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Comment: Re:Can't we just let the market decide? (Score 1) 122

by firewrought (#49600505) Attached to: Should Developers Still Pay For Game Engines?

Not everything is an attack on your political ideology. True, the title is poorly worded, but if you read the fine summary (or god-forbid, followed the links) it's clear that timothy is really asking "Do developers still have to buy game engines?". He's not proposing anything that would infringe on the capitalist primacy you and so many other AC's are leaping to defend.

Also, don't insult your audience: repeatedly wrapping a slur in quotes doesn't absolve you anything. If you feel the need to use a slur, just straight up own it.

Comment: 2 Billion?? (Score 1) 506

by firewrought (#49595745) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Musk thinks the market for home batteries will expand to at least two billion, eventually.

This is a HUGE number. There are only ~1.5 billion houses/households in the world, the vast majority of which could not begin to afford something like this, even on lease.

Also, it's hard to see where the demand comes from. If these things take 5-7 years to pay off using nighttime pricing, that's not very convincing. Better to spend that money on insulation or better windows. The argument for home batteries is better if you already have solar, but it's still going to be years before solar tops 2% of U.S. homes.

Supposing 10% of US homes go solar by 2025 and they all buy home batteries, then that's maybe ~12 million units. If US units account for 10% of world consumption (more likely I'd say 35%), than we're looking at 120 million units top in this rosy scenario.

'course, I'm just eyeballing various numbers. I'd love to see somebody do the math. Hopefully Musk has firmer numbers/models to support his optimism (either that or he's counting net demand over the next fifty years). I really want to like Musk, but sometimes I fear he's just blowing a bunch of hot-air. :-\ (Come to think of it, that's what the real Tesla ended up doing. :O)

Comment: It's a Complex World (Score 2) 279

by firewrought (#49586911) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving

While interesting, this study is also sort of meaningless for making any sort of policy decision. I take far away vacations because the plane makes it possible. If planes weren't an option (due to price or policy), then I would shift to taking vacations closer to home (with maybe 1 trans-Atlantic cruise to explore Europe late in life), and my business travel would shift to teleconferencing. Would the resulting environmental footprint be better or worse? Hard to say. And presumably train usage would (after a few years of infrastructure investment) boom under this scenario, changing things again...

There are too many variables interacting for this study to "prove" anything.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 52

by firewrought (#49570303) Attached to: TeslaCrypt Isn't All That Cryptic

Would you trust the guys that infected your system, removed your access to files, ransomed the decryption key from you etc. to correctly - and perfectly - restore your untouched data?

Yes, I would. The original authors have (1) the most technical experience with their particular product and (2) strong financial incentive to provide a "good" extortion experience. By contrast, Talos is working from what they can reverse engineer, and they may not be aware of all variants/quirks of the malware.

Blocking the infection vector is infinitely more important than anything else.

They've already owned your machine with the payload of their choosing, and it's probably even self-updating. While I wouldn't exactly trust the malware folks to leave your machine clean, they already have the power to add whatever they want (whether you pay or not).

What's to say that their decrypt / encrypt routine isn't just a smokescreen to infect all your files with something else en-route?

Fair point, but it's more true for EXEs and DLLs than it is for Office documents and text files, so you could do some measured restoration. And again, if they've infected your machine already it would have been simpler and more successful to just silently compromise your files to begin with.

The option of "pay ransom" is really a sign that you've failed yourself.

That's for damn sure, but among homeowners and small business owners, how many people have the skills, time, and discipline to setup offsite, incremental, "pull" backups? And even a "pull" strategy (like mlts mentions in another comment) can be subverted if an attacker is clever enough.

Aside for those who want to get serious about backups: here's one strategy to consider. Combine with a weekly/monthly drive swap-out to offsite location for best effect, and remember that untested backups are no backup at all.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 629

by firewrought (#49562723) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

I've always found it funny when people order like that. As if the diet pop is gonna counter the 2234872184732 calories of a double big mac you're about to wolf down.

Big Mac: 530 calories. Large fries (no ketchup): 510 calories. Large coke: 280 calories. I wouldn't ridicule a 20% calorie reduction made by those switching to diet. And that's before refills are taken into account. If you're an obese person who's been drinking full-calorie beverages, a shift like that is enough to start taking weight off, provided you don't "reward" your effort with a HoneyBun later on.

The problem isn't the diet coke (gut bacteria research aside)... it's the other 1040 calories. Hold the mayo (doesn't apply to Big Mac?) and save 100 more calories. Drop the fries for apple slices plus a small bag of potato chips (later that afternoon) and save 200 more calories. Take the stairs for 4-5 stories to get that bag of potato chips from the top floor vending machine and now you've got a little cardio happening.

None of that's going to be enough to get you to your ideal weight, but all you have to do is move the needle a little bit and amazing things will start happening, because you will start being in control of you.

Comment: Re:Bootstrapping Ext (Score 1) 103

by Lehk228 (#49551625) Attached to: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach
fat32 is not patented, it's the enhanced exfat that is patented, you can also present as a USB CDROM if you want to, that is how my blackberry loads management software onto the PC if you hook it up to a PC without management software (no internet required)

you can also use wifi to present a network drive or a web service drive.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.