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Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

PPH Well, there goes ... (120 comments)

... his 6.44E9 CPU cycles of fame.

2 hours ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

PPH Re:"USDA Organic" defined (550 comments)

sewage sludge, ..... may not be used.

On the other hand, this poster seems to prefer it in his organics.

genetic engineering may not be used.

Cross breeding with a fancy name. Good luck finding anything to eat that doesn't fall into this category.

irradiation .... may not be used

Too bad. That was our best chance for preserving food without adulterating it with chemicals. Or reducing the demand for refrigeration. One of the biggest power consumers and responsible for most of the carbon footprint of a typical household.

2 hours ago
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"Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator

PPH Too Fast (102 comments)

No time for love in an elevator.

3 hours ago
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The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

PPH Re:Hackers (87 comments)

Where is Victor Borge when we need him?

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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

PPH Re:Parallel Construction. (428 comments)

This.

It relieves the police of the need to manufacture a plausible reason for the stop. So they won't have to reveal that cell phone feed from the NSA that gave them the details of the drug delivery.

Sure, there are measures the police can use to identify the source of an anonymous 911 call. But these would only be used in the event someone might be abusing the system. There would be no need to investigate the source of a call giving a valid tip, so they wouldn't. Likewise, there would be no investigation of a non-existant 911 call.

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Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

PPH Re:IIIum? (124 comments)

]|[um.

2 days ago
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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

PPH Re:No (389 comments)

They look the way they do because their drivers like to be noticed. "Look at me. I'm driving an electric car."

The back end, in particular, looks rather strange. Because that's the view most people end up looking at when they get stuck behind one.

2 days ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

PPH We're going to miss .... (204 comments)

... the nostalgic "clip-clop" of horses hooves.

On the other hand, think of the employment opportunities for people operating the coconut shells.

2 days ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

PPH Re:Animal rights? (204 comments)

the horse did not understand English.

A dog was brought in to translate.

2 days ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

PPH Animal rights? (204 comments)

Its either pull a carriage or off to the dog food factory. Ask the horse for its preference.

2 days ago
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Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

PPH Sorry. Never mind. (336 comments)

I thought this was going to be a thread about me microwaving frozen dinners because the wife was busy at work.

2 days ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

PPH Re:$2 Billion (270 comments)

The other interesting thing to think is protect against what...

Transient overvoltages. Basically, equip power systems with high performance surge arresters, lightnig arresters. These will shunt high voltages that could damage expensive equipment and cables to ground.

EMP would stil knock the power systems down. Breakers would trip and the lights would go out. Probably for days. But if equipment damage can be minimized, the its pretty much just a case of restarting things.

Blast damage from a low altitude hit isn't a utility problem. No sense in resoring power to a smoking crater. You isolate the damaged areas, get the lights back on elsewhere and cary on with what's left.

2 days ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

PPH $2 Billion (270 comments)

Isn't that much when you consider all of the nation's electric utilities. It'll be interesting to see how Congress spins this: As a requirement to be imposed upon each utility as a part of their normal maintenance and reliability obligations. Or as Impending Doom, requiring the immediate transfer of federal funds into the coffers of the nations' utilities. Including the investor-owned outfits.

I'm placing my bet on the "Doom" option.

3 days ago
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Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

PPH Don't drink the water (330 comments)

Fish shit in it.

And birds, deer,bigfoot, bear, racoons. And since our city reservoir is a lake surrounded by residences, I'm sure numerous kids swimming the city park just don't bother getting out to take a whiz.

3 days ago
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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

PPH Re:Cross training (226 comments)

I don't know about where you work, but where I work, people actually talk to each other

In a large organization where its not possible to talk to everyone informally. And if some dev sitting in a corner downloads his/her favorite framework, nobody will know. Until the dependency lists are compared and someone finds out that this person went off on their own.

Don't get me wrong. I have no problems with the informal processes if you work in a tiny shop (maybe a dozen developers). But you aren't likely to have a 'devops' position. It will be a part time task of one of the devs. Or the admin person who does the job for all systems (devel, test, production).

But if you are installing stuff, even on your own workstation, you are doing an admin's task. And that means understanding the impacts of your actions upon your and your group's work product. At some point, your company might be asked by a customer to adopt some sort of process standards (think SEI-CMM, ISO 9000, etc.). That will either mean a manual process you must follow to make changes to the development/test/deployment environment. Or turning that responsibility over to a person assigned to to so (that means turning your workstation admin over to them). And I imagine that if the response to this is, "I don't wanna!", the boss will quietly show you to the door.

4 days ago
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The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

PPH Re:Architects (182 comments)

it was wilful cutting costs by simplifying the design by the contractor.

Was the building not built per the drawing? If this is the case, the building inspectors should have caught it and it was their error. If LeMessurier failed to specify structural details accurately or allowed the contractor to pressure him into an inadequate design, it was his (the engineer's) error.

4 days ago
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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

PPH Re:Someone call Ben Affleck (160 comments)

Clancy touched upon the rumor that nuclear materials made it from the USA to Israel. There is also a rumor that the transfer included technology and designs and a few working warheads just to get them up and running quickly.

There is no way the Israelis would give away or lose the material you say?

The premise of Clancy's novel is highly unlikely. We don't officially acknowledge Israel's possesion of nuclear weapons. But if one was lost in hostile territory, if Israel didn't go in to recover it, we would. It wouldn't serve global politics well to find US part numbers in an Israeli bomb.

5 days ago

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