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Comment Re:Almost signed up Friday morning, too... (Score 1) 112

I'd just finished doing a week of research for a VPS and was literally going to sign up for Linode Friday AM when Dreamhost woo'ed me with a better deal. Geez.

I you don't mind my asking, who were your top candidates, besides Linode? Did any service really impress, in terms of security and stability?

Comment Re:Cooling is the issue (Score 1) 421

I've been using CFLs for more than 25 years and I have never had a CFL last less than 5 years. the first CFL I bought I bought in a specialty store, it lasted about 15 years, and the last 2 tymes I bought them I bought them at Walmart.

Same here -- the half-dozen CFLs in my apartment are all at least 10 years old, and the oldest more than 15. But they are all in in open fixtures, and not in frequently switched locations (i.e., none in the bathroom).

So far equally good experience with two LED bulbs ($$$). Especially like the new warm white LEDs from Philips.

Comment Re:As a former developer of Smart Meter Tech (Score 1) 684

Last Monday I had some personal experience with this. Mid-morning the electricity went off. After checking the fuse box and finding that the neighbors had power, we finally looked at the (smart) meter. One of the display modes now said "OFF". Called the power company -- they found billing all in order, and said they'd send someone out to look at it.

Hour and a half later the power came back on. Repair guy never showed up.

Needless to say, the utility (SCE) could / would not provide an explanation. Obviously a software problem. Or maybe they just wanted to test the remote disconnect capability. :)

On the up side, I convinced my girlfriend to buy a UPS.

And I'm looking at installing centralized backup power for a couple of selected circuits, with the option to add solar panels to charge the batteries.

Comment Re:Ah well there goes FF (Score 1) 683

. . . We don't need an "out there" browser. But rather want a secure stable browser. Most of the "new features" seem to be promoting features that often end up leaving the user more vulnerable.

Exactly. And with version numbers at least you can decide to "upgrade to version X to use new feature Y". Mozilla is the browser that gives a user the most control over his/her interaction with a web server. I hope it stays that way...


Submission + - 45 Million U.S. Individuals Manipulate Identities (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: When does a little white lie become fraud? An estimated 45 million people in the U.S. have deliberately manipulated their identities in applications for credit, cell phone service, auto loans or other credit transactions, according to ID Analytics. Looking beyond typos and name changes, this study examined deliberate and improper variations of Social Security numbers, names and dates of birth. The study uncovered fraudsters, people manipulating their identity to hide in plain sight, as well as those seeking to avoid poor credit ratings. 10 million people manipulated their identities by co-mingling some of their spouse's information (SSN or DOB) into their own identity.

Submission + - Can Ubuntu Linux Consume Less Power Than Windows? (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Now that the big Linux kernel power regression has been solved it looks like Ubuntu 11.04 can compete with Microsoft Windows 7 in terms of overall power usage. New tests revealed by Phoronix show the power consumption of Ubuntu 11.04 vs. Windows 7 operating systems. On a range of different systems, the power consumption of the Linux OS was comparable to that of Windows except for a few select workloads and systems.

Submission + - Refuling mode give flooded nuke extra 11 days (nytimes.com)

mdsolar writes: "In refueling mode, the reactor vessel, the giant steel pot that holds the nuclear fuel, is opened and flooded so that a crane can pluck out used fuel assemblies and insert new ones while keeping them under water. As a result, the fuel rods are sitting under an additional 23 feet of water, which comes to around 200,000 gallons.

Normal cooling continues, with a little of the water continuously piped out and pumped through a heat exchanger to keep the temperature below the boiling point. The pump runs on power from the grid. If the connection to the grid were lost, technicians would start up one of two 2.5-megawatt emergency diesel generators. They have more than two weeks’ fuel on hand.

But if the diesel generators were flooded, as the ones at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan were as a result of a tsunami, the water would heat up, and in about 36 hours it would start to boil. The preliminary calculation is that it would boil off 12 gallons a minute, so that 200,000 gallons adds 11 or so days to the reactor’s safety margin, plant managers say."


Submission + - NASA announces final homes of Shuttle fleet (space.com) 3

PyroMosh writes: "NASA administrator Charles Bolden just announced the final homes for the four remaining Space Shuttle Orbiters in a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center today commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first Shuttle launch. The Shuttle Atlantis will remain at NASA's home of Shuttle Launch operations — Kennedy Space Center. Endeavour will be displayed at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, just miles from where she was assembled. Discovery will be moved to the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Virginia outside of Washington DC — the very hangar that Enterprise now occupies. Finally, the Shuttle airframe prototype Enterprise will be moved from her current home to the U.S.S. Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum in New York City."

Submission + - Can I Make My Android Phone Lie? 1

Nom du Keyboard writes: After the Pandora personal information tracking fiasco (I wondered why that app always started every time I rebooted, even when I hadn't used it for weeks), and now having yet another app (today it's Layar) ask in its latest update for access to even more personal information that it absolutely doesn't need to do its job, I'd like to know: Can I make my Android phone just outright lie to these applications that don't need this personal information to start with? After all, it is MY phone.

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