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About dcfusor

Semi-retired pro inventor, now working on fusion and metrology. Master coder and hardware designer, ex-ceo, general tech wiz. Opinionated, off the power grid, homesteader who actually does things, rather than just talk.
Run a sci/tech forum myself - find my email and you could join - that's my captcha, a turing test.


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  • Feb 14th, 2018 @ 8:31am

    Follow the money?

    One wonders if by stopping at the spokespuppet we followed far enough. It's become obvious that government is almost utterly compromised by money from big businesses. I can't think of a law or regulation made since I was born > 64 years ago that didn't somehow help the big guys/big IP portfolio at the expense of the entrepreneur.
    Now, end to end encryption has at least the possibility of locking out even the major data slurpers. They don't like that, they live on data for their marketing. Forcing them to have and store a key solves two issues for them - they can now peek (again) - and they get paid, inevitably, for doing it. Either out of taxes or just raising their prices. So, in the more obvious model, they use their influence with their .gov to make it so, or attempt to.

    It's pretty obvious that even with the very powerful tools LEO already has - they haven't solved or prevented diddly in terms of terrorism, which is always their stated reason for this stuff. If they have, why the crickets? If their real reason is wanting to nip any serious dissent in the bud before things get organized, the whole point of doing so is that we wouldn't notice if things were nipped in the bud early enough "Earl was always a little off" and so on - and the crickets now make sense.

    What's funny is I don't even own any tinfoil.

  • Jan 11th, 2018 @ 9:35am


    Hey, I can't remember when an administration didn't promise better infrastructure in the boonies for internet or whatever else was a concern, even before anyone cared about internet, and guess what? We still don't have diddly. Blaming decades of neglect on the current bunch of jerks implies time machine shenanigans. Get real. It's a problem, and your half of the fake divide in the uniparty isn't the answer.

    Pretending it's one side's issue and the other side would solve it totally ignores the fact that this has been around through N different administrations...and isn't solved yet.
    Are you really that dumb, or just a useful idiot?

  • Dec 20th, 2017 @ 10:14am


    From slashdot.

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced net neutrality legislation on Tuesday.

    Now, I'm not going to claim this will actually help anything, like the loophole I mentioned above, the devil here will be in the details, and any bi-partisan effort will have bribable contributors sure to fill this or any other attempt full of holes, and since this will be legislation, it'll be a lot more locked in than what an FCC commissioner can manage.

    Hate to break it to you guys, but simply agitating - keyboard wars, even bringing legal action isn't going to repeal the old golden rule - the gold rules. Trying to blame it on one team - red or blue, ignores the fact that they are all on the "gimme the green" team, and like Hitchhikers Guide mentions, just there to distract from the real power.

    I wish it were otherwise, but after 60+ years of watching this circus slide down a slippery slope that began long ago, it's hard to keep believing.

  • Dec 20th, 2017 @ 9:32am

    Lawless Tyranny

    Hey, the TLA's already decided on their own that they'd extend their program a few months on a technicality. There is no enforcement though congress doesn't agree to that.
    It's more and more obvious that one aspect of this data collection is to have the dirt on the people who sign the checks for these agencies - and not only are they the dirtiest among us, but also the only ones who really care what people think - as they are still somewhat bound by the results at the voting booth.
    The idea to blackmail the boss would have, and did, occur to even the most brain-dead beaurocrat. I don't know why it isn't obvious to everyone, even though it's slightly harder to notice "the dog who didn't bark". Name a case where these agencies didn't get 100% of what they wanted....now name any other outfit that always gets their way in the budget. Crickets, right?

  • Nov 27th, 2017 @ 6:06pm

    Re: Trump's army now

    Ah, the (dis)advantages of age. You evidently only go back as far as Bush (2?). I go back to just after Eisenhower. The America I grew up in would be ashamed of the one we have now, it's only gotten incrementally worse, like the boiled frog, since I was a kid. The idea that either political team or any one personality can fix what's wrong is utterly false, they all fail in one way or another, kind of ratcheting in the direction of "worse" in a divergent process. Government responds to the people degrading by degrading them more, and the loop is complete. We are now at full "don't get caught" instead of "don't do wrong" and it's happened over the timescale I've witnessed first hand.
    Fix the problem, fixing the blame doesn't really help, there's plenty go around anyway.

  • Nov 7th, 2017 @ 9:42am

    Re: 'We at the DEA do not make mistakes. EVER.'

    You are correct - they were very embarrassed, if not right then, later on when they did their homework and found out about my work in .gov and the top secret gold stars on my dossier. They must have spent in the 10's of thousands for that raid, and wound up with a couple joints charge (which then cost me $8k to defend - successfully, as we were able to prove various civil rights violations).

    I told them about the energetics I was doing with the chemistry, and asked them to send BATFE to make sure we were all squared up...This surprised them, as I was supposed to be a meth cook, scared to death, and fer sure hiding *something*. So to ask for more of those fed guys to visit, while handing them a code to go look up, really set them back. This wouldn't have worked had I not stood my ground, been white, had employees present, and probably a host of other not-so-intangibles.

    I should say, that after it all, we became more or less friends, or at least not enemies, and the BATFE guys turned out to be pretty cool, unlike other things you hear about it. Of course, they had already looked me up for real by then and kinda were in damage control mode by then.

    The other funny thing is, they bring a local cop when they do this. This one was my friend - he and I had done all sorts of odd capers while he was growing up - he told the feds no way I was the guy they wanted, but..."We do not make mistakes". You called it right. Thank $DEITY for small towns where we all know each other, and no one really cuts the feds much slack.

  • Nov 6th, 2017 @ 2:11pm

    Tired of polarization/divide and conquer/identity politics

    Which has even crept into and taken over a few tech sites I used to inhabit frequently. I just quit going to a couple of them, even ones slanted in "my direction" as it got so tiresome - and anyone who "knows it all" via oversimplified stereotyping of "the other guy" doesn't know diddly. No truth to be found in that, and heck, I just wanted tech news, which last I heard is not particularly political (though politics does affect tech as displayed here, often enough from ignorance of the pols).

    When some tech development is in the news and the comments are all "this red/blue teams fault" about OT stuff - I'm gone. If I try to say something *about tech* and it gets modded down because someone perceived it as political and not their flavor, I'm gone. No eyeballs from me if you can't keep to your mission. It's especially moronic to blame the current crowd for things that have been going on for decades in my 64 or so years of observations. Yeah, we have some problems, but gheesh...

    Instead of trying to fix blame, why not try to fix the problems?

  • Nov 6th, 2017 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Re: Ability != Intent

    Funny, I'm off-grid with a ton of solar panels, and yes, they mentioned that possibility, not knowing that it would have been the most expensive pot ever...their fantasies aren't reality.

    A 5kw solar array wasn't cheap then or now. It only makes that for a few hours a day, not enough to grow dope.
    Further, in the rural area I live in, all the pot that's grown is pretty much in the huge forest edges...where sun is free and there's just too much ground for them to find it, pull it up, or bust someone. The big risk to a small time grower is hunters who don't mind bagging some herb along with whatever else.

  • Nov 6th, 2017 @ 12:41pm

    Ability != Intent

    I've had the DEA come and "bust" the place because a cop saw a chemistry setup when they came to deal with another problem. As far as they were concerned, there's no legal use for chemistry at all. When we (I was running a software biz at the time) pointed out that no, we didn't make drugs, and were making more money programming than we would dealing with meth heads...they at first refused to believe us, then switched to "then you must be robbing banks over the internet" - this back in the days just before DHS and when even the local FBI was on dial-up.

    It seems it is assumed that you wouldn't bother to learn anything unless it was going to be used badly. With the laziness I see around me, it might not be a stupid thing to
    think, but that doesn't include me!

    Holy crap, I work with nuclear fusion in my lab!
    And a lot of other "things of interest" as well.

    FWIW, one of those things sometimes IS energetics. The cookbook is often wrong, or was last time I saw it, and laughably wrong more often than not. When the FBI questioned me about that I told them to leave it on the market, as they they could ID teeny-bombers by the acid burns and missing body parts...

    Really, it said use acid from a *dead* battery to boil pure for the sulfuric you need as part of a nitration process, and that you could then distill nitric with two beer bottles and duct tape over a campfire...Any real chemist is either LMAO or aghast.

  • Jan 10th, 2017 @ 8:30am

    Lazy LEOs

    Seems law enforcement wants all manner of things that make their own jobs redundant.
    Shut down a site that promotes this or that lawbreaking, and we can then pretend it's not happening.
    Let's have backdoored encryption so we don't miss anything.
    Let's fix it so some computer can do our jobs and we don't need brains or shoe leather. And hey, if no one knows about c rime, they'll stop doing any, right? (oops, who defines what constitutes crime?).

    Seems very short sighted. If they got what they wanted, they'd all be out of jobs, and a lot of pensions wouldn't have to be paid...

  • Apr 12th, 2016 @ 8:32am

    Power generation at VA Tech

    I live nearby, and have employed techies from there from time to time in the past. The place has a midsized power plant for educational and co-generation for the campus and surrounding town. Not a gigawatt class thing, but pretty large - the townies paid lower prices for power than most on the grid. I assume at least monitoring is on their LAN, if not more, as part of the program.

    I have not been real impressed with Tech's tech, FYI. Sure they have a few brilliant people, but the average?

    A professor of mech engineering pulled his wife's Volvo in half while towing it up the hill in the snow with his tractor. They stopped in front of my house, he let the tractor roll back a bit while they discussed, and when he got back on, he forgot about slack in the chain, popped the clutch, and bang - while we watched through our greenhouse window. They were even more upset at hearing us laughing maniacally.

  • Apr 5th, 2016 @ 9:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Training

    Some of us who use real traceable nicks or ID wonder how much Soros and pals are paying you to shill gun fear.
    If you're not responsible to have firearm access, fine (please!), don't - but keep that to yourself.

    Those of us who are responsible don't like having our freedoms taken because you can't imagine anything but the lowest common denominator. Projection much?

  • Mar 31st, 2016 @ 2:37pm

    Re: Victims

    The best way to not be a victim - and this is taught by gun groups as well as others, is situational awareness. If it feels wrong, it might be time to get outa there - but most are too lazy to keep paying attention, so they want some magic bubble wrap world that will never exist.

    Leaving before the bad stuff can happen is the most desirable option. Guns are at most, a pretty crappy last resort. And best used when not fired, but just to make the bad guy give up and leave. Again, something the media doesn't even find out about, much less report.

  • Mar 31st, 2016 @ 2:31pm

    dumb idea

    Yes, I'm white, kind of. I look more or less like an old homeless hippie-bum, though. Took awhile before the "really white" people figured out I'm OK.

    Sorry, most mass shootings are in gun-free zones. Fact.
    It's much safer for the shooter, as guys like myself won't have a gun there - I'm law abiding.

    The rare case where a would-be mass shooting was stopped by someone with a gun - it has happened - is suppressed by the mainstream media. It happened at George Mason University in the last decade. One short blurb. Then crickets. You'd think that with all the people with guns it would happen more often. Maybe it does and isn't reported, or maybe we respect the "no guns" zones and can't. I'd hoped that people on this otherwise-intelligent and questioning site would do basic fact-checking and have a little skepticism about the media that brings us all the propaganda Mike and others here resist. You think copyright, TPP, TTIP, NDAA and so on are the only lies they tell?

    Most mass shootings in the last decade are indeed done by people who are (or were prescribed) SSRI meds - I hear some people get pretty nuts when they stop taking them for whatever reason. Just saying otherwise or finding it said on some site that helps your confirmation bias doesn't make it so. They put people on those meds for some perceived reason (which of course, might be wrong, doctors aren't perfect), and IMO it should be on the form you fill out to get a gun legally, as one of the questions.

    Sorry if people fall for the hoplophobe propaganda, it's not my or any other reliable source's data or experience.
    Believe what you want - I'll defend you and hope it makes you happy - but it won't make it the truth.

    Some people obviously haven't read John Lott's "More guns, less crime" - he started out anti-gun, but the data (he's a careful statistician) - do show otherwise.

    As we all know, the internet won't take the bits if they aren't true, right?

    I suggest reading up on the truth track record of some of the anti-gun groups if you're not afraid of having your confirmation bias blown. It's about as good as say, Exxon's on global warming. Not something you'd brag on.

  • Mar 31st, 2016 @ 11:11am

    Just a bad idea

    Hey, I'm a "gun guy" - NRA lifer, win shooting competitions; I don't hunt and am disgusted at killing in general, no matter the tool used. Rarely, I might have to whack a varmint that's hurting my pets, but I can usually just chase them off. Or I can shoot and miss on purpose, the bang and flying dirt gets the message across really well to your basic possum, racoon, deer, etc.

    For all the reasons above, this is just a really bad idea.

    I do carry some, sometimes open, sometimes concealed - far from impossible to conceal a "real" gun that will actually hit what it's aimed at. This thing...maybe not so good and one would worry about collateral damage even more.

    Open carry does attract attention, and can be very dumb. In VA, you can open carry in a bar (can only conceal if you'e a lawmaker - the "just us" system). I find that ignorant and the last place I'd ever show a gun - around a bunch of drunks, you gotta be kidding me. BTW, this stupidity applies to concealed permit holders as well (I help teach the course around here and help cops re-qualify). We all think that's pretty dumb. Remove your gun in the parking lot where everyone sees you do it, then go where you can't see the car? Just as dumb.

    It can also be fun. My bank, the local liquor store - no reaction at all, to the point I asked. They said "We know you and know we're safer this way than not - please ignore the signs and do open-carry here". But go near a city where there's been one of those mass shootings (always in gun free zones and usually by SSRI med takers) and people will actually come up and pick fights. Not pleasant. So I don't do that. Simple enough. In those situations, conceal or don't carry.

    While the NRA might object to this comment, I basically avoid places where I think I might need a gun to defend myself. (Duh!) Since I'm not always right, I sometimes carry anyway, and thankfully, haven't needed to use a gun that way, ever. I suspect the blinding laser on my main carry piece might even help me avoid needing the trigger - the object is to make the bad guy stop or run away, not kill him - that can be someone else's job if necessary.

    And that's another hit on this idea. It isn't obviously a gun, so lacks deterrent value. Staring down the bore of my "obviously and seriously the real deal" will make any even partially sane person re-think very quickly.

    Some people might say "I can't avoid those places". I call bull. Pull up stakes and move. Yes, it's hard, it's expensive. Is your life worthless, then? It's a question of balance. If you're nice people, go live with we other ones. You're welcome. I'm a refugee from DC myself...

    Where I live - very rural - everyone has guns - a farmer might need to defend his crops or livestock - and we know how to shoot (A pretty big deal, look at all the cops who can't hit anything they intend without emptying a few mags). There is zero crime, no murders, no killings. There is the odd crook, but they go a county or two over (less rural) where plying their trade is a lot safer. I like it like this, personally. "An armed society is a polite one". Even with the huge egos on display at competitions, you bet everyone is very polite...we are all armed to the teeth and very good at what we do there.

  • Nov 16th, 2013 @ 7:12pm

    Re: The enemy within

    I'm sure we have some enemies (forn) - we earned them fair and square with our military keeping the oil subsidy flowing...pay attention to which countries in MENA declared they don't want the petrodollar just before we put them back into the stone age. I rest my case. It's not about what you think it is.

    Some of our enemies work for the government already, some would say the most dangerous ones.

    How about some facts about which ones are the enemies (who decides?), and how this pervasive surveillance has caught and convicted even a single one, you know, to justify spending enough money to feed half the starving world...

    Yes, I used to work in national security, so I know a thing or a few about how they work. I quit while the current programs were barely a glint in someone's eye, but I believe Snowden, as I'm pretty familiar with the "corporate culture" and how slowly that changes there.

    It's more like - we now own the news, the politicians, as this surveillance program now has all the dirt on them all, and they are just about the only people who care if we know. So if any of them (elected officials or MSM) step out of line, they get that tap on the shoulder...and you never hear the truth - unless you go find it on your own.

  • Nov 4th, 2013 @ 11:11am


    "An intelligence agency that fears intelligence? Historically, not awesome" - Tony Stark, The Avengers.

    Further -
    Why are we now dependent on our comedians for the only insightful analysis of what's going on?

    "Life is but a dream" - Spock

  • Oct 15th, 2013 @ 10:18pm

    (untitled comment)

    No, it's not a level playing field. Most of the money made by algos is by doing huge volumes for a fraction of a penny a share, faster than you can. To do that, takes a colo and more money than most will ever have. It's fairly easy to see it going on with either nanex or level II trade data. They can only pull that stuff off with very liquid stocks, which I tend not to trade when I see the algo's signatures.

    They tend to "cheat" - if you can get in and out of a trade faster than your funding source can react, you might not actually have had the money. They cheat by bid/ask flooding, canceling orders so fast no one can bite - while watching to see if anyone tries and so on. They can create such a flood of such fake "order stuffing" that the exchanges barf - what amounts to a DOS.

    But they are just there, and there appears to be nothing that can be done about them, other than work with a longer attention span than they do. They get fooled by fake tweets and headlines frequently, and some have mastered faking them out that way - just another form of cheating, this time by humans.

    What was really hilarious was the day Knight trading accidentally put their test harness (a fake stock market designed to test algos on and be crushed by them) online instead of their new version algos, and lost 444 million in about 45 min, buying high and selling low as fast as it could. Made a few month's income that morning, just knowing that stuff doesn't really double or half in such a short time with no news, and using my judgment on some quick trades.

    Nice try at what, AC? So brave to insult behind no name, eh? Just saying what I know and about something I do all day every day. If you have a different, knowledge/fact based take, lets hear it.

  • Oct 15th, 2013 @ 5:54pm

    I'm a pro trader

    Yup, the bots are there, and sometimes they screw up mightily and I take advantage of them - human judgment still rules over an algo written by some guy who graduated but couldn't get a real job in physics.
    Check out nanex, who track this sort of thing. You can often make money off the noise the algos generate.

    They've only discovered a couple of the basics of DSP. They know the step function. They know how to run stops, and take out a bid or ask stack to manipulate. So did open-cry traders in the day. You win by using a different attention span than they do, ride the moves they create for the middle part - greed kills, but smart makes money.

    I've seen the algos in action - I would trust those guys to write a program or build an audio amp that wouldn't oscillate all by itself. Hook 10 or 1000 together and the chaos is fun to watch sometimes. Not that they should be there, but you gotta live with what is if you can't change it.

  • Oct 15th, 2013 @ 5:47pm

    Blackmail explains a lot

    Via Occam's razor.

    Even a brain dead NSA bureaucrat would instantly figure to get the dirt on the easiest to blackmail group on the planet if that's where their purse strings come from and they had those powers. Explains quite a lot of the cheer-leading. FWIW, they're not all brain-dead.

    Feinstein, for example, has access to insider information and is married to a stock trader...I leave the rest as an exercise for the student.

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