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Comment Re:That's why I pay to recycle monitors (Score 1) 273

don't you know you are suppose to recycle your used motor one quart at a time and the used filter gets its own trip as well. Same things with CFLs and use alkaline batteries. Each one gets its own special trip to the recycling center.

All joking aside I do a similar thing you do. I have a few bins and containers in the garage that hold all the shit I'm not suppose to toss in the trash or single stream curbside recycling and when I run out of storage I make a trip over to the county recycling center. On the way I stop by my in-laws house and pick up anything they want to get rid of and also stop by my mom's house and do the same as they are all on the way. I make the run a couple of times a year and it is only like a 15 mile drive there an back. And before anyone says what I am doing is illegal my in-laws and mother live in the same county as I do so their crap is allowed to go to that recycling center as well.

Comment Re:They are more likely to do what I want if I pay (Score 1) 273

I always like my county's recycling center. When ever I go there I check to see what they have for deck stain and solvents as nothing beats getting free solvents if you clean parts or do lots of wood finishing. Add in that over the years I have gotten 3 unopened gallons of the deck stain I use and it is great. They will take all of the toxic crap, even coolant poisoned motor oil, and if you can use something you can take it.

The city cleanup events are also another great place to find quality trash. I told my uncle, who is a garbage man who works a number of these, to keep an eye out for a nice larger cast iron wood stove for when I finally build a cabin on my lake property. He usually sees one about every 3-5 years so I have a pretty good chance of getting one when I need it for free.

Comment Re:That much demand for being lied to? (Score 1) 202

Apparently you don't understand the concept of reasonable and prudent. No one ever said following rules, regulations and guidelines ensures you are secure but so long as what you are doing is reasonable, prudent and also at the very minimum the industry best practices you wouldn't have to worry about being sued. Granted anyone can sue anyone for fun and profit but by taking reasonable and prudent actions usually defined as a minimum of industry best practices you can avoid losing the lawsuit. A zero day exploit that is used to carry out an attack is entirely possible but is not negligence. An exploit that is 5 years old with a patch has been available for 4 years 11 months and mitigating measures available for 5 years that is used to attack a system that has not been patched and taken mitigating actions is negligence as it would be reasonable and prudent in that time to take appropriate measures to resolve the vulnerability. Where you run into some grey area is there is an exploit that was recently disclosed and a patch or mitigating measures are available. On day 1 of the disclosure it isn't reasonable or prudent to deploy those to productions systems, but at what point is it reasonable and prudent to have done so. In this case regulations like NERC CIP provide a definition of what is a reasonable time so that covered entities can fully test and evaluate changes before applying them to a production system.

Additionally good security regulations and rules will employ the defense in depth principle which will help to mitigate problems if a vulnerability is discovered. Furthermore good regulations require some form of continuous monitoring of the system looking for issues and strange traffic, files, and/or behavior. So you have network firewalls, NIDS/NIPS devices, segmented LANs, host based firewalls, HIDS, a patch management program, following a security benchmark for the host and applications, practice least privileges, have minimal software installed on the host, have a tool scanning your network looking for new devices, have a vulnerability scanner scanning devices and hosts on your network, etc. all provide a good defense and provide multiple layers to stop and detect attacks in different ways. Sadly this cost money and doesn't show a return on the bottom line so it is seen as only a cost center, until there is a breach, so companies don't want to spend on doing what is needed.

Comment Re:Another breakthrough! News at 11! (Score 1) 217

I don't think I would trust a person to have a large power dense always hot corrosive filled object in their house at the moment. I think most people would treat it like their water heater and when they notice a leak just have it replaced but I'm not sure that is a good thing with a sodium-sulfur batter. They would however be good a good choice for large batteries at substations, power plants, or large power consumers where they can be properly monitored and maintained. For consumers batteries like iron-nickle ones are ideal for home power storage as they can really take abuse and neglect and still work good for decades. Remember with the general population you are dealing with people who are pretty likely to have a car battery die on them because it was the original that came with the car 10 years ago and had been showing clear signs of failure for the last 3.

Comment Re:Only 3%: places in the Rust Belt would love it (Score 1) 161

One of my wife's uncles lives out in the front range on 40 acres that has been in the family for generations. The problem with Californians is that they move out into the country and then bitch because there are country people out there who do country things, although this isn't limited to just Californians but seems to be urban people moving to rural areas. For my wife's uncle it is that he hunts from his back porch and has had the cops called on him because someone saw a person with a gun, for my neighbor's brother who raises hogs it is former city people complaining about the smell. Even last summer when a bunch of out of town relatives came to visit and we went up to my lake place all of the Californians flipped out because I carry a magnum class revolver when I am up there. The fact that carrying a gun is prudent in some areas because of large predators is lost on them. Everyone up there does for the same reason, the locals have had bears with cubs walking down their driveways, had the wolves run through their property, and a good number have seen the cougar that roams around there. Those relatives have never seen someone who isn't a police officer with a gun in real life and the only portrayal of non-police officers with guns has been from the movies or the local news. So naturally they believe that the gun will fire at any time if you so much as look at it the wrong way and that anyone who owns a handgun is either a want to be Dirty Harry or gang banger.

Comment Re:Let's Face the Facts... (Score 1) 161

I like to tell recruiters and head hunters out there and also on the east coast that they can't afford me. They like to respond that the pay is very generous and I tell them that I am not taking a decrease in my standard of living so unless I can afford a ~2000 sq ft house on a .5 acre lot that backs up to a 14 acre wooded park where my children will be going to some of the best schools in the state that will be paid off in 9 years and I have a commute that is at most 40 minutes all while owning a multi acre lake property that is within a 2.25 hour drive that has 210 feet of shore line on a lake without a public water access that is owned outright all while saving close to 30% of my post tax income I'm not interested. Their response is that such a place doesn't exist and I tell them that it does but they won't pay me enough to afford it out there.

Comment Re:I don't mean to go all 'Papierin, mein herr,' b (Score 3) 626

But we do have first amendment rights and also likely 5th amendment rights. Providing a password or pin likely is protected by both and has been ruled as such. In that situation I would have basically told them to piss off but in a much more polite fashion. It wouldn't have been the first time I have told a government agent what they don't want to hear. Then again I am a white guy with an anglicized last name who has a good job, good education, and clean background so I can get away with things like that without any real repercussions. By exercising my rights I hopefully can show others that they can do the same and also show the government agents that they don't have the power they would like to think they have.

Comment Re:The message this sends (Score 1) 651

Madrid was still faster than the US, even as a US citizen, but compared to other countries I have gone to it was slow. Maybe it was just that day but everything took forever, clearing customs, getting luggage, getting a taxi, it all took forever. The fastest customs experience that I have ever had was every time in Israel but that was because I was there for work as an official guest of the government and was able to use diplomatic line and was already cleared. By cleared I mean I had a full detailed background check performed by the Israeli government as I work on critical infrastructure for my job and they want to make sure I won't cause them problems. So Mossad has detailed information on me and people who I know and am related to. Upon exit I also got through with ease as I had special clearance and documentation so I did not get the full Q&A that everyone else does. Personally I was a bit put out as I am a security person and I would have found that a fascinating experience. I did get a glimpse of it when I was questioned about the item they had trouble scanning with the X-ray in the middle of my bag. The item in question was my old metal chassis 35mm SLR, assorted metal bodied lenses, and compact travel tri-pod.

Comment Re: Well, once the panels are installed (Score 2) 414

To make the point clearer I like this. If we covered 1% of the earth's surface with 1% efficient solar panels we could meet our current energy needs.

Can one even find solar panels that shitty as I thought most were in the 12-18% efficiency range and the really cheap printed solar shingles being like 8% efficient. So using realistic numbers like that we would be down to 0.1% of earths surface area needing to be covered by solar panels. This does ignore the storage problem but there are a number of battery and storage technologies available that would allow things to work when the sun isn't shining that don't degrade like the common solutions most propose. So at the individual household level something like a bank of nickel-iron batteries to store and level household consumption. Then going up a layer have some large sodium sulfur batteries at sub stations and generation plants for storage and load leveling. For large scale storage have some huge pumped storage locations and use old mine pits as the low reservoir as we have dug some huge holes over the years. But that is just crazy talk.

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