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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

BeCre8iv Market forces don't work on essential utilities. (516 comments)

You already pay for it - so how is it in their interests to invest in improvement? Nobody is going to build a better grid to compete on price or quality.

about three weeks ago

World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

BeCre8iv Note to IT recruiters. (276 comments)

A MS cert does not trump a computing degree.

about a month ago

Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

BeCre8iv Perhaps if.. (262 comments)

...Ubisoft spent as much time and money on testing as they do on DRM they would be less of a joke.

about a month ago

Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

BeCre8iv Ready when its ready. (77 comments)

You would think prospective human cargo would appreciate this.

about 2 months ago

If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

BeCre8iv Re:sure, everybody can (444 comments)

The Energy and Motor industries get far more in subsidies, tax breaks and bailouts.

So much so that dwindling fossil fuels can still compete economically with kinetic energy that costs nothing.

about 3 months ago

Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

BeCre8iv I dont know how - but dousing works (266 comments)

I tried it as a skeptic, but its hard to deny what happens in your own hands. It was demonstrated by someone who works in archeology and is highly respected in her field with a track record of finding buried structures (roman villas, neolithic burials etc).

Ignoring or ridiculing an observable phenomenon because you have no explanation. Even though that ridicule has precluded any sort of mainstream scientific study. Is pretty unscientific IMO.

Superposition or the simultaneous wave/particle properties of light sound pretty batshit to the layman. But im glad they are being investigated enough to at least present hypotheses to test.

about 4 months ago

UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

BeCre8iv Re:As a former employee... (74 comments)

Gotta love it when life imitates satire.

about 4 months ago

UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

BeCre8iv Re:So... outsource ALL OF IT (74 comments)

It already has been. Thats the problem. The civil service service is run by pension farming bureaucrats who pushed a lifetime of paper to get to the middle. For example vanloads of paper docs are secure couriered around the country because nobody knows enough about encryption to ask ATOS to make it so.


about 4 months ago

UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

BeCre8iv As a former employee... (74 comments)

I can attest that the British MoJ is a Gilliamesque farce. It was as if an overzealous technocrat saw 'Brazil' and rebuilt the Civil Service in its image.

I was an temp admin-monkey for 6 months after things went to shit in 2008/9, in what we called the 'Ministry of Paperwork'. The HR offices for the MoJ. Holders of 60k+ complete records of everyone who ever applied to work in the UK courts. Right up to the top judges and bigwigs.

At this point we were using WinNT on boxes with XP CoAs and paying meeeelions for the privilege. All to run a bespoke Oracle client that topped out NTs user profile limits with excessive caching and borkt the windows session. All built and supported by one of the most predatory firms in the UK, affectionately known as Twatos.

The decision-makers were in another city and were clueless about the day to day running of a computerised office. Let alone data protection.

This sort of incompetence runs to the core of the Civil Service and they get fleeced at every turn. Including by the recruitment agency supplying staff to the HR department.

The idea of the government fining itself is preposterous. Terry Gilliam must be laughing in his grave.


about 4 months ago

Fukushima's Biological Legacy

BeCre8iv Re:Bio-accumulation - MOD Parent UP (116 comments)

The short term death-toll is less of an issue than the long term dietary exposure.

Ironically it is the American denialists that are most likely to exposed via Pacific seafood.

The risk is not one of average exposures but a crapshoot of who gets to be the offspring of the person who ate the fish that ate the wrong mollusk which ate the wrong particle of the wrong isotope.

Americans could limit you exposure by choosing seafood from the west coast. oh wait.

about 4 months ago

Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

BeCre8iv Re:Recycle the Oceans? (184 comments)

Actually recycling mixed plastic particles for re-use is impossible. but brealing the long polymer chains can produce refinery feedstock of similar quality to light-sweet-crude.

Hydrothermal Depolymerisation.can turn mixed plastic particles back into crude.

Same for Plasma Gasification and potentially Hydrokinetic Cavitation.

about 4 months ago

Favorite Star Wars Movie?

BeCre8iv Missing option: (457 comments)

Sing along with Jar Jar Binks and Barney the purple Rancor.

about 7 months ago

VLC Reaches 2.1

BeCre8iv Re:missing (127 comments)

VLC has scripting a function

Build it and they will come

about a year ago

Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort To Find Meaning In Your Posts

BeCre8iv If the facebook algo were to crow a clue.. (125 comments)

It wouldn't consider a network containing groups like Occupy, UK Uncut and the Venus project as marketing leads for high interest predit cards, shady forex brokers or shares in Amazon.

about a year ago

Why iTunes Radio Could Take Down Pandora

BeCre8iv I miss pandora (166 comments)

Thanks to the greedy bastards at the BPI who priced them out of the UK.

What they really couldn't stand was a competitor to their pay-to-play model which ensures their 'investment' gets played 4 times a day on a ubiquitous medium.

about a year ago


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