US Officials Cut Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil By 96%
The stupidity of ignoring nuclear fission never ceases to amaze me. Fusion is still a long way from practicality, will always expensive and isn't the clean dream - the massive neutron flux just makes even more radioactive waste. The oil & gas are going to run out one day, be it in 5 years or 50. Renewables are unreliable, expensive and the quantities of rare earths required make for horrible mining pollution as well as covering the landscape with ugly windmills and solar collectors.
High activity nuclear waste is a small volume storage problem and if we hadn't wasted the last 30 years we would have modern fission plant designs far safer than any of the chemical polluting shit we have now.
Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?
Following all this to it's logical conclusion, there is an excellent argument for allowing incestuous civil unions and the, following on from that, marriage.
After all, 20 of the States permit first cousin marriages and another six permit them under certain circumstances.
Why should not a brother and sister (or sister and sister, etc.) living together in a long term relationship be excluded from the benefits of marriage? There are hundreds of thousands of single men and women living monogamously with their mother or father for the long haul.
Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?
Not trying to return it was wrong. Scribbling over the name with your engraver means you KNEW it was wrong.
I reckon you're morally bankrupt.
RoboBeast: A Toughened 3D Printer
I'm South African and I've built stuff for Africa (a paraplegic turning frame).
It has to be very simple and very very tough as well as repairable by the village blacksmith.
I reckon van As knows more about it than you or Deltamaker.
Genome of Neandertals Reveals Inbreeding
Not so. In Saudi, where cousin marriages are very common, the incidence of genetic defects (particularly ano-genital malformations) is very high.
A reconstructive surgeon's paradise.
"Seymour Papert once had the right idea: you don't teach "programming", you teach structured thinking and analytical problem solving. "
Disagree. When I started programming as a kid 30 years ago BASIC taught ME structured thinking and analytical problem solving.
France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon
Yeah, I've noticed it in Cape Town too.
Bookstores are closing or downsizing. There are fewer serious books and more "bestsellers", chick-lit, and dumbed-down stuff.
I have fond memories of sitting at my stammtisch in my favourite cafe in the 60's reading French paperbacks and cutting the pages as I went.
Cutting the pages: a lost experience...
Larry Page's Vocal Cords Are Partially Paralyzed
Very little research???
My Pa (a physician epidemiologist) spent his whole life researching malaria
and I can assure you that there is PLENTY of malaria research.
The Scourge of Error Handling
Agree. Most of the code I've written for handling lab instruments is about 30% doing stuff and 70% input validation, sanitizing, sanity checking and error handling. Can't leave it to the OS.
Bloody tedious but you get used to it and a lot of it is boilerplate that once written just transfers to another rountine or app.
Just habit. Assume things will break or that the user is demented.
Medicare Bills Rise As Records Turn Electronic
Sweden Defends Wiki Sex Case About-Face
"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."
Google Reportedly Ditching Windows
"Same as sudo."
No it isn't. YOUR privileges are not elevated, you just assume the mantle of a higher privileged other user, along with their documents, locations and so on. Runas does not preserve the user's profile and ownership of created objects.
A better solution is SudoWin (http://sourceforge.net/projects/sudowin/) which acts as a true Sudo for Windows.
Groklaw Shifts Gears, Now Stressing Preservation
As someone who enthusiastically posted on Groklaw in the early days I can identify with your feelings.
Several times I voiced minor doubts about some viewpoint or introduced another aspect and was stunned by PJ's rapid and savage responses. As a research scientist (MD) and long-term open-source advocate I was somewhat unprepared for being called a gull and a troll and threatened with banning unless I toed the line.
Eventually of course I was and even now (though I stopped posting regularly years ago) any remarks that I make are expunged within hours or less.
As a factual record and investigative journalism Groklaw is superb and a brilliant example of the power of disparate people gathered together for a common purpose over the internet. As a document of opinion and argument it is fatally flawed by its doctrinaire censorship of even mildly dissenting voices.
Groklaw Shifts Gears, Now Stressing Preservation
Suddenly deciding to turn Groklaw into a mausoleum seems very un-Pj-ish.
After all, there's still a long way to go in the saga and an awful lot of dirt
still to be uncovered.
I reckon someone put the frighteners on her - kidnapped her favourite cat or
threatened to shoot her granny if she didn't tone it down.
The shutoff was too brusque and the "return" too humble.
I smell a rat.
Are Academic Journals Obsolete?
"Are they just a way to evaluate the productivity of professors?"
Depends how you define productivity. If it means the ability to publish then yes. If you mean the ability to produce useful and/or interesting work then no.
The vast majority of published articles are literature reviews, rehashes of previous papers, boring but easy research about things that are already well documented, or statistical juggling with dubious data from equally dubious research. Perhaps one in a thousand is both good, true, original and honest. The rest are just badly written dross.
Peer review counts for very little. A small inner circle publish (or at least have their name appended to) 90% of papers in any one discipline and they act as peer reviewers for themselves on a "You scratch my back I'll scratch yours" basis.
The "Publish or perish" mentality has completely debased and largely destroyed good science. Tenure depends on quantity of publications not quality and so vast reams of garbage are generated every month making it really difficult to find the needle in the haystack of irrelevant tripe.
Cutterman hasn't submitted any stories.
Cutterman has no journal entries.