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Foxconn Signs Massive Android Patent Agreement With Microsoft

slb The protection racket is still going on ... (168 comments)

I can see why they agreed to pay.

Foxcon legal department assessed the cost of litigation to fight against bogus patents potentially higher than just pay those damn mafioso.

Also the behavior of the US justice in Apple vs Samsung may have told them that the mafioso business of extortion through patents is somewhat tolerated in this country. Well not much different finally than doing business in China, but at least in China the extortion by the members of the army or the Central Committee is not hiding behind patent laws and China never pretended to be a free market.

about a year ago
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Solar Panels For Every Home?

slb Re:"Grid Parity" ... on sunny days only (735 comments)

> WTF is a "feed-in tarif"?
In Europe that's a guaranteed purchase price by the utilities for home producers of "green" energy. You can also call that a subsidy. Now If you really believe that when WE Energy buy your PV electricity at $.25 per kWh they will be able to recoup these costs by selling it at a premium, this is were you enter the delusional category.

FYI WE Energy do have an offer at 100% renewable energy[1]: with a rate of $.14 (0.12611+0.01388 [2]) ! So basically all their customers are subsiding the purchase price of PVs, and the taxpayers subsidizing your installation. And you have the balls to tell me that I'm the one working from inaccurate or obsolete information ...

Also, if you did this installation recently, double-check your contract I am not sure that this scam will go for long, even in Germany the government is starting to see the stupidity of all this and is reducing the feed-in tariff.

[1] http://www.we-energies.com/business/wisconsin_service_rates/eft_smbus.htm
[2] http://www.we-energies.com/business/elec/std_rateplan.htm

about a year and a half ago
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Solar Panels For Every Home?

slb Re:"Grid Parity" ... on sunny days only (735 comments)

Your installation cost for a residential system is extremely cheap ! On average in the USA a 3kW system would be a $17000 investment [1]. Also your annual savings are quite incredible: with the average household cost of electricity in the USA at 11.72c per kWh [2], it would mean that your system produced around 13413 kWh [12x(163-32)/0.1172] over a year ! For a 3kW system this would mean that your magic installation as a capacity factor of 51% !!!! [13413/ (3 x 24 x 365)].

So yes, I don't know if you're delusional but you have been most likely lying by forgetting to speak about the subsidies you received for the installation and feed-in tarif. Oh and if you want to prove your case, please state your location and the supplier of your system...

What is far more annoying than your convenient omission of subsidies is all the idiots solar fanboys moderating you informative when they have absolutely no clue about the real cost of Solar PV energy....

[1] http://www.irena.org/DocumentDownloads/Publications/RE_Technologies_Cost_Analysis-SOLAR_PV.pdf
[2] http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.cfm?t=epmt_5_03

about a year and a half ago
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Solar Panels For Every Home?

slb "Grid Parity" ... on sunny days only (735 comments)

This is quite incredible that people continue to tout Solar PV as an economically viable energy when it is completely ineffective most of the time. And when the sun does not shines, one still need the energy from the Local Distribution Company. Saying that Solar PV is at the retail cost of grid power is either a lie or a complete delusion.

about a year and a half ago
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New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

slb This is hype: NTLM is broken by design (330 comments)

This is well known and no sane people uses NTLM auth anymore, even Microsoft recommend to deactivate this authentication method. The idiots at Microsoft used a DES ECB implementation instead of CBC that anyone with two ounce of crypto knowledge would choose. The practical impact of this very bad design choice is that a 14 character password has as much complexity as two independant 7 characters passwords ! So when the authors brag about cracking a 14 character password in 6 minutes, what they're really doing is cracking two 7 character passwords in 6 minutes, this is entirely different and not impressive at all.

about a year and a half ago
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Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

slb Case Solved ? (513 comments)

I doubt a court has already given a verdict. An element of proof like DNA (even if it is a very strong one when properly retrieved) is not enough. A tribunal has to review these elements first to exclude errors.

about 2 years ago
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F-Secure Report: Another SCADA Attack in Iran — This Time With AC/DC

slb Bullshit (253 comments)

Yeah, so suddenly the guys who did a lot of work to be undetected will use Metasploit code and disclose their owning of the computers with an AC/DC song .... Methinks someone is not reaching his objectives and found a good scapegoat as an excuse... The alternative of course would be that script kiddies are owning Iran's nuclear researchs lab infrastructure ...

more than 2 years ago
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Headlights That See Through Rain and Snow

slb Quantum indeterminacy ?! (210 comments)

Big misunderstanding about Quantum Physics: It is not because our interpretation of quantum states is probabilistic that quantum physics are NOT deterministic. There may perfectly well be a deterministic behavior of quantum physics, it's just that so far we can only describe is with non-deterministic mathematics. See the Copenhagen Interpretation

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Find a Job In China For Non-native Speaker?

slb We're hiring (402 comments)

Contact me, my company has a subsidiary in Beijin and is looking for skilled developpers but with good english skills.

more than 2 years ago
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Germany Sets New Solar Power Record

slb Re:midnight (568 comments)

Even if we take at face value your Greenpeace studies, these subsidies are ridiculous compared to those of solar energy. 200G € sound like a lot, but in 2010, nuclear accounted for 22.5% of electric power while solar only 4%. Now the subsidies for solar amounted to more than 50G € in ten years and the comitments for the lifetime of these obsolete and inneficient solar pannels are more than 50G €. Of course if you had been honest you could have compared the ratio of subsidies per kWh which (according the Greenpeace study) is averaged at 4.3c for nuclear, compared with the actual 25c of solar which was a wopping 50c in the early 2000. We could also speak about the utter failure of this solar subsidies to reduce CO2 emissions and spur innovation. Germany as failed producing cost effective solar pannels and is now importing from China. Add to that the intrinsec unreliability of solar power which to be accounted for would need tremendous investments in storage and grid infrastructure.

more than 2 years ago
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Fire May Leave US Nuclear Sub Damaged Beyond Repair

slb One ship lost for the navy (228 comments)

From TFA: "Ships in the USS Miami's class cost about $900 million at the time to build. The newest attack submarines, the Virginia class, cost about $2.6 billion apiece." So yes I would be amazed if this vessel returns to service, but I would also if it is replaced with a new one...

more than 2 years ago
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Maine Senator Wants Independent Study of TSA's Body Scanners

slb Re:It was done (335 comments)

You're absolutely right, Although if this nth study could stop the nonsense about the health danger of these scanners why not ? Of course this do not answer the real question of the cost/benefit ratio of these devices in the first place, but at least it will stop idiots using pseudo-science and fear mongering to fight them and have a rationale debate over the costs of airport security.

more than 2 years ago
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Russian Scientist Claims Signs of Life Spotted On Venus

slb Pareidolia (272 comments)

Yeah and there are canals and a giant face sculpture on Mars too. The guy is either suffering from pareidolia or drinking too much vodka.

more than 2 years ago
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Fukushima Finally Reaches Cold Shutdown

slb Re:Fukushima Residents and Farmers Disagree (201 comments)

What a relief! I wonder when they'll start moving people back into Fukushima Prefecture.

Fukushima prefecture is 14500 km2 and 2M inhabitants less than 8% of the territory and 3.5% of population have been evacuated.

I can't wait to sink my teeth into some Fukushima vegetables and I know you feel the same way

Most of the japanese would be perfectly OK eating food from Fukushima prefecture without fear-mongering idiots scaring a gullible population with occasional radiations level in food lower than one would find in a simple banana or brazil nut.

When do you suppose that 12 mile radius exclusion zone will be lifted? This decade or next?

Exclusion will be lifted next year for all areas with less than 20mSv/y of radiations level, that's more 80% of the evacuated area. Also half the radiations are due to Cs-134 with a half-life of 2 years. That mean all zones will be available in less than a decade, including municipalities like Namie or Iitate.

Now that we've decided that the maximum radiation dosage for a Japanese child is the same as an American nuclear worker, it's only a matter of time before they play in the shadow of Fukushima again!

There's a big difference between what you are allowed to receive every years during your carreer and a maximum environmental exposure that could hypothetically only happen one year. I'm sure the inhabitants of Ramsar who live with a natural radioactivity level of more than 100mSv/y would be laughing a lot at this.

And let's not forget how much better Tokyo is with 30% less electricity.

Yeah sure I wonder how any other energy production facilities would have fared facing the same earthquake and tsunami. Do you really think the Japanese government will be dumb enough to replace nuclear plants with tenth os thousands of off-shore tsunami-proof windmills ...

more than 2 years ago
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Research Promises Drastically Increased LiOn Capacity

slb Cost ? (378 comments)

Obviously missing data in TFA: estimated cost of production for these marvelous batteries ...

more than 2 years ago
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Fukushima Soil Contamination Probed

slb Journalism at its best as usual ... (95 comments)

So this is a computation using a statistical model to give estimates of the soil contamination, and it becomes facts and measured quantities in the ground. But worse, look at the original scale provided by the authors of the paper: it clearly shows the areas under 2500Bq/kg, but the journalist conveniently merged it with the upper-bound area and also avoided the use of the green/blue colors usually associated with safe values in any mapping. Maybe the original map had not enough red and orange area for effective scare-mongering ? BBC I am disappointed...

more than 2 years ago
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US Funds Aggressive Tech To Cut Solar Power Costs

slb Definetelly better than subsidizing obsolete techs (272 comments)

At least an investment that makes sense, instead of wasting taxpayer money in subsidizing the existing inefficient solar panels (and worse, purchasing them abroad where they're produced with the most polluting industry).

more than 2 years ago
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India Wants To Monitor Twitter, Facebook

slb Privacy, not Security (113 comments)

Shouldn't the appropriate icon for this submission be Privacy rather than Security ?

about 3 years ago
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First Public Solar-Powered Cell Charging Station

slb There's no such thing as a free lunch (1 comments)

> Energy from the sun is free, and it would be unethical to charge people to use the Strawberry Tree
*facepalm* And this "Strawberry Tree", was it free too ? The materials, the space used ? Will the maintenance be delivered by faeries during the night ? It would probably be better to inspire young people about what is economy and most importantly what is an environmental life-cycle analysis. I'm betting this gizmo has a far worse environmental footprint than the electricity from the Serbian grid.

more than 3 years ago
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How Google+ Measures Up On Privacy

slb Re:Exclusivity BS (164 comments)

Two ! Hey can you tell your friends I would love to have an invitation ?

more than 3 years ago

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