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Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

RichMan police will charge with destruction of evidence (74 comments)

So the cops pull you over, and as they are now allowed, they start poking around your phone. It clears itself.
You are going to have some nice vacation time.

5 days ago

LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

RichMan 8K!? but I haven't even bought a 4K yet (179 comments)

Do we need this? Is there really a sizable market for people who must have the latest even if the current stuff is good enough?

about two weeks ago

Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

RichMan How good are the cops? (184 comments)

So now we get to see how powerful the FBI and Japanese equivalent are at actually tracking down cyber criminals.

about three weeks ago

Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

RichMan gravity fields will rip you to shreds (289 comments)

Tidal forces. This is the biggy, If you are in orbit deep in a gravity well with a steep gradient then the orbital velocities of things 1m up/down from each other are significantly different. The material stength of any object extending over that 1m has to resist that force.
Those forces will rip materials to shreds.

Think of your hands being pulled up, while your feet are pulled down. The further into the gravity well you get the more up and the more down the two pulls get.

The only way to avoid the tidal forces are a straight in drop. But you can't do that as all around the well is a swirling gas field that will push you into an orbit.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

RichMan How can faking a call back number be remotelylegal (159 comments)

Looking at the US today, how can providing an incorrect call back number not lead immediatly to an FBI investigation?

Sure the general police don't really care because they don't understand this, but this is "interfereing with the operation of computer network" (yes the phone system does count as a computer network) and the phone network is a vital civil infrastructure. We know from past things interfering with a computer network, even a small scale private one, can actually lead to very serious charges. The phone networks is much more important (than some universities database accesses).

about a month ago

China To Merge High-Speed Train Makers To Cut Competition

RichMan Enforce Monopoly Laws (88 comments)

Clearly China is looking to enforce the monopoly law, that there shall be one and only one state controlled supplier of any good.

about 2 months ago

Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

RichMan warnings are out there (495 comments)

The failure to act on the warnings lies clearly on the people who fail to react to the warnings. This is a failure of the human social system to adapt to a limited resource. This is a classic tragedy of the commons example.

There are many factors at play
1. lack of education to undestand the science, pollution, basic tragedy of the commons problem
2. desire of profit or lifestyle, pretty much the strict commons problem, not willing to make a sacrifice
3. blind to the problem due to religious beliefs
4. plain old innertia to what is not preceived as an imminet threat

The science is clear even if we don't 100% understand all he dynamics, (we can't get 7 day weather right why should we expect 2 year, 5 year or 100 year predictions to be perfect).
The generation and acceptance of un-science is wrong.

about 2 months ago

Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

RichMan So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

So when someone buys a team at overvalue, the regular tax payer is on the hook for that overvalue.

Nice deal the rich have going, getting someone else to pay their bills.

about 2 months ago

Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

RichMan So no company is going to install it? (367 comments)

Tell me what larger corporation concerned about information control is going to accept anything close to that?

about 3 months ago

Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

RichMan Have the solutions converged? (77 comments)

I was at a supercomputing conference back in the 90's. There were wonderful reports on doubling the resolution of the grid and so on. Advances in the scale are all good.

The questions are
a) with the increase in detail of the simulations have we converged on a solution. That is do solutions at scale N and 10N match. If they do then the resolution and model are aligned for accuracy in the solution.
b) do the simulations agree with reality.

If a) and not b) then there is something wrong with the model that is not related to compute power or problem resolution, and no amount of compute power will fix it.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Announces Windows 10

RichMan Consitantly inconsistent name/numbering (644 comments)

So has Microsoft stuck with a naming convention for more than 2 releases?

Looking at the program loader days --
        Windows 1.0
        Windows 2.0
        Windows 3.x
        Windows 95
        Windows 98
        Windows ME
- not really. 1.0,2.0 3..... was close

Now the real OS lineup -
Windows NT 3.1
Windows NT 3.5
Windows NT 3.51
Windows NT 4.0
Windows 2000
Windows XP (full details)
Windows Server 2003
Windows Vista (full details)
Windows Server 2008
Windows 7 (full details)
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 8 (full details)
Windows Server 2012

I would give them points for server 2003,2008,2012 if they were not spinning Vista and 7,8 at the same time.

Going to have to say they were doing ok with the NT numbering, but we know NT was not done by real Microsoft People, when the Real Microsoft (tm) got ahold of it, it became WindowsXP.

about 3 months ago

Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

RichMan wind is caused by temperature not the reverse (207 comments)

Wind is flow from high pressure to low pressure. Remeber physics PV = NrT. Local pressure is proportional to temperature (in Kelvin).

"somewhat surprising degree to which the winds can explain all the wiggles in the temperature curve"
Interesting that the paper author can have it backwards.

PV=NrT explains a lot. It explains why hot air rises. At the same pressure, left hand side if T is bigger than N is smaller (r is constant). So a specific volume of air at the same pressure the hotter air has less N, or less component atoms so weighs less.

about 3 months ago

Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

RichMan Re:Where is the misuse of military equipment charg (286 comments)

Regardless of guilty or not he was using the equipment outside of the allowed operating parameters. You can't take a tank for joyride, borrow an automatic rifle to go varmant hunting at your rural property, or misuse military computers.

The question for the masses, is this worse than committing the military network to working on folding-at-home or bitcoin production?

about 3 months ago

Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

RichMan Where is the misuse of military equipment charge? (286 comments)

Military equipment is the property of the people of the United States. So if what he was doing was against the law then will he be charged with misusing military equipment?

about 3 months ago

Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

RichMan checks the date (368 comments)

Ok, it is not April 1st. This is one weird rumor.

If it happens I expect Minecraft to be ported to whatever comes next after C# so that your command blocks can access excel spread sheets and the network printer configuration. *sigh*

about 3 months ago

Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

RichMan We have day and night rates (245 comments)

Aside from the big supply end solutions there are also demand end solution opportunitues.
Because we have day and night consumer rates there is a market oppotunity for an appropriatly priced home storage unit able to shift night power to day power.

about 4 months ago

Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

RichMan Could have fooled me (221 comments)

I am canadian, and if we are the most scientiically literate. I really pity the rest of you.

about 4 months ago



It's raining in Iqaluit

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "If you are freezing in Europe, or suffering under snow on the usually warmer US east coast and wondering where the heat went, it went north. It's January, and it is raining in Iqaluit . Apparently the feeder airstream that normally flows over the gulf current and on to Europe has taken a detour to the north.
While other places might be suffering from the snow. Iqaluit is suffering from the lack of cold. Roads and the ice just are not as solid as they should be.
Just so you know where your heat went."

Link to Original Source

Novell has UNIX copyrights, SCO does not

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the jury has reached a verdict in SCO's slander of title case against Novell. Apparently SCO does not own the copyrights it accused Novell of slandering.
  A federal jury Tuesday found that Novell Inc., and not The SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix computer operating systems used by many businesses.

Link to Original Source

ICANN lost its own domain registration

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes " icann-pwned (cbc.ca) The news organization actually used pwned in the page name. Looks like someone was able to steal the registration for ICANN which strangely seems to be registered with another organization.

ICANN, said it happened on June 26 when an internet registration company it oversees got fooled into transferring the domain names to someone else. .... The domain names hijacked were ICANN.com and IANA.com

And it should be a reminder that domain redirection can happen to anyone, no matter high up the supposed registration tree they happen to be."


April 1: Holiday for the information age

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "Is April 1, April Fool's day, the holiday which best represents the information age?

Whereas the internet represents the medium for the information age where information is king, is it not most appropriate that the amazing mess disinformation of front page replacements and headlines that appear on this day are a most appropriate celebration of this new holiday?

Or are we overdoing it by messing everything up?"

Direct Electronic Theft Thwarted by Plug

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "Not really enough information in the article to figure out what was going on but it is way more sophisticated than Nigerian letters or other bank scams. It looks like physical security of computers is going to be a big problem.

The would be bank robbers had placed "advanced technical equipment" under the employee's desk that allowed them to take control of his computer remotely, prosecutor Thomas Balter Nordenman said in a statement.
Now think about a cleaner just pushing a USB device into the back of machine. It autoloads the device driver and away it goes."

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "This is under politics and patents because that is where the real subject is. Sure Microsoft is threatening Linux but the real deal is the approach to customers and business strategy fostered by the consumer environment.

Jonathan Schwartz shares his thoughs on Sun's history with open development and customer relations. Sure it reads a bit like PR but some good history and points and lots of good quotes.

With business down and customers leaving, we had more than a few choices at our disposal. We were invited by one company to sue the beneficiaries of open source. We declined. We could join another and sue our customers. That seemed suicidal. We were offered the choice to scuttle Solaris, and resell someone else's operating system. We declined. And we were encouraged to innovate by developers and customers who wanted Sun around, who saw the value we delivered through true systems engineering.


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