who is helping DARPA build Memex and what they're making available on the Open Catalogue today"

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Surveillance is okay (Score 1) 208

by cavreader (#49505209) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

Exactly when was the right to challenge evidence in a court of law abolished? Or are you just mad that someone with the same mindset as yourself was convicted of a crime? The Patriot Act was first used in court trying to convict a professor at a Southern Florida University for supposedly funding and cheer leading those who were advocating violence similar to 9/11. The judicial slap down is one of the main reasons the US will not prosecute the prisoners in Cuba in the US. The US should just strap parachutes on all those still held at that facility and just air drop them wherever they were first captured and be done with it. That should give you enough information to do your own damn research. In the future I suggest you drop the political blinders and take time to investigate all sides of a conflict before you start carving your stone tablets. And please stop claiming you were ever an insider in the FBI or Secret Service. If you actually had the necessary clearances you would not be announcing that on Slashdot because those level of clearances give you no wiggle room if you divulge classified information. (The Secret Service is especially vigilant about "leaks" and would most likely be at your front door within 15 minutes of posting classified information) The technology in the 90's doesn't even come close to what is available today. I hate to admit it but I actually graduated with a BS in CS, MS in CS, and BS in Mathematics. I actually witnessed first hand the progression of technologies that massively changed social interactions, business interactions, and provided the capabilities to uncover information on individuals or organizations for various purposes. There was no MS, Google, or Internet when I started my career. However when the change came it was so rapid it was almost impossible to become experts on a technology or hardware platform before something new appeared. IT Security was an afterthought at the beginning. I have been in the IT field for over 30 years, the majority of the time spent as a consultant and while I have had varying levels of security clearances I have never been slavishly beholden to a specific company, government, or technology platform for any length of time. So I may be naive about a lot of things in the world but technology and how to exploit that technology is not one of those areas. An the "breadth of the problem" is reinforced daily by excessive use of hyperbole, misguided political propaganda, and well meaning but totally biased technical associations and prominent individuals, and last but not least the millions of idiots who think their life is so important that the government has drones on station 24 hours a day over their house and are collecting every piece of electronic data and communications emanating from them. The US government and all of its various agencies give incompetence, inefficiency, and out right stupidity a whole new Wikipedia entry. All the fuss over SIGINT is so misplaced and irrelevant domestically (at least concerning the governments actors, commercial and criminal actors are quite another matter) I am sure the heads of the FSB and MSS are paralyzed on the floor laughing their assess off over this entire NSA group therapy session It was not an accident that Snowden's travels occurred in 2 countries. His complaints about US security agencies pale in comparison to the Russian agencies and the microphone and location tracker they shoved up his ass as a condition to get a Visa. I exaggerate they most like just put the devices in his food. SIGINT may help get the information needed for a drone strike but unless they start arming the Hellfires with nuclear warheads the problem isn't going away. HUMINT is still the gold standard in espionage circles. So I am not worried about the government conducting surveillance on me. There are only so many hours in the day and concerns about the NSA or CIA don't even make the top 20 things I need to deal with every day. Besides from the day I was born the US government already has my birth certificate, SSN, auto registrations, auto insurance information, marriage certificate, educational background (I used government backed low interest loans), drivers license information, property deeds, and the mother load of personal data in my yearly tax returns. I claim no allegiance to any political party because they are all a magnet for morons. I could care less about what the US intelligence agencies do over seas. About the only thing I am interested in concerning the US government is it's never ending quest to improve weapon technology, After all we will need every bit of that technology in the not so distant future.

Comment: classified by type of search (Score 1) 236

by jbolden (#49504589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

1) Exclusions = in a search on X don't give me anything about Y
2) More control on match criteria (i.e. words must appear in sequence vs. can appear anywhere, frequency of word matters, title or keyword bonus up or down), data ranges or data range weighting...
3) I'd like to be able to indicate type of search: news, shopping, academic (i.e. give me papers), physical location...
4) Better handling of non-English words (give me English articles with this Italian phrase vs. give me Italian articles with this Italian phrase)

+ - DIA Polygraph Countermeasure Case Files Leaked

Submitted by George Maschke
George Maschke (699175) writes "AntiPolygraph.org (of which I am a co-founder) has published a set of leaked Defense Intelligence Agency polygraph countermeasure case files along with a case-by-case analysis. The case files, which include polygraph charts and the exact questions used, suggest that the only people being "caught" trying to beat the polygraph are those using crude, unsophisticated methods that anyone who actually understood polygraph procedure and effective countermeasures (like, say, a real spy, saboteur, or terrorist) would ever use. AntiPolygraph.org has previously published polygraph community training materials on countermeasures that indicate they lack the ability to detect countermeasures like those described in our free book, The Lie Behind the Lie Detector (PDF) or in former police polygraph examiner Doug Williams' manual, How to Sting the Polygraph . Williams, who was indicted last year after teaching undercover federal agents how to pass a polygraph, is scheduled to stand trial on May 12 in Oklahoma City."

Comment: Re:DAB/DAB+ is obsolete already (Score 1) 227

by Sique (#49503553) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017
I actually never listen to music in my car at all, except the radioprogramming is sending some. But I don't listen to music stations. So MP3s are a non-option for me. (In some way, I am a-music at all, as I don't listen to music in general). My preferred radio stations for long drives are news/information broadcasters, but when I was in the U.S., they seem to be missing in general, at least in the regions I was driving around.

Comment: Re:Surveillance is okay (Score 0) 208

by cavreader (#49503285) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

So you don't have any proof but you are wiling to assume the worst and make unsubstantiated claims and group think to justify your political opinions and world view. We have this little thing known as due process where anyone accused of a crime can challenge the evidence and the providence of that evidence against them and you do not have to be rich to challenge the evidence. if you do not challenge the evidence you get what you deserve. In a similar case the Patriot Act has been used twice in court and in both cases the charges were dropped and the judges opinion questioned the constitutionality of the Patriot Act. People continue to bitch and moan about the NSA "secret" data collection programs without ever realizing if they were "actually secret" how the fuck would we be arguing it? All the program acronyms and projects were listed on fucking employment websites along with the skill sets needed for the particular programs. The attempts to capture internet data was not a secret when the defining mass indiscriminate collection of data programs were shit canned because of the costs involved and the lack of usefulness. Of course the documents explaining this were never released because it might have put US actions in a more positive light. Even Snowden and his pet journalists have not released one piece if information that was not already easily discovered by anyone with an IQ over 50. The only thing that has been done is to selectively shape and release information that only supported a certain viewpoint or party line. In this particular case it has been Greenwald's goal to release only the information that supports his crusade against the US while dragging out the release to ensure his name stays in the headlines as long as possible. He is the liberal/progressive version of a Fox News editorial hack. And as vulnerable as your average citizen is concerning their electronic footprint the same risk also applies to the government. No one is safe from having their online activities scrutinized and that also includes the government. And all the clandestine, secretive, and intrusive government related operations are hardly secret seeing as how everyone who has paying the slightest bit of attention knows about them. It's hard to claim someone is hiding something when it is front page news.

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