Cap and Trade
Cap and trade evil.
713 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008
Cap and trade evil.
Possibly to isolate liability of certain business units. Google Cars get in a wreck and it sure would be nice to have the search/advertising/Android biz in different silos.
"Time to open a box of airgaps."
How long will it be before the desktop hosting the HMI will refuse to run until it has checked in with the mother ship in Redmond?
This is Major Skype with a person-to-person call for General Failure.
"If you're looking for carbon capture through plants"
Can we get partial credit for hauling the carbon out of the forests with logging trucks before the trees fall down and rot? As long as the wood is converted efficiently into houses and furniture and buried instead of burned when the structures are retired?
"lane departure warning – which is annoying"
So what alarm does it raise when you turn off the pavement onto the logging road?
Sorry. What was I thinking?
At $39 million, the county will be buying land at $8.7 mil/acre to provide subsidized housing for 400 people. Problem is; it's prime real estate. Even at that discounted price. Can't the county go find a 4.5 acre parcel for less than $39 mill within a reasonable distance, move the residents* and put the savings to better use? Maybe house another hundred or so needy folks.
*These houses have wheels under them for a reason.
"Why is a group of people suddenly referred to as a 'ring'"
Because the term 'Legislature' was already taken. The only people legally alowed to trade on inside financial information in this country.
And that's because the toner cartridge exploded when she was replacing it.
Don't forget that license you'll need to process the purchase order for your new Oracle license.
... for emergency responders to do damage as required to complete their mission. Park in front of a fire hydrant and they'll break your car windows and run the hoses straight through it.
... I'm still jumping in the '79 Landcruiser.
@AC: "How else are the spooks supposed to track you in your car?"
Follow the clouds of blue smoke and the drops of gear lube on the pavement.
Twenty years ago, I was fiddling around with "fly through" views of 3D CATIA datasets at Boeing. Targeted at the high end IBM AIX workstations, they ran just fine on my little Dell PC running Slackware/X11 (back in the 1.2 kernel days). And these were being generated by clients running remotely (20 miles away, over leased lines).
Back then, the problem with running full up CATIA on Linux boxes were proprietary I/O drivers patched into the AIX X11 implementations, mainly for the specialized input h/w. Fast forward to today: Most of the high performance graphics stuff is licensed to individual apps (games, CAD systems, etc.). Ask for a license to hook some proprietary GPU API to an open X11 server? Forget about it. Graphics optimization must still be done on a per application basis. It's just buried deeper in Windows than in Linux.
"Companies employ tax advisers to create new tax avoidance schemes to employ as soon as the game is up on the current scheme."
We could just rename the Tax Code as the Tax Advisor Full Employment Program.
We could get some smart people tgether and create a simple tax code with minimal loopholes. But the people tasked with this lawmaking would be the equivalent of having death row prisoners build their own gallows. Few people are willing to work themselves out of a job.
The biggest problem I (and I suspect many other Americans) have with the current tax code aren't the loopholes (deductions, tax incentives, whatever) in the system. It's that corporations can easily exploit them whereas private citizens cannot. I can't tell my boss that, for the purposes of my weekly paycheck, my address (and tax jurisdiction) is Bermuda. I can't buy, sell or lease additional children to take advantage of their income tax deduction.
I want either less corruption or more opportunity to participate in it.
"I think it is shameful that corporations can evade tax."
It's a question of avoidance vs evasion. Avoidance (structuring your financial dealings to mimimize tax) is legal. Evasion (misrepresenting financial dealings) is not.
So lets see if Microsoft properly reported its dealings between US, Puerto Rico and Bermuda business units.
Interesting indeed. From other sources, it appears that the location of the failure was triangulated using audio data. I imagine there are numerous transducers (microphones) located on the boosters. The location of the failure can be found by correlating the data stream from each and calculating the speed of sound through various parts of the structure.
Something similar to the way that the City of Chicago locates gunfire.
T.I.T. or GTFO
But still, Boeing complaining about our batteries? Mr Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.
... making decent superhero movies is no picnic.
Sorry. I'll get my coat. Shaken out well, of course.
Google cars need a bumper sticker: Driver is a T-1000. Back off!
"system that would fit in your shoes"
Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot ......
I know a few people who could benefit from this.
Perhaps Kim bought into the alternative explanation: Its turtles all the way down.
And here I was, thinking that it was just a bunch of iPhone fanbois shooting themselves in the head.
"But I'm calling shenanigans on the cloud-computing thing."
A good point. Of course, this was presented at the AWS Summit in Sydney. So they had a marketing point to make.
I wonder how much faster their analysis would be if they had a Beowulf cluster of clouds.
... about the fish I caught with one of these? It was THIS BIG!
Take the high ground.
In the 80s, I worked for the local electric utility. The line crews referred to work slowdowns over contract issues as 'work to rules'.
Reboot it and see if it happens again.
This is going to be just like the T-800 vs the T-1000 series Terminators.
We already have workers from the Meth Addicts Local pulling out the old copper.
Then Siri rats you out to the police. Because you must be speeding.
... workers who prefer to be contractors?
Perhaps this doesn't apply to many Über employees. But I don't want the tax man sticking their nose into negotiations between myself and my clients.
... on a few occasions.
When management decided to cut funding for an IT system to the bone, I was the only person left who really knew how it worked. So I carried on as the chief cook and bottle washer. It was I who brought up the issue of getting run over by a bus when seeking an assistant as backup.
Finally, they relented and brought in a guy who was (supposedly) fluent in Perl. A lot of our system's glue code consisted of Perl. So, on his first day on the job, I sat him down with my documentation notebook and a read-only account on the server to show him the bits and pieces. I figured I'd let him walk through one function, looking at my notes and the code and get him used to how things were put together. After a few minutes, he asks, "What language is this?" With the following first line staring him right in the face:
Hopeless. But then that was the idea (I found out later). The CIO was actively strangling all in-house IT projects to force management to outsource them to a few firms he had interests in. So I waited until the next round of layoffs and stepped out. A few months later, thanks to my name being plastered throughout all the code comment sections, I was contacted by one of these firms to bring them up to speed on the system with a very lucrative contract. Good times.
Sometimes 'Tims' are created by incompetent or corrupt management.
Isn't this how families are started?
"This is because the planes were deliberately designed to prevent out-of-control engines powering back up, to avoid them causing other problems."
How far out of control?
As far back as WWII, aircraft were provided with the capability to go over 100% rated power if throttles were pushed past a retaining wire. It was called War Emergency Power and, although the engines were either rebuilt or scrapped once this mode was engaged, the idea was that it was better to let the pilots push the aircraft and scrap a couple of engines rather then lose the plane.
With modern aircraft, allowing pilots to exceed a false maximum torque value would be a non issue once the DFDR data was accessed and raw data confirmed operation within limits.
This is the best compromise. There are already sime high end gaming machines that I've seen with self contained liquid cooling. It just circulates from the main processor and graphics card to a radiator at the top or back of the case. For racked servers, it would be a simple matter to have an ordering option for a liquid to liquid exchanger. The board components (other than the processor) can be cooled with a small internal fan and heat exchanger to the cooling loop. The air inside the case would be a closed loop, so no dirt and dust.
Racked servers could be connected to a liquid cooling loop with quick disconnects (similar to what is available for garden hoses). So maintenance, including swapping out an entire blade would not involve going elbow deep into a fish tank. Less coolant would be needed, as most of the server/rack volume would be air. And the coolant would be contained within a loop. So less concern with flammable liquids or weight when adapting to existing building structures.
Not block. But the Spanish authorities might be having trouble reading it, resulting in delays.
This was a military transport, ordered by Turkey. Odds are that CVR and FDR data is encrypted. So extra steps may need to be taken with Turkey's cooperation to get a 'plaintext' copy.
Check out the shop down the road with the three brass balls.
They are used to smuggle news and videos in from abroad to be viewed on portable DVD/SD/USB players. I'd guess that the temptation to sneak a USB stick (infected or otherwise) into a nuclear or military facility is mitigated by the penalties that would result.
Years ago, Windows systems had a problem with their clocks based (IIRC) on their tracking local time rather then GMT and applying the proper delta. Is this still the case?
They've got to move fast. Their software counters are only good for 248 days.
"You think people who disagree with you should be murdered?"
Only over the choice of an operating system or init daemon.
"the omnipotent God can make anything happen"
So how do we know that the God of Abraham and the Old Testament is not just a concoction created by the FSM to fool Ham and his ilk?