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Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"

CapOblivious2010 Re:Science Writers: Stop Causing Us Intellectual P (147 comments)

It actually could mean something: if there used to be an older 2-gallon-per-flush valve, then the 1-gallon valves save 1 gallon - and the 1 pint valves saves 1.87 gallons (compared to the 2-gallon valves), which is 87% more than the 1-gallon valves did. But I seriously doubt that's what they mean, and even if they did, do they actually expect people to do that math while they're peeing?

about 3 months ago
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Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"

CapOblivious2010 Re:Science Writers: Stop Causing Us Intellectual P (147 comments)

There's one I see regularly that baffles (and disappoints) me: on the top of the flush valve for public urinals (sorry, I'm a compulsive reader) it says "This 1-pint-per-flush valve saves 87% more than standard 1-gallon valves". What the hell does "saves 87% more" mean? Uses 87% less, fine - but saves 87% more??? WTF???

about 3 months ago
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The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

CapOblivious2010 Re:This "nightmare" rigns a bell (240 comments)

They had the same problem prior to the year 2000, so why wasn't this lesson already learned?

No, it was a totally different problem.

Y2K was about an optimization made early in the history of software development, when every bit and byte was precious, and it was expected that the software would be replaced long before it became a problem. Well, not all of it got replaced before then - but everyone knew the problem was there, and exactly when it would bite us, so a lot of people worked hard patching system so that there were no major problems. And before you sneer at the short-sightedness of early developers, let me ask you this: how many of YOUR programs are Y10K compatible? Or Y2037 compatible? Or Y65536 compatible?

This is about security flaws (some due to criminally-negligent designs, some due to inevitable software bugs made even by skilled developers) that are NOT known about in advance, and that CANNOT be patched when they suddenly become a problem.

about 3 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

CapOblivious2010 Re:Nice try cloud guys (339 comments)

Or in the case of the situations and environments I work, your statement should read: "Move the applications to where they are not accessible when you have no internet connection while you need to do your work".

The definition of a networked system is "one you can't use because some computer you never heard of is down".

about 4 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

CapOblivious2010 Re:Nice try cloud guys (339 comments)

Also, most streaming content doesn't use TCP/IP anyway.

about 4 months ago
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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

CapOblivious2010 Re:Nice try cloud guys (339 comments)

The cloud is highly shared and redundant clustering that is automated and agnostic. It can be public or private.

Wait, so I can save carbon by having a private cloud in my basement? I mean sure, that saves the lag and whatnot from the always-problematic last mile, but how does the movie get to my private cloud? I'm not seeing the carbon savings!

about 4 months ago
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Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

CapOblivious2010 Re:Why do people put up with this shit? (164 comments)

Most people will never learn.

"A distributed system is a system where I can’t get my work done because a computer has failed that I’ve never even heard of."

- Leslie Lamport, 2006 (or earlier)

about 4 months ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

CapOblivious2010 Re:Fuck that guy. (397 comments)

so unless Jackson thinks HP should hire unqualified people just because they are black or latino, he should probably focus his efforts earlier in the pipeline

I doubt that's what he thinks - he doesn't actually care about black or latino people. He just wants the publicity, and some sort of "fund for underprivileged nerds" to be set up, which he can then "administer" in a way that benefits him and his friends. Shakedown, plain and simple.

about 6 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

CapOblivious2010 Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

Technically the device might last 30 years, but come on - it's electronics! If electronic gadgets last a decade before they get replaced by newer versions, they're doing pretty good How many electronic gadgets do you have from 1984 that are still in use?

about 6 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

CapOblivious2010 Re:Wrong. (461 comments)

But they could also turn up missing in due to any number of other causes! Only a tiny fraction of missing bodies are due to mid-ocean plane crashes - I still haven't heard why finding the corpses of a couple dozen such people per year is so much more important than finding the corpses of the thousands of other people that could be found by spending that same billion dollars more intelligently.

about 6 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

CapOblivious2010 Re:Wrong. (461 comments)

No, I've lived in america all my life. I thought it was a common phrase, like saying you could "wake up dead" tomorrow.

about 6 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

CapOblivious2010 Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

Just for the record, I'm not suggesting that the 4 cent (or 9 cent) cost makes it worthwhile - I just got tired of reading wild speculation about the costs, and decided to do a little math and come up with a better answer. You're right about the 2 segments per day - short-haul flights do more, but when those crash it's over land, so they tend to be found pretty quickly. Only those flying over water would benefit from this system.

And I do think it's fair (and helpful) to bring it down to a per-passenger level. Sure, the airlines operate at a large scale, so any fleet-wide investment will cost zillions, and any fleet-wide savings will save zillions. But that's compared to overall costs in the mega-zillions, so the numbers are almost meaningless to most people. Suppose someone wanted to eliminate the padding on the seats, and just have you sit on bare metal, and quoted a large dollar figure savings - the first thing I'd do is estimate the per-passenger savings: if it's $50-$100 per pax, then it could make a big difference in ticket prices (PLEASE let's not go off on a tangent about how the greedy bastards at the airline would just keep the difference!) ... if it's $0.05 per pax, then no, even the meager comfort of the standard seat cushion is worth a nickle to me (besides, your metal seat couldn't be used as a flotation device)

about 6 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

CapOblivious2010 Re:Wrong. (461 comments)

Worldwide, thousands (probably millions) of people turn up missing every year - it's sad, but true. The number of people who would be found significantly sooner by this device probably averages around a couple dozen per year. What makes those people worth spending billions of dollars on?

It's more likely you could use that same money to find a lot more than a couple dozen people by spending it more intelligently. The only thing that makes these people special is that they were rich enough to afford trans-pacific plane tickets, and they're in the news. If you think that makes them more important than other people, then YOU are the one barely attached to human reality.

about 6 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

CapOblivious2010 Re: Airline Ticket Prices (461 comments)

A few hundred people per day per plane ... what? ... this will pay for itself in a few days and then the airline will keep the extra fees and add it to its bottom line.
Win for the airline. Win for the government involved. And fuck the consumer.
Gotta love Capitalism - and crony capitalism as it is practiced in most of the World - fuck the people!

Wow - another poster claimed that NOT installing the boxes was proof of how capitalism sucks, and you're claiming that installing them (the exact opposite!) would prove that capitalism sucks.

I think you left-wingers have a stock answer ("capitalism sucks") and you're always on the lookout for a question to attach it to.

about 6 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

CapOblivious2010 Re:Yes. (461 comments)

Once again, the free market fails where regulation would succeed - the former can only correct for the future AFTER everyone's dead and un-buried.

Why do you say that? What makes YOU the authority on the "correct" answer? Maybe people are perfectly comfortable with the status quo - after all, it's not like this box would save anyone, it would just help to find their corpses a little sooner. Considering only a few hundred people a year die in commercial plane crashes (vs around 100 million total deaths per year), and the vast majority of those are found very quickly, it's not really that big of a deal. There are probably better ways to spend $100K per plane to improve the flying experience (safer, more comfortable, less TSA, whatever), yet you've suddenly decided that the best thing to do would have been to bump this box (which you never even heard of until today) to the top of the list!

about 6 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

CapOblivious2010 Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

If you are talking about a major aircraft like a commercial B777 passenger craft, the installation and upkeep is relatively small. These massive aircraft are expensive to buy and maintain. The amortized cost per passenger over a year's flights is going to be a fraction of a cent.

Come on, let's do some math instead of just guessing at the answer: if a plane seats 200 people, flies 4 segments/day, 300 days/year, and the device has a useful life of 10 years, that's $100K / 10 / 300 / 4 / 200 = about 4 cents per passenger segment. An order of magnitude more than "a fraction of a cent", but still pretty close to negligible.

about 6 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

CapOblivious2010 Re:android is so broken... (293 comments)

Not sure iOS is any less broken - they don't ask you about some things, they just share them anyway. As soon as I got an iPhone and installed the LinkedIn app, linked in started asking me if I wanted to connect to people/organizations that I haven't had anything to do with in years - but they happened to be in my contact list on the phone. Hmmmm.....

about 8 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

CapOblivious2010 Re:Think of the children (293 comments)

Are YOU fucking stupid? Or is your sarcasm detector just frozen today?

about 8 months ago
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Python Scripting and Analyzing Your Way To Love

CapOblivious2010 Re:Hooray for Python (188 comments)

I find it interesting that the guy figures out a good way to meet compatible women, and the most noteworthy part to slashdotters is what computer language he used to do it. No wonder the slashdot crowd still has nothing better to do than surf the web!

about 8 months ago

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Sex On Mars: Pregnancy, Fetal Development, and Sex

CapOblivious2010 CapOblivious2010 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

CapOblivious2010 (1731402) writes "Interesting writeup on the complications of sexual relationships likely to occur on a trip to Mars. Some good points, but they seem to have an odd view of women — for instance, it states that "Biologically, females serve one purpose: to get pregnant". True enough, in a strictly biological sense, but by that standard men also have only one purpose — and a much easier one to fulfill at that! Of course they have the obligatory mention of Lisa Nowak, though it's hard to say whether she's representative of a trend, or just a lone wacko who happens to have snuck past NASA's screening process.

Seems to me they should just send a bunch of us Slashdorks to Mars: we're used to going without sex for years on end!"

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