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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

bobbied Wait a min.... (441 comments)

REPUBLICANS did this?

Not so fast. This was obviously written by a partisan hack from the democrat side. How do I know?

1. Republicans do not yet control the senate. Despite having a good election and winning the majority of seats in the senate, they will not be seated until JANUARY 2015. We are in a lame duck congress, meaning the only thing that has changed from before the election is some senators know they are going home soon. The names have not yet changed on the office doors. Democrats are still in control.

2. This bill passed the Republican controlled house, meaning it had to receive at least SOME Republican support.

3. A number of Republican Senators voted for cloture on the bill which required 60 votes. This means there where democrats that DID NOT vote for cloture.

So, Why would Slashdot engage in something so obviously partisan and blame Republicans? Shame on you. This bill's fate was decided by both sides, not just one.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

bobbied Re:But I thought... (441 comments)

The article is misleading. Some Republican Senators voted for cloture. This bill also was passed by the Republican controlled house. It's failure to proceed was bipartisan, and included a number of democrats not voting for cloture. Like it or not, Republicans are NOT YET in control of the Senate. The new congress is not seated until January 2015.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

bobbied Re:Dems who held the Senate for SIX FUCKING YEARS (441 comments)

Oh, and need we point out that Republican votes were required to get it out of the house and all that failed was a cloture vote to cut off debate...

Not to mention that a number of Republicans actually voted FOR cloture...

about a week ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

Look, either go full 100% electric and just put in chargers everywhere, or use CNG

If you're going to talk about existing distribution infrastructure, why not choose Option C: Propane autogas? It's #3 in the States (behind gas and diesel) as well as the most common alternative fuel worldwide...

Works for me, propane is a bit more expensive than CNG, but why not? It's been used for a long time as a motor fuel too. Hydrogen is still just a stupid idea though.

about a week ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

Where, pray tell, are you going to get burnable hydrogen? From Water? Have fun with that.

You obviously don't understand what it takes to convert water into hydrogen fuel. HINT: Lots and LOTS of electricity, which, despite what you might think, cannot be produced for free. Windmills and solar cells cost money and harm the environment. Industrially, Hydrogen is currently produced FROM Natural Gas, not water.

But never mind all that.... Try this one. Using hydrogen as a method to "store energy" is a stupid approach. You would be better off using currently available battery technologies (lead acid, Li-Ion etc) by nearly 10 times.

about a week ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

Oh sure Natural Gas is cheaper, it has to be.

As I posted previously, where do you suppose we get hydrogen now? For industrial supplies we reform natural gas, which involves steam and fairly high temperatures. Processing and storage of hydrogen is harder than for natural gas. So, hydrogen will be more expensive, it simply has to be. Start with Natural gas, process by adding heat to get hydrogen, suffer larger losses in the storage and distribution of hydrogen and it will ALWAYS be more expensive.

And before you start down the "just use solar/wind power to split hydrogen" understand that neither of these technologies are cost effective and doing what you suggest is much less efficient than even Lithium Ion batteries.

about two weeks ago
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Major Brain Pathway Rediscovered After Century-old Confusion, Controversy

bobbied Re:A cautionary tale ... (114 comments)

Now, where did I leave my keys?

Next to the cell phone.

about two weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

Again, just in case it wasn't clear from my first response. Who is concerned about Hydrogen's safety? Hydrogen Gas is no less safe than Natural Gas and I'm not debating this aspect.

What I AM saying is that Hydrogen is a stupid idea when you consider the engineering efficiency of the whole system. Just burn Natural Gas as a motor fuel, it's easier and more efficient (and cheaper as a result).

about two weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

Huh? Who's talking about safety here?

about two weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:Not For Me (194 comments)

You have to start somewhere. If we required the full infrastructure to be in place first then we would never advance at all. This may or may not end up working in the long term, but could theoretically have the advantages of gas (i.e. pour some liquid into your car every few miles) and the advantages of electric vehicles (efficiencies of scale by generating large amounts of power instead of all the cars generating small amounts inefficiently).

Why do the hydrogen canard then? Why not burn Compressed Natural Gas? Nearly all the benifits and CHEAP fuel too...

Oh, and before you start into the "Using free solar electricity to disassociate hydrogen from water at home" exercise, let me remind you that even solar power costs (both in money and environmental damage), the process is wildly inefficient and currently the industrial source of hydrogen today is reforming natural gas.

about two weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:At -40F/C? (194 comments)

You know what the major by-products of combustion of regular gasoline are, right?

Oh stop with all the facts... You are confusing people with the truth.

about two weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:Chicken/Egg (194 comments)

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is what we should use. We have a LOT of it in the States, it's currently cheap, and we already have distribution infrastructure for it. Industrial sources of hydrogen come from Natural Gas anyway... Oh, and gas stations that sell CNG already exist.

about two weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:No, really -they don't say how. (194 comments)

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is what we should use. We have a LOT of it in the States, it's currently cheap, and we already have distribution infrastructure for it. Industrial sources of hydrogen come from Natural Gas anyway...

about two weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

Hydrogen is a stupid idea.

Use CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and just forget this nutty hydrogen idea. Getting Hydrogen from water and electricity is wildly inefficient and thus extremely expensive. It's also not a very good motor fuel because it takes some pretty major modifications to existing motors.

Do you know where we get most of our industrial hydrogen gas? From Natural Gas. Guess what? We already have a distribution infrastructure in most of the States for Natural Gas. We should just cut to the chase and go to CNG which burns very clean with a minimum of modifications to existing engines. All this hydrogen talk is just hype..

about two weeks ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

bobbied Re:How do I refill it? (194 comments)

Hydrogen is still a stupid idea.

Look, either go full 100% electric and just put in chargers everywhere, or use CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and just forget this nutty hydrogen idea. Hydrogen is hard to obtain and store and there is no existing distribution infrastructure to speak of.

Does anybody here know where we get most of our industrial hydrogen gas? From Natural Gas. Guess what? We already have a distribution infrastructure in most of the States for Natural Gas. We should just cut to the chase and go to CNG which burns very clean with a minimum of modifications to existing engines. All this hydrogen talk is just hype..

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

bobbied Re:That's nothing (187 comments)

Woolly Mammoth = Kim Jong Un in a wool sweater?

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

bobbied Re:Microsoft Office (102 comments)

A few years back there was no shortage of competitors who claimed to do everything MS Office did (or Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) at 1/10 or 1/100 or 1/10**6 of the price.

Guess what product most people want to use today? Sounds like Amazon's Oracle killer is another OpenOffice or "Yeah, Write".

Hey, I use Open Office all the time on my Windows laptop... But I'm a confirmed penny pincher who has some IT experience.

But I think you miss the point that we are discussing infrastructure level stuff that the end user NEVER sees. So your example doesn't really wash. MS Office is entrenched because it's what people know and use at work, it's what they are used to. Who knows what relational database the application uses? Not the end user.

What's actually happening is Oracle is falling out of favor in new development. There are cheaper options that do the job just as well. So Oracle is facing a declining user base as they loose market share. It may take decades to die, but Oracle is done unless they can start to capture more of the new development market share. The end user doesn't care what database is the application uses, as long as it works.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database

bobbied Re:What's the Difference? (102 comments)

I'm a bit of a DB n00b, but know my way around MySQL. What's the difference between Oracle and MySQL for example. In my experience Oracle DBs tend to be a lot faster, than open source implementations. But is this inherently true, or is it all in the implementation, are there things you can do in Oracle that you can't do in MySQL, or MSSQL?

What's the difference?

Mainly, for most customers, PRICE is the only real difference.

It's not support, it's not functionality, it's not even performance (usually), it's about what you pay.

For some customers, there are some unique features that Oracle brings or performance increases they have, but you pay though the nose for it. Usually the people that need these features can afford to buy from Oracle so that's what they do. There is some name recognition that gets your product into some place it wouldn't go otherwise, but that doesn't happen all that much.

Apart from that, it's about money and Oracle fleecing people who could get a database and support cheaper from other vendors using other products..

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

bobbied Re:Affected Student Here (320 comments)

So... What are you going to do in the YEARS of time this will take and how are you going to come up with the THOUSANDS of dollars this will cost to "protect your good name?"

If you really go to Duke.... I suggest that if you cheated in CS 102 you turn yourself in...

Aside from that, I think you picked the wrong NC school. Stay away from anything blue in that state and pick the red school. (Howl)

about two weeks ago

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Former NSA Chief says "Isis are using Snowden leaks to evade intellegence"

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 3 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Former NSA Deputy Chief Chris Ingles claims that the information that Snowden leaked is being used by ISIS to evade intelligence gathering by the NSA. He also said "militants in Iraq and Syria are 'clearly' harder to track down since the rogue agent made freely available a wealth of top-secret information about how the U.S. government hunts its enemies online."

The Ex NSA Deputy Chief is claiming that what was leaked by Snowden goes way beyond what was necessary to expose Snowden's privacy concerns and has severely damaged the NSA's ability to collect intelligence by exposing their methods so they can be evaded."

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NASA to perform reformat of Mars Rover Opportunity flash storage

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 3 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "After a ten years of survival on the Martian surface, Opportunity continues to show that it is getting older. Recently the computer has been resetting itself more and more often. Controllers believe that the flash memory where the rover stores it's variable instructions has a number of bad cells which have simply worn out and stopped working. Doing a reformat operation will find these cells and remove them from use, hopefully eliminating the problematic reboots.

So, "Have you tried to re flash the firmware and power cycle it?" really IS rocket science."

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Edward Snowden is not alone!

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 4 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Apparently Edward Snowden is not alone. CNN is reporting http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/05/... that recent leaked documents published by "the Intercept" (a website that has been publishing Snowden's leaked documents) could not have been leaked by Snowden because they didn't exist prior to his fleeing the USA and he couldn't possibly have accessed them. Authorities are said to be looking for a new leaker."
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Earthquake warning issued for central Oklahoma

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about 7 months ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "A rare warning has been issued by the US Geological survey today, warning of an increased risk of a damaging earthquake (magnitude 5.0 or greater) in central Oklahoma. There have been more earthquakes in Oklahoma (per mile) than California this year, prompting the USGS to issue their warning today (May 5, 2014).

This warning is the FIRST such warning to be issued for a state east of the Rockies."

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DHS destroyed computers, keyboards, mice over malware

bobbied bobbied writes  |  about a year ago

bobbied (2522392) writes "Irrational fear and lack of understanding leads to the destruction of HHS computing equipment which had been possibly infected with malware. "The agency spent $1.06 million on “building a temporary infrastructure, pending long-term IT solution;” $823,000 on hiring the cybersecurity contractor; $688,000 on “contractor assistance for a long-term recovery solution;" and $4,300 to destroy $170,000 worth of tech equipment." They destroyed computers, TVs, keyboards, mice, printers and cameras to rid themselves of dreaded malware. Seems it worked.

In true government fashion, seems they just spent a boat load of taxpayer money on nothing. Next time just reload the operating system if push comes to shove (or you simply have to be 100% sure it is gone).

Which one of you slashdot readers cashed that $823,000 check? Well done sir or madam.. Well done!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/10/us-agency-destroys-computers/"

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