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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Nethemas the Great Re:Source is HVAC Contractors (187 comments)

CCl4 otherwise known as R-10 in the HVAC world, is a coolant and is a precursor to R-11 and R-12. Both of which happily decompose to CCl4.

7 hours ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Nethemas the Great Re:Source is HVAC Contractors (187 comments)

Actually you are. Take a nice hot shower (no exhaust fan, closed doors) and tell me what happens to your mirrors, walls, floor and ceiling.

7 hours ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Nethemas the Great Re:Easy, India or China (187 comments)

The alternative sources of carbon based fuels doesn't increase pollution, just changes where we're getting the goods. Domestic production provides for some flexibility and reduced dependency upon middle-east and other traditional and problematic sources. It would have been nice to deal with the pollution thing too, but at least it was a step forward on other issues.

7 hours ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Nethemas the Great Re:MMO Crap (164 comments)

That distribution of ability made perfect sense. An initiate magic user pays the greatest price of all classes. As such they should be compensated accordingly for the risk and sacrifice as their character develops.

13 hours ago
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Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

Nethemas the Great Re:Author really knows his "bad science" (315 comments)

Regardless of the author's misinformation/FUD campaign, this seems pretty damn easy to test. Throw the suspected best implementation(s) up on some micro-sats and see what they push. The British guy, plus two independently verified alternative implementations all showing something weird going on ought to be enough to merit a proper and definitive experiment or two.

about two weeks ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Nethemas the Great Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (317 comments)

It seems to me that it is the equivalent of a mix tape which (at least in the US) I thought had already been established as fair use and thus legal. It's when you create copies of copies that you step into legality issues.

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

Nethemas the Great Re:I sure hope these ship! (112 comments)

If not Google, then who? Pick your poison, for you will be tracked, mined, engineered. You have little choice in the matter save for the overt actors involved.

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

Nethemas the Great No (112 comments)

All is and will be Android.

about three weeks ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Nethemas the Great Re:Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

I find that most people trying to argue against math generally are doing so by asserting that if a certain math is not put to practice in the software that a person is developing that that math is unnecessary. It also seems to be commonly asserted that persons with a strong mathematical background are just being pretentious.

I believe that the anti-math crowd is missing the point. For a software developer it isn't the skill of solving calculus problems, but the skills required to solve calculus problems. What I mean by this is that in order to work to a solution for a given mathematical problem you are exercising many other skills. Skills such as logic, abstraction, visualization, etc. are very much employed in software development. You go to the gym not because you have aspirations of mastering a bench press, but because you aspire for a stronger, healthier body. Mathematics are an example of exercise equipment for a software developer.

about a month ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Nethemas the Great Re:I disagree (241 comments)

Proficiency in mathematics for the most part has little to do with being able to learn a programming language. This much I agree with. However, proficiency in mathematics does provide a strong indicator as to what you will be capable of doing with those languages. You may not be performing Calculus or manipulating matrices in the software that you write but the skills that provide an aptitude for performing such math are very much relatable to software development. Such skills include, abstraction, visualization, and logic to name a few.

about a month ago
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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

Nethemas the Great Re:Could it be Micro$oft ... (112 comments)

I'd be more uncomfortable with the lack of authority chain from my vote to the vote tally. The absence of this clear chain opens the system to fraud. The electronic version of ballot stuffing.

about a month ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Nethemas the Great Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

I don't see how it's that hard. Call it a hunch but, I doubt that these typewriters will be clacking away in even close to 100% sterile, 100% impermeable environments. Even if the room itself had a zero electronics ban, both sound and light are transmissible through walls where they can be intercepted.

about a month ago
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Homestar Runner To Return Soon

Nethemas the Great Re:I'm sorry but... (57 comments)

There's five minutes I'll never get back...

about a month ago
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Homestar Runner To Return Soon

Nethemas the Great I'm sorry but... (57 comments)

what the hell is a Homestar Runner?

about a month and a half ago
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Does Google Have Too Much Influence Over K-12 CS Education?

Nethemas the Great Re:Betteridge wins again (66 comments)

It seems difficult to me to develop intellectual and cognitive capacities absent the opportunity to practice and thus develop and hone those abilities. How does one learn to analyze if there is nothing to perform analysis on? How does one learn to reason absent the formulae requiring it? How does one develop aspirations if never shown anything inspiring?

about a month and a half ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

Nethemas the Great Re:Meanwhile... (253 comments)

A mechanic whose spent his life working on cars from the 1960's and 70's never bothering to retrain, will be hopelessly lost under the hood of the modern car. Certain things are familiar, certain principles remain the same but at the same time too much has changed for the mechanic to perform all but the most basic of tasks successfully. If a person wants to make a long term career out of software development, they absolutely have to maintain a practice of continual learning.

about a month and a half ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

Nethemas the Great Re:Yes (253 comments)

Little is black and white. Most common, is a spectrum of gray. But since the discussion was simplified binary to terms of good job vs. bad job, so too I simplified my answer to good employee vs worthless employee. You can complicate it if you want but the principle still carries most of the weight. If your skills are as common as dust, or as needed as a heat lamp in the Sahara at mid-day you will not be a good employee, you should not expect a good job.

about a month and a half ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Nethemas the Great Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

Mundanes don't get to join all the clubs, but then in a similar fashion most geeks would make a piss poor brick layer. I'm sorry but that's reality. His whining rant however, doesn't understand the reality that even within software development there actually is a broad spectrum of ability. You have a range of people from the Donald Knuths to the lowly monkey bashing on the keyboard producing bottom tier web sites and Excel spreadsheets.

The requirements of front end development for sophisticated web applications I will agree is completely unnecessary bullsh*t. The ironic part of that however is that the cause much of it stems from the original goals of making it easier for mundanes to put together web sites. Regardless that's not the only game in town, and there are plenty of areas for the not so "elite" to develop for.

about a month and a half ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

Nethemas the Great Re:Meanwhile... (253 comments)

The biggest issue with these 30-somethings isn't what they "used to do" it's what they can do right here, right now. The "kids" get the jobs not because they have lots of experience, but because they cost less to employ making it financially reasonable to train them. Many 30-somethings expect high compensation but never bothered to keep themselves relevant and thus are uneconomic to train by prospective employers.

about a month and a half ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

Nethemas the Great Re:Yes (253 comments)

Good jobs are available to those that can offer themselves as good employees. You're not owed good job you merit one.

about a month and a half ago

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Beer drones grounded by the FAA

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 7 months ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Ice fishermen on Lake Waconia in Minnesota were pleasantly surprised when a Wisconsin brewery, Lakemaid, flew a twelve-pack of their frothy suds over the icy wastes to their warm fishing cabins using a hefty, remote-controlled quadcopter. It was a match made in zero-degree weather: the brewery took orders and flew their drones out to the fishermen who, in turn, didn’t have to trudge to the shore for liquid refreshment. The FAA, however, didn’t find the arrangement so appealing."
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Hear Your Favorite Theme Songs Played by a Floppy-Drive Orchestra

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "While making music with computers is nothing new, it’s rarely quite so literal as the melodies of Youtube user MrSolidSnake74, who transformed eight floppy disk drives into an orchestra of MIDI magic. In the gallery above, you can hear his arrangements based on popular themes from Super Mario Bros, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Mega Man, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Game of Thrones and more, as performed by his floppy disk “instruments.”"
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Ballmer Sells $1.3B Worth of Microsoft Shares

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is reported to have sold $1.3B worth of Microsoft shares and expects to clear 25.7 million more for a total 75 million shares by year-end. Ballmer has stated it's for tax preparation and portfolio diversification however, this major sell off will certainly fuel the growing concern that Microsoft is falling behind and failing to adapt to new trends in computing."
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Unambiguous Evidence of Water on the Moon

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "Information has leaked ahead of the scheduled NASA press conference tomorrow that we have found unambiguous evidence for water on the moon. The follow is quoted from Space.com:

Since man first touched the moon and brought pieces of it back to Earth, scientists have thought that the lunar surface was bone dry. But new observations from three different spacecraft have put this notion to rest with what has been called "unambiguous evidence" of water across the surface of the moon.

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Plumbing the oceans could bring limitless clean en

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "FOR a company whose business is rocket science Lockheed Martin has been paying unusual attention to plumbing of late. The aerospace giant has kept its engineers occupied for the past 12 months poring over designs for what amounts to a very long fibreglass pipe.

It is, of course, no ordinary pipe but an integral part of the technology behind Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), a clean, renewable energy source that has the potential to free many economies from their dependence on oil.

"This has the potential to become the biggest source of renewable energy in the world," says Robert Cohen, who headed the US federal ocean thermal energy programme in the early 1970s."

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Securing your notebook against US Customs

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nethemas the Great writes "Last month a US court ruled that border agents can search your laptop, or any other electronic device, when you're entering the country. They can take your computer and download its entire contents, or keep it for several days.

Encrypting your entire hard drive, something you should certainly do for security in case your computer is lost or stolen, won't work here. The border agent is likely to start this whole process with a "please type in your password". Of course you can refuse, but the agent can search you further, detain you longer, refuse you entry into the country and otherwise ruin your day.

Bruce Schneier of the UK's Guardian newspaper give us some tips for securing your notebook for border crossings.

I must say upon finding articles such as this I can't help but think to break into song with Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."..."

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Hero Rats Employed in Land Mine Disposal

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nethemas the Great (909900) writes "Every 20 minutes someone somewhere is hurt or killed by a landmine. In Africa Hero Rats are being trained up to tackle the task of detection. Traditional methods using metal detectors can hit on anything from sardine cans to nails and still miss the plastic cased mines. In each case though they have to be treated as if they're the real deal. The hero rats however, sniff out the explosives with a sense of smell roughly 1 million times stronger than a human and can clear a 100 square meter area in just 30 minutes. What's more unlike their human counter part these guys are so light they don't accidentally set off the mines."
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