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Comment Re:my theory (Score 2) 79

My theory is that avast didn't ask to have their product evaluated so no government asked for their code to evaluate. To be able to sell security products to a lot of governments you need to be evaluated. Common criteria is an international group that standardizes and recognizes the evaluations across its members. Being CC evaluated puts you on the shopping list for a reasonably large government market.
For a list of products that have had at least one government(or their representatives) crawl through the code https://www.commoncriteriaport...

Comment Re:Subcritical fission reactors? (Score 1) 52

The ASDRs don't add much in terms of safety. You basically have the same meltdown risk from decay heat as with a critical reactor because you are producing the same amount of fission products because you are trying to produce the same amount of power.

There is a bit of a numbers game in trying to stay sub-critical.. You still need to play with control rods and burnable poisons etc to guarantee your reactor stays subcritical. You are aiming to get as close to critical as possible because your accelerator generated neutrons are expensive but things like changes in geometry, or chemistry can change the system enough to go critical. i.e. flooding adds water which is a moderator which means neutrons have a higher chance of being absorbed so your subcritical mass becomes critical or a building collapse puts something that reflects neutrons near the reactor core and it goes critical.

When a reactor has been running for a while there is lots of xenon produced which eats neutrons. You add a bit more fissile to get nearer to criticality and then if you stop your reactor the xenon poison decays then you go into critical. When a reactor has run for a while you breed some plutonium so your fissile inventory might increase enough to push you over into a critical mass..

Once you take risks from more regular refueling and ports for drive beams etc into account I'd guess that a critical mass reactor could be made safer, simpler and more reliable.

Comment Mislead (Score 2) 31

The Linux OS is not running the flight controller, it has a flight controller (Arduino-based) plugged into it. Seriously, who approves this nonsense?

The flight controller is running under linux. It is just a standard linux process.

From what I've seen (crawing throught he source tree), the fire cape basically provides lots of sensors running on SPI (and maybe I2C), bus protection/voltage conversion for lots of UARTS, PWM,etc as well as maybe voltage regulators. The only part of this that is sort handled out of under linux is the use of the BBB's PRUs to handle some of the extra PWM requirements in software since the BBB doesn't really have enough in hardware for most projects and linux can't do the hard real time reliably enough to keep servos free of jitter using GPIOs.

The project is using the APM hardware abstraction layer which makes porting to different architectures "relatively" easy. APM was originally written for the Arduino but has moved on since then.

Comment Stupid Standard (Score 2) 221

Over 50% of my town is over 1mSv/yr and nobody is campaigning for it to be decontaminated. My suburb is at about the .97 mark so I must be safe... I'm about a 1/4 of a planet away from Fukushima and not downwind.
Whats the bet that most of these areas have been above 1mSv/yr since the solar system formed. How many of these 77% are actually contaminated and by how much?

Comment Re:Did anyone believe this law would not be abused (Score 1) 97

I don't think the internet filter laws got passed. I thought the ISPs jumped in and said they would voluntarily use the Interpol Worst of list. I think the compromise seems reasonable. If the list is abused then it can be voluntarily not used. To be on the list you need to host porn of kids that are under 13 and this needs to be verified by multiple member countries.

I'm guessing that this has been implemented as a BGP blackhole list from TFA. An easy way for the ISP to go. They will already be running black lists for things like bogons and performance impact will be low.

The obvious fault with this is that when some kiddie porn domain gets blacklisted the domain becomes useless so the domain admin points their A record at some popular hosting company and takes them off line as well. If your going down take somebody with you.

Being on a black list sucks if there is no way to get off. Many years ago the company I worked for was on a net block that was on an outdated bogon list used by the US military. The military is really bad at keeping things maintained, something gets installed, the person who did it gets posted elsewhere every few years so all knowledge about what, how and why it was done is lost. The military don't update their contact information so even if your email server wasn't black holed you couldn't contact them anyway. Frustrating when there were treaties requiring this communication.

Comment Re:Buy local honey (Score 1) 387

I'd generally agree with the buy local bit but cheap testing would be useful for them too. Bee's are pretty much wild animals so unless they are located in true wilderness or in the middle of farm land that you control then there could be anything in the honey.

Slashdot had an article on blue honey a couple of months ago.

You just need somebody to spill a bucket of the fake honey and a few weeks later it might be being sold by the local bee keeper.

Comment Re:Lolwut (Score 1) 248

I know a few ex bee keepers who had kept bees for years/decades with hundreds of stings and then slowly became more allergic. I don't know if they recovered their immunity after giving it up.

One guy (friend of my parents so I didn't know him that well) was advised to carry an epi pen since his last sting was so serious.

I suspect the cosmetic stuff would be slow acting so you could wash it off and seek medical help before it got out of hand but I could imagine that people could become dangerously allergic to bee stings that wouldn't have otherwise.

Comment Re:funny story (Score 2) 248

This reminds me of an urban legend (or maybe I just watched it on Fox) about some guys basically stinging their penis with bee's to make it swell up.

I don't think it works this way.

The story starts with a backyard apiarist doing a quick check of my hives in the middle of January. It was stinking hot. Since I was not planning on taking any real time or doing any real work I was wearing lite shoes that didn't tuck into my suit very well. Combine this with the bad choice of boxer shorts, a little bee leakage led to at least one bee in a very dangerous place.

Lifting the second box back on I lent against it leading to the worst sting I've ever experienced. I couldn't scrape the sting out in a hurry so it had lots of time to inject lots of venom (don't take your pants off while standing next to an open hive).

There was not much swelling other than a small blister. Lots of pain for days (I was reasonably immune so normally would expect no symptoms after a couple of hours at the most). It was sort of itchy but not in a way that could be scratched and any contact was uncomfortable. I've still got a scars from the sting (If chicks dig scars then try and explaining that one).

Comment Re:Their wet dream (Score 1) 515

Energy isn't free, they have to fuel those power plants. Heavy internet users don't really increase electrical costs in a meaningful way outside of the base load to power the equipment but that doesn't care about network traffic.

The power company needs to keep spinning reserve. They have purchased reserve even if I use it or not. If I turn a light bulb on it doesn't change the amount of fuel used in any meaningful way.

The same goes for internet traffic. My individual usage doesn't make a huge difference but my ISP has to keep the equivalent of spinning reserve in upstream capacity to cover all the users. It isn't cheap to buy this bandwidth.

For example one of my clients uses about 300Mb with something over 40000 corporate users. If we tried to provide this service with a guaranteed 20Mb per user(not that high a rate) we would need over 2000X the infrastructure. Anybody who tries to convince me that this increase in costs isn't meaningful isn't being realistic.. Admittedly this isn't a straight ISP situation (10G infrastructure doesn't really exist for most of what we do) but the same scaling rules apply to ISP's.

Comment Re:Their wet dream (Score 0) 515

It's a ridiculous assumption though, because once the capacity's there, it costs about the same regardless of whether you use it or not.

It's ridiculous that the electricity company charges based on usage? After all once the capacity is there it costs about the same whether you use it or not.

I'm a fan of usage based billing. I want a fast link from a latency point of view but I don't want to pay for the upstream bandwidth to keep it saturated.

Comment Re:No problem (Score 1) 761

Just call it in as a bomb scare. Somebody has attached a weird device with antennas and whatever to my car and I think it could be a bomb. Ask there advice on what to do.

They will either realize there is a warrant and tell you it is safe or the bomb squad won't talk to the DEA and will do the destruction for you.

Seriously I'd be a little freaked by some random wireless device being attached to my car without knowing what it was. Let the experts decide if it is safe.

Comment Fatigue (Score 1) 255

I'd put a bet on driver fatigue being the main cause.

Bee keeping is mostly a day time job except when you need to move a hive. If you close down a hive during daytime then lots of bees are flying and you get losses.

The bee keeper is working outside his normal shift, drives for hours to the bees, spends half the night closing them down and loading them on the truck and then has to drive for hours to the new site hopefully before the sun gets too hot and cooks the closed down hives that can't really vent themselves.

The bee keeper isn't really a professional driver, doesn't know the roads as well as a professional who would be more likely to be familiar with the road works. Tired and surprised so doesn't react appropriately so crashes.

Comment Its happened in other places. (Score 1) 554

Australia stuffed around with daylight savings dates for the Olympics. Most distributions pushed updates with enough time that it wasn't a problem. I saw a few Windows servers that weren't patched miss the change. A few TV stations didn't make the update in time but that happens with DST normally. Some outlook calendar entries misbehaved.

Postgres is always unhappy with countries that stuff around with this since causes extra entries in the lookup table.

Mostly it works and mostly it doesn't matter and its fixed manually in a day or two when somebody notices.

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