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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Eunuchswear Re:Many languages and... (725 comments)

Maybe you'd better stick to Cobol then.

13 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Eunuchswear Re:Ask Slashdot (252 comments)

Huh? Sausage, bacon, fried egg, baked beans, tomato, fried bread. (I don't much like the black pudding).

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Eunuchswear Re:Offsite. (252 comments)

Let me know when you find a DVD copy of "Let me tell ya 'bout Black Girls".

yesterday
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Eunuchswear Re: Ebola Spreading: Slums connected by Travel (119 comments)

Spreading across the "pepper coast" via land connections: The area from Guinea to Ghana seems to be relatively sparsely populated with exception of a few cities.

You somehow missed the Ivory Coast, population 20 million? Not all urban, the biggest city, Abidjan has a population of 4.5 million.

And these cities are now basically disconnected from international air traffic.

Monrovia currently has flights to Brussels and Casablanca.

Conacry has flights to Paris and Casablanca.

Freetown has flights to Brussels and Casablanca.

So, not quite disconnected.

yesterday
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Eunuchswear Re: +-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

When the pandemic runs its course and stabilizes over the pool of potential infected, the final mortality will rather be 65-75%. Now consider what a few thousand infected will do to the healthcare system of any so-called developped country, and you'll realize that even your standards for rudimentary care are optimistic. The hubris in your opinion is palpable.

So your contention is that the health systems of Liberie, Guinea and Seirra Leone were better prepared for this problem than those of first world countries?

2 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Eunuchswear Re:+-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

imagine 1/3 of the USA or the first world dying?

That's the "happy end" of John Brunner's "The Sheep Look Up".

2 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Eunuchswear Re:Easy to contain (119 comments)

Embargo completely those countries were it is currently at. No one in, no one out.

A couple of weeks ago that would have included the US, the UK and Spain.

2 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Eunuchswear Re:Good episode of Frontline (119 comments)

While there is a certain amount of local ignorance or incapacity of hygiene going on here

By "here" you mean slashdot, right?

Because I've read a shitload of stuff in this discussion that makes the average inhabitant of Monrovia look like a qualified virologist.

2 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Eunuchswear Re:Good episode of Frontline (119 comments)

90% of the infected die.

For values of 90 that are less than or equal to 50.

2 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Eunuchswear Re:Good episode of Frontline (119 comments)

Liberia has some 4million people and borders are only lines on a map.

Both true, but -

Everybody in Africa knows that running into the forest is how you die - there is nothing to eat there.

People leave their villages when forced out at gunpoint or in face of serious problems like drought. Not a tiny problem like disease, which is omnipresent.

2 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Eunuchswear Re:+-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

It takes three medical support people to keep an Ebola patient clean, dry, hydrated, fed

Yes, but those same 3 can deal with up to 10-20 other patients at the same time.

And three more armed and dangerous army types to defend you while you do it

No. because not all the world is the one against all hobseian hellhole that the US pretends it is.

2 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Eunuchswear Re:+-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

This strain kills 90%

Rubbish. Around 50% with rudimentary treatment.

2 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Eunuchswear Re:+-2000 deaths? (119 comments)

All it takes is a couple of people who 'aren't infected, just look' (there are a few days of little-to-no symptoms) to bribe some official to get on some plane or past a border check.

Except that's already happened.

In the middle of a hospital doctors strike in the receiving country.

And the receiving country was Nigeria, not a country with a first world health system.

And we've had 21 infected and 7 deaths so far.

So don't panic yet.

2 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Eunuchswear Re: hahaaa.... (182 comments)

From my mums point of view it revolutionised education.

Though she was always pissed that Myra Hindley graduated the same year as her with a better degree. :-(

2 days ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Eunuchswear Re: hahaaa.... (182 comments)

The same thing that happened to the 1950's and 1960's era dream of delivering education by television,

So, you never heard of the Open University?

3 days ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

Eunuchswear Re:power consumption? (206 comments)

When going from a 32-bit to a 64-bit architecture, you certainly need the code to be properly optimized for the new target architecture. For instance, if you do not use the new instructions, it is unlikely you will see a major performance improvement.

There is absolutely no reason to expect a 64 bit architecture to be faster than a 32 bit architecture unless you are doing a lot of 64 bit operations, or need more than 4G of RAM.

3 days ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Eunuchswear Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (764 comments)

So, when you said:

It doesn't help when emails are leaked from one of the universities doing a lot of the work on it that indicate data was purposely ignored in favor of making their models work and so on.

you knew that was a lie and now you're throwing up a smokescreen of irrelevant rubbish in order to hide it.

Another dishonest debater. End of conversation.

3 days ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

Eunuchswear Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

That's not a "con". Sanity requires ECC RAM.

4 days ago

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

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  about 3 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?"

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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."

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BT worth GBP 30 billion less than its wires

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 2 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."

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Has Slashdot been trolled by Fox News?

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 3 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?"
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Slashdot trolled by Fox News

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 3 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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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Using nuclear reactors in load following mode

Eunuchswear Eunuchswear writes  |  more than 4 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

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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.

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