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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

PPH I don't know .... (187 comments)

.... where it all comes from. But that stuff works great for cleaning the soot off the ground-based NOAA sensor enclosures.

7 hours ago
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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

PPH No problem (57 comments)

We have already undertaken an effort to eradicate the seals. We have found that the most efficient means involves hunters with clubs.

7 hours ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

PPH In related news ... (235 comments)

... dozens of ex-auto drivers found frozen to death waiting at bus stop.

8 hours ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

PPH Huh? (282 comments)

the small amount of "booster" elements (tritium and deuterium) found in fusion power could provide would-be proliferators what they need to boost the yield of fission bombs

The primary issue of proliferation is getting the bomb grade uranium in the first place. Fission power by itself doesn't lead to weapons proliferation so long as enrichment processes are restricted to producing only 'reactor grade' fuel. Given a source of weapons grade material, the availability of deuterium/tritium boosters aren't going to make a damned bit of difference to rogue states trying to build bombs. Crappy, low yield bombs will suit their purposes just fine.

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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

PPH Re:ugh... white knights. (686 comments)

We wouldn't dare supress the "all men are pigs" posts made by the whack-a-doodle feminist faction

What do you mean "we"? If anything even vaguely approaching this comes up here, then people jump all over it.

My point is: It comes up. And we respond to it. Nobody is suggesting that we surpress "all men are pigs" remarks. Fark is explicitly surpressing 'Calling women as a group "whores" or "sluts" or similar demeaning terminology'. Why? Let's out the knucle-draggers for what they are.

As a compromise, I could accept deletion of all 'hate language' posted anonymously. Want to make a negative generalization? Back it up with your reputation (your on-line ID as a minimum).

2 days ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

PPH Re:ugh... white knights. (686 comments)

Equating the entirety of a movement to its most crazy wingnuts is really misrepresenting it.

Which is what the misogynists are on the male side. The crazy wingnut faction.

I think the point GT66 is trying to make is: We wouldn't dare supress the "all men are pigs" posts made by the whack-a-doodle feminist faction. Try that and you'll have the enire movement camped out on your doorstep with protest signs. Even if many feminists might quietly agree that the "all men" statements come from the nut job fringe.

We don't surpress the misogynists on many boards because we make fun of them. The self-proclaimed "alpha males" are in reality the neck-beards living in their parents' basement. But we can't do that with the fringe feminist elements because that would be an attack on all women.

2 days ago
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Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

PPH Re:Worse than CAPTCHA (91 comments)

Not only that, but they are discriminating against Italians.

2 days ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

PPH Re:Storage by any other name .... (435 comments)

The fridge will tell its smart meter, not the power company: "I'm about to switch on in roughly 5 mins".

The TV set will have to tell the fridge that there's a string of ads coming up in 5 minutes. And 100,000 couch potatos will be getting up to open the fridge door and make a monster sandwich. I don't think AI is quite there yet.

You also assume that the "call to refrigerators" will have any realistic affect over 5 minutes. Existing demand diversity already smooths these sorts of fluctuations out. I'm more concerned with a calm, hot day. Where the windmills won't be spinning for a number of hours. Well beyond a few on/off refrigerator cycles. When enough fridges call the power company to say that they absolutely have to start right now. Or the ice cream will melt, does the power company send a bill to the windmill owners for firing up the gas turbines?

No one is going to switch off your fridge for half a day. Same for AC.

Are you windmill people going to put that in writing?

2 days ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

PPH Re:Diplomatic pouch? (289 comments)

The British will be looking for just such a trick.

Pardon me Mrs. Doubtfire. But you are blocking my view of that van in the embassy parking lot.

2 days ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

PPH Convince the Chinese ... (180 comments)

... that it is an aphrodisiac. It'll be extinct in no time.

2 days ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

PPH Now we need ... (131 comments)

... [allegory], [hyperbole], [parody], [rhetoric], [pathos], [irony], and possibly a few others.

3 days ago
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Researchers Discover New Plant "Language"

PPH That flower ... (68 comments)

... just said, "Feed me, Seymour!"

3 days ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

PPH Change the units (371 comments)

It doesn't sound so bad if you describe it as a power function.

3 days ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

PPH Re:Find a Startup (371 comments)

engineers perhaps being the beta clan in many corporations (that tend to hire beta engineers).

If you are a member of another clan and you can get control of the h.r. processes, you can ensure your supremacy.

Decades ago, I worked for a laarge engineering/manufacturing concern that was already struggling with this issue. Engineering quality was going down hill. Engineering management was concerned and corporate was brought in to quiet the dissent. One engineering manager was asked what we could do to increase the supply of competent talent. His answer: Pay entry level engineers more than $40,000 per year (this was decades ago). The corporate v.p. replied, "We want the best engineers that $40,000 can buy."

A few yars later, corporate management stated that their goal was no longer to be an "engineering company". But to be the best "honest broker" of engineering services possible. Which basically meant that they wanted to push the "engineering respect" problem down to their suppliers. Faction problem solved. The MBAs run the company. Engineering (what's left) is populated by a bunch of betas that will settle for (inflation adjusted) $40,000 per year. Their products are years late to market and catch fire. But the company owns a respected brand and that goodwill can be spent down for quite a few decades to come.

3 days ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

PPH Storage by any other name .... (435 comments)

.. is still storage.

Lets say the grid operator detects an impending mismatch between supply and demand and they want me to shut down my refrigerator. So now I have to size my refrigerator such that it will 'carry through' such an outage without my food spoiling. That's just another form of storage. But now you've come up with a sneaky way for me to pay for it. And subsidize the renewable energy producers.

Will I get a tax credit for my extra large freezer? My oversized hot water tank? The extra capacity air conditioning unit I put in?

3 days ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

PPH What happens ... (131 comments)

... if you nest [satire]...[/satire] content?

3 days ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

PPH Re:Capitol Hill is hardly affordable anymore (212 comments)

You think its expensive now? Just wait until the light rail project is completed, gentrification kicks into high gear and they run all the freaks out of that part of town.

And walkable? Try walking and you'll get run over by the bicycle activists.

3 days ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

PPH Re:I hate to inform you (371 comments)

Because business management is all about maintaining command and control of an enterprise. Everything else is a commodity; engineering, construction, human resources. It can be replaced. But just try suggesting that the large compensation increases handed top management might not be producing a decent ROI and there will be screams of discontent.

One principle taught in management classes is to make sure that no one employee becomes such a key to the success of a business that they can hold it hostage. If that means dumbing down the product, so be it. And yet, management works themselves into exactly this position. We've got to hand that CEO the big wage package or he/she will leave. Fine. Let them go. There are case histories of executives hopping back and forth between different industries that a good argument can be made for management as a commodity.

3 days ago

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