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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

chmod a+x mojo Re:Feedback loops (273 comments)

There is a feedback control that may help mitigate a small portion of the effect already, humidity. Water vapor concentrations in the atmosphere contribute to warming.... until they are concentrated enough so that the albedo effect kicks in ( clouds reflecting sunlight away ).

That isn't to say that it will be the panacea in any way, shape, or form though - since it will barely have an over-all effect short term. I was merely pointing out one tiny feedback check that is going on as we speak.

about a week ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

chmod a+x mojo Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

One other question: why would it matter if I got a copy from TPB (other than the obvious danger of malware)?

Because the people that actually pay for PhotoShop are the ones who are much more likely to use the more powerful features instead of just being an amatuer ( no matter how good SOME of them are ) just fooling around with it. We can tell you the limitations of the software ( gimp actually can do a fair amount of what PS can, it's mostly the horrid UI that holds it back). Part of it is also plain old cussedness on the users part, we KNOW the shortcuts and where the tools / actions we need to do are in PS... when we look at gimp it looks like the UI threw up and we can't find what we want without a detailed search that breaks our concentration away from the project.

I beleive you are sincere, and I'm curious. Have you used GIMP 2.8 in Single Window mode? How about Blender?

Yes, I checked it out when 2.8 first came out ( the floating windows wasn't a deal breaker, only annoying ). It's the rest of the UI, it's very cluttered* and un-intuitive*.

One example from working on OS/X a few weeks ago when I checked it out again:
I select the 1px brush tool expecting a one pixel brush like I would get by default in PS. My "1px" brush was actually 3px in a horizontal bar by default ( and the brush shapes toolbox was out constantly cluttering up the UI ) and couldn't' for the life of me figure out how the hell to just get my brush to be 1px just by looking at the UI ( there was no 1px square in the shapes toolbox).

*In PS all tools are grouped by function( with the most commonly used on top with press and hold to bring up the lesser used tools) and the tool selection toolbox is user selectable either 1 or 2 tools wide, in gimp, at least by default it is a more scattered something like 5 tools wide and no grouping + other toolboxes embedded within the tools toolbox. This is in addition to some filters and adjustments being in odd places ( at least to a long time PS user ). One that I seem to remember all the time is the DeNoise filter not being grouped with other filters that deal with noise in gimp.

I don't use Blender, I use PhotoShop and Lightroom for photo editing, not the modeling / animating stuff Blender was meant for.

I actually LIKE Creative Cloud now, for $10 a month ( which is something like 5 minutes of work ) I get the most up to date PS and Lightroom instead of 300+ every few years. Obviously I would rather not pay anything ( hey $10 is a couple drinks a month ) but so far gimp just doesn't work out yet... and judging from the time it took to get single window mode, even if someone came up with a truly nice UI the devs would fight implementing it for years to come.

about two weeks ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

chmod a+x mojo Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

I can tell you from first hand experience: Photo wise the Linux equivalents are complete and utter shit, which is unfortunate since I would love to have a free cross platform alternative. For anyone who has actually worked with PhotoShop, not just played with a copy grabbed from the Pirate Bay, GIMP = shit (ungodly cluttered horrible looking UI), Krita = shit ( no where near as powerful), Picasa ( if you can call it a full fledged "editor" even ) = shit. Hell even on OS/X iPhoto is shit compared to PhotoShop... even as old as PS7.0.

And that is completely ignoring LightRoom.

about two weeks ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

chmod a+x mojo Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

if it is about the drivers not having a stable API / ABI he does have a point though. If a company already has doubts about releasing a driver for Linux, then finds out they have to tweak their driver every couple months when there is another point release they will be more likely to just say screw it and not bother with a driver.

If the API / ABI was stable for a sane set amount of time ( like Win9x / WinNT lifetimes, or even say 1-2 years ) companies probably would invest in building a codebase of drivers.

Hell even the FOSS driver crews could probably be further ahead on their drivers if they didn't constantly have to tweak stuff to match up to the kernel every. single. damn. release.

about two weeks ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

chmod a+x mojo Re:Easy, India or China (303 comments)

Wow, you either have guts or a serious lack of brains if you are trying to lecture a person on how Science works while not even knowing the difference between hypothesis, theory, and law.

Here's a hint: for something to become "only a theory" all hypothesis aspects of it has to have undergone extensive testing as well as being an accurate description of the observations being studied.

There is zero demonstrable practical output or progress in terms of human progress or human suffering to show for all the work and money that has gone into this field over the last 30 years, and anyone who puts any stock in it is no better informed than the creationist who believes that the world is 6,000 years old, because all of the world's leading bible scientists sat on their hemorrhoids and confirmed the same values while trying to infer the entire history and trajectory of the universe using a single pre-scientific-method cultural document transcribed from one culture's oral tradition, that described some details of some other culture's cultural events.

Yeah, all of us scientifically trained people are stew-pod right? Just because we didn't directly observe the clown that threw the pie in our face it must mean that there is no pie on our face huh? Face it, there are tons of people smarter than you, me, and everyone else out there... thousands of them from hundreds of countries saying the same thing after studying the wide spread of data available VS something like 50, maybe 100, all with shall we say... interesting ties to funding provided by parties with a vested interest in denying any sort of involvement with the environment.

Hmmm, wonder who seems more trustworthy to me?

about two weeks ago

Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

chmod a+x mojo Re:Fatsos (88 comments)

I would still argue one point then: weight stability has nothing to do with internal absorption.

If a person is gaining weight that means their caloric intake is in excess of what they are using. If a stable weight is desired they must either reduce intake or increase calorie usage into a balance. Even if they have a high hunger response and can't reduce caloric intake they could do more activities that burn calories rather continue a more sedentary lifestyle.

The thing that really sucks is that moving around more ( burning calories ) is much much more difficult to start once obesity has set in due to how obesity affects the body. Stresses on joints and support bones are much greater, Oxygen absorption is generally lower, and depending on how obese the person is pressure on the diaphragm may make hard breathing even more difficult.

Between the difficulty in getting started exercising and the difficulty in breaking bad eating habits makes it very hard for many obese people to lose the weight. This does not excuse them from giving up before trying though.

about a month ago

Is the App Store Broken?

chmod a+x mojo Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

The next step of a bubble is the "pop" where everyone realizes there's not much of a market left, and flees.

Well, only the get rich quick hunters will flee. The ones that stay will be the ones that realise that providing something "boring" but essential are the ones that will make it big and stay on top, just so long as they aren't sleeping at the wheel and let someone else do it better.
That, and those who are dedicated to making good games / timewaster applications that people will actually want to play... not just the floods of "me too" copy apps.

about a month ago

The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

chmod a+x mojo Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (140 comments)

ummm, yeah, back up and think about it for a minute.

1: Hypothetical situation where the biggest military in the world by orders of magnitude is breaking a "stupid software license" ( their terms ).

2: your answer is "sue", either in US court / foreign court. Which then gets told "state secret blah blah blah" and to talk to the shiny new warhead if there are any problems.

3: You apparently think the biggest military is just gonna roll over because the software says they can't use it....

Premises 2 and 3 are just plain foolish, especially premise 3. It's not like there is rampant copyright violations worldwide... oh wait, I must have been thinking of the RIAA / MPAA dream world for a second instead of the real world.

TL;DR version: all that license is is a bunch of words to be ignored if you don't have the power to actually enforce it. And no, I highly doubt the rest of the world will declare WW3 over a copyright violation.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

chmod a+x mojo Geology.... (509 comments)

I may be a bit biased here, but the need for Geologists is not going to go away until the Earth does. The sheer range of jobs available with a Geology degree is staggering, everything from a naturalist at a county park to Oceanography all the way up to the oil & gas industry or the USGS ( or insert your country name in front of the Geological Survey ) Federal government jobs.

about a month and a half ago

How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

chmod a+x mojo Re:Come now. (104 comments)

Actually you can, you just need short refuel times to avoid burnoff in a LWR and some reprocessing. Also with proper cooling you can use reactor grade Pu in weapons ( late 50's it was successfully tested ).

I would think you could also separate the Pu-239 from the "useless" Pu-240 with a well tuned cyclotron, much like grabbing the U-235 from U-238. It would probably be easier and faster to just short fuel cycle a LWR and reprocess than separate the fuels with a single neutron mass difference though.

about 2 months ago

Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

chmod a+x mojo Re:What? (61 comments)

The "feature" is just icing on the cake. It was always possible to change the greeter backgrounds... individually in each greeter settings file.

From the way it sounds in this press release you can set the background once in a centralized space and it will automatically change the background for you in the event you switch your greeter for any reason ( not a very common occurrence barring major bugs being introduced) , saving you the "hassle" of having to go through and set up the new greeter background.

In other words it's polish, not a new killer feature.

about 2 months ago

UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

chmod a+x mojo Re:The headline is juicy, but hides a real problem (212 comments)

Probably whatever OTA Analog broadcasts are around ( no digital receivers so older analog is fine), VHS / DVDs from players from the same era, and whatever the local market that wants the damn things has available ETC.
Just because you are privileged and can afford cable / digital OTA / blueray ETC doesn't mean there isn't a market ( which there obviously is ) for older tech in less privileged areas.

Besides, I would rather see the stuff being used than have to have plants built for stripping the old crap of anything useful; I don't want the acids, bases, and assorted other harsh chemical shit needed for reclamation anywhere near me.

about 2 months ago

Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

chmod a+x mojo Re: They've been doing this for a year (202 comments)

No, I haven't. I have a chatzilla profile I have set up ( and copied between machines so all are the same ) to log in with my credentials and join the channels I need to join. Plus I like / am used to the chatzilla interface, it's clean, tabbed in a sane way ( to me ), and generally doesn't get in the way.

XDCC is another factor, we do use XDCC for some group sharing since it is "easier" than sharing via FTP - you can just say "grab pack 59 for the updated blah blah blah" rather than having IRC ( or any chat program ) + a separate FTP client ( and setting up FTP access rights for each user, much easier done in iroffer-dinoex... only send to ops / half-ops in channel "X" and only if they are logged in and registered on the IRC network ) and typing out the path and filename. This way also avoids having to install apache or lighttpd and having to have either a domain name or cryptic IP remembered.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

chmod a+x mojo Re: They've been doing this for a year (202 comments)

Not only that, but it literally takes like 20-30 minutes total + crouton and you can have a full OS running alongside ChromeOS. You can then switch between the two OS's with a really simple key combo.

I'm on a HP Chromebook right now, I spend most of the time in ChromeOS unless I need a dedicated IRC client or Zotero for a reference manager when I don't have WIFI ( otherwise I use Chrome Remote Desktop to my much higher horsepower Lenovo laptop with Word ETC), or playing the odd foreign film with subtitles in MPlayer. Google Docs ( offline even ) are good enough if you just have to bang out a short paper with only a few references or .doc/x correspondence to someone... you don't need a full huge office suite for these things, and if you DO need the full suite it is only a key combo away.

Why do I use a Chromebook? 1: it's a dual core x86_64 machine( meaning enough oomph to get at least some moderate to heavy work done) with easily 9+ hour battery life with WIFI on. 2: it weighs less than my higher powered laptop AND is thinner, both making it easier to carry around. 3: the keyboard and trackpad are 10x better than on my Lenovo ( even though the numpad is missing on the Chromebook ). 4: it's cheap enough that I don't care so much if it gets dirty / scratched / looks like ass after it has been out in the field for a while ( it cost 1/3 the base price of the Lenovo, 1/4 after the upgrades to the Lenovo, price not even comparable to a Mac laptop).

If I need real raw power I grab either my desktop or the Lenovo, but probably at least 90% of the work I do the Chromebook can handle easily. Documents are no problem, compiles have OK times, it can decode and playback 1080P H.264 full speed ( and output to HDMI), plays Netflix in downtimes ( in ChromeOS ), and does everything but play games ( and probably WINE / steam4Linux would actually work, I just don't use them ). The only real limitation is the not easily up-gradable 2Gb RAM means you have to be at least semi diligent in not leaving 600 tabs open and other stuff running when not needed.

Did I mention the keyboard ( other than the F1-12 keys being not labeled as such ) is awesome? Other than no backlighted keys the keyboard is as good as Macbook pro's I've typed on, and the trackpad is large and quite responsive... even with gestures.

about 3 months ago

Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

chmod a+x mojo Re:Linux soon? (202 comments)

It's already in Chrome on Linux, if it's on a chromebook device "certified" by Google ( as far as I know this is just a "yes, it's a chromebook" and not "yes, this is user X that google knows about" I.E. pretty sure the "guest" account should work[1]). That means it is on the OSS Intel drivers.

I have no idea why the "certification" is even necessary, my chromebook is in developer mode ( meaning I have root level access, and can build / install binaries of pretty much anything I want ) and Netflix still runs. Netflix should just make the helper plugin available for chrome+Linux and get it over with.

[1]: I haven't actually tried this with the guest account, maybe I will have time later today...

about 3 months ago

A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z

chmod a+x mojo Re:Big mistake (105 comments)

While I agree for the most part with hardware being DECENT, Samsung really has shitty antennas. I loved my S3, and I love my Note2, but the reception is absolute shit compared to the Motorolas I've had ( the OG droid / Bionic ETC ). The very same places that had been low signal but usable with the Motorola devices either have no signal and / or drop data and calls like flies. Same goes for the WIFI antennas.

This is on the same carrier network and all. I am not the only one to complain about this either, it's a pretty long running complaint with Samsung devices across the 'net.

about 3 months ago

Japanese Court Rules Against Restarting Ohi Reactors

chmod a+x mojo Re:Godzilla! (75 comments)

Well, this is the point I disagree on for several reasons:

1: The plant actually was designed to specifications of the largest projected tsunami and / or earthquake - the reason it had 9 meter seawalls and survived the earthquake with no damage. The non-waterproofed stuff was a major mistake as seen by water getting past the seawalls ( as well as the France / India reactors a decade prior that had similar issues and basically told Japan to fix these major flaws). While it was partially luck that some of the buildings had been undamaged, much more was preserved because of good design. The reactor buildings themselves, for example, were undamaged. The violence of this particular tsunami was not predicted, even by the seismologists who study the Japan trench; they didn't think it could capable of building enough stress to cause such a large megathrust and resulting tsunami as large as it did.

2: Actually the procedures for this type of emergency cooling ( including venting of radio-isotopes upon vessel pressure release ) is standard emergency procedures and trained extensively for. They basically ignored their emergency training and tried to do anything possible to avoid venting any radiation, which eventually failed.

3: We may have to agree to disagree, I have actually written a paper on the tsunami and its results at Fukushima ( as yet not complete enough to publish, feel free to write your own to refute it when it is ) so my viewpoints are pretty well set in stone from the data I have. If you can come up with some hard data and arguments in your cases favor I will certainly listen to them and adjust my views accordingly.

4: this is why I love slashdot, the occasional actual technical discussion between all the frosty piss and goatse AC trolling.

about 3 months ago

Japanese Court Rules Against Restarting Ohi Reactors

chmod a+x mojo Re:Godzilla! (75 comments)

I'm sorry, but you don't seem to understand the passive low pressure emergency core cooling on the BWR 3/4 systems.

As I said numerous times, depressurize the vessel and the passive gravity fed cooling works for up to days. The emergency coolant, that again was available, is located above the vessel. As long as the vessel is depressurized coolant can flow into the vessel at near the same rate as steam is bled off into the spent fuel pools dumping heat. Both the coolant and the fuel pools being used as a heatsink can be replenished with simple external hosing. The depressurization and steam bleed would release some radio gasses, mostly noble gasses ( 135-Xe for the first ~6-8 hours or so, some Kr isotopes ETC ) and Iodine. Heavier elements would tend to stay put inside the vessel.

Yes, its possible had the operators acted differently to mitigate the tsunami damage, the fuel melt may have been prevented. But that is not a cause. There reason the operators did not have the proper instrumentation to deal with a post tsunami wipe-out, is because the plant was not designed to cope with that event.

No, they had all the instrumentation needed. All they really needed was thermometers and volume estimation + maybe a calculator. Instead, being afraid of public outcry over radiation release they chose to trust complex instrument that require precise calibration that had just undergone 4+ minutes of heavy vibrations and then, in parts at least, flooding. See the passive cooling that was available to them, but unused due to fear of public outcry. The plant was capable of coping with the event, it was chosen not to, or at least chosen to cope in the way they had originally thought would result in little to no radiation being released. Unfortunately that was the wrong choice now that we know more from looking back on the disaster.


Had the plant been designed to cope with that event, emergency power sources would have been located in safe areas with protected feeds. Safety equipment would have been located above tsunami levels, and the plant would have had any extra needed instrumentation to perform the necessary operations during that event.

BTW, you can prove that a structure can withstand a force. It is quite easy and common.

The first part of this quote is what I said was lumped into human error, several times already as a matter of fact. And they had all the instrumentation and everything needed to cope, see the above arguments as for why they chose the way they did. As for the second part:
The magnitude of the event was unprecedented, as I said. As to "proving something can withstand a force", that is not what you said. You said ANY force, the plant in question was designed to withstand the biggest tsunami that data said was probable (9m seawalls, plant being located higher than the 9m seawalls, ETC).

about 3 months ago

Japanese Court Rules Against Restarting Ohi Reactors

chmod a+x mojo Re:Godzilla! (75 comments)

This is absolutely false. While there may have been some functionality of the system left after the tsunami, it was not designed to operate under those conditions and it those limited functions were not available for very long, and therefore was not effectively operable is any reasonable sense.

You should review your sources, there are several factual errors in play here.
1: The low pressure emergency cooling was not damaged, it was fully functional but not used. The emergency coolant was available, and the heat sinks were also available. No external power would have been needed, these systems are gravity fed and designed as a last redundancy for situations where every other option failed. The reason this system was not used was mainly fear of radio-gas release and point 2.
2: it is the fault of the operators for every decision they made. They made the decision to blindly trust what they should have know were ( potentially, and in this case literally ) compromised sensor units and did not due any physical checks. I don't have the papers in front of me, but I believe it was unit #1 that actually melted first due to a stuck valve ( maintenance issues, not tsunami issues) and not dumping steam to the suppression ring and subsequently boiling dry within 6 hours. This should have been noticed if there had been physical checks of the systems. Sensors also indicated water levels that where meters higher than actual, again physical checks(temps and volumes of steam blow-off) and some simple math would have shown closer to true estimates - Decay heat should have been roughly 10-12% of full power generation, and the known volume of water in the vessel + loops can tell you the kJ's of heat being put into the water by how much water was being turned to steam / hour and at least estimates of how much water SHOULD be in the condensers VS how much water really WAS in the condensers. The first real reactors we had used less instrumentation to run than what they had available.
3: There are also other logical fallacies in your argument: You can never make anything "proof" against another force, only resistant. If something is not "proof" against the other force it shouldn't be built? We should never build anything then, we can't make it large space object impact proof.
As for the Fukushima daiichi plant, it was quite resistant to the tsunami, the reactors + reactor buildings themselves did not sustain significant damage until the actual meltdown and hydrogen explosions. It was only the emergency generators that really weren't up to snuff ( and there WAS power available from units 5-6 which had functional generators, just no easy way to route cable to units 1-4 through the muck and debris ) Again see points one and two for how this could, and in an ideal situation should, have been able to prevent the catastrophe.

Does this mean that there could / should have been more done? Of course more should have been done, both France and India sent out reports to the whole nuclear community detailing swamped emergency generator rooms over a decade prior to the Tohoku-Oki event, the very reason most other plants had waterproofed their generator rooms and survived relatively unscathed. I said specifically that this was part of the human error in the disaster.
  I can't comment on the plant being built on higher ground because I don't know the reasons why the particular place it was built had been chosen, but higher seawalls may have helped, but may not have. As far as my research has shown, for this area of Japan this was a freak occurrence. There was some evidence that other areas on the coast had seen tsunami events this large, but nothing concrete until data from this tsunami actually correlated to suspected paleo-tsunami evidence. Maybe we will find out that this magnitude event does impact the coast there more often, in that case it is true it should not have been built there; but that is using post fact data.

about 3 months ago

Japanese Court Rules Against Restarting Ohi Reactors

chmod a+x mojo Re:Godzilla! (75 comments)

What the operators were forced to deal with after the Tsunami is not nearly as relevent and the fact that the Tsunami left the plant with no emergency power and water intrusion quickly disabled and remaining systems that were battery backed. This was the case because the plant, nor its safety systems, were designed to withstand the Tsunami.

Actually it is quite relevant. The plant could have been saved, and large scale radio-isotope release could have been avoided in the condition the plant was in after the tsunami. The low pressure emergency cooling was not affected by the tsunami, it was not used due to public fear of radiation, and the requirement that some radio-gasses would needs be released when the vessels are depressurized.
Does that mean the operators made the "wrong" choices? We can't know with 100% certainty, but all indications are ( and scientifically backed up in several published papers ) that it would have been the better idea to depressurize the vessels and use the several days worth of passive decay heat capacity of the spent fuel pools and suppression rings that is the backup built in for just this type of emergency. Gravity fed coolant was on hand, the LOC accident then would not have occurred and the fuel would not have melted. The net result would have been significantly reduced amounts of radio-isotopes released ( and all of them gone within ~1 week at most ) and no need for long term evacuation and cleanup.

If my tires are rated for maximum 50 mph, and I'm going 90 mph and lose control, and I tried to swerve and wind up hitting a tree, the problem was not that I swerved the wrong way, the problem was that I put the vehicle in situation it was not designed to safety handle.

It's actually more like you blew your tire while going 55 because your speedometer was slightly off, and saw two fields: one empty but appears to be behind a steep ditch and the other with a few trees in it but has a very shallow ditch. You steered towards the field with the shallower ditch due to fearing rolling the vehicle when encountering the steep ditch.
You ended up hitting one of the trees in the field, but later found out that the ditch in the empty field was just as shallow as the one bordering the field with the trees.

At the time you made the "right" decision. Looking back at it with better data, you made the wrong decision; the empty field would have been much better.

about 3 months ago


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