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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

MondoGordo and they can be incredibly compact.... (166 comments)

Actually no ... the underground storage tanks are very large and necessitate a relatively large footprint for the station (the tanks cannot be under a road or building) ... regardless of the presence or absence of any kind of retail space.

8 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

MondoGordo Advice to my younger self considering an IT career (524 comments)

Become a plumber. - better hours, comparable pay, healthier lifestyle, & your job will never be off-shored or out-sourced,

yesterday
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

MondoGordo Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

IANAL either but as i understand it ... under UK Copyright law there is no "fair use" exception.

about a week ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

MondoGordo Re:Uninformed NIMBY (409 comments)

Science fiction has a proven track record of becoming science fact and technological reality ...

about three weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

MondoGordo Re:More NIMBY (409 comments)

What worries me is idiots who think diseases will never make there way to their part of the world if they just keep sticking their head in the sand.

Not sure if you were suggesting that I'm an idiot with my head in the sand ... or if it was just a general observation, but since the rest of your comment was reasonably cogent and on point I will assume the latter and respond in kind. MRSA, VISA SARS etc ... DO SCARE ME WAY more than the possibility of Ebola becoming a widespread problem ... but I also think that the level of your faith in "the world's premier pathogen research lab" is naive ... people make mistakes, they fail to follow protocol, they have agendas beyond what they publicize, no matter where they work. Bad things do happen. A 10-20 percent mortality rate (the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic ) is manageable, a 50-90% mortality rate isn't. The highly mutable nature of Ebola presents us with the non-zero risk that it could become an airborne pathogen .. the likelihood is small, it's far more likely that it would mutate into a far less virulent form, but the risk is there.

The arrogance that I was referring to was the arrogance that the only medical facility good enough to do the research is here in the US. You know there are modern hospitals in Africa, right ? And the smart folks can go there ? And everything else they need can be transported there? There is no earthy reason to transport a big wet bag of living Ebola virus to the US.

The stupidity is in the assumption that no one will break containment, that everything will go according to plan and that we can predict the outcome of this endeavor.

I hope you're right and nothing bad happens ... but I have very little faith in a government that routinely says one thing and does another ... in medical research labs that are more concerned with the question of "can we do this?" than the question "should we do this ?", in containment and control protocols that have been ignored or circumvented in the past and in people who will pursue their own agenda to the detriment of everyone else.

about three weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

MondoGordo and is very unlikely to come anywhere near you in (409 comments)

After it gets to Atlanta, it'll be 4 thousand miles closer than it was before. That's pretty damn near ...

about three weeks ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

MondoGordo Re:More NIMBY (409 comments)

Ebola is not highly communicative,

True ... it hardly ever talks !!! I think you meant "communicable" ... and "highly communicable" is a relative term ... HIV is not highly communicable, but millions of people have it worldwide. Ebola is as easily transmitted as HIV; arguably more easily, (no one ever got HIV from hugging someone) but it kills you insanely fast and there is no treatment. Deliberately transporting people infected with it to this continent, seems arrogant at best and monumentally and criminally stupid at worst.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

MondoGordo Re:Two Steps (113 comments)

Truly awesome sig ..

about three weeks ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

MondoGordo Re:What a silly title ... (115 comments)

nice straw-man you built there ... a single shared property does not the same thing make ... a platypus and a duck are not the same species just because they have "duck bills"

The refractive index profile is what makes it "optical" ..agreed. The part that makes it a "fiber" is it's nature of being a long fine continuous thread or filament..(which gives it the ability ti bend around corners. )

I never said it wasn't an optical channel ... I said calling it an optical fiber made of air was silly ... they should have said something like "optical fiber effect replicated in thin air" ...

about a month ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

MondoGordo What a silly title ... (115 comments)

One of the chief benefit of optical fiber is that it doesn't require LOS. All they've done here is demonstrate the capability to mimic the loss-less advantages of optical fiber without actually having a fiber ... once they can do this around corners... then maybe they've "created optical fiber out of thin air" until then not so much.

about a month ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

MondoGordo Re:Old news... (78 comments)

Your level of surety is irrelevant and your estimate is inaccurate... Using an 8 point font it's possible to fit 7727 characters on a sheet of paper 8.5" x 11" printing edge to edge with 0 line spacing... that falls significantly short of 1 MByte or even 1Mbit.

about a month ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

MondoGordo Re:Transistors was there but memory was not? WTF (78 comments)

a transistor by itself is not memory ... just as a gear by itself is not a clock. They have to be connected in specific ways to function as memory ... all the article is saying this is the first time that configuration has been done with print tech ... not that it couldn't have been done before, just that no-one had.

about a month ago
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Arecibo Radio Telescope Confirms Extra-galactic Fast Radio Pulses

MondoGordo Could it be ... (95 comments)

Aliens ...sending us messages a million years ago ... ?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

MondoGordo Re:This is why you need.. (265 comments)

In my experience, if your load-balancing solution requires all your nodes to be available, and you can't remove one or more nodes without affecting the remainder, it's a piss-poor load balancing solution. Good load balancing solutions are fault tolerant up to, and including, absent or non-responsive nodes and any load balanced system that suffers an outage due to removing a single node is seriously under-resourced.

about a month and a half ago
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Wireless Contraception

MondoGordo Re:B.S. (302 comments)

Nobody is saying that ... what they're saying is that if you want the advantages of a corporation, you have to accept the limitations of the corporate legal entity. read this article ...http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2014/07/how-hobby-lobby-ruling-transforms-and-weakens-american-corporation?utm_source=MinnPost-RSS&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+minnpost+(MinnPost.com+-+Minnesota+News+and+Analysis) from the article

Corporation characteristics Ask any student in law school to describe the characteristics of a corporation and one answer will be limits on personal liability. The second is that corporations have a legal identity distinct from its owners. Individuals incorporating enjoy limits on their personal liability for acts of the corporation. A legal wall is created, distinguishing owners from their corporations. Corporate law is premised upon this separation of the personal identity of individuals from their corporations. Corporations, distinct from their shareholders or officers, can be taxed, charged with crimes, or held culpable for their acts. The corporate/individual distinction served American business well for nearly two centuries. It facilitated the creation of great wealth for many, encouraged risk-taking and innovation, and allowed for people to act collectively. The corporate form also helped to politically neutralize businesses. The 1907 Tillman Act, barring corporations from making direct political contributions to federal candidates, along with the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act, which barred them from making any political expenditures to affect federal campaigns, went a long way toward removing corporations from politics. Effectively, the laws said that the purpose of business is business, not politics, echoing the sentiment of economist Milton Friedman, who said in his famous 1970 article “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits” that if business executives wish to be socially responsible and ethical they should spend their own money and not that of their shareholders. Businesses cannot be ethical; people can be. The Supreme Court has forgotten this point. First in the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision the court declared that laws restricting the political spending of corporations violated their free speech rights. Now in Hobby Lobby it is saying that laws that require some corporations to pay for contraceptives coverage in their health insurance plans violate their religious rights. In both cases the court refused to distinguish the individuals from the corporations they own.

about a month and a half ago
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Wireless Contraception

MondoGordo Re:yes but (302 comments)

So they want the advantages of being a corporate entity without the limitations? That's reprehensible and indefensible.

about a month and a half ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

MondoGordo Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

While i see your point it's a hard one to sell... people at that level in their chosen profession are going to be so well established that emigrating to the US just isn't going to be that attractive resulting in very small numbers of H1B's ... so you lose the benefits of having the program (i.e. having a worker pool where you need a lot of people that you haven't got) . . This article http://www.motherjones.com/pol... illustrates the real abuses of the H1B system. Using it to bring offshore workers onshore to train them!!

about 2 months ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

MondoGordo Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

And have you reported these abuses to ICE/BCIS ? Because that's illegal ... and if you don't report abuses of the system then you're part of the problem.

about 2 months ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

MondoGordo Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

and the prevailing wage has nothing to do with economic collapse ... or is that the fault of H!B workers too ?

about 2 months ago

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