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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

WillAffleckUW Oh please get real - here at UW we make stuff (548 comments)

Seriously, all this "it's too hard" stuff by researchers at other universities.

Listen up, children, coal, oil, and other fossil fuels are no longer cheaper than solar or wind any longer.

Heck, you can literally cut GHG emissions in half for existing coal plants just by installing scrubbers and using cogeneration.

Now I know it's hard to admit that installing 1980s coal technology could improve the basic 1918 coal plant design, but if you stop reading industry funded "oh it's too hard" PR flak maybe you can figure it's not that hard.

And that's just coal.

Here at the UW we literally can make cheaper solar energy - solar biofilms that shape to cars or walls, windows that absorb energy but still let light in (think of those fancy window shades you see in SF movies), or you can just use low carbon emission wood frame buildings with high insulation properties and passive solar.

We MAKE that stuff. You whine that you can't do it. We build many giant buildings across our 50,000 person campus.

It's the 21st Century, children. Not the 18th. Wake up and adapt. Cause you're out of time.

yesterday
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

WillAffleckUW Re:Obligatory Welcome! (140 comments)

This is not the Clippy that you are looking for (waves hand)

4 days ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

WillAffleckUW I for one welcome our new robotic (140 comments)

Hmm, I guess they still crash as often as Windows does.

Brings new meaning to the phrase, Blue Scream of Death.

4 days ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

WillAffleckUW According to an equally valid poll (243 comments)

In a recent poll conducted randomly via the Internet among people who are girl gamers, we found that 99 percent think breastfeeding images are none of your business.

Equally sound on a statistical basis, and just as randomized, with a t value of 42.

about a week ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

WillAffleckUW Re:ROFL (privacy in Cdn Constitution) (231 comments)

They still think it's the 80s there.

It is still the 80s everywhere. We are still living the Reagan/Thatcher nightmare. God help us all.

Not in Seattle. Or Vancouver BC.

(for now)

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

WillAffleckUW Re:ROFL (privacy in Cdn Constitution) (231 comments)

More to the point, it was made by somebody who didn't realize that the supreme court's already ruled that we've got a right to anonymity.

Well, Ontario has always been behind the times. They still think it's the 80s there.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

WillAffleckUW Re:ROFL or OPP (231 comments)

I'm down with OPP.
You know what I mean.
They're the Blue Law Cops from the land of noughts.
And they need cartoon instructions to pee.

Eh?

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

WillAffleckUW Luckily most of Canada ignores Ontario (231 comments)

And, for that matter, Communication is a Federal responsibility under the Canadian Constitution, which has strong privacy rights that the Ontario Police and the PM hate.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

WillAffleckUW We also have fusion reactors (110 comments)

Now if those could be directly controlled by a human brain.

oops

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Warren Ellis a Question

WillAffleckUW Re:Beard me (58 comments)

I'm trying to grow a beard, and my kids hate it, and it's itchy. What are the upsides of having a full beard?

maybe you can tie shiny objects in it?

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Warren Ellis a Question

WillAffleckUW Do you forsee the future as utopian or dystopian? (58 comments)

Wondering if you think we are looking at a dystopian future, or utopian future?

Is it easier to do graphic novels for one or the other?

about three weeks ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

WillAffleckUW Sorry, violation of Treaties with EU and Canada (328 comments)

Your lack of privacy rights for American citizens do not apply to people who may or may not be citizens of countries you signed treaties with.

Translation: Nope.

When the US Senate affirms an international treaty, it overrides all lower decisions, including those of the US House signed into law.

Virginia is for lusers.

about three weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

WillAffleckUW Re:Russia - you know it's true (445 comments)

Two spaceship crashes in one week does seem awful suspicious, so sabotage seems like a plausible explanation. Likewise Russia seems like a plausible culprit given the ongoing proxy war in Ukraine. But I'm not aware of any actual evidence to support these reasonable guesses.

I kinda doubt the Chinese would be involved. Current relations between Bushbama regime and CCP are, outwardly, pretty cordial.

No idea. Have no field intel to this effect. But my suspicion meter is on yellow.

about three weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

WillAffleckUW Re:Russia - you know it's true (445 comments)

lol - wrong country. ex-CAF Army - built into all rocket tech by Russia back when this engine was made but you civvies don't know that, do you?

about three weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

WillAffleckUW Re:Just curious (ejection tech) (445 comments)

You'd have to eject the pilot and passengers in a unit that could survive re-entry at any point. In short ... nope.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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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
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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  |  about 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:

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  |  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."

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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?

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I declare an Internet Fatwa on DC

WillAffleckUW WillAffleckUW writes  |  about 6 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 9 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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  |  1 year,6 days

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  |  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.

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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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