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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

cwsumner It was not covered up (376 comments)

It wasn't covered up, I sat and watched the reports.
But the news services stopped reporting it as the election approached, apperently because they wanted to avoid calling their party a liar... 8-P

It sounds like the news people are trying to blame the silence on someone other than themselves.

yesterday
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

cwsumner Re:WMDs? Chemical weapons? Wait, what? (376 comments)

WMD, It's called "NBC" = Nuclear - Biological - Chemical. Using your own private definition doesn't make you correct...

yesterday
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

cwsumner Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Typical for industry. Most petrol stations I know of are not zoned in any kind of industrial area.

This will be ok to do in some area, but don't pretend that we can simply go and plug these into every petrol station.

Keep in mind that a lot of the people talking about this, here and other places, live in cities and don't believe that anything outside of the cities really exists...

But the remote locations will probably just stay the same (gasoline) until they can get a fusion power unit in a shipping container out back. 8-)

yesterday
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

cwsumner Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Wasn't he talking about the flywheel being in the filling station ??

yesterday
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Battery Breakthrough: Researchers Claim 70% Charge In 2 Minutes, 20-Year Life

cwsumner Re:No mention on capacity though (395 comments)

Moving all of the energy that a 85 kW-hr lithium-ion EV battery can hold into a battery in 2 or 5 minutes would require some truly dangerous amperage,
and some enormous amount of heat could be generated.

Go parallel. ...

Actually, it's the other way around. Charging of large packs is done in series, at a higher voltage, so that a large amount of power can be transferred at lower amperage. That's why long distance power lines use ultra-high voltages but relativly small wires.

The question is how do you avoid over-charging some of the cells, if they are not exactly matched. (Smart computerized power packs)
And, how high can a car charger voltage go, before it gets too dangerous. ( About 220 volts, maybe )

yesterday
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

cwsumner Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (235 comments)

As soon as we get ultra-high voltage power lines run over (or under) the oceans, the day side of the planet will be able to supply solar power to the night side.

P.S. I don't think the power transmission companies need to worry about solar power... 8-)

P.P.S. If you don't think this is plausable, consider that no one thought running telegraph wires (and later telephone) over the ocean was possible, either.

2 days ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

cwsumner Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (235 comments)

Every specialty has it own technical language, and words do not mean the same in different languages.
Most arguments end up being about the meaning of words.
No discussion is possible unless we can agree what the words used mean. And, the more technical the discussion, the more likely that words will -not- have the standard meaning.
Best not to get in a "death spiral" over it... 8-)

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

cwsumner Re:Make it less ugly (137 comments)

As an artist the flat Metro look drives me crazy; ...

It's supposed to look like a comic book, so the kids will like it. No artists involved, I'm sure.

The problem is that kids don't read paper comic books any more...

As an Engineer, I agree with you. Industrial users hate the flat look, it causes accidents.
The "3D look" is actually far advanced, as far as fast recognition and reliable operation.

The only reason the older computers had "flat look" (before windows) was because that was all they could handle.
On the other hand, it does seem to be "in" to play pixellated games, again... 8-)

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

cwsumner Re:As it is designed to do (137 comments)

... We're forcing people to adopt to some shitty UI instead of making the computer adapt to us. ...

Too many developers want to make the perfect UI. But everyone wants a different UI.

If a user does something expecting a certain result, that result should happen, if possible.
If there are a dozen ways to do something, that is ok. And not usually expensive, if it is done at the start.

Not everything is possible, but that is what user options are for. Not as specials, but standard operations that can be selected.

The idea that one thing is best for all, is an Elitist fantasy... 8-P

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

cwsumner Re:As it is designed to do (137 comments)

Oh horseshit, you are just a power user and Windows has NEVER EVER been set up for power users OOTB. Remember the damned search dog in XP? Clippy? MSFT has been trying to make things simpler and friendly since the days of MSBob and ya know what? regular Joes LOVE that shit! ...

Beginners love that stuff...

But after using it for a couple of weeks at work, every day, they are no longer beginners. And it does not take long for that stuff to grate on the nerves. That's why they all failed.

But if we could just turn it off when we are not longer liking it, that would be fine... 8-)

3 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

cwsumner Re:Too bad... (607 comments)

It's free 'cause government pays for it!

Famous last words... literally!

4 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

cwsumner Re:Too bad... (607 comments)

The problem, so far, with government making laws to account for the pollution costs. is that the politicians can't stand doing it in a neutral manner.
They always try to use it as a way to make money for the government and "soak the businesses". That "throws a wrench" into the economy.
If they could do it without sucking money out of people's pockets just for the politicians, then it could work ok. There have even been plans to do just that, from both sides. But the greedy pols shot them down.

4 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

cwsumner Re:Too bad... (607 comments)

I truly hope you're wrong - because if we burn all available fossil fuels then there is a very real possibility that we won't just be looking at high sea levels and global tropics and deserts, we'll be looking at a full on runaway greenhouse effect such as devastated Venus. ...

On the other hand, maybe it is the only thing holding off the next Ice Age, which is about ten thousand years overdue.

But then, we will probably catch another dinosaur killer asteroid before either happens, so cheer up. 8-}

4 days ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

cwsumner Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

If chimps are people, will they be able to vote? Hold political office? Cue the jokes.

I don't think that they would necessary need to be declared legally competent persons, just because they were given personhood status. That being said, I think I agree with those who say that perhaps we need a new classification instead.

Note that the new classification would be very similar to Slavery. 8-P

New laws, to fix bad things, often end up being worse that what they were supposed to fix. And sometimes, even an old bad fix that was tried before.

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

cwsumner Re:Many passwords just don't matter. (545 comments)

So who else has the keys to your password manager? And how do you know?
That's why they are not used more...

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

cwsumner Re:symbols, caps, numbers (545 comments)

all passwords should expire after at most 60

Why? How does this help with security?

If the password is cracked, then data can be lost in seconds.
So obviously everyone should be required to change the password every time they log on. ... 8-P ...
Hell people really -will- use dictionary words... direct from the dictionary!

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

cwsumner Re:Oh great (545 comments)

The dictionary attack doesn't know where the words are in the password. The entropy of a dictionary attack for a 5-10 word phrase is better than any 8 letter character, and much much better than 8 character password with regular rules.

A few years ago I would have agreed with you. But now days the entire poem, with the authors name, could be in the dictionary used to decode.
Also it can be checked, not as individual words, but as a linked list in multiple dimensions.

5 days ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

cwsumner Re:it solves some unicode issues (747 comments)

... The whole point of plain text logs, readable by standard tools, is that you can always find out what happened ... Let me tell you I do not want to have to deal with that shit at some ungodly hour. This is Windows Event Viewer crap.

Has no one written a Viewer for this log file? I could probably do it in a couple of hours, except Clarion only runs on Windows. ... (ducks and runs) 8-)

5 days ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

cwsumner Good thing? (94 comments)

Maybe it's a good thing. It raises at least the -possibilty- that it might be hard for other people to get his data, as well.

5 days ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

cwsumner Re:Hoax (972 comments)

You must have a GREAT Home Depot where you live. Mine doesn't have steam turbines and boilers.

Check Amazon and Ebay... 8-P

about a week ago

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WristWatch Sliderule: Casio Archive

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about three weeks ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "I ran across this in the Casio support site old products archive: A manual on how to use a wristwatch with a bult-in mechanical sliderule! For those who are to young to remember, a sliderule is a calculator from back before they had calculators.

And get off of my lawn! 8-)"

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DARPA releases catalog of open project information

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about 8 months ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "DARPA has invested in many programs that sponsor fundamental and applied research in areas of computer science, which have led to new advances in theory as well as practical software. The R&D community has asked about the availability of results, and now DARPA has responded by creating the DARPA Open Catalog, a place for organizing and sharing those results in the form of software, publications, data and experimental details. The Catalog can be found at http://go.usa.gov/BDhY."
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The sum of all of the positive numbers is -1/12 (!!?)

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  about 8 months ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "A few weeks ago the Numberphile website posted a short video. The video discussed an "astounding" sum and got considerable press (the video has 1,523,719 views so far). It appeared on both Slate and 3QD. The sum? It's:
        1+2+3+4+5+6+7+... = -1/12"

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M-1 Sales blocked by State Dept

cwsumner cwsumner writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cwsumner (1303261) writes "Obama Administration Reverses Course, Forbids Sale of 850,000 Antique Rifles.
The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America.
The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March ââoe a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/01/obama-administration-reverses-course-forbids-sale-antique-m-rifles/"

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