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Comment Its all about history (Score 2) 383

I designed some spacecraft. We were limited on what we could use for a microprocessor because we needed something with history. We almost used an 8051 variant. Same goes for engines, lets say you invent an awesome engine, it even makes you toast in the morning amongst other great things like saving you fuel. You take it to one of the manufacturers, and they love it, because it saves their customers fuel and it give them more incentive to buy their products. Then they tell you, we have these things called warranty's that we offer on all of our vehicles can you tell us the MBTF? Most of the parts are new so you go back to your lab and run it for 5-10 years.

Comment Experiment has already been done (Score 1) 440

I worked with an indigenous group in Canada, where each person receives approximately 1500$ CAD every other week. They didn't have to do anything to receive that money. There was some interesting things that went on at their reservation. Most of the houses I visited were halfway destroyed. I watched them build new houses and within a week or two they would be missing windows and the doors would be torn off the cupboards. I heard stories of kids that would get a brand new xbox and it would be rendered nonfunctional. If there was a new window anywhere, and I mean anywhere on the reservation, a rock would be thrown through it with in two weeks. They had a school, the school was surrounded by a fence so people couldn't break in and vandalize it. Vehicles, same thing.

I'm not going to judge, but I can't help but think that there has to be a link between the money they received and the value they placed on everything. Most people there place little value on material things that they bought (or were given to them, it was my understanding that their organization bought them their houses), I observed that first hand. Was it because of their culture? Was it because they got money? I don't know, but I know that the money didn't help them out any. If you were given a brand new top of the line alienware laptop (or mac book if you like turtlenecks), what would you do with it? Probably keep it and use it or sell it. If you knew you were going to be given the same laptop every hour, and I told you to smash one of them you would be receiving, would you do it? The answer would probably still be 'No', but it would be much easier to persuade you to do so. Its all about value, if you have to trade your resources to get something (like your time) it becomes much more valuable.

Comment My favorite are the window spear phishers (Score 1) 172

I had a guy going for almost 10 mins on the promise that I had a whole network of computers to infect.
Them: Sir we have found a problem with your computer and we need to fix it
Me: Which computer do you want me to log, I have 10 of them
Them: The one with windows 7
Me: They all have windows 7 please just tell me which one it is and we can move forward with fixing the problem
Repeat variations of the last two sentences for 10 mins and it too the guy about that long to realize he was being messed with and start swearing. I then told him he should get a real job instead of scamming people.

Comment Great, another inflationary new statement (Score 2) 339

The author of the article must have been running around the street, naked, screaming "fusion is here", "fusion is here". I'm not that excited. For one nobody has said anything about efficiency. Its easy to maintain a plasma if your dumping enough energy into it, so how much energy did they dump into it? Nobody knows. You have to confine the plasma, and get more energy out than you put in. I'm not convinced that they did this. Congrats for producing the longest lasting plasma "flame". But I can make a plasma "flame" in my microwave for minutes at a time. So tell me how much energy did they produce? I'll bet they didn't break even or everyone would be running naked through the streets.

Comment Kids these days never had it so good! (Score 2) 190

The first computer my dad got was a 286 which didn't work but we got it upgraded to a 386! It didn't come with a hard drive so guess what? I learned really quick about memory and how to load floppies and run c prompt commands to play my games. Most of the time after that if a new game came out you had to buy new hardware. I still remember fretting and trying to figure out how to get a TSR driver out of the memory so my game could fit in it. When I learned about microprocessors in college, I was the last class to wirewrap an 8088 together. I wasn't that good at it and some of the connections broke, so some times when I added chips I ended up rewiring hundreds of connections. My point is 1) If you only have to connect some cables, life isn't that bad. 2) Sometimes waiting is good, You have a lot of thinking time when you have to wait. 3) Even if a project is difficult, as long as its do-able I think it helps a lot. There are plenty of real world projects that take a tremendous amount of time, effort and patience before you have the payoff and learning those lessons as a kid will only help prepare you for the future.

Comment The answer is: you betcha! Restart those plants! (Score 1) 313

The first generation nuclear plants should be shut down. Fukushima was such a plant, so was Chernobyl. The cooling systems don't have enough fail-safes. Its not a question of is nuclear power safe, its a question of is a first generation plant safe? Is a second generation plant safe? When you buy a car, they make them differently and they get individual safety ratings. A ford pinto is like a first generation plant, any damage to it and its going to burst into flames. They have 4th generation plants in the works with passive cooling! Don't even get me started on why we don't have molten salt reactors or fast reactors.

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