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Comment: Re: Google it (Score 1) 303

by storkus (#47718487) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

This is a very well known problem: most organic compounds, wherever they're found and whatever they may be, are easily halogenated (or less often substituted with other things, usually with bacterial help). Chlorine is by far the most common halogen and the most reactive electro-negative element outside of oxygen(#2) and fluorine(#1--fun stuff, watch the videos). I was going to waste bandwidth here, but here's a couple of Wikipedia links that explain things way better:

Bleach/Chlorine + any organic material equals

which are Ozone-Depleting Chemicals, talked about here:

I remember a day when every geek/nerd knew what trichloroethane was as it made the best tape head cleaner, but times change...

Comment: Re:This is going to backfire horribly (Score 2) 64

by storkus (#47702927) Attached to: AMD Launches Radeon R7 Series Solid State Drives With OCZ

Dammit, you said it first:

1. Radeon R7, now for SSDs? How confusing and utterly stupid. The geniuses couldn't be bothered to come up with a new name?

2. OCZ and their reputation. AMD and their reputation. Whatever reviewers may say, those in the know will stay away, and if these drives crap out as well, OCZ will now stain AMD as well (not that they needed any more of that).

[digression]Otherwise, the Nvidia bit...can't really comment as my last laptop was running an Nvidia IGP (GForce7000 + nForce 610m--probably the last thing Nvidia made without some form of hardware decoding for video), and ran just fine with AHCI sata, forcedeth networking, and nvidia pata (for the CD). The graphics were finally supported by Nouveau around 3.10, but stopped working with 3.14 (I'm strongly suspecting this is actually a KMS issue as I'm having the exact same trouble with a Intel IGP laptop).[/digression]

Anyway, this really does make me wonder even more than I already was if AMD is being prepped for a fire sale to some company, and if so, who's pulling the strings? It can't be Intel or Nvidia, I doubt it would be ARM themselves, so who does that leave that could use an alternative x86/x64 IP, possibly being combined with ARM IP, and the only graphics that can hope to stand up to Nvidia?

Comment: Re:ALREADY HAPPENED! (New Mexico) (Score 1) 359

by storkus (#47693617) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

They don't think it's Ebola but they want to be sure:

And this is just ONE person! Even if this one is not the one, statistics says a plane or boat full of carriers is coming sooner or later. May be time to stock up on Tyvek suits and bleach, for starters...

Comment: Once again, science fact follows science fiction (Score 1) 227

by storkus (#47647063) Attached to: About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

*HOW MANY* stories have been written over the years with just this premise? Frankly, I've lost track.

Science Fiction has already predicted the consequence: designer children. Whether the consequences predicted of THAT come to pass remains to be seen.

Gattica / Brave New World indeed...

Comment: Actually read the book! (Score 1) 144

Can't remember if I got it from a used book store or old public library stock; unlike some of his other stuff, I found this a lot more approachable (maybe because of that editing?). I can see why the BBC might reject it, dealing with Nazis running everything, but syfy? Must require too much thought for them.

Blade Runner is my favorite movie of all time--it and the original Matrix are one of the very few movies I can watch again and again. I love almost everything that Ridley does (maybe YOU hated Prometheus, but I didn't mind) and majorly look forward to this!

Comment: Security considerations and other-than-Linux? (Score 1) 88

by storkus (#47209249) Attached to: Docker 1.0 Released

The quality of comments on are are further proof of how far downhill /. has fallen. It's just depressing.

A couple questions pop to mind:

1. Security--how do containers, whether LXC/Docker, Jails, etc compare to true virtualization? For example, pfSense strongly argues against using virtualization in production machines not only for being slower, but for possible security risks--and a container would be even less secure than that. As an extreme scenario, what's to keep one Docker program from messing with another Docker program running under the same Docker Engine instance?

2. Will Docker only support LXC/Linux only or will it expand to support jails and such? The ability to support multiple OS containers with Docker sounds like it could be INSANELY useful!

Comment: Compare bands and devices (Score 1) 259

by storkus (#47160753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

First, someone mentioned their Verizon phone wouldn't work in Africa: this is no surprise, as Verizon uses CDMA, which is found only in islands outside of N. America. See:

Second, here is Wikipedia's list of bands since no one bothered to include it:

and an alternative source:

Now, for a list of phones, a quick search found this article:
    This phone doesn't support 600-700 MHz LTE, but I don't think that's being deployed much yet in Europe, anyway (though it's coming). And, of course, the mention of the latest Apples.

Personally, I think it's a miracle that EE's are able to squeeze in as many bands as they have (650-928 MHz and 1710-2600 MHz with a gap or two PLUS 2450 MHz WiFi and Bluetooth) and still have usable sensitivity and selectivity. This is more than just SDR at work.

Comment: What's old is new again: Teledesic (Score 1) 170

by storkus (#47152153) Attached to: Google To Spend $1 Billion On Fleet of Satellites

It's about friggin' time.

Oh, yeah, and there are plenty of people even "in the middle of nowhere", as city-slickers like to say from their Starbucks. How many people "in the middle of nowhere" up in the Arctic can't get anything but unreliable and VERY expensive satellite. And what about down in Antarctic where the options are slow-but-reliable bonded Iridium or fast-but-unreliable NOAA wobblesat (don't remember which one exactly).

We *NEED* a polar-LEO data satellite system that can be accessed from individual users (like Hughesnet, etc) versus just from telcos and ISPs (O3b, etc). Neither fiber nor terrestrial microwave can reach everywhere, and in some places is forbidden by environmental law: satellite can work in this case.

Comment: What are they using for a detector? (Score 2) 131

by storkus (#47090307) Attached to: Quad Lasers Deliver Fast, Earth-Based Internet To the Moon

Incoming power at the satellite is stated as a nanowatt. I'm pretty sure this puts it way below the threshold of most, if not all, solid state optical detectors. I'm thinking some kind of FAST photomultiplier tube, but I really have no idea. Any thoughts?

Think of using something like this to transmit terrestrially through air of many miles/kilometers distance RELIABLY rather than the one or (if you're lucky) two you get today: it would be a godsend and could replace a LOT of metro microwave (depending on which city and its local climate, of course) without having to lay fiber. Its the unlicensed holy grail, really.

Comment: Re:Is Diffie Hellman at risk? (Score 1) 114

I'm guessing Schneier et al won't have a chance to analyze and reply until next week, but this is so important, who knows?

It also occurred to me that, since the mess with the NSA broke out, I have not seen anything about Suite B being modified--everything in there is still officially supported for "State Secrets". I keep wondering if we're missing something there...

Comment: Re: GPS problems? (Score 1) 522

by storkus (#46995417) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

Your GNSS primer has quite a few errors--except for calling them GNSS instead of using GPS like Kleenex, like most reporters do. :)

1a. GPS long in the tooth: not at all. From the Wikipedia article, the next phase (III-A) is already approved and just needs to be built; 7 more from the previous phase still need to be completed and launched as the older birds die. And the math doesn't change over 30 years, only the corrections.

1b. Didn't notice this until after I wrote the above: Wikipedia has an entire article on the next GPS generation:

2. GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, and the newer Chinese Beidou expansion that's apparently been renamed Compass are all worldwide systems. The former three use medium earth orbit (MEO), but not polar so there's reduced or eliminated polar coverage (mainly above the (ant)arctic circles; Compass/Beidou uses both GEO and MEO. Also, I know first-hand that GLONASS works just fine here in Arizona as my Samsung Galaxy Note II with its SIRF dual-system chip receives it with no flags for inaccuracy compared to GPS.

3. "Planned Errors": This is Selective Availability and hasn't been used since the 90's.

4. Beidou/Compass' build-out vs GALILEO's: China's is happening, according to Wikipedia, unlike GALILEO, where the latest announcement is a pair of birds delivered to the Guyana spaceport and STILL no ETA to full deployment...

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas