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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

way2trivial Re:They will move to a different charging model (488 comments)

prices are fixed by PUC as a percentage above costs today.

this mean the more 'costs' a utility has, the more the 'percentage' equates becomes in total dollars.

if they make debt service half their cost of operations-- then they double their income.
(really, truly)

about 3 months ago

Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

way2trivial Re:An excellent book... (86 comments)

"Humans are then seen as beings of lesser value."


Nobility is great.. but evolution I think, would require all species to develop to the point that they would place themselves in the most exalted position...

about 5 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

way2trivial 6 billion at 300k per cop (626 comments)

is 20,773 cops NATIONWIDE, or 415 cops per state....

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

way2trivial you were out of the country (245 comments)

and 800km away from your passport?

that potential bad experience is all on you man...

I've been through europe,
spent 2 month chunks staying with family there

I was never more than a 5 minute walk from my passport....

about 8 months ago

Target and Trustwave Sued Over Credit Card Breach

way2trivial Re:Banks are responsible too (87 comments)

Not precisely correct.

Chip & pin is coming, it's not mandatory on merchants (yet) but if fraud is indicated and the merchant failed to have a chip terminal, and the customer has a chipped card the merchant will lose the chargeback automatically.

Liability shift, will now be on one of two entities.
The merchant, for not having the terminal, or the consumer, for not protecting their pin.

the liability also shifts almost 100% OFF the card issuing bank....
(the real reason)

about 9 months ago

Tesla Would Be Proud: Wireless Charging For Electric Cars Gets Closer To Reality

way2trivial Park it? (176 comments)

why not line the freeway?
charge while you drive it.

Want a 300 mile range?
put 100 miles of chargers for every 300 miles of road..

Recreate the electric bus, powered externally.

1 year,13 days

The Boss Is Remotely Monitoring Blue-Collar Workers

way2trivial Re:Well yeah (228 comments)

Orientation is not currently included

ENDA was introduced in the 113th Congress in the House by Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and in the Senate by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), as well as Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) on April 25, 2013. ENDA was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on July 10, 2013, by a bipartisan vote of 15-7.

about a year ago

Facebook 'Stalker' Tool Uses Graph Search For Data Mining

way2trivial a bit from the article that caught my eye (38 comments)

""It's basically not feasible for a human to go to the depths that FBStalker script does," he said."

Pfft-- I beg to differ...

about a year ago

"Micro-Gig" Sites Undermining Workers Rights?

way2trivial Re:no solution you will like (426 comments)

PLEASE! for the love of god and my job

I said I have enough to read/research right now!
You're taking away from my personally directed reading time....

No more quotes!

about a year and a half ago

"Micro-Gig" Sites Undermining Workers Rights?

way2trivial Re:no solution you will like (426 comments)

A wobbly, I am both surprised, pleased, and additionally very amused to find a wobbly generated this quote.

I always wanted to join, I disagree that 'management' MUST be denied membership.
is it not enough to want a thing, and to be willing to work at it from the inside the system?

Apparently not.

about a year and a half ago

"Micro-Gig" Sites Undermining Workers Rights?

way2trivial Re:no solution you will like (426 comments)

Thanks for this, truly.

more reading material for me--
(and I really had enough unread!)

about a year and a half ago

"Micro-Gig" Sites Undermining Workers Rights?

way2trivial Re:no solution you will like (426 comments)

FREE trade mind...

Taxes and Tariffs, "because it crosses a border", is the antithesis of free trade....

about a year and a half ago

"Micro-Gig" Sites Undermining Workers Rights?

way2trivial Re:LAW? (426 comments)

I'm sorry.
I'm asking for a citation for a specific assertion by the OP
"By law a full time position must be staffed by an employee. "

that is a BAD statement, and not a LAW

I can have a contract worker do 40 hrs a week without them being an employee.

in fact, I do.

about a year and a half ago

"Micro-Gig" Sites Undermining Workers Rights?

way2trivial LAW? (426 comments)

LAW? please provide a citation.

about a year and a half ago



The ultimate drug- the wire is here

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  about 10 months ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "Many science fiction stories (Daniel Keys Moran anyone?) include the idea of wireheads/the ability to apply electricity directly to the brain in order to produce a unbeatable high...

It's here... ever been jealous of a mouse?
Who could possibly resist, once it was implanted?
perfect substance abuse-- dial it up to eleven.....

"Researchers from the University of Illinois and University of Washington have developed a wireless implant that uses LEDs thinner than a human hair to produce light, stimulating their test subjects to create dopamine, ""

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Cable Kettle to Network coglomerate Pot, you're black!

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  about 2 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "a 'person' (corporate variety) suing because they have to buy channels in bundles that they don't want all of.

Cablevision is suing Viacom for

"broadcasters’ insistence that carriers buy an entire bundle of channels just to get the one or two networks people actually watch."

OW! My ribs! this hurts so bad! make it stop! I can't catch my breath!!!

They think it is unfair that "“Viacom effectively forces Cablevision’s customers to pay for and receive little-watched channels in order to get the channels they actually want."

Hmm, "Cablevision effectively forces their customers to pay for and recieve little-watched channels in order to get the channels they actually want" seems as apt..."

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Mineral tech in dishwashers, natural heating by zeolite; this is cool

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  about 2 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "This is cool, Bosch is using zeolite to reduce the energy consumption of some washing machines by having it generate heat at the end of the wash cycle, then takes the water back out for the next cycle by heating it.
Better living through chemistry indeed!

It makes me wonder that I never considered;
disposable handwarmers~
can I recycle them by overheating them dry??"

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Criminals to be sprayed with DNA-- no, it's not what you are thinking

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  about a year ago

way2trivial (601132) writes ""Locard's principle holds that the perpetrator of a crime will bring something into the crime scene and leave with something from it, and that both can be used as forensic evidence"
(quoth wikipedia)

Now a startup is installing a security system to spray hold up thieves with a combination of UV dyes and DNA to conclusively prove someone was present at the scene of a crime at some McDonalds in Australia..

"a system that sprays a “non-toxic solution with DNA Code” on would-be thieves on their way out the door of the fast-food outlets."

I find the claim that "With the installation of this high-technology security system, SelectaDNA says it will cut theft and burglaries significantly."

Why? because they'll nab someone who would have done it again? Personally I'm thinking hold-ups will still occur, this'll just help with the conviction, not prevention...."

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Microsoft Warns Of Looming Digital Certificate Deadline

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  more than 2 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes ""That warning comes as Microsoft prepares to release an automatic security update for Windows on Oct. 9, 2012, that will make longer key lengths mandatory for all digital certificates that touch Windows systems."

" Internet Explorer won't be able to access any website secured using an RSA digital certificate with a key length of less than 1,024 bits"

"ActiveX controls might be blocked, users might not be able to install applications, and Outlook 2010 won't be able to encrypt or digitally sign emails, or communicate with an Exchange server for SSL/TLS communications.""

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white house- what technology should we work on?

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  more than 4 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "Your Government needs you- they'd like to ask what technology they should be advancing.
"In February 2010, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council released a "Request for Information" to collect input from the public regarding the grand challenges identified in the President's innovation strategy, other possible grand challenges, and the partners (e.g. companies, universities, non-profit organizations) that would need to collaboration to achieve these ambitious goals. The deadline for responses is Thursday, April 15th."

Give it to them boys!"

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"Star wars" Mosquito solution, -- LASE THEM!

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  more than 4 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "From the NY times http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/using-lasers-to-zap-mosquitoes/ seriously, "intellectual ventures" wants to build virtual laser fences to surround places like malaria ridden hospitals. they can apparently identify mosquitos vs. other species (even by sex) rather well as a hotelie, I find the fact that they kept there demonstration supply in the bathroom appalling (housekeeping said they had WHAT in the tub?) but there is a real nice slomo video (26 mb) of one getting sliced available here http://intellectualventureslab.com/wp-content/videos/Mosquito_Shootdown_Sequence (how long has it been since slashdot took down a video server anyway?) bring on the overlord or shark jokes.."
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4chan blocked by verizonwireless?

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  more than 4 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "According to 4chan's Twitter account and status update blog, they have been "explicitly blocked" by the Verizon wireless network.

someone with editing skills will have to make it slashdot ready, I lack the skills to do it in time."

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WI D.O.C. "Playing D&D = you are a gang membe

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  more than 4 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "According to the Wisconsin department of corrections, D&D is not to be allowed within cells because it
"promotes fantasy role playing, competitive hostility, violence, addictive escape behaviors, and possible gambling,"

Yikes.. the policy has since been further expanded to block all fantasy games- I wonder if that includes fap races?"

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Can card transaction be individually protected?

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  more than 5 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "Dear Ask Slashdot:

I'm reading an article at the consumerist http://consumerist.com/5260257/credit-card-processors-launch-a-new-strategy-to-defeat-theft that says credit card processors are trying to come up with ways to protect card data from theft- largely by securing it into smaller little chunks...

I am a credit card accepting merchant, and know from my interactions with credit card proccessor salesman and technical support that I have a better than average understanding of the means by which credit card transactions move around. After reading that piece I researched a little more more and verified what I thought I knew. For primers see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_card_numbers and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public-key_cryptography

The question I've been unable to answer for myself is- why not make every individual transaction a secure chunk?? Public key cryptography should enable the possibility of ALL the individual account data to be unreadable from the point of leaving my terminal until it hits the issuing bank. If my credit card terminal contained for each of the the six digit issuer identification numbers (IIN) a public key- why not wrap up the entire rest of the transaction in a public cypher-- send it to my processor- who sends that encrypted packet to the issuing bank, who decodes and sends back an approval with a re-encrypted proof of same... the only thing my processor needs to get paid and pay me is my merchant #, the 6 digit bank that I sent it to, and the dollar amount I ultimately expect to be paid on-- when the reply comes back- my processor knows if it was approved. Any individual interception en route or stored by individual merchants electronically is useless.

The only potential flaw I can think of on my own- is that perhaps as all the original clear messages are of fixed length and format- it may prove easier to decode than a usual message. I don't know enough about the depths of public key methods to know if that simplifies breaking the private keys- but even if so a very long key may solve that.

Can anyone shoot a well reasoned hole through my solution?"

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I need math help==Halloween is coming

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  more than 6 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "I run a small 4 story business- I'm going to decorate the exterior of building for Halloween-- and I've decided on a spider them-- big inflatable spiders.. I'm going to use manilla rope for the spokes, and some not 'cheap' garland for the web around the spokes.. I've poked around, I'm looking for a formula to compute the length of a spiderweb (a decreasing coil) Any math folks wanna give me a hand? First and foremost- I'm looking for someone to give me some math I can use to compute the amount of 'festooning' I need for a web that will be roughly 300ft long, and 50 ft high...

Second, I'm asking if anyone has any experience building such a thing so very large-- the rope I'm using is plain manilla 3/8's, ther festooning I've found has an apparent width of about 4"- and I'm wanting people to see this thing from the street-- about 80-100 feet away.. I'm sticking 5 constantly inflating 8' spiders on it... I'm doing this early, so I can do it right..--- anyone have feedback? PS-- Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau have made my personal research really painful through their use of arachnid terminology, now so pervasive throughout the internet-- I realize it wasn't personal~ but my god-- anyone doing arachnology must really suffer..."

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WARGAMES BACK IN THEATERS! one night only...

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  more than 6 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "Fathom and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios are proud to present WarGames back on the big screen after 25 years. Don't miss this one-night-only event in select movie theatres nationwide on Thursday, July 24th at 7:30PM (local). The event will include never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew on how the movie was ahead of its time and its relevance today. Additionally, only at this one night event, get a sneak peek at the making of the sequel — WarGames: The Dead Code. YIPEE! http://fathomevents.com/details.aspx?eventid=724"
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Open wifi at your house? Congess new "SAFE ACT

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  about 7 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "'ccording news.com "The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including "obscene" cartoons and drawings — or face fines of up to $300,000. That broad definition would cover individuals, coffee shops, libraries, hotels," crap! first offenses start at 300k! http://www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9829759-38.html?tag=nefd.top and they are ramming it through- it's for the children!"

Interesting admissions from riaa members-industry

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  more than 7 years ago

way2trivial (601132) writes "A lot of slashdotters say the reason music sales are off is the content..
it appears so too believe the music producers (at least some of them)
in todays NY times magazine, an article with a lot of interesting attributions and commentary that the content of todays music is the problem.

I find one item to not match my idea of reality however, it reads in part "and the once lucrative album market has been overshadowed by downloaded singles, which mainly benefits Apple" and here I thought Apple made a pittance on each track- and gave the majority to the producers.... and really cleanedup with their hardware sales.... http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/02/magazine/02rubin .t.html?pagewanted=1"

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way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  about 8 years ago

Please Don't Ask (601132) writes "I need advice. I have been encouraged by the topics covered in the past, I believe the /.'ers can produce gems on any subject. I am going to remain of neccesity ambigious and anonymous.

I have invested over a decade of my life at the same small business, and I love it.

It is changing, and it is given me a wonderful financial opportnuity, and I can see this being the launch point of serious lifelong financial success, and it could easily lead to me being involved in this small business for the rest of my decades.

it is going from single owner to effectively a small corporation with about 30-90 shareholders, with a specialist filling in for the single owner to oversee the 'flip'

I will become the lead agent/representative for the corporation.
now 2 years into the project, which may take 3-5 more, as I am perusing the reams of contracts under which the corporation was offered, and there are some contractual (template?) clauses that if noticed/enforced, would increase the costs of the single owner, but as it stands, the new corporate members are shouldering the costs...
I just noticed this, and advised the specialist, whose reply boils down to 'shush'

this is something I have to decide what to do about it, as it will affect (as planned so far) my entire life. contractually, I am currently beholden to perform the instructions of the specialist. in two years, I expect to be bound to the shareholders.
now /. how would you solve this issue or where do you go to find an 'ethics advisor' (I'd be happy to shell out a few hundered dollars in professional consult-if I was not afraid it was being wasted) to whom I could provide all the explicit story details and items, and get advice from someone who knows the whole ball of wax confidentially.

the stress of what to do here is killing me
where do you go for business advice-when the efforts of your whole life to date (and its reward) is on the line?"



Will software ever be perfect?

way2trivial way2trivial writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I'm reading a story via yahoo news that says microsoft will be selling to dell linux server certificates. Part of it is a concise paragraph that encapsulates the differences in FOSS and closed IP company methods.
Because it's available for free, Novell primarily relies on fees for customer support to make money off its Linux software. By comparison, Microsoft makes most of its money from sales of its proprietary software, but it has come under increasing pressure to loosen up.

and I can't help but wonder, will we ever reach the day where you insert the removable media of choice install the o/s, and similar to the claims of a certain fruit logo company it will "just work" not 99% of the time, not 99.99%, but it will just work 100%.

To where every failure will only be considered as a hardware component failure... because it can't be software, the software will be too good. The O/S will be able to recognize 100% of the hardware, because it will be written correctly, there will be enough renditions and versions and evolutions of the open source o/s that it doesn't need any more to work cross all existing and future hardware configurations.
Hardware will have standards built in identifying to the o/s what resources and capacities and elements it has on installation. A video card will tell the o/s enough about itself that it will just work..

It won't require patches, it won't require configuration, (appearance preferences.. what's your wallpaper going to be) it will just work.

Will we ever see the day- and if so, what happens to FOSS programming then.. just a labor of love?

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