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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

WillAffleckUW The Rich got Richer over the past 30 years (211 comments)

The Middle Class didn't.

The Poor got taken to the cleaners.

Thank god my investments in Guillotine and Pitchfork franchises are proving to be fruitful.

4 hours ago

EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

WillAffleckUW Thank god I have a PS4 (34 comments)

All I want is Sims 4 that works standalone, Standalone Complex that works in doll mode, and Second Son: inFamous that works in Grey Hat mode.

4 hours ago

Internet Census 2012 Data Examined: Authentic, But Chaotic and Unethical

WillAffleckUW Why not just get the metadata from the NSA? (30 comments)

They illegally and unconstitutionally collect it anyway, especially on Americans, and give a copy of the feed illegally and unconstitutionally to the CIA and GCHQ.

Among others.


Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

WillAffleckUW Re:PBS covered this (373 comments)

Surprisingly, no. The vast use of water is for water-intensive crops and for industrial and commercial uses that tend not to be in cities per se.

Should people in cities use less water to maintain lawns of non-native plants that they water during the day when the water evaporates? Sure.

Will doing so radically alter the water usage? No.

The primary drivers are the water-intensive crops (largest) and the commercial and industrial uses of water (second largest).

When doing triage, look at the biggest sources, not the smallest. If you don't fix the hole in their heart, they can't pump enough blood even if you patch the small leaks in the limbs.

Blaming others (e.g. LA vs farmers) is easy and fun, but it frequently accomplishes nothing.

4 days ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

WillAffleckUW Re:Oh really? (373 comments)

Ya know Will, you can be really depressing at times.

The bizarre thing is I'm actually an optimist, I just don't get bothered by all the stuff I know.

It was very useful when I did counter-terrorism - a lot of people get ultra cynical after that.

Look, everyone tries to freak you out. The engineer part of me always hears them say "choose A or B" and I choose to realize there are mixtures of choices between A and B and besides A and B, some of which are "better" and some of which are "worse" and that choosing something other than A "bad" is probably better than not choosing B "good".

If 1000 people in cities who drive very little and have little environmental impact due to energy etc change a lot, it may be less than 10 people in rural areas changing a small amount. Just alter time of day for watering, use less water dependent crops (rice etc), and you'll be right as rain. Pay attention to native crops and plants and animals and shift towards those and away from non-native ones.

5 days ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

WillAffleckUW Re:ALL RIGHT! (373 comments)

One of the fun things about Seattle is we actually own the entire watershed here. All of it. So the suburbs basically have no water rights.

They either buy it from us at a premium to what our citizens (who own it) pay or they buy it from someone else (at a higher premium since it has to be trucked in).


5 days ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

WillAffleckUW Re:Oh really? (373 comments)

So what alarmist hyper-environmentalist news stories are we to believe? Last time I checked, we had environmentalists screaming that fracking thousands of feet down leaks chemicals (sand, light hydrocarbons) through thousands of feet of permeable geological layers. If these layers are so permeable and the alarmists are telling the trough, how come it takes `thousands` of years to recharge the aquifers?

The act of fracking, or fracturing, creates many tiny cracks.

Here's a thought experiment: Stick your head under a bucket of tightly packed soil (mostly clay) in a bottomless bucket and fill it up.

Now try the same thing after you use a spade on the soil in the bucket for a few minutes.

Get the picture?

5 days ago

Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

WillAffleckUW PBS covered this (373 comments)

One of the local farmers said "I expect when we run out this next decade, everyone will be very angry over the decisions we made to plant water-intensive crops in a very arid land for so many years".

It's like Global Warming.

It's coming for you whether you believe in it or not.

5 days ago

Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

WillAffleckUW A lot of our internal Internet 2 runs on IPv6 (144 comments)

Mostly hardened traffic, but there you go.

Pretty sure it doesn't get counted in with the general Internet, since you guys run so slow, and we have 100 GB/sec ports at most major research universities and military installations, and 40 GB/sec ports within 1-2 mile radius of those.

It carries a lot more data, but no spam.

5 days ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

WillAffleckUW You will still have to buy reading glasses (539 comments)

As you age, you'll realize why they sell bifocals and how come people who never had glasses buy reading glasses when they get old.

5 days ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

WillAffleckUW Poll Idea: Your fave SDCC experience (144 comments)

Choose one of the below:

1. Waiting in line for three hours for a badly mixed movie I could have watched next week
2. Dressing up as a Superhero without realizing how overweight I was until I saw it on the news
3. Becoming a Furry. What goes on in Furry rooms, stays in Furry rooms.
4. Comics. Because, duh!
5. Cloning Wil Wheaton.

5 days ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

WillAffleckUW Re:First Vost (music or vid) (144 comments)

I presumed they meant video. I listen to lots of podcasts, including some that probably had been streamed, but were saved as higher quality files for offline consumption.

So, although technically Spotify is, I don't include it. I do count Comcast OnDemand and stuff like Netflix, or if I watch a Sounders game they streamed live.

Sometimes I just use my giant HDTV to watch stuff live and watch streamed stuff on twitter or some other app on a cell phone (that runs over cable wireless) or tablet. Mostly have removed stuff - getting rid of all the apps now.

5 days ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

WillAffleckUW Video is for lusers and PHBs (144 comments)

If you're not seeing the Matrix raw, you're doing it wrong, and they're lying to you.

5 days ago

Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

WillAffleckUW NSA and FBI and local cops already do (75 comments)

There are specific holes designed into all iPhones and iPads that show up in iOS allowing them to bypass any locking.

They're not "published" per se, but they're there and many suppliers of law enforcement software provide them, which work either over wireless or the data/power connection ports.

What warrants? They're already quartering troops in your pocket and purse.

I mention the iPhone and iPad angle, since more than 60 percent of all adult US citizens use those. You'd think Droids would be more popular, but that's not showing up in the government metrics.

about a week ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

WillAffleckUW Re:Same lies told about Canadian TFWP (224 comments)

Happened this summer, mostly May and June. Details in Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province and Georgia Straight, and Globe and Mail.

Comrade Harper had to "suspend" the TFWP because it meant his Conservative Party was not going to be reelected, and was going to lose half it's seats.

about a week ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

WillAffleckUW Re:Highly Skilled? (224 comments)

That's a sop to allow corporations to bring in H1-B to fill our community colleges.

Probably about half of the students in my math classes in Seattle Central are not American. Or Canadian.

Nothing wrong with that, but it's not helping with retraining when you outsource the jobs overseas.

about a week ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

WillAffleckUW Same lies told about Canadian TFWP (224 comments)

They said that they needed Temporary Foreign Workers and it would lead to full time jobs in Canada too.

And then the media got off their butts and figured out that it was really being used to provide cheap labour in Canadian restaurants instead of hiring local teens.

H1-B is a giant sucking sound of jobs being outsourced to India, and I don't mean native tribal lands here in North America.

about a week ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

WillAffleckUW Re:Red Dwarf (701 comments)

We will have been accelerating past the lightspeed barrier.

Watch out for future echos?

Smote me a kipper, I'll be bonsai for breakfast!

about a week ago



IBM patents encryption technique to run unencyrpted VMs and programs

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 7 months ago

WillAffleckUW (858324) writes "Infoworld reports IBM has a patent on an encryption method that, if implemented, allows you to process encrypted data without having to decrypt it first.

Called "fully homomorphic encryption," this encryption method patent may result in software products in the near future.

Normally, encrypted data must be decrypted entirely before any math or programming operations can be run. Homomorphic encryption (HE), however, lets you perform math directly on the encrypted data and have the results show in the underlying data.

From a security viewpoint, there is no need to decrypt any data and expose it to attack.Supposedly, programs (or entire VMs) could run while encrypted and exchange encrypted data between themselves while running.

Bruce Schneier in 2009 pointed out this is not a new technique: "Visions of a fully homomorphic cryptosystem have been dancing in cryptographers' heads for thirty years."

Schneier pointed out this technique could take longer to tun, but IBM claims that Victor Shoup and Shai Halevi of tT. J. Watson Research Center, claim to have taken Gentry's original breakthroughs and implemented them practically, with a released open source, GPL-licensed C++ library to perform HE, mostly meant for researchers working on HE.

"Hopefully in time we will be able to provide higher-level routines," writes Halevi.

Bob Gourley of writes, "I have seen nothing in any of the research that makes me think a solution can be put in place that cannot be defeated by bad guys. And if that can’t be done then the solution will not solve any problems, it will just add processing overhead."

Since the implemented may not be that efficient, IBM has public challenges for its HE schemes, allowing successful attacks on the Gentry-Halevi implementation of HE to be examined in detail."

Link to Original Source

When Twitter Went Down I (poll)

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 2 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "(Poll)

When Twitter Went Down I:

(a) Fell into a pit of despair
(b) Laughed at our successful hack
(c) High fived the guys in my NSA team who did it
(d) Had a meal with my Chinese counterparts who took it down
(e) What's Twitter"

Link to Original Source

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "According to InfoWorld, there has been a subpeona of L.G. Phillips over possible anti-competitive practices by them about LCD pricing. This would involve not just LCD monitors, but also their HDTV lines. First they were visited by the Korean Fair Trade Commission, then the Japanese Fair Trade Commission issued a notice to their offices in Tokyo, and now the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a subpoena to their offices in San Jose, California.

Not only that, but apparently, in addition to the recent investigations of chip manufacturers and suppliers, this LCD investigation may spread to other companies."

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW (858324) writes "I think Slashdot needs to wake up and smell the fact that most of us here want to buy a Wii, not a PS3.

To acknowledge that, they need to can the lame PS3 poll - dude, look at the stats, we ain't buyin it till it's less than $300 retail - and post a new post-PS3-rollout pre-Wii-rollout POLL:

Got Mine Preordered
Launch Day
Bought a PS3
Bought an xBox360, playing it!
When Spore comes out on the Wii

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WillAffleckUW writes "According to a cNet story, GameStop and EBX will be taking Nintendo Wii preorders for $50 down on Friday, Oct. 13. However, they also said "Due to extremely limited supply, we expect to reach our limit very quickly, most likely in minutes. We will not accept additional preorders at that time," in an email.

On Tuesday they sold out of preorders for Sony new PlayStation 3 video game console, which is in tighter supply constraints. Severe shortages are expected for both the Wii and PS3 until the new year.

Nintendo said it will supply 4 million Wii units to US stores by year end, with Sony shipping 2 million PS3s, but a number of articles in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) and Fortune seem to indicate Sony will have a hard time shipping that many due to supply parts constraints."



I declare an Internet Fatwa on DC

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 2 months ago

Enough talk. The FCC has decided to end Net Neutrality.

I declare an Internet Fatwa on DC.

As a survivor of the First Use*Net Wars and part of the ARPA*NET 110 baud club, I declare an Internet Fatwa against all of DC.

Let them eat 14.4k!


Thoghts on Ukraine and Crimea

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 5 months ago

If I were the Ukraine, I'd sink my ships and block the Russian port right now.

Better than surrendering and there's nothing the Russians can do after that. The port becomes disabled for months.

Just ask the Japanese.


submitted encryption story

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 7 months ago

FYI, if you want to mod it up or add keywords, I posted a story to slashdot.

Just thought it was interesting.


Bought a replacement GPU for my home machine

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 7 months ago

The old one was overheating way too much, running 70 C or higher and even shutting down, while my 8 core CPU and everything else ran 20 C to 30 C.

Oh well. Spent half as much as when I bought the current one, got 4 times the memory and double fans.


FREEDOM! USA freed from NSA quartering troops in our cells

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 7 months ago

Today America was freed from Tyranny when the NSA was forced to stop quartering troops in our cell phones.

They still quarter troops in our PCs and xBox Ones though.


UW U District station starting construction a year early

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 months ago

They are digging starting a week from Monday at the station next to the UW Tower, since they finished the light rail to UW Husky Stadium. Just some cosmetic shell work and testing to do on that part.

Can you FEEL it?


Done with ENVS final

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 months ago

760 out of 1000 with a few extra bonus points before the exam - the exam is 240 total points so even if I did very badly I pulled a 4.0 and the three practice final exams were 88, 96, and 100 percent so highly unlikely I did badly.

Now for Calculus - again. God I hate that. Never use it. Never have used it. But, resistance is futile.


Got my Sounders seasons tix

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 months ago

Section 214 out of the rain - my son will probably go to some of the games with me, but sometimes he has to work ...


LG Phone Home

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 months ago

So, don't buy the LG sets - they phone home, with your personal browsing data, in DIRECT violation of my Constitutional Rights as both a US and a Canadian Citizen.

And you can't "click thru" or "sign away" Constitutional Rights in Canada.



Still 100 percent grade in ENVS 150

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 10 months ago

So far having fun in my Environmental Science course, pulling an A+ down (yes, I know they don't do such things any more, but my high school transcript is filled with A+ grades).

Skipped four questions (meant to go back, forgot) on the last quizzam, so got a low mark of only 88 out of 100, 3rd highest in class (would have been highest if I hadn't spaced), but since I had accumulated 20 bonus points by having my teams win the last two jeopardy events, still have 8 points left over and a perfect score.

Looking forward to taking two courses after Thanksgiving finals, new calendar up in a few weeks so I can get permission from the instructors. Then I'll be halfway to the Graduate Non-Matriculated PhD entry.


Another 9-11 another pointless war

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

If you actually cared about the extremist terrorists who have tried - unsuccessfully - to kill four of my direct relatives - brother, uncle, foster brother on 9-11 - and first cousin in Boston - you'd pull all the money we waste of Wars of Foreign Opportunity and spend it in America on BUILDING (not planning, building) solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal power and defund them. But, hey, keep ignoring the real problem.

Note: I don't count the ones from when I did counter-terrorism ops - I chose that.


What if they gave a war in Syria and we said No?

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

Look, I have nothing against using a drone attack on Assad himself, but I'm sick and tired of excuses for wars that end up being 99 percent fabrications after later analysis.

Take out Assad in Syria? Sure, go for it.

Start yet another unfunded war?

No. Heck no.


No Sonics, just Hockey

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

Well, everyone is upset at the Sonics decision.

Me, I was just hoping for a decent NHL team.

Hockey, that is.


Allison on crutches both surgeries done

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

So, my cousin Allison is now mobile, on crutches, after both surgeries from the Boston Marathon explosion caused shrapnel to hit her knee and leg.

The largest piece of shrapnel was the size of her hand.

She should be fine in a few weeks, will get updates from my Aunt Yanna and Uncle Len Saari who are staying with her to help out while she recuperates.

Glad to hear the Vancouver Sun Marathon and the Nelson BC marathon report large increases in people signing up. Living in Fear is what the (probably domestic) terrorists want.

It was her first marathon.


Allison in surgery for 2nd time today

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

She got thru the first surgery fine after the Boston Marathon bomb (she was 20 feet from the finish line when the first went off), and went in for surgery for her knee again today. Word is she is out of that.

Glad it's sunny.


Cousin wounded in Boston Marathon bombing

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

So, turns out my first cousin, Allison Saari Byrne, was in fact 20 feet from the finish line when the first bomb went off and was, in fact, wounded.

She's in for knee surgery right now but is alive and will be ok.

Seriously, why do people keep attacking my family. First my brother and uncle (World Trade 9-11 they worked there, but not in office during attack), now my uncle's daughter (my cousin).


Boston Marathon

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year ago

So, my cousin Allison was in the Boston Marathon.

Still no word.

Trying to be positive, but so far my uncle (her dad) and my brother survived 9-11 even though they worked in the World Trade Center, so just hoping our family's luck is still golden.


Now that the asteroid has hit

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Now that the asteroid has hit the earth, and everyone is dead, it's time to talk about how we're all going to deal with the Zombie Invasion in Canada.

Just waiting until I'm called up. Sigh.

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