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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

ThatsNotPudding Re:Aerial or underground ? (432 comments)

No - it's not even a question. Bury the lines and you will remove a large number of causes for power outages.

I can only assume there is never any storm / flood water in these utopian locales, or that it remains so pure as to be incapable of conducting electricity.

9 hours ago

Coal Plants Get New Lease On Life With Natural Gas

ThatsNotPudding Dependency (142 comments)

It gives us a foundation on which to build our economy. It gives us hope.

, said the addict.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

ThatsNotPudding The final nail (267 comments)

I think the final nail in the anti-system movement [a proud member] was Torvalds' non-chalant, I-can't-be-bothered-with-such-trivialities response when asked about this virus. I can't be the only one that was stunned by his attitude, assuring the rapid takeover of Linux by the Red Hat / NSA consortium.

They will be coming for your kernel one day, Linus, but there will be no one left to speak up.

5 days ago

Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

ThatsNotPudding Follow the money (550 comments)

It appears RedHat has realised that, through systemd, it can readily provide preferential support for its own projects, and place roadblocks up for projects it does not control, thus extending its influence broadly and quickly. By using tenuous dependencies amongst its own projects it can speed adoption even faster.

And who is one of Red Hat's most lucrative customers?

The National Security Administration

about two weeks ago

State Department Joins NOAA, USPS In Club of Hacked Federal Agencies

ThatsNotPudding Internet 3 (54 comments)

Maybe it's time for FedGov to build their own Internet that is intentionally incompatible with the foundational building blocks of the Internet (except at well-controlled, secure interface conversion gateways).

about two weeks ago

Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

ThatsNotPudding Don't be thick in front of me, Al. (150 comments)

"Can I build around 50 miles of Tehachapi mountains?"

about two weeks ago

Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

ThatsNotPudding Warning Tag (350 comments)

I recall stories tagged with OhNoItsFlorian; well past time for a OhNoItsBennett tag.

about two weeks ago

How YouTube Music Key Will Redefine What We Consider Music

ThatsNotPudding Ten bucks a month (105 comments)

Nope. I'll carry on with free Pandora and my own collection, thanks. I really don't see a $120 annual bill appealing to the same stressed economic group that is now 'cable-cutting'.

Plus buying music from YouTube just sounds like the equivalent to shopping at Dollar General: embarrassing.

about two weeks ago

Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

ThatsNotPudding Pointless (162 comments)

In light of them strong-arming every manufacturer that dared to use Android with threats of supposed IP infringement (that has not and probably never will see the sterilizing judicial light of day), this 'change of heart'... isn't.

Satty first needs to don the hairshirt and make quite a few public apologies for past AND CURRENT actions against FOSS.

about two weeks ago

Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

ThatsNotPudding Moby Dick (188 comments)

"Had his chest been a cannon, he'd have shot his Philae upon it." Or something.

about two weeks ago

FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

ThatsNotPudding The American Way (127 comments)

Seriously. U.S. has worse speed AND higher prices than most of the Western world, including pretty much all of Europe.

This also succinctly describes Amercian health care and prescription drugs. I'm sensing a pro-corporate trend here.

about two weeks ago

Amazon's Echo Chamber

ThatsNotPudding I hope (112 comments)

I just hope it can read back your writing to you.

about two weeks ago

Raspberry Pi A+ Details Leaked

ThatsNotPudding Mains (141 comments)

I've never understood the British use of the word 'mains' when talking about household wiring; it seems to imply there was / is 'secondary' or 'auxilliary' wiring.

about two weeks ago

Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

ThatsNotPudding The Government God Forbids (219 comments)

The Government God forbids mere mortals from being allowed to escape their just punishments of soberly enduring the stupidity and drudgery of Western life - with the exemption of booze and prescription meds like Jesus would want, of course.

about three weeks ago

Scotland Builds Power Farms of the Future Under the Sea

ThatsNotPudding Re:Underwater will face the same challenges as Tid (216 comments)

Every underwater generation scheme is toasted by the life problem. None of them are tolerant of all the sea life that will grow on and around the facility.

Simple: coat everything in paint with Transuranic waste additives!

about three weeks ago

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

ThatsNotPudding Such as (445 comments)

Things being cheaper makes them more accessible to all.

With the exception of universal health care, housing, clean water, living wages...

about three weeks ago

Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

ThatsNotPudding Useful Idiots (739 comments)

Many of the poorest and most rural states in the country tend to favor Republican politicians.

Lord, don't I know it. Fitting that today is Halloween, as during All Hallows Eve when Obama was first running, all the Obama yard signs (and only the Obama yard signs) went missing from all the front lawns in my little burg located deep inside a deep Red State. "High school kids playing a prank", said the cops. Sure. Sure they were. But even if they were, they learned their blatant racial hatred from Mom and Dad.

It's part and parcel of the severe mental illness of poor GOP voters: "If I vote to let billionaires become trillionaires, I myself will magically become a millionaire solely because I'm White!"

about a month ago

Google Developing a Pill To Detect Cancer

ThatsNotPudding Nanoparticles? (58 comments)

You mean the particles so tiny, they can easily pass thru the blood / brain barrier and do unimaginable neurological damage? Those particles? #WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong

about a month ago

LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

ThatsNotPudding Puckered (339 comments)

People are living life with their assholes puckered.

Well, I'd certainly hope so.

about a month ago



Wireless Meters Telex All Clear to Crims

ThatsNotPudding ThatsNotPudding writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ThatsNotPudding writes "Wireless utility meters are rapidly being rolled out to make reading them easier / faster for the utility employees. Naturally, there is no encryption and the clear signals can be picked up at almost 500 meters away every 30 seconds, clearly showing ~=zero energy consumption = nobody home. Brilliant."

Off-shoring getting much, much closer

ThatsNotPudding ThatsNotPudding writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ThatsNotPudding writes "Business Plans Underway for a Visa-Free Floating Community off Half Moon Bay Coastline
The vessel will most likely be a used cruise ship for foreign entrepreneurs, converted into a co-working and co-living space where no visa would be required, just a passport.

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http://belmont-ca.patch.com/articles/plans-underway-for-a-visa-free-floating-community-off-half-moon-bay-coastline/media_attachments/edit?upload_started=1344471883asset%5Bnew_asset_attachment_attributes%5D%5Bto_id%5D2493494asset%5Bnew_asset_attachment_attributes%5D%5Bto_type%5DArticlearticle%5Bnew_asset_attachment_attributes%5D%5Buser_id%5Dnew_asset_attachment_attributesIn international waters just 12 nautical miles off the coast of Half Moon Bay, 1,000 foreign entrepreneurs are slated to live and work on an anchored converted cruise ship, providing Silicon Valley companies with what they need most: highly skilled programmers." I guess VCs have finally tamed hurricanes and tsunamis — along with any sense of decency."

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