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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Camel Pilot Escape velocity. (188 comments)

The escape velocity is around 1 m/sec so it wouldn't take much to send the probe off again. A good jump from 67P would send you flying away (or maybe in orbit).

about two weeks ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Camel Pilot Queequeg (188 comments)

I can only hope they named the Harpood system Queequeg...

about two weeks ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

Camel Pilot Only 1-foot long? (161 comments)

And no one has mentioned outfitting these on friggen sharks yet?

about three weeks ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

Camel Pilot Re:as a perl wizard.... (217 comments)

Indeed... From the fine paper

"The remaining coefficients are significant and either positive or negative. For those with positive coefficients we can expect that the language
is associated with, ceteris paribus, a greater number of defect fixes.These languages include C, C++, JavaScript, Objective-C,
Php, and Python. The languages Clojure, Haskell, Ruby, Scala, and TypeScript, all have negative coefficients implying that these languages are less likely than the average to result in defect fixing commits
"

Although not mentioned by name Perl's coefficient was -.15

about three weeks ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Camel Pilot Re:banking websites (549 comments)

Not effective. Proxies are too easy.

about a month and a half ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Camel Pilot Give me a civilian CAC already (549 comments)

Why haven't we moved to using smart cards to access important sites like on-line banking? A smart certificate card + pin provides much better security.

about a month and a half ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Camel Pilot Re:Geany (402 comments)

Vote here for geany also...

In my recent switch from Windows to Centos for my desktop/development computer I was missing an editor on par with notepad++. Found geany and I haven't looked back. Excellent all around.

about 4 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Camel Pilot Cancerous tumor. (377 comments)

Some time ago I remember reading about a proposal to building an aquaduct from the Snake River in Idaho to Southern California. It reminded me of the metaphor that when a cancerous tumor grows unchecked it will commadeer local blood vessels for its own use.

about 4 months ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

Camel Pilot House boat and lake Pend Oreille (187 comments)

Two of them? Great would make an awesome houseboat. I wonder if you they would sell them for scrape.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Camel Pilot Re:Perl (536 comments)

Are you referring to reg exp? If so... it is you loss for not understanding reg exp.

about 5 months ago
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Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

Camel Pilot Not more violent... (151 comments)

Europeans are not any more violent if you know your history (or read today's newspapers). What might be different is that Europeans have been more *organized* and invented more *technology* and therefore have done a much better job carrying out the violent tendencies that exist in all humans.

about 5 months ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

Camel Pilot Disruptive technology (507 comments)

That is why they call it Disruptive Technology... in this case the reaction is quite literally disruptive.

about 5 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

Camel Pilot Re:Thermodynamically Impossible (311 comments)

I don't think the plan is to melt snow from the energy generated from the panels but would require an input of energy. Obviously there are few things more effective in turning incident solar energy into heat than black rough surfaced asphalt.

Imagine the opacity of the glass surface after a few days of traffic with steel studs or rocks caught in the treads or just tires driving over blown dirt and dust .

The idea of a solar roadway sounds great to the intuitive but lousy to the analytical and practical.

about 6 months ago
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Perl 5.20 Released, and Mojolicious 5.0: the Very Modern Perl Web Framework

Camel Pilot Re:I think it would be funny as heck if.... (126 comments)

This is best you can do to flame Perl?

1. It must be me but I do not find Perl any more problematic in this respect than say C or Javascript. In fact facilities like variable string interpolation and symbolic references in my view makes Perl more readable and understandable.

2. So... use if ( defined $str ) what's so irrevocable borked.

3. Care to give an example. I have never read Perl source and have programmed 100k's line of code in Perl and maintain several CPAN modules.

about 6 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Camel Pilot Re:Use confiscated drugs (483 comments)

Which is sad because the Electic Chair is really a crude form of execution and was an Edison marketing gimic as a way to convince the public that AC was baaaaaad stuff.

about 6 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

Camel Pilot Now I want one. (462 comments)

Interesting marketing technique.

about 6 months ago

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Lava Tube Found Maybe Ideal Spot for Lunar Base

Camel Pilot Camel Pilot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Camel Pilot (78781) writes "A Lava Tube has been found on the moon that could serve as an ideal structure to host a lunar base or colony. The tube is estimated by a paper in the American Geophysical Union as being over 200 feet wide and close to 300 feet deep. Such a tube provides protection from the severe lunar temperature swings, solar radiation and other hazards of space. What are we waiting for?"
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1-Wire

Camel Pilot Camel Pilot writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Just found out about 1-wire network and sensor devices. Ordered a RS232/1-wire host adaptor today with 1 DS18S20 temperature sensor.

Going to explore the possibility of controlling the new building's radiant heating system with these devices.

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