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High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

Silentknyght "Lord Justice Laws" (169 comments)

Is that a bit of editorializing? Surely someone's title & name aren't really, legally, "Lord Justice Laws." If so, I'd be genuinely worried that such an individual has gone off on a serious power trip.

about a year ago

Feds Grab 163 Web Sites, Snatch $21.6 Million In NFL Counterfeit Gear

Silentknyght Re:Big sports fan and I've bought counterfeit stuf (133 comments)

My brother's girlfriend got adventurous one christmas and purchased NFL jerseys from some shady chinese website. Reportedly, she got them for about $20 each, plus shipping. We gushed over them--and scrutinzed them carefully--as we couldn't believe the quality at the price she paid. After that experience, I'm 100% convinced they're not "counterfeit" in the manufacturing sense, but instead they're pulled straight from the line on which the same "$200" jerseys are made, and sold on the side.

about a year ago

DoD Public Domain Archive To Be Privatized, Locked Up For 10 Years

Silentknyght Legality vs Enforceability (183 comments)

It seems, lately, that there is a clearer-than-ever delineation between legality and enforceability. If our government commits an illegal act, who is able to enforce it? Who's able to hold them accountable? I wish I could say I had a good answer to that question.

about a year ago

Newly Discovered Greenhouse Gas Is 7,000 Times More Powerful Than CO2

Silentknyght Re:Billions are larger than millions (216 comments)

wtf. Slasdot doesn't like "open parenthesis" followed by "less than". Anyhow:

The EPA's "global warming potential" equivalency factors include a value for residence time in the atmosphere. The IR spectrum for water vapor is irrelevant as its residence time (less than 10 days) is three orders of magnitude lower than CO2 (36,500 days, or 100 yrs).

See: http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2010/ph240/ali1/
Or: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming_potential [wikipedia.org]

And: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_vapor [wikipedia.org]

about a year ago

How Big Companies Can Hamper the Surveillance Infrastructure

Silentknyght Re:They should be much more paranoid. (153 comments)

They should assume that hostile agencies (foreign *and* domestic) have tapped every last network link they own.

I am sure they knew all along. They were fine with it

Everyone is making noise now, because it became public and there is some concern over backlash from the users.

Let's be honest here. "They" in these cases are companies staffed by 1,000's of people. It seems highly implausible that all of those people, or even just all of the 100's that matter with respect to IT & infrastructure security, would have "known it all along," even less so been "fine with it." I find it more likely that the outrage is 99+% genuine, with 1% reserved for the dozen or fewer people who would have actually (or theoretically, if it's just a conspiracy theory) been in the know on something this big.

about a year ago

U.S. Will Not Provide Financing For New International Coal-Fired Power Plants

Silentknyght Re:FTFY (329 comments)

...and modern coal doesn't even pollute. Modern coal burning process in new power plants alone removes most of the nasties like NOx and SO2 emissions and modern filters can eliminate particle exhaust by turning it into ash which can be kept out of atmosphere..

I'm not sure where you got your information, but it's totally wrong. It sounds like some sound byte, smacks of broad generalizations and seriously lacks technical understanding. Reduction of NOx and SO2, as well as particulate matter, is all technically possible, but to suggest it's "clean" is totally incorrect. Also, there is no "turning particle exhaust to ash", as combustion particulate is already (either fly or bottom) ash, except where it's "consensable" particulate matter (after it's already left the stack). This latter version is also usually the smallest particulate and therefore most injurious to human health & the environment.

The US EPA keeps records on control technology and related emissions for most coal units permitted in the US: http://cfpub.epa.gov/RBLC/

A quick search shows one unit, with proposed industry-accepted best available control for NOx, emitting (after control) up to 1,100 lbs of NOx per hour. A second unit may emit NOx up to 1,800 lbs/hr. The same search shows emissions potentials of 30-70+ lbs/hr, and that's after industry-best controls at 99.9%; the higher number is for the smaller, more injurious particulate, as it's obviously more difficult to capture. Moreover, NOX and SO2 are among the pre-cursors to the formation of aforementioned smallest particulate matter (see: http://yosemite.epa.gov/oa/eab_web_docket.nsf/Filings%20By%20Appeal%20Number/CD5F1D01895E1B6585257719006E71BC/$File/Exhibit%2027%20Damberg...3.11.pdf [PDF Warning]).

about a year ago

Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?

Silentknyght "Financial Sense" (668 comments)

Since when does the majority of the actions of the US Government make "financial sense"? This is about what is required, not what is saving money. I've heard from various news sources that the shutdown, itself, *costs* millions per day. By that logic, "financial sense" would have been to not shutdown in the first place.

about a year ago

International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

Silentknyght Re:What to do? Some science, please. (510 comments)

Water vapor and methane are both greenhouse gases. Both have a => effect on the greenhouse effect when compared to CO2. But the Global Warming crowd only focuses on CO2 because it is politically convenient for them. Meaning they own solar/wind companies and want to profit greatly from government subsidies.

This is mostly incorrect. Sure, water vapor is a greenhouse gas, but its residence time is nothing. Moreover, greenhouse gases are regulated on an equivalency basis, as "CO2e", where each is given a weighted impact. So, methane has a factor of 310 applied to its emissions. The same is true for N2O as well as HFCs / CFCs; those factors are in the ten-to-hundreds of thousands. These actually persist in the atmosphere, hence the reason for their high factors.

Troll harder next time. All of this is available on Wikipedia if you bothered 10 seconds to look.

about a year and a half ago

Wikileaks Party Making Questionable Deals In Attempt To Win Senate Seat

Silentknyght Re:Why wasn't this leaked by Wikileaks? (162 comments)

Preferences are public knowledge. It was out in the open - how do you think people know about it? Investigative reporting? In Australia? Heh.

While I don't necessarily agree with Wikileaks, the fact is that when your opponents take the 'victory at any cost' approach -- as evidenced by the overreaction to Snowden, Manning, Assange, etc., then it's pretty much a given that you're going to have to make "questionable deals" at some point. Honor is a luxury in war; If your oppoents don't have it, then they'll just use yours against you.

Sometimes, you have to become the villain in order to achieve an even greater good.

This has got to be sarcasm. Read what you just wrote and pretend it's the US Government making that statement.

about a year and a half ago

Amazon Angling For Same-Day Delivery Beyond Groceries

Silentknyght Logistics don't work well beyond a subset of goods (193 comments)

Amazon is currently host to an enormous variety of goods, even after you eliminate everything that isn't sold directly by them. I don't understand how Amazon is going to work out the logistics so that you can host multiples of each of these goods within 12 hours driving distance of all major US cities, let alone within an even shorter travel distance of 99% of the US population? It doesn't seem to work out.

Either you're purchasing 20 of "HDTV model #123456" so that you can be well-positioned to sell one of them to the person within a few hours driving distance, and have 19 leftovers... AND/or you're sending orders-of-magniture more vehicles, sparsely loaded, with goods out for delivery as soon as the order is made. This seems pretty grossly inefficient.

The alternative is that Amazon only ever offers this same-day delivery service for an infinitesimally small fraction of the goods it sells, which doesn't seem like a particularly good business plan to add additional expectations & subsequent confusion for the consumer.

about a year and a half ago

Dropbox Wants To Replace Your Hard Disk

Silentknyght Wrong direction. (445 comments)

No, dropbox is going in the wrong direction. The direction is going to be smaller, faster, portable HDDs. Thumbdrives are already common at 64gb, and SSDs at 256gb. People already carry around a lot of data on their phones and, more to the point, they already carry around a device as large as a phone. Current gen SSDs are about that big. It won't be much to get people to either carry around a second, similarly sized device, or for the technology to just adapt to allow your phone to store terabytes.

Those are already happening; when finally mature, why would you use the cloud? With increasing proliferation of per-byte charges for data, and with the ENORMOUS gulf in access speeds between SATA and the most common internet plans--a gulf that's unlikely to shrink for years, perhaps decades, as both technologies make their own, separate, speed advancements--people aren't going to spend more money for slower access to their own data that they don't even control.

about a year and a half ago

The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

Silentknyght Re:Expect more of this. (608 comments)

most people use windows because every program works on windows. if every program worked on linux, a lot more ppl would use linux.

Most people who could/would use linux use windows because hardware support is a royal PITA in linux. Not only graphics cards, which have been historically bad, or onboard wifi/ethernet, which is also spotty--but simple things like mice. Configuring mouse speed, acceleration, and general responsiveness is/was awful in linux the last time I really tried; most information I found online was sympathetic, and hoped for a possible fix in the future. I doubt it ever came.

Then, there's Netflix.

about a year and a half ago

Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

Silentknyght Re:It's easy! (712 comments)

I really don't understand the slow uptake to 7.

Cost? I won't buy "upgrade only" discs, and it costs $130 for an OEM pro disc. If I could have unlimited personal-use-only installs for my household, that would be great.

about 2 years ago

Fisker Lays Off Most Workers, Plans To Shop Around Remaining Assets

Silentknyght Re:Tesla will be next. (276 comments)

Electric car technology is not competitive, period. Unless you artificially tax gasoline

Full stop. If you're going to discuss economic feasibility due to artificial taxes, you should first discuss how the artificially LOW state at which the gas tax currently resides acts as a detriment to such investment.

about 2 years ago

Poking Holes In Samsung's Android Security

Silentknyght Re:Look for Nexus (107 comments)

Lesson learned: If you want a full-baked true Android experience, always look for the word "Nexus".

Agreed, that is the lesson I've learned.

about 2 years ago

Poking Holes In Samsung's Android Security

Silentknyght Re:Samsung image tarnished with Android (107 comments)

I don't like Touchwiz either, but you can install a replacement launcher from the market. Apex Launcher is based on the stock android launcher. Works fine for me.

Touchwiz is not solely the launcher; it's the ROM. It's the Samsung experience.

about 2 years ago

Poking Holes In Samsung's Android Security

Silentknyght Samsung image tarnished with Android (107 comments)

Say what you will about Apple & the iPhone, but I appreciate the tight integration of OS & hardware and their desire to provide a consistent & reliable user experience. I own and use a (Sprint) Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch, and it was a series of broken promises on ever getting ICS. When finally rolled out, it wasn't the true android experience, but some half-baked Samsung-proprietary interface aka "Touchwiz." Great, that wasn't what I was sold when I purchased the device. I want android, not Samsung's half-baked, bug-filled, garbage-software-filled version of it.

Eventually, I rooted and installed JB, because Samsung sure as heck wasn't going to do that. And then, as you venture deeper into the rooting environment, you find out a bunch of hardware/software issues directly caused by Samsung, including but not limited the EMMC super-brick bug. These security issues in TFA are just more of the same. For me, their handling of their android phones and my experience with them has tarnished their image across their entire product fleet. Will I buy a Samsung brand washer/dryer? There's a lot of digital tech in even washing/drying machines nowadays. Before this, their name wasn't an issue. Now, maybe I consider some other brand.

about 2 years ago

Why Earth Hour Is a Waste of Time and Energy

Silentknyght Re:The problem with most environmentalist ideas (466 comments)

well instead of developing the green tech to compete we must artificially increase the cost of the dirty fuel! we cant use plain old light bulbs anymore, that use more power (and give off heat, thus meaning one could in theory keep their heater lower) and now we are stuck with CFLs that are worse for the environment than the old bulbs!

You should have stopped before this sentence.

Insofar as "cheap" "dirty" vs "expensive" "clean" environmentalism is concerned, the problem is that it is difficult to capture (i.e., within a product's price) the cost of all the externalities ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Externality ). Therefore, we have "cheap" "dirty" fuels, which are actually more expensive than the clean fuels, but the costs of all of their negative externalities have not been included, and therefore only perceived as cheap by the average individual. For example, super-fine particulate matter (i.e., 2.5 microns in diameter), most commonly generated as a fuel combustion byproduct, is a serious contributor to adverse health effects and mortality rates; these health & life effects do translate into costs, though they aren't currently well-reflected in the prices of the products and/or energy choices you can select.

Therefore, we raise the cost of these "dirty" energy sources through artificial means in an attempt to better account for the non-artificial (but hard to encapsulate) externalities.

about 2 years ago

LibreOffice 4 Released

Silentknyght Re:MS Office mewlers and shills, queue here! (249 comments)

= LibreOffice doesn't read or write the constantly mutating, rubbish file formats of MS Office the way only MS Office can.

While I recognize it's perhaps not a fair judge of LibreOffice, life isn't fair. I use LibreOffice and like it, and can handle the quirks when using non-native documents. But when even faced with "it's free vs. it costs you money", even ridiculously frugal people like my father WILL NOT SWITCH. His primary concern is his clients are able to read & use the documents he provides--and that conversely, he's able to read & use the documents his clients provide--without any hassle whatsoever. Let's face it, perfect interoperability with zero hassle is a big seller these days; look at Apple.

Only some people will comprise on price vs functionality. But nearly EVERYONE will switch to Libreoffice when they can save big on price without any compromise on functionality.

about 2 years ago



Deathly Hallows Hacked?

Silentknyght Silentknyght writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Silentknyght writes "Most news organizations are now reporting rumors, propagated by "Gabriel", that the aforementioned has managed to hack into the London-based Bloomsbury Publishing and has obtained a digital copy of the final book. The publisher has stated that the public should just consider these rumors as other theories. Already, a quick google search can yield these new rumors, citing "Gabriel" as the source, about the book's outcome, and most notably, who dies at the end."


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