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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Nethemas the Great Re:Container ships (486 comments)

Convenient but, realistically pirates have no use for a cargo vessel beyond ransom. Nuclear fuel rods aren't exactly something they can walk into a reactor, pluck out and carry off either.

Regardless of what powers the vessel, or its cargo, there's no reason why private security cannot be installed on them. Or as an AC put it less tactfully "Just shoot the damn pirates before they get close enough to come aboard."

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Nethemas the Great Re:Super-capacitors? (486 comments)

Ok. SolarCity then.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Nethemas the Great Re:Container ships (486 comments)

They out of sight, out of mind. Further, there's really no one to regulate them. Most ocean going boats are registered in countries with the least stringent of regulations and neither the motivation nor ability to do otherwise.

Frankly, if ever there was a case to be made for nuclear power, it would be these boats.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Nethemas the Great Re:Super-capacitors? (486 comments)

You have to start some where. Everyone likes to poke at China, but last I checked, per-capita the U.S. is still the world's largest polluter. China carries roughly half the world's solar panel production and is second only to Germany in installed capacity. As an investor in renewables, China is well in the lead of ever other nation.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Nethemas the Great Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (486 comments)

Ocean going vessels to my understanding have basically no pollution controls on them nor emission standards that they must follow. Consequently they make up some of the worst sources of environmental pollution. Ideally they'd be nuclear powered, but even if they were to implement even basic pollution controls they'd make a world (pun intended) of difference.

about two weeks ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

Nethemas the Great Re:No deaths? (174 comments)

I admire your courage to look eminent peril in the face and say "I shall refrain from salvation, from optimal solutions for they are found whereupon the slippery ground resides. I shall stick to my principles and hold tight to the letters of old come what may. Compassion, facts, evidence, fear be damned the pen strokes of men long turned to dust shall be my rod, my compass till I join them in perpetual slumber at the end of my journey."

Setting aside your straw men... I perceive that your position is basically the same as most everyone else providing such speech. "Don't tread on my but let me tread upon you in what ever manner suits my taste." The founding fathers for whom you purport to hold esteem also held to the belief that government should be represented by and for the purpose of the interests of it citizens. Yet, your position, your arguments, all run scared from any notion that would result in you ceding control over any facet of your life to government. If your position was taken at face value and implemented accordingly you would come away with having precious little control. Notions of beverage size would be a distant memory. In its place would be countless individuals operating according to their own principles treating and being treated as paving stones to be tread upon.

Thank you though for that amusing citation of HIPPA though. In any other context, a piece of legislation that your kind would hold up as the quintessential definition of government overreach. I'm assuming you read it right? No? I'll give you a hint, the privacy bit was but a pinch of sugar to make the medicine go down. It really had little to do with the bulk of that legislation.

about two weeks ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

Nethemas the Great Re:No deaths? (174 comments)

Uh oh. Careful. Citing the 10th amendment and all. That sounds suspiciously like big government adding to what the Constitution says. Our illustrious founding fathers must be rolling in their graves.

about two weeks ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

Nethemas the Great Re:A high IQ virus? (174 comments)

If only it would apply its IQ to targeting those without much of one.

about two weeks ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

Nethemas the Great Re:No deaths? (174 comments)

With all due respect to the "framers," I don't give a damn what the "framers" had in mind. They were not gods, they were far from infallible and most certainly not soothsayers. What they had in mind was a pre-industrial revolution society with its concerns and ambitions.

What they penned on paper gave this country a starting point, but it in no way should be the conclusion. The farther we travel in time from the point of their authorship the more limited the scope of understanding those documents will have. A cursory examination of government at every level will quickly testify to this point.

about two weeks ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

Nethemas the Great Re:No deaths? (174 comments)

In modern society no man is an island unto himself. The activities of a person will with near certainty have consequences for others to some degree whether good or bad. You hold up a soft drink cup as an example of absurdity. Allow me to illustrate how it is otherwise. The reality is that that 64oz soft drink is of course not the first and only incident of reckless over consumption of sugar but rather a example of a lifestyle of over consumption. At some point this lifestyle begins to manifest health consequences for which medical care is required such as for diabetes and coronary disease. The cost of which saps money from the person's respective health insurance pool and/or increases the hospital's un-reimbursed expenses. Either of which end up driving up costs for everyone else in the healthcare system. Along the way, numerous people have been inconvenienced by incidents both significant and otherwise whether by their larded person spilling out from the boundary of their airplane seat into yours or simply by disgusting them with their lack of personal care.

If the activities of a person have negative consequence on others it becomes their concern. In modern society the central agency through which these concerns are redressed is government.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Nethemas the Great Re:Is Coding Computer Science? Of Course! (546 comments)

It isn't always about primitives--bubble sorts, linked lists and the like. Theory deals far more broadly.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Nethemas the Great Re:Is Coding Computer Science? Of Course! (546 comments)

You would be surprised to see how many interviews you can cut short by asking questions like: "what is the purpose of inheritance in OOP?" or, "You are told that you are going to be assigned to a project involving a number of technologies for which you currently have no knowledge. How would you prepare?"

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Nethemas the Great Re: Is Coding Computer Science? Of Course! (546 comments)

Self-taught, while not always, usually means all syntax and APIs but precious little theory except that which is obtained through osmosis. Due to the "you don't know what you don't know" factor this limits not only the domain of problems that can be solved but the efficiency, robustness and maintainability of their solutions. Most often they reflect a focus on too many trees and far too few forests. A reflection similar to their decision to try to shortcut their way around the prerequisite of a formal education.

Mean while anyone having to work with them or their products is forced to waste time waiting for the reinvention wheels as well as fixing or working around their messes.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Nethemas the Great Re:Is Coding Computer Science? Of Course! (546 comments)

Learning syntax and APIs are one thing. Maybe you're particularly adept at that. However, this is only a fraction of what makes a good software engineer. Theory is critical to their application. The development of robust, efficient, and maintainable software more than just knowing how to mash the keyboard and hit "compile". The theory of application for those APIs, the theory underlying data structures and algorithms, theories of architecture, etc.. With out these your projects will suffer as you constantly reinvent the wheel and "learn from your mistakes." Yet, those who went the self-teaching route most often skip the theory, skip the mental exercise, narrowly focusing on syntax and APIs.

I'm not saying a college degree is a perfect accommodation for producing best of breed software engineers. I think many colleges are missing the mark on providing necessary experiences encountered by those in the trenches. So much of the course work feels like bringing a tank to a knife fight and it provides a distorted sense of reality that undermines the point of what they're learning.

about two weeks ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Nethemas the Great Re:Oh look, Protesters.. (261 comments)

The mandate would force everyone onto the network and provide a common attack surface. I can't wait for the fun to begin. Here's a teaser.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

Nethemas the Great Not that hard (131 comments)

I'm not sure how Slashdot became a place for shopping advice but... This really isn't that hard. Most places such as Amazon, Newegg, etc. have customer reviews. Select from the ones having large number of overwhelmingly good reviews. As an FYI, particularly with phones, OEM batteries are in many (most?) cases salvaged from used devices, and are not new. If you insist on going the with OEM batteries, then only buy from the OEM unless customer reviews provide a compelling case otherwise.

about a month ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Nethemas the Great Re:Source is HVAC Contractors (303 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.

about 1 month ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Nethemas the Great Re:Source is HVAC Contractors (303 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.

about 1 month ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Nethemas the Great Re:Easy, India or China (303 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.

about 1 month ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Nethemas the Great Re:MMO Crap (203 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.

about 1 month ago

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Beer drones grounded by the FAA

Nethemas the Great Nethemas the Great writes  |  about 8 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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