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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

DexterIsADog Re:Aerial or underground ? (424 comments)

No - it's not even a question. Bury the lines and you will remove a large number of causes for power outages.

Even more important - realize that each outage costs money for the community. In the long run buried lines will save money - even if you are in an area where the ground is filled with rocks.

Yeah, burying them removes some causes, and creates others. Put them underground, then ignore maintenance for a while, and you get outages due to flooding that you wouldn't have if the lines were on poles. No matter what you do, it comes down to maintenance - I do much prefer them underground, it makes the neighborhood much more attractive.

With the prospect of another wild winter, I'm getting a whole-house generator before Christmas. I put an addition on my house with an indoor pool, and 4-6 days without power in subfreezing weather could freeze the pipes. Also, it sucks to be without electricity in the winter.

6 hours ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

DexterIsADog Re:welcome to slashdot (161 comments)

I think the first /. uid I abandoned was 5 digit.

But that's not the point. The point is you said something reeeaaallly stupid, and I made fun of you.

Deal with it.

yesterday
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

DexterIsADog Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (439 comments)

I think the singularity is just some technology-wrapped new age bullshit.

The fact that you had to resort to fiction (and cheesy fiction at that) for your reference, instead of an applicable real life analogy, just shows that up.

2 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

DexterIsADog Re:Police legal authority (161 comments)

It's being kept such a secret because the government doesn't want you to know the police are running these devices for the NSA. I can bet you that they are getting copies of anything these things vacuum up.

This is unnecessary paranoia. I'm sure you can bet police are sending copies of the data to the NSA, but I'm also sure you'd also wave goodbye to your money.

The police and the NSA have different agendas, and are unlikely to be interested in the same targets. The amount of overlap is probably so small that they just don't bother to ask. Your assumption that the police simply send everything they get to the NSA is tinfoil-hat territory. It would take too much effort to incorporate it into what the NSA is *actually* monitoring.

3 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

DexterIsADog Re:Consent of the Governed (161 comments)

...certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it ... End of story. There can be no action taken by a government on behalf of its people argued to be for its people, yet conceal that action from its people in the name of its people. It's oxymoronic.

need to keep some things secret

Need to keep things secret? Who decides what is needed to be kept secret? Patriots? Those who stand with liberty and freedom certainly don't.

You are arguing that *nothing* should be kept secret from the people. Not the use of these devices by law enforcement, or the plans to go kill bin Laden, nuclear launch codes, etc.

If you claim you're not arguing that, then you *must* believe that *some* things should be kept secret, and if you do, I'll ask you who decides which things should be. You?

I love absolutist arguments like the one you made. You represent a "pure" view - really, *no* action can be taken by the government to benefit the people, and be kept secret? The fact is, you're in the same boat as the rest of us. This is far from the end of the story.

3 days ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

DexterIsADog Re:punishing Dice with griefer bots? (161 comments)

these extreme trolls are complex enough that they might mean something

i wonder what organization (and their PR wing) would be pissed that Slashdot published this story

it could be that if they can't keep it from being published then they systematically subvert it by putting racist/homophobic stuff as first post to make it obnoixious

in other words, sockpuppet griefers

Ah, thank goodness the core /. membership hasn't abandoned the site.

Why recognize that some people just like being assholes, when you can posit another paranoid conspiracy? Really, the conspiracies are more fun.

3 days ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

DexterIsADog Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

I do remember the state of s.f. on television in the 70's. Also every other medium in which s.f. was represented. Don't get me started, I'll tell you about being in Isaac Asimov's security entourage at conventions.

It really did suck. Lost in Space was cheesy, but deliberately so, and pretty campy. Much better than the original Battlestar.

5 days ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

DexterIsADog Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

No - the original Battlestar Galactica was real crap. Cheesy as all heck

I think you're really looking at the show unfairly. When it came on the air (over 36 years ago) there was nothing else like it on television.

I remember having friends over to see the first episode. I am a pretty uncritical consumer of space opera, and I said I thought it was pretty good. Two guys, two girls all looked at me like I was a retard.

I have to admit, it did suck pretty badly, even considering the state of s.f. television back then.

about two weeks ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

DexterIsADog Re:Summary is hogwash (271 comments)

Well, I won't wish a federal grand jury on anyone. It's one day a week... for 18 months. And they extend most of the juries to a full 2 years.

On the other hand, my jury occasionally finds flaws in the US attorneys' cases, and make them fix them. Eventually we'll get a case so fucked up that we'll tell them, "no, in fact, we're *not* giving you this indictment." That will be a good day.

about two weeks ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

DexterIsADog Re:Summary is hogwash (271 comments)

Ooh! Ooh! I'm a grand juror in that federal district. Maybe I'll get to hear the testimony and vote whether to indict.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

DexterIsADog Re:OK, but ... (294 comments)

You're trying to obfuscate, but the fact is you're still advocating taking away basic constitutional rights, when the science shows that for the cases we see in the U.S., there's no benefit, other than placating ignorant fools like you.

sumdumass, indeed.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

DexterIsADog Re:Progress comes at a cost (112 comments)

If Branson were still young enough and had the time, and were qualified, I'm sure he'd test his own ships. He does have the nerve to risk his own life. Your comment seemed to criticize him for lacking the balls. He's got giant balls. What he has little of is time.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

DexterIsADog Re:Tourism (112 comments)

I agree with MMC Monster. Health care will continue to grow. That's my industry. For example, If you take a course to learn how to configure FACETS, a claims system made by Trizetto, now owned by Cognizant, you can get $80/hr to start, and that's not even in the primary markets.

I think it was the (plane) crash that killed the Concorde as much as anything. It worked pretty well for a while. We will continue to see technology like it, and some will succeed, some will fail. The first space elevator will probably also be a hell of a ride, as well as a way to get cargo into orbit.

My comment was that the Concorde was cool, and I really liked riding it. As a race, we still need to spend some resources on things that are just plain fun.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

DexterIsADog Re:OK, but ... (294 comments)

You just keep digging. These people were not infectious, and were monitoring their conditions.

Funny, you remove all doubt about your ignorance when you add a dollop of the AIDS paranoia. That is so vintage 80's. Why don't you move to Cuba, where they round up people with AIDS and put them in camps? That seems about your speed.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

DexterIsADog Re:Progress comes at a cost (112 comments)

Who is "we"? Did Branson sit his geriatric ass in there? Funny how the risks are always taken by the plebes, the rewards taken by the already rich.

Yeah, the nerve of that old guy, letting the younger engineers and test pilots engineer and then test his spacecraft.

Why, I'm sure he never took any risks with his own life, that chickenshit...
http://www.virgin.com/news/richard-bransons-ballooning-adventures

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

DexterIsADog Re:Tourism (112 comments)

Yeah well, all three of those people will just have to suck it up and wait like the rest of us. We already had Concorde and that died.

I flew once on the Concorde. It was awesome. We should do more of that. Suborbital, 1 hour from NY to Tokyo? Bring it. I'd do it once just for the fun of it.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

DexterIsADog Re:OK, but ... (294 comments)

...They also say that wild animals get Ebola and infect humans. So that fantasy is actually real life in other parts of the world.

Yep, that makes a lot of sense, actually. Take something that's technically true, twist the actual facts to fit that a fantasy to use the factoid, and voila! One more drop of hysteria added to the mix.

Why is it when people in the U.S. have a difficult situation to face, some percentage of the population pusses out and advocates for jettisoning constitutional rights. If we don't do what's right in these cases, we have little claim on our republic.

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

DexterIsADog Re:Ridiculous (349 comments)

I would welcome a risk-reward ratio discussion, even though I'm confident that civil rights would STILL prevail in an intelligent examination. That's not happening. Ignorant citizens and cynical pandering politicians are dominating this issue.

And really, if you're arguing about minimizing effort by abrogating people's civil rights, you may be one of the above.

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

DexterIsADog Re:How about... (349 comments)

yeah i'm all for protecting civil liberties.

No. Really, you're not. And that's the point.

about three weeks ago

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