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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

WillAffleckUW Re:Fission is Dead (211 comments)

sorry, had to mock fission reactor locations first, throw in a Pacific Rim 2 reference.

2 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

WillAffleckUW Re:Fission = bad, but not super-bad (211 comments)

The vast majority of cheap solar is in fact passive solar, and solar heating/coooling, not solar panels per se.

Comparing construction accidents for anything done on top of buildings we find they're no more risky than roofing in general.

Same applies to fusion reactors. The main problems are with radiation shielding, which is the part that becomes radioactive over time. Because it's doing it's job.

You still have to dispose of it the same way you do with fission reactors, and the materials used in modern fusion have some "salts" that are very unpleasant if not kept separate, and the method to create them can be a bit controversial at times. But all forms of energy creation have negative consequences.

2 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

WillAffleckUW Re:Fission is Dead (211 comments)

I'm sorry, you racist European, you forgot Japan.

You know, Japan where two of their fission reactors are too close to an active volcano that will probably make them explode within ten years.

2 days ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

WillAffleckUW Not surprised at the Soviet State of Georgia (319 comments)

I for one am not surprised that the former USSR state of Georgia, now a sovereign Communist Nation, thinks that. ... oh ... wait

The US State of Georgia.

Oh my fracking God!

Are they insane?

3 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

WillAffleckUW Looks like he won (280 comments)

If all browsers in November will have SSL3 turned off by default, then he won.

All because the NSA wanted a crypto back door.

Note: fixing SSL won't fix the other methods, which involve spoofing cell and provider feeds and using the other computing devices inside your cell and network like your printers and GPUs and (long list).

3 days ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

WillAffleckUW Re:This is why tabeltop games are so fun (156 comments)

oh and I'm almost done with the WOD For The Horde quest chain - will finish this weekend after homework, since I have a test tomorrow.

Remember: fun. If you're not doing fun, ask yourself which of your players are using the content. If most don't use it, you forgot to add fun.

3 days ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

WillAffleckUW This is why tabeltop games are so fun (156 comments)

You get together with a bunch of friends with drinks and snacks and play a game.

Fun to design.

Fun to play.

If you're more worried about your metrics, you're doing it wrong.

3 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

WillAffleckUW He lives in a state with no income or cap gains (818 comments)

One should point out that Bill Gates lives in a state where we have zero state income tax, zero capital gains tax, and his dividends aren't taxed either when he donates them to his own charities.

The problem is that rich people already have massive assets that produce income - everyone else doesn't.

The median wealth of all African-Americans is about $200. Total.
The median wealth of all Hispanic-Americans is about $500. Total.
The median wealth of all rich corporate lawyer's sons whose mums served on charity boards and went to private schools and live in his house is $60 Billion.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

WillAffleckUW Re:Are you patenting software? (223 comments)

Totally agree.

Oh, and if you're patenting business processes, take a leap off a short pier.

4 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

WillAffleckUW Re:Leftovers from Iran-Iraq War (376 comments)

Exactly.

The stuff we (US) sold them.

But not WMD.

Remember, the current Iraq is pretty much a puppet state of Iran now, after we "trained" them, with the exception of the Kurds.

4 days ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

WillAffleckUW Windows 7: USB3 called and wants a refund (137 comments)

This is kind of sad, I've had two USB3 ports for the last 4 years on my eight core Win 7 machine, in addition to all the USB2 ones.

4 days ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

WillAffleckUW Re:Windows 7 (137 comments)

Have to agree. Still haven't heard of a single reason to "upgrade" from Windows 7 yet.

Just because it fixes the disaster that was Windows 8 doesn't mean it's better.

4 days ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

WillAffleckUW So far it works fine, dinged 90 and all (137 comments)

So far, I've found it works fine.

Halfway through the quests after I dinged 90 last night, looking forward to the Horde title.

Oh, you mean "MSFT" ... um, nobody wants to "upgrade" from Win7 dude.

Nobody.

Seriously, go talk to Clippy. Maybe he can help you.

4 days ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

WillAffleckUW Re:66 pct of America worried about Ebola (264 comments)

To be exact, I mean thousands of people will die from influenza, not the actual shot itself. Which you should get. It's going to be (and already is) one of those years.

Oh, and consider patching your libraries, if you use open source. Most of the hacks were due to people not patching libraries, after someone did identify vulnerabilities.

Now, excuse me, I have an email from a Nigerian Prince who wants to give me money.

5 days ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

WillAffleckUW 66 pct of America worried about Ebola (264 comments)

Look, people in the USA are more worried about Ebola, an infinitesimal risk, than are worried about getting a polio shot (we're losing herd immunity in major cities right now) or a flu shot (which WILL kill thousands of people this year).

I'm not that concerned that "the public" is worried about Open Source, as most of the people polled think it means "open sores".

5 days ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

WillAffleckUW Once we discover Mars has Martians (214 comments)

Face it, any excuse to offworld jobs will work for US corporations.

5 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

WillAffleckUW Fun facts about security (545 comments)

1. Security is really about perception, and perceived barriers to entry.

2. Overly complex passwords end up being written down. Great if you already have secure locations that are difficult to access, bad if you have many public entries.

3. Sadly, MSFT was right about Security through Obscurity. The less visible a resource and entrances are, the less likely people are to try to hack them. The more boring, the better.

4. The most effective way to defeat security is through human social engineering. Every time. Without fail.

5. see 4.

6. But password encryption rules! see 4.

7. The greatest number of security breaches has always been through portable devices not secured properly and physically stolen or borrowed. Laptops, cell phones, those all have Internet. There's your most likely security breach.

8. See 7.

9. If you're worried about the NSA CSIS or other agencies, you're wasting your time. They're already in your systems. But they're stupid, and have no idea about old school WW II and thereabouts tradecraft. Use that. It will drive them insane.

10. Most security methods from WW II are still useable. Dazzle paint still defeats human facial recognition. Ministry of silly walks still defeats pattern analysis of human following on security vids. Really. Kind of surprising, but true. Mostly because modern intel agencies are too stupid.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

WillAffleckUW Mixture of factors (445 comments)

Duration of dating before marriage would be a good predictor, as would female desire for wealthy spouse (negative) and male desire for pretty spouse (negative), in that duration will allow a couple to get past the "in love" phase to the "love" phase, and looks and wealth fade.

Sunk costs of giant weddings and social pressures account for most of the rest.

The question is, are you happy? What do you define as happy?

My grandparents all got married with an expectation that their spouse was their partner. Marriage used to be more about family and stability than about other stuff.

about a week ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

WillAffleckUW I am shocked, shocked I tell you (228 comments)

That we are still doing what we have been doing since the War of Independence.

Not.

about a week ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

WillAffleckUW Just get a flu shot (478 comments)

If you live in North America and you don't have any direct flights to your city from Africa, just go get a flu shot.

And if you've been avoiding one, get your polio shots too.

Those are real threats that kill people.

But Ebola?

Not here.

More people die texting in just one city here than die from Ebola.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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IBM patents encryption technique to run unencyrpted VMs and programs

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 10 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 CTOvision.com 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."

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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
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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."
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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:

Wii?
Got Mine Preordered
Launch Day
Christmas
Bought a PS3
Bought an xBox360, playing it!
When Spore comes out on the Wii
Never"
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WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 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."

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Apple iPhone and Watch today

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a month ago

Look, I have an iPhone 5. I've owned iMacs, Mac SE, and my first software I paid for was for the Apple II+.

But I'm not that impressed today.

A watch? Why? Who wears those things? Just look at your phone.

Pay by phone? That was around in the 1980s in Japan and South Korea.

Seriously, what's next, Apple VCRs and Shoulderpads?

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I declare an Internet Fatwa on DC

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 5 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!

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Thoghts on Ukraine and Crimea

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 8 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.

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submitted encryption story

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 10 months ago

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

http://slashdot.org/submission/3236635/ibm-patents-encryption-technique-to-run-unencyrpted-vms-and-programs

Just thought it was interesting.

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Bought a replacement GPU for my home machine

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 10 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.

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FREEDOM! USA freed from NSA quartering troops in our cells

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 10 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.

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UW U District station starting construction a year early

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 10 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?

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Done with ENVS final

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 10 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.

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Got my Sounders seasons tix

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year 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 ...

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LG Phone Home

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year 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.

THEFT IS THEFT!

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Still 100 percent grade in ENVS 150

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  1 year,10 days

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.

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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.

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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.

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No Sonics, just Hockey

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Well, everyone is upset at the Sonics decision.

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

Hockey, that is.

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Allison on crutches both surgeries done

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year and a half 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.

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Allison in surgery for 2nd time today

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year and a half 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.

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Cousin wounded in Boston Marathon bombing

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year and a half 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).

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Boston Marathon

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year and a half 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.

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