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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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 months ago

Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

RichMan What we do know - (465 comments)

What we do know is that we don't know exactly how the whole system works. The whole system being the planetary carboin cycle on which we depend for our one and only nice comfortable life sustaining climate.

Given that we don't know how it all works and we depend on it are we really happy shitting in our own bathtub by releasing all sorts of long term stored carbon? Wouldn't it be better to slow down to a more natural rate and study the thing before we continued doing what might be self destructive.

about 2 months ago

Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

RichMan Kinda like - (316 comments)

Kinda like, getting into the car in the morning to go to work and being limited to 20mph as the roads are busy now.

Hmm, I guess that is how it works.

about 2 months ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

RichMan Is consumption time based or bit based? (152 comments)

I spend more time reading, but bit wise the videos win? Was the percentage based on bit volume or use time?

about 3 months ago

Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

RichMan Fore brain and Hind brain (160 comments)

Well trained physical activity is done by your medulla oblongata which means it is done closer to the input and outputs and does not get your thinking brain involved. Thinking is indecision and slows down reaction time.

about 3 months ago

ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

RichMan air density (104 comments)

Martian air density says any sort of copter is not going to fly.

The highest atmospheric density on Mars is equal to that found 35 km (22 mi) above the Earth's surface.

about 3 months ago

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

RichMan "on high profile beliefs" how about all (725 comments)

Being religious and "accepting science" is just drawing the boundaries in a different place. There is still a science no-go zone so they really do not accept science they just define the boundaries differently.

How about on all beliefs should be rejected and replaced with reality. A belief system that contradicts with the world we live in should be diagnosed as a phsycological disorder.

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality that usually includes: False beliefs about what is taking place or who one is (delusions) ; Seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations).

Why does society accept the mass relgious psychosis yet reject other forms?

Science is about changing our "belief" system to match what we know about the world we live in. Religion is about denying the world we live in for a belief system that is a mental fugue.

about 3 months ago

Autonomous Trucking

RichMan Re:Might as well go back to rail (142 comments)

Rail does not go to the final point of delivery. Even with rail you have to move it to truck for final delivery. The cost of moving from rail to truck needs to come down a lot. Some of this is done with container shipping. Still in most cases it is easier to centrally load a truck have it driver over a couple of states then do local deliveries to many places. You do this with many trucks from a central warehouse. The cost these days is in loading, unloading and managing what is in the shipment.

about 3 months ago

MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

RichMan One rule for the plebes another for the politician (135 comments)

When politicians running for election start getting in real trouble for stealing songs and images to use in their promotional material then they can start to think about applying this to the little people.

about 4 months ago

Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

RichMan Willfull blindness (772 comments)

What this says is people will accept science except where they feel it contradicts with their beliefs.

Gravity - ok
Electricity - ok
Evolution - nope

I think this says it all. Even with the one nope they have proven themselves not to be scientifically literate. They have proven that they have a rational space that cannot be challenged by science. No matter how rational you might otherwise be if there is a think-space where you refuse to be rational you are at root irrational.

about 5 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

RichMan Bad Funding Model (626 comments)

If the government operations, police etc, are reliant on speeding tickets and other fines to operate then there is a serious problem with the funding model for that operation.

A very serious self interested model that should have been rejected from conception by a rational society.

Ok the civil structure is funded by fineing people for misbehaving. Means that the civil structure either requires that people misbehave or that people who are not misbehaving get ticketed anyways. The pressure will then be on the members of that structure to invent new ways to find people misbehaving and fine them.

A very broken system that will gear up and attack people for minor infractions. This system is broken and should be dismantled and shame on those who set it up in the first place.

This type of system is fairly irrational, but common, due to peoples inability to think that they might be the victims of such a penalty system.

about 5 months ago

Fixing the Pain of Programming

RichMan Beginners .... start servers ... opem ports ... (294 comments)

I don't see why beginner programmers should be starting with servers or ports. Where are the basic fundamentals of programming before they approach things like servers and ports where one should be thinking about task blocking, threading and security above and beyond the "make it do what it want" level.

about 5 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 ( 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 and

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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