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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

dbIII Re:Ready in 30 years (175 comments)

Past performance (also known as experimental results) are the ONLY reliable indicator of future results.

Not being twelve feet deep in horseshit implies that there has been a game change in energy production and transport.

3 hours ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

dbIII It's an OS limitation only since pentium two (193 comments)

However having more than one cpu core or a processor such as the pentium two or newer gets around that. Pity the lowest end Microsoft operating system didn't. They expected you to buy the server version of the software if you wanted to use 4GB or more.
So to sum up, 32 bit systems can and do adress more than 4GB, it's just MS Windows XP or similar that can't. I've still got an old Win2k dual socket system here to run legacy software and it can use the full 6GB of memory it has even though the CPUs are older than PAE.

7 hours ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

dbIII Re:Depends on a few things (264 comments)

It's a bit hard to link to stuff derived from dozens of newspaper articles from 2001-2003 but there's bound to be a book on that "armchair warrior" about how he fucked things up TWICE. What I'm referring to is his drastic cutbacks and closures that started in 2001 and continued after September, then his hiring of "Blackwater" and similar when professional soldiers were still far too professional for him.
Closing anything that had to do with reconstruction, communication, running towns/cities as a military authority etc is the main example I'm referring to here. The US used to have a lot of expertise in those areas and training courses to pass it on. Some Australian troops I know benefited from those US courses pre-Rumsfeld and one I know put it to good use in Afganistan to keep the locals off everyone's backs and only having to worry about the guys coming down from nearby mountains.

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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

dbIII Re:Just red tape? (139 comments)

There was press in 2012 about them being completed that year, and some again last year, but it was most likely hitting milestones being misreported as being nearly ready for operation. That's why I began writing "any day soon" each time I refer to them.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

dbIII It was a short post - how did you miss so much? (318 comments)

Your petty attempts at laying this at the door of MS is an example of this. If - in your mind - the problem is simply MS, then you are overlooking the real problems.

You will see above that I mentioned Java. You even referred to it yourself. How can you with a straight face scold me about "petty attempts at laying this at the door of MS"? I suggest less cheerleading and more learning from past mistakes.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

dbIII Short memories (318 comments)

I don't believe MS has made any image format with intentional capability to execute arbitrary code. If you have information to the contrary, then please cite source.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

MS should be praised for getting rid of it.
I was using it as an example of the worst stupidity at the peak of the "just left everything run" mindset that we are thankfully getting away from.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

dbIII Not a buffer problem - deliberate (318 comments)

It was seen as a "feature" and designed in.
There were even articles about it here so I'm somewhat astonished that so many are deciding that I must be wrong and making up their own ideas of what they think I mean.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

dbIII Re:Saw similar posts before the web existed (318 comments)

I believe you may be confusing something here. When there is a vulnerability where a jpeg can

No it was deliberate, incredibly stupid and has gone now. Some idiot decided it would be nice for future proofing or something to allow scripting to be embedded in images and put a library on the MS system to hand over control to such scripts. It was removed a few years ago as a security risk that should never have been there and is possibly one of the most stupid things in a piece of software ever shipped from Redmond. It was not a "vunerability", it was a deliberate feature, an open door for future malware writers to drive a truck through without stopping.
As for "treading carefully", why should I? If someone else does something just as stupid by design they also deserve contempt.

2 days ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

dbIII Re:College and school police involved (264 comments)

I don't even get the concept of college and school police officers - such a thing should be a State level thing IMHO so there's enough people in the process to get some sort of professionalism. Even having at the city level is insane and resulted in things like the Terry Childs debacle due to the city being able to instruct a cop to arrest someone over an employment dispute and then sort out a reason for the arrest later. It's like medieval fucking city states instead of a modern society that's supposed to pay some attention to the rule of law.

3 days ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

dbIII Not a Real Problem (264 comments)

Somehow everyone coped in the 1950s without that when a large chunk of the population was ex-military with extensive combat experience and souvenir weapons.
Too many idiots watching fucking Rambo movies and thinking it's real.

3 days ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

dbIII Depends on a few things (264 comments)

Especially after Rumsfeld tried to dumb down the military to turn them into "warriors" instead of professional soldiers. He didn't quite succeed but he did shut down a lot of the sort of training previously considered essential for occupying forces, things like being able to communicate with people instead of just shooting everything that moves. They apparently had to learn that "on the job" from older soldiers that got their training before it was cut.
Military police used to get well rounded training and fit in well with civilian police, but with other branches and post-Rumsfeld with minimal police training later I've been told it's a bit of a worry.

3 days ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

dbIII Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

It's sort of a new one just like the last Iraq thing was a new one despite a lot of military action related to the no-fly zones in the time span between Bush one and Bush two. The mission was accomplished in time for the 2003 election after all, so this must be a "new" war.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

dbIII Saw similar posts before the web existed (318 comments)

I saw similar posts before the web existed, let alone Slashdot. A policy of "allow all" was seen to be easiest so the malware problem persists despite all the lessons of the past and good advice like the above.
Java was supposed to be sandboxed entirely with zero chance of malware getting to anything other than it's own litter tray. Look how that turned out when it was seen as all too hard and compromises were made. Then there's the opposite that was born stupid, things like Active-X from MS that were such a stupid idea that a librarian (not a programmer) was telling me how stupid it was before launch. Then things like allowing execution of arbitrary code in images, another case of MS fucking up in a truly astonishing way - how the hell do things like that end up as anything other than SF novel plot points in a large corporation that is supposed to be competantly managed?
The answer as always is to learn from the lessons of the past instead of throwing together a pile of bits that look software shaped and rushing it out the door.

3 days ago
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Scientists Who Smuggle Radioactive Materials

dbIII Re:Fear Mongering continued (66 comments)

Cool - capitals turn a very strange and outright deranged opinion into a FACT - I'll have to remember that one :)
I'm sure there's plenty of footage on the net of building fires if you want to apply some reality instead of making shit up. When things fall they don't go down like feathers.

3 days ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

dbIII Re:Delays... anything new? (139 comments)

The only reason I can see for building them is to make more fissile materials for nuclear warheads

The world has moved on - now, in the US at least, it's about truly epic levels of pork and comfortable sinecures. If they were serious there would be more commerical R&D instead of Westinghouse basing their AP-1000 design on work paid for by the Japanese taxpayer.

3 days ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

dbIII Not entirely new (139 comments)

There's some AP-1000s about to go online any day now in China. I know I've been writing that for about 3 years but the expected commissioning date in the press has always been vague.

3 days ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

dbIII Pork politics vs the rest (139 comments)

It was politics to force nuclear as pork projects so other politics responded. An interesting thing to ponder is the lobbying from nuclear industry groups against thorium research - it had the potential to threaten their installed base and allow new players into the game. Also ponder lobbying against taking naval designs onto the civilian nuclear scene. The US nuclear industry ate it's own children. It's a slow slide down with dead cat bounces like the AP-1000 from when Westinghouse brought in some 1970s Japanese technology, and it's not going anywhere but down. Even South Africa put more effort into civilian nuclear than the US has for decades. If you want anything other than green paint on TMI you are going to have to wait and get something from China or India.

3 days ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

dbIII Re:Just red tape? (139 comments)

That "standardized" AP-1000 design is not actually running anywhere yet (must be any day soon though).

3 days ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

dbIII Re:Just red tape? (139 comments)

It always amazes me to hear about cost overruns and delays with new nuclear plants considering that in essence they're little more complex than coal plants

It astonishes me outright that you've come to that conclusion. I suggest starting with wikipedia since your education let you down so badly.

So, is it just the red tape causing delays, or is it something else which make a nuclear plants so much more complex than a coal or gas plant?

There are some specialised reactor parts that take a long time to fabricate and there is a waiting list for the few places that can do it. However they also like to be paid up front and that's most likely the longest delay. Banks don't like investments that take a long time to build.

3 days ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

dbIII Re:False Savings (97 comments)

I should remind readers that this point that "rampant" in this case is less than 20% of the daytime minimum power consumption in Hawaii. The above poster has a political barrow to push and this usage of "rampant" illustrates that reality is an unwanted impediment to be ignored if it dares to get in the way of that barrow.

3 days ago

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