×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm

Eunuchswear Re:Oh yeah, almost forgot about Ebola... (69 comments)

We have no experience curing Ebola.

We have lots of experience trying to keep people alive while what's left of their immune system defeats the virus.

It helps if the people who catch it are fit and well before they catch it.

2 days ago
top

How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Eunuchswear Re:Except... (122 comments)

ENIAC had no internally stored programs, To set it up for a new task, the operator had to set up plugs and switches to alter the wiring.

(ENIAC was later modified to use a program stored in what was effectively ROM, but that wasn't how it was originaly designed or built, and made it run slower as it stopped the parallel features working).

2 days ago
top

How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Eunuchswear Re:Except... (122 comments)

Baby (the SSEM) was the first stored-program, electronic, general purpose computer.

For the current definition of a computer Baby was the first computer.

2 days ago
top

How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Eunuchswear Re:Spinning media can't go beyond 7200 rpm (427 comments)

You don't think I've tried?

6 way striped rust with a SSD journal is what I use -- experimentally 5 times faster than one SSD and 6 times the capacity for about 3 times the price.

2 days ago
top

How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Eunuchswear Re:Spinning media can't go beyond 7200 rpm (427 comments)

You can get a very solid 1TB SSD for $450, which is cheaper per GB ($0.45) and much, much faster. You can get a serious enterprise 1TB SSD (10-year warranty).

Those are both SATA devices. Useless to me -- no multi-initiator.

2 days ago
top

How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Eunuchswear Re:Spinning media can't go beyond 7200 rpm (427 comments)

You mean those 15k drives which cost as much as SSDs?

Ten years ago?

(I actually have a couple of 10 year old SSD's -- thousands of dollars for 4GB.)

2 days ago
top

How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Eunuchswear Re:What about long-term data integrity? (427 comments)

But make sure to put the SSDs into the RAID a few months apart -- it would be embarrassing to have them all fail at the same moment.

2 days ago
top

"Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

Eunuchswear Re:Training? (111 comments)

But the so called "ALS" thingy seems to be an attempt to use the Franco-German model, and if they're doing it with only two people I think they're doing it wrong.

2 days ago
top

"Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

Eunuchswear Re:Training? (111 comments)

Field ambulances have two people.

Only 2?

When the Sapeur-pompiers premier secours truck turned up the last time I called them they had four people onboard.

If I ever needed a SMUR they'd turn up with a doctor, a nurse, a paramedic and a driver.

(This is in France).

2 days ago
top

Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

Eunuchswear Re:How surprising (129 comments)

but if they were responsible they certainly owe no one any apologies.

Because Belgium is exactly the same as Iran.

2 days ago
top

Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

Eunuchswear Re:How surprising (129 comments)

It is utterly impossible to become president of Russia without KGB^W FSB support

Which do you prefer?

2 days ago
top

Leaked Documents Show EU Council Presidency Wants To Impair Net Neutrality

Eunuchswear Re:Subterranean BS. (76 comments)

The Commission who are unelected,

The president of the comission is elected, now.

The Commissioners or a replacement institution needs to be democratically accountable.

The commision is accountable to the elected parliament.

Yes, it could be better, but the problem is in the member states, who resist all attempts to increase democracy in the EU tooth and nail.

(Slashdot took 3 days to notify me of replies).

Yup, I jost gtot a whole burst of notifications at around midnight. Looks like their e-mail system was all fucked up.

2 days ago
top

Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Eunuchswear Re: Go back in time 5 years (575 comments)

Except that won't work now since package maintainers can explicitly set their packages to depend on systemd-sysv.

If a package depends on systemd either it really needs systemd or it doesn't. If it doesn't then that's a bug to be fixed. If it does and the "packages must work with all init systems" proposal had passed then the package would have been removed from Debian and the anti-systemd people still wouldn't be able to use it.

2 days ago
top

Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Eunuchswear Re:"Pretty serious stuff" like Jerry Lewis? (372 comments)

Don't underestimate the Legion of Honour -- Arnold Schwarzenegger has one.

(I think the French give them to people like Jerry Lewis and Arnold Schwarzenegger just to poke fun at America, like "look, that's the best you have!").

3 days ago
top

Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Eunuchswear Re:that's because (372 comments)

In French we say "cheeseburger".

3 days ago

Submissions

top

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria -- There's an app for that

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  about 5 months ago

Eunuchswear (210685) writes "ISIS (aka Daech), the black flag waving, AK47 toting, extremists advancing rapidly towards Bagdhad have a social media marketing group.

You're probably thinking "Oh, just a few sad losers pretending to be Jihadis posting tweets from mom's basement", but no. They have an Android app that uses the Twitter accounts of anyone who downloads it for sending ISIS propaganda in organised campaigns, while avoiding Twitters spam detection filters. At one point ISIS managed to get their propaganda into the first results in a search for "Baghdad" — an image of an ISIS fighter with the words "We are coming, Baghdad".

The tweet is more powerful than the AK?"

Link to Original Source
top

Scientists boycott NASA conference because of ban on chinese participants

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  about a year ago

Eunuchswear (210685) writes "Congress has passed laws forbidding NASA from allowing Chinese nationals on its premises, so NASA was forced to reject applications from Chinese scientists to attend the upcoming meeting on the Kepler space telescope next month.

This ban extends even to Chinese scientists and students working in the USA, angering many American scientists. Geoff Marcy, known for his work on explanets is reported to be boycotting the conference. "In good conscience, I cannot attend a meeting that discriminates in this way. The meeting is about planets located trillions of miles away, with no national security implications." he said in an email to the conference organisers."

Link to Original Source
top

BT worth GBP 30 billion less than its wires

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Eunuchswear (210685) writes "El Reg calculates that British Telecoms current market capitalisation, around GBP 20 billion is less than the value of the copper in it's network, around GBP 50 billion for it's 75 million miles of installed wiring.

So, borrow the cash, buy the company, strip the wires and sell them off, you'll be able to repay the loan and make a tidy profit.

Pity about the total destruction of the UK economy, but them's the breaks."

Link to Original Source
top

Has Slashdot been trolled by Fox News?

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Eunuchswear (210685) writes "A recent Slashdot story claims that

"Some voters in Las Vegas have noticed that Democrat Harry Reid's name is checked by default on their electronic voting machines. By way of explanation, the Clark County Registrar says that when voters choose English instead of Spanish, Reid's Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, has her name checked by default."

Using a story from a local Fox news affiliate as a source.

Interestingly the current version of the Fox5Vegas story (marked "UPDATED: 6:39 pm PDT October 26, 2010") contains no mention of "default options" or "Spanish". It does contain a statement from Larry Lomax, the Clark county Registrar of Voters:

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time. "Especially in a community with elderly citizens (they have) difficulty in (casting their) ballot," Lomax said. "Team leaders said there were complaints (and the) race filled in."

Has Slashdot been trolled by Fox news?"
Link to Original Source

Journals

top

Slashdot trolled by Fox News

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 4 years ago

A recent Slashdot story claims that

"Some voters in Las Vegas have noticed that Democrat Harry Reid's name is checked by default on their electronic voting machines. By way of explanation, the Clark County Registrar says that when voters choose English instead of Spanish, Reid's Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, has her name checked by default."

Using a story from a local Fox news affiliate as a source.

Interestingly the current version of the Fox5Vegas story (marked "UPDATED: 6:39 pm PDT October 26, 2010") contains no mention of "default options" or "Spanish". It does contain a statement from Larry Lomax, the Clark county Registrar of Voters:

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.

"Especially in a community with elderly citizens (they have) difficulty in (casting their) ballot," Lomax said. "Team leaders said there were complaints (and the) race filled in."

Has Slashdot been trolled by Fox news?

top

I have a list... (Climate scientists who don't believe in AGW).

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I plaintively asked for a list of climate scientists who didn't believe in AGW and the estimable (arg!)Styopa came up with http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1715502&cid=32912336

Well, part of the problem is that the whole postulation of Global Warming (oh wait, it's merely Climate Change now, isn't it?) is such a hash of assumptions and begged questions. If an argument has 100 failed component parts, where do you begin in listing who's "opposed" to it?

That said here's a partial list of climate-specific scientists who have publicly critiqued one or more aspects of the general premise "The globe is generally warming and humans are a significant cause."

Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and member of the National Academy of Sciences

Garth Paltridge, Visiting Fellow ANU and retired Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research and retired Director of the Institute of the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre.

Hendrik Tennekes, retired Director of Research, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute:

Antonino Zichichi, emeritus professor of nuclear physics at the University of Bologna and president of the World Federation of Scientists

Chris de Freitas, Associate Professor, School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, University of Auckland

William M. Gray, Professor Emeritus and head of The Tropical Meteorology Project, Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

William Kininmonth, meteorologist, former Australian delegate to World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology

David Legates, associate professor of geography and director of the Center for Climatic Research, University of Delaware

Tad Murty, oceanographer; adjunct professor, Departments of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa

Fred Singer, Professor emeritus of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia

Jan Veizer, environmental geochemist, Professor Emeritus from University of Ottawa

Tim Patterson, paleoclimatologist and Professor of Geology at Carleton University in Canada

Syun-Ichi Akasofu, retired professor of geophysics and Founding Director of the International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, contributor to several IPCC reports

Craig D. Idso, faculty researcher, Office of Climatology, Arizona State University and founder of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change

Patrick Michaels, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and retired research professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia

August H. "Augie" Auer Jr. New Zealand MetService Meteorologist, past professor of atmospheric science at the University of Wyoming

Reid Bryson, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Marcel Leroux Professor of Climatology, Université Jean Moulin

Frederick Seitz, solid-state physicist, former president of the National Academy of Sciences

Does that list seem trivial to you?
--
-Styopa

Which doesn't sound trivial at all. But who are these people?

top

Moderators on crack

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So, I added my ha'penny worth to the debate on AGW:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1559622&cid=31242422
Some guy says:

The head of the CRC (that group that fudged their data) has made a personal fortune from it

And I reply:

  1. Perhaps you mean CRU (The University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit)?
  2. Where do you find evidence that they "fudged their data"?
  3. Where do you get the idea that Phil Jones (assuming that's who you're talking about) "has made a personal fortune" from being an "AGW proponent" (or anything else - hint: UK universities don't pay enough for people to make personal fortunes)

And it gets moderated:

A user has moderated your comment "Interesting" (+1).
A user has moderated your comment "Insightful" (+1).
A user has moderated your comment "Informative" (+1).
A user has moderated your comment "Informative" (+1).
A user has moderated your comment "Informative" (+1).
A user has moderated your comment "Troll" (-1).
A user has moderated your comment "Troll" (-1).
A user has moderated your comment "Troll" (-1).
A user has moderated your comment "Overrated" (-1).
A user has moderated your comment "Insightful" (+1).

Personally I think that comment was maybe a tiny bit insightful, the only information it contained was the correct name of the CRU, but what of the troll nature does it have? If people think I'm being sarky maybe they could mark it flamebait, but troll? Does anyone around here have a clue what "troll" means any more?

top

Talking to a climate "skeptic"

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 4 years ago

So, I see this: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1552564&threshold=0&commentsort=0&mode=nested&cid=31170808

I do not agree that the IPCC is 99.999% correct, I have very low confidence in the IPCC

Meteorologists' models make huge assumptions, they must. I won't believe a thing they've said until they clearly state their assumptions and make at least some attempt to find error bounds.

As an example, what do they use for the C02 absorptivity of sea water in their climate models? What temperature sea water? What salinity sea water? At what rate does the sea water mix? What percentage C02 in the water? What percentage in the Air? What temperature air? What wind velocity?

He's obviously read lot's of the literature, and seems to have some relevant questions, so I ask him what papers he's read that give him such a low opinion of climate scientists rigour:

That's the problem, I haven't even been able to find the papers to read. There are some whitepapers on the IPCC site, but I would like to find peer reviewed papers.

So, how, if he hasn't found any papers can he make such claims?

Anyway, let's leave that to one side for the moment. It's rather sad that it's so hard to find papers that answer his questions about the assumptions and error bars used by climate scientists. His main preoccupation seems to be modelling, so let's go check out what the IPCC said in Assement 4, WG1, Chapter 8 Climate Models and their Evaluation .

Why lookee there. There's a section of references. That's a surprise.

There are hundreds of papers referenced there. But "a skeptic" couldn't find one?

top

Using nuclear reactors in load following mode

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 5 years ago

From http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file46772.pdf pp76

There is evidence however that nuclear plant can be designed to vary its output if required. In the case of France there are currently 58 Pressurised Water Reactors (PWR) operating, representing about 70% of the installed generation capacity and such plant has to provide flexible output. In load following mode these reactors can vary its output between 25% and 100% of rated output[29]. Load following can be done twice a day acting directly on the nuclear reaction or/and the cooling system. In 2002, 48 PWRs in France operated in a load following mode[30].

The most recent nuclear plant in France (Flamanville 3, in Lower Normandy, EPR design currently under construction) will have considerable response capability[31] being able to maintain its output at 25% and then ramp up to full output at a rate of 2.5% of rated power per minute up to 60% output
and at 5% of rated output per minute up to rated power. This means that potentially the unit can change its output from 25% to 100% in less than 30 minutes.

[29]
      âoeProgrammation pluriannuelle des investissements de production électriqueâ, 29 Janvier 2002, MinistÃre de lâ(TM)économie, des finances et de lâ(TM)industrie
[30]
      âoeRapport sur la durée de vie des centrales nucléaires et les nouveaux types de réacteursâ, 13-14 mai 2003, Parlement franÃais)
[31]
      âoeRapport préléminaire de sÃreté de Flamanville 3, version publiqueâ , EDF, Pg 26 http://www.edf.fr/html/epr/rps/chap01/chap01.pdf

top

Have you Meta Moderated recently?

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Have you Meta Moderated recently? Regular Meta Moderators are more likely to get mod points.

I get this irritating message about once a day.

I haven't had mod points for months.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?