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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Lumpy Re:OMG (259 comments)

That is exactly how congress works. Except the average IQ of congress is around 85.

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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Lumpy Re:OMG (259 comments)

2 out of 5 people are lower IQ than 95. an IQ of 80 is considered barely functional.

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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

Lumpy I refuse to stop! (259 comments)

Because animals are TASTY! In fact I'm going to go have some chicken and cow for lunch... If I choose hotdogs, Then I get Chicken,Cow, Pig, Rat, Squirrel, and Mystery animal all on one!

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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Lumpy Re:FUD filled.... (201 comments)

The 1920 pumphouse at the one I worked at was like that.

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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Lumpy Re:FUD filled.... (201 comments)

"You need Air, Fuel and Spark"

You must not work on many engines then....

Diesel does not need spark.

"but more importantly, neatly all the valves in those plants are controlled by electricity. " And they have geared handwheels on them for emergency backup.. Have you ever been in a Water filtration plant? I worked in one for over 7 years, during that time I had to operate the whole place by myself during two extended power outages, one actually blew up the main transformers on the premise and melted the 7200 volt power lines coming in to run our 350hp electric motors. I had a very hectic 30 minutes to run the 1/2 mile to the other end of the facility during a major thunderstorm to start the generators manually as we did not have auto start back then. Then run all the way back and manually close 4 60" gate valves by hand to shut down half of the water plant as water consumption dropped way down as most of the town was out of power. By the time the emergency response guys showed up and I opened the gates I had the 500,000 Gallon per day pumps running and the water towers in the city above a 75% full point.

What is fun is when you are in a pumphouse and the check valve fails and a 350hp motor is running backwards at full speed and someone does not answer the radio up at the control house and hits START on that motor. the smell of vaporized copper and ozone in the air when the breaker arms exploded and vaporized because 7200 volts at insane amps met a motor running backwards and acting like a direct short. My ears were ringing for a week.

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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Lumpy Re:FUD filled.... (201 comments)

Not hard at all. EMP does not blow up starter motors and does not blow up lead acid batteries. Hell all I have to do is connect jumper cables from the battery to the starter lugs to start the generator.

Granted that's far more difficult for the typical person that cant get past the "I pushed the button, it most be broke" thought process, but that is why most places actually hire competent employees to manage that stuff.

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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Lumpy Re:FUD filled.... (201 comments)

Real transformers dont die from EMP unless it is a direct hit by a megatron.

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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Lumpy FUD filled.... (201 comments)

" disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn't even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps"

Every single water filtration plant has very large diesel generators that can run the place for months without electrical power. And no, a solar flare can not burn out giant motors and generators, all that can be ran easily without the SCADA system. In fact we used to run drills operating the place by hand, as most of the guys that did it from 1940 until 1990 did it mostly by hand.

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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Lumpy Sorry officer... (115 comments)

I was not trying to kill him, I was simply sending him a large amount of high speed data.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Lumpy Death bell tolling for thee.... (318 comments)

People HATE windows 8 because they are trying to force a touch interface on it, most people do not buy touch montiors so it is less than intuitive.. now they want to make it even more touch oriented? unless they are going to send me FREE 27" and 40" 4K touchscreen monitors it's not going to be worth a damn.

STOP TRYING TO UNIFY THE PC AND TABLET/PHONE WORLDS! I am so sick of companies trying to do this, it's a failure an utter failure.

2 days ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Lumpy It's a great weapon. (189 comments)

Honestly, what a fantastic way of completely screwing your enemy. smallpox bombs are a fantastic weapon that will make the people turn on their local government and military as soon as their children start dying.

Biological and Chemical warfare is worse than nuclear warfare, and it's heinous to it's core.

3 days ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Lumpy Re:Yet another reason to turn off Ecmascript (194 comments)

Michigan Amish also have TV sets and Dish TV. I see the dishes cleverly mounted to try and hide them.... The amish are not as pure as they want you to believe.

3 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Lumpy Typical stupid Netflix Executives.... (348 comments)

Instead of announcing they will stop processing on saturday to increase profits. they would have announce it as, "here at netflix we love our employees so starting now we will be giving all of them saturdays off. It's because netflix is an honest company that loves it's employees."

We all know it's as far from the truth as possible, but it's all fluffy and feely that makes people smile..

3 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Lumpy Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (348 comments)

Or those that wants to watch a movie that is not on the streaming side. well over 50% of what I want to watch is not on netflix streaming OR hulu plus.

3 days ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Lumpy Re:DON'T PANIC (95 comments)

The only secure Android phone is what is running Cyanogenmod.

4 days ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Lumpy Re:DROPOUTJEEP backdoor (95 comments)

The MS shills are pretty much whores, I'm betting they paid them $0.03 a mod.

4 days ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Lumpy Re:Huge Caveat! (95 comments)

In other words, over sensationalized slashdot summary carefully glazes over the facts that make it moot.

4 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Lumpy Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (667 comments)

Had a lot of real hands on at least 2 hours myself, in fact Redstone were showcasing how children could find a target and fire it without effort at frigging SPACE CAMP down at Hunstville, AL.

4 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Lumpy Re:Don't buy cheap android (289 comments)

But even high end android sucks. HTC ONE M8 their flagship is jammed packed full of crap from AT&T and HTC. The only way to fix it right now is to install Cyanogenmod Daily Alpha compiles.

Yes running an Unstable CM11 is far better than the HTC Sense crap with the AT&T garbage stapled all over it.

4 days ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Lumpy Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

And they are brain dead easy to run. Army soldiers are not the brightest bulbs in the box.

5 days ago

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Steve Jackson Games to Re Release OGRE by using kickstarter.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "IT seems that many geeks late night prayers have been answered. Steve Jackson Games is going to re release O.G.R.E. as a super deluxe verswion and he is using Kickstarter as a way to get the ball rolling.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847271320/ogre-designers-edition

I for one remember a lot of time spent playing OGRE with friends at school, on the bus, etc.. IT was a dirt cheap paper game back then but was unlike anything else ever released."

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Linux and Windows H.323 Videoconferencing apps?

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "I work with businesses that have Tandberg and Polycom H.323 Videoconferencing gear every day. Many of them are medical companies or research companies here in the USA that communicate with doctors in 3rd world countries that don't have the resources we do here and have asked me if there are any free or open source H.323 video conferencing apps available for linux and Windows. I was able to find one for Mac OSX, xmeeting but It seems that the offerings for Windows and Linux are either nonexistent or hiding.

What do you use for real videoconferencing?"
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Satellite collision might cause problems in space.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lumpy writes "reading my morning RSS feeds I saw this article at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090212/ap_on_sc/satellite_collision about a Russian and American satellite collision in space that has debris that is worrying the ESA and NASA. From the Article — "Scientists are keeping a close eye on orbital debris created when two communications satellites — one American, the other Russian — smashed into each other hundreds of miles above the Earth. NASA said it will take weeks to determine the full magnitude of the unprecedented crash and whether any other satellites or even the Hubble Space Telescope are threatened. The collision, which occurred nearly 500 miles over Siberia on Tuesday, was the first high-speed impact between two intact spacecraft, NASA officials said." Is this a precursor of the fabled "cascade" that everyone has been worrying about might happen in orbit? Granted it was in higher orbit than the ISS and where the shuttle operates, but it may have a HUGE impact on communications if the debris cloud rips apart other satellites."
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Great games to put on a Free PC.

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "I am giving several new Pc's to a local charity that will be giving them to needy kids this Xmas. They are not powerful, basically baseline Dells that have intel graphics and Celeron, but more than enough to do homework and other studies on. They are going out with XP on them, and a Ubuntu CD. as well as a bunch of OSS software like OO.o and the others.. But I would like to include some games for the kids. Strategy, fun, etc... Great freeware games that are fun to play. Anyone have a list of the best games that a 13-16 year old will like to play that are free and legal to give away?"
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Comcast loses lawsuit over moving analog channels

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lumpy (12016) writes "Comcast Lost their lawsuit to move analog channels to the digital tier. http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/01/lawsuit_seeks_to_block_comcast.html#preview Comcast has been trying to move channels around in Michigan claiming they need to move analog channels to the Encrypted digital channels. Their latest attempt was to move the community access channels in the detroit area. Comcast keeps claiming they NEED to do this, but in fact can simply move channels to Unencrypted QAM channels giving them the space they need while eliminating the required Comcast cable box. Almost all TV's sold in the past 5 years can receive unencrypted QAM channels over cable-tv."
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Best USB thumb drive for keychain

Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lumpy writes "After having to replace my 8th USB thumbdrive I have had attached to my key chain in 2 years because of failures I was starting to wonder,What have other slashdotters found as their best choice in a USB thumb drive?

I love having one on my key chain, but 95% of these things have a port cover that gets lost in the first 10 minutes, have a really bad design for attaching to the key chain so you lose the drive completely, or are incredibly bad quality, my last designer leather on with leather cover strap comes to mind.

What do you use for your always with you most important usb thumb drive? What is the most durable that will take getting dropped in a puddle or survive living on a key chain?"
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Lumpy Lumpy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lumpy writes "Lately there has been a HUGE push by Certified Microsoft Professionals and their companies to call clients and warn them of the dangers of open source. This week I received calls from 4 different customers that they were warned that they are dangerously insecure because they run Open Source Operating systems or Software because "anyone can read the code and hack you with ease" they are being told. Other colleagues in the area also have noticed this about 3 Microsoft Partners or so they claim have been going out of their way to strike fear of OSS in companies that respond with "yes we use Open source or Linux" when the sales call comes in. I know this is simply a sales tactic by these companies that will remain nameless, but how do I fix the damage caused by these sales tactics? I have several customers that now want more than my word about the security of the systems that have worked for them flawlessly for over 5-6 years now with minimal expense outside of upgrades and patching for security. Does anyone have a good plan or sources of reliable information that can be used to inform the customer?"

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