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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

vux984 Re:Time to get rid of inverters (isn't it?) (199 comments)

AC isn't about transmission easy, it is all about transformers and mechanical systems.

I guess it would be more correct to say that AC is easier to transmit *because* of the relative simplicity of transformers at the end points.

12 hours ago

Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

vux984 Re:Time to get rid of inverters (isn't it?) (199 comments)

I know nothing about electricity

So you figured you'd post your suggestion on /. instead of attempting even the most cursory self-directed research. Gotcha. Laziness for the win.

Is it just that we're so used to designing electronics etc. to use AC, or are there other benefits?

Its easier to transmit long distances, at high voltages.
Its trivial to step up and down to different voltage levels via transformers. The equivalent in DC is not simple.

Mechanical AC generators are simpler and cheaper to build and maintain. And nearly all electicity is generated from mechanical sources (turbines).

Hydro and tidal are water driven turbines. Coal, wood, biomass (methane), natural gas, nuclear, even geothermal electricity are all "steam driving turbine" eleciticity generators, wind is an air driven turbine.

That leaves solar, which IS DC. Worldwide, like 0.2% of electricy is from solar.

Batteries too, are DC, but are charged nearly exclusively from AC sources.

then why not put effort into designing AC sources of electricity?

I guess so. I mean, only 99.8% of electricity comes from AC sources. Just imagine what they could do if they put some effort into designing some AC sources, right? :p


Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

vux984 Re:I hear ya, Nom du Keyboard (298 comments)

I would like to know what people watch who love the streaming from Netflix because there sure are plenty of them.

TV shows mostly. There's several. And all it takes is a couple series your interested in to burn off weeks. We've been watching Dr. Who episodes, about 4 or 5 a week, for, it feels like over a year now.

The movie selection is ... meh. There's generally always something I'm interested in watching, if I browse the selection.

But if I independently decide I want to watch movie X, odds are very high its not there, regardless of how new or old it is, and I'll need to source it from somewhere else.

Other than 2 TV shows from a few years ago that I missed when they were on, I've found Netflix's streaming offers to be very poor.

Yeah, I don't know, maybe you watch a LOT more TV than I do, or have really narrow interests but I miss more series than I've ever watched, so there's literally tons of stuff I haven't seen, or haven't seen in long enough that I'd watch or re-watch. More than enough to fill several hours a week for as far ahead as I care to imagine.


Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

vux984 Re:...The hell? (287 comments)

Seems like every Galaxy owner I've talked to has their own list of twenty things their phones does really shittily.

20 things? Wow... I've been entirely happy with my S3. My only complaint was the battery barely made it through the day, no matter how little I used it.

My new S5, solves that problem amply.

And really my only complaint about it, is a complaint about android in general... the UI is a bit schizophrenic (google vs touchwiz vs ??? ) and it shipped with two browsers ("internet" and chrome, two voice control systems, (google and s voice), multiple IM apps... messenger, hangouts, chaton, etc... so its a bit overwhelming.

As a linux enthusiast, schizophrenic ui, and overwhemling app redundancy is par for the course. After all, only on linux is "yet-another-X" a common naming pattern. :)

But i still see it as a flaw in the new user experience of the device.

I guess if i had to have another complaint about it, its that i don't much like or trust google*, and want to do more with the phone without being herded into giving google access to everything, and loading everything onto the cloud, but that's not a flaw of the phone.

* so what am I doing with android if i don't like google you might ask? Well... its simple...I see the walled gardens from Microsoft or Apple and they are even worse.

2 days ago

Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

vux984 Re: Time to get rid of Tor (121 comments)

Fb and twit were instrumental for on location reports during rebellions ... Saying otherwise suggests that you are ... ignorant.

Instrumental yes. In the same sense that Bic pens were instrumental in me graduating university. However, if there were no bic pens I'd have found something else to use.

Likewise, twitter was instrumental, in the sense that it got used, but if there had been no twitter, they could have just as easily organized from something else.

2 days ago

Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

vux984 Re:Time to get rid of Tor (121 comments)

It has also been an enabler for millions of people in Iran, Syria and Turkmenistan to frequent social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

And get uncensored news from buzzfeed

Don't get me wrong, Tor is a great enabler for countering censorship, etc... but advocating that these people need access to facebook and twitter? Honestly. Nobody needs that.

2 days ago

CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

vux984 Re:Not if you use the Virtuix Omni (154 comments)

The Virtuix Omni is basically an omnidirectional treadmill.

You use it in a VR environment and to move forward, you walk forward on the treadmilll.

This should solve the simulator sickeness issue.

Sure until you reach some stairs, or a ladder, or need to jump down from a ledge. Or crouch. Or do anything interesting with a portal gun.

And where do I put the keyboard and mouse? Or do I have to line up my shots with a toy rifle instead?

Thus being wasted by people playing in a chair with a keyboard and mouse, because I'm tired from running, and have gorilla arm from pointing. Hell, even the xbox controller crowd will finally have advantage over someone.

Not saying i don't think it would be cool I was actually on a VR setup with a treadmill like this years ago at a tech exhibition (Duke Nukem 3D was the game they used) and it was neat. But it was really neat as a 5 minute tech demo... and that's about it.

4 days ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

vux984 Re:Same business model, different business (401 comments)

"I got assigned an IP ending in .666. I refuse to support any company with such obvious anti-christian leanings."


about a week ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

vux984 Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

In this case no matter who in the company orders to give him the credentials, the administrator in Swizerland cannot give them or he would be breaking the Swiss law.

Right. And the guy running a local web forum devoted to lolcats can't go on vacation either, since it contains some user information and credentials to access it can't leave the country...

"Sorry kids, you know that lolcats forum? Yeah, I can't come to the family gathering in france. Government says I can't go, I know too much."

about a week ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

vux984 Re:Snowden's copies? (231 comments)

Snowden said he wrote emails that he can't produce despite taking almost two million documents. You can't explain that away since you are directly challenging him.

Ok, I'll stipulate that he claims he wrote them.

All this while intending to make the claim that he was a "whistle blower" on the US? And he forget the whistle he claims to have blown, repeatedly, while there? That doesn't wash.

I honestly and sincerely don't even see it as related. He may not even anticipated that someone would challenge. He was seeking to establish beyond credible doubt that the NSA was doing XYZ. That is "the story" he was looking to tell. That someone would try to argue that a big part of the story would be "hey, can you prove you tried to tell someone inside, first" possibly didn't even enter into his mind.

In the big picture, it doesn't even matter. What matters is what the NSA was doing, not how vigorously Snowden tried to change it from within first.

Regardless of how important this particular detail is to you, its at best a tangential detail to the main story.

Its just a small minded distraction to try and divert attention from the main story. Like obsessing over Julian Assange's significant personal flaws instead of focusing on the actual wiki leaks leaks.

Maybe because they don't exist?

That doesn't fly within this thread of the sub-argument.

You'd stipulated they DID exist and contained the NSA's response that they were legal. You can't now argue that maybe they didn't exist, at least not within this sub-thread.

Or they discuss classified programs that are still classified?

They could redact them. Even if they were just "walls of black ink", they would establish that they existed.

I expect that the NSA has done that in the proper forums for discussing classified matters: in meetings with the administration, in closed sessions of Congress, and before the courts in closed hearings.

You are contorting like an acrobat. You are arguing that "if they exist, the NSA is rightfully keeping them secret, therefore we should assume Snowden is lying about their existence, and that they don't exist". That's not even coherent.

Seems to me then, its perfectly reasonable to accept Snowden's claim they exist.

Which "general consensus" is that?

Lets see:
the 5 member Privacy and Civil liberties Oversight Board created by Congress ruled them illegal.

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled them illegal.

United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled them illegal.

And even the NSA itself, has ADMITTED substantial wrongdoing.

"The one on Slashdot?"

Yeah, sure, the one on slashdot too. ::eyeroll::

about two weeks ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

vux984 Re:Snowden's copies? (231 comments)

Isn't it ... "odd" ... that Snowden could manage to steal 1.7 million documents, but apparently didn't manage to get copies of his own emails showing his alleged attempts to raise the issues through official channels?

a) Because when I suspect my employer of illegal wrong doing doing I always write an email? Oh, wait, no, we're trained that those sorts of inquiries are supposed to go through channels without permanent records for legal liability reasons. You can argue that that's a bad thing, but that's reality in a LOT of places.

b) While I'm sure he'd have been capable of snagging his email, maybe it simply didn't occur to him.

You don't think it could be because even if he did "raise the issue" of legality he was given the reasons why they were legal and chose to steal the documents anyway?

If your argument is that Snowden didn't keep and release them because they would contradict and harm his 'narrative', then why is the NSA not bending over backwards to get them out there?

The NSA should be happy to provide us with such a relevant record that details their dutiful adherence to the law, and how they conscientiously explained to Snowden why he was mistaken in raising concerns.

If you really beleive what you wrote, why do think the NSA is refusing to release them?

And if you really believe what what the NSA was doing was legal, how do you reconcile that with the general consensus that a great deal of what they were doing was not, in fact, legal.

about two weeks ago

Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

vux984 Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

didn't you get the memo?

Lol, evidently not. I don't play D3. Good on them... i guess.

So now you have to use a 3rd party site? Has anything really changed, other than to make the whole situation a bit less offensively in ones face to the people who don't want to engage in that "meta-game"?

Is it still the case, that if you want to be 'competitive' that you will engage in that sort of play-style? After all, just because blizzards not hosting the AH, doesn't mean its not still there, or that its not still the "best" way to advance in that game?

about two weeks ago

How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

vux984 Re:I don't understand... (202 comments)

The speed of light through space is distinct from the rate at which the universe itself expands. Weird fun things ensue. :p

about two weeks ago

Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

vux984 Re:Silly season much (131 comments)

I would have picked something more mainstream; its very nearly just as bad: Diablo III for example.

Chest drops, valuable rare farming, AH selling... its all there. And some people are just as obsessed for exactly the same reasons.

It applies just as well.

about two weeks ago

FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

vux984 Re:Movies (199 comments)

There are huge tax advantages for income properties, in terms of you can take losses against capital gains on them, but you can't on a property you used as a residence? Why?

"Under 26 U.S.C. 121 an individual can exclude, from his or her gross income, up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple filing jointly) of capital gains on the sale of real property if the owner used it as primary residence for two of the five years before the date of sale."

You can't claim take losses because you have this massive exemption on gains on your primary residence. In the vast majority of cases that's a much better deal for tax payers.

about two weeks ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

vux984 Re:Misused? Murder is intrinsic in communism. (530 comments)

There is already enough food and power in the world to give to everyone.

Enough food yes, for sustenance, but we could use more. And its still produced by a lot of human labour. Far less than 2 centuries ago, but still far more than I'm suggesting we need to get to. And its not in the right places. There are a variety of deficiencies in energy to transport it, and labor to distribute it. So we need more automation, and limitless energy.

When it gets to that level of food availability then sure.

Ah, so your argument isn't that you disagree with me at all then. You merely wish to argue that we aren't there yet. But there is no disagreement there.

Even when food is free, the effort to go and grab it is still an effort. Effort which I will not give away willingly. Go get your own plate and push your own damned button and stop taking the food off of my plate. I did not push the button and walk 15 feet so you could sit there and take the food off of my plate.

Is this a problem you experience often today? You have guests over for dinner and they are too lazy to serve themselves or cut and chew their own food and they try to suck it down a straw right from your mouth?

I've no argument that with plentiful food society would still have social norms and rules, and I think we can agree they'd be expected to order their food and have it delivered to them via whatever the socially accepted process was.

I'm not suggesting a world where people are going to climb into bed with you at night with a sandwich they took out of your fridge, and its ridiculous that you even raising this sort of scenario as a reason plentiful food "won't work".

The real question is how can it be done. If it requires taking even the smallest thing from someone else, you are wrong.

It would require precisely the smallest thing from everyone.

It is better to die than to force slavery onto others.

Yes, I imagine all 30 billion people on earth dying out because not one of them was willing to volunteer to work for 1 hour to produce all the food the world would need for a year.

Hopefully someone will volunteer, even out of their own self interest, since that 1 hour produces all the food they will need for themselves for the year too.

I guess sure, if nobody steps, I'm not going to force someone to put in 1 hour of work in a year. That iteration of humanity deserves to die out.

What you dream of will never happen until their are fully autonomous robots harvesting raw material from outside of the planet and the ability to transform those raw materials into any other configuration required.

We actually don't have to get quite that far along. Productivity will reach a tipping point where charity is sufficient long before we reach full mechanization.

At some point, suppose we develop space based solar power that taps that limitless fusion reactor 8 minutes away to a degree we can't currently even imagine. Some mega-corp builds a for profit power transfer station and charges market rates for power. So far so good, I'm sure you can imagine that.

Meanwhile costs come down, they get more and more efficient, and cheaper to build. At some point they become cheap enough that wealthy individuals can buy them, and yet they produce enough power for an entire country.

A generation further down, a rich philanthropist buys few dozen, puts their maintenance in a trust fund, and provides power to the world as his legacy. hundreds of thousands of kilowatt hours allocated to each and every person on the planet.

Think its impossible? Maybe. I don't. We're seeing all sorts of things happen like this with the internet. Wikipedia for example. When the cost of providing a service falls to below the level of charity required to make it happen, it can happen.

We're a long ways out for power or food still, but if you look at the trends, we could get there.

about two weeks ago

Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

vux984 Re:Cheap bastards (77 comments)

You do not get the car if you manage to hack into it.

I guess that depends how well he hacks it. :p

about two weeks ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

vux984 Re:Misused? Murder is intrinsic in communism. (530 comments)

Forced charity is not charity.

That doesn't answer the question.

There is enough food in the world right now to feed everyone. Does that mean everyone should eat? No. Some should die.

I'm not necessarily a fan of everyone on the planet, but I'm not convinced "some should die" simply due to food allocation difficulties.

While that food is edible, it has value. That value belongs to someone.

Unless it belongs to everyone. Like oxygen, nobody holds individual claim to it. There is nothing "inherently right" (or wrong) about something belonging to someone. If there were enough food that you could have all you wanted, would you really wander around saying "this food is mine", "this food is mine"... is that how you treat air? Of course not.

Remember, I harvest for ME. If you expect me to harvest for you, you are sadly mistaken

I don't expect you to spend time harvesting food at all. Let the 'bots do it. Help yourself to as much as you feel like eating. Treat it like air. Now, yes, if you take more than you can eat, pile it in your cave and then jealously guard so much of it that others are starting to suffer.. then yeah... you deserve to be treated like criminal, and a nutter, because you would be one.

Imagine if you did that with air, walked into a building, and starting sucking all the oxygen out to the point others couldn't breathe, while ranting about how you harvest for you. And everyone is looking at you like you are off your rocker, because if you want some air, just breathe. There's plenty. Of course you'd be locked up as a criminal.

Soon (geologically speaking), there will NOT be enough clean air full of oxygen to breathe, at that point, it becomes a scarce resource.

Possibly. Not necessarily. But either way you are missing the point -- the point was that food and energy could become as ubiquitous as oxygen is today, not that oxygen might become scarce enough to start hoarding.

Either eventuality is possible, which one are you working towards?

I do not begrudge anyone anything they have earned for themselves.

And I don't begrudge anyone clean air, whether they've worked for it or not, and if we could support public works projects to deliver limitless energy and abundant food I wouldn't begrudge stoners and layabouts that either.

To you, he is a criminal.

Not at all. Now if we had sufficient food and energy for all and Johnny Depp decided to hoard more than he could use simply to deprive others from having enough, then he would be a criminal. Why would Johnny Depp do that though? Why would anyone? Except a criminal or a nutcase.

you can make food and energy available like that, more power to you

As a species we've continually generated more food and more energy with increasingly less effort. If the trend continues (and why shouldn't it?) then eventually the labour of one person working the equivalent of one day can through the magic of technology and science produce enough food and power for the world.

Somehow or another, I expect that you want to make food and energy available like that by taking from others

Why would I want that?

Long story short, even if food, shelter, and clothing were freely available due to some unforeseen technological advance, I would be totally happy with that. If you think that just because there is enough food, shelter, and clothing existing in this world to feed everybody that you can take it from those who made it and own it to give to everyone else, I would say you are smoking crack.

You keep circling around to it being something that you are going to be making, with sweat pouring from your brow, and god forbid anyone else touch the fruits of your labor. Jeebus, let it go, nobody wants your sweaty food. I'm not even sure why you want it so badly. In a world where enough is produced by autmated labor that it can be consumed the way we consume oxygen now -- what is the point of getting worked up over ownership. If someone takes "your food" just get some more, but why would anyone take "your food" in the first place, when they can get their own, in as large a quantity they like, just as easily?

Getting worked up over it, is like making your dinner guests promise not to steal the oxygen in your house when they come to visit.

until I am at the same level of reward

How much food do you need? Your appetite is not insatiable. As soon as we can produce more than anyone can eat, the whole concern is moot. We are certainly no where near there yet... but take a look at the long term trend.

Look at the quantity of food a factory farm generates per labour hour compared to even 200 years ago. Fast forward 200 years... George Jetson complaining about having to go to work to push one button and then go home starts to seem pretty plausible. And the year after that? We both know the button can damn well push itself.

Clean water, clean air, limitless energy, enough food... if we COULD do that, we should.

about two weeks ago



Evidence for another Sony Rootkit

vux984 vux984 writes  |  about 2 years ago

vux984 (928602) writes "There's some preliminary evidence that SOE is heading face first into what may be another rootkit scandal. A poster named Bug started this thread here: (I expect it to disappear if the story gains traction.)
and posted his findings to a torrent:

My read is frankly that "Bug" is overreacting to a lot of the details, and assigning a lot of malicious intent where I'm highly skeptical any exists.

Nonetheless: They do in fact install a browser add-on without any sort of proper disclosure in all major browsers. They do in fact silently add zones to your Internet 'trusted zones' lists. And they are in fact uploading scads of crash data (multiple GB) without user permission or review and its evident that the crash data can contain information the user would not wish to transmit to Sony.

Additionally, the combined effect of the add-on and white listed zones potentially exposes users to remote execution attacks; similiar to the way Sony's XCP could be exploited by 3rd parties. Again there is some circumstantial evidence at least that it is already being exploited in the wild.

There was an uproar here when Microsoft quietly added its .NET Framework Assistant add-on to Firefox , this seems to go way beyond that, and its the first time I think I've seen zones silently added to the trusted zone. I think Sony's crossed a line... again.

In any case, anyone here who plays any SOE titles should at least be aware what Sony is doing and decide for themselves what they think of it."

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