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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

Charliemopps Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (41 comments)

It is a lot. Why car industry does not make cars like this?

The people that would be interested in this already have very fuel efficient cars. Therefor the effect would be negligible on the types of vehicles they're buying. Where-as the effect would have the most dramatic effect on the SUV buyers... who clearly don't give a shit about efficiency. It's a Catch-22.

17 minutes ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Charliemopps Re:I also measure distance (108 comments)

in miles per hour. No but seriously, Bq is disintegrations per second. It's a convenient way to quantify radiation if you have one isotope or it's contained in a small area, but is absolutely ass for a situation like this.

God damn you!!! You just don't understand science! If we were to take those becquerels and put them into a right triangle... we divide 1 trillion by 2 for the a and b... so we get 500billion Bq... so thats 2*500,000,000,000^2 that means the hypotenuse of the radiation is 50 Quintillion becquerels! By my back of the envelope numbers by next year news stories about fukishima will have release more radiation than a small supernova. A year after that even Andromeda is going to be pissed at Japan.

9 hours ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Charliemopps Re:Lumping everyone together.... (226 comments)

Agreed. Most of the country doesn't have a problem. The people living in the Arizona desert watering their Golf courses are running out of water... well surprise surprise. Let them run out. They can move... pretty much anywhere else in the country to avoid that problem. The solution to this problem is simple... ignore it.

12 hours ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Charliemopps Re:Oh really? (226 comments)

Because they don't have a giant fucking hole drilled strait through the middle of them?
The waters at 1 PSI and the Frack well is at 15,000 PSI.
The Fracking solution is designed to erode those very geologic structures...
Should I go on? or are you getting the idea?

12 hours ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Charliemopps Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (226 comments)

Until your well collapses one day and you need to get approval to drill a new one and that approval is not forth-coming because there's now a water-coop that you need to join instead; paying them lots of money to run a pipe to your house and charging you per cubic meter...

Seen it happen; it's coming.

My well collapsed and fortunately a permit to drill a new one was a rubber stamp and I have a nice clean (albeit very hard) 10gpm well. Hopefully this well will last until I'm too old to care...

I've never gotten a permit to drill a well.
There are some things the government can't regulate because they're impossible to regulate.
Granted, I'm lucky that I live in an area where I know people that will borrow me the equipment to do such things. If you're living in the middle of town the rig might become obvious...

12 hours ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Charliemopps Re:wat (175 comments)

Who says I was talking about a planar triangle? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S... :-p

Ok, I was... but the oldest geometry typo since the pyramids does not invalidate relativity.

13 hours ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Charliemopps Re:wat (175 comments)

Black holes aren't "infinitely dense" because that is ridiculous

You're misinterpreting the meaning of "infinite" here.
You're assuming density measurement has an infinite value. Like "How many dollars are there?" Well, you could have any number of dollars from 1 to infinity.
That's not how density is measured.
Another type of measurement is "What angle is the corner of that triangle?"
That could be anywhere from 1 to 359 degrees (rounding to whole numbers)
It's kind of like a percentage.
Infinite density would be like saying the angle is 360 Degrees. That breaks the triangle. The angle is effectively infinite.
Mass, density, momentum, time, etc... are all treated like geometry when you get into relativistic effects.
You can't exceed the speed of light because that to would break the geometry of the system. Once you hit the speed of light, you again are doing the equivalent of making one of the angles 360 degrees.

The "Triangle" of this system is Speed, time and mass. So for speed to exceed the speed of light and therefor be the "360 degree angle" of this triangle, the other two angles... time and mass, must be 0. Therefor time stops, and the moving object must be massless. Does that make more sense?

At least thats how I've always understood it.

yesterday
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Charliemopps Re:Or, maybe there's no paradox at all. (175 comments)

But that's exactly what they are saying.
You need to differentiate. Blackholes are NOT singularities. A blackhole is the collection of phenomena and objects in an area of spacetime. It is believe that at the center of the blackhole is a singularity. What this new theory suggests is that there is not a singularity there, but instead that it just behaves very similar to one.

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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Charliemopps Re:Wait (175 comments)

can some explain why information can't be lost? this is slightly confusing and that assumption makes it seem like they're building a lot of theory on a pretty shaky foundation.

It's actually not as mind bending as you might think.

Quantum mechanics is "Time Symmetrical" meaning that, the laws of physics work the same irrelevant of the direction of time.
This is only at the quantum scale so real world stuff doesn't work so hot.
But take a quantum particle falling into a blackhole...
If the blackhole consumed it, destroying all information about it... if you reversed time, the particle would never exist, and never be ejected back into space.
If, however, time slows as it approached the blackhole and the particle never actually crossed the event horizon... then if you reverse time, time would speed up and the particle would eventually be flung away.

This all depends on you accepting the standard model, and the current interpenetration of quantum physics. They are becoming more rock solid every day however, it would take some pretty amazing discoveries to break them.

yesterday
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Charliemopps Re:umm duh? (152 comments)

You do realize there are several flavors of encryption, right? Microsoft SQL Server TDE is an example. You can login, perform queries, update data in any table, but all data is encrypted - it is - transparent as the name indicates.

That also ignores things like encrypted volumes, etc. Just because individual files aren't encrypted with unique keys, doesn't mean that encryption isn't there.

The data he updated was someones password. Wouldn't that concern you? ;-)

yesterday
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Charliemopps um (161 comments)

Because the majority of the people getting CS degrees now-a-days have no idea what they are doing.
And I don't mean, they just aren't good. I mean they barely even know how to type.
I worked with a guy a while back that was given 4 projects in a row and did absolutely no work on them. I liked the guy personally so he felt safe in asking me questions... He didn't even know how to define a variable or call an Object in the Language he specialized in. And I've met LOTS of people like that. He was probably the worst, but the quality of people with degrees in programming is awful. I'm not sure if it's just because it's something really hard to test for or if cheating is rampant. But there is definitely a problem. Most of the people I work with that don't have a degree and had to claw their way up are a lot better than the people that have 4yr degrees.

Also, programming jobs don't pay crap anymore. Managers at McDonalds make about the same as entry level program jobs.

yesterday
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Charliemopps Re:What about those of us who aren't sure anymore? (161 comments)

How does pushing paper ensure a system is secure?

You've clearly never worked in security.
You can never fully secure anything. All you can do is shift liability away from your business.
You need to reduce the chances of a breach to the point that the number that occur and lead to lawsuits costs you less than the effort to make it more secure.
You could technically require every customer to drive down to your main office in person and show ID before logging in... but what would that do to your business?
Secondly, procedure is everything. How do people handle data? What is the process for updating a router? LDAP? the VPN? etc?
90% of security is writing bulletproof process. 9% are the people that follow that process. 1% is HR firing people that don't.

If you just hire "Security people" and expect them to act "securely" you're just asking for trouble.

yesterday
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FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

Charliemopps Re:Why haven't they fined practically every ISP? (36 comments)

who is throttling youtube?

hosting video content on the internet without paying a CDN or directly peering with ISP's is asking for trouble

Right, Google is very friendly with the ISPs. I doubt there is any throttling of Youtube happening.

yesterday
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FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

Charliemopps Re:Why haven't they fined practically every ISP? (36 comments)

If this order still stands, why hasn't the FCC fined practically every ISP under this rule? Plenty of ISPs were (and some still are) throttling YouTube, and I don't think I saw a single notice from the ISPs themselves about it. I would think that YouTube counts as a "certain type of traffic" for the purposes of this rule.

ISP's get fined all the time. The fines are not advertised unless the FCC wants to make a political statement. I suspect this press release is a shot over the bow of one or more ISP's over a particularly egregious case that may even be local and not on our radar yet.

yesterday
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Charliemopps Re:umm duh? (152 comments)

Yea, we use a very expesnsive cloud service that per the contract is encrypted at rest and in transit. After 5yrs I happened to have a networking issue and did a packet capture on the stream... no encryption. So we approached them... "Encryption? No, we don't do that..." We explained that it was in the contract and they HAD to do that. So after 2 months they had to move us to a "Special" server and we were encrypted. I checked the packets again and we were at least encrypted in transit. A few months later we had another trouble ticket with them. One of their techs was working on it and explained how he logged in an edited the table raw to fix it. So I asked how he could do that if the data was encrypted. "Encryption? No, we don't do that..." ugh... so now we're supposedly "really" encrypted.

The problem with cloud services is they can lie cheat and steal with your data and there's nothing you can do about it. You can't verify it, you can't test it, and if anything happens to it you wouldn't have a clue. You're entirely at the mercy of the provider and as time goes on their internal staff can turn over, competence can wane, controls can get lax, and you'll have no idea any of that is happening.

yesterday
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

Charliemopps Re:AGAIN WITH THIS (60 comments)

http://build.slashdot.org/stor...

wasn't all that interesting the first round, just how many raspberry pin a cutesy box stories are needed ?

Right? This is like the 4th RaspberryPI gameboy on slashdot this year.

yesterday
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Charliemopps Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (311 comments)

People HATE windows 8 because they are trying to force a touch interface on it, most people do not buy touch montiors so it is less than intuitive.. now they want to make it even more touch oriented? unless they are going to send me FREE 27" and 40" 4K touchscreen monitors it's not going to be worth a damn.

STOP TRYING TO UNIFY THE PC AND TABLET/PHONE WORLDS! I am so sick of companies trying to do this, it's a failure an utter failure.

They certainly can unify the PC and Tablet. They just have to give up on the insane idea that the UI will be identical between devices. The mouse didn't work on a small screen so they put the touchscreen on my 52" TV?!?! Seriously, who thought that was a good idea?

This is a very easy thing to fix... XP/Win7 style desk for PCs, Android style for anything smaller than 10", Remote/MediaPC controlls for TVs. And... wait for it... Alt-windows key toggles between UIs for those that like different ones at different times. Eeegads! Am I the next Wozniak with my insanely brilliant ideas or what? Oh wait... no, it's just that obvious.

yesterday
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Charliemopps Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (234 comments)

No, they'll still nail you for associating with the wrong people. This is just how they'll nail you.

I think they took a page Object based programming. They just do:

#include
varMinority = "Jews"

For each person
{
  If Person(i) = varMinority
Then
Terrorist.arrest(Person(i))
else
Terrorist.propaganda.Person(i)
}

etc...
excuse my horrible syntax. I'm not fluent in fake code.

yesterday
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

Charliemopps Re:Intel has worked with the NSA (90 comments)

If I actually cared about the Government breaking into my encrypted files I'd be using a One Time Pad. It might be cumbersome, and it might flag it as actually important info, but if I really didn't want someone to have the possibility of breaking it then only a encryption method that cannot be broken with any amount of processing power will do. However, I don't have any need to worry about some trivial thing like are they looking at me today. I don't have that kind of secret to hide.

You should always be worried about the government breaking into your encrypted files.
There is only 1 group in this country that can legally torture you and put you to death. Only one group that actually does that very thing on a daily basis.
Irrelevant of their current laws and practices, it's in your best interest to protect yourself from their prying eyes.
You've no idea what you're doing today that will be illegal tomorrow. Every device I own has some degree of encryption. Will that protect me if they target me directly? Probably not, but I certainly am not going to make it easy for them if it comes to that. Decent encryption isn't that hard, and just takes a few minutes of your time.

2 days ago
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Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

Charliemopps Re:What? (50 comments)

wow and people call me paranoid

No, you're just naive.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K...

Only reason he's not at the bottom of the Ocean right now is Condoleezza Rice had some scruples while the rest of the federal government did not.

2 days ago

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Climate Science just got even more complicated

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  2 days ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Shaun Lovejoy, a researcher at McGill University in Canada and long time Climate change advocate has released a new study that concludes recent pauses in global temperature rise are consistent with statistical models. This furthers the problem of finding direct evidence to convince a skeptical public."
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People can actually be allergic to Electronic devices

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about two weeks ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "People can actually be allergic to Electronic devices, just not for the reasons you think. The influx of Tablets and SmartPhones with ever ever more attempts to stand out from the crowd, many are being produce with metal parts and cases that sometimes contain the metal Nickel. Nickel can be an allergen. Most people do not regularly have direct contact with Nickel and therefore aren't aware of their allergy. But with the influx Phones and Tablets with metal cases, many are finding out about their allergy for the first time the hard way. If you suspect you may be allergic to your cellphone, you can be tested by your doctor... but it wont involve a Wifi router!"
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FTC Files suit against Amazon for in-app purchases

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about two weeks ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against Amazon for illegally billing parents for in-app purchases of digital goods (My kid bought 100 slingshots on angry-birds) prior to requiring a password for making purchases. Is Google next?"
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LinkedIn spam lawsuit can continue

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A lawsuit filed in September 2013 in the Northern District of California alleged that LinkedIn mislead its users about the number of times it would attempted to invite their contacts using their name. LinkedIn tried to get the suit dismissed but Thursday Judge Lucy Koh ruled the suit can continue."
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Vodafone admits warentless wiretaping

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "According to Vodafone 29 governments have installed equipment that collects data on its customers without a warrant. This includes metadata, location, data, and voice. This is a rather long, and very interesting report. Vodafone is the first telecommunications company to voluntarily release this kind of information."
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Google EasterEgg pokes fun at the NSA

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "A few months ago it was revealed that the NSA had been spying on Googles customers according to documents released by Edward Snowned.

In one image NSA staff joked "SSL added and removed here! :-)

Recently Google released a Chrome extention designed to combat this. People who have reviewed the code found an Easter Egg left for the NSA by Google. Interesting times indeed."

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Lepton Universality in question, the Standard Model may be in trouble.

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 1 month ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Over the past few years, more and more experiments have started to question one of the core assumptions of the standard model: Lepton Universality. Simply put, the weak nuclear force is assumed to work equally on all Leptons (electron, muon and tau.)

2 years ago The Babar experimental collaboration reported that measurements indicated this may not have been the case. But the measurements were not accurate enough to be definitive.

Now, a report from The LHC shows that they have analyzed their entire dataset of proton-proton collisions and found a rather large discrepancy. These measurements are still not all that accurate. These decays happen so rarely that even with this huge data set there is still about a 1% change they are incorrect.

One explanation for such measurements is an, as of yet, undiscovered charged Higgs particle. Which would have to be extremely heavy, greater than 109GEV possibly even as high as 150GEV. This is predicted by some models outside of the standard model like Supersymmetry Does this breath new life into Super symmetry? We'll have to wait for the scientific community to chime in to find out."

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IBM discovers new class of Polymers

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 2 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "IBM Research has published a new paper to the journal, Science in which the describe a newly discovered class of Industrial Polymers that promise to revolutionize the fields of transportation, aerospace, and microelectronics. These materials resist cracking, have strength higher than that of bone, the ability to self-heal, and are completely recyclable."
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Weak electromagnetic fields disrupt birds migratory patterns

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 3 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "Scientists at Germany's University of Oldenburg have found evidence that weak electromagnetic fields disrupt birds migratory patterns. When sheltered in a hut birds tend to fly in the direction they're supposed to migrate in. While in town, they'd fly in random directions instead. Once they placed the birds inside a Faraday cage they returned to their normal behavior. They've ruled out cellphones and power lines, but other than that they are not sure which signals are effecting them or if they also effect humans."
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Ask Slashdot: Truely portable smartphones?

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 3 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "If you live in the US you're probably aware of just how difficult it is to move your cellphone from one carrier to another. First the carriers lock the phones they sell so they'll not work without an unlock code from the carrier. Second we have 2 entirely different networks GSM and CDMA that are incompatible. Lastly, we have competing spectrum that conflict with what the rest of the world uses. The end results is a complete mess in the cellular market when it comes to trying to find a phone that will work on multiple carriers.

Recent improvements to hardware have brought us Unlocked phones, Dual mode phones (supporting GSM and CDMA at the same time), Phones with dual Sim slots so they can work on multiple carriers at once and improved radios that support a much wider range of spectrum. But it seems as a country we are still stuck on carrier branded phones that have heavy restricts on how you can use the hardware.

What resources do we have that will help the average consumer better understand the market? How can we more easily understand if a phone works on multiple carriers? Are there forum communities or websites that you've found useful? Do you have a phone that's been easy to move from carrier to carrier?"
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Scientist edit the DNA of a living animal

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 3 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "For the first time, Scientist at MIT have edited the DNA of a living animal (a mouse) to cure it of an inherited liver disease. I find this both amazingly hopeful as well as horrifically terrifying. At least I can rid myself of this bald spot before the I grow a tail."
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NSA confirms it has been searching US citizens data without a warrent

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "

There have been queries, using US person identifiers, of communications lawfully acquired to obtain foreign intelligence targeting non-US persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States. These queries were performed pursuant to minimization procedures approved by the Fisa court and consistent with the statute and the fourth amendment.

Basically, if you communicated with someone that is "reasonably believed" to be a terrorist, you've lost constitutional protection against searches without a warrant according to the NSA. This directly contradicts what President Obama has said about the programs in the past."
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UK hospitals burning aborted babies for heat

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "In what seems like the script right out of an 80s scifi or horror flick, the Telegraph reports that UK hospitals have been taking the remains of Aborted and miscarried fetuses and burning them, often for heat in the hospitals furnaces. The Telegraph claims the fetus to green energy program (my term) has incinerated over 15,000 dead babies so far.

One has to wonder if the heat generated by the babies could be augmented by the heat generated by the incoming rage of Christians and other religious folks in the next few weeks."

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NSA hacked Huawei, stole source code

Charliemopps Charliemopps writes  |  about 4 months ago

Charliemopps (1157495) writes "New documents from Snowden indicate that the NSA hacked into, and stole documents including source code from the Chinese networking firm Huawei. Ironically this is the same firm that the US Government has argued in the past was a threat due the Chinas possible use for the same sort of attacks the NSA committed."
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