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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

NoKaOi Re:Nuclear? (420 comments)

It is easy to point the finger at utility companies for 'overcharging' for connections to their grid...

But the $3k is in addition to a monthly fee for being connected to the grid, so they're double dipping. Really, they're just extorting extra profit because they are allowed to get away with it. Their profits are still increasing every year so they can't complain they are losing money over solar. They are a monopoly and as such are supposed to be regulated by the PUC. The PUC isn't doing their job, which can only be explained by either incompetence or corruption. If they were putting that money into infrastructure upgrades instead of lining their own pockets then the cost of those infrastructure upgrades could legitimately be considered by the PUC when the PUC sets the rates, but that's not the case.


Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

NoKaOi Re:Why just the BBC ? (103 comments)

If the BBC can do this ... why aren't the police doing so ?

Because they don't care. In some cases it's apathy and in some it's incompetence. I had my wallet and iPhone stolen, and the thief actually used the phone and tried to use the credit card. I did all of the leg work so that all the police had to do was submit a law enforcement request (not even a court order) and would have got the name of the thief, but the detectives danced around outright saying it wasn't worth 5 minutes of their time. Of course, if they caught the thief it means hours of their time to make the arrest, paperwork, court, contacting the owners of all the other stolen goods they would likely find in their home, etc.


Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

NoKaOi Re:Why do people listen to her? (575 comments)

The problem is herd immunity.

Is that the only problem? What about the children of the deluded anti-vaxx parents? If parents stupidly expose their children to risk of death (say, encouraging them to play in traffic on the freeway) that's usually considered some form of criminal child abuse. Please explain why this should be any different.


Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

NoKaOi Re:Medical authority vs you (575 comments)

I think her actions are borderline criminal.

Not borderline. She should be charged with negligent homicide. She gave medical advice without a license and that resulted in deaths. A reasonable person putting so much time and effort as she is should have known the evidence is so strongly against a link between autism and vaccines. A reasonable person should have read about Wakefield's fraud and known she was wrong. Too bad DAs are politicians and not one of them will have the balls to charge her.


UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

NoKaOi Re:Nuclear? (420 comments)

If solar and wind were so great, Hawaii would have shutdown its oil based thermal plants already. They have very expensive electricity, making renewables cheap, yet it doesn't quite work, cause it's just not that simple.

How ironic that you point out Hawaii. Hawaii exemplifies the political problems moving away from oil, not the technical problems. Our PUC is utterly impotent and lets our electric utility (HECO) get away with whatever they want. For example, if you want grid-tie solar HECO charges you $3,000 for an "interconnect study" which is complete and utter bullshit. They claim to the politicians that the grid can't handle more solar or wind with no technical basis whatsoever. Why? Because of the way they've got the PUC to structure they rates, they make more than double the profit from burning oil than from anything else, because they get to "pass-through" the cost of the oil, which amounts to more profit and the customer getting screwed.

Here's essentially how it works:
Generation from oil costs them 6.5 cents/kWh, plus the cost of oil.
They are allowed to charge 16-18 cents/kWh -ish (sorry, I don't remember the exact number offhand) PLUS the cost of the oil.
They buy wind power for 13 cents/kWh.

Customer cost per kWh of oil generated power = 40 cents, consisting 18 cents allowed rate + 22 cents for fuel , of which 11.5 cents is profit (18cents allowed - 6.5 cost not including oil).
Customer cost per kWh of wind power = 18 cents, of which 5 cents is profit (18cents allowed - 13 cents they buy it for)
Customer cost per kWh of home grid tie solar = 0 cents / kWh, so they manage to charge $3,000 upfront for the privilege even though there's already a base monthly charge for being connected to the grid.

HELLO, of course they are going to lobby (or bribe or give blow jobs or whatever it takes) the politicians. The PUC has got to be so utterly corrupt, and HECO so entrenched with the legislators to allow this to happen, but that's exactly why this is a political problem and not a technical problem.

Don't get me wrong, I totally agree with you on the nuke subject, just pointing out how you don't know wtf you're talking about with Hawaii and solar+wind power. What's ironic is that people here are so utterly scared of nuclear just saying the word is worse than saying the other 'N' word, yet they revere the Navy's presence here and apparently don't realize what "Nuclear Submarine" means...there's at least 15 nuclear reactors running around the islands right now.

2 days ago

NSA Allegedly Exploited Heartbleed

NoKaOi Re:It's not a bug (149 comments)

it's a (NSA) feature...

Even if it's not an NSA feature...of course the knew about it! They would have to be even more incompetent than we think not to. They are HUGE, with something like 40,000 employees. At least of few of those employees must be dedicated to code review of OSS looking for vulnerabilities, and more in general looking for vulnerabilities in any widely used software. And if that's the case, then you'd think OpenSSL would be one of the first things they'd look at. The fact that they didn't tell anyone though shows that the S is NSA is bullshit. They cared more about being able to exploit the vulnerability themselves than making their country's computers more secure. If they cared one shit about their country's security then they'd have big teams dedicated to finding software vulnerabilities and working with vendors to fix them.

4 days ago

The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

NoKaOi Marketspeak (270 comments)

95% of the article has no substance and is clearly a bunch of marketspeak, though it's not clear who the marketspeak is targeted at. Users? They're not gonna care about any of it because it's gonna make sense or doesn't affect them. Shareholders? Maybe.

There's really only two bits that seem to mean anything:

No longer are there different kernels for Windows 8, Windows Phone or Windows RT it's now all just One Windows.

That's cool, and it actually means something. But do users care about this? Do investors care about this? How many Apple users know or care that Mac OS, iPhone, and Apple TV all share the same kernel? In general neither users nor investors know what a kernel is.

If you want to use a Microsoft app, you can find it on whatever platform or device you are using, not just on Windows.

That's means something too, but....are you freakin' kidding me? So if I'm making an Windows app, I'm required to design it to work well on a desktop, tablet, phone, and gaming console? What if it's an awesome app that sucks on a little phone screen? What if it's an awesome app that works well on a touchscreen but sucks with a mouse? What if it's awesome with a keyboard and mouse and sucks on a touchscreen? You get the idea...this is the whole thing they're trying to do with Windows 8 and surface and they're failing to hear users screaming at the top of their lungs DO NOT WANT.

4 days ago

Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

NoKaOi Re:If this is not a bribery then I don't know what (133 comments)

If fact of donations will be confirmed, then Comcast lost in the court of public opinion.

Lost public opinion? Maybe on /. but not to most of the voting public. Do you think CNN/NBC/Fox News will feature a story about this? And even if they did, would most people care? The only court of public opinion that matters is political candidates. Giving money to them means more campaign advertising for their candidate, thus is a win in the court of public opinion.

I do agree with you about calling it bribery. Why even bother using the term campaign contribution anymore? "Bribe" is a convenient synonym with fewer syllables.

5 days ago

Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

NoKaOi Re:Good choice (313 comments)

The objective of the war was to destroy Iraq's WMDs. The things you listed were made-up-after-the-fact justifications.

Prior to the war, we had three goals:

1. A united Iraq
2. A secular Iraq
3. An Iraq opposed to Iranian influence.

You have it backwards. Those were the bogus justifications. Prior and during the war, there were two goals:
1. Let GWB power trip by taking out the guy he didn't like and naively think the world would consider him a hero for doing so.
2. Make lots of money for campaign contributors.

5 days ago

MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

NoKaOi Re:Uhm... since when are non-competes a bad thing? (97 comments)

Seems like it depends. If you're an Oracle DBA, then a non-compete won't really matter. Your unlikely to part of the development of something that unique in the industry your company is in. Signing a non-compete would be silly and pointless, but of course you probably have to sign one anyway because your company wants you to be more beholden to them. Depending on what area you live in it may or may not be easy to find a job at a company in a different industry.

But then let's say your specialty is real-time embedded OS kernel development, and your company's industry is real-time embedded OS. If you sign a non-compete, you're probably stuck with that company and so they are less likely to treat you as well to keep you so it pretty much screws over the employee. OTOH, if there is no noncompete, then what if that company comes up with a really innovative way of doing something, then you go to work at another company and start doing it that way, then it's the first company that gets screwed. This is why it's not so clear-cut whether or not they should be illegal.

It's really a political question whether you want to lean towards socialist, where the employee and startups/entrepreneurs benefit, or lean corporatist where campaign contributors, er, I mean job creators (I couldn't keep a straight face while I typed that) benefit.

5 days ago

Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

NoKaOi Re:Outrage fatigue (230 comments)

Two primary reasons:
1. Most people don't care because they don't think it affects them, you know the whole "first they came for..." thing. If they think it doesn't affect them, then they're more interested in Justin Bieber than things that confuse them.
2. For most of the people who do care, they feel there's nothing more they can do but write comments on /. Did other protests affect change? How about the Occupy thing? If a million people gathered in front of the capital building to protest, do you think it would affect change? And how would you get enough people for a violent coup to take on the US military, even if they didn't know you were coming?

about a week ago

Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

NoKaOi Re:bullshit clickbait (408 comments)

Apple's patent claim is for a portable device that uses a single image. The video does not demonstrate a portable device, nor is it done using a single image. Notably, as shown in the screen capture or TFA, two different images represent ON vs. OFF.


To be clear...you are stating why this video may not apply to show that the Apple's patent may be non-novel, because it may be an improvement over the prior art, however, that certainly doesn't mean it's nonobvious, right?

Note: I haven't read the actual patent's claims so I have no idea if there's anything nonobvious in there (patent claims != title, unlike what most /.'ers think), but your points of "on a portable device" and "done using a single image" sure don't seem nonobvious.

about a week ago

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

NoKaOi Re:Utterly gutless (141 comments)


That's because the Supreme Court has taken cases before they went to the federal appellate level. Those disputes, which seemingly pale in comparison to the NSA surveillance at issue, involved the constitutionality of the US Sentencing Commission, the value of a floundering railroad, a coal strike, and the eviction of an Ohio tenant from a housing rental.

So pretty much, they say they take things that seem to have an immediacy. The thing is, not only does this affect everyone with a phone or Internet access, but it is affecting all of us right now. This is not a question over whether or not what the NSA was doing in the past violated the constitution, but that what they are doing right now violates the constitution. Thus providing an example that what they choose to allow to bypass the lower courts has nothing to do with importance, immediacy, or public interest, and everything to do with politics.

about a week ago

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

NoKaOi Re:Utterly gutless (141 comments)

They just need more time for their corporate puppetmasters to tell them what to do.. that's all.

No, they are doing exactly what their puppet masters want them to do. If they heard the case then they'd have to rule and something might change, not to mention they'd have a really hard time writing an opinion that says the surveillance in question doesn't violate the constitution. Refusing to hear the case means that the status quo is maintained for a while longer.

about a week ago

UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

NoKaOi Re:Evolution (177 comments)

Mobile phone 'could have been used to channel hop'

Um, so pretty much doesn't that mean the drone was running on WiFi? So it was most likely simply interference, another device was trying to use the same channel has his device. Lesson 1: If you're going to operate a UAV over WiFi, check to make sure nothing else is on the channel. Lesson 2: If you're going to operate a UAV over WiFi, don't fly it where it could crash into somebody because you never know when another device is going to interfere with the channel you're using. Lesson 3: If something in the area interfered with it in the morning, don't fly it over humans without figuring out the interference.

He said a full check was conducted and the device was taken elsewhere for a test flight, but he said no issues were detected.

Which means whatever it was interfering with was in the area you were operating it in when it crashed, not the area where you tested it.

Mr Abrams said an initial investigation had indicted that someone nearby "channel hopped" the device, taking control away from the operator.

So somebody switched on their mobile hotspot and it was on the same channel as your UAV.

The videographer added that there had been a similar incident when the drone was flown earlier in the day.

Wow. Had this not happened I'd say the guy doesn't understand technical stuff (he's a photographer, not an IT guy) and that this was an unfortunate accident, but considering it happened earlier, he didn't consult with a technical person, and he still flew it over humans that's downright negligence and he should be responsible for the competitor's medical expenses, entry fee and any travel expenses. Perhaps even prosecuted for endangerment (either reckless endangerment or public endangerment, I think Australia has those laws similar to most US states).

about a week ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

NoKaOi Re:Microsoft still provide support for Windows XP (645 comments)

Please link me to the page where I can sign my mom up for this extended support for XP. I'm sure she'd be willing to pay a nominal fee.

Her Microsoft Security Essentials is now trying to spook her into upgrading too, by becoming a System Tray-based reminder that XP support is about to end.
I'm waiting for her to crack so I can move her over to Linux Mint/Cinnamon.

Your mom likely has no excuse not to upgrade. What essential software is she running that only runs on XP? The only legit reason to not upgrade is if an organization is running old crappy software that only runs on XP and would be too expensive to replace, which unfortunately is pretty damn common, especially software written for large organizations (like medical institutions) whose development was focused on checking off requirements rather than quality. I blame those software vendors, but there's not a lot the organizations can do about it. Many of them make their software crap so that they can make a ton of money off of implementation (to make it do what it should do out of the box anyway), which is why it's often too expensive to upgrade (and that's in situations where the vendor still exists). While it would be easy to blame the bureaucrats who chose that software, in many situations there's just no better alternative, they or their predecessor had to choose between a turd sandwich and a giant douche.

about a week ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

NoKaOi Car analogy (645 comments)

I'm trying to come up a car analogy for this. Is it like typical manufacturers defects, where it can be fixed under warranty for a limited number of years, or is it like a safety recall, where there is no expiration?

about a week ago

Oxford Internet Institute Creates Internet "Tube" Map

NoKaOi Surveillance + Imprisonment != Censorship? (56 comments)

The US has the "surveillance" symbol and the "imprisonment" symbol. Shouldn't that equate to censorship? "We're gonna watch everything you do, and we're gonna imprison you if we don't like what you're doing by calling it 'terrorism' or a 'national security threat,' but no, we're not censoring you, you can say whatever you want!"

about two weeks ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

NoKaOi Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

Going back and retroactively persecuting people for their views before the consensus formed seems grossly unfair.

And did Eich say something like, "In the past I believed gay marriage should be illegal, but my views have evolved and I now support the legal right of any two consenting adults to marry?" Unless he did and I missed it, then your analogy is completely broken.

about two weeks ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

NoKaOi Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

there is no justification for equating the regular, children-producing marriage and gay-unions.

So then a heterosexual marriage that doesn't produce children, either because the couple is medically unable to or doesn't want to, should be treated equally to gay marriage, right? And therefore, if a non-child-producing heterosexual marriage is legal, then a gay marriage should be legal too, right?

Indeed, no culture in the history of humanity has done so — even those, who (like ancient Athens) were perfectly tolerant of homosexuality.

So what? You're saying that our culture should be just like historical cultures? We should have slavery? There should be no equal rights for women? It should be perfectly legal and acceptable to beat our children or wives bloody for misbehaving? We should be imprisoned for speaking out against the government? Also, there are plenty of things that apply to historical cultures that don't apply today. The most important in this case being population numbers. Back then, more people died from things like disease and war, so the members of that population had as many kids as they could in order to keep up their population numbers to grow their culture and prevent their culture from being wiped out (this can be seen in modern times by the growth of Mormonism). This doesn't apply to today, when our problem is overpopulation, not underpopulation.

about two weeks ago


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