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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

WillAffleckUW Re:So only 10 percent (111 comments)

But stop using fossil fuels
Do you know what most fertilizer is made of? Its not shit. Its oil.

I worked at Tek Cominco, idiot.

I know way more about it than you do.

2 days ago

Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

WillAffleckUW So only 10 percent (111 comments)

So, at most, this would help ameliorate 10 percent total of the increase in temps just this decade, which would still result in 25 to 50 percent crop failures?

Great. But stop using fossil fuels. We have cheaper technology already.

2 days ago

Machine Learning Reveals Genetic Controls

WillAffleckUW cis and mi regulation is not "bad" code (13 comments)

See, the problem is many of you don't get that what you think of as "noise" in the DNA is actually code. Shifted code. The internal mechanisms use cis regulation and miRNA, mRNA, cRNA to adapt to things going on in the environment.

It's not noise code, or broken code.

It's designed to do that.

If anyone had taken assembler and machine coding back in the old days of computing, they'd get it. You only have so much to code with, so you make it do multiple things.

2 days ago

Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

WillAffleckUW Re:Not a spy blimp (176 comments)


Technically it's an aerostat.

4 days ago

Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

WillAffleckUW Not a spy blimp (176 comments)

It carries gas.

Ever read Boneshaker?

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

WillAffleckUW I'm glad you're doing this (279 comments)

But remember that I see a lot of B.Sc. grads with Computing Science degrees and zero experience in IT.

Get into an intern position in IT, and get a GPA of 3.8 or more.

Masters degrees cost a lot more.

Doctorates cost even more.

At least you can write and RTFM.

4 days ago

Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

WillAffleckUW I should point out that WA has stronger privacy (440 comments)

I should point out that citizens of Washington State have a State Constitution which specifically gives us stronger privacy rights than most Americans.

You can't even use GPS trackers on our cars without a specific court order, even though you can do this in most states.

Same goes for our cell phone data.

Same goes for our front yards.

Now turn off your cop cam you're recording my lawn illegally, copper!

5 days ago

Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

WillAffleckUW Maps are limited by the cartographic method (149 comments)

A map by territory shows places that are pretty empty but have a common language.

A map by population has problems handling multiple languages in use in one location.

A map by language density using vertical bars or color shading to imply pop density might work, if dithered properly.

5 days ago

Snowden Leaks Prompt Internet Users Worldwide To Protect Their Data

WillAffleckUW Changing passwords regularly (53 comments)

From the most common hacked password (password) to the second most common password (death)

Or using their cat's name, found in all their FB pics, instead of their dog's name (same thing).

Yeah, that will do it.


5 days ago

Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted

WillAffleckUW Not a dark matter signal (66 comments)

It's black sheep, in an interstellar coal mine, with dark matter flashlights.

about a week ago

Where were we?

WillAffleckUW Re:Ted Cruz doesn't qualify. (11 comments)

Well, it's true. Unlike him, I was born less than a mile from the Alamo and my baby handprints are still there.

about a week ago

Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

WillAffleckUW Time to end all tax exemptions for non-immunizers (1050 comments)

Time to remove all tax exemptions and all tax deductions for all adults in household that don't immunize.

All of them.

(waits for panic as kids suddenly get immunized)

Yeah, I thought so.

about a week ago

Where were we?

WillAffleckUW Re:Ted Cruz doesn't qualify. (11 comments)

See, I was born in Texas, so I qualify, even though Ted Cruz doesn't.

Good call.

If Arnie couldn't make it happen, Ted won't.

about two weeks ago

Where were we?

WillAffleckUW I for one welcome President Warren (11 comments)

Nobody wants Hils.

Except old tired fogies out of touch with America and their toadies that think they control the party but don't.

about two weeks ago

Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

WillAffleckUW Illegal under US-Canada US-EU Data Treaties (135 comments)

Such automatic shrink wrap electronic contracts are illegal if used by dual citizens of the EU and/or Canada resident in the US, under the terms of the Data Treaties the US Senate signed.

Just saying.

about two weeks ago

Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

WillAffleckUW Accenture wants to outsource jobs (280 comments)

Just saying. I mean, they have offices here, we know them well, it's part of why the pipeline deals are falling apart, since the internal energy firm documents show they intend to outsource all the factory and tech jobs to overseas temporary workers.

Energy firms should be more like Seattle City Light (public utility) which realized that many renters and home owners have houses that aren't suitable for installing solar or wind - e.g. in cities, part of a townhouse complex or condo or apartment where the bill payer can't easily install their own solar or wind power, but is willing to buy shares in City Light owned solar installations (in city) or wind farms (outside city).

Adapt or die.

Capitalism cares nothing for your heavily taxpayers subsidized fossil fuel lifestyle. Solar and wind are currently cheaper than oil and coal, for example. Remove the tax subsidies and cheap mining leases and fossil fuels would be even less optimal for consumers.

about two weeks ago



IBM patents encryption technique to run unencyrpted VMs and programs

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year 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."

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  |  about 8 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 8 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 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."



Apple iPhone and Watch today

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 3 months 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?


I declare an Internet Fatwa on DC

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 7 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 10 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 a year 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  |  1 year,2 days

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  |  1 year,5 days

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  |  1 year,15 days

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  |  1 year,15 days

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  |  1 year,24 days

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 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.



Still 100 percent grade in ENVS 150

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about a year 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 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.


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.


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.


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).


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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