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Report: Nuclear Plants Should Focus On Risks Posed By External Events

HangingChad Re:already done (117 comments)

Given the situation, the outcome was quite easily predictable.

If it was that easy FP&L would be making plans to close Turkey Point instead of expand it. That whole site is going to be underwater and, before that happens, there's going to be a storm surge high enough to swamp it. That's a guarantee which seems to fly in the face of your supposition.

I worked in the nuclear industry for nearly a decade. What I saw with my own eyes could best be described as straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel.

2 days ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

HangingChad And people get mad (131 comments)

And people get mad when I say NASA has devolved into a collection of risk adverse mid-managers loosely connected to a rusting theme park endlessly replaying clips of their glory days. Their best days are behind them and it's time to think about reorganizing the entire agency.

3 days ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

HangingChad I wonder how long it would've taken NASA? (49 comments)

That is flat freaking amazing. NASA does some pretty cool stuff, but I can't help but wonder how many billions it would have cost taxpayers for them to manage development of technology like that? It's hard not to see NASA as an organization with its best days well behind it.

5 days ago
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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

HangingChad Wait (39 comments)

Wasn't this the opening scene for Jurassic Park?

about a week ago
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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

HangingChad Not effective (216 comments)

This kind of mass data collection on everyone is a huge waste of resources. The more people you add to a database, the less relevant it becomes for anything. People who know trade craft, know how to cover their tracks and pollute big data. So this is basically a giant database of amateurs, stupid crooks and ordinary civilians.

Another problem with big data are the large numbers of errors. I've run big databases where users were motivated to provide good data and there were still gaps in the data, misspelled names, numbers transposed, and some entries locked out because they were trying to enter duplicate primary keys. Travel data is coming in fast, I can't imagine what the exception reports look like every day.

about a week ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

HangingChad This illustrates my problem with creationism (77 comments)

Religious people claim we were designed by god That seems hard to believe when engineering improvements like this can be made so easily. Our skulls are too soft, our field of vision and range of motion is fairly limited. If the Great Engineer in the sky really did design human beings, it seems like he or she could have done a better job. We have features that give us a competitive advantage over other animals, nothing more.

about two weeks ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

HangingChad I'm one of those people (154 comments)

and because it's so realistic it can make some people (not everybody) feel nauseated if they start doing it for extended periods of time.

I had to quit playing FPS games for that very reason. I would get nauseous after a few minutes until I started taking ginger pills, which also work for me on boats. Can't rule out that it's not purely psychological but they worked whatever the reason.

Apparently ancient Chinese mariners used to use ginger for seasickness, but they all died anyway and didn't respawn. Obviously didn't do them a lot of good, did it?

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

HangingChad Re:All we really know so far (752 comments)

I was just showing up to ask if anyone else first thought this story was about the original Malaysia Airlines plane? It was seriously confusing for a few seconds.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

HangingChad As we suspected (277 comments)

SOE's president, John Smedley, has admitted that the expiration notices were being sent to an "unread email" address.

The same one used for customer service inquiries.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

HangingChad They're not a corporation (223 comments)

Until they incorporate they're not entitled to free speech or religious exemptions.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

HangingChad Re:As a Quebecer... (247 comments)

Our billionaires mostly do things like wearing clown noses in space or union-busting convenience stores.

Not all our billionaires do things. We have a pair from Kansas who thinks they can buy themselves a government. So far they're winning.

about three weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

HangingChad Everybody skips the interesting bits (299 comments)

Not only did Harold get a dose that was way beyond the LD50 for humans, he lived for 11 more years and died of unrelated causes. His pastor had to convince people he was safe to be around.

Harold was far from the only Tri-Cities nuclear celebrity. There were also stories about guys who would drop their pants and squat over reactor vents until their balls got a little burned. Think of it like a nuclear vasectomy. I never documented any of those stories but there were a lot of them and worse.

One thing I did personally document was that, adjusted for age, the cancer rate for people who worked at Hanford was not statistically higher than that of the general population.

I achieved my own personal notoriety there by accidentally leaving my dosimeter in my shaving kit and leaving that on an orange Fiestaware platter that was so hot it would light up a pancake meter on three scales. A few weeks later I get a panic call from Rad Services asking if I'm okay. Hehe. God, I hated that place.

about three weeks ago
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Chinese Company '3D-Prints' 10 Buildings In One Day

HangingChad Bigger than a tiny house (118 comments)

Those structures are bigger and sturdier than a tiny house with the added advantage of being made from recycled building materials.

The real question is structural strength and integrity and what agents are they using to make the mix dry fast. The Chinese could be using some nasty chemicals that wouldn't fly in building materials over here (Chinese drywall anyone?).

Still, if the units end up being even roughly equivalent to poured concrete, I could see living in a printed house, no problem.

about a month ago
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Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

HangingChad Not news for anyone in the business (121 comments)

Talk about a headline from the No Screaming Shit Department, of course happier programmers are going to do a better job. There's no motivation to do your job well when you're miserable. That's why the team dynamics are more important than individual skill. I've seen one hot-shot programmer with great coding skills and horrendous personal skills totally undermine the team dynamic. No amount of skill makes up for being an arrogant ass.

about a month ago
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Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

HangingChad About time (276 comments)

It's okay having a no fly list but not having a way to appeal being on it is an abomination. The irony is that sometimes actual terrorists are allowed to fly so they don't get tipped off the US is watching them. That's downright brilliant there. If the US is going to ban someone from traveling, they need to admit it and provide an appeals process.

about a month ago
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Smartphones To Monitor Schizophrenics

HangingChad Useful Technology (99 comments)

As someone who used to answer the 911 psych calls for our volunteer FD in a rural area, a voluntary app like this could be really useful. Where we lived back then first responders were the only regular checks a lot of the psych cases ever got. By the time someone called 911, they were way off the sanity reservation. Then law enforcement got involved and packed them off to primary care. They'd stabilize on their meds, the hospital would cut them loose because they didn't have insurance, sometimes with a couple days worth of meds, and we'd start the cycle all over again. Anything that would alert medical personnel that someone was having a problem and find a way to get them some help before we got a call that they were chasing cows around in the pasture bare ass naked would be a good thing.

I learned that rural areas are full of crazy people because the cost of living is lower and they could be crazy and not bother as many people. It was kind of surprising to find out how many of our neighbors were genuinely, seriously out there howling at the moon loony tunes (technical medical jargon).

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

HangingChad Re:Ummm (364 comments)

Google, how the fuck is this not evil?

They're using very small values of evil.

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

HangingChad Re:SHeriff Michael Gayer (875 comments)

Violence has been trending down for decades

You can't support that conclusion definitively. What's positively been changing for decades is the way police report crimes. That, combined with the sheer numbers of people we're imprisoning, might be contributing to a drop overall level of crime but until there are uniform reporting guidelines, that conclusion is, at best, fragile.

Around here if someone shoots holes in your apartment, unless someone is hit, it gets reported as vandalism, even though most sane people would agree that's a gun crime. If someone pulls a gun on you here, unless it's accompanied by a threat or robbery, it's not considered a gun crime. There was a big stink in the paper about it a few months ago that involved dozens of local PDs. How many other PDs are playing similar games with their crime statistics? Nobody knows for sure. Since that's where the FBI gets their statistics, then garbage in, garbage out would apply.

about a month and a half ago
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GoDaddy Files For $100 Million IPO

HangingChad Re:Not profitable (110 comments)

Their customer service sucks and their website (last I checked) is a hot mess.

Slashdot moderation needs an Understatement rating. GoDaddy is to domain registrars what Comcast is to the cable industry.

about a month and a half ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

HangingChad Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

What happened to hiring the best person for the job?

I used to work for a state agency that was under-represented in black employees when compared to the surrounding population. It was a matter of some concern until HR did an audit and found the percentage of African-American employees at the agency was proportional with the number of applicants. There was no systematic discrimination against blacks, they simply weren't applying for the jobs in the same numbers. So then HR switched to having job fairs in African-American communities and encouraging more people of color to apply for jobs. That didn't work, either. HR, which was by far the most racially diverse department in the agency, finally just said the bureaucratic version of "fuck it" and went back to business as usual. All that shit storm and concern over nothing.

about 2 months ago

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Why is Google Funding Grover Norquist, Heritage Action and ALEC?

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about 8 months ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its “don’t be evil” motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers. Voluntary disclosures indicate Google has given money to groups like the Cato Institute, Heritage Action and the Federalist Society among others."
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IDC Predicts Tablets Will Outsell PCs in Q4 2013

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about a year ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "The gurus at IDC have put together their market forecast for the fourth quarter of this year and they’re predicting that the worldwide smart connected device market, comprised of PCs, tablets, and smartphones, is forecast to grow 27.8% year over year in 2013. The “PC” segment includes both desktop computers and what they call “portable” computers. IDC says that PCs will still outship tablets for the 2013 calendar year, but the trend is definitely shifting toward mobile devices with tablet shipments to surpass total PC shipments (desktop plus portable PCs) in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13)."
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Intel Profit Shrinks 27 Percent On Dreadful PC Sales

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about a year and a half ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Intel reported earnings on Tuesday that were down nearly 27 percent from a year ago on slumping PC sales. Worldwide PC sales dropped by 5 percent in just the 4th quarter and are down 2.5 percent for all of 2012. Intel managed to beat earnings in Q3 2012 but the numbers are still dismal.

Speculation is that customers are replacing PCs with tablets and other connected devices."

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Nanoparticles Stop Multiple Sclerosis In Mice

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about a year and a half ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Scientists have used nanoparticles covered in proteins to trick the immune system to stop attacking myelin and halt the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

The nanoparticles, about 200 times thinner than a human hair, are made from the same material as dissolving stitches. Scientists compare the process an immune system "reboot". The process keeps the immune system from treating myelin as an alien invader and to stop attacking it."

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Microsoft Admits Surface Tablet Might Alienate Partners

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  about 2 years ago

HangingChad writes "Microsoft this week admitted that its upcoming Surface tablet might hurt its relationships with PC maker partners. As first noted by the New York Times, Redmond said in a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that "our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.""
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Who's Controlling Our Vital Information Systems?

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Gary Lyndaker talks about Janine Wedel's "Shadow Elite". About how our information infrastructure is increasingly being sold off to the low bidder. Contracting in state and federal government is rampant, leaving more and more of our nation's vital information in the hands of contractors, many of whom have their own agenda and set of rules. From the article: "Over 25 years, as an information systems developer, manager, and administrator in both state and private organizations, I have increasingly come to the conclusion that we are putting our state's operations at risk and compromising the trust of the people of our state by outsourcing core government functions." I've seen the same thing in my years in government IT, ironically much of it as a contractor. My opinion is this is a dangerous trend that needs to be reversed. We're being fleeced while being put at risk."
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What tech tools are in your black bag?

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Now that my latest gig is winding down, I'm thinking about starting my own PC repair and network support business instead of another managerial position or going back to consulting. I've run my own business before so I'm already familiar with the realities of licensing, insurance and advertising, and I've got enough capital to get started. I'm planning on taking some classes to sharpen my hands-on skills even though I already build my own PC's. I wanted to ask some of the tech types here, what are the essential components of your black bag tool kit? What software tools would you consider essential? What's in your hardware tool bag? And what, if any, spare hardware supplies do you routinely stock (power supplies, spare hard drives and spare memory would seem to be no-brainers)? And what areas of that field are most requested (forensics, data recovery, PC repair, laptop repair)? I'm leaning toward a mobile service model instead of a bench top retail store, so I'll have to carry with me what I need.

It's almost inevitable I end up providing this service for family and friends anyway, I figured it's a good time to consider trying it for a living."
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Banks Harvesting Social Media Data?

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Roger Thompson describes on his blog, also reported here, an experience that may point to banks and credit card companies aggregating data from social media sites. Before the corporate apologists step up with their usual "if you don't want to make it public don't post it" line, think about that for a second. And ask what's next? Are they going to start reading your email? Logging your cell phone calls? Is social media a public web site, or a convenient way to keep in touch with family and friends and where do we draw the line on corporate data aggregation? I'm thinking right here might be a good place."
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Secession Goes Mainstream

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "MarketWatch makes a logical case for secession. Just because we started out united doesn't mean we need to stay that way. There are a lot of advantages for letting red state America go their own way. Why not? The only thing "united" about the United States is the name."
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Net Neutrality Gets Political

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Republicans are mounting opposition to net neutrality as federal regulators prepare to vote this month on regulations that would prevent discrimination against certain types of internet traffic. Democrats say the rules will keep phone companies from discriminating against Internet calling services and stop cable TV providers from hindering online video applications. Meanwhile in the Senate, the top Republican on the Commerce Committee, Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas, is considering legislation that would prohibit the FCC from developing net neutrality rules."
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Is Intel Killing 12 in Displays On Netbooks?

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HangingChad writes "Dell has retired their 12-inch Intel Atom-powered netbooks, they said today. The official reason — "It really boils down to this: for a lot of customers, 10-inch displays are the sweet spot for netbooksLarger notebooks require a little more horsepower to be really useful." Or is the real reason that 12 in displays on netbooks cut into Intels more profitable dual core market and Dell's profit margins on higher end machines?"
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FBI and US Marshalls Hit By Virus

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HangingChad writes "Law enforcement computers were struck by a mystery computer virus Thursday, forcing the FBI and the U.S. Marshals to shut down part of their networks as a precaution.

Apparently the case files are kept on an isolated system and critical data was not impacted. Though it did force them to shut down their email and internet connections for a short time."

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Recession Catches Up To Tech Jobs

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HangingChad writes "Once thought to be somewhat recession-proof, tech jobs have been getting slashed as companies look to trim budgets. From the CNNMoney article: "After three years of at least 2.5% employment growth in the United States, tech jobs are forecast to decline by 1.2% this year, according to Forrester Research. They have already fallen by nearly 1% since their November peak, according to the Labor Department. Year to date, 8,000 tech jobs have been slashed, including 4,100 just last month."

We're not anticipating any layoffs and I'm not seeing a lot of top flight programming talent on the bench. Not even certain how noticeable a 1.2% decline would be in our industry. Anyone else feeling the pinch?"

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IBM Takeover of Sun In Final Stages

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HangingChad writes "It appears IBM and Sun are mere days away from announcing a deal. As the details emerge it would appear to be more of an outright take over than a merger. It would mean Websphere, JAVA, StarOffice, and MySQL under one big blue roof. Dell sees it as an opportunity in the server market and Sun servers running with the IBM label on Dell hardware certainly would be an attractive combination. But it's difficult not to notice that the product stack this would give IBM could be leveraged for corporate desktops running Linux. That's provided the deal gets past anti-trust review. Previous Slashdot coverage here."
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Dealing with strong personalities and opinions

HangingChad HangingChad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HangingChad (677530) writes "Hang around Slashdot for five minutes and you'll discover that many in the tech field have strong opinions, frequently coupled with equally strong personalities and seasoned with a dash of ego. As a tech manager you frequently have to balance application changes management wants with difficult programmer and designer personalities who sometimes react like you're attacking their baby. What makes it tricky is sometimes both sides have a point. At times the changes management is asking for really are a poor choice. My attitude is they're paying the bills and I'll make the best counter-argument I can, but if they remain determined then give it to them, even if I personally disagree. Then I wind up getting it from the programmers and designers. These aren't necessarily issues related to ethics or security, sometimes the most vitriol arises from things as simple as a difference of opinion about a page layout.

I've consulted with a few companies in the recent past that have actually outsourced development because they had difficulty finding and retaining quality programmers and then found them difficult to work with.

One of the challenges of being a tech manager is refereeing between opposing viewpoints bumping into large egos. Replacing quality programmers is not always easy, even if they're being annoying. Productivity suffers. My questions for the other managers here, what tricks do you have for managing difficult personalities and where do you draw the line? For programmers, when you feel management doesn't appreciate your masterpiece of development, how could your managers frame communication so the topic is less threatening? There has to be some means of compromise that doesn't let developers dictate to management which is the tail wagging the dog, or being brutish and insensitive, sending valuable but bitter employees home to polish their collection of assault rifles. And is the vitriol and clash of egos we take for granted here at Slashdot discouraging some companies from in-house development?"

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