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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

thesupraman Re:Rewarding the bullies... (775 comments)


Enough? Took me a good solid 5 seconds on google.


Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

thesupraman Re:Rewarding the bullies... (775 comments)

In what way exactly is recording audio in a public place 'wiretapping'?
Are you claiming that any recording of audio in a public place requires the explicit permission of anyone who is audible on the recording?
I suspect the main problem here is the parents did not lawyer up well enough (either through assuming this would be trivially solved as it should have been, or through cost).

The 'solution' unfortunately, will be to get better lawyers. Dont you love the land of the free?


San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

thesupraman Re:BS (351 comments)

Jealous much?

Seems to me that the people who have been pissing away their time spending everything they can day to day and not buying any actual property are now pissed that the property values for others who didnt do that are going up, and that they will then have to pay more rent.

Hint - its called investing for the future, and its a damn good idea, no matter how fashionable your triple chocolate mochas and anti establishment tees are.

To you actually know that the capitalism in, well, capitalism actually means? Or would you rather live in some state allocated location, with a state allocated job, eathing your state allocated rations? hmmm?

2 days ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

thesupraman Re:s/homeopathy/creationism/g (408 comments)

In Australia? They would have a good laugh as more beer was passed around.
Or do you mean in the inbreeding fields of America? My guess is senators would be calling for war.

Isn't context a great thing?

about a week ago

Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

thesupraman Re:IANA Physicist, So... (630 comments)

The flight time at mach 7 for 200 miles is about 2.3 minutes, practice your highschool physics and work out how much it drops not allowing for drag.
(hint: a LOT). That is assuming no loss of speed (which of course would be SIGNIFICANT).

Which kind of helps, otherwise it could not reach the ground for much of a distance, but hell.. it still needs to be allowed for.

But even worse, the effect of a crosswind along the trajectory path sums over that time also, and that matters as it is much less predictable.
This is a kinetic kill vehicle - it needs to hit the target, without terminal guidance. At 200 miles, it simply will not (unless the target it BIG, as in a small
town..). They will of course try and convince us this is a surgical weapon, however it is not - unless they start using terminal guidance, and good luck getting
electronics to survive the electromagnetic environment of launch in this thing.

This will of course allow them to more cheaply scattergun an enemy from a nice safe range - go USA!

about a week ago

Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

thesupraman Yes, yes it is. (408 comments)

Actually, they are right.

A Patent is technically REQUIRED to not be obvious to a person 'skilled in the art' when given information of the prior art.
So, a phone UI developer would have to still not find the apple slide to unlock patent obvious given knowledge that a
UI idea to unlock the phone was needed, and knowledge of is video.

All of this of course should make the whole 'on a capacitive multitouch screen' approach, etc laughable - but again the
rules are being VERY selectively enforced.

Of course Apple, and several others, have managed to blatantly hijack the patent system, and basic patent law is not being
applied in their cases - could it PERHAPS have something to do with the huge number of patents they (and several notable others)
fine with them, and therefore the percentage of the patent offices total revenue they generate?

How do I know the requirements above? I have at times spent years arguing with the patent office trying to get patents accepted
which were ENORMOUSLY less obvious that what passes for acceptable from certain major cooperated. With little to no success.

The rules are simply being blatantly flouted by a certain select group.

about two weeks ago

Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

thesupraman Re:You cancel service? (240 comments)

are you *really* trying to compare a service at $25/year with a service at $35/month?

I think you have missed an important part of the comparison..

about two weeks ago

NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

thesupraman Re:Legal searches (274 comments)

Where in that sentence do you think that the searches had been approved by FISA?
I think you need a lesson in reading comprehension, it claims the process used in the search had been approved by FISA, not these specific searches, and that is a very different thing.
The usual smokescreen doubletalk of course, but no where do they claim the search targets had been approved.

So, why are you trusting people who have got no approval, let alone specific approval?

Ah, thats right - you only believe in your rights not generic rights - and they haven't come for you yet.

about two weeks ago

If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?

thesupraman Re:Free market (353 comments)

You do realise the 'driver training' is something promoted by the Taxi companies and used to exclude new entrants, right?

IMHO the main thing that needs to be changes is these should not be allowed to be presented as ride sharing, they are just minicab services.
Go look at London for the model, it isnt exactly new.

about two weeks ago

Conservation Communities Takes Root Across US

thesupraman Re:454 / 16 (116 comments)

This sounds like the fake plastic plants approach to agriculture, all fashion and no substance.

I myself live in the middle of 20 acres of my own farmland, and thats barely enough to anything even close to useful in the way of actual farming, we call it a 'lifestyle block'.
'The square is also where residents line up on Wednesday evenings to claim their bulging boxes of just-harvested produce, eggs and honey, which come with a $100-a-month membership'
Yeah, right.. the boxes wont be bulging from the produce of 20 acres.. not if they have any livestock area as they claim, not for 452 families..
Mind you, $45,200/month is not a bad scam for the people running it.. I suspect it buys a lot of outside produce ;)

about a month ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

thesupraman Re:Ignorance... (406 comments)

No, you are completely wrong.

FRAND patents are not of little value, and are not normally licensed for little value.
They are normally part of cross-licensing agreements between companies, with small associated payments to make the contracts binding, but primarily they are used as a technology trading base.

Apple of course refuses to participate in the trading.
They say 'license your FRAND patents to us for the same as everyone else, and then we will screw you to the wall for our patents'.
FRAND owners say "WTF? those fees are for crosslicensing agreements, without that, you need to pay real money'
Apple says "Then we wont pay you anything, and since we appear to have the US legal system all tied up, piss off, in fact, we will sue you over a bunch
of patents we never invented, just added the words 'on a capacitive touch screen' to the end of! ha!"

And if you think thats good business, well.... time will tell. I wonder how well Apple will do when the next round of critical infrastructure wireless patents are no longer FRAND, and Apple hold no cards.

Kill the meaning of FRAND patents is a standardisation disaster, and a short term cash grab by Apple to the detriment of everyone else, including their own users.

about a month ago

Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

thesupraman Todd the Teacher.. (333 comments)

You missed the big one.

Todd the Teacher.

Men have been practically excluded from teaching, by being painted with the sexist assumptions
that they are all child molesters and pedophiles with nothing positive to contribute.

In comparison to this particular problem, an imbalance in programmers is nothing.. bias in the
teaching of our children should be a huge priority, and yet, its not....

about 2 months ago

Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

thesupraman Re:What the (207 comments)

Fukushima WAS a natural disaster, stop trying to pretend otherwise. It was caused by the earthquake!

Or do you consider large numbers of the deaths also to not be natural, because people were hit by debris from buildings that broke up, trapped in
cars, etc? Pretty much the same thing.

The point is it has caused next to no deaths, whereas the main disaster did - and yet people rant on about the one that really didnt impact.

Get some damn perspective.

about 2 months ago

Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

thesupraman Re:Just say "No" (410 comments)


Be careful with that link, you may just learn something....
Especially if you remove the oil producing countries (they burn a lot as a side effect of providing oil to the other countries, and have low populations..).

The third world (and in fact second world) produce small amounts per capita, or are you going to argue against per capita, so we can all laugh at you?

about 2 months ago

California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

thesupraman Re:Dangerous... (399 comments)

You are just making those things up with a bunch of scary sounding negative buzzwords.

Removing guaranteed job security in NO way created a race to the bottom, in fact quite the opposite.
You are ignoring the fact that once true competition can be restored (perhaps I should say IF) then
teachers who are good are freed to seek high wages, teachers who are not good are suitable penalised
(and therefore have a reason to try harder, perhaps gain extra training, or ar least not just slouch around
treating students like dirt), and quality of education may actually improve.

I like your attempt at a threat at the end, it really dlivers the message, and the message is 'we consider your
children to be our gravy train insurance, give us anything we want, OR ELSE!'.

There is a lot of very solid research around the fact that unionisation in government funded (and I know, not all
teaching is government funded, just the majority..) jobs is NOT in any way desirable. Workers in the public
sector already have protection, its called the democratic system. Unions are for workers in the private sector
who dont have a democratically elected government handing other peoples money to them..

If you really want to see the endgame of strong controlled unionisation of workers look internationally at schools.
There is a strong correlation between freedom of a school in teacher employment, and quality of students
education, NOT THE OPPOSITE AS YOU IMPLY! Schools with well paid GOOD teachers attract more students,
get more support, have more involved parents, and thrive - however having the GOOD teachers is critical to that.
Steamrolling all teachers into an 'equal playing field' through strong strict unionisation, tenure, etc simply means
there is little reason to excel as a teacher.

I truely feel sorry for many star teachers these days, who often end up (due to their true love of the children) spending
a huge amount of time pickup up the pieces of incompetent teachers who simply dont care, and who get paid just
as much, basically to show up.

Sad, really.

about 3 months ago

Are New Technologies Undermining the Laws of War?

thesupraman Re:Or we could just stop starting wars... (317 comments)

Fair enough, perhaps then you would like to list the wars he has started lately?
Or perhaps just listing the top 10 countries to start wars in the last 20 years would be a good start?

Or is desperate sabre (even if its a wooden sword..) rattling somehow worse than actual killing of people?

Its called perspective, and it is desperately needed.

about 3 months ago

Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

thesupraman Re:Utilities aiming at their own feet (579 comments)

I've got a really good thing going for myself, obviously, but SRP is also making a nice profit off of me. My peak generation coincides with peak demand here. At the same time as they sell my electricity to my neighbors at $0.14 / kWh, they're paying twice that to spool up diesel generators...and they're paying me about $0.02 / kWh for my surplus. And I've signed over all my green credits to them, as well. Sweet deal for both of us, and I'm glad for it to be that way -- that's how good business profits are supposed to work.

So what you seem to be claiming is that your power companies costs of generating power is approximately double the price they sell it to people?
Doesn't that seem a touch surprising to you?

The 'common' situation, as pointed out above is not a $0.14 sell/$0.02 buy ration, which does make sense, its a full credit in kWh for what you infeed. So you get to use them as a free storage facility.
I suspect what you are talking about is only the excess generation payments, rather than the load transfer facility.
You should probably think about the other half of the equation a little, and perhaps investigate the costs of a full capacity battery/supply system with replacement
costs factored in (5 years lifespan on the batteries is pretty good before they hit 50% capacity..).

about 4 months ago

Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

thesupraman Re:There must be a very good reason... (579 comments)

You cite factors that fall against solar, but miss all the ones that fall in solar's favor. The biggest is peak shaving. In many areas, usage peaks coincide with when the sun is shining. Peak power is the most expensive power. Imagine building a power plant and running it seven hours a year. Welcome to peaker plants. That's some hellishly expensive electricity. In places like Hawaii, Texas, Arizona, and southern California, when people put more solar PV in, the utility needs fewer peaker plants. This is HUGE. You know how much credit most utilities want to give to solar for that? Zero.

    But if the utility does something to eliminate the need for a peaker plant, you can bet your entire net worth the utility will be asking the rate commission for higher rates to reward them.

    The best work on this subject (trying to figure out what price has no one subsidizing any one) is coming out of the Rocky Mountain Institute. A good starting place is their survey of existing literature (http://www.rmi.org/Knowledge-Center%2FLibrary%2F2013-13_eLabDERCostValue). Austin electric also appears to have done really good work in establishing what they call a "fair value of solar". By their measure, the fair value of solar in Austin is currently higher than the retail rate. As more solar is added, this rate will fall. The rate is assessed annually.

No, YOU are missing a big point.
You get no 'peak shaving' because 1) the peaks are very rarely during high solar output hours (there is no midday peak), but far more
importantly, 2) the solar users ARE USING THEIR OWN POWER AT PEAK. now, I know you will argue that there is a net reduction of
peak load, which is true, but there is also an equal reduction in generated income associated with the fact that the people using solar
are far more likely to be low net users. The result is a smaller market of higher peak users - meaning again higher prices for other users.

ITS ALL A SUBSIDY FOR SOLAR USERS. Its pretty much that simple. There is zero valid economic reason to pay them to much for uncontrolled
generation. In fact I bet you could make good money with a moderate sized generation facility if you could force them to pay you that much for
your infeed power...

Argue all you want about the goodness of solar, but why should one set of consumers subsidize another set in such a blatant way?

about 4 months ago

Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

thesupraman Re:There must be a very good reason... (579 comments)

Because they are usually required to pay customers a lot more for feed-in power than they can generate it for, with no allowance for their internal cost overheads, etc.

Basically they become a free power storage and backup facility only paid for any extra usage) for the customers, which is great for adoption, but means that non solar customers are adding further subsidy to the solar customers (over and above the common subside via taxation/government grants).

Not that I am against private solar - I have it myself, but using the grid as backup/storage is somewhat unfair in the big picture.

Some pricing plans are a bit more in line with reality, but regulators push hard to make it 'simple for the consumer' which really tends to end up meaning
'subsidize the solar users'.

about 4 months ago

FreeBSD Developers Will Not Trust Chip-Based Encryption

thesupraman Re:Wise (178 comments)

You mean just like Linux has for quite some time?

After all, these hardware random sources feed the entropy pool, however are certainly not its only source.
Hell, applications can even contribute to the pool as they wish, and that is not considered an issue no matter how non-random their contribution is.

FreeBSD and its reliance on the Yarrow approach is much more 'sensitive' to its PRNG source(s), so its about time they caught up..


Then again, random numbers tend to be treated almost as a religious argument rather than a technical one.

about 4 months ago


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