* Posts by bombastic bob

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

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I don't use a cell phone to pay so...

I don't use a cell phone to pay, so HOW could they track ME?

If they're using my financial data, such as purchases online, to track me in stores, then that falls under the FTC's requirements for banking transactions and privacy. I think there's both disclosure AND "opt out" in this one. I've opted out with my banks and so I don't expect they'd be able to do this LEGALLY with me...

However, if their "partners" disclose debit card information to google [for ad reasons], AND you purchase stuff at stores that have 'partnerships' with google, then perhaps they CAN track your purchases.

These 'partnerships' should be disclosed. Then I'll know who NOT to use a debit card with.

I can still use cash. I don't have to identify myself with cash. Maybe it's time to do that.

Steve Bannon wants Facebook, Google 'regulated like utilities'

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'utility style' isn't the right approach

'Utility Style' regulation isn't the right approach. Google and Facebook aren't required for intarwebs access.

HOWEVER - _SOME_ regulation is warranted. And when I say 'regulation' I'm talking PRIVACY, where the source of the problem is.

There's nothing stopping anyone from asking people directly to advertise something on a web site. So advertisement marketing regulations wouldn't be needed, either. I can ask my friend who owns a web site "hey can you put these ads on your site?" and then pay for them. Nothing stopping this.

Now, with Google and Faceb[ook,itch] dominating the market and providing marketing strategies to make your ads more effective, a lot of people will want those services. For now.

There's nothing stopping anyone from getting into the same business, except maybe a lack of target-market data [which Google and Faceb[ook,itch] have built up for a few years.

So they have a competitive advantage. YET.. the USE of that data might need some regulation, to avoid privacy violations.

Otherwise, let them do what they want. Personally, I see it as Trump doing "Art of the Deal" again. You make a bold statement about what you want to do. The other side fires back. You end up in the middle. And win something.

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Re: "Clash of civilisations"

"The resurgent Right is a greater threat to Western civilization than anything coming out of the Mideast."


It's a bloodless war. For our freedom. I want mine *BACK* !!! That's what it is. No more, nor less. Why do you think Trump has made a MARINE CORPS GENERAL his new chief of staff???


/me plays "This is War" by 30 Seconds to Mars

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if you'd lived in California at the time, 'Grey Out" Davis (and the DemoRats in general) was to blame, for gummint intervention, etc. and obstruction of construction of a sufficient number of power plants and other infrastructure. Gov. Swarzenegger campaigned on un-doing that blockade during the recall, and won. And it worked.

Example: the Moss Landing power plant had been in a state of disrepair for YEARS. Once Gov "Terminator" was in office, that thing was back up and fully operational in a few months (as I recall, it's an oil burning plant). Basically, snip the red tape and let the company get things done, and you'll get PLENTY of electricity. It was _OBVIOUS_ to those who were "there", no matter what Wikipedia might say about it.

(part of the Moss Landing story might have been PRICE CONTROLS for power generators, and allowing certain plants to charge MORE during peak hours, i.e. 'market forces', ALSO helped keep the lights on)

So THAT was the problem: gummint was GETTING IN THE WAY.

Also, please remember, Wikipedia articles are often written by activists the left, re-edited by activists on the left (often in 'edit wars'), and then used as "proof" for the left's agenda. It has an obvious bias. On non-political things it can be VERY helpful, like describing math formulae or internet protocols. On political things (and even history), not so much. It's not even REMOTELY balanced. It's not even REMOTELY fair. Because CONSERVATIVES and LIBERTARIANS don't have enough "free time" (read: paid editors working for media matters with a leftist agenda re-edit things, because they don't have to have REAL jobs) to spend re-re-editing Wikipedia and undo the re-editing (assuming they had time to post/edit in the FIRST place, working hard and living their lives).

Microsoft won't patch SMB flaw that only an idiot would expose

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Re: the problem is Microshaft's design

"just the anti Microsoft diatribe attached to it."

no diatribe, just POINTING OUT FACTS that are easily verified.

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the problem is Microshaft's design

the problem is Microshatf's design. The idea that a networked box would expose services on the intarwebs is in and of itself a MAJOR problem.

In other words, they should have designed it to ONLY listen on RFC1918 IP addresses, and ONLY listen if you enable networking.

But NOOooo... they have to bind to (i.e. everything) and THAT is the problem!

And they do that with other "well known" or "easily discoverable" TCP stuff. Just do a "netstat -an" some time on you Winders box, and see what's listening...

And if it shows up as the SAME port on everybody ELSE's box, and there's a vulnerability on it, and you connect directly to the intarwebs on a publically visible IP address [including _ANY_ IPv6 address!] then you're exposing your winders box's soft underbelly to the intarwebs.

"Only an idiot" would have DESIGNED! IT! THIS! WAY!! Right, Micro-shaft??

[the need to bind to publically visible IP addresses could be a kind of "opt in" setting, and THEN it would be the customer's fault for doing it...]

Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Re: application windows just show up like normal in your Windows session

"Meanwhile Windows has moved backwards and Linux forwards."

"MS has missed the bus"

For that I upvoted, but with a caveat about EFI: EFI just plain *SUCKS*. It's another MICRO-SHAFT SCAM to try and ELIMINATE LINUX and BSD, to "require" that for a windows-capable sticker on the hardware or something. (fortunately, many operating system distros have adapted, but they should NOT have had to do so in the FIRST place)

Let's not forget that the very existence of EFI is due to Micro-shaft's EVIL PLANS to DESTROY COMPETITION. They behave according to their nature, after all...

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Re: grep and awk and redirection

Yes, 'grep' and 'awk' and redirection. I get that with Cygwin on winders. Why do I need Micro-shaft's LAME ATTEMPT at copying Linux? Or rather, embracing, extending, and EXTINGUISHING Linux?

grep in SFU/SUA didn't work quite the same, nor did awk from what I remember (and there were other irritations and limitations as well). As such, I couldn't get a proper grep search to work the same way with THAT thing. So now round 2.

why not just install LINUX instead, if you need Linux?

/me been living in the FreeBSD desktop, day to day, for YEARS now. Since some time before 2005, in fact.

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Re: POSIX subsystem for Windows NT...

SFU became SUA because they didn't like the acronym maybe?

the command line utilities were missing things like 'tar' (but it had 'pax' instead, go fig)

It had libs for X11R5 <-- yes, 5

it had an ANCIENT version of gcc on it

it didn't work very well with autotools

I couldn't compile certain gnu libraries, even after trying really really hard

there were numerous header incompatibilities and missing features

in short, it was already ~10 years out of date when I finally realized it existed, and installed on XP, then later on 7, to discover that it was being discontinued and would NOT install on any later version of winders.

ABANDONWARE, to say the least.

How about Cygwin, instead?

Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

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Re: I think I'd be less than delighted

"Too many snowflakes around these days."

You, sir, deserve, MANY THUMBS UP for THAT one!

/me takes a FLAMETHROWER to the snowflakes. Look, a puddle!

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Re: As I've said before ...

"I'm wondering just how long Linux has got left as a cohesive, foundational project"

a long time, I'd say.

"RedHat / Pottering are trying to steal it."

let them try. systemd kernel? HA HA HA HA HA! that's a laugh!

"Intel have had staff walk away from the project."

rage-quitters should STAY 'quit'. it's likely they were unproductive anyway. My $.10.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: Crypto ban won't help trap terrorists

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open source crypto outside of jurisdiction

If services like Facebitchook can't provide privacy for people sending messages to one another, then it may be up to open source to provide a solution. It could be stored someplace outside of the jurisdiction of nations that hate this kind of thing.

(South) Korea has a closed-source method of encrypting bank transaction data that it developed during the 90's, in the middle of the "crypto cluster-blank" where the USA wouldn't allow the export crypto technology with a full 128 bits [now considered pathetic] of encryption. It uses ActiveX, which forced a LOT of people to use insecure operating systems with insecure browsers to do their online banking, with the predictable results of malware, etc.. And it's a closed source encryption tech.

this article is from 2012, I don't know how relevant it still is:


In any case, we've been there before, we've seen its ugly mug, and we know how it's going to behave. The tech will be developed by OTHER countries that are not encumbered by "this kind of stupidity", and will be made available via open source, regardless of whatever "certain countries" might legislate. This goes QUADRUPLE (or more) if BACK DOORS become legislated, since any CROOK will find "the key" for THAT and exploit it, and it would take ACTS OF GODS to fix _THAT_ level of cluster-blanking.

Anyway, preaching to the choir, probably.

I mean, how hard is it to setup an instant messenger application that acts like a TORRENT TRACKER, but enables person 'a' to find person 'b' and send something, encrypted with a standard protocol (like SSL), using standard methods of key negotiation (like DH), and sending directly from peer to peer without the need of a "sniffing server" in between???

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Big Brother

"fighting things that actually pose a threat."

how about lying, manipulative, power-snagging politicians?

Azure security boss tells sysadmins to harden up and properly harden Windows Server

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Captain Obvious says...

"Windows Server admins keep making mistakes that let criminals target the OS"

Ya think? Of course, they're less to blame than HAVING! THEM! ENABLED! BY! DEFAULT! IN! THE! FIRST! PLACE! but at least someone's paying attention now... we hope.

It took DEF CON hackers minutes to pwn these US voting machines

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Re: There's a fix for this

"Require all electronic voting machines to produce a paper trail that the voter can see to verify the vote was properly recorded."

paper trail for auditing purposes, period. it would be needed for doing a recount. I think the machines already have that capability but it might not be mandatory. Collecting the printouts once per hour might help, like they way old-style ballot boxes are typically collected [multiple times throughout the day].

Seriously, though I think the electronic voting thingies are just "new, shiny". Old school paper ballots, with optical counting machines, work really well. My ballot had circles on it that you darkened with a blank felt pen. It's obviously read/counted by computer, and the overall design is hard to screw up.

Facebook's freebie for poor people under fire again

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yet another symbolic gesture

if Zuck really DID care about "the poor", he would start businesses that they could be EMPLOYED at. And, if they're not sufficiently educated, build SCHOOLS. etc.

Zuck: Do something that will help SOLVE the problem, and STOP rewarding people for their unlucky circumstance in life. There is NO virtue in poverty. So DO NOT REWARD IT! And if you want to SOLVE it, CREATE JOBS!

(and if you do it right, you'll at least break even on the costs, giving you even MORE money to do the same thing with!!! This is better than just giving it away, which as I see it, buys poverty, and you get what you pay for)

Latest Windows 10 preview lets users link an Android to their PC

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Re: Even so, this will be better for most users

"Has MS got a new suit of clothes?"

No they're using a new brand of LUBRICANT. Instead of "Micro-shaft Astro-Glide" it's now "Micro-shaft CURARE-GLIDE" (relax, this won't hurt a bit!)

Microsoft: Get in, IT nerds, you're now using Insider builds and twice-annual Windows rollouts

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Re: Did we mention...

My RPis either run with FreeBSD or I'd shut off "auto update" (it doesn't appear to be enabled in the Raspbian that's based on Debian Wheezy). If I want to update, there's the apt package utilities and a command line. And ONLY if _I_ want it, at a time chosen by _ME_.

So, just don't use a Raspbian version with either systemd or auto update running, and you'll be fine. the one based on Debian Wheezy still works, and it's only a couple of years old... [and apparently still being maintained/updated]


apparently THIS guy has a version that he ran the updates on, and he says it boots ok on an RPi 3


You're welcome

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Re: Right!

"What we need is a competent rival to Windows that runs win32 apps flawlessly. It could be ReactOS, it could be something else."

As much as I'd love to make THAT happen, using Linux (or FreeBSD) and WINE (if possible), the #1 disadvantage it would have is NOT the quality of the OS, the compatibility of the win32 API, nor people's willingness to "re-learn LESS and Go Linux" to switch to it [over what happened with "Ape" and Win-10-nic].

The problem is *MARKETING*. This is THE MOST EXPENSIVE PART, and Micro-shitshaft has (unfortunately) NAILED THIS for 3 DECADES since the inception of Windows 1.01 in 1985.

For this, I'd need a BEELION dollars. At least. And no hope for return on investment for at LEAST a decade. But, it would be FUN, wouldn't it?

Now, if we could convince Intel and AMD and Dell and HP and Lenovo and others that THEIR SALES REVENUE could be greatly IMPROVED by this, I think they'd be on board. So THAT might get the necessary BEELION dollars going. But yeah. That's what it would take.

[and I'd *LOVE* to do it!]

/me waves the Jolly Roger, being the 'privateer' type

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Re: Windows As A Service... Official ???

"Are Microsoft psychologically preparing people to pay for Windows with a subscription in the future ?"

Reading THOSE tea leaves has been OBVIOUS for a VERY long time...

The answer is: YES. They want a TOLLBOOTH. And on the low end, it will be PAID FOR with ADS. f they must boil us slowly like the proverbial "frog soup" then THAT is what they will do. It's how they see US, not as CUSTOMERS, but as MINIONS.

/me recalls the movie Idiocracy, where "the Lawyer's" giant screen TV screen is 3/4 covered with ads, and only the middle 25% has the actual content you want in it. And he's watching the #1 rated show, "Ow, My Balls!"

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Re: Acme of Perfection

"As no one seems to schedule the updates to run at a quiet time I guess they've decided to make it effectively a background task. It's not like speed of updates is a concern for your average user"

It is for _THIS_ user. I watched, as multiple parallel downloads effectively nuked my bandwidth during their all-important update download, and ate my bandwidth for HOURS. And I was only TESTING Win-10-nic. But, I refuse to use it, _ALSO_ because of CRAP like THAT.

(the short explanation is that a single TCP stream will share bandwidth with other TCP streams. but if you create 20 TCP streams simultaneously, and max out bandwidth on all 20 of them, when #21 comes along (i.e. you're watching a video or listening to streaming radio), it's effectively DOS'd by that all-important goddammit you MUST get this done IMMEDIATELY (because, Microshaft) update download! And on my necessarily pathetic connection, it takes *HOURS*)

a) someone at Micro-shitaft must own stock in a telcom or something that gets a percentage of the revenue whenever ginormous amounts of traffic go across "teh intarwebs" from those updates...

b) Micro-shaft doesn't give a rat's backside about what their "bandwidth theft" does to customers, from not being able to stream live radio/video to effectively being DDoS'd (and that includes ISPs with the torrent-like "sharing" of bandwidth that exempts MICRO-SHAFT from having to serve it up, basically burdening EVERYONE ELSE with it)

c) Even though they say " Windows and Office for desktop and notebook PCs will get roughly two updates a year that add features and fix bugs" it's really "TAKE AWAY features that you want, cram a bunch of 'new, shiny' up your ass down your throat, and trade in 1 old bug for 3 NEW ONES"

And to think the chaos that one 'windows update' cycle can cause! And has done. On several occasions.

UK.gov: You can't have our drone test results because... er, security

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Re: could not find a way to launch...

get the mythbusters to help them. Or shoot the plane at the drone.

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Re: Not just drones

I hear they shoot whole chickens (after being plucked and butchered, no live chickens were harmed in this kind of testing, dammit, because I wanted to watch the fun) at airplane windshields in order to test them. And of course, an urban legend says someone tried this with FROZEN chickens and blew a hole through an aircraft doing it. (and maybe the mythbusters tested it, because they did have a chicken gun handy for some reason...)

Anyway, keep the drones below 1000 feet, and the planes above that, and we'll be fine. That's what the fAA regs already say. And keep drones out of the controlled airspace around airports. Then we'll all "get along".

The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Re: Proper Full English

"It's called English Breakfast Tea actually. It's literally designed and named for this purpose."

I can get that over here across the pond (Twinings) at any grocery store, along with Bigelow's 'English Teatime' (very similar, strong black tea). Makes for good iced tea, too. 4 bags per 5 quarts, on the stove for 10 minutes, cool down (inside the pot) in a sink of water, then into a 5 quart pitcher in the fridge (with 2.5 cups of fake sugar). Keeps me going for a day.

I had an "English Breakfast" when I was in Hong Kong in the 80's. It seemed to be the only thing on the breakfast menu that was close to something I am used to. The only thing unusual (to me) is that they cut the bread crust off of the toast. Other than that, same kind of thing they serve every morning in diners across the USA (like Denney's, IHOP, etc.).

Microsoft adds all of Windows – including Server – to extended bug bounty program

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things that SHOULD be reported (but won't be)

here's a list of bugs that SHOULD be reported but won't be

a) operating system SPIES ON ME, sends my data to different servers without my permission

b) 2D FLATSO everywhere

c) ADS keep showing up - is there some kind of malware installed?


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Re: I'm a winner!

what's with the downvotes? Have an UP vote

GitHub wants more new contributors, because that's what GitHub is for

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Re: Excessively sweary?

What the FORNICATE do they mean by THAT *excrement*? Holy Bat Guano! That's a load of Bovine Sewage! [do i get a badge for 'swear avoidance' ?]

also getting my coat.

Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive

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"behind something with Florida plates blocking the carpool lane"

Florida drivers, WORST in America. I lived in Florida for a while... [it's like they think everyone has enough time to waste, just like they do, and they don't need to get out of the way nor stay in the slow lane]

So yeah there's this thing called an ACCELERATOR that needs to be pressed to the floor if there's a large gap between you and the vehicle directly in front of you, or the light just turned green and you're driving the front car, etc.. i.e. "STEP ON IT or GET OUT OF THE DAMNED WAY!"

it's a pet peeve of mine. slowpokes and those who stop excessively long to "wave the other guy to take THEIR turn", i.e. self-righteous PRICKS, who don't give a rat's ass that they're an OBSTACLE to the rest of the world [they're too busy feeling SMUG about their "courtesy" to the people in FRONT of them], where 'taking your turn' and 'keeping up' would be the MOST courteous things to do, in reality...

(fortunately I've been able to work from a home office, most of the time. commuting drives what little sanity I have left COMPLETELY OUT OF MY HEAD)

An 'AI' that can diagnose schizophrenia from a brain scan – here's how it works (or doesn't)

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just because your'e scizophrenic...

doesn't mean the voices aren't real.

What, you DON'T hear voices in YOUR head? It must be lonely in there...

"I told it to go away, and it DID, precious!"

grabbing coat, now.

Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Re: Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?

"The animation, of course, is done in... **cue moaning ghosts, rattling bones...** Flash!"

use ffmpeg or mencoder to convert it to something else?

either that or have a necromancer summon the Flash Player for ya, just for Halloween night. Muahahahahahaha!

(icon for the 2nd part, and because the original poster had it too)

HP Inc, HPE both slapped with racism, ageism lawsuit

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Re: Ah the magic number or how the game is rigged ...

well, the population of employees would theoretically be higher for "over 40' than "under 40" due to the birth rate reduction over the last few decades as compared to what it was before... yeah, society is becoming "older" but everyone already knew this.

So targeting a lot of 'older' employees is probably happening. The question is whether this 'targeting' is due to the age, wage, or population age distribution. Wage is probably the most likely.

As for the assumption that a "predominantly Caucasian" group of employees, who allegedly make the layoff decisions, would in any way FAVOR the retention of Caucasians over anyone else, is extermely PREPOSTEROUS in my view. I don't personally know anyone who'd say "let's lay off all of the black employees because we're Caucasians". I doubt very many exist in the 21st century, in spite of SJW whining.

Anyway, this suit may have no merit, but as an "old guy" in my 50's, I can see a bit of age discrimination happening here and there. But it may also be WAGE discrimination, as in "do we want the guy with 30 years experience who knows he can earn twice as much, or will we take our chances on the 'just graduated' guy who doesn't know what he's worth, then pay him HALF AS MUCH".

It may just be WAGE, and not age. Yeah.

[but if they want the job done in HALF the time, even though I charge twice as much, they'll hire ME instead]

Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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Re: Here are some free ideas

"This misses out the heat exchanger commonly found in fission reactor plants"

actually, the differential temperature across the tubes in a typical nuke plant boiler isn't all that much, maybe 40 deg F or so. The main limitation is the steam pressure. The Molier diagram for water more or less outlines the physical properties, and if you operate around 1000psi or so, you get maximum benefit. Most nuke plants will use oil-fired steam superheaters also, from what I understand, most likely to prevent condensation on the way to the turbines. Condensation is bad for turbines. It tends to damage the blades.

Anyway, all of this has been taken into account, more or less, which is why pressurized light water reactors are more common. Other designs exist, but these are generally the safest [unless something stupid happens, like no emergency cooling for several days (Fukushima), or the relief valve sticks open on the pressurizer and nobody notices because the indicator light is off and they're paying attention to pressurizer level, which is going up because of the pressure drop, so they DUMP COOLANT to lower it [this happened at 3 mile island].

Additionally the physics of water as a moderator is actually very good, much better than helium or heavy water would be. Still you can moderate with liquid sodium, and other materials, as long as the reactor design allows for it. Yet most reactors still use pressurized water. Must be something 'right' about it.

anyway... I used to operate a nuke plant for the U.S. Navy on a submarine a couple of decades ago. So I have some experience with it, though it's been "that long".

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Re: Here are some free ideas

steam tech is pretty good for large amounts of power. all heat engines reject heat, and solar panels are no exception. I think their efficiency is in the 20-25% range nowadays, which is about like a 1000psi steam plant, i.e. your basic power plant. It's all 2nd law of thermodynamics and so on.

Some people like the idea of using air turbines instead, but it's harder to get the air flow to work that way. Steam naturally goes from liquid to gas and run down the pipes, then you condense it [in a vacuum of course] and pump back into the boiler. If you can find a liquid that works BETTER than water for that, well maybe you can improve the process a bit, but it's a tried+true tech and works exceedingly well.

The only other things I know of that convert heat or radiation directly into electricity are Peltier devices, and they'd probably reject even MORE heat than a steam plant [and be less efficient].

But yeah a linear reactor design - that's what I'd suggest, and I'm glad MIT is looking into it. It's something that's more likely to get you a sustained reaction and enough power to power itself.

and of course, some kind of "impulse drive". to which you'd have to add water. because momentum is mv, and you double mass flow rate to double thrust (which is twice the energy), or you quadruple energy to double velocity to double thrust. So you'd have to add mass for an impulse engine to work. So you'd still need fuel, but it could be something really heavy instead. [I figure best fusion rocket design would squirt water on the inside surface of the engine and into the center of it, to boil off and prevent engine melting, and provide the extra thrust from the mass - the fusion would provide the energy for velocity and therefore delta momentum = thrust]

but yeah, screwing around with Tokomak isn't getting anybody anyplace, but consumes a LOT of research money.

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Here are some free ideas

To the research scientists trying to understand fusion (instead of building reactors that make electricity).

Here's some free ideas. You're welcome.

1. start acting like this is a problem that needs to be SOLVED, instead of UNDERSTOOD

2. 1 word: RESONANCE [if you're a nuke scientist you know what this means]

3. Study how a 'travelling wave tube' works when it's creating or amplifying microwave frequencies, particularly with respect to "electron bunching" (and RESONANCE). Applications obvious.

4. Consider magnetic lenses and magnetic compression, not a toroid

5. There's an existing design that seeks to eliminate the effects of a torus causing the inside track to be slower than the outside track, something that was once pursued by the U.S. Navy, but somewhat recently abandoned [probably for something a whole lot better that's classified]

6. You're going to have to get energy out of the reaction at some point. Have you figured out how to do this? I suggest making the reaction happen inside a cavity within a large tank of water [aka 'boiler']. Steam systems would then attach to it. the rest is kind of obvious.

7. superconducting magnets lose their magnetism and/or superconducting properties under high doses of gamma radiation. don't use them. Pulsing electromagnets would have other benefits as well. Try those.

8. electrostatic focusing has been used for DECADES with various kinds of vacuum tubes/valves. Resurrect that tech, except using it for protons/deuterons/tritions etc.

9. deuterium and tritium are NOT the only fusion fuels. How about firing high energy protons at a solid lithium target? Or maybe lithium at lithium? Whatever, just try things. Inertial confinement seems to work kinda well with a solid fuel pellet, though it takes too much energy to burn the fuel. How about if that pellet crashes into "other fuel" ?

anyway, just thought I'd mention things like this in a different venue. who knows, it might work.

Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Re: Windows 10 = Toblerone

"But the truth is, the original XP received the same kind of hatred that Win10 does now."

among a very small number of people, maybe. The Win-10-nic hate is MUCH bigger. Even 'Vista Hate" pales by comparison. Perhaps 'windows 8 hate' is on the same level, though...

[at least, from what I've seen - YMMV]

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"Some day tools for getting the space taken up by files will be updated to support multiple directory entries referencing the same file"

yes, I too have built embedded Linux systems that use BUSYBOX...

(Micro-shaft is, once again, late to the party)

warning: technical content

busybox uses a single executable to offer most of the standard command line utilities like cat, ls, etc. as well as the shell itself (if I remember correctly). Symbolic links are used for all of the relevant commands, all of which point to the busybox executable.

Whenever Linux loads an application, the first argument in the list in 'argv' will be the application name. Busybox then checks to see if it was invoked using 'ls' or 'cat' or one of the other things its implementing, and jumps to the appropriate place in the program. This way it can exist in a much smaller form without shared libs and other things that actually slow things down considerably. You'll find busybox (or things like it) on wifi routers dating from the mid "noughties" (or is it 'nowties' ?), made by companies like Linksys and DLink. It may also be part of OpenWRT and other similar open source implementations, where it must smash down into a very tiny FLASH image that's extracted into a memory file system at boot time. So "being very tiny" is extremely important.

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Re: Take away apps/functionality with an OS update?

"I don't like that idea that MS can just remove whatever app they want with OS updates"

Just like DRM invalidating keys so your content quits playing. They do it *BECAUSE*! *THEY*! *CAN*!!!

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Re: Paint.Net?

anything with ".net" in its name gets my rejection, on principle.

The author should've called it something else, even if he wrote it using 'C-pound'.

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Re: Paint has its uses

"Moving it to the App Store and even making it free was really the wrong decision."

I had ALREADY predicted they'd make it a UWP "app" (read: CRAPP).

So this comes as NO surprise, really. Predictable, certainly. And I bet it'll have ADS (at some point in the near future). Just wait.

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Re: Paint has its uses

"it went downhill when it got the W7 interface" (with the ribbon)

corrected for ya, you're welcome.

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: IMO It is an engineering fault for their failure...

"I agree with most of your points, but I think rolling updates are pretty much a requirement these days."

NO. They are *NOT*.

We could do VERY well without 'feature creep' 'feature removal' "new, shiny [why aren't you liking it?]' and other consequences of "rolling updates".

Isn't what I've been using for 5 years GOOD ENOUGH? How about patches and bug fixes for THAT? I'll keep my old UI thanks, and if it needs some HTML5 support, that's fine, but just FIX THE CODE BASE, and don't go off adding BOATLOADS of CRAP nor changing the appearance of the UI nor REMOVING FEATURES.

That's what Micro-shitaft has done with Win-10-nic after all, and we *ALL* *KNOW* *THAT* *THIS* *IS* *WRONG*!!!

bombastic bob Silver badge

Developers use Ctrl+r until the ink wears off their r key.

You mean Cmd+R. Not all of us use windos.

it's F5 for me, but maybe CTRL+R will work, too. Using FreeBSD. Also works in Linux.

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: did you know....?

Yes, the 'Classic UI' plugins are AWESOME. With a bit of hacking, you can even ELIMINATE the 'hamburger'

bombastic bob Silver badge
Thumb Down

"as a developer, the reload button is an annoying distance away from the navigation buttons"

What, you mousie-clickie EVERYTHING? Try the 'F5' key...

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Finally!

"push the awful Australis makeover"

So, the 2D FLUGLY with HAMBURGER MENU has a name? And it's 'Australis'?

Thanks for that. I'm glad OTHER people agree with me on how PATHETIC this UI style is. It's "all over" Chrome, too, and the FF "Classic UI" plugins to "go back" to the NORMAL UI are a REASON to use Firefox!

yeah, HERE IT IS in all of its HORROR...

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: more needed than ever

and at least in Firefox I can get the "classic" appearance back.

1. I *FORNICATING* *HATE* hamburger menus

2. I like 3D COLOR buttons, not FLATSO GREY ones

3. buttons should have a 3D border, and 'press' when you click them

4. tabs should have a somewhat 3D appearance, too

I can get ALL of that with FF addons that (thankfully) make it look like FF looked 3 years ago. The 2D FLATSO makes me want to *VOMIT* and I can't work while CHOKING BACK ALL OF THE PUKE!

Chrome *COMPLETELY* gets it *WRONG* with the 2D FLATSO look. I *HATE* it.

And I miss the OTHER really cool plugins, like NoScript, Cookie whitelist (with buttons), and Video Download Helper, which make Firefox way more secure (and let me download and save youtube videos instead of watching them skip while downloading at lousy connection speeds).

The FreeBSD "ports" Makefile shows a TON of library dependencies for Chrome, MANY more than Firefox. Firefox's source file is a bit more than 200Mb (as a .txz). Chrome has 2 files (the 2nd of which is 'test data' apparently) totalling ~612Mb. The test data is a little over 100mb.

I think the source file sizes and lib dependencies really tell the story about how much *BLOAT* that Chrome has, compared to Firefox.

Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: They don't get loyalty

and the corollary of that, any engineer seeing how Intel is dropping the ball on microcontroller things would realize that the future of their components may be in jeopardy, too, and won't sink any development time into using their stuff [unless it's 100% portable to someone else's chips, like Microchip or ATmel]

China crams spyware on phones in Muslim-majority province

bombastic bob Silver badge
Big Brother

the Chinese government has repurposed it to act as a mass surveillance tool

why is anyone surprised by this?

and under the threat of JAIL for NOT installing it! Even MORE "not a surprise" !!!

Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

bombastic bob Silver badge

it would be funny if...

it would be funny if, after some AT&T + Time Warner merger, that stations like CNN and MSNBC went away in the basic cable lineup...

[because, lousy ratings]

but most likely they'd just add another $20 to my monthly bill within a year or two, for some made-up B.S. excuse of a reason.

FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

bombastic bob Silver badge

Re: Go nuclear

"What 'modern facilities'? In the US our "newest" reactor was designed in 1973 and finally opened for production last year"

ACK - the "no nukes" wanna-clue enviro-fascists have, unfortunately, been WAY too successful. you know, like THESE IDIOTS.

I wonder if Trump will try to reverse that? I think he might...

A power plant out on the west coast (San Onofre) was shut down because the N.R.C. refused to approve running it at reduced power while they solved problems with a "new design" boiler. They had 2 running reactors with this new boiler, but it rattled to much internally and one of them started to leak (the other was shut down for maintenance). So they shut down and investigated. It was looking like a design flaw, and they wanted to reduce power to keep one of them doing SOMETHING while they did a refit on the other unit, etc. (radiation that was being released was WAY below the legal limit). BUT... N.R.C. wouldn't let them. Because, ENVIRO WACKOS!

So what did S.C.E. do? They CLOSED! THE! PLANT! ENTIRELY! laying off 100's of staff and leaving everything in-place as an ad hoc "radioactive storage site".


This happened during the OBAKA administration, in case anyone wondered, 2012-ish.

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