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Comment Re:Interesting how few controls there are (Score 1) 124

hmmmmm . Interesting. I specifically indicated that a 'bogus' PO would got through like nothing was wrong ! ! !
WITH a bogus PO, BOS, BOL, then the payment would by pretty much rubber stamped - paid and 'gone with the wind'.
Perhaps a few less Bud lites, or a more in-depth reading - slowly and out loud, might make my point more obvious.
Mr (or Ms) Hognoxious as a sig pretty much begs for a 'troll' stamp - but I'll ignore the obvious and assume the best - - -
PLEASE be a bit more polite and reasonable - and at least take the effort to elucidate the factors of your rebuttal.

Have a good day, as I intend to have one myself and ignore the tone of your post.

Comment Re:Interesting how few controls there are (Score 1) 124

It all boils down to the individual(s) actually cutting the checks - - - and they are often in their position simply because they are the lower-class personnel dealing with the day-to-day issues of responding to and acting upon the billing / payment section of the company. No corporate business is going to put a a 'premium salary' individual behind a desk to deal with the day-to-day issues of paying 'legitimately' billed services or 'legitimate' looking bills for services or materials. Provide a legitimate looking invoice, and the rest is a cake-walk.

Granted, these individuals have over-sight managers, but the managers' coverage is pretty much an 'after-the-fact' issue, and the disbursement of the funds has already occurred, with no way to stop the transaction, even with too-late-to-matter action(s) by the division manager. The ONLY time a 'manager' gets involved is when a billing request is blatantly bogus, or when it goes above a certain established minimum-level valuation - - - which in large companies can approach-or-exceed the hundred-thou$and dollar level.

Bottom Line - the work-a-day clerk that cuts the check is relatively easy to spoof - with the proper looking documents, and any oversight / validation action is going to be too late to stop the actual fund$ transfer. Their only recourse, then, is to TRY and present evidence that the billing was a scam, and then attempt to recover the already-disbursed funds - generally a near futile action even when the company can provide legal evidence to the authorities - - - and even then, to wait for a long time (years, and years) for the legal system to respond - - - many times too late to actually get their hands on the funds that have been disbursed - - - and then 'disappeared' by the scammers.

Comment US Ally Shot Down a $200 Drone With a $3 Million (Score 1) 318

Lets look at a relatively modern concept - - - ASYMMETRIC WARFARE
This fits the definition better than anything else has over the last couple of decades.
Grab a couple of dozen 'drones' at less than $300 each, and cause the expenditure of multi-million dollar munitions to be used for EACH of them !

SOMEONE needs to fall back on the simpler, but reliable, method of using laser-tagged bazooka-style munitions to 'down' these drones.

The Viet Nam era shoulder fired rocket launchers would be ideal for this type of coverage, and there has to be a lot of these old(er) munitions stockpiled somewhere. Just because they were vulnerable to local-fire when used against tanks does NOT mean they were useless - just that they were inappropriate for that type of mission. Pull them out of mothballs, and re-task them for THIS type of mission.
Even at a few thousand dollars each, they are virtually worthless sitting buried in a munitions warehouse - but could easily be re-purposed for these types of missions - essentially using already-paid-for materials, AND freeing up storage space and logistic accountability costs.
Use the Patriot targeting systems, link to the shoulder-launched warheads for target acquisition, and blow the quad- / hex- / octo-copters out of the sky.

Comment Re:The Million Regulators March on Washington (Score 1) 119

Point of Fact - historically (at least over the last few decades), these 'protection' issues being implemented by 'The Donald' and his 'regulators' won't be seen as savings by the ISP's, but will be touted as 'added premiums' and they will actually ADD to the cost of your service under the guise of 'extra service' elements itemized on your bill - basically another tag-line item charge to your monthly tithe to the monopolized and protected tele-com providers in the USA.

Jeez, if it only WERE a tithe, which is only 10% of your income (wonder if this is based on gross, or after-tax).

OK, so this is a bit of flame-bait - - - prove me wrong or shut up and suck-it-up.

I'm Karma-rich right now, so do your worst - - - but t least make it interesting -grin-

Comment Re:Anyone remember when cents/GB was used? (Score 1) 26

Good Grief, Charlie Brown, a REAL spring chicken.
I remember MY first hard drive - a monstrous 5 MegaByte beast for a measly $150, which was half the price of the next cheapest drive on the market.
Now, THAT was back in the days . . .
when GMR (giant magneto-resistive heads) stood for 'Get Moving, Redneck!', a cops' final warning to shove off.
and prices were expressed in cents per KILObyte.

However, the woolly mammoth had sadly slipped away the previous year.

Submission + - Google: 99.95% of Recent 'Trusted' DMCA Notices Were Bogus (torrentfreak.com)

AmiMoJo writes: In comments submitted to a U.S. Copyright Office consultation, Google has given the DMCA a vote of support, despite widespread abuse. Noting that the law allows for innovation and agreements with content creators, Google says that 99.95% of URLs it was asked to take down last month didn't even exist in its search indexes. “For example, in January 2017, the most prolific submitter submitted notices that Google honored for 16,457,433 URLs. But on further inspection, 16,450,129 (99.97%) of those URLs were not in our search index in the first place.”

Submission + - Controversial LTE-U wireless tech OK'd by FCC (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that it had approved two cellular base stations – one each from Ericsson and Nokia – to use LTE-U, marking the first official government thumbs-up for the controversial technology. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement https://www.fcc.gov/document/c... that the unlicensed spectrum – historically, the territory of Wi-Fi – can now be used to help ease the load on carrier mobile networks.

Comment Researchers Working on Liquid Battery That Could (Score 2) 218

Seems like the primary point of this battery tech is getting slam-dunked by the mobile phone and personal device power crowd. It's NOT a matter of energy density (although that is a moderately important issue), but the LONGEVITY / RECHARGE CYCLES of this battery tech.
Hell, even if it is 10 times the size of current lithium tech batteries, the fact that it can survive for a DECADE of charge / discharge cycles makes it a REAL plus in the 'load levelling' supplemental power arena, especially since they won't be stressed to full discharge / recharge on a daily basis - - - which SHOULD effectively extend the useful lifespan to several decades.
It's not a question of how much power you can pack into a given volume, it's HOW LONG the battery can perform before needing replacement - - - and this tech really seems to be a contender for bulk power storage for dealing with peak demand power usage - with a very long life cycle.
Please get off the volumetric power rants, and look at the feasibility of using this type of battery, even if it takes up a lot (relatively) of space, and consider it's application as a serious long-term power load leveling technology.
Consider, also, that it is much smaller than compressed air, elevated water, or molten salt storage systems, and appears to offer much lower maintenance / support expense, since it is basically an electrical cell that probably only requires a reasonable thermal environment.

Yeah, I've made some assumptions - that may be way off base - but at least I'm NOT trying to cram this LONG-TERM, HIGH-RECYCLE, ELECTRICAL STORAGE technology into a miniaturized application (phones, laptops, watches, etc.) that it was never intended for.

Comment rst Gene Drive In Mammals Could Aid Vast New Zeala (Score 5, Insightful) 301

OUCH ! I hate to be the 'fear monger' here, but with CRISPR genetic modification, the changes are incorporated into the germ-line of that species, and will be passed down from generation - to - generation. This is the actual plan for the project, and it is being introduced into MAMMALS. Well, humans are also mammals, and similar enough to mice that the mouse line of mammals is very often used as the initial test-bed for medical research targeted at humans. How long will it take this CRISPR modification to jump species-lines, either from virus-aided transfer, or through some form of deliberate weaponization processes?

Damn, I'm kinda' glad that I'm over 70, and hopefully won't be around when (IF) this extinction-level event happens. Granted, it will take multiple generations to spread throughout the global population, but a 'kill-switch' function, or even a more elegant technique involving a basic 'count-down' trigger that self-terminates after a certain number of generation transfers (similar to, and based on, the process of telomere shrinkage with each reproductive cycle), COULD be incorporated into the process in order to limit run-away disasters if the genetic alteration does get loose, or manages to cross species lines.

I shudder to think of the implications of this research being developed to the point that it could target ANY species, and then the inevitable acquisition of the techniques by radicalized, medically-competent , scientists with either deep-pocket private backers, or state-sponsored support.

One geographic transfer / escpe process that pops to mind is a bird, or other long distance traveller, that dumps fecal matter contaminated with this gene-line altering process still active in the biological waste, which then gets eaten by another scavenger (a REALLY HUNGRY individual), and . . . boom - - - the CRISPER agent is suddenly introduced into a population outside of the targeted area, and could very well move from a geo-bound area (like islands) to a wide-open continental arena.

OK, so this is a '. . . sky is falling' scenario, but EVERY precaution needs to be considered - and planned for - when introducing a process that is deliberately designed for total species-line extermination, and there is just no way that ALL escape options will ever be able to be covered with 100% reliability.

Enjoy your nightmares ! ! !

Comment re: Glass From Nuclear Test Site Shows the Moon Wa (Score 5, Interesting) 48

Good Grief. Talk about a bit of over-simplification - - -
article quote - probably evaporated off the moon while it was being formed in a violent collision or soon afterward, while its surface was still incredibly hot.

There WASN'T any MOON surface to evaporate from - it was the multi-quadrillion PIECES that got thermally blasted, and lost all of their volatiles.

Because the major mass-locus was earth, the free-floating material preferentially 'gravitated' here, leaving the particulate residue to accumulate into our moon, with the majority of it's material probably being from the crustal region of the earth and the colliding planetoid (Theia).

With the earth being more massive, and presumably less heated by the collision, the lighter materials would eventually either be 'lost in space' or captured by earth, while the nascent moon cloud, still in it's infancy and HOT, and in FRAGMENTS, continued to out-gas. Even with thermal equivalence of the two bodies, the higher gravitational tug of earth would have preferentially attracted - and kept - the lighter volatiles blown off by the collision. (Yep, I'm agreeing with the author, except on the point of "the moon's surface").

OK, so I'm knit-picking, but please keep your presentation straight, as there was NOT any definable 'surface' of the moon at that period, just a LOT of really hot pieces that thermally expelled all low-temp volatiles as they circled earth and eventually coalesced into our moon.

Still, overall, a very good piece, and worthy of inclusion under the 'real science' category of slashdot's potpourri - unfortunately a small and decreasing category of material on this site.

cheers . . .

Submission + - Sad news from JAXA's de-orbiting cable system

rickyslashdot writes: The theory of using the earth's electro-magnetic field to provide deceleration to orbital debris failed when JAXA's satellite was unable to extend it's cable. Because of the short period of time available for this test, there wasn't sufficient time for JAXA's ground specialists to resolve the un-spooling failure, and the craft re-entered burn-up without providing any useful information on whether the de-orbiting process was feasible.


Although this process of orbital velocity alteration/deceleration appears sound, it lost it's current chance to prove this ability to alter altitude and orbital velocity because of a glitch that prevented the 'long wire' electromotive element from deploying.

Because of the simplicity of this system, it is bound to be tested again — hopefully sooner than later.

If proven successful in later tests, it will mean that de-orbiting 'junk' can be done by attaching a 'long-wire' tether to the junk, and just waiting for physics to take the junk from orbit to atmospheric burn-up.

This process is inherently safer than using rocket engines (to be attached to the junk), and is much less of a 'mass-to-orbit' cost, since it only requires a grappling system, and a spool of wire/cable. The cable does NOT have to be structurally strong, as it is only used to provide an electro-magnet dynamic drag on the attached 'junk'.
Additionally, it effectively de-orbits the complete chunk of 'debris' without the problems involved with kinetic nets that would tend to fragment, or shatter, portions of the junk while reducing it's orbital velocity enough to bring it down. Even the tiniest piece of left-over debris that could be released from the 'capture-net' system could still prove a real problem, since these tiny pieces are realistically impossible to track, and can cause real damage due to their relative velocitiy in respect to orbiting spacecraft.

Hopefully, there will be a follow-up / re-try in the near future for this orbital debris clean-up process.

Comment re: Milky Way Is Being Pushed Across the Universe (Score 1) 149

This HAS to be the best thing ever - all I will have to do is make sure there is nobody behind me and I can get my car to propel itself forward with NO FUEL EXPENDITURE - - - better than any application of 'flux capacitors'.
Just imagine, with nothing behind you, your mileage will go off the chart, since it won't require any fuel or engine usage to get you moving into the vast frontiers of ANY spatial locale, and all without ANY requirement for fuel ! ! !
Hell of a revolution in the physics arena, since you can travel anywhere, with no fuel or engine - - - AS LONG AS THERE IS NOTHING BEHIND YOU - - - _ROFLMAO_

Sorry, but this really tickled my warped sense of humor, and I just HAD to plop this post into the slashdot (ces)pool to see how many others got a good, beer-twisted, mind-boggling laugh out of it !

cheers, chug a few more, and take a dive off the deep end !

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