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Fixing a 7,000-Ton Drill

chaffed Bad seals on the bearings and master bearing (101 comments)

Actually, something else is causing the seals to fail on the bearings and master bearing. The sampling pipe was the original theory but it could not account for the damage being done.

FTFA “Contractors are not entirely sure what’s happening to the seals. They’re letting sand in, which is not good,” said Matt Preedy, deputy Highway 99 administrator for the state Department of Transportation (DOT). “Either you’ve got gaps somewhere, or you’ve got cracks in the seals.”


Basically, our water front soil make up is not ideal. Much of the Seattle water front is fill dirt from various late 19th century and early 20th century projects around Seattle. Much of the path Bertha is taking underground is lined with caissons to keep the liquid dirt at bay.

about 6 months ago

Complex Systems Theorists Predict We're About One Year From Global Food Riots

chaffed Re:Overpopulation (926 comments)

It's a cycle. Overpopulation requires more arable land for agriculture. When there isn't any, it's created, such as the San Joaquin Valley. This valley was basically desert. This was done by damming a few rivers and irrigating the land. That being said you can only convert so many deserts for agriculture, you start to run out of water, even if you still receive your normal annual rain fall. That would be a drought caused by over population. Same thing is is happening in Phoenix. The water table continues to drop and the aquifers are becoming harder and harder to reach. Not due to climate change but by more people.

So dealing with overpopulation needs to go hand in hand with changing how we generate and use energy.

more than 2 years ago

Complex Systems Theorists Predict We're About One Year From Global Food Riots

chaffed Re:Overpopulation (926 comments)

There's a movement in the industrialized world. Fewer young people are choosing to have children period. I'm not sure if this trend would ever offset those who choose to have 5, 10 or even 12 offspring in their life.

A Vietnamese friend once explained that in Vietnam, people have large families as infant mortality was quite high; to the point that children would be referred to by their birth order for several years until it was certain they would survive. So the oldest would be "First One" then so on and so forth. With modern medicine, infant mortality has plummeted but cultures still believe they need large families.

I agree, family planning is one tool to mitigate our future issues.

more than 2 years ago

I'd rather my paycheck be denominated in ...

chaffed Re:€ (euro) (868 comments)

In the US, Direct Deposit rules vary by state. There are states that allow employers to offer only one method of compensation, meaning direct deposit.

On another note, there are a number of reasons why we still use checks in the US. The main reason is playing with float. Companies will squeeze every cent out of their money by hanging on to it for as long as possible. The banks do it too. Also, the banks have been putting "band-aids" on the check problem. Notably, Check21 or digital check clearing.

The Fed (our reserve bank) has made a successful push to digitize all paper item clearing. Checks rarely make it past the branch or payee. This is thanks to branch capture and remote check deposit products.

Checks are still the cheapest and easiest way for individuals to make payment. With the advent of digital item clearing, it's not going away. Until micro-payments become cheaper, we'll continue to use checks.

about 4 years ago

Motorola Sticks To Guns On Locking Down Android

chaffed Re:What a great way to die (600 comments)

However, for that to happen, people need to care.

For the vast majority of the smart phone crowd, they do not care. Just as long as they can get that "urgent" work email, post a picture of their lunch and tweet about how tired they are in the evening.

about 4 years ago

If I'm the driver, I like to go ...

chaffed Re:Whatever everyone else is doing (717 comments)

That's a fine thing to do. However, please do the following if you are going to go with the traffic flow.

  • Be mindful of your fellow drivers blind spots. Do not drive for any length of time where they cannot see you.
  • Please stay to the right (in the US). Allow others to easily pass you.

about 4 years ago

McAfee To Pay For PC Repairs After Patch Fiasco

chaffed I was thinking this would be a boon for me... (212 comments)

I was thinking this would be a boon for me. I do in home and business support in my off hours, good spending money. However, due to my issues with McAfee, none of my regular clients use McAfee AV products.

So, if I had recommended McAfee to my clients, I would be a rich person now. Damn, doing the right things doesn't make as much money!

more than 4 years ago

Bringing Free Television To Phones In America

chaffed Who cares? (159 comments)

There's nothing worth watching.

about 5 years ago

Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Released

chaffed Re:I blame the cold weather (272 comments)

Rest assured we are still waiting for Black Mesa. The vaporware list will be long and healthy this year.

more than 5 years ago

Company Laptop, My Data — Can They Co-exist?

chaffed Re:Don't *put* your data on it. (395 comments)

I don't why the parent has been moderated as funny... It's actually insightful. I use the Ubuntu live CD and web services for information storage when I need to do personal stuff and all I have is my company issued laptop. It keeps my data seperate, away from their prying eyes and in a single location so I can work with it when I have my personal laptop available.

more than 5 years ago

Why IT Won't Power Down PCs

chaffed Re:After-hours Maintenance (576 comments)

The issue with powering on machines is solved with wake on LAN.

However, it seems everyone has implemented this differently. I administer a Dell shop. Not all the workstations seem to respond to the same magic packet. The division is across NIC chipset manufacturers. The Broadcoms work one way and the Intels work another.

In my experience, leaving the machines one is still the best solution.

more than 5 years ago

Why IT Won't Power Down PCs

chaffed No incentive for those who do not pay per kwh... (576 comments)

I work in a high rise office building. Our power is included in our lease for the space. There is no incentive for me to power down workstations at night. That being said, you could argue that I would be helping everyone for the greater good. It still comes down to me expending resources without any direct benefit either way. The lease is not cheaper if I use less power. If my office paid per kwh, then it makes sense. Till then, my workstations stay on at night.

Oh and my workstations do not sit idle. Full anti-virus scans and updates are performed in off hours in order to minimize impact during the work day.

more than 5 years ago

When Digital TV broadcasts kick in in earnest ...

chaffed Re:Nonissue. (352 comments)

I agree and experience the same things.

As for the sporting events, I find it more fulfilling to go to a friends house or the local bar and watch it. Makes the whole game more entertaining.

The greatest advantage to watching sports with friends... beer!

more than 6 years ago



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