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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

rahvin112 Re:I find this amusing... (249 comments)

Damn autocorrect, preemptively, the press could sue for a declaratory judgement of non-infringement.

3 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

rahvin112 Re:I find this amusing... (249 comments)

He doesn't say sue, because if he did the press could sue per-emptively. He says hold accountable for a reason, that reason is that threat of a suit would be baseless.

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

rahvin112 Re:Sympton of a bigger problem (593 comments)

There is nothing wrong with "sprawl" as long as you allow mixed zoning and have high enough gas prices to convince people to work where they live.

3 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

rahvin112 Re:Does GPLv2 Grant a Patent license (173 comments)

If you distribute a license to use for these terms and you control the patent on them you have an implied license to do so and all it will take is a promissory estoppel motion to squash that claim.

The entire foundation of contract law would come crashing down if you could write a contract to use some thing you have a patent on (which you didn't mention) but then make them take out a separate patent license. The only way you could do that is explicitly mention in the contract to use that the patent isn't included. The court is going to see any right to use something as including an implicit patent license unless the patent is owned by someone else.

3 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

rahvin112 Re:I was actually going to add... (464 comments)

The generations overlap much heavier than that. The bulk of the millennials are the children of the baby boomers with only the very last portion of the millennials children of Generation X. As a general rule the generation periods overlap, particularly because there is no consistent definition of exactly what the generations are.

5 days ago
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Liquid Cooling On the Rise As Data Centers Crunch Bigger Data

rahvin112 I don't think the future is immersion cooling... (24 comments)

Frankly I think the future of liquid cooling is the samething used on the desktop just centrally managed pumping and storage. Honestly all these data centers have just been wasting all this heat, and even worse generating more running air conditioners. All that heat has value, pretty high value actually if they were just willing to spend the extra dollars to collect it all. You just set up a industrial park next to your data center, build in some heat transfer systems and offer the waste heat as value add for a bit of $ into whatever medium the customer wants (air, water, etc). In no time at all you will have all sorts of setups that require heat for their industrial use and are happy to pay less than the cost of using gas or electricity and you end up eliminating air conditioning costs and monetizing 20% of electricity use as heat transfer.

Done right with some proper industrial engineering the system could be relatively maintenance free and rather than spending twice to deal with the heat (paying to generate and paying to cool) you only pay once then monetize the asset you've generated. This is one thing the Scandinavians and Germans have always understood, once you make the heat you might as well use it because it's damned foolish just to waste it. They use waste heat all the time for community driven heating and for all sorts of things and it probably ends up saving all kinds of money.

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

rahvin112 Re:"Expected" to release methane (329 comments)

The aerobic bacteria that can eat methane are literally everywhere. The only reason they can't eat the caltrates is they are frozen in water. It doesn't take an extremophile bacteria (which live on the volcanic vents you mention) to eat methane, there are hundreds of species living all over the surface in the oceans that will eat any methane they encounter. It's the primary reason methane only lasts about 30 years in the atmosphere.

Oh and BTW, your use of theory is the layman version, NOT the science version. All scientific theories have proof.

about a week ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

rahvin112 Re:"Expected" to release methane (329 comments)

The only problem is the assumption that any of that methane would ever reach the surface and be put into the atmosphere. The methane dissolves nearly instantly into the water and is consumed in very short order by microbial life. Depth of the caltrates would affect this as in the shallower the depth the shorter the time period for bacterial action but if the water is deep enough to be cold enough for the caltrates to form it's likely deep enough that the methane would never reach the surface. There is still the issue of the CO2 that's released but it's significantly less than the methane and has less climate affect as well.

This of course only applies to ocean caltrates, the ones in the permafrost all over the northern reaches are a bigger threat as those would likely reach the atmosphere intact.

about a week ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

rahvin112 Re:Wha?!?!!! (170 comments)

Why do you think those same developers decided to create wayland? X is a disaster of legacy code and it's far more work to fix it then it is to just replace it.

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

rahvin112 Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

Utilities are regulated monopolies when selling to residential consumers. They are forced to sell at fixed power rates that don't vary with demand. Business power though is mostly unregulated. Companies pay for power at different rates every hour. Night time is very cheap but daytime power can be very expensive for a company. Utilities make the bulk of their profit on business power. Solar is going to be pushing power into the grid at peak amounts when peak commercial use is on. This is going to drive down peak power pricing dramatically and may actually flip it to nighttime. So rather than charging a business .30 kwh from 2-5pm with their 10% margin on top is going to get reduced significantly and could even go negative which will wipe out commercial profits almost entirely.

That's what they fear more than anything. If they end up as a company that only makes money on the grid maintenance and not power they won't be worth 10% of what they are today.

about two weeks ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

rahvin112 Re:No change in the discussion I'm sure (280 comments)

Wall street is running a LOT of articles on it right now because it's a tremendous change in the status quo that will affect investors pretty massively. The Motley Fool runs a couple articles a week on all the changes. And yes there are that many changes and developments going on.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

rahvin112 Re:Chinese computers come this way (268 comments)

You might not have noticed but China got extremely angry when Microsoft discontinued support for XP. I believe one of the reasons for this was how easy it was to pirate XP versus newer versions. The XP activation system had been thoruoughly cracked making it trivial to sell computers with XP but no license. Newer versions do not suffer this issue and as a result China's upper brass realized they might have to start paying for windows.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

rahvin112 Re:.50 WHAT? (127 comments)

I would agree, that's why they should have included the unit of measure. I had the same reaction you did, that 50cents a gig is actually quite high with average selling prices quite a bit below that right now.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

rahvin112 Re:I am one (398 comments)

You can also file a civil suit and if it's a good case the government will join and you will be entitled to, IIRC, 20% of the recovered funds. Keep in mind, if they truly did what was claimed the government will go for all of the contract money. So if the contract was for 5 million dollars the government will sue to recover the entire contract amount and you would be entitled to your percentage of that. Companies often settle these claims with the government because if they lose at trial (often for the full amount plus a penalty) they are barred from working for the feds for 5 years which is often a death sentence for these companies.

But you need evidence to prove it. In your case even if they didn't document it through email it should be trivial to get the companies books in a discovery order and show that the staff working on the project weren't Americans.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

rahvin112 Re:.50 WHAT? (127 comments)

As the words before that say pricing it should be assumed that they are talking about a monetary measurement. As this is a US site and this storage pricing value is typically measured in the worlds major reserve currency it would not be out of line to say it's in dollars. But yes it should be included.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

rahvin112 Re:I am one (398 comments)

If you truly know of that government situation (and you aren't talking out your ass) you should file a whistleblower suit and make millions. Violating federal government contracts is a VERY big deal.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

rahvin112 Re:Wow... (398 comments)

Isn't it funny how you both see the world as either with you or against you?

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

rahvin112 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

Power companies are regulated utilities. By law they aren't supposed to make more than a certain percent on residential power sales. To make it possible to regulate those the regulator needs accurate information on not only costs but revenue. Currently they refuse to break out the cost categories because IMO doing so would expose the games they play to jack up revenue. I personally believe they should be required by law to disclose all cost and revenue information. I also believe they should not be allowed to own generating capacity and all sellers of power should be able to sell via their infrastructure.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

rahvin112 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

Attempting to get laws written that make it illegal to not be grid tied are straight up fear as the utility itself should have absolutely no issue with a dwelling that's not grid connected. There is no other reason for the utility itself to be concerned about this issue as it doesn't affect their business or grid maintenance in anyway other than denying them a customer. These laws are nothing more than forcing you to use a specific service.

about two weeks ago

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