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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

maz2331 With Inflation... (121 comments)

6 cents in 1943 was roughly the same as 83 cents now, and $2.00 then would be a whopping $27.54 today.

4 days ago

The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

maz2331 Re:Too chaotic of a system (193 comments)

A hybrid could sill be useful as a cruise control that handles steering.

4 days ago

DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

maz2331 Bass Ackward (354 comments)

A derivative can't affect the licensing of that from which it is derived or adds to. It does work in the opposite direction - an original can force derivatives to follow the same license as the original, but that is a one-way thing. He has no leg to stand on here.

about two weeks ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

maz2331 Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

If you actually want to make software, then yes it does. If you want to make money in a corporate job, it doesn't.

about two weeks ago

Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

maz2331 Mistake #1 (116 comments)

Using Oracle. Even their flagship DBMS product is a nightmare to configure and try to get decent performance out of - unless one hires a 6-figure DBA to constantly babysit the damn thing.

about two weeks ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

maz2331 Re:Marxist? Really? (531 comments)

It is more akin to UPS charging both the sender and the recipient of the package for the same service.

about three weeks ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

maz2331 Re:Not Net Neutrality (531 comments)

Another reason why the US won that race was that the extreme antisemitism in both the USSR and the Nazi regimes caused them to experience a major brain drain as a lot of scientists emigrated to the US, or were killed/imprisoned/repressed at home. Add to that the fact that US had the only industrial base that wasn't damaged by fighting and bombing, thus making it pretty close to inevitable that it would be first.

about three weeks ago

Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

maz2331 Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

It is very similar in some US states as well. Here in PA, there is a 10 MPH tolerance built into the law (reduced to 5 MPH in 65 MPH zones).

about a month ago

California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

maz2331 Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

Regulations that actually accomplish something other than employing compliance officers who file reams of paperwork are necessary and a good thing. The problem comes when they morph into Byzantine rules that are self-contradictory and only serve as a jobs program for bureaucrats (both public and private) and lawyers.

about a month ago

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

maz2331 Re:What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

Indeed. This is no different from distributing, say, a copy of Oracle's database with your code without a licensing deal. They don't require a key code to install or run it - you can download, install and run it, but without paying $17k per processor, you are in violation of their copyright.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

maz2331 PCI DSS Standards (348 comments)

That design tells me that you need to put a PCI-compliant hardware firewall between the POS and its associated DB server, and the rest of the internal network. And you also need to have a firewall logger that is actually looked at daily, plus you need to do vulnerability scans both internally and externally. A Windows firewall is not sufficient and won't meet PCI DSS requirements in any event, ever, and isn't going to provide any benefit if the firewall between the POS network and the rest of the store/enterprise is in place.

Any device that processes, carries, or stores ANY credit/debit card data that isn't encrypted *must* be behind a firewall that only permits it to send traffic to specific hosts that are necessary for the functioning of the system, and even then only on the bare minimum number of ports, and almost all inbound traffic is denied as well.

about a month and a half ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

maz2331 Re:Not Aluminum? Not a good sign. (247 comments)

Steel can be a quite good material if it is properly protected. And there is no excuse for a vehicle exhaust system to not be made from stainless steel that doesn't easily corrode. Hell, I had a Chevy Cavalier in 1992 that was built that way.

about 2 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

maz2331 Re:Profit before subsidy? (247 comments)

It does compare quite nicely to my $45k BMW, though. I'd be a potential buyer at the $30k price point in a couple of years, once my current ride is paid off.

about 2 months ago

Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

maz2331 Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (185 comments)

The arrests for terrorism only happen when there is an overt act taken in the real world (aka "meatspace") where an actual attempt is made to do damage. The cops just ensure that the damage isn't actually possible, but the target of their investigation doesn't know that.

That said, those cases do need to be very carefully reviewed for entrapment concerns. If the cops are coercing or near-brainwashing someone with a weak personality into doing something that they wouldn't otherwise do then there is a big problem, whereas if they are only playing along with a pre-existing plot or tendency then it is not entrapment.

This is a case where there is plenty of probable cause to have initiated an investigation and termination of employment, and any appropriate punishment for misuse of public records, but until the acts discussed were actually acted upon in some way in the real world it wasn't yet a crime.

about 2 months ago

CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

maz2331 No Such Thing (454 comments)

There is no such thing as a "preventable death", at least until we develop some form of immortality. It can only be delayed or accelerated, and the cause can be shifted. Everyone is going to die at some point in time.

about 3 months ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

maz2331 Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Ammonia has an energy density of 22.5 MJ/kg and gasoline's is 42.4 MJ/kg - roughly 53%. The physical density is also lower, with gasoline coming in at an average of 0.75 kg/L and the ammonia at 0.68 kg/l. If you want to look at energy per volume, then the results are about 15.3 MJ/l for ammonia, and 31.8 MJ/l for gasoline (or about 48%).

Assuming that the conversion efficiency is the same, then your fuel tank would need to be double the size for the same range, however fuel cells and electric propulsion is generally in the 80% range whereas an internal combustion engine is around 25%.

As a fuel for a conventional engine, ammonia has the downside of needing more physical storage space, and its cost has to be less than half that of gasoline per volume unit (gallons or liters) to be economical - especially since it requires modification to existing engines to be used, and tends to not produce nearly the same power output. In a fuel-cell hybrid that has higher efficiency, it would be quite viable, though that would depend on the retail cost of the stuff along with the cost delta of the vehicle itself.

about 3 months ago

EU High Court To Review US-EU Data Safe Harbor Agreement

maz2331 At what point (60 comments)

When are the US-based companies going to simply shut down their satellite offices in the EU, keep all personnel in the USA, and change their TOS such that any use is under US and California law? They could simply outsource their sales operations to a third-party in foreign jurisdictions.

about 3 months ago

House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

maz2331 Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

There is no Dem to run against in the general election in that district - nobody bothered to run, just as no Republicans ran in the 8th District. Some areas are so solidly one-party that the other doesn't even bother to run.

about 3 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

maz2331 Re:Even higher! (1040 comments)

In the absence of inflation, it is a valid measurement. With any inflation, though, the number of dollars needs to grow as fast or faster than the inflation of the currency, or one is losing wealth.

about 3 months ago

Congress Unhappy With FCC's Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality

maz2331 Re:The FCC has no right to dictate terms (208 comments)

Even all but the most insane Libertarians understand that some regulation is necessary to prevent bad outcomes. I once heard a speech by Ron Paul, of all people, defend environmental regulations on the grounds that one doesn't have the right to pollute their neighbor's air or water.

Network neutrality is that sort of regulation.

There do exist other sort of "gotcha" regulations like HIPAA that are so detailed as to be nothing more than a paperwork minefield designed to crank the costs of compliance through the roof for smaller players, while adding maybe the paperclip budget to the cost of the bigger ones, while generally serving little to no real-world purpose.

about 4 months ago


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