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Comment Re:I feel safer with NSA than Google (Score 1) 281

Yes, you're not. It was meant to show that NSA may be sharing that data with "private partners". You'll never be sure.

Conspiracy theorists will believe anything, agreed. They also like to post things as facts. But this has been partly proven, and a full prove will probably never appear.
Since I don't like conspiracy theories, I made clear the fact it's not completely proven...

Comment Re:I feel safer with NSA than Google (Score 1) 281

Are you serious? As not "selling" it to promote unfair competition in favor of some white house supporters?
If you search you'll see various companies had secret data searched and stored by NSA, oil&gas has a lot of examples. It's believed that this data has been used b some companies as an advantage on international biddings...

Submission + - Microsoft's age-old image library 'Clip Art' is no more (

hypnosec writes: Microsoft has finally bid a goodbye to the age-old Clip Art image library found in its Office products as its usage has been declining over the years. Redmond replaced the Clip Art’s online image library with Bing Image Search. This means that people searching for online images inside an Office app will now be directed to a gallery powered by Bing Images that will bring in results from around the web. Bing's copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system will let users get royalty-free images which they can use, share, or modify for either personal or commercial use.

Comment Re:Comment from a Chemist (Score 1) 432

Ethanol, as produced in Brazil, doesn't need to (but most probably uses, since biodiesel here is more expensive than regular diesel).
Even using diesel, amounts are small compared to energy production, crops are near the distillery.
The distillery itself has a positive energy balance, not including the ethanol it delivers (co-generation, using heat to produce power). Heat comes from burning the biomass byproducts.
For example, one ethanol producer in Brazil states in it's page an capacity of 940MW to be sold.
Some short info on Petrobras production of biodiesel:

Submission + - Net Neutrality legislation approved.

rwiggers writes: Known as the Marco Civil — or Bill of Rights — it would enshrine freedom of expression, the right to privacy and the principle of web neutrality. This could be understood as a response from the president Dilma to the NSA spying on her and is expected to be sanctioned soon.
Some aspects are quite interesting, content can only be removed by judicial order, net neutrality is written in law ans ISPs must take action to ensure privacy of communications.

Comment Re:Side Show and a Game Changer (Score 1) 199

I wouldn't count on it taking any job from a CNC machine. it's a MIG welding machine and it's resolution/accuracy should be well over 1mm. It won't deal with a lot of metal also.
No, it's not the one size fits all.
It's very useful and interesting, allowing complex geometries more easily and I think local shops will have one once the techs (his and other techs for metal 3D printing) are mature.

Comment Re:Ubiquitous internet actually makes this worse (Score 1) 66

Those things are usually installed by engineers with very little knowledge/concern about security. In my field there's an urge for bluetooth connectivity for the industrial equipments, with all the security nightmares bluetooth poses on accessing a device. Wi-fi could be used with a much better security model, but it's considered too complicated...

Comment Re:Dying gasps (Score 1) 535

I've made embedded programming in C++, in a rather efficient way. It makes a lot of things easier, but it's much harder to find someone that knows what that thing is doing. If you handle a task to an experienced C++ programmer and say no use of new, delete and exception handling are allowed, probably the task won't get accomplished unless it's very simple.
I used to advocate the use o C++ on embedded, but gave up. In a larger environment with programmers of different experience levels, C is much easier to get running.

Comment Re:Legacy Code is not the issue here (Score 1) 360

Hit the nail.
If you have at least a little experience, you've already at least once gone through the codebase and asked who's the idiot that wrote that, checked the answer on the version control system to find that the idiot is yourself.
On the other hand, sometimes the legacy code is so much patched that it's easier and faster to rewrite it. If this code is that much patched that you can't even follow the code flow anymore, bugs left are only the scary ones anyway. Rewriting that code is a high risk task, since many errors already solved will be done again, but may still be worth it.

Comment Re:Willingness to pay (Score 1) 224

No, redundancy means excess capacity.
Diversity means spreading the capacity through various locations/processes/etc. In this case we're talking about geographical diversity and the difference is simply distribution of the fabs around the world. If TSMC had its 15 factories spread over various locations, a single event couldn't shut down 100% of it's capacity.
The last year's earthquake in Japan shot down 1/3 of the Renesas fabs. It was enough to make a huge problem, stop some auto manufacturers, but it kept running. Had Renesas all it's fabs on North Japan, it would be 100% down. The fabs were not redundant, as one could not cover for the lack of other.

Comment Re:Willingness to pay (Score 1) 224

It's about diversity, no redundancy.
For semiconductor manufacturing, for example. There's quite a few plants around the world, not that much of small process nodes. If a major earthquake hits Taiwan, shutting down TSMC and UMC factories, you'll notice the effect all around the world pretty fast.
This should give an idea.

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