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Comment Re:Illogical (Score 1) 172

The point is that peak usage has fallen dramatically because of time of day pricing - majority doesn't ignore price that is 3x large.
But people still pay more year after year. Moreover, 'cheap' time is getting more expensive quicker than 'expensive' time. Probably because too many people started doing their laundry at night and energy companies want to recover their losses.

So all that 'smart' crap does is allows companies save on infrastructure (generating stations, pipes, wires, etc) - which is just bonus for the management in a short term. Like: key, we do not need to build this new power plant but still get same money from users - let's give ourselves huge bonuses.

At the same time average utilization of infrastructure grows. And this means that possibility 'statistical fluke' when too many people turn on their heating increases. And this means more outages. But with that smart crap that may say 'we are experiencing higher than normal load, so you'd better find another blanket'. And continue crank up prices.

Comment Re:Illogical (Score 3, Insightful) 172

The way energy markets are organized makes sure that you will not 'save money' no matter what.

Those monopolies will want their money. Even if you burn no fuel - investment has been made. And less you use - longer they can be charging you.

Take 'smart meters' as example. At no point people getting smart meters were paying less. They were using less, and using at 'cheaper' time. But energy markets 'suddenly' rose to accommodate for that and make sure energy magnates get their bonuses.

Comment 'reasonable' move. (Score 1) 157

So Google closes engeneering office on grounds that Russian government makes it more difficult for NSA to snoop on its citizens?
Or maybe Google closes engeneering office on grounds that Russian government doesn't want its country to be affected when USA prezident doesn't feel like allowing any other country in the world to have its own foreign policy?

Yeah, seems like a 'reasonable' move.

Comment Re:ActiveX again. (Score 1) 194

With NPAPI browser doesn't download executable crap without permission. But Firefox now does. And that is the problem.

Before all code that I had running on my machine came from my Linux distribution of choice. _I_ had a choice what to install and whom to trust. Now I'm being forced to trust that Mozilla compiles stuff without NSA inserts. And that NSA doesn't insert things into that stuff while it is being delivered to me. And with all due respect Mozilla's track record in terms of security is far from perfect.

Yes, I'm able to block it but it is still installed by default. Even IE asked before it downloaded and run flash plugin.

And we all know how well 'sand boxing' worked before, so not much hope here either. Once 'stuff' gets run on your CPU you are pretty much screwed.

And all this is also covered with unknown number of patents - that is truly open Internet, yes, right.

Comment The only sensible approach - a encrypted key chain (Score 1) 288

The perception of website owners that I HAVE to remember their password just shows overblown feeling of self-importance for site owners.

The only sensible approach - completely random passwords, generated by some tool and stored in a key chain with good one master password.

Idea that user somehow would remember password for each site he uses is simply stupid. The number of passwords can easily go up to a hundred. And if all sites start insisting on changing them once in 3 days users will likely go insane.

And be damned those site owners who make it very difficult for browser to insert saved password. And the worst I've seen so far is Home Deport's credit services (owned by city bank, I presume).

And yes, I know, passwords are used not only on websites. Nevertherless - in ideal world user just plugs in his encrypted key chain and uses it to access everything he needs with one password. Well, maybe two - personal and work.

Comment Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

Well, defending from 'invasion' is not exactly expression of political opinion.

I'm fairly sure that if "well armed and ruthlessness" US (or Russian, for that matter) soldiers put their foot on, say, Iran soil there will be armed response, no matter how fertile.

I do not have many friends in Crimea, but as far as I can hear this is hardly viewed as a forceful annexation by majority of citizens there. So yes, polls may be biased, but not that biased. And yes, people may be afraid to defend themselves - but this goes to a certain point. And this point clearly have not been reached. So far majority of people living there is not against joining Russia.

OTOH I'm very curious were 'ruthlessness' of Russian army is coming from? I didn't quite follow US propaganda, so must have missed something...

Comment Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 1) 291

2) I already went over this in my previous post: Two wrongs does not make a right. Okay, so you believe that the US steamrolled Iraq. Fine. That means that the US should allow Russia to steamroll Ukraine to "even the score"? Bullshit. In that case, there is no country in the world that is free from guilt. Literally every country in the world has at one point colonized another, attacked another unprovoked, massacred certain ethnic groups, etc. You could then go back to to the invasion of Iraq and say that it is hypocritical for Russia to criticize the US because of what the Russians did in the Chechen War.

Well, Chechen is a Russian territory, so again, non of US business. And yes, the whole topic started because Russians didn't stop working with NASA when US committed stuff in Iraq.

I'm saying that before US (or EU) have the moral right to criticize Russia for its actions they should show how they have changed to prevent actions they've themselves made in the past. Otherwise it's like thieve criticizing other thieve: yes, stealing is wrong, but is a thieve the right person to tell anybody that?

Comment Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 2) 291

This is false. The reason there's no US troops in Iraq today is that the democratically elected Iraqi government wouldn't agree to a status of forces agreement with us. Status of forces agreements are pretty standard, the US has agreements with every country that we have troops in, especially our allies like Germany and Japan. The Iraqi government decided they didn't want to agree to a SOFA, so we left. If the Iraqi government were our puppets, we would have pressured them into agreeing to the SOFA.

Sounds naive. US left Iraq because no powerful US corporation was interested enough in staying. Probably because there is not much to gain there anymore. Or because Iraq government is controlled well enough without military presence. The goal is not a military presence, the goal is to get rich. Military is just a tool.

That's different. bin Laden was hiding out in Afghanistan and launched terrorist attacks against the United States. The Taliban was supporting him, both before and after the 9/11 attacks. If you go around committing acts of war, you can expect a military response.

In other views the reason to invade Afghanistan was Afghanistan Oil Pipeline (
OTOH, can fact that country doesn't extradite a criminal be a reason for invasion? What's next: invading Ecuador for Assange and Russia for Snowden?

Actually, the United States was in Vietnam at the request of the South Vietnamese government, who wanted our help repelling the North Vietnamese army, who had invaded South Vietnam in violation of a UN order. So yes, the US was asked to intervene in Vietnam.

Democratically elected president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych use asked Russia to use force in Ukraine (not in exact this words, but fairly close), after he had to flee Ukraine. People of Crimea have had a referendum and by vast majority decided to join Russian Federation. The whole 'annex' thing happened without shots and with much celebration in Crimea. So yes, Russia was very much asked to come to Crimea.

US (and EU), on the other hand, openly supports and funds people who using force overthrown democratically elected government in Ukraine - and those people have never been elected. Clear invasion in Ukraine's internal business. Just like Iraq - we will tell you whom you can democratically choose from.

I'm not defending Putin's actions. I'm just saying that US is as bad and is leading by example. And overall it's not that people are bad, it's the structure of life, law of the nature.

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