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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

CWCheese Re:what? (138 comments)

Actually, Google did *some* work for NASA but mainly enjoyed the perk of buying lower cost jet fuel through the NASA contracts, much less than they would have paid on the commercial market. When it came to light that the vast majority of their air flights weren't NASA work-related at all, the scandal ensued.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

CWCheese Re:Haha, very funny... (136 comments)

It's not just navigating in pitch darkness, echo location is useful for all manner of things. How many times have you talked to an auto mechanic about a problem and he asks you 'where did you hear the noise...' to narrow down the location of the issue? It is extraordinary to be able to control it and use it more directly.

about two weeks ago
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We Are Running Out of Sand

CWCheese Re:California (264 comments)

California does indeed have this problem occasionally. During the recent summer, there were 3 or 4 hurricanes along the coast of Baja, which were quite powerful but not strong enough to travel all the way to the US coast of California. However, the enormous waves generated in those hurricanes were some of the largest seen in many decades, with swells over 20 ft (7 meters) for days at a stretch. These waves eroded great sections of beach sand, especially at the city of Seal Beach, allowing tides and swells to flood Seal Beach one night. Fortunately for Seal Beach, there was sand available from river dredging in Orange County which was given to rebuild the sand berms and levees to restore protection from future storms. Ordinarily that sand would have replenished itself as the rivers carry it to the deltas into the ocean, but that would have taken several years.

about three weeks ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

CWCheese Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

Yet, Mann & Hansen & Jones & Trenberth et al would expect you to believe their models are close to 100% accurate to predict inevitable catastrophe in the "future of a vastly complex system like the Earth", and even worse, you actually believe it.

about a month ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

CWCheese Re:If you tax the rich, they'll leave (255 comments)

ARGH!!! If I see Clippy popping up on the screens at Staples Center, I'm gonna walk out immediately.

about a month ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

CWCheese Dongle Bells! (121 comments)

I wonder if I can go dig out one of my old C=64 application dongles to use... of course it will be disconcerting if I heard the read/write heads slamming against the side of my disk drives

about a month ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

CWCheese Re:some data center thought leaders? (237 comments)

Except Hamilton brings a very keen perspective from an unexpected source, and 2012 is not that far in the past as solar cell efficiency hasn't made an exponential increase in the past year and a half so his points remain quite valid.

about a month and a half ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

CWCheese Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (237 comments)

How many 'streamers' will they have at Solar Two? Could it surpass Ivanpah to take the number one spot as bird fryer champion of CA?

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

CWCheese Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

it would depend on your mpl, correct?

about 1 month ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

CWCheese Frankenfood (308 comments)

Just waiting for the EU food activists to decry these girls creating Frankenfood and hound them for their evil work

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

CWCheese Re: Pen (635 comments)

Flat shovel and piece of charcoal

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

CWCheese Re:Not this again. (637 comments)

Please do tell the name of this university so that we may avoid sending our kids to this place.

about 4 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

CWCheese Re:chiming in (550 comments)

7. Every opthamalogist that I know hasn't had Lasik done on themselves, they still wear glasses.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

CWCheese Re:From AOL having trouble cancelling service? (401 comments)

Indeed, this is really hilarious that an AOL guy has trouble discontinuing service with a provider... I'm betting that AOL was much tougher than Comcast back in the day

about 4 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

CWCheese Pen & Phone (382 comments)

There's a legal issue here: the executive can't just wave state law aside.

Really???? I thought the President said that all needs to make law he has in his hands : a pen and a phone.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

CWCheese Re:This is why you need.. (265 comments)

Several posts have alluded to high-availability, mirrored, load balanced, etc etc as being the solution to simply updating systems. The problem from a management point of view is to remain on guard when a patch or upgrade goes bad. Having turned into one of those 'old-guys', I'm quite sobered by the bad maintenance windows I've been a party to and will never consider unattended maintenance windows for my teams. It's better for me to schedule the work and let my folks adjust their work days to get to the maintenance fully alert and aware, and in full attendance for that time when things don't go as planned.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?

CWCheese Re:LOL! How about in... (143 comments)

That's where those flexible OLED screens will come in handy

about 5 months ago
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Supreme Court Upholds Most EPA Rules On Greenhouse Gases

CWCheese Re:Right decision, wrong reason? (109 comments)

Indeed you are very correct, this government is become a dictatorship, abetted by a feckless Congress. It matters not whether you're lib/con or dem/repub, this is dangerous when the next changeover of power occurs, and it will occur. What the President has loosed now will be used against his party in the future.

Too bad my mod points are all gone now, you deserve +3.

about 5 months ago
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SpaceX Falcon 9R Vertical Take-Off and Landing Test Flight

CWCheese Re:Fins (105 comments)

Interesting to see how the fins managed the torsional direction while guiding the rocket laterally. Much smoother than the thrusters used on the DC-X demonstrator. Those flyswatters are a remarkable advance in stabilizing the rocket for touchdown.

about 5 months ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

CWCheese Re:hahaha! (932 comments)

CO2 is not pollution, it is a naturally occurring gas which is a key component in photosynthesis, which contributes to the greening of the planet. As well as the vegetation which I rely on for food.

about 6 months ago

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