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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

Nutria How is it creepy? (127 comments)

ISTM that panicky mothers would *love* this...

3 days ago
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Ex-NSA Director Keith Alexander's Investments In Tech Firms: "No Conflict"

Nutria Re:Thousands of dollars? Big spender (59 comments)

More importantly, nowadays for your typical upper-middle class Washingtonian, $10,000 is bordering on chump change.

I'm surprised the IG would even notice it!

about two weeks ago
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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Trio For Microscope Advancement

Nutria Why Chemistry? (29 comments)

This seems more "Physics", even though the techniques will be used by chemists.

about two weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Nutria Re:Can we even detect ourselves from beyond LEO? (534 comments)

they did that with Voyager: turned it back on Earth and the answer came back "Inconclusive". I don't think they were that far away, either.

Interesting. Of course, they were launched 37 years ago, and antennae+sensor capabilities have greatly increased since then.

about three weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Nutria Can we even detect ourselves from beyond LEO? (534 comments)

Before getting all confident that we can detect ET civilization, how about sending a satellite or three to 10-20 Lunar orbits (what's the Lunar equivalent of the AU?) to determine if we can detect ourselves -- especially when Earth is between it and the Sun.

If not, then no sense bloviating on religion and ET.

about three weeks ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

Nutria Re:min install (221 comments)

10 years ago, and I was a late-comer to the idea.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Nutria Re:Null Terminated Strings (729 comments)

If you are seeking a language to write administrative applications then you should look further. COBOL back in the days or Java nowadays would suit you better.

Too bad that Computer Scientists are a bunch of elitist Haters who only know COBOL from legend. Even back in the day, CompSci professors loathed/disdained it, and the most popular textbook series was from the grossly incompetent Shelly & Cashman.

Once I re-learned it from people who grokked the language, I discovered how powerful it is at it's intended task.

Finding people willing to write in it is hard, though, so -- before Java -- many managers decided that business apps would be written in C rather than the appropriate language.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Nutria Some COBOL features I like (729 comments)

- Variables can start with a numeric, since whitespace is the token separator. This has some distinct uses in a globally scoped language, when combined with PERFORM THRU.
- "Concatenated OR". It lets you write code like IF 8 = A OR B OR C OR D OR E THEN ...
- 88 Level variables

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Nutria Re:Everything old is new again. (193 comments)

Tape has always had a limited life-span and is too easily damaged to completely trust with high-value archival data. Instead, archival on tape usually means "we're not quite confident enough to just delete this crap".

Maybe the cheap crap. I've pulled 7 year old data off of SuperDLT tapes.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Nutria Everything old is new again. (193 comments)

Enterprises have been doing this with tape for 30 years.

In fact, modern tape technology probably has a higher "volumetric" density than BD.

about 2 months ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

Nutria Re:not true at all (133 comments)

Damn, you beat me to it...

about 2 months ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Nutria Re:2x the resolution? (140 comments)

Are you in the habit of being an asshole?

about 2 months ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Nutria Re:2x the resolution? (140 comments)

Resolution is measured linearly, not quadratically.

Why? The surface of the Earth is two-dimensional (three, if you want to be picky), not one-dimensional.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Nutria 2x the resolution? (140 comments)

Or 4x the resolution (a 50cm square being 4x as large as a 25cm square)?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

Nutria Re:What would I *not* do? (123 comments)

Just ask the Germans what happened to their request for their gold stored in the US.

Are there any "THE GOLD IS MISSING WERE DOOOOOOOOMED!!!" sites that are not scaremongers?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

Nutria What would I *not* do? (123 comments)

Ask Slashdot. Instead I'd go to forums where actual field ecologists -- the ones who actually go out and sample water, etc -- to see what they suggest.

about 2 months ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Nutria Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

and prove that the IP they have is going to right place.

Eh? It's gmail. The need is to associate a gmail account with a person, not with an IP address.

And doing that depends mainly on how much PII the person tells Google when he registers the account.

about 3 months ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

Nutria Re:White Werhner von Braun may be many things... (165 comments)

The majority were a buncha eggheads who thought it was cool they'd found someone willing to fund them,

And willingly worked 12,000 "undesirables" to death.

put the blame where it belongs

Square on Frank Malina's shoulders for wanting to do something else.

about 3 months ago
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UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

Nutria Re:Federation of Am... Soc.. for Exper... Biology? (63 comments)

so I imagine they came to a similar conclusion at some point.

Twelve other Societies and the FASEB also have the same Bethesda address, but different phone numbers. Maybe FASEB is contracting out administrative functions?

about 3 months ago

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