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Comment: Re:and that's how we got the world of FIREFLY (Score 1) 264

by wiggles (#48663079) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Actually, no. Their GDP per capita is still very low. Their GDP hasn't eclipsed ours despite some funky figures produced by

Thinking they can really hurt us with economic measures belies the damage they'd do to their own economy with said measures. They need us more than we need them.

Comment: Re:Move over USA, it's China's time to shine now.. (Score 5, Informative) 264

by wiggles (#48663021) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Most of our debt is owned not by foreign governments but by the federal government itself, mostly between the Fed and Social Security - we've been dumping surplus receipts from the payroll tax into T-bills for years.

Actual debt owned by foreign governments - combined - is only about a third of the total debt.

Comment: The bane of fan made series - the acting (Score 3, Insightful) 106

by wiggles (#48643565) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

I've watched a few of these fan made series - I have yet to find one that was actually watchable. The sets can be great, the lighting, the CGI effects - but what always kills these series is the acting. It's awful. Always. I have yet to find a fan series with passable acting. If they could get decent actors, they could use cardboard boxes for sets and it would at least be watchable.


Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking 118

Posted by timothy
from the pretty-generic-description-there dept.
itwbennett writes In a blog post Tuesday, security service provider Alert Logic warned of a Linux vulnerability, named grinch after the well-known Dr. Seuss character, that could provide attackers with unfettered root access. The fundamental flaw resides in the Linux authorization system, which can inadvertently allow privilege escalation, granting a user full administrative access. Alert Logic warned that Grinch could be as severe as the Shellshock flaw that roiled the Internet in September. Update: 12/19 04:47 GMT by S : Reader deathcamaro points out that Red Hat and others say this is not a flaw at all, but expected behavior.

Comment: Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (Score 1) 280

by FredThompson (#48564315) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Doubtful. Solar power and other "renewables" are not consistent. I suppose the exceptions are some thermal and water motion systems but those sources are so rare as to be inconsequential.

Electricity cannot be stored efficiently. Thus, power plants need to generate more than the expected peak energy required at any given time. In the case of solar panels, that utility-generated power must be available for use as the solar panel output varies.

The reality is that IF economical storage of electricity ever exists, it will come to the utilities FIRST, industrial use SECOND and individual use far later. Economies of scale apply. Every electrical utility would love to have such tech available. Currently, they must generate at or above the historical/expected peak need at any time. The higher the peak demand, the higher the cost to customers.

Better technologies for individual users to reduce electrical draws would be displays that use primarily reflective light. That would also be much better for human eyesight. Passive heat dissipation and concentration would be really helpful. Imagine how much energy is used for displays and cooling of electronics. I have no idea your age but before home computers and cell phones existed, home use of electrical power was much lower. Things as simple as electric irons and ovens use a huge amount of power because they're huge resistors. Lower-power processors in smartphones would be great. The primary reason they have been getting larger is to have larger internal batteries. Larger screens on them are secondary reasons. Marketing promotes the large screens as a benefit because that's more attractive to people than a thicker device. Of course, the new ones are more like small clipboards, not a radio you can put in a pockets...but I digress.

Comment: Re: Predictions (Score 1) 280

by FredThompson (#48564199) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

This comment wasn't "insightful."

Profit IS a requirement because profit is needed to pay for upgrades/maintenance and other contingencies. The alternative is taxing citizens repeatedly at varying rates to match needs.

It's also not as simple as setting a percentage or total profit allowable. Suppose there's a major unexpected accident. The money to repair must come from somewhere. Suppose the population grows quickly or the electrical demands grow quickly such as when people started buying large screen TVs. Investment money must come from somewhere and it must be available when needed.

Comment: Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (Score 1) 652

by wiggles (#48462255) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Comment: Re:This is great news! (Score 1) 485

by wiggles (#48302739) Attached to: Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Depends on who you're killing with those bombs. Civilian deaths I have a problem with, but I have serious doubts on the civilian death toll numbers provided by our enemies. If we've killed thousands of militants to prevent them from killing, raping, or enslaving hundreds of thousands more, then so be it.

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