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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

InfoJunkie777 Re:Shoot It Into Space? (258 comments)

Okay, I guess it would not work as I thought.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

InfoJunkie777 Re:Shoot It Into Space? (258 comments)

I got an A+ in physics, admittedly in high school, so orbital mechanics were not covered. In any event, I read that the railgun package could be combined with a small rocket, enough to change the orbit to elliptical in the extreme so it would eventually fall into the sun - no? If not, no longer on earth.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

InfoJunkie777 Re:Shoot It Into Space? (258 comments)

I am not "astroturfing". I am fully for nuclear and renewables and against fossil fuels for a multitude of reasons, global warming being supreme. I agree with all the reasons why nuclear has not been used as the dreamers of the 1950's envisioned (nuclear cars and planes). But the railgun idea is not crazy. Unless you think NASA is crazy as well. Link: http://www.csmonitor.com/Scien... (among many).

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

InfoJunkie777 Re:Shoot It Into Space? (258 comments)

I thought we in the Slashdot community were more civil. AND I quite doubt you are qualified to judge my mental health from afar. Be that as it may, if the fuel is "perfectly usable" why were they proposing to bury it in Yucca Mountain for 10,000 years??? Yes, I understand that fuel from some more modern reactors can be re-processed up to 95%. But some of this old stuff has been looking for a home for 50 years.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

InfoJunkie777 Re:Shoot It Into Space? (258 comments)

A little internet research proves you are in error viperiodaenz. I had read about it in SF novels (means nothing, but sometimes the ideas are partially true). I also had read about it in scientific research, as rocket travel is expensive, dangerous and non-reusable. Same tech for 50 years. Cannot change chemical reactions. So I found a couple of links that may help. The first explores the real possibility of a electromagnetic railgun shooting small loads several times a day. If the loads were of a standard size, it would greatly speed up space exploration. One could even build a more modern space station. Here is that link: http://physics.stackexchange.c.... The other is about NASA engineers combining a railgun with a scramjet to make it sazfe for human flight. Completely re-usable. Here that link: http://www.popsci.com/technolo.... So, my idea is not as far-fetched as you thought. As to whether the load can be radioactive waste, those hazards would have to be calculated.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

InfoJunkie777 Re:Common Sense (167 comments)

Where are mod points when you need 'em. Concise and funny.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

InfoJunkie777 Shoot It Into Space? (258 comments)

It may sound far-fetched, but an electromagnetic rail gun would be feasible. Especially if the waste could be made into smaller units. Just aim it into the sun! No more problem. As a side benefit, the technology learned from this could be used to perhaps shoot material into orbit to build spacecraft out THERE, where the high cost of escaping the gravity well of earth would not be present.

about three weeks ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

InfoJunkie777 Re:not in the field, eh? (634 comments)

I am not a programmer. Wanted to be. Too late to start I think.

Garbage! You can start programming in any age just fine. :)

You are right. I want to learn Javascript. I know there is no typing. But useful for what I want to do: web page creation.

about 4 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

InfoJunkie777 Re:not in the field, eh? (634 comments)

Since you're mentioning Intel....doesn't Intel Fortran and Intel C++ share the same optimizer and the same code generator? I wonder what the *real* performance difference would be between those two. Latest Fortran revisions give you some extra array intrinsic operations, but C++ gives you SIMD intrinsics for tuning in some added boost in critical spots. Sounds like a draw to me.

You very well could be right K.S. I am not a programmer. Wanted to be. Too late to start I think. I was just going by what was in the article. I had hoped others would comment on the the "3 modern condenters" but the bulk of comments are in line with the article: "it just works and it is fast and has HUGE libraries and legacy code." From what I could follow Julie seemed the most interesting, but the bugs not out of it yet.

about 4 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

InfoJunkie777 Re:As a Social Science Ph.d. (634 comments)

OP here. Give this man some mod points for FUNNY!

about 4 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

InfoJunkie777 Re:not in the field, eh? (634 comments)

OP here. This is what the article said. Compilers are the key. They have been around a long time. Another key is that commercial compilers (like Intel for example) further increase the speed, as the manufacturers know how to optomize the code for the specific CPU at hand.

about 4 months ago
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Yahoo Censors Tumblr Porn

InfoJunkie777 Re:Third-party opportunity (216 comments)

The people with porn Tumblrs don't need to move, they just need an easy way to be found. Why not a retro, Yahoo-style directory? That's how lots of us found things before search engines got so good. Just start tumblrporn.com (lawyers permitting) and list all the blogs Yahoo doesn't want indexed, in categories. Sell ads. Profit!

As a person who actually USED Yahoo's original search engine, I think this is a wonderful idea, the law permitting, as you so wisely stated. And that it could actually be PROFITABLE as well is intriguing. BTW, you sig is both awesome and sadly totally correct.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

InfoJunkie777 Re:you're an idiot (294 comments)

According to most AV reviews I have read (including CNET), MSE is dead last in effectiveness. As for Avast, I installed it when AVG 2013 refused to install. Haven't looked back since. I am not understanding "bloats and adverts". There are one or two signature updates a day. I see no "adverts". As for "bloat", I see by Task Manager Avast is using only 7 MB of memory. It has caught several viruses, including some real nasty ones. I really like the "boot scan" part. I had not had an AV program with that. The first time I ran it it found 3 Trojans. I think Avast is a good choice. Above AVG in reliability. I use it in conjunction with Threatfire. Seems to be a good harmony. Just my opinion.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Browser In an Age of Surveillance?

InfoJunkie777 Re:Internet Explorer (391 comments)

I always love how people simultaneously believe that the NSA is so technically brilliant that it can collect and analyze every message sent by every random person on earth, but also so stupid that they name their secret backdoor key _NSAKEY.

No shit! I am laughing at most of the comments to this. Especially, those that think anything actually attached to the Internet is in any way secure from an agency like the NSA and DHS. ROFLMFAO The only system that's secured is off, in a safe at an undisclosed location. And today, you better hope you didn't tell yourself where that was because they might try to torture it out of you.

I agree totally. I worked for the NSA in their Army military arm (ASA) way back in the 1970s. The Motto on the wall, no lie, was "In God We Trust, All Others We Monitor." One cannot "secure" the internet unless it is taken "offline". Iran is doing just this in wake of their "worm" attacks on the nuclear facilities.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Planks Would You Want In a Platform of a Political Party?

InfoJunkie777 Re:Off the top of my head (694 comments)

7) outlaw lobbyists

And how do you propose to do that without either 1) running afoul of the 1st amendment's "freedom to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances" bit, or 2) passing an amendment to repeal parts of the 1st?

Not sure I am reading your right. But I don't believe "asking for handouts" that lobbyists to is tantamount to "free speech" for "redress of grievances", as you say. I could be wrong. Did not major in Poli Sci.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

InfoJunkie777 Re:Windows 7 (965 comments)

I actually feel like KDE and Gnome were the traitors, not me. If Windows 9 is anything like Windows 8 I'm going to have a huge problem.

You know the mantra: one good MS release, the next sucks balls, the next good, ad infinitum. So it goes .... Microsoft messed up trying to copy Apples success, but then went beyond that and tried to make Win 8 a "one size fits all" OS. Business users won't be buying, although, from what I hear it is far safer, runs on less resources, and has some improvements over Windows 7. But the whole tile thing (apps) and no "start menu" with no EASY way to start to desktop has pissed off a GREAT many people. Almost universally panned by review writers and consumers alike.

about a year and a half ago
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ExtremeTech Suggest what Google SHOULD have done on Chromebook Pixel

InfoJunkie777 Re:But there are middle choices (2 comments)

Good Point. As should I. Impressed with the Samsung brand of late. They are getting a LOT of things right.

about a year and a half ago
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Pixel Picture Clearer? Google Ports Office-Substitute To Chrome OS, Browser

InfoJunkie777 Re:Does all this make the Pixel make more sense? (158 comments)

some people, yours truly included, prefer the lag-free typing that one gets on a decent-powered desktop app. I have always found lag while using online wordprocessors. They keyboard shortcuts that I use/want-to-use are not present, not properly implemented. There are other reasons. I want to use a stable 'decent' alternate solution which lets me work on the desktop with ease. Right now my choices are limited to LibreOffice and AbiWord/Gnumeric.

I prefer desktop/laptop too. Speed of response is important. I have not tried AbiWord/Gnumeric. Linux family? Have tried LibreOffice and while it is decent, do prefer OpenOffice more. Even used it when I had access to MS Office. More intuitive and even had a couple of tricks MS Office did not have. Granted, at extremes it might not be usable, but for most people and small businesses, it works well.

about a year and a half ago

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Space drive can generate thrust without propellant!

InfoJunkie777 InfoJunkie777 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

InfoJunkie777 (1435969) writes ""A NASA study has recently concluded that the "Cannae Drive," a disruptive new method of space propulsion, can produce small amounts of thrust without the use of propellant, in apparent discordance with Newton's third law.""
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2014 And Scientists Still Using FORTRAN!

InfoJunkie777 InfoJunkie777 writes  |  about 4 months ago

InfoJunkie777 (1435969) writes "When you go to any place where "cutting edge" scientific research is going on, strangely the computer language of choice is FORTRAN, the first computer language commonly used, invented in the 1950's. Meaning FORmula TRANslation, no language since has been able to match its speed. But three new contenders are explored here in the article. Your thoughts Slashdotters?"
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ExtremeTech Suggest what Google SHOULD have done on Chromebook Pixel

InfoJunkie777 InfoJunkie777 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

InfoJunkie777 (1435969) writes "Recently here on Slashdot there has been much discussion (and panning) of the the new Chromebook Pixel, priced at a mere $1,300. I found this article written last week in ExremeTech, entitled "How Google could have given the Chromebook Pixel a fighting chance".

It lists the authors suggestions as to how Google should have done it to ensure great success. Some of these are : Go with a lesser screen for affordability (also using 16:9 ration instead of a "retro" 3:2"; including touchscreen; suggestion emulation program for Android apps; and a Adobe Photoshop Elements-like exclusive app.

Finally, the author suggests that if Google was willing to eat some costs for marketshare on the Google Nexus Tablets and Phone, surely they could eat some on this, or, at least, have a middle offering instead of going from $250 to $1,300!

Your thoughts, Slashdotters?"

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