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Comment Re:Bug discovered, 4 days later, patch released. (Score 1) 48

The real story here, is that 4 days after the vulnerability was made known to the devs, a patch was released.

Why? If no bad guys have found it the difference between four days or and three months is of little difference. If the bad guys have found it (or worse yet, planted it) the difference between five years and four days and five years and three months is also of little difference. Not the kind of casual bad guys that deal with cryptolockers and botnets and identity theft, if they found it you'd probably see it in the wild and exposed. But targeted attacks for industrial espionage and such could probably use it in narrow attacks for a long time before being spotted.

Comment Single people hook up anywhere, news at 11 (Score 2) 107

They can make up any rules they want, if people take an interest they'll try flirting regardless. Compliments and open ended questions will for the most part get you clear feedback if your interest is wanted or unwanted. The rule is just there to punish those who think they're at a meat market or don't take a hint or outright rejection and starts being a dick to the point where they get a complaint filed against them. It's basically like hooking up anywhere except Tinder, it's not like that's the only place it happens...

Comment Re:Reads Like An Ad (Score 1) 308

It's because they can't and they never will - fusion is not useful energy for power generation unless it's the size of a star and you're collecting photons on a PV panel.

Why? Even a 130 kg warhead can create lots of surplus energy. The problem is rather the exact opposite that even the smallest fusion reaction is already too powerful to handle and rips everything apart. If you look at Hiroshima that looks pretty "unmanageable" too but we managed to go from a bomb to a controlled power positive nuclear reactor in ~6 years from 1945 to EBR-I in 1951. So far it's been 64 years and counting since Ivy Mike in 1952 and we still can't do controlled, sustained fusion of any form. That's the core problem, once you have a working fusion reaction it'd take almost nothing to make it net positive in power.

Comment Re:Winter is Coming (Score 1) 575

Actually it is you who needs to pay attention. The article claims that temperatures have plummeted since the middle of this year. It is not multi-year comparison if you are comparing to the same year. They go on to describe this as due to a "la nina" event which is happening now and so would make no sense to use this as an explanation if you were averaging over multiple years. What the article is talking about is this year's weather, not climate.

Comment Not Infinite but Still Useful (Score 4, Interesting) 308

it has been fifty years in the future for the last fifty years. Given the recent success of renewables and advancing battery and storage technology, fusion is unlikely to ever see the light of day.

Actually it has been 50 years in the future for more like the past 70 years. However while fusion power is nowhere close to infinite and, given the complexity of the reactor unlikely to be cheap, it would still be very worthwhile to have. Renewable energy sources have limited capacities and require a lot of area which means they have a limited ability to fill our energy needs so while their capacity can certainly be increased going all renewable is unlikely any time soon.

This may not be much of an issue in North America but in places like Europe finding enough area for all the solar, wind and wave power needed is unlikely to happen because people do not want to live next to a wind turbine or even in sight of one. Building wave power schemes has similar issues as people complain about the environmental impact. Battery technology is also a very long way from being able to cope with the massive storage requirements to counter the variability which would then require enormous numbers of pumped storage schemes. So having a pollution free alternative to coal and gas will still be extremely useful.

Comment Re:Not the point (Score 1) 46

So, having access to the physical hardware means game over? Gee, what a surprise. Preventing one VM from accessing or affecting another is useful. Offhand, I can't imagine much of a need to preventing a hypervisor from accessing the VMs that it controls...

Isn't that quite obvious? It's like renting a security deposit box but you don't want a glass box the bank can look inside. If it was just static data you'd encrypt it then send it over. It's lot harder for a running program, but I guess they're trying anyway that they just run it, but you sit on the keys to decrypt what it's really doing.

Comment Re:Good for everyone. (Score 1) 164

I happen to live in California, and while autonomous vehicles will have to deal with mountains eventually, that's not their primary target. If I want to see snow, the mountains are a couple hours away. Chains or 4WD/AWD are required. I would guess this will be one of the last holdouts for human drivers. However, they don't get buried under multiple feet of lake effect snow over and over again throughout the course of a winter, which was really the problem I was thinking of -- and a problem that must be tackled if these cars are to see any success in Michigan, northeast Illinois, northern Indiana and Ohio, upstate New York, and southern Ontario. It's not a substantial problem here, as we lack massive bodies of fresh water for systems to tap into, freeze, and dump on the land.

I also said "sunny days in California don't expose the hazards", and there are many of them. While the other conditions certainly exist, they aren't as relentless even if they can be as episodically intense. That's part of why people pay so damn much to live here!

Comment Re:Good for everyone. (Score 2) 164

If self-driving vehicles can deal with the weather conditions there, they should be able to deal with them in the rest of the country, and most other countries as well. Sunny days in California don't expose the hazards posed by rain, snow, slush, and black ice.

Do you have any idea how many lines of latitude California crosses, or what range of elevations we have in this state? We have all of that stuff. I've literally dealt with all of it within fifteen minutes of Santa Cruz. You know nothing about California. Do you know anything about cars?

Comment Re:Irony is delicious (Score 1) 188

Cutting off someone's emergency comm makes Verizon liable.
Grow up, this is how the adult world works/quote>

The obvious thing to do to get the non-adults refusing to bring their phones in for replacement with something else to actually act like adults is to refuse to let their phone do anything but call Verizon service or 911.

Comment Re:Liability? (Score 1) 188

Samsung is legally liable by contracts with Verizon, that's SOP for any carrier reselling phones.

If I were Samsung, I'd certainly want to write into my contract that I become not-liable if I issue a general recall and they ignore it. It's not like Samsung has only recalled Verizon's phones.

Comment Re:What Verizon Meant to say: (Score 1) 188

While I agree that these people are idiots for hanging onto their defective phones despite all of the warnings, suggesting they deserve to die is a step too far.

They're putting the lives of others at risk. House fires commonly spread to other dwellings and take lives, to say nothing of the potential for property damage. This is not exactly fire season, but the phones only become more likely to start a fire as they age, with thermal cycling.

Comment Re:Eat Cake! [Re:The joy of contracting: don't do (Score 1) 396

Are you by chance related to Marie Antoinette?

Uber wouldn't even exist if the system weren't rigged in favor of the extremely wealthy, which is what results in there not being jobs for the plebes. Don't blame Uber for hiring people for whatever they legally can get work out of them for. Blame the system that permits them to hire people for less, because if it's not Uber, it will simply be someone else.

Sure, you can think Uber is sleazy for it, but it's a waste of time crying about how they're utilizing the letter of the law.

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