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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

CaptQuark Waste dumped straight into the ocean (147 comments)

Well, maybe we can convince some cities like Victoria BC from dumping their raw sewage directly into the mouth of the Puget Sound. http://environment.about.com/o...

They say they screen out the larger pieces of solid waste, but everything else (drugs, detergents, cooking waste, every sick person's waste) goes straight into the ocean.

I just hope they never have a person with HIV, Hepatitis C, Ebola, STDs, Clostridium difficile, Salmonella, or MRSA living or visiting there.

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about a week ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

CaptQuark Governors (302 comments)

I think he feels he isn't getting enough cooperation from "main companies" so he wants more control on who can use the internet. Want to use the internet? Get a license. Want to create a web page? Get a license. Want to buy something on the internet? Want to download something? Want to copy from a site? He wants more control to be sure only legal uses are allowed.

It's almost like the speed limits on the highways aren't enough, he wants government-controlled speed governors installed in all cars.

“There may well come a time when government decides it’s had enough and it’s not getting enough help from those main companies that control the way we use the internet – they’re not getting enough help from them, so they’re going to start imposing regulations, imposing a code of conduct about the way people may be allowed to operated on the internet,” Fife says.

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about three weeks ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

CaptQuark Re:Just in time for another record cold winter (200 comments)

It was still offshore at that point. When it made landfall it was below hurricane strength. Wind gusts don't count.

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about a month ago
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Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

CaptQuark Columbus day? (34 comments)

I guess Amazon is closing its banking service for the Columbus Day holiday and deciding to not open again.

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about a month ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

CaptQuark Re:Both a perfect match (135 comments)

You mean another victim that was somehow related to Aaron Kosminski? The other victim would need to be related to have a DNA match.

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about a month and a half ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

CaptQuark Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

Nor should there ever be. I spent 20 years protecting your right to be an asshole.

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about a month and a half ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

CaptQuark Re:It's not into customer hands... (102 comments)

Switching power regulators can be tricky, and they certainly are at the voltages (very low) and currents (very high) we are talking about here.

Citation?

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about a month and a half ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

CaptQuark Re:HCF (102 comments)

I gather however that this is plain incompetence (Dunning-Kruger-Type) with regards to the voltage regulators. Switching voltage regulation is really hard to do right unless you over-engineer seriously. You can get all sorts of bizarre effects, including a puff of smoke.

I appreciate the irony of you mentioning the Dunning-Kruger syndrome with your statement. Switching voltage regulation has been around for over 30 years and isn't much of a mystery. Since the early motherboards started reducing voltages from 5v down to 3.3v (and below), every motherboard has had on-board voltage regulation. It's hard to believe that something as fundamental as a switching regulator would suddenly exceed the engineering skill of the motherboard designers.

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about a month and a half ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

CaptQuark Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

And who writes and optimizes the sort routine in the API?

Same problem with "Just use the routine in the library". Who writes the libraries? What if I don't want to include a 9Mb library to my project just to get a sort routine and some string handling functions?

And don't say "just check Google". Once again, someone has to develop the code you're using for inspiration.

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about a month and a half ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

CaptQuark Re:CARson City (157 comments)

The Colorado River isn't anywhere near Reno. Try checking a map before your next tirade.

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about a month and a half ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

CaptQuark Re: Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

Or it means he was trying to be funny. The guess military now allows GLBT troops to operate Ground-based long-wave (GBLW) radar. One too many FLA (four-letter acronyms) for him to remember.

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about 2 months ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

CaptQuark Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

Nice try, but the fact that the aircraft are all moving in relationship to each other plus the fact that the interconnect signals are only traveling between them as fast as the radar signals they receive means trying to triangulate with timing differences would be close to impossible.

The reason GPS works is the satellites are synced to an atomic clock source to a billionth of a second accuracy, along with dynamic orbital-correction information to give the exact distance to the satellite. Even with the new "atomic clock on a chip" to give distances, their spacial locations would be unknown. http://www.nist.gov/public_aff...

Newer planes use a phase-array antenna system to give azimuth (direction) to the signal source. With multiple planes receiving directional information and sharing that information between themselves, a location can be determined. As with your timing approach, the more receivers and wider the separation, the better the accuracy. http://www.microwaves101.com/e...

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about 2 months ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

CaptQuark Only 17 months to go... (138 comments)

Are they really suggesting that IE 11 will still be the most recent version in 17 months.... ?

about 2 months ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

CaptQuark Slippery Slope (186 comments)

This is a very slippery slope. Trying to balance the rights of individuals to remove incorrect information about themselves and trying to remove unflattering information about themselves. Having a process to verify the individual, the reasons for wanting the information removed, and is the public interest best served by removing the information.

I'm sure there are many public figures that would love a chance to remove some of the news items about themselves.

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about 3 months ago
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AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones

CaptQuark Re:Boring (52 comments)

If I was going to attempt to break into your network or record video of your property, I would connect the camera and wifi equipment to a kite and fly it over your house. No noise, people are used to seeing kites, and I retain control of the kite and can bring it back quickly. I could do the same thing with a long pole from my car or a balloon.

Flying RC toys are just the trigger topic of the week to get people's ire up.

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about 3 months ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

CaptQuark Re:Closed Captioning (76 comments)

Close captioning doesn't take any bandwidth. Closed Captioning is encoded within line 21 of overscan information within an analog screen page. With 30 frames per second, that gives enough plenty of information with no added bandwidth. Digital TV encodes the information within the digital stream itself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about 3 months ago

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