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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

biodata Sigh... (133 comments)

Like we used to do in the 90s and just called it 'engineering'.

about 2 months ago
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If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

biodata Dumbing down your organisation (150 comments)

Mostly clouds are more expensive than doing it yourself, unless you fire your sysadmin(s) as part of the deal.

about 2 months ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

biodata Re:*sigh* ... Lack of problem. (279 comments)

I think you may have underestimated the difficulty of sealing the borders of several countries. The more this goes on the more people will try to leave. There are not enough soldiers in the world to stop a population fleeing imminent death.

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

biodata Re:Awesome (283 comments)

I think that depends what you consider the 100% to be. If it's humanity, then 1% is a significant overestimate of people who can afford this.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

biodata Re:Latin? (547 comments)

Homo sapiens will never stop using Latin.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

biodata Re:Scripting language du jour (547 comments)

The more I see of python the less I like it. Every time I try to install some python package there is some incompatibility with the system python, or some wierdness in compiling the underlying libraries, and I have to maintain several versions of the language. For some reason it doesn't seem to be backward-compatible, which leads me to question the sanity of whoever decided to make it that way. It is way worse than perl that at least 'just works' a lot more of the time. Maybe it's just me?

about 2 months ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

biodata Re:Nothing new here ... (292 comments)

That website does not look like an authoritative peer-reviewed source. It is not a scientific forum.

about 3 months ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

biodata Re:The problem with double standards. (292 comments)

I thought she was an expert on the evolution of dogs, on the payroll of the Heartland Institute. Not sure why her opinions on walrus movements should be of interest to anyone.

about 3 months ago
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UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

biodata Re:Try Heathrow Terminal 2 (145 comments)

>some idiot paid for them

I think we know who paid for them.

about 3 months ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

biodata Re:Do you think the Chinese worker's quality of li (444 comments)

Probably, yes. Paying people to do things cheaply does not necessarily improve their life. The quality of life of a hunter gatherer is arguably better than that of a farm worker, and the quality of life of a farm worker is arguably better than that of a factory worker. None of this stops people converting from hunter gatherers to farmers to factory workers, because they want more resources and stability to look after their their children, but it doesn't usually work out that way. The extra 'richness' tends to support larger and larger populations of children, and richer and richer elites, while the quality of life of individuals does not get better on the whole.

about 3 months ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

biodata Re:Not just Reno (444 comments)

The best way to solve these challenges is to start building these things, find out what works, and scale up to enjoy the economies of scale. Germany is clearly winning this race and will be selling everyone their technology later, as per usual.

about 3 months ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

biodata Not just Reno (444 comments)

Germany is well on the way to doing this on the scale of a whole country. It just takes some political will.

about 3 months ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

biodata Key skills (387 comments)

The knowledge that consistently pays best is how to bring a project in on time, to budget, working and accessible by users, and how to communicate well with other people.

about 3 months ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

biodata Re:Effectiveness (134 comments)

The point is, by the time a request has been submitted, received and acted on, the content has probably already expired and disappeared. Everything is temporary there. I can't see much actual censorship resulting from any of this. The memory of 4chan is not on the website, it's in the dark corners of its users' hard disks, where no censorship reaches. Enforce takedowns as much as you like, but once an image expires or is taken down someone else will post it, probably under a different name or with a silly face photoshopped in, and so the cycle continues.

about 3 months ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

biodata Reverse psychology (391 comments)

The powers that be want as many people to see this as possible so that they can inflame passions for the new invasion of Iraq. They know that telling people not to watch it will ensure that as many people get to see it as possible.

about 4 months ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

biodata Re:And... (69 comments)

Short suncream futures?

about 3 months ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

biodata Re:How big is this thing? (69 comments)

VEI of 6 eruptions are not very frequent in the world and tend to cause prolonged extreme weather events. The last was Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and the ash dropped the global temperature by 0.4 degrees C.

about 3 months ago

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Hemp fibres make better supercapacitors than graphene

biodata biodata writes  |  about 4 months ago

biodata (1981610) writes "BBC News is reporting findings published in the journal ACS Nano by Dr David Mitlin's group from Clarkson University, New York.
"We're making graphene-like materials for a thousandth of the price — and we're doing it with waste."
"The hemp we use is perfectly legal to grow. It has no THC in it at all — so there's no overlap with any recreational activities."
Dr. Mitlin's team took waste hemp stems and recycled the material into supercapacitors with performance as good, or better, than those built from graphene, at a fraction of the raw materials cost."

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Air Traffic Control 'telephone glitch' delays hundreds of UK flights

biodata biodata writes  |  1 year,11 days

biodata (1981610) writes "The BBC is reporting that hundreds of UK commercial air flights have been delayed for most of today due to an internal telephone systems problem in the National Air Traffic Control Service, and delays are likely to continue into the evening. A spokesperson said that it was a difficult software bug from the one which grounded flights in the summer."
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US asks Iceland to extradite Snowden before he arrives

biodata biodata writes  |  about a year and a half ago

biodata (1981610) writes "Iceland Review reports that, in what has been described as a thinly veiled threat, the US has written to Iceland asking it to extradite a 'US citizen' presumed to be Snowden. Snowden is not believed to be in Iceland at the current time."
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Björk seeks Kickstarter funds to port Biophilia app from iOS to Android,Win

biodata biodata writes  |  about 2 years ago

biodata (1981610) writes "From the Iceland Review site:

Björk hopes to raise GBP 375,000 (USD 591,000, EUR 438,400) on Kickstarter to transfer her Biophilia-app over to Windows 8 and Android operating systems. Björk says the goal is to make the app, which is currently only available for Apple products, more accessible to children from low income households, as reported on ruv.is."

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Which TLD avoids government censorship?

biodata biodata writes  |  more than 2 years ago

biodata (1981610) writes "Now we have been reminded that .com et al are wholly owned subsidiaries of the US government, which TLD should an organisation choose to avoid censorship?"
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UK police integrate their data

biodata biodata writes  |  more than 3 years ago

biodata (1981610) writes "Following the murder of two school girls in 2002 a review of disparate unconnected police data resources recommended the production of a national database. Now the database is in production, it is reported that the details of approximately one in four people in the UK are on the database, including criminals, victims, and those questioned but not charged in connection with crime. The father of one of the murdered school girls welcomed the new database."
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