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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Hartree When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone? (172 comments)

You mean everything: Doesn't have good coverage in the small town I'm in? Or, the batteries don't last long enough? Or gets roaming charges when in the wrong place?

Yeah... Big win...

3 days ago
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Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector

Hartree Ask and ye shall receive: (55 comments)

This not only discusses it, but has a link to the actual Phys Rev Letters paper. Jester (the blogger) thinks it may be a more mundane explanation, but still an interesting one.

http://resonaances.blogspot.co...

about two weeks ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

Hartree Re:Good news everybody (91 comments)

"like lions and tigers keep their prey genetically healthy by picking off the bad ones, but you got a drug that keeps them away"

I don't think ZMapp is a very good lion or tiger repellant.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Hartree What old technology can't I give up? (635 comments)

Cooked food.

That's a very old technology that I just can't seem to give up.

Steak tartare just doesn't sit well with my tummy, and a glass full of raw eggs for breakfast is right out, regardless of what Rocky thought.

And don't even get me started about raw potatos.

(Clue: Technology is not just electronics.)

about a month ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Hartree Re:An Unconditional Truth (252 comments)

No. There is another.

"Ivanova is god."

about 2 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Hartree Re:Memory Troubles: (582 comments)

In response to shelling from South Ossetia which you somehow don't think of as a violation (of an agreement that only Russia recognized). The history behind that war is long, and each side can come up with justifications.

By your logic, the current war in Gaza wouldn't be considered aggressive because Israel was responding to rocket fire.

It's all aggressive. Your logic seems to be "My guys are good, so they are beyond criticism." Horse hockey.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

Hartree Re:Out of the public domain? (96 comments)

"you'd be rotting in a cell for 25 years."

Mostly because the legal system is so slow it'd take that long to even get to trial.

As an Indian I know joked: "The British gave us stifling bureaucracy, but we PERFECTED it!"

about 2 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Hartree Re:Memory Troubles: (582 comments)

Sounds like you don't just have memory troubles, but factual troubles as well.

Russia is indeed a major player in BRICS, but the Chinese economy is fully 4 times as large. Even Brazil's GDP is greater.

Now, how a dust up in the Ukraine will sink an economic union that the rest of outweighs Russia by 6 to 1 in GDP is beyond me. The Brazillians, Chinese, and Indians are not being heavily impacted by this.

Start learning some history. This is about the fact on the ground that it's extremely difficult to defend Western Russia without having at least a neutral Ukraine. It's just not far enough from Europe to Moscow. The military in Russia has a long memory, and it includes Napoleon and Nazi Germany invading. The Russian high command knows that the defense in depth and the long cold winter retreat in both cases was what let them win. Without the Ukraine they get very nervous.

This conspiracy theory that it's all to undermine BRICS at the behest of the Rothschilds or some other bogeyman/illuminati is laughable.

about 2 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Hartree Memory Troubles: (582 comments)

"The last time the Russians got this aggressive was their invasion of Afghanistan under Jimmy Carter"

I think you're forgetting that they invaded Georgia when George W. Bush was president.

I think that counts as pretty aggressive.

about 2 months ago
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The Truth About Solar Storms

Hartree Re:The failure mode is transformer core saturation (91 comments)

Or, the grid operators could monitor space weather information. (Which they do.)

We have multiple satellite systems (ACE, SOHO, STEREO, etc.) that can detect CMEs nearly as soon as they happen. The travel time to earth, even for the Carrington Event was 18 hours.

With an even shorter warning, you can do a lot to minimize damage.

In that time, you can declare nationwide power emergencies, shed load and shut down vulnerable systems.

Yes, it's ugly and takes time to come back up, but it's a lot better than zapping the whole long distance transmission system.

Much of the really critical infrastructure can disconnect and run on internal generators.

Are there places that will get caught by it? Sure. Will it be a major pain in the kiester? Of course. But it'll hardly be the "Collapse of Civilization"(tm).

about 2 months ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Hartree Re:Say what? (242 comments)

"As the rulebook notes, "witch hunting is not an exact science."

FTFY.

about 2 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Hartree Re:Really now (145 comments)

Exactly!

This is something near and dear to my heart as much of my job is rescuing and refurbing older instruments and lab gear. For an established professor with big grants it's not so big a deal. They can afford to buy the latest and greatest.

For our new professors who are just setting up their labs, reusing older gear can make a huge difference. That's research and grad students they might not have been able to fund otherwise.

I want more people working on the world's problems across the globe rather than just having some select few coming to tech centers in the west and leaving their countries behind.

Here in the US, we're good at coming up with solutions that work in our economy and society. Often, they aren't practical in other parts of the world. Having the research going in those areas tends to lead to solutions that work in those places.

about 3 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Hartree Not a factor: (145 comments)

That's a complete failure of energy usage understanding.

The power use for one supercomputer is nothing compared to that used for even a small oil refinery, or steel mill (which all of those countries have).

When you have massive data centers like Google or the like, power cost becomes a big factor. This is only 40 racks total plus a high speed switch.

Any of those countries can easily afford the power for 40 racks of even pretty inefficient computer gear.

about 3 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Hartree Re:Really now (145 comments)

Horse hockey.

South Africa (one of the destinations) is the tech hub of southern Africa and has long been highly competitive with Europe and the Americas in research and industry.

Supercomputers can be used for all sorts of problem solving and are part of the basic modern scientific infrastructure. You don't have to have the utter best and fastest to still be very useful.

To keep at the cutting edge you have to get ever faster systems. But most day to day research work doesn't need that much horsepower. (full disclosure: I work for the chemistry department at a major US university. I'm in the same group that supports research computation, though I do lab instrument repair)

How do you propose to train and keep researchers to solve the problems of those countries if there are no facilities?

Are you saying that they should shut down everything in their research centers and universities until every problem is solved? That's like locking the toolbox until the car is fixed. Doesn't make much sense does it?

That's like saying you should shut down US universities and research labs until we take care of the many civil problems we still face (poverty and crime ridden areas, for example)

about 3 months ago
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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

Hartree Re:Well (158 comments)

"Nobody else around here lets that kind of thing stop them."

He didn't let it stop him either.

about 3 months ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Hartree Re:Who cooks at 800C ? (228 comments)

"your very own kitchen smelter is terrifying"

I must admit, I've used my oven more for preheating cast iron for welding and low temp curing of refractory than I've done for baking lately. But smelting in it is a bit much even for a lunatic like me.

about 3 months ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Hartree 800C? WTF???? (228 comments)

Is this due to unfamiliarity with Centigrade?

All the food baking I've done is well below 260C (500F).

800C (1472F) is cherry red can melt a lot of metals.

It's in the range you would use a muffle furnace or kiln to get.

about 3 months ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Hartree Well, now that's simple: (567 comments)

If we get rid of all the farmers, not only will we have unity of ideas, but everyone will starve so we've solved anthropogenic global warming.

Of course, even at this point it may well take a long time for the existing effects to reverse, but we can rest easy in our graves. ;)

(Extreme tongue in cheek warning for the humorless bastards on both sides of this flamepit topic who'd take anything seriously no master how ridiculous.)

about 3 months ago
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Facial Recognition Might Be Coming To Your Car

Hartree Great: (131 comments)

Now my insurance company will want access to that data to verify that I'm not loaning my car to anyone.

about 3 months ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

Hartree Further Developments: (192 comments)

After anchoring its right to the South China Sea with islands constructed from Chinese materials, China has begun investigating the use of other purely Chinese items in the rest of the world.

As such, China is announcing an air defense identification zone surrounding all zoos containing giant pandas. In particular, all aircraft entering or departing the airspace in the 5 miles surrounding the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. will now have to file a flight plan with China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration, and maintain regular two way radio contact. In case of aircraft not following these guidelines, China reserves the right to take Emergency Defensive Measures.

about 3 months ago

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This American Life Retracts Episode on Apple Factories in China

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "This American Life aired an episode in January about visiting Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen China that supplies Apple with iPhones and iPads. It was the most downloaded of all of its episodes.

That show helped prompt Apple to release, for the first time, a list of its suppliers and allow outside audits of working conditions at its suppliers. (Discussed here on a previous Slashdot story.)

This American Life has now retracted the episode after finding out that Mike Daisey, whose visit to the factory the show was based on, fabricated portions of the story. This included a number of minor items, but also major ones such as his saying that he personally met underage workers and those poisoned by hexane exposure.

To set the record straight, this weekend's episode of This American Life will present how they were mislead into airing a flawed story.

TAL's press release (pdf) is here."

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FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "Ars Technica reports: The anonymous operative that recorded a conference call by the FBI and other international cybecrime units has been arrested in Ireland.

This is due to information apparently provided to the FBI by Sabu, the LulzSec head who was named and indicted earlier today along with several other members.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed during the intercepted call was delaying UK court cases to avoid interfering with a major operation that the NY FBI was planning.

Ironically, that operation was the investigation leading to Sabu and LulzSec's arrest earlier today. That also lead to the arrest of the person recording that very call."

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FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "Ars Technica reports: The anonymous operative that recorded a conference call by the FBI and other international cybecrime units has been arrested in Ireland.

This is due to information apparently provided to the FBI by Sabu, the LulzSec head who was named and indicted earlier today along with several other members.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed during the intercepted call was delaying UK court cases to avoid interfering with a major operation that

Ironically, that operation was the investigation leading to Sabu and LulzSec's arrest earlier today. That also lead to the arrest of the person recording that very call."

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WHO: Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "A World Health Organization group of experts doing a review of previous studies concluded that they could not rule out the the possibility that cell phones increase brain cancer risk. The judge the possibility to be great enough to warrant measures to reduce exposure. Hands free operation or testing were mentioned."
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