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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

GuB-42 Re:Mechanical stresses ... (190 comments)

Tidal power works. See : 240MW, 48 years old, profitable
But is is not wave power. In fact it is closer to typical hydro power (dam + turbine) than anything that can exploit wave power.

2 days ago

iOS 8 Review

GuB-42 Re:Nerd fight (211 comments)

iOS and Android are sealing from each other now.
This is a good thing for users of both parties.

2 days ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

GuB-42 Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (903 comments)

The problem is even atheists still feel a need to believe in *something*. Which is silly. Planting Science as your God still means you have a God and are not an atheist.

Sure, atheists do believe in things. For example, I believe that "doing good" is basically "do for others what I would like people to do for me" and that "tit-for-tat with forgiveness" is a good philosophy. No need for anything supernatural. And no, I didn't use game theory as holy scriptures because it would imply that I think that the whole world is a giant prisoner dilemma, which I don't believe is true.
I also believe in science as a method and in Occam razor and that's why I don't believe in god.

See, plenty of beliefs, I fact, science and life itself would probably be impossible without beliefs. But it looks like some religious people have trouble understanding that beliefs don't need to take a form like a god, holy principles or some supernatural energy.

5 days ago

Malware Distributed Through Twitch Chat Is Hijacking Steam Accounts

GuB-42 I knew it ! They were bots all along. (53 comments)

How to trust a chat where strange black-and-white faces appear randomly ?
And it it wasn't enough, there is even a special emote for FRAUD!, an obvious sign.

5 days ago

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

GuB-42 Because 100% renewables is not true (444 comments)

Tesla's gigafactory won't run on 100% renewables. It will simply dumps more energy into the grid that it consumes.
But when its wind turbines and solar panels aren't producing enough it will use coal power like everyone else.

about a week ago

Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

GuB-42 How is it legal ? Are DoS legal now ? (184 comments)

That's a DoS, no more, no less. I don't see how selecting drones or google glasses makes it different ?
If you don't want drones or google glasses on your network, configure your router not to accept them.

about two weeks ago

European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

GuB-42 Re: Again? (95 comments)

Netscape was free too, and it was easy to switch from IE for anyone who wanted to... And yet MS was rightly convicted.

For most parts, IE4+ was better than Netscape and people would have chosen it even when given a fair choice.
In fact, Microsoft may have played dirty but they still had the overall best browser. Only with Firefox we started to have serious competition. Opera was very good too but it wasn't free at the time.

And now, the IE market-share is declining and I don't think it is because of some stupid ballot screen (it started earlier). It is just that there are now better alternatives.

Competition work well in this field : Google didn't need regulations to take over the search engine business and Facebook didn't need regulations to take over the social network business.

about two weeks ago

Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

GuB-42 Re:Too bad we can't trust them (142 comments)

So you prefer the explanation that the NSA used super secret TOR breaking software over a simple exploit ? The FBI explanation seems totally plausible to me. If it were the NSA they probably would have used similar techniques.

My idea is that hackers from the NSA, FBI or black hats are like magicians. It looks like they have some kinds of superpowers or really advanced tech while they just use simple tricks. Finding good tricks and executing them correctly is hard but the trick themselves are often stupidly simple.

Note that the CAPTCHA exploit may not be the only one they found but why would they reveal the other ones if the first one is sufficient to explain the break ?

about two weeks ago

Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

GuB-42 Innovation goes faster than ever (203 comments)

It may look like scientists nowadays are less creative. I don't think it's the case, they just communicate more.
Research is always made in small steps. The thing is that now, with sites like arXiv and search engines, we see all these small steps instead of just the end result. It is probably why it looks more incremental.
Another factor is that we have pretty much nailed down most of the human scale phenomena. Science now needs to address high level of accuracy or work at the nano or cosmic scales. Our brains are not made to deal with this, as a result, a lot of rigor is required and most wonderfully creative ideas end up flat out wrong when compared to the actual data. Because of this, when someone comes up with a creative idea, we need to make sure that he is ready to deal with high precision observations.

about two weeks ago

Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

GuB-42 Reactor burning nuclear waste ? (200 comments)

Isn't burning waste what fast breeder reactors do ? They already did this but it didn't make it somehow. Superphénix for example had a few technical issues but still managed to be commercially exploited for a time. If was shut down for political reasons.
The current stand is to use reprocessing and MOX fuel.

about two weeks ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

GuB-42 Re:Agree 100% (253 comments)

The difference is that phones are small and you only need to stock a dozen models to serve most clients.

And while there is no obligation to do so, it may bring a lot of good publicity. Especially now that brick and mortar shops have to compete with online resellers. In fact, the ability to walk in and leave with your item is probably the number one reason they still exist.

Psychologically, immediate response is extremely important. If you want a good example of a company fully understanding this principle, just look at Apple stores. You can get your new shiny gadget the day of its announcement, they are always stocked, there is always someone available for you and beside the stupid launch day queues you can walk in and a minute later you leave with an iPhone in one pocket a very light wallet in the other. And of course, they do stockpile replacements.

about two weeks ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

GuB-42 Re:No (455 comments)

Police don't have a James Bond style license to kill. They have the right to kill in some extreme situations (basically, if it is necessary to prevent other people from being killed) but so do you, especially if you live in the US.
The fact that they have a gun is not that special. Many people in many professions happen to manipulate lethal things (vehicles, tools, chemicals, ...) and many people in the US own a gun personally.

The idea is that if someone get killed during an arrest (basically the only case where police has more power than the average citizen), it should be thoroughly investigated without assuming that the officer conducting the arrest always says the truth. If it is the case and police has the possibility to film themselves, they will probably do, as a way to prove they didn't simply murder the perp.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

GuB-42 Re:Are you a programmer? (163 comments)

Yep, AviSynth is a wonderful tool, escpecially for encoding. It has among the best filters for duties like de-interlacing, scaling and enhancement. Is also does a good job at split and merge operations.
However, if you intend do actually produce something like a short film from camera footage, the lack of good GUI frontends make it very teidous.

Another thing is that AviSynth is Windows only as it relies on DirectShow. This is somewhat surprising considering how "linux-like" this software feels. The cross-platform "AviSynth 3.0" project hasn't seen updates since 2007.

about three weeks ago

Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

GuB-42 No (455 comments)

Do you want to be constantly monitored at work ? And if you are, do you think it is a good thing ? If not, why are things like this bad for you and good for police ?

Constant monitoring leads to micromanagment and people criticizing things they don't know. Policemen however should be able to film themselves to prove their innocence in case they are accused of wrongdoing. And complains against the police should be treated as it should be : like a fair trial, where both sides can present their evidence. And of course, the lack of videos from the police when they have the ability to present them should be seen as suspicious.

about three weeks ago

Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

GuB-42 Re:Build more nukes! (245 comments)

In France, not all nukes are base load.
Running nuclear power plants at full power is more efficient but it doesn't mean they can't follow the load, at least for newer designs.
The ramp time is probably not in the seconds but to buffer rapid changes we still have hydro.

about three weeks ago

Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

GuB-42 Poor move Mozilla... (171 comments)

Mozilla communicates a lot about openness, privacy, etc...It wants to be the "good guy". Sponsored tiles (ads) are mostly considered evil.

IMHO, Chrome already has the technical advantage. Firefox tends to copy Chrome features rather than the opposite, and Chrome feels faster and more stable. It would be a shame to also lose the political advantage.

As for the comment "but the ads can be turned off". Sure, but look at ABP. They made their controversial whitelist feature completely optional, yet, it didn't stop people from raging and even create forks that just disable the option.

about three weeks ago

Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

GuB-42 Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (316 comments)

They still sell tape drives? Must be marketed toward the old geezer crowd or something.

Remember in 2011 when Google deleted thousands of GMail accounts because of a bug. They managed to restore almost everything... from tape.
So if even if the champion of cloud computing with consumer-grade hard drives uses tapes, I bet that tapes are far from dead.

about three weeks ago

Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

GuB-42 Re:article summary is wrong (51 comments)

Despite the fact everyone on the plane already has their damned phone on, they are totally safe in call mode as well. If a cellphone can screw up the instrumentation of your aircraft, there's something wrong with the aircraft, not the passengers.

It CAN screw up the instrumentation. It won't affect flight controls or engines, however, it can mess up with the radios.

You know sometimes you hear some noise in your speakers or headphones when you are about to receive a call. Pilot headsets are no different and will pickup cell phone radio noise exactly the same way. In another instance, a cell phone external battery pack leaked enough radio noise to open the squelch of a nearby portable air band radio. There are all personal experiences. And if you don't think it is a serious problem, radio interference was involved in the deadliest plane accident (see ). Beside communication, ILS systems (required for low visibility landing) are very sensitive instruments and I don't know how robust they are to cell phone radiation.

Well, I hope that airliners are somehow less sensitive to radio interference that the small aircrafts I pilot but still, I once boarded a plane where the pilot made an announcement along the line of "someone is using a cell phone, I won't take off before it is switched off". Meaning that it did have a noticeable effect.

about three weeks ago

Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

GuB-42 Re:Agile can fuck off. (239 comments)

"Agile" is just a buzzword, like "synergy", it means absolutely nothing.
Good management is good, bad management is bad, whether or not they use the "agile" tag is irrelevant.

about a month ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

GuB-42 Re:Zero sum (611 comments)

Without ads, the manufacturers will probably do pass the lower marketing costs to us. Not because they want to but because without ads, a lower a price will probably have a bigger influence on the buyer's choice. People will also have a little less money due to the "no-ads tax", meaning that if manufacturers will have to reduce their prices to match the customers purchasing power.
Manufacturers that publish ads are not the ones who are in power. You, the customer, are. If you had no choice but to buy their products at the price they fixed, they wouldn't need ads in the first place.

But the real reality is that this scenario will simply never happen.

about a month ago


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