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Understanding the 2 Billion-Year-Old Natural Nuclear Reactor In W Africa

Pope Raymond Lama " 300,000 years " or "300 million years"? (152 comments)

Given TFS later tells of "1.5 billion years since switching off", and the impossibility of measuring 300.000 years accurately in this context, I suppose the reactor was active for 300 million years, not 300 thousand years. Is ee the "300000" number is in TFA, but it looks suspect.

about 4 months ago
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Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

Pope Raymond Lama "beofuels from corn" is not just stupid (159 comments)

It is brain-dead stupid!

How much of the total plant bio-mass are you processing to start with when you are dealing with corn? 2%? 3%? (That is until you get to
the actual fuel, which is much less than that.) When you do Biofuels from farming monoculture the proper way (if such a thing is possible at all), like from sugar-cane, where maybe 30-50% of the biomass is the part to be processed into biofuel, you may be getting some improvement over oil status-quo. With algae you maybe can achieve 100% of the biomass to start processing, sounds even nicer.

But from Corn? It is so stupid, it does not even deserve a proper adjective. It is even stupid to waste time making "studies" on it.

Trying to do it is only about corn super-production, hype, and abuse of government subsidies to plant corn, all mixed with a large, big
dose of the reverse of common sense.

about 4 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Pope Raymond Lama Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

If it's the latter, Fluke should step up and allow them to make a one time exception for this shipment. It would generate considerably goodwill for the company and show that they're not bullies keeping the little guy down.

You are new to this "capitalism" thing, aren't you?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Pope Raymond Lama The quantification of the work as time is the key (716 comments)

The problem seems to be that the managin practcies of breaking work in "time unites" rather than tasks makes us allbelieve it is the right thing to do. But as a matter of fact, outside a big construction company (and I am not shure how it is dealt inside such a company), one would not hire the builder to "build a wall in 20 hours", and I pay you this per hour. The only sane thing to do is to hire the builder to build the wall - he will take his time, and make his price for that. In the slavish software development World dictated by this managing techniques, we all learned to think of the "man hour" as a reality - when what should happen is a contract to build a software piece. So, yes, the bugs problem should be built in the price for building the "software piece", up to reasonable time after deployment and seriousness of bugs. But also, that implies that the idea of ordering one to "build this piece of software in 8 hours" is also nonsense.

about 6 months ago
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Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Pope Raymond Lama And seers? (465 comments)

Given that for each "not immediate dismissable" time traveler there are thousands of plausible future-tellers, I don't know how
positive identifications of "events published before they happen" could actually signal one rather than the other.

about 8 months ago
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Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

Pope Raymond Lama But --- (418 comments)

After the Orwell's 1984 fiasco had not Bezzos "promised" he would never use this feature again?
(Yanking content from the users?)

about 8 months ago
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Feds Target Instructors of Polygraph-Beating Methods

Pope Raymond Lama Meta-Crime? (282 comments)

The TFS gives away the "criminal" practices - "polygraph-beating techniques, which are said to include controlled breathing, muscle tensing, tongue biting and mental arithmetic. " - so now they will come after /. as well... :-)

And maybe, commenters who quote TFS...

Fortunately when the sit me down for interrogation, now I know all that is needed is byte the tongue for not giving away the ID numbers of my fellow /.ers; So, don't worry!

1 year,4 days
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My NSA-induced paranoia level:

Pope Raymond Lama Re:NSA is not a special case (290 comments)

"OTOH if you have your ducks in a row, then the NSA is totally confounded" - I would agree with that part. Encrypting is like going under the lights and bragging "here, I am here! hahahah" So - caring encrypting for little is worse than doing nothing. Doing it wrongly is still worse. Drawing the line between what is "little" and what one should really care about is hard. Encrypting the right way is harder still -- the option of being a sitting duck in a long row is very appealing.

(and yes, indeed, the NSA is not the only problem - *they* are just out there. And I am just a duck with a lot of brownian motion)

1 year,27 days
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My NSA-induced paranoia level:

Pope Raymond Lama Re: Living off the grid with CowboyNeal? (290 comments)

Which part of "This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane." you didn't get?

Is not it clear that the 12% off-griders are just rounding errors?

1 year,27 days
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A Radical Plan For Saving Microsoft's Surface RT

Pope Raymond Lama And save it...why even? (391 comments)

This is the 3 or 4th /. post worried about the fate of microsoft surface ...as if one should care! Just let it die! It is a bad product, with a bad startegy and bad timing! Why care at all? With either Surface RT or not, or Microsoft itself. Pointing to desparate Microsoft-fans blog posts trying to save it is as little "news for nerds' as I can imagine.

1 year,29 days
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My NSA-induced paranoia level:

Pope Raymond Lama Missing option (290 comments)

"They have a detailed file about me, and I could not care less about them"

1 year,29 days
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I'd most rather, of the following, search with:

Pope Raymond Lama Hotbot (277 comments)

Hotbot - at the time, it was the one one could configure the most to try and tune the search. it grew up within Lycos and at the times of the first dot com buble also had a webmail aggregate, and other services.

about a year ago
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COBOL Will Outlive Us All

Pope Raymond Lama As will Java (318 comments)

as will Java, the new Cobol. So what?

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Responds To Java Security Critics With Massive 50 Flaw Patch Update

Pope Raymond Lama Re:Too late (270 comments)

> Just that Java would die, just that java would die.

Ah /. ..sometimes I just miss the ubiquitous "like" and "+1" buttons there are in the web today.

about a year and a half ago
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Popular Wordpress Plugin Leaves Sensitive Data In the Open

Pope Raymond Lama Re:You said it! (54 comments)

But in this case one can't know if the moderators took the O.P. seriously or not - I'd bet that some of them did.

about a year and a half ago
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Popular Wordpress Plugin Leaves Sensitive Data In the Open

Pope Raymond Lama Re:We're STILL doing this? (54 comments)

> It's (the end of) 2012, why the hell are people STILL putting their data stores in web-accessible directories below DocumentRoot?
Because PHP.

about a year and a half ago
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Popular Wordpress Plugin Leaves Sensitive Data In the Open

Pope Raymond Lama Re:You said it! (54 comments)

In 2012 Slashdot - your funny comments are moderated insightful!

about a year and a half ago

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Google Books Scanning Considered Fair Use

Pope Raymond Lama Pope Raymond Lama writes  |  about 9 months ago

Pope Raymond Lama (57277) writes "After 8 years on trial a judge ruled Google Books practice of scanning books as fair use. Quoting the ruling: “In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits. It advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders.” This other article contains the ruling text itself"

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