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What about the old THE ARTEMIS PROJECT of doing fusion on the moon? The lunar surface hold more He3 that any source on earth; and is in fact abundant there. Their is less gravity so holding a magnetic field to confine the plasma is easier too. Since the moon always faces the earth, never moving a smidge out of sync - using laser/microwave transmitters would be a no-brainer. Solving the fusion problem is a brainer though. Excess neutron radiation? Who cares? Its the moon! It would be a robotic power plant - no one would care if it blew up! Except maybe Homer Simpson.
That is what updaters are for..
Or autoupdaters if you will. Several of them come to mind, but FireFox has been doing it automatically even on restricted Windows accounts. However, if they don't File Hippo's update checker works well on the Administrator account - Secunia PSI updates flash and some others in the back ground, unless it can't - then it pops up and notifies you of this. Avast anti-virus has a simple auto-updater(if you turn it on), that can update PDF readers, java, or flash, and other popular apps. I don't know how well it works, because I like doing it manually. If any one of them fails the other always makes up the difference. I hear good things about Ninite, but haven't tried it yet.
Re: Yes, a "solution looking for a problem"
Yep, and i bet I and a lot of people own a lot of laser technology:
Laser ROM readers
Laser LED for HDTV light source
Laser levelers for doing carpentry work
Laser garage door limiter sensors
Laser range finders
If I thought a second longer than some posters on here I'd literally have a full page of stuff here on just what one person uses!!
Re: Yes, a "solution looking for a problem"
You make it sound like lasers don't do anything in the modern world. How 'bout laser speed guns the policed use ? - or laser pointers? - or laser TVs? w/DLP chips that make color wheels and bulb light sources obsolete? - Laser designation - not only for the Armed Forces anymore - 3D metal printers use high heat lasers to melt the metal sintering process? - laser leveling and surveying equipment - thank God we don't have to use metal tape with a temperature probe on it anymore! - Laser lasik? so people can see again! - laser range finders - laser printers - geeze! I might get dizzy thinking of all the improvements to modern day living!
NERVA is so yesterday - more modern propulsion designs promise an even greater specific impulse than old fashioned nuclear. The main problem is also launch weight, when anything nuclear is God awful! Not because so much of the fuel requirements, but because of the cooling. There is a reason Nixon dropped it - despite people's opinion of him.
Specific impulse related to over all weight of the design is important as to whether it will reach Mars. In manned missions - forget nuclear power as the shielding requirements are astronomical (literally); bad enough that they get so much radiation from space and the Martian surface, let alone the fuel reaction source!!
The tax and spend Americans will be going down the same road as the failing European Union model of spending more that is taken in by revenue, and if any revenue is found, spend even more. Soon the health crisis will reach world wide proportions, tax money to buy votes will dry up, and the entire world economy will crash, and almost did already. There are just a few "nuts" who see this insanity, and can only put their finger in the dike - Just as in Rome, it will all fail, and a great dark age will become evident before us. God help us all!
I won't be surprised if MI6 is tagged next for spying on everyone in the UK; it is just that the US gumshoes, got caught in the act - like no one in America didn't already know they were up to no good. We've been fighting the Patriot Act every since it came out.
If you can't trust bleepingcomputer.com who can you trust?
Everything you'd ever want to know about it here!
It is a different world now. The average dude or dudette, using Android on their mobile device will not suspect such at attack. It is true they will not run into a CryptoLocker type threat(yet), but for Linux newbies; they will fall for any social engineering trick in the book. So no matter what OS you use, if you don't have a clue, you will get pwned. At least the enlighten few here on the REG will never fall for such a scam; but we must be sympathetic for the bozos who do.
Re: Honestly? Good.
I was lucky, they only got to me for under 20 bucks! I've been steadily looking for ways to block criminals in every instance - every since then! Now I help everyone I know to fight IT crime in any way I can. Most of the people I know, that have been duped were not rich by any means of the definition - I thorougly enjoy helping my indigent clients for FREE!! FUCK the criminals! I will fight them every inch of the way!
NEVER plead guilty when innocent!
@Don Jefe - If you are actually innocent, you are a dumb ass for pleading a deal, because in US courts they always find something wrong with the system. I can attest to that myself, although only on regular common law grounds, and not IT security issues. My security clearance is still valid, because even though I lost in a lower court, someone else with an honest lawyer won a State Supreme court case against regulations that bullied the jurors in that state. You will NEVER lose in the end in the US if you stick to your guns and plead NOT GUILTY, especially when you are NOT! For the poor bastards that spent 20 years in prison for unjust imprisonment - well they get a BIG check in subsequent suits for unjust prosecution. I doubt many of us get that kind of recompense just being an honest working stiff. SO NO!! Do not plead guilty, when innocent - EVER in US courts!!
Re: Bring it on!
Right on Martin Budden! I can't wait! I can see it now as I am pulled over by the police.
WAZZAT OCIFER! NAAH I AIN"T DRIVIN" THE ROBOT IS! DAS-RIGHT- I IS DANG SURE DRUNKS OCIFER - I DIDN"T DO IT - I SWEARS!!
Re: "...laws are for the little people..."
The author makes it sound like we in the US are happy with this NSA and "Homeland Security"! We have been bitching about it every since the Homeland Security Act of 2002. We didn't need it, we didn't want it, it wasn't necessary to stop terrorism. Just a simple legal tweak of interdepartmental communication was all that was needed - but even that idea would need an oversight committee.
It is the myopic media over here that makes it look like we are happy with our gubbamint dupes! You could scream all day, but no one would listen until this Snowden thing - I am beginning to think he does deserve not only the Nobel prize but the President's Medal of Freedom, just for shining a search light on the subject! Ironic that Obama would give out that one, as he sees him as a pure traitor! I feel his revaluations are more important than whether it is traitorous or not - Is throwing away our rights worth marching in lock step with government over-reach? NOT IN MY BOOK!
Re: It's not a negotiation
Flipping a tweetie! Doronron!! TOTALLY!
I didn't read the CVEs
But I don't have to - because all hardware is suspect as well on the world market. All you have to do is ask yourself where are the majority of chips in the world made and you can see a lot of room for abuse in doped hardware on the market. We got a lot more to worry about besides code folks!
Every since 2006 the PRC has been openly attacking world networks!
They didn't even try to hide. I was able to locate many of them in military installations. Only after much public outcry did they hide them in 'university' relay locations. They are not fooling anyone in the security community, and they don't care, because they know we are obviously doing the same thing but hiding it better - Oops! Along comes Snowden! Oh-Well! the publicity just makes the Pacific Rim crackers more comfortable in their old digs!
After all the crap Google took from the PRC...
And now they cave in to the NSA? Fuck Google! I'm a US citizen, and I don't trust anything! We will be looking at our communication methods and assets just like the enemy; because we ARE our own worst enemy!
I can only look at it in 911 eyes...
Did we know that terrorists were in the US training on airplane simulators - yes - why did we not react? - purposeful disengagement created by abuse in the past during the '60s and '70s war with the "Weathermen" anti-war movement and other so called radical groups like the Black Panthers. - So all we needed was a small tweak in the US to avoid, or at least mitigate past abuse, but still share just enough information to bust the terrorists. Why did we need the 'The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004'? We didn't - we just needed a small tweak! Leave it up to shrill cry babies to get the evil empire started! We don't need no stinking Home Land Security, we already had the upper hand - this NSA thing is a violation of our 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendment rights in the US Constitution. Mark my words - they will rue the day they did this! They already are!
OH! YEAH! See my subsequent post!
Only one company has any street cred with me..
Emisoft has already said in so many words, that it is tough luck if certain EU countries don't like their anti-malware solutions! That goes a LONG way for me! They got the ONLY HIPS(Heuristic Intrusion Prevention System) that has detected every one of those dastardly HPAA spies on my PC!! Not that I can get rid of them if I want content, but I thoroughly enjoyed keeping a choke hold on them while using my rights to legitimate high definition content!
Basically they told a certain member of the EU to go fuck them selves - so they are my only hero in this game, so far!
SAP is CRAP!
Need I say more?
We ain't afraid of no stinking La Cosa Nostra!
We got better guns than they do! HA!
Dear Anonymous Coward;
You certainly have become a USAphobe!
Now that the shoe is on the other foot...
now all the sudden Schmidt wants privacy. I think it is funny! Maybe now Google will take our privacy seriously!
Re: Of course they have to say that...
All they need is a crew dumb enough to get killed; and I'd bet long lines would result. I got to admit - what a way to go!
Re: As an intellectual and technological excercise...
It would be interesting to know the fuel usage this thing accomplishes - I've read theories that scram-jets could be made to sip fuel, when compared to per mile usage by other technology. It might actually pay to have a transcontinental passenger jet with this development. Imagine getting across the Pacific at Mach 6? About the time you opened you peanuts, here comes the landing! Of course there are equally offset theories that fuel usage could be worse if cooling is difficult. With today's extreme heat resistant alloys, I'd bet the former could be realized.
Addendum: A C&R is a nice thing to have, but your are wrong on all NFA weapons; you still have to be fingerprinted and photo ID'd, and pay the 200 tax if it meets the criteria, and some qualify as an AOW as well, where there is at least a $5 transfer tax as well. The only advantage the C&R license gives you on NFA weapons, is that you don't need an FFL and Class 3 license to take transfer possession of the weapon inside your home state, but interstate transfers can muddy up the process further. The GCA of 1986 clamped down on things even further.
If they didn't do it intentionally...
I think many of these manufacturers are selling doped chips in the routers so they can take them over later - and I don't mean for troubleshooting purposes either. I've talked to many who travel the Pacific Rim lab developement sites, and they said they've seen these obviously doped chips themselves on the local microscopes. They tend to get nervous and defensive if you ask why these circuit patterns are being incorporated into the prototypes. Many of them say they were ejected from the facilities after asking too many questions.
I don't trust any chip made any where but at Texas Instruments myself, and even then I might trust but verify!
Okay animal worshipers...
Here's the stark reality - if you don't make it pay for local people to get jobs and receive benefits from their own wildlife, they will just shoot them and sell their horns. This news item makes sense, because park rangers and animal handlers will be hired from the local towns; and you won't be able to get near these rhinos to poach on them, because the local folks will skewer you! This similar tactic has saved the elephant in many African countries, and given great benefit to the people, who quite frankly own their own destiny and wildlife. Don't let the ivory tower animal worshiper run the show - to them all humans are scum, and nothing they do actually helps either the animals or humans. I say it is a jolly good idea!
Yep! it goes like this:
Earth worshiper: Global warming will doom us all!
Bill Gates: Wait - what is coal and fossil fuels made of?
Earth worshiper: ancient plant matter!
Bill Gates: So - that means all that carbon was in the air at that time, and the Earth was fine right?
Earth worshiper: You should be burned at the steak for your insolence Bill Gates!
Bill Gates: Wouldn't that add more carbon to your atmospheric model?
Earth worthipper: ARRRGGG! HOW DARE YOU QUESTION MY BUNG HOLE!!! Want to see my tee pee?
Re: Surfs up!
NO! NO! NO! Martin Budden! Your points are too pragmatic - we will only consider ONE factor in the chaos that is the Earth plate tectonics/weather system - you really need to get on board with the Earth worshipers! They have it all figured out! HA!
Re: greenies are wrong about almost everything
Come now Thoguht; do you expect humans to react intelligently to such an emotional subject! Especially now that Earth worship is a religion? Of course not! HA!
I seem to remember a kid inventing a way to use radioactive waste to generate even more power, and the waste product was practically lead, if I remember correctly.
You are wrong on wind power, though; waste wind power can be use for so many other products like pumping CNG into storage tanks, or generating hydrogen, for practically free (after all it is waste energy see?) - and I saw where a young college student, a girl of Indian descent, invented a super capacitor, that will change the world in cheap high energy storage. This will make batteries on cars and waste energy a thing of the past. This is only one or two of the developments that have only recently come out.
Serves them right!
Bwahahahahahahhahahah! NSA! - gubbamint = competency is an oxymoron; or at least very likely a moron for sure! HA! :D
DARPA and security - an oxymoron
Left to their own devices, they won't come up with anything better than Secunia PSI, Ninite, or even File Hippo update checker - but they will damn well waste taxpayers money on it - to FAIL!
Re: "First ever" bug bounty?
Yes - I seem to remember it - the potential recipient was rejected for being too young? Do I remember that correctly? Anyway, I'll believe it when I see the cold cash change hands.
Just in time for Halloween!
Chucky vs blockhead! I for one can see a hundred or so of these things as being pretty dangerous if you get the central computer planning and control going, and use some simple dynamics.
I saw on the news...
just today, that for the 1st time in years, the average temperature dropped - I don't know by how much. I figure even if global warming is coming; a giant caldera explosion will put us in nuclear winter for 100 years, and we will all be crying about how cold it is!
Even better yet, just have faith that things are chaotic and, short of switching to nuclear power, beyond the reach of man to do any thing measurable to solve this perceived problem. Ever tried to control a chaotic system? I have - and no amount of math or engineering could figure it out - I and my fellow operators just had to fly by the seat of our pants. Human intuition is remarkable that way.
It is a wonder...
the Germans didn't attempt to bomb it - as that would have gummed up the link with the allies pretty well. And Morse code messages were hidden from eaves dropping by German intelligence, and so were even more effective than the attempt the Nazis made in encryption. Of course that failed miserably for them. I'm talking about the previous termination point of course, but it looked very similar to TAT-1. I'm not familiar with where it was at that time though. Telegraph cable was better than a Marconi, and much more secure.
Most people seem to insist on using Flash...
last I read that flash uses active X for Interet Explorer - that's what I read anyway, I'm not a coder. If that is true, then it is a pretty common vector.
Canines will rule..
They are our pets now, but will succede us! HA!
that's the answer - whip out your USB device and add an infinite variable to your encryption scheme. Let's see the gubbamint beat that one! HA!
Let's just assume...
that the Chinese have already compromised all chips going out to the world. Now - what did you say Mr. Torvalds?
I got a problem with FOSS where chip design is not revealed along with all code for freedom lovers everywhere.
wake me up when it passes the Oort Cloud... Oh wait! I'll be long gone by then! :(
Re: He was lucky :-(
Here Here AC - I agree wholeheartedly!
Re: "Clearly we need more research. Let's build some more Voyagers."
"I think I can see an issue with using solar sails: beyond the heliopause they become interstellar-medium sails and the probe gets blown back again. Or way off course. Or somewhere."
No problem - eject said solar sails, and switch to nuclear power.
Re: instant fail
The crooks really - really - really - want total annihilation of the corpse. I don't think they are concerned for personal safety as much as reliable destruction of evidence that will assuredly put them away for a long time!
Because one must analyse just what intent a "do gooder" really has!
Buzz became my hero too - when I learned he used one of the 1st digital pocket calculators to check the orbital calculation on-board systems on the Apollo rendezvous space craft. That pocket calculator was already light years ahead of what they had on that mission! I've been hooked on him every since!
Sounds a lot like a similar dictator wanna be!
New York City Mayor Bloomberg has been paying trolls to visit sites that may sway folks on gun rights issues; and the surprising thing about it, is they won't deny it when confronted for trolling for Bloomberg! We have, long-ago, learned to ignore tin-horn dictators in the US.