top Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise
It looks like we will need to find a more feasible way to generate electricity from water, dam it.
top Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"
about a month and a half ago
top Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own
That is a huge amount of water, needing a pretty big pump
.. and a lot of energy
The article says that it uses a next-generation micro-battery! (presumably yet to be invented)
Next-gen, micro-something, molecules, scientist... why are you unwilling to believe?
top City Councilman Resigns Using Klingon
Just what I was thinking.
"Resign" in Klingon would have to be a polite way of saying "took a Bat'leth to the skull".
He is definitely no Klingon.
top Searching The Internet For Evidence Of Time Travelers
Ok, well can we agree that if any of us discovers time travel in the future, we will come back to this point and post on this thread?
...unless, of course, the danger of altering the future is too great.
In that case, just go for the "Frist Post". We will extrapolate from there.
I read a fascinating article on the nature of time a few months ago.
Maybe the idea isn't so crazy after all!
top Oil Train Explosion Triggers Evacuation In North Dakota
I did some work on software used for a corrosion inspection system. The basic idea is that any medium travelling through a pipe corrodes the pipe at a measureable rate. Pipelines have procedures in place to monitor corrosion over time with special attention given to "weak links". There is a lot of careful engineering that goes into building and maintaining a pipeline.
Regarding setting conditions for running a pipeline through a sensitive area:
A review of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline approved the proposal in principle with 209 conditions.
But the public's reaction proves that, for some people, no amount of protection will ever be enough.
I am very concerned that the opposition to pipelines will result in more of these kind of accidents.
It seems to me, from following the Lac Megantic disaster, that the safety protocols on rail lines needs some review.
top Ask Slashdot: What Are the Hardest Things Programmers Have To Do?
Estimating continues to be the bane of my existence.
But the most lost I every was involved trying to estimate a full database data conversion process from an old non-rdbms system.
"Oh but our data is clean", they said.
I spent over a week just fixing / coding for bad date formats.
I asked a senior guy for advice. He suggested something similar:
Come up with a number. Multiple by an arbitrary single digit. Double it. Double it again.
Eventually I learned not to fix bid data conversion. Ever.
top ITER Fusion Reactor On Track To Generating Power By 2028
I agree that fusion power has been 20 years off for at least 60 years now.
We have known the basic principles for a long time so how hard can it be, right?
You just mash some atoms together until they fuse. After lunch we will tackle time travel.
What makes this different is the international consortium of government funding of the project to the tune of $30 BILLION.
Call me naive, but I believe this is going to happen. On time and on budget, well, that is a different question.
top German Court Finds Fantec Responsible For GPL Violation On Third-Party Code
Yes, Fantec was approached in an effort to work it out.
Their initial reaction was to deny everything.
When confronted with undeniable proof, they simply blamed a contractor and said that they were not responsible. ...at least, that's what the articles I read reported.
At that point, what options are left?
top Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers
Ah, I remember my 20s.
I wish I could find that comic. Something like:
Just out of university: "I'm going to change the world!"
After one year at first job in your field: "I'm going to change this company!"
After ten years: "I'm going to change the coffee!"
Iron Man 3 To Debut As a 4DX Film In Japan
Gah! I'm out of mod points!
about a year and a half ago
top Python Family Gets a Triplet Of Updates
cx_Freeze works for 2.x as well.
about a year and a half ago
top Holy iPad Slayer! Company Releases World's First Christian Tablet
You joke but I remember (years ago) seeing an email from a user who took offense at receiving an automated message from an mail "daemon".
He didn't want to receive any further emails from evil automatons.
top World's Most Powerful Optical Microscope
"Among other tiny objects the scientists will be able to examine are anodized aluminum oxide nano-structures, and nano-patterns on Blue-Ray CVC disks, not previously visible with an optical microscope."
Hmmm... Sounds like a DMCA violation to me.
top No More Need To Reboot Fedora w/ Ksplice
Yes! See the last half of this video:
top American Solar Challenge Racers Head For Canada
Very true. If they take a wrong turn and end up 1000km north of Calgary, communications could become a significant concern.
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