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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

mbeckman Re:You were bluffing (64 comments)

The politics of tech are legitimate topics for discussion on slashdot. Green energy is all about technology, and in the case of Germany's forced green energy policy, the politics got ahead of the technology. That's clear from both articles. If you think not, then cite specific examples of your claims. Don't just have your hands about.

about a month ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

mbeckman Re: Government s a crappy investor (64 comments)

In California price increases average 5-7% per year not counting inflation. That's compounded, of course, so that in just ten years we are paying 80% more for electricity than we did in 2004, again discounting inflation. And the trend is accelerating as a result of carbon caps and increase regulation.

about a month ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

mbeckman Re: Government s a crappy investor (64 comments)

My 'precious electronic toys' use about a tenth of the power that the ones I was using a decade ago for the same purpose did. Even lighting power consumption has dropped. My fridge, freezer and washing machine are the big electricity consumers in my home - efficiency has improved there, but nowhere near as fast as for gadgets.

And I'll wager that your energy costs have skyrocketed. Am I right?

about a month ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

mbeckman Re:Government s a crappy investor (64 comments)

Germany's green energy fantasy is a disaster because NONE of the promised benefits of forced green energy have come to pass, nor do they look likely to occur. The dependence on foreign energy is higher than ever, energy prices are higher than ever (and crippling citizens and businesses alike), and promised green energy yields are much lower than forecast. You have to read the NY Times article (which strains to put a good face on the disaster) to see the downward trend.

about a month ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

mbeckman Re:Government s a crappy investor (64 comments)

I am happy to use Google for you.

Here's the Forbes article Germanys Green Energy Disaster a Cautionary Tale for World Leaders.

That was 2013. Here it is even worse a year later in the NY times article German Energy Push Runs Into Problems, reporting major troubles such as:

. Electricity prices in Germany are already among the highest in the world.

. The price of industrial electricity has risen about 37 percent since 2005.

. International energy experts say the country cannot meet its future needs solely through renewable sources as planned

. The unexpected drop in global energy prices through the emergence of abundant, low-cost natural gas in the United States, further degrades Germany's green energy economic plan

about a month ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

mbeckman Government s a crappy investor (64 comments)

The U.S. government's track record for choosing technologies to invest in is horrible. Probably because, unlike capitalist investors, the government can't resist sullying markets with subsides and manipulative politics. Just look at the US solar efforts. Or the German government's solar disaster if you want to see an extreme fail.

about a month ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

mbeckman Federal "Do Not Communicate" list (299 comments)

Based on the govt's track record with the unconstitutional Do Not Fly list, does anyone doubt that the Feds would define a class of people "not entitled to communicate" via an unchallengeable and undiscoveraple device bricking list? "They can use the postal system," would be the rationalization.

There is no way to block abuse of any Off Switch technology. It must be opposed ruthlessly NOW!

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

mbeckman For a manufacturing company, Apple's spot on (561 comments)

According to the AFL/CIO's report "Women in the Professional and Technical Labor Force", in the manufacturing sector workers are 71% male, 29% female. Apple is a manufacturer, and as such has a range of employees in technical, clerical, and production categories that fit the manufacturing labor mix profile. So Apple's diversity is actually a tad better than the available workforce. You can't really "improve diversity" without affirmative-action-type job manipulation, which will lead to reduced productivity and innovation.

about 2 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

mbeckman So to ruin someone's life, send CP to their gmail? (790 comments)

Even if the innocent recipient deletes it as irrelevant spam, the Great and Wize Google has already seen it and alerted police. It's well demonstrated that even an unfounded charge of pedophelia can destroy someone's career and relationships.

That's the last straw. Goodbye gmail.

about 3 months ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

mbeckman Buss ducts are failing more often as they age (124 comments)

This actually is an infrastructure aging problem. And the incidence of buss duct failure has been increasing in older buildings. Many bus ducts installed in industrial and commercial facilities are immediately downstream of the transformers, but upstream of the main overcurrent device. Thus, transformer protection devices often inadequately protect the buss conductor from being fried by a short. I've seen them vaporized.

Such shorts occur due to water infiltration, corrosion, and most importantly in the summer, overheating. All three effects accumulate over time. If money were no object, every building would have a dual-buss electrical system, just like aircraft (and data centers) do. Alas, money is an object.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

mbeckman Re:Block all IE browsers (83 comments)

I run an ISP. Is it kosher for me to block all IE browser traffic? After all, IE is one of the largest vectors of malware infections on earth. At least I'd be "out there doing some enforcement."

Microsoft enforcement policy: "Ready! Fire! Aim!"

BTW, I didn't see where Microsoft apologized for their actions to the Internet community.

about 3 months ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

mbeckman Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (200 comments)

I say try because in a battle between a jet engine with the power to push 400 tons of steel into the sky VS a drone I'm going to put my money on the jet engine lasting long enough for them to turn around and land again.

You would lose that bet. Turbine aircraft can be disabled by stray metal bits as small as a single bolt. An entire drone, with many metal components, would undoubtedly render a turbine engine inoperable. For this reason, airport operators routinely inspect and pick up all debris on runways and taxiways. It's called FOD (foreign object damage), and is an ever-present risk to aircraft.

about 4 months ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

mbeckman Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (200 comments)

Techyimmigrant: It's unsafe because the drone operator could lose control due to fireworks damage, resulting in high-speed powered flight into the crowd. Small model rotorcraft have maimed and killed people, usually gruesomely. Also, it's illegal to fly a drone above 400', and outside the direct sight of the operator. This drone violated both of those restrictions.

As a helicopter pilot, I dread drones. I've seen them numerous times near events that I am legally and safely filming, and even around airports. Unless we get drone idiots to stop doing stupid, dangerous stunts like this, we will soon have a tragedy taking many lives.

about 4 months ago
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Time Warner Sells Telecom Business to Level 3

mbeckman Re:well of course (38 comments)

You've been misled by the completely bogus headline to this piece, not to mention the pathetically inflammatory prose. TWTelecom has nothing at all to do with TimeWarner Cable. It's a completely separate publicly traded corporation with no staff, management or facilities in common with the "hated" TimeWarner Cable. This is like saying "Hated British Monarchy sells American Colonies to Canada" in the 20th century.

Hopefully some sleepy-headed slashdot editor will pick her head up off the table long enough to use the "hated" Google search engine, learn about the true history, value and structure of the "hated" telecom industry and correct the article headline and completely misleading content.

Or not. Slashdot might continue its slide to sloppiness and become one of the most "hated" pretend-nonprofits in history.

about 4 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

mbeckman Need law against contrived, misleading law titles (216 comments)

The "Grow America Act"? Sheesh! That worse than the Patriot Act. I propose a bill entitled "Stop The Idiotically Forced Law Embellishments".

about 4 months ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

mbeckman Re:What The?!? (216 comments)

You must be a product of "are" education system, another good example of government spending money "ifishintly'

about 4 months ago
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Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

mbeckman The Turing Test Itself is a Load of Crap (309 comments)

It's the Turing Test itself that is meaningless. In a possibly apocryphal account of an AI conference in the early 2000's, a learned panel of AI experts elaborated on the Turing test to explain that passing the test didn't just mean a minimal level of intelligence, but intelligence as advanced as humanity's itself, since it was able to fool a human. An undergraduate attendee asked the panel, "So, if I can write a program that can fool a dog into thinking it's interacting with another dog, the program is as intelligent as a dog?"

The room fell silent.

Since then, nobody has proposed a reasonable alternative for what Turing meant by "intelligence" as the target in his test.

Myself, I think AI is Computer Science's biggest Ponzi scheme. We are not one iota closer to actual artificial intelligence than we were in the 1950s. Yet the public's expectation, and the impression given by AI researchers, is that we've been making steady progress. So every new AI "advance" must be more spectacular than the last, with lots of hand waving explaining how this moves us closer to the goal of sentient computing. It started back in the 1960s with natural language processing, which was really just elaborate table lookup. Then it advanced to the 1970s, with Chess-playing machines -- also just elaborate table lookup. The 1980s brought expert systems and neural networks, otherwise known as elaborate table lookup. Today we have computer navigation, plain-language database queries, and speech processing such as Siri. AI? No. Table lookup, elaborate.

We can't even define what intelligence is or how it works in even the simplest organism, let alone explain it in humans. Until we can do that, we can't have an artificial version of it.

Turing was a con man.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

mbeckman Start recording her facial movements immediately (552 comments)

I'm not a medical expert, but work in computer forensics. I think it's wise to begin recording her facial movements immediately to establish a baseline of activity and determine when improvements or declines occur. This seems like something easily accomplished with today's off-the-shelf technology, such as GoPro style digital cameras.

about 5 months ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

mbeckman The Emperor Has No Data (433 comments)

All of the dire predictions in this new report come from computer simulations, not actual data. The simulations have proven to be worthless at predicting current climate (for example, no simulation predicted the current stalling of temperature increases). Simulations are not data. And the absence of data is not data. The truth is that we lack the computational ability to simulate climate change at all. Maybe someday, but we currently LACK EVEN THE DATA needed to identify all the variables and interactions that create climate. So even if computation capacity were to increase several orders of magnitude, we lack the foundation for the computations.

It's the a Emperor all over again.

about 6 months ago
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Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

mbeckman Re:Scientists "know"? (75 comments)

For what it's worth, current models do predict brief periods of cooling between increasing warmer periods.

My biochemist son has a phrase that I think fits here: "The absence of data is not data." Models are not data, and none of the models have done an even remotely viable job of predicting climate. But even if they had, simulation is not empirical science. Just because a model occasionally agrees with experiment in no way means the model is correct. There is plenty of mathematical research indicating that climate simulation is an intractable problem, due primarily to chaos.

You might want to shift gears and change the name of the game to "climate change", but the public policy debate is specifically over global warming caused my humans, hence AGW. And when you say "With enough data, that can be disproved", you beg the question. Neither the IPCC nor any scientist proponents of AGW will admit to any data that would falsify their theory. They won't even entertain the possibility. That's not science. That's religion, fanatical.

about 7 months ago

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Man arrested at Oakland airport for ornate watch

mbeckman mbeckman writes  |  about 2 years ago

mbeckman (645148) writes "A man was arrested at Oakland airport for having an bomb-making materials. The materials? An ornate watch and extra insoles in his boots. Despite the bomb squad determining that there was no bomb, The Alameda county sheriffs department claimed that he was carrying "potentially dangerous materials and appeared to have made alterations to his boots, which were Unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles." The man told Transportation Security Administration officers that he's an artist and the watch is art."
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Fox reports EPA controversy; CNN et al ignore it

mbeckman mbeckman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mbeckman (645148) writes "Fox News today reported that Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla, ordered an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's alleged suppression of an internal report calling into question the EPA's position backing CO2 as a primary cause of global warming. A report co-authored by EPA analyst Alan Carlin states that the EPA ignored data showing global temperature declining for eleven years despite increasing CO2 levels over the same period. Inhofe may or may not have a solid basis for his concerns; that remains to be seen. But what I find disturbing is that Senator Inhofe's quite public announcement has been ignored by CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC. As of midnight Monday MDT, the story appears on none of their sites. While there certainly can be room for selectivity in a news site's front page content, it's hard to imagine what justification major networks can have for completely ignoring a significant investigation ordered by a U.S. Senator. Will Slashdot air this controversy, or bury it further?"
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Google Books "limited" preview showing ful

mbeckman mbeckman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mbeckman (645148) writes "I was chagrined today to find one of my published book titles online at books.google.com in its entirety. I have to contact the publisher to see if they agreed to this, but I noticed many other titles also online in full text under Google's "limted" preview. For example, "2008 Writer's Market", a brand new $30 title published by Writer's Digest, is completely readable at http://books.google.com/books?id=eshfZhaj1pQC. The same is true of thousands of other titles. If this isn't the mother of all copyright violations, I'll be surprised."
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