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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

TheRealHocusLocus Re:user error (710 comments)

For example, most self proclaimed environmentalists I know leave their computers running 24/7 and deliberately disable the standby features. I myself have all of my machines configured to enter S4 after 15 minutes of no activity.

Running a computer 24/7 minimizes the minimum/maximum temperature range to which its components are exposed. I also run hard disks 24/7 with spin-down disabled to maximize their lifespan. Always keep hard disks oriented horizontal, not because of the bearing -- do it to ensure that heat rises uniformly from its surface. For my external hard disks, I ALWAYS take them apart and burn additional holes in the top and bottom with a soldering iron for increased airflow, because the folks that assemble them no longer give a damn about operating temperature.

These are 21st century 'fails'. Some of us remember a time when all electronic components were properly spec'd and given a generous amount of airflow, and plug-in power adapters were not hot to the touch. I call it predatory engineering.

I consider a healthy computer to be an integral part of my environment, and I'm very environmentally conscious.

about two weeks ago
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Take a Picture Just By Thinking About It, Using Google Glass With MindRDR App

TheRealHocusLocus Re:No thank you (41 comments)

Reading your thoughts is not the scary bit.

"Hey, you're wearing one of those EEG thingies right?"
"Yup."
"Remember... when you posted that photo of your lawn the other day?"
"Sure do."
"Right... golly, it worked! It's coming in now. I see you are... sitting on the toilet? Gross!"
"Hey!"
"And just THINK... all you had to do was REMEMBER!"
"Cut it out!!"
"Oh look, another one. You let your dog watch you poop?"
[xxxxxx] has left the chatroom

Why use a side channel attack when a direct approach also works.

about two weeks ago
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Public To Vote On Names For Exoplanets

TheRealHocusLocus The next one: PLUTO (127 comments)

To atone... and hide our shame.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

TheRealHocusLocus Re:"unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" (231 comments)

And yet they don't seem to have any problem violating the fundamental rights of nearly everyone in and outside the US.

That is because blah blah blah NO blah blah NATIONAL SECURITY blah blah SHUT THE HELL UP.

Thar be dragins.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Climate Change With Trade

TheRealHocusLocus Re:What! A reasonable plan for alien invasion!?!?! (155 comments)

Good step: Offer to eliminate tariffs on solar panels and other things.
Good step: Get behind building LOTS of modern nuclear plants. LOTS.
Good step: Get behind building LOTS of electric cars, and the technology to increase batteries' energy density.

Three great steps!

As to "and other things..." I have always favored a move in the direction of free trade in all things, as Jefferson (not Hamilton) intended. In modern context this involves rolling back tariffs altogether, including ones for which a reciprocal arrangement exists, with the objective of simplifying things in general, and Federal law in particular. Henry George's 1886 treatise Protection or Free Trade remains as relevant and thought-provoking as ever. I agree with other posters who have said that tariffs are a market distortion -- and would add that selective tariffs by technology category (within the classification of power generation) are an even more awful distortion. You're taking the rudder from market forces -- which reflect a combination of necessity and desire -- and placing it into the hands of those who get to decide what is save-de-planet environmental and what is not.

I consider the present worldwide system of tariffs a form of pollution and wasted energy. I believe the only sustainable form of wealth creation is meaningful innovation, not the borderline kind that results from some tech firm beating another to the patent office. I mean something new that can reduce the cost of living by reducing expenses. My chosen (workable) path is to reduce the cost of grid electricity delivered (and remaining hydrocarbons extracted) in North America by harnessing Thorium.

And it so happens that NOT ONE of those politically correct green solutions generates the base load energy necessary to survive a harsh Winter, let alone grow. It really has been two decades of bad road. "Cheaper" Chinese solar panels or wind turbines will not keep us all alive during a continent-wide hard freeze. Until the "Green" parties of the world agree on a some method of generating an incredible amount of energy 24x7 reliably, something that will work, we're screwed.

Suggest plans for it that everyone can support. Leave the death threats at home. ; )

Okay. Remember in all of this... NO PRESSURE!

It's fun to discuss nuclear energy on Slashdot ... sometimes you just have to point things out point by point ... some confuse Weinberg's '300 year best-fit for waste' two fluid design for other single fluid designs ... or using solid fuel Thorium, which is pointless so long as uranium is available ... yes it's full of dangerous glop, but it is useful and happy glop ... yes, I think a LFTR could be developed and built within $4B ... every path to biofuels leads to scorched-earth disaster, Thorium energy gives us the surplus to generate synfuels ... a move to LFTR may be the only way to preserve modern society in the face of disaster (volcanism, Maunder minimum) ... utility-scale so-called 'renewables' non-solutions have a gazillion points of failure, gigawatt LFTR plants few, and it is my belief they will save NOT fail us ... aside from your own yard or roof, solar and wind are losers ... with LFTR surplus we could begin making diesel and fertilizer ... do it for the children ... and you my friend -- you would look especially good in space ... an Admiral Rickover fact check (severe tire damage) ... LNT (linear no threshhold) needs re-examination ... no I'm not risk adverse, just risk conscious ... one must sift past the fear-hype, especially regards Fukushima ... a look at Electricity in the Time of Cholera ... on the new coal powered IBM Power8 chips ... Thorium lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help.

Think of me as the Trix Rabbit of Thorium.

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Please see Thorium Remix and my own letters on energy,
  To The Honorable James M. Inhofe, United States Senate
  To whom it may concern, Halliburton Corporate
Also of interest, Faulkner [2005]: Electric Pipelines for North American Power Grid Efficiency Security

about three weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

TheRealHocusLocus time to KICK ASS for the human race (265 comments)

Faux-socialist misanthropes are WINNING.

Time to beat them down.

Because modern technology has made them "civilized" and "comfortable" and soo "enlightened".

It starts when they are children. They are the bullies who would kick or trip others for fun, but do not because they are afraid. The more fortunate among them actually did these things and got an ass whoopin' -- and at least in the context of person-to-person relations, (perhaps) learned the greatest lesson -- that restraint of bully impulses saves you from retaliation, but also even a tiny bit of polite respect gets you further still.

But as emerging adults they learned that the human race as a whole, has no staunch defenders. You can trash the human race as a whole, in as stupid or skillful a manner as you wish, and as long as you are speaking about people in general, your opinions and remarks go unchallenged.

And sadly, they do not. Among others who also get off on this people-hating trend, you are a celebrity in this useless and ultimately dangerous sport. Those who disagree are held back by social conditioning that, in striving for a conflict free world, encourages you to disengage from confrontation.

In order for our species to succeed it is NOT ENOUGH to teach politeness and respect.

You have to teach children to draw a line, their own personal line.

And you MUST teach your children that is their duty to kick ass, LOUDLY, when someone crosses that line.

People all over are teaching their children that when someone crosses a line, it is okay to re-draw the line.

Meanwhile, the most ugly sentiments get the most traction.

Which is why assholes like the one who wrote TA feel free to take something he did not think of himself, something that would ennoble the human species with the simply inspiring, breathtaking act of its construction -- sitting in his electricity powered climate controlled room, he will proceed to take a shit on the idea and try to smear it all over the rest of us.

Okay it is painfully obvious what he is against. Maybe, it all sounds so vaguely political. That 'thing'. What is he FOR?? He does not think it worthwhile to elaborate on what his real 'plan' for those resources are, he'll leave it to you. He can't be bothered. He's done.

What you read in TA is a symptom of a really dangerous problem.

Someone who respects and stands up for the whole human needs to kick his ass. Verbally and en masse, of course.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

TheRealHocusLocus Re:As an Engineer,,, Very Special Hats (64 comments)

Get back on your choo choo train and quit yer bitching.

+5 Funny also on the mark.

These affectations of language have their origin in entertainment and activities for young children that include a special 'vocational adult hat' to wear. Latent memories of this technique emerge later on as iconography, such as the cute Sherlock Holmes hat (with Cavendish pipe) or graduation mortarboard cap beside extra credit puzzles.

This Wears A Special Hat trick is used to titillate the news media, which is locked in a state of perpetual childhood.

So Mr. and Ms. Whale, I hope you have fun wearing your Very Special Hats.

about three weeks ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

TheRealHocusLocus Re:FAILED experiment. Use of "rather" inapplicable (333 comments)

Whoa, I am not saying you are right or wrong, but why are you so angry about this?

Thanks kindly for asking.

Because some one needs to stand up for the whole damned human race. I'm no stellar specimen -- but someone needs to do it. Misanthropy is becoming "cool", in the guise of clumsily vague self-effacing applied psychoanalysis, in environmental activism, in trendy herd angst. Now that we have developed this comfortable security blanket of modern technology, some of us feel no need to show respect for our own kind on any scale whatsoever.

In the case of the study, this simple 'respect' might have taken the form of following up on the men and women who administered themselves shocks to determine their real motivation for doing so. Could be mere curiosity, or a desire to endure/accomplish something one had dismissed as scary/unthinkable. For all we know, some of the subjects could have believed they were expected to use the button at least once. Why was it there at all if it had no other effect (such as releasing them from remaining contemplation time)?

I find it perfectly healthy that half of the people admitted they "hated" the experience of enforced idleness on some one else's terms. Asking people their feelings towards contemplation, especially in cases the subject could choose their own place, that's real research. The part with the shock-button was badly done and butt-ugly.

These psychologist boffins who put their heads together only to discern only one possible motive for pushing the button -- being "tormented" by boredom or idleness, my response is what the fuck. Why am I angry? Without passionate opinion life itself is a dull study in uselessness that none would care to read.

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The press has already seized on this pop-psych tabloid lollipop and is slurping on it nosily:

"When asked to sit alone in a room, with nothing but a button that administers an electric shock, men will choose to take that shock more often than not. Yes, a series of 11 experiments has confirmed that men would rather experience a mild electric current course through their body, than think."
~Wired UK
"People, and especially men, hate being alone with their thoughts so much that they'd rather be in pain."
~Washington Post
"In a new study, people who were asked to spend a few minutes alone with their thoughts disliked it so much that they would zap themselves with electricity during their alone time."
~LA Times
"The results are a testament to our discomfort with our own thoughts, say psychologists, and to the challenge we face when we try to rein them in." [...] " In the next experiment, participants were given a small electric shock that was so unpleasant that three-quarters of them said they would be willing to pay not to experience the shock again. Yet when they were placed in the room to sit alone with their thoughts, 67 percent of male participants and 25 percent of female subjects were so eager to find something to do that they shocked themselves voluntarily."
~Business Standard [India]

about a month ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

TheRealHocusLocus Re:Um, no, it doesn't (112 comments)

Urks = irks

We are the fighting Uruk-hai!
We slew the great warrior.
We took the prisoners.
We are the servants of Saruman the Wise, the White Hand:
the Hand that gives us man's-flesh to eat.
We came out of Isengard, and led you here,
and we shall lead you back by the way we choose.
I am Uglúk. I have spoken.

about a month ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

TheRealHocusLocus Re: Well, duh... (210 comments)

We definitely should use Google' and Photoshop that way in everyday language. If we do it enough Google and Adobe will lose their trademarks.

I xerox that remark!

about a month ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

TheRealHocusLocus FAILED experiment. Use of "rather" inapplicable. (333 comments)

*IF AND ONLY IF* they had agreed to sit for 15 minutes but were permitted to leave right away after shocking themselves -- and some did so, could the researchers claim that some people would rather endure a shock than be alone with their thoughts.

As the experiment was conducted (correct me if I'm wrong!) they agreed to sit out the period alone and all of them did so. They were not asked to refrain from pressing the button..

So the only difference from the basic experiment was the presence of the button which offered entertainment and also enlightenment -- in the form of providing the subject an opportunity to test and prove they could endure the shock, a new and unfamiliar experience.

In this version the experimenters FAILED to provide an environment with NO stimulation. They merely reduced available entertainment options to one, the button.

What the experiment did prove is that given time alone to think and reflect -- people will reevaluate their own aversion to an "unpleasant" sensation and decide to take advantage of an opportunity to better themselves by proving (to themselves) they can endure it.

This is SO DIFFERENT from the conclusion that people are little scardie-rabbits who cannot endure being alone with themselves, these researchers should be ashamed of themselves for irresponsibly portraying this, or permitting this to be portrayed in the news without rebuttal. They should apologize and re-do the experiment.

Hrrrmph. These subjects were cheated. These times are full of shoddy research and tabloid sound-bite conclusions like this.

about a month ago
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Big Bang Breakthrough Team Back-Pedals On Major Result

TheRealHocusLocus Re:I AM become DEATH destroyer of Universes (127 comments)

Nothing ever happens the way I expect it to.
The bartender says "Why the long face?"
A tachyon flies into a bar . . .

Horse flies like a banana.

How best to study the Big Bang? Make a Little Bang in the laboratory! Perhaps we will discover that the optimal conditions for the Big Bang arose when someone began to devise practical laboratory experiments to study and understand the previous one. Ad infinitum.

about a month ago
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Climate Change Prompts Emperor Penguins To Find New Breeding Grounds

TheRealHocusLocus Re:BREAKING: Scientists Discover Preferences... (215 comments)

When Anonymous Cowards bicker, it makes God laugh.
When real people do it, it makes Him cry.

Assuming that Emperors return to the same nest areas throughout their history because we have visited the Antarctic a few times and followed them to the same spot more than once, that's a good one.

Posing that any deviation in their behavior is due to so-called climate change, that's a better one.

about a month ago
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How Disney Built and Programmed an Animatronic President

TheRealHocusLocus Re:sigh YOU BROKE THE PRESIDENT (97 comments)

Question.
Evaluate.
Why does the porridge bird lay his egg in the air?
Obligatory Firesign Theater reference.

Listen to an ananamatroiniclly correct president!
Listen as the president is hacked!
Listen as the president is placed in diagnostic mode!
Listen as the artificial intelligence is crashed!
Listen as the president is broken!
Listen!

This was done in 1971 Either these folks were waay ahead of their time,or things haven't changed much. Rewind and listen to the whole thing. It's a life changing experience. As my parents would attest.

about a month ago
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Mesa 10.2 Improves Linux's Open-Source Graphics Drivers

TheRealHocusLocus Re:Still relevant nowadays? (58 comments)

opensource (...) relevant

I would say that you are clueless idiot who likes the smell of his own verbal excrement on the internet.

*** Relevance fight! ***

Rosin yer bows fiddlers, hike yer skirts ladies and sweep out the pit, smoke dem crawdads while you got 'em... we're gonna have open source pit 'relevance wraslin' tonite!

Over in the corner Papa Snuff Daddy is totin' his signed binary drivers, he's a real tootin' feller. He installs clean and you can see he's runnin' but yo better watch out for his kernel panic hold, it'll get ya good. And when he gets ya, whatch gonna do, patch him? He's been patched so many times but the scars don't show 'cuz he wore out his version number years ago.

In the other corner we have the astounding Patefacio Radix Maximus Mesa! He is 'open', he is 'sourced', 'committed' to victory! You can clearly see he has the biggest package, but does he know how to use it? This feller is so smug he wants you to patch him! An when the proverbial shit hits the coolin' appatarus, who would you rather have out in the woods with ya, far away from dem vendor websites? Lets just say if Maximus panics you could fix him yerself in time. Or if you can't chop off the part of him that don't work. Ha, he heard me say that, only jokin' fella, now he's ready to fight!

The musicians were poised with their instruments. They were ready to go. It would only be a few seconds now, I wrote.

It is really very simple. The colors of the days and the watermelons go like this --

Monday: red watermelons.
Tuesday: golden watermelons.
Wednesday: gray watermelons.
Thursday: black, soundless watermelons.
Friday: white watermelons.
Saturday: blue watermelons.
Sunday: brown watermelons.

about 2 months ago
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Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

TheRealHocusLocus Beware Xanadu -- a path to Dooooom (90 comments)

A so sad, too bad story of genius... it reminds me of some of the tales told in the Cosmos and Connections series (Sagan, Tyson and Burke) of astronomical and physics visionaries, folks glimpsed truths that became essential building blocks of our modern understanding of the world, and yet in their own time this information was of little or no practical use.

I've been down some of the rabbit holes of Xanadu in my own algorithmic doodles which centered around 'compressing' information by changing tokens into references to tokens down to the rudiments of language, which is going too far because you lose useful context, and have witnessed some of the grandest experiments in whole encapsulation -- such as the replication versioning disaster that was Microsoft OLE (object linking and embedding), where burned-in OS paths to data (on my computer, not necessarily yours) create a fragile web of things on disk and things inside other things that is easily broken, leaving us with data cobwebs flapping in the wind.

Sadly, and with utmost sympathy -- it's a beautiful dream-- but I believe that many of these concepts are dangerous and should be abandoned.

These are extremes. Make lots of copies, knowing some will evolve and diverge... and try to smarten the analysis so after the fact you can reconcile diffs, but it's a separate process and you're screwed if non-trivial transformations occur. Or centralize and impose a System (as Xanadu attempts) with a battery of willing monkeys feeding knowledge into the system, correctly applying transclusion down to some atomic level, and on the seventh day He looked down upon it and saw that it was Good...

But you're screwed with Xanadu. You're screwed as a species because you have distilled a knowledge base into a few high-tech points of failure. Where knowledge survives over history through massive and often wasteful replication, oops there goes the Library of Alexandria, oops there goes another rubber tree, you're putting all your intellectual eggs a few baskets. Baskets held in Xanadu servers that are so pointer and reference rich that a raw dump of the damned thing wouldn't make any sense at all.

Xanadu screws you as a person because we assimilate knowledge via a narrative process. Books render completely and we read. We need lectures to learn, great lectures that illuminate and inspire. Good lecturers are those whose minds unroll knowledge into talking-streams. They cannot and will not (instead) engage in some process of hashing out every sentence they utter, completely researching and correctly embedding the underlying link to the utterance of the person who said it last to first, and did not necessarily say it better. When faced with the task of applying tranny-links to their work they would likely just fall silent.

Because (since we are each alone in the mind) there is no one way to say anything, and no distilled 'true' method of thinking. Not even in German. It's treatises, sermons and pulpits all the way down.

If you are excited by the Xanadu concept and think fewer points of failure are better, please take a moment to view this exquisite and amazing visit with Computer Zero. It is from the 1975 movie Rollerball, and what the hell is it doing there, it is true genius and is creepy as hell.

Zero was a 'memory pool', an actual Xanadu Server! It had all the books, all the knowledge, all the connections, and yet -- it was absent-minded and going insane, losing things, mumbling. If there had been a sequel to Rollerball world 100 years hence, it would surely have been a medieval society.

Make a zillion copies of everything. Re-tell in your own words. There's no time for linking or data trans-substantiation, just replicate data like rabbits and we'll fix it in the mix. Or let the kids sort it out.

about 2 months ago
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Evidence of Protoplanet Found On Moon

TheRealHocusLocus Re:Protoplanet Evidence: call for Action (105 comments)

Your ideas intrigue me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Thanks for your inquiry. Don't bother to give your name or address, simply head down to the nearest book store and purchase a copy of The Catcher in the Rye. You will be hearing from us soon.

about 2 months ago
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Evidence of Protoplanet Found On Moon

TheRealHocusLocus Protoplanet Evidence: call for Action (105 comments)

[excerpts from Secretary of State testimony before the UN]

"... Numerous sources tell us that they are moving, not just documents and hard drives, but Protoplanet fragments to keep them from being found by inspectors. [...] In this next example, you will see the type of concealment activity [...] We must ask ourselves: Why would the Moon suddenly move equipment of this nature before inspections if they were anxious to demonstrate what [evidence of Protoplanet impact] they had or did not have? [...] While this -- less than a teaspoon of Protoplanet dust, [shows small glass vial] a little bit about this amount -- provides evidential clues of a Protoplanet impact, UNSCOM estimates that the Moon could be harbor TONS of Protoplanet material, enough to wipe out every competing Lunar formation theory on Earth [...] The Moon has now placed itself in danger of the serious consequences called for in U.N. Resolution 1441. And this body places itself in danger of irrelevance if it allows the Moon to continue to defy its will without responding effectively and immediately. [...] There can be no doubt that the Moon has in its possession evidence of planetary impact and the capability to rapidly produce more, much more. [...] My colleagues, we have an obligation to our citizens, we have an obligation to this body to see that our resolutions are complied with. We wrote 1441 not in order to go to war, we wrote 1441 to try to preserve the peace. We wrote 1441 to give the Moon one last chance. The Moon is not so far taking that one last chance. We must not shrink from whatever is ahead of us. We must not fail in our duty and our responsibility to the citizens of the countries that are represented by this body..."

THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW. We must move on the Moon, in waves of human exploration and occupation to establish the Protoplanet theory, secure all available Protoplanet evidence, and ensure the evolution of our species' manifest destiny to expand into space. Also.

And then, ON TO MARS to further secure the region. We must gather an invasion force, resolve to stay the course until 'mission accomplished', and declare war on Martian aggression (which has been implicated in the sudden disappearance of Pluto).

As an alternative to conquering the rest of our world so as to destroy the currency of others to protect the value of our own... as an alternative to easing into authoritarian government to enable the building of gulags that could encircle those unrepentant, those dissenting... as an alternative to this sewer of cultured dependencies and endless terrestrial wars...

We choose to broaden our horizons. This means space war.

We choose to meet this Lunar threat head-on and go to the Moon. And We Choose Mars also.

If it is war they want, such a war we shall give them.

about 2 months ago

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Death to the Trapezoid.. Small aggravations and big 'fails'

TheRealHocusLocus TheRealHocusLocus writes  |  about 8 months ago

TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes "Extreme bandwidth is nice, intelligent power management is cool... but folks should be spilling into the streets in thankful praise that the next generation miniature USB connector will fit either way. All told-- just how many intricate miracle devices have been scrapped in their prime — because a tiny USB port was mangled? For millennia untold chimpanzees and people have been poking termite mounds with round sticks. I for one am glad to see round stick technology make its way into consumer electronics. Death to the trapezoid, bring back the rectangle! So... since we're on roll here... how many other tiny annoyances that lead to big fails are out there?"
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The Dismantling of POTS: bold move or grave error?

TheRealHocusLocus TheRealHocusLocus writes  |  about 8 months ago

TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes "The FCC is drafting rules to formalize the process of transition of "last-mile" subscriber circuits to digital IP-based data streams. The move is lauded by AT&T Chairman Tom Wheeler who claims that significant resources are spent to maintain 'legacy' POTS service, though some 100 million still use it. POTS, or 'Plain Old Telephone Service' is the analog standard that allows the use of simple unpowered phone devices on the wire, with the phone company supplying ring and talk voltage. I cannot fault progress, in fact I'm part of the problem: I gave up my dial tone a couple years ago because I needed cell and could not afford to keep both. But what concerns me is, are we poised to dismantle systems that are capable of standing alone to keep communities and regions 'in-touch' with each other, in favor of systems that rely on centralized (and distant) points of failure? Despite its analog limitations POTS switches have enforced the use of hard-coded local exchanges and equipment that will faithfully complete local calls even if its network connections are down. But do these IP phones deliver the same promise? For that matter, is any single local cell tower isolated from its parent network of use to anyone at all? I have had a difficult time finding answers to this question, and would love savvy /. folks to weigh in: In a disaster that isolates the community from outside or partitions the country's connectivity — aside from local Plain Old Telephone Service, how many IP and cell phones would continue to function? Are we setting ourselves up for a 'fail'?"
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If ONLY Compact Flourescernt Bulbs are lighting this room, right now...

TheRealHocusLocus TheRealHocusLocus writes  |  about 9 months ago

TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes "POLL IDEA

* They better for me AND I want to threaten everyone to use them with a stick
* Illumination is BETTER than incandescent bulbs
* No difference, who cares
* Illumination is WORSE than incandescent bulbs
* Worse for me AND I want to break them all with a stick
* Naver mind this bulb business, I just want to use the stick
* Disqualified: I have an incandescent desk lamp, I am blind or all my bulbs have burned out"
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Breakthrough: Manned Space Travel Achieved Using 40-Year Old Technology

TheRealHocusLocus TheRealHocusLocus writes  |  about 10 months ago

TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes "Paul Rosenberg has uncovered some surprising new evidence that manned space travel is not only possible, it has actually been achieved using decades-old technology. Some 40 years in the making, a tale too amazing to remain untold. With a few quaint photographs he asks, could we build this? The answer is no. Or is it? It is uplifting to read that "Productive humans have been delegated to mute observance as their hard-earned surplus is syphoned off to capital cities, where it is sanctimoniously poured down a sewer of cultured dependencies and endless wars..." for it must take something really compelling to prevent us from reaching the stars, and he has nailed it. This essay makes the case that the headliner of 2052 may well be: Breakthrough: Manned Space Travel Achieved Using 80-Year Old Technology. I can hardly wait! Down with robots."
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The future of energy must be crowdsourced, needs your help

TheRealHocusLocus TheRealHocusLocus writes  |  about a year ago

TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes "It wants to power our grid — completely. It wants to eat our existing nuclear waste, all of it. It does not want to explode or release radioactivity via steam or overpressure. Oil companies are trying to make you fear it (duh). The Big Nuclear Industry will not touch it because it eats anything, and they cannot lock you in to a solid fuel contract. Environmentalists are still confusing it with 'traditional' melt boom irradiate nuclear power technology. Kirk Sorensen wants to tell you about it. TFA is two hours long but there is not a idle moment in here, it's a mini physics course in itself. This is all about keeping the lights on, surviving the Winter, keeping our technological lead."
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How 'hackable' is EAS? This just in: Zombie acopalypse in Montanna

TheRealHocusLocus TheRealHocusLocus writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes "Perhaps uncoincidentally with the Walking Dead's return on AMC, unknown persons have managed to inject a fake EAS (Emergency Alert System) message into the stream of KRTV in Great Falls, Montana. From CONELRAD [1951-1963] to EBS [1963-1997] to modern EAS, the US has had infrastructure in place for an attention signal to alert a hierarchical network of broadcast stations. In 1979 I conducted weekly EBS tests at a small FM station which always required direct operator action. But now so many stations run unattended, it is surprising incidents like this do not happen more often. But this begs the age old question: how could you secure such a network without introducing excessive complexity, reducing reliability?"
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Only two real challenges face us today, besides restraint (for comment)

TheRealHocusLocus TheRealHocusLocus writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes "There are only two real challenges to face in this world.

There is only only one doomsday scenario that requires us to come together and take action to ensure our survival: to deploy technology that can identify, then divert or destroy asteroids on a course to impact our planet.

There is only one actual piece of social engineering that needs to occur to ensure our survival: to marginalize the opposition to nuclear energy and to build and scale up efficient and safe modern designs to completely power our electric grids with enough surplus energy for electric ground transportation, trains, cars and trucks. To gather and store the nuclear waste responsibly until breeder technology matures. The developing world wants electric grids (not our charity dollars), in the developed world the grids are the only thing between us and the dark ages. Coal, oil and gas harm the environment and their depletion curves yield a perpetual resource war and eventual doom. Disaster-hardened underground nuclear reactors hold the ONLY real promise we have for continued existence in the style to which we are accustomed.

That's it. Only two challenges. All the rest are matters that may be solved with restraint.

This practice of taking issues such as violence and war or drug abuse or overpopulation, and treating them as 'disasters' and not issues of restraint — worries me. It is a grave mental disorder to portray them as anything more than they are, simple issues of personal restraint.

John Galt's motor does not exist. Fusion even if it proves possible will not be scalable soon enough. Hydrogen is a great fuel for transportation but it requires energy for harvest. Nuclear fission is the *only* energy source that could keep us alive through a long dark winter so it must be pursued — until it is perfected, to the exclusion of everything else.

In other words, GROW UP humanity, this little recess from technological innovation while we burn off the oil and turn away from danger in the sky, is over. It's time to get back to work."

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