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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

nanoflower Re:In Finland (478 comments)

Do you live in California? That seems to be an area that regularly gets brown outs. It seems like they don't have the proper infrastructure in place to support the population when ever the need for electricity goes outside the norms.

So since Los Angeles stays comfortable most of the year the grid doesn't seem to handle the load well when temperatures head higher than 90F. I don't know if that's a problem with the grid itself or the amount of power available. Either way it looks like the normal choice has been made to design a system for normal usage which may fail under unusual conditions.

yesterday
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

nanoflower Re:Various hacking tools? (217 comments)

It was an aim bot but one that only kicked in when you were already close to your target. So much so that even when viewing recorded footage it wouldn't be spotted. That's how they managed to get away with it at LAN events. Someone either has to see it installed or catch it running to detect that hack and apparently that is what happened.

yesterday
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

nanoflower Re:Business as usual for US justice (171 comments)

You probably didn't need to go into the details since that stuff tends to bore most people. It's enough to say that "If the government THINKS you broke the law the government can take your assets." That's the real key in civil forfeiture since they never have to prove a crime was committed. Only that they they think that the assets might have been associated with a crime (either in the past or the future (as in going to purchase drugs.))

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

nanoflower Re:There's not a lot to say, this is scummy (299 comments)

When journalists start to attack the company because the guy at the top is happy that he's getting laid that begins to sound like journalists engaging in personal attacks. At that point I can see some people deciding to return the favor.

Now when they describe things the company is actually doing that are anti-consumer then I think they are doing their job. If drivers are actually attacking passengers then of course it should be reported and the company should take action to investigate and discipline the drivers if they are guilty.

about a week ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

nanoflower Re:Makes you wonder... (187 comments)

The way I've heard it told is that companies don't care about having uncrackable DRM. What they want is DRM that won't be cracked during that initial sales rush that comes upon release of a new game. If the game's DRM is cracked a month or more after release that won't impact the sales in the way that having the DRM cracked in the first week would. That's why some companies have even removed DRM from games that have been out for some time. (Admittedly the games were out for years but still.)

about three weeks ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

nanoflower Re:Mostly a desperation tactic (468 comments)

So it's time for us to take over some new territories? Canada? Mexico? The Bahamas? After all that is traditional for the USA

about a month ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

nanoflower Re:US Citizenship (190 comments)

Couldn't that be handled by moving the data into offline storage? That way the information is available if needed but it isn't something a hacker can easily get access to.

about a month ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

nanoflower Re:freedoms f----d (132 comments)

You may be completely right but your example doesn't provide enough detail to know if you are right. The problem is that once the patent expires anyone can produce the drug and all they have to worry about is production and marketing costs. The development/testing costs are only the responsibility of the original company that did the work and presumably brought the drug to market. Maybe they entirely covered those costs in the first year the drug was on the market or they could still be paying off that cost even though they have other companies now producing the same drug and selling it for $4.

We can't know the truth without that inside information on the costs of developing and testing any drug.

about a month ago
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

nanoflower Re:Impressive (152 comments)

I think you missed the important part of what the previous poster said. "Here" which presumably means he is not in the USA. If he did try and order a SSD from Amazon chances are that between shipping charges, import taxes and any VAT the price could easily double or more. Otherwise I doubt he would have made the statement.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have cheap hardware readily available.

about 3 months ago
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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

nanoflower Re:interesting case.... (76 comments)

Which has happened more than once in China. It does get shut down when discovered but there's so much manufacturing going on there that the problem will just pop up in another area.

about 3 months ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

nanoflower Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

I'm not sure what the difference is between that world and one where women are expected to wear nail polish that detects GHB when ever they go out. Both assume that any man they meet (or are even in the same room in) while drinking anything from water to alcohol could be a rapist so you have to test your drink every time it is out of sight. While both methods will keep you safe(r) they clearly make assumptions about the world they live in.

I know that date rape and the usage of GHB occurs but it is so common it makes sense to test every drink that a woman gets outside of their home?

about 3 months ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

nanoflower Re:The Death Ray Hotel (98 comments)

So we can remove all windows because they clearly aren't structural since the building will remain standing without any windows. Oh, the doors can go too since they clearly aren't structural.

about 3 months ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

nanoflower Re:High success rate or lots of unknowns? (256 comments)

That's the strange thing about the No Fly list. If the people are dangerous and they find out they can't fly (which could really only be because they were on the No Fly list) then wouldn't that make them more likely to do something. Hell, it's the sort of thing that is going to anger someone who wasn't dangerous and had no inclinations to hurt anyone. Sure, they likely still won't hurt anyone but suddenly protesting and fighting against the power of the government doesn't seem that outrageous when the govt. is clearly fighting against them.

Also, if the government truly is afraid of an actual threat by an individual don't they have an entirely separate list (like the BOLOs) that tells law enforcement officers to not only watch out for these individuals but apprehend them.

What's the point of a no-fly list when the individual can travel by other means to another country and then fly on to where ever they wish. Sure they can't fly into or out of a US destination but isn't the rest of the world open to them? It seems the only thing a no-fly list is really for is to stop someone from taking over a plane and if someone is really at risk of doing that shouldn't they be in jail or at least under constant watch so a No Fly list isn't need?

about 4 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

nanoflower Re:Great... (582 comments)

Actually I think they will do that. It's either properly identify or turn off the transponder so there's no identifying signal. Setting up your military planes to identify as civilian is a sure way to get your civilian planes shot out of the sky and completely unnecessary when you can just fail to ID your plane as anything.

about 4 months ago
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Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

nanoflower Re:ya (282 comments)

How is it sleazy when what Netflix was wanting to do is make it easier for Comcast customers to get what they desired. Netflix wasn't sending any data on their own. They only send down the video streams when a customer (in this case only Comcast customers) request data.

What Netflix really wanted to do was set up a server farm inside Comcast's network to supply Comcast customers the video streams they wanted. It only makes business sense because Comcast is so large. That way Netflix could send down new movies/shows once to Comcast over the crowded Internet lines and then have the Comcast customers get their videos from the servers on Comcast's network.

The problem happens that the link between Cogent and Comcast is always flooded because Comcast wants Cogent to pay for peering. Netflix uses Cogent to connect with the Internet so all of their traffic to Comcast customers (that they requested) was going through the congested Cogent Comcast links. Ideally Comcast would upgrade the links when they become congested because the congestion happens due to Comcast customers requesting more data from Cogent customers but Comcast saw this as a way to get paid from twice from both ends of the connection so they didn't upgrade the Cogent network connections and it worked. Netflix is paying them and Comcast customers

about 6 months ago
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The Fall and Rise of Larry Page

nanoflower Re:first=win (99 comments)

Though one could say that Apple was the first to bring the GUI to the general public. Xerox had the GUI first but they didn't have an interest in taking it to the general public. I played around with one of their systems and they had all the hooks there to make it a success if they brought the cost down and tried to sell it to more people but for some reason they kept coming up with great ideas but not wanting to take it to the world.

about 7 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

nanoflower Re:Watch Out for PETA (466 comments)

That's what a freezer is for. I can remember growing up we had one of those that was always full of frozen meat and veggies. My dad would pick up a whole or half cow (pre-cut and packaged) from one of the local butchers. Much cheaper than buying it piece meal from the local grocery store.

about 7 months ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

nanoflower Re:Simple problem, simple solution (359 comments)

That may be but the OP's point still stands. Cars are the problem and there's really only one easy way for a city to control the amount of cars entering a city. Limit the parking.

I'm not saying it's the right thing to do but it's likely the most effective. If I know that it may take me an hour to find a parking spot then I'm going to look for another solution. Either not going to that area or traveling via cab/bus/subway/bicycle/walking. Basically anything but a car.

about 7 months ago

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