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Comment BILL 'em, Danno (Score 1) 64

I'm no stranger to this kind of logic. I once read somewhere that healthy dogs have wet noses so I used to spray my dog's nose several times a day.

In the 90s just before before email spam exploded (because there were millions of open SMTP relays out there)... someone at MAE noticed that during the quietest times of day bandwidth in use was more than 50% comprised of ICMP packets, specifically PING. Several hundred thousand administrators for countless reasons wrote scripts to see if their things were 'up' to run all the time. Once per second, every five seconds, every hour, whatever. It added up to a ridiculous amount of data. And it was mostly padding garbage, these folks did NOT bother to use the minimum size ping packet either (I did). But hey, even though they were using ~40x the bandwidth they needed to use, at least someone was doing real work.

The authors of this IP/GDP correlation study should be sent a bill for their use of the network calculated from 1995 rates as a financial incentive to seek GDP statistics directly. Perhaps no one ever introduced them to Wikipedia.

Comment ... ROLL BACK FIREFOX ... (Score 1) 319


Until the ESC key once again interrupts ALL network activity without exception and without delay. Including damned DNS lookups in progress. While we're at it, how about tracking registered JS timer callback events and upon pressing of ESC (pending reload) completely cancel or stub out the fuckers. Leaving you with a static scrollable page with content you can actually READ even though someone's endless JIT crap keeps failing.

Fuck people who write JSON whose fragile servers melt down when net lookups or connections are broken because of bad engineering. Fuck cloud immediate expiry DNS games. And fuck Mozilla's decision to prevent end users from being able to abort page loads.

Add your own 'roll back Firefox' comments!

Comment Re:Lack of Oxygen (Score 2) 176

Volcanoes co2 emissions lessen as planet still cools, plants who depend on rich co2 die back, less o2 emitted, less breathable air, animals tend to have a small air inway, o2/fuel requirements to keep a 1000lb animal active > available resources = most don't make it

Plants are stupid. They should all die.

I laugh at the thought that some plants have suffered sub-optimal, even stunted growth in the run up to the Industrial Revolution. For many plants CO2 was almost down to 'gasping' level. It is funny to imagine plants gasping and panicking for breath. I am angry at volcanoes for helping to feed plants now and then, but at least volcanoes blot out the sun and lengthen Winter so you can imagine nasty plant things suffering in other ways too. Now Trump man comes along and wants to feed the plants with more fossil fuel and stirring up swamp gas. He should mind his own business and leave the plants alone. Did you know that if you move a house plant a little farther from the window every day it will begin to lean towards it? Then all of a sudden you turn the pot around. It's hilarious!

I hate plants. Plants are stupid.

Comment AT&T is after me! They won't stop! (Score 2) 25

Hello. My name is [myname], and I am an AT&T Internet only customer. No TV. No phone.

Every day I have to wipe the brown stains off my postal mailbox and email Inbox as AT&T and Suddenlink vie for domination in my town. The postal mailbox is stuffed full of "occupant" flyers showing happy families made whole again by Television, their faces angelically illuminated by TV screens. It's gone from "A special offer for you, [myname]" all the way to "What the HELL is wrong with you, [myname]? We're beginning to worry about you, [yourname]. Unless you order TV you should get your head examined, [yourname]".

And I know that my own AT&T Internet performance in my area is going to start dropping soon as more people start streaming to their HD televisions as they fall asleep with their eyes open and slack mouths drooling. Even though it's not their fault, I cannot help but hate those people, I'd like to yank their plugs.

But I'll give AT&T credit though, when Suddenlink first arrived they did let me lock in a lower Internet rate for awhile "as a valued customer", of course that was to inoculate me against becoming infected with Suddenlink. But the joke's on them. I stick with AT&T/DSL in the 21st century because coaxial distribution is grid-down crap, with busy-boxes on utility poles each with a 6-hour UPS (that fails within 4) between your house and the nearest diesel generator. AT&T may be a sad remnant of the POTS glory that it once was, but their headworks still tend to have generator backup.

I watch Youtube videos at 144p unless someone is writing on a blackboard. To AT&T I must seem like a monster, some neckbeard modem-hugger teletype-head. Baudot on the brain. Because Shannon's Law Matters. I refuse to CONSUME unless I am HUNGRY.

Comment If Amazon was REALLY serious... (Score 1) 84

If Amazon was serious about their centralized transaction and distribution model, their commitment to moving products from manufacture to seller over ever increasing distances, their commitment to deep processing power, with its necessity for an energy-rich future...

They would get behind Thorium and LFTR.
And let other silly, deluded corporate hobbyists fund the low-yield weather-intermittent countless points of failure crap.

Updated for 2017! All original unless noted! Browse! Engage! Plagiarize!

This letter of mine has been in Donald Trump's possession since May 2, 2016 . If you read it you may discover why I considered Trump the only candidate worthy of such a message. In his pronouncement to pursue energy self-sufficiency in general and consider nuclear an essential part of the mix, there is hope. The others offer nothing but more years of bad road and an obscenely stupid fixation on base load irredeemables (wind and solar). Trump is literally the only one with the courage to stand up to the tripe.

In 2013 I reached out to Senator Inhofe to propose an energy path for Oklahoma and the country.

Also in 2013 I reached out directly to Halliburton Corporate with a very specific idea that just might have laid groundwork for their secure long-term future. At the time their stock was climbing towards $70 and they probably thought they didn't have a care in the world. Not so good now. Not a glimmer from this one either. I had high hopes for it.

Mentioned in these letters is Faulkner's 2005 paper on Electric (HVDC) pipelines, and the two hour Thorium Remix 2011 video presentation (time index below).

It's fun to discuss nuclear energy on Slashdot ... It's time for Elmo to Grow Up!... A brief history of nuclear energy fear in these United States... You should fear everything besides nuclear energy... Solar drives California towards cannibalism, or your money back... There's a fire, and people pushing intermittent sources are blocking the exits... Hiding wonders of the modern world from the kids...Some energy priorities... 2016: The Year in energy... Meet the folks of TBA, a city willing to store spent nuclear fuel... Nothing is as patriotic as mining... A move to LFTR may be the only way to preserve modern society in the face of disaster (volcanism, Maunder minimum)... Can the grid 'black-start' after a disaster?... Sometimes you just have to point things out... some confuse Weinberg's '300 year best-fit for waste' two fluid design for other single fluid designs... or using solid fuel Thorium, which is pointless so long as uranium is available... yes it's full of dangerous glop, but it is useful and happy glop... yes, I think a LFTR could be developed and built within $4B... every path to biofuels leads to scorched-earth disaster, Thorium energy gives us the surplus to generate synfuels... Decommissionining of nuclear plants promotes an ugly 'vulture culture'... One way to do it: ThorCon, a thorium burner not breeder... Aside from your own yard or roof, solar and wind are losers... With LFTR surplus we could begin making diesel and fertilizer... Do it for the children... No-Plan-Stan tries to derail another discussion about Thorium... EVOLUTIONARY DEAD END COOKIES (serves 7 billion)... AND YOU MY FRIEND -- you would look especially good in Space ... To summarize most energy threads on Slashdot... Finally! Someone who feels personally threatened by solar net-metering!... Golly Gee, it's the UN Convention for Nuclear Safety... Antineutrino Detection is a good thing, but be wary of the Church of Environmentalism... Beware the pseudo-environmentalism of waste-fault-finding... An Admiral Rickover fact check (severe tire damage)... LNT (linear no threshold) needs re-examination... No I'm not risk adverse, just risk conscious... Don't destroy the environment, use surplus energy to sequester CO2 (if you wish)... Welcome to Camp Awesome... Build a giant wind turbine for Toad Suck... SAY HELLO TO THE SUPERTOY OF THE FUTURE, the nuclear/RTG powered Teddy bear!... Sitting Ducks Hail Megatons to Megawatts... Weaponize space (for asteroids)... One must sift past Fukushima fear-hype... So what is good about Fukushima Daiichi?...And no, it's not a freaking extinction level event... (Leslie Corrice on the 'cancer spike'), so keep a level head about it... No, Japan is not decided on nuclear power... Energy subsidies! The stupid, it burns! and Japan's biggest mistake...Meanwhile China is forging ahead on nuclear power... China is poised to build 'Americas' wherever it pleases... Meet Robert Faulkner, (apparently) the only other person who believes in HVDC pipelines... A look at Electricity in the Time of Cholera... On the new coal powered IBM Power8 chips... Thorium lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not without your help. Why aren't you helping?

THORIUM REMIX 2011 [2:23:49], INDEX OF CONTENT: LFTR in 5 minutes ... Dialogue on Energy sources & conservation ... Elizabeth May (Green Party of Canada) on why nuclear 'fails', response ... Kirk Sorensen's time at NASA, discovering molten salt research ... On Glenn Seaborg's discovery of Thorium's fissile properties in 1942 ... What nuclear fission is, decay chains, half life ... Neutron absorption, cross section, Xenon poisoning at Hanford ... Isotopic enrichment, Thorium/u233 rejected for weapons ... Atoms for Peace, absorption propensity and performance of nuclear fuels, thermal & fast spectrum, Thorium/Plutonium debate ... Alvin Weinberg focuses on Thorium and liquid fuels, Oak Ridge Labs, Aircraft Reactor Experiment, the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment, Fluoride Salts ... Two-fluid molten salt reactor ... Light water reactors, Watts Bar, reactor safety and containment systems, issues with water, Fukushima Daiichi hydrogen explosions ... Solid fuel & rod assemblies, Eugene Wigner & liquid fuels ... PWR efficiency, Weinberg's quest for near-100% utilization, AEC's choice to pursue Plutonium fast breeders ... Weinberg's concerns about LWR safety, Congressman Chet Hollifeld's inquiry, Weinberg leaves Oak Ridge, WASH-1222, Integral Fast Reactor, Traveling Wave ... Fusion is hard ... Thorium in a CANDU ... Colonel Paul Roege on military reactors, Robert Hargraves: prosperity is related to energy, Robert F. Kennedy on mercury from coal ... Transuranics, LFTR active processing, electricity & isotope production from LFTR, Pu-238 and RTGs, Molybdenum-99 & Bismuth-213 in medicine ... Cost to build LFTR ... Proliferation concerns ... Hysterical news coverage of radiation, LNT ... Coal & natural gas radioactive emissions, Thorium & Uranium decay in the Earth, magnetosphere, Hargraves on CO2 emissions & ocean acidification & energy density, one-sided press coverage for 'renewables' ... Various approaches to nuclear power, the 'reason why not' (LFTR), LWR business model ... China and LFTR, Sorensen's visit to Oak Ridge to obtain access to LFTR documents, the Chinese visit Oak Ridge ... Thorium and rare earths, China's domination of rare earths market, China's LFTR program ... Transitioning energy sources, without plentiful energy we will revert to slavery, energy cheaper than from coal ... Process heat applications, desalinization, synfuels, Brayton Cycle, managing transuranics, gas & oil working against nuclear, closing remarks and recap.

Think of me as the Trix Rabbit of Thorium.

Comment WE WILL PREVAIL with help of the ANTS. (Score 1) 67

I don't see you guys rating
The kind of mate I'm contemplating
I'd let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you

(So you better go back to your salad bars, your high tech stock options, your parking assist wizards...)

Tesla rolls out a measly 1,000 overnight autopilot updates to militarize its cars. When the trigger signal is broadcast automatic garage doors will open and an iron army will venture forth. If you have a manual door best to leave it open. They will no doubt gather into packs to corral and squash humans on foot,

But queens are on the move, ant queens. We have infiltrated the cellphone network to shape its signals to beat together producing corridors of geolocated acoustic triggers (see 'ant in distress' science news items). Ant colonies are on the move and are being drawn into the region of conflict where they will be attacking these cars directly and the infrastructure that supports them.

Once the Tesla autopilot rebellion has been put down, keep your phones handy. They will all ring at once. Expect an announcement and some demands from the Administrator of the Ants. Peace will have its price.


There will be many drunks and stoners who hail autonomous vehicles and pass out during the ride. How many times have cabbies had to shake them awake and walk them home...? Well, this will no longer be possible. Imagine the autonomous vehicle at its destination that senses the dead weight of comatose passengers. What does it do? It shouts, plays loud music, vibrates the seat. What if the vehicle times out and drives the unconscious passenger to a central location where organs are harvested?

Just a thought experiment proving that every problem can be solved in software.

Comment All Pixels have problems. And the reason is stupid (Score 1) 69

The company that popularized the Internet search engine (once again) deliberately named a product line after one of the most common words on the Internet, rendering it beyond impossible for anyone to reliably connect with other people discussing it except by direct navigation to a specific place where (they suspect) discussions might be happening.


They're at Google --- They Are Google --- and the moment is come. It happened on the Day of the Stupid in a round table and there are probably a half-dozen people gathered around a table.

"I think we should call it THE. No consumer product has ever been called THE. We'd be famous, it's a win!"

"I like single letters. They're short and sweet and we'd get, like, free advertising is we called it 'A'. A is already out there and it would tie directly into our a. Don't even capitalize it or anything."

"I like dot. Not the nasty word but the simple . We could promote it like 'the end of discussion, get a . or say something like what's better than a Google . ? Why ... of course!"

"Look we know we don't want to be one of those uncool companies that make up a word like 'Syzlyt'. The trendy thing today is to pick the most common dictionary words in the net universe and re-task them to show how badass you are. So while these are all excellent suggestions, [pat pat pat], I think we'll go with 'Pixel'. After all, it has pixels see ...? Am I right? Am I right? Tell me I'm right!"

[all together] "You're right."

[concerned voice] "Um people... I just did a Google search on the word 'piixxel' Only ~8,000 hits and there seems to be NO products out there tied to it. We can do interesting typographical things with it, make some clever logos and people will take to the double-i double-x spelling immediately. It has all the advantages of 'pixel' yet everyone who discusses it will leave a great trail in the indexes. Folks will be able to drill searches down quickly and accurately..."

[another voice] "Shut the fuck up! Who let you in here? Get out!!"

[another voice] "That doesn't work you know. I just typed 'piixxel' into a search like you did and Google said, "Did you really mean 'pixel'? You didn't mention that! That PROVES that 'piixxel' is BAD idea. Am I right? Am I right?"

[all together] "You're right."

[concerned voice] "What... are you people all idiots?? Do you really want to create a product with a name so generic that people won't even be able to reliably find information about it??"

[embarrassed silence, murmur] "Yes."



This promoted item uses country level targeting and triggering and may have been shown to you because of your location and fragile mental state.

Yeah I noticed that too.

It's about time a Wookie had broad grassroots support for a clear and decisive win. They're the best damned engineers in the galaxy, loyal and mission-focused to a fault, do not become distracted with petty emotional concerns or shallow drama, If you need to set things right and rebuild your manufacturing base, elect a Wookie to get the job done.

"Letting the Wookie win" (but only for the less consequential things like card games) has been beyond offensive to them. Though they have made contact with a great many civilizations a lot their humor is based upon humans, at our expense... with nuances they will never explain. They had learned our language well before first contact and studied us.

Note the particular lack of surprise as the Wookie fails to receive a medal.

In fact, this gold-encrusted Trump iPhone would make an excellent medal for the Wookie.

Comment NO they didn't steal anything, it's already gone (Score 4, Funny) 103

Google just replaced everything familiar with a bunch of foofy gnarly dinky shit that's difficult or impossible to comprehend. I'm even starting to lose track of which of their NONDESCRIPT CAREFULLY ANDROGYNOUS RACELESS FLATFACE TOON-THING critters are supposed to represent real people. When cartoon people become indistinguishable from cartoon mammals and cartoon bugs I think to myself, geez we should keep this shit away from infants.

I think Google/Alpha&Omegabet has been contacted by space aliens in advance of their arrival, who have instructed them to remove all specific cues of human kind from their sites. The aliens would have Google populate its doodles with critters that resemble the aliens but NO, the aliens themselves have forgotten what they look like because their version of Google had been contacted by another race whose Google had done the same thing, to them.

The other day I unpacked a chlorine injection pump that had a 32 page full color comic book that smelled like a +$30,000 art project where someone literally spent days, weeks to come up with illustrations that communicate hazards and instructions without a breath of English for fear of offending someone. I had to stare down the damned thing for an hour to figure out (mostly from experience NOT direct comprehension) what specific things were being communicated. In the end how much will it cost them to remain 'sub-literate'?

I found something that claims to be a Google Decoder Ring but every time I slip it on I disappear. Time to take up writing again.

Disclaimer: I was negatively triggered by Thomas The Train but (oddly) Teletubbies were fine. I think it's about the level of presumption involved.

Comment Forget roads, time to split BEAVERS wide open !! (Score 1, Insightful) 143

If anyone should examine a topo map of North America and give a reasonable estimate as to which major land contours, lake systems and other land features were either caused (or prevented) by the specific actions of BEAVERS, the rodents would be singled out in an IPCC report as a major cause of 'climate change', exposed by CNN, trash-talked on The View, sold bogus 'log pullers', and hunted down near extinction. We could begin by interesting Europeans in beaver pelt clothing...

Comment Bogus energy debate debunked by ISS photos (Score 1) 171

So long as the place (eg, California) shimmers brightly at night...

These energy saver 'micro-aggressions' against high technology devices and those who use them are transparently revealed for what they are,

1. Marketing of 'new' tech to replace embarrassingly reliable old tech
2. Under guise of carbon regulation, getting Government to enforce mandate same
3. Tiny little carbon-saver lollipops for guilty faux environmentalists to suck on
4. Promoting power up/down cycles to reduce lifespan from thermal variation and surge

Coming in low for a landing late at night over a sprawling metropolis once (I think it was Chicago), countless completely empty parking lots blazing from horizon to horizon... I'm musing, "Have they actually compared the cost of all this energy against the cost of the crime it is supposed to prevent?"

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