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Comment: Re:Code Academies (Score 2) 142

I wonder what the opposite would look like.

Just imagine a world where you had no libraries and had to manually code everything. What would that world look like? No developers? No consistency for end users? Do you think security would be better when developers are forced to write more code?

Somehow I don't think the libraries are necessarily the problem.

Comment: Re:All software is full of bugs (Score 1) 142

So what do we do? We improve security until it becomes "just secure enough" that we can live with the risks, and move on.

Who's perspective are you talking about?
The risk of the user being compromised? Or the risk of the programmer being held accountable?

For the most part we're not talking about fixing all bugs. For the most part the argument isn't even about being "secure enough".

No. For the most part some of the bugs are outright inexcusable.

Comment: Re:Slippery Slope (Score 4, Insightful) 181

But no information is being removed, just the search results to that information are removed.

In an information database as vast as the internet, what is the difference? There's enough people who will happily believe that if it doesn't exist on Google then it doesn't exist.

Comment: Re:17 years ago is a long time for such a system (Score 5, Interesting) 124

No. Bus ducts are installed because of their high current and extremely low maintenance requirements.

Most bus duct systems I've worked on are on 10-20 year inspection regimes, and I have yet to encounter one, even some which are 50+ years old that actually needed maintenance. They are, or at least should be, sealed systems without so much as a spec of dust to cause problems.

Comment: Re:Earthshaking (Score 3, Informative) 124

Bus ducts are not off the shelf devices, they are normally custom made for the installation. Installation is also quite complex and slow but all these negatives come with really great benefit of the things being essentially maintenance free.

Which makes me wonder how they had a fault to begin with.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 124

For those who are wondering what a "Buss Duct" is should be wondering why it is:
a) Misspelt, since when does bus have 2 s' in it.
b) Surrounded by quotation marks.
Why is it that people "quote" anything "they" do not "understand"? Or maybe its a new trend of placing "quotation marks" around all nouns?

Comment: Re:Known this forever (Score 1) 212

by thegarbz (#47537853) Attached to: How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

And yet nothing changes, there is no hardening of infrastructure, no preparation or planning.

Do you plan for every known eventuality? More importantly do you harden your infrastructure to take care of it?

Gold plating an electrical grid cost money. LOADS of money. Who will pay for it?

Comment: Tip of the iceberg. (Score 1) 212

by thegarbz (#47537845) Attached to: How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Fans? AC? No there's a far more fundamental problem.

I read an opinion piece once that postulated that if electricity suddenly stopped for extended periods we wouldn't me uncomfortable, we'd likely be dead. Before electricity the human race was somewhat disperse. Towns were littered everywhere and major towns had limited populations. As we the human species have congregated in major cities, and those cities have grown, our dependence on electricity is now total.

Water pumps? that kind of thing is supplied by backups. I would not worry about our water system in an extended nation wide blackout.

What I would worry is the ability to move. A city can grind to a halt when an intersection is out, imagine if they are all out.
What I would worry about is the ability to eat. Refrigeration is a cornerstone of our supply chain. Supermarkets couldn't function without electricity to run refrigeration, and without this food storage systems we wouldn't be able to feed the large population that has congregated away from the primary industry which feeds it. Hell I think back to the flood which occurred in my city in 2011. The local supermarkets actually ran out of bread, milk and water. The flood lasted 2 days and didn't actually cut off all of our highways. We couldn't make it 2 bloody days without panic buying, and stocking out food supplies in the city.
On that note, what I would worry about is other people. Looting, rioting and basic survival instincts. People have the intellectual capability of a turnip during a crisis situation. In the same 2011 flood I saw some lady lose it in a supermaket after buying the last 15 loaves of bread. She was told she could only have 2 loaves so she decided to throw the lot on the ground and trample it screaming "If I can't have it then nobody can!" To reiterate this was a 2 day flood. Where she intended to store 15 loaves of bread in a city with 30 degree average temperature and an 85% average humidity without it going mouldy I have no idea. Likewise the fact we stocked out of bottled water was alarming given there was nothing wrong with our taps or water supply.

The problem is not that we can't live without electricity, but rather we'll likely kill each other without electricity.

Comment: Re:FUD filled.... (Score 1) 212

by thegarbz (#47537755) Attached to: How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

"We've never attempted" does not equate to "impossible" or even "difficult".

Generators are brought online before they are phase matched to the grid. All that is needed is all downstream switchboards opened. This would be done by the distributor cutting off all supply to local cities. Generators can then be brought up, the first one attached to a grid without any load other than reactive losses. The rest of the generators can be phase matched to that.

Finally when enough capacity is available downstream loads can be brought online starting with the most critical. This may sound like a monumental task (and it may well be in the USA I'm not sure how the industry works there) but in other countries where there is an entity that controls the national distribution system they likely have an untested procedure for doing just this already.

Comment: Re:And what's even funnier (Score 1) 369

by thegarbz (#47537667) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

than slowly poisoning yourself

"Everything is poison, there is poison in everything. Only the dose makes a thing not a poison." -Paracelsus

The addition of fluoride to drinking water in the USA is well below the rates required for fluorosis. Oh and the fluoridation of drinking water has been recognised as one of the 10 major advances in public health of this century along the likes of vaccinations, linking of smoking and cancer, and vehicle safety.

A more interesting study of the human psyche is that the population at large couldn't be arsed doing something as simple as rinsing after eating making the fluoridation of drinking water such a success.

A continuing flow of paper is sufficient to continue the flow of paper. -- Dyer