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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

amorsen Re:Fundamental failure of process design (193 comments)

That is pretty much how industry works. There is a right way to shut down a plant, and it involves a lot of things done in the right order. You can do an emergency shut down, and that will not kill anyone, but you will at minimum have to throw a lot of the stuff away that was going through the plant at the time.

Steel works are about a worst-case example of this. Lose power at the wrong time and you have no-longer-melted steel stuck in all the wrong places with no way to remove it. Removing this risk is impossible.

yesterday
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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

amorsen Re:What took them so long? (193 comments)

It is difficult to think of something LESS secure than plugging USB sticks into production equipment. I will take ethernet over that any time. At least the ethernet controller and driver is likely to be fairly secure, unlike the USB host and driver.

yesterday
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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

amorsen Re:What took them so long? (193 comments)

Moreover, if they do exist they should be wholly insulated from the Internet

Systems which are insulated from the Internet rarely get security updates and security reviews often miss them. Yet all it takes is a compromised laptop on the wrong network or a USB stick inserted into the wrong machine, and suddenly the whole "secure" network is up for the taking.

Critical systems should be designed to function despite FSB, Mossad, and the NSA all have having direct access to every LAN. Alas, that is practically impossible to achieve today, industrial systems and management functions do not have the necessary security features to work in such an environment.

yesterday
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Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

amorsen Re:More Tesla lies..... (128 comments)

Show me a car that gets 6l/100km *and* has an 80l gas tank and I'll sell you a bridge.

I know it is cheating, but you can fairly easily do 1000 miles per tank in a modern diesel, as long as you stay below 60mph or so and avoid cities. I did around 40l for around 1200km over a couple of weeks in a rented BMW.

2 days ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

amorsen Re:I blame Microsoft (147 comments)

They work for bilingual users. Case-insensitive file systems are limited to languages with identical case folding. The rest of us are screwed.

3 days ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

amorsen Re:I blame Microsoft (147 comments)

do you feel it's a good thing for something.dat and Something.dat to reference two different files? Because that would never confuse users, right?

Case sensitivity is locale-dependent. If the user is bilingual, the file system then has to guess which language the user is thinking in when opening files.

3 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

amorsen Re:Why not push toward collapse? (425 comments)

They were a truly great people and culture who were light years ahead of this disgusting and degenerate "progressive"/Jewish multiculturalist tyranny we find ourselves subjected to.

You missed the memo. You people are supposed to be on the Jewish side against Islam now.

4 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

amorsen Re:Why not push toward collapse? (425 comments)

Well, Iraq was pushed to collapse. That did not go so well. Syria was pushed to collapse. Not ideal either.

Burma/Myanmar was not pushed to collapse, and instead relations were softened. That is going fairly well.

I am not sure the push-to-collapse strategy has any successes to its name. Well possibly Germany 1945.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

amorsen Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

The problem with electric pianos is likely to be the speaker, not the electronics.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

amorsen Re:Sad that the far left screws this up. (395 comments)

A nuclear reactor has a life span in decades, and needs more than a decade to pay itself back. There is no way anyone is going to make that investment when the business case involves something as speculative as tar sand. Tar sand is barely profitable now, who knows what it will be like in 2 or 5 years, never mind the 20+ you need to justify building a reactor.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

amorsen Re:Sad that the far left screws this up. (395 comments)

The same amount of oil will be burned if it comes from tar sands or from a well.

Oil from a well causes considerably less CO2 emission compared to oil from tar sands. The tar sand does not boil itself.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

amorsen Re:Sad that the far left screws this up. (395 comments)

So the master plan is to force producers to burn more fuel in the course of providing fuel so that consumers will burn less fuel?

More or less, yes. An actual extraction tax which would provide revenue (and replace harmful wage taxes) would be infinitely preferable, of course. However that is not on the table,

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

amorsen Re:Sad that the far left screws this up. (395 comments)

The difficulty of transporting oil away from the tar sands works as a tax on that oil. A tax which is applied right at the production of the worst kind of fossil fuel we currently have. Keystone XL will remove most of that tax. As it is, tar sand oil is right on the cusp of being economical, and therefore lowering the costs is going to increase production a lot.

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

amorsen Re:This whole issue is like watching... (395 comments)

Your solutions must be cost neutral or very nearly cost neutral or must be cheaper then existing models.

If you want to keep the system active and you really have no choice here... then you're going to have to play the game. Learn the rules or lose.

What if the set of cost neutral solutions is empty?

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

amorsen Re:Nukes Now (395 comments)

No other technology - not solar, not wind, not whatever green scheme you dream up - can produce electricity on a large scale.

This is not true. Both solar and wind can scale as far as you want. There are few places where at least one is not an option, and both can generate way more energy than the world uses (particularly solar).

Given the current construction times for nuclear reactors in the West which approaches a couple of decades from proposal to first production, nuclear is likely to be too little, too late. But by all means, build some nuclear power plants. Particularly if you are in a country which is fucked when it comes to solar and wind, like England.

about a week ago
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IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

amorsen Re:Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (115 comments)

How bits have to change before it is no longer infringing?

Copyright does not work like that. If you AES encrypt something and end up with Star Wars, you are completely in the clear. Your copy of Star Wars is not copyrighted, because it is not a copy of Star Wars, it is just a bunch of random bits that showed up.

Is it the data that is infringing, or how I created it?

The latter.

So am I going to get sued because these 30 billion bits, manipulated in one specific way, could become Star Wars?

Yes.

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

amorsen Re:We'd have less of this with better sound reprod (244 comments)

And if you do an A/B test, most "people" can't tell the difference between Coke or Pepsi. These are not smart people.

Limiting sales to smart people is not going to get the record company execs any yachts.

Automatic gain adjustment based on proper human hearing models would limit the volume of the range compressed songs, even the peaks. I.e. non-compressed songs would be allowed higher peak volume.

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

amorsen Re:We'd have less of this with better sound reprod (244 comments)

If you do an A B X test, people will consistently prefer loud over quiet, even if the volume difference is small. People still listen to songs on the radio, and if your song is not loud enough, it will not get popular.

This could be trivially avoided if the radio stations did automatic gain adjustment based on a proper model of how humans perceive sound.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

amorsen Re:Really? (772 comments)

I think it will be obvious to the reader which of us uses baseless smear without references.

As to Putin, I have made my views on him perfectly clear. Shall I compare him to Hitler again just to placate you? George Bush junior is no Hitler and not even a Putin, but that is damning with faint praise.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

amorsen Re:Really? (772 comments)

Leaving marks or not is a choice for any half-way competent torturer. Being brutal without leaving marks is something which was first developed around 1920 and which has been refined since then. England, France, and the United States have led the world in this, and various governments around the world have been quick to learn from their examples. The reason is, of course, to mislead people like you into believing that torture is not torture.

See Torture and Democracy by Darius Rejali.

about two weeks ago

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