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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

MightyYar Re:Well that's a start... (157 comments)

They'll be too busy fighting over the space they get in the Capitol basement.

yesterday
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

MightyYar Re:Hmmm ... (163 comments)

Arid areas aren't usually high-humidity.

yesterday
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

MightyYar Re:There are still any payphones to replace ? (106 comments)

They have AC power. Since these things are spaced at roughly 250ft, they don't all need to be connected to gigabit. I'm sure they could work out some kind of a mesh network. On the other hand, regular WiFi is very saturated in NYC. I wish them luck.

yesterday
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

MightyYar Re:Yeah, right... (458 comments)

It's a very complicated situation, with many factors. You are absolutely correct - the "immigrant mentality" is with her and her family, and they work very hard and emphasize education. It's no mistake that she and her siblings went to excellent schools and have advanced degrees. At the same time, she definitely runs into racism. And I'm more sensitive to it than I used to be - I notice it now where I didn't in the past.

The good news in all of this is that things seem to be improving rapidly. The militantly "all white" neighborhoods are now integrating. Affluent people are moving into what used to be a war zone (gentrification). You see mixed-race groups of friends much more commonly than in the past. Millennials seem a lot less hung up on race. It's hard to believe that my wife was born a year after interracial marriage became legal in the entire US. There's still a lot to do, but wow. We even have a half-black, half-white President - same as my kids.

2 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

MightyYar Re:Oh fark off (554 comments)

No, Snotnose was claiming that the money just went into the general fund, so raising the gas tax wouldn't make more funds available for highways. I disagree with that assertion. 100% of our gas tax money DOES go into roads and bridges. It does NOT just get dumped into the general fund, "pissed away on politician's whims."

Now, it is entirely possible that he is specifically referring to California only. I don't really know the facts in CA, but a cursory Google search seems to indicate that only 64% of California's road costs are covered by the gas tax and tolls.

2 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

MightyYar Re:Oh fark off (554 comments)

Spending was greater than revenue. $53 > $39.

I think we must be having some kind of miscommunication, because that was exactly my point. "Snotnose" was claiming that "100% of our gas tax" is not going to roads and bridges. In fact, we spend all of it and then some more on top of it.

2 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

MightyYar Re:Oh fark off (554 comments)

Your numbers are equal: $39 billion. What difference are you talking about?

3 days ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

MightyYar Re:Yeah, right... (458 comments)

The issue is that black IT people are hard to come by.

Being employed is not the only metric here. If you read The Fine Article, it describes an uncomfortable working atmosphere and lower average salary.

3 days ago
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Boeing Readies For First Ever Conjoined Satellite Launch

MightyYar Re:Great (67 comments)

That was the original point that PPH made. My counter-point was meant to show that it's not so simple as "oh, no, twice the loss" when there are other variables to consider.

To be explicit, doubling the payload adds no additional risk if all other things are equal. Assuming a 1 in 10 launch failure, 10 launches of a single payload rocket would give you 9 satellites boosted and 1 destroyed vs 18 boosted and 2 destroyed. The ratio is exactly the same.

So if the success ratio is the same and you roughly halve your launch costs, it becomes a no-brainer.

3 days ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

MightyYar Re:Yeah, right... (458 comments)

My wife is black, but grew up in the Caribbean. She grew up as the majority in her country and definitely lacks the hard-to-pin-down worldview that you describe. Even so, she recognizes that racism is alive and well in the US and feels that part of her professional success is due to being married to a white guy, and thus other white people feel that she is more approachable. I think she is right, sadly.

3 days ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

MightyYar Re:RTG (87 comments)

But then we would have polluted the asteroid with radioactivity, rendering it inhospitable to all but mutant life.

4 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

MightyYar Re:Oh fark off (554 comments)

Grrr... I meant "less than or equal" of course.

4 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

MightyYar Re:Oh fark off (554 comments)

I'm failing to see the big disagreement in our figures? You claim 0.75*$53=$39 billion in spending and I claimed $43 in 2012. I suspect the difference is probably in what categories I included vs what you did, and my data was 2 years old. You claim $39 billion in revenue and I claimed "around $30 billion". Either way, your numbers or mine, income from gas tax is lower than spending on highways, which is counter to "Snotnose's" claim.

4 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

MightyYar Re:Oh fark off (554 comments)

This does not square with the facts. Total highway spending was under $43 billion in 2012. Total gas tax was around $30 billion.

5 days ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

MightyYar Re:Kernel mess (118 comments)

They overlapped 7 development with 8 for 3 years! I'm all for deliberate, incremental changes, but you had 3 whole years to think, "Huh, I wonder if this code will work on 8?" and then fix it. Do you think that the OS should be backward-compatible forever? You can always run 7 in a jail if you are really hard up.

5 days ago
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Boeing Readies For First Ever Conjoined Satellite Launch

MightyYar Re:Great (67 comments)

In addition, this is just the payload package - not the launch vehicle. Apparently this is compatible with the Delta IV, Atlas V, Ariane 5, Proton, and Sea Launch.

about a week ago
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Boeing Readies For First Ever Conjoined Satellite Launch

MightyYar Re:Great (67 comments)

Half as many launches means half as many chances to blow up.

about a week ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

MightyYar Re:Yeah, right... (458 comments)

The same could be true of blacks unfortunately.

Sure, it "could" be. I'd argue that a simpler explanation is that IT is not insulated from the ills that infect the rest of society.

The article also goes on with other grievances, but I wanted to point to the salary gap because it is a number rather than a "feeling".

about a week ago

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MightyYar MightyYar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MightyYar (622222) writes "Apparently Al Gore's home energy use has actually increased since he made "An Inconvenient Truth", according to The Tennessee Center for Policy Research. While this organization is certainly not apolitical and I am a bit skeptical about their claims, if true this would give Gore critics further ammunition — he would indeed appear to be an elitist hypocrite, willing to preach to us about how to live without following his own advice. For us geeks, the Drudge Report gives us the numbers."

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