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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

chuckinator Re:Another disturbing theory (304 comments)

Fiberglass isn't plastic. It's glass fibers.

about a month ago
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US Should Use Trampolines To Get Astronauts To the ISS Suggests Russian Official

chuckinator Re:So what? (272 comments)

Nedd Ludd, is that you?

about 3 months ago
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Intel and SGI Test Full-Immersion Cooling For Servers

chuckinator Re:What about maintenance costs? (102 comments)

No way, chief. Datacenters are designed to be cost efficient, too. That automatic card pulling robot is likely to cost more than an entire row of server racks, and the servers themselves will be ridiculously expensive from custom hardware design and unorthodox cooling systems. What you'll really see is a traditional datacenter running on commodity hardware with humans doing all the manual maintenance. If there's a glut of money for crazy stuff, they'll invest it in either more servers, bigger networking equipment, or additional NOC staff.

about 4 months ago
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New US Atomic Clock Goes Live

chuckinator Re:So... (127 comments)

ntpdate wwv.nist.gov

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: College Club Fundraising On the Fly?

chuckinator Re:ks (89 comments)

Kickstarter is merely one form of grant application. If you and others from your organisation go through the proper research, you can find grant money in all sorts of corners.

about 5 months ago
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New VR Game Makes You a "Hollywood Hacker"

chuckinator Re:Uplink (38 comments)

The fun thing about video games is that almost all of them come with a reset button of some sort.

about 5 months ago
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What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

chuckinator Re:Pizza place (322 comments)

...also, this was one of those things that varied store to store depending upon whether the location was franchise owned or corporate, so no two stores were exactly the same.

about 6 months ago
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What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

chuckinator Re:Pizza place (322 comments)

I worked at Papa John's in the late 90s myself, and that wasn't linux. It was a SCO UnixWare variant driving a bank of dumb serial terminals. Not sure what they're using now, but that was almost 15-20 years ago.

about 6 months ago
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Megatons To Megawatts Program Comes To a Close

chuckinator Re:Nuclear dangers... (125 comments)

Melanoma, or are you talking about those crazy schmucks with solar grills initiated some DIY spontaneous-human-combustion?

about 6 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

chuckinator Re:Wait so now (692 comments)

88 mph is illegal? GREAT SCOTT!

about 6 months ago
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Experiments Reveal That Deformed Rubber Sheet Is Not Like Spacetime

chuckinator Re:Um... (264 comments)

See, you get it. That's like the sound that the bits make when they're flying through the intertubes.

about 7 months ago
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Experiments Reveal That Deformed Rubber Sheet Is Not Like Spacetime

chuckinator Re:Um... (264 comments)

They actually do or the energy is converted to another form, but not at planetary scale. It's like internet scale, but bigger.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

chuckinator Re:Mobile sites are a mistake (382 comments)

Exactly this. The mobile version is a one off version of the primary development effort. Mobile browsers are supposed to be modern and fully supporting web standards, but it's not enough if the site designers make you jump through too many hoops (if you're allowed at all) just to get to the regular version again.

about 7 months ago
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A Year After Sandy, Do You Approach Disaster Differently?

chuckinator Re:Being prepared (230 comments)

Very nice! Yeah, I didn't mean to come off as one of those folks because I'm not. I just didn't want people thinking that having the equipment was all you needed because the training and exams and licensing are pretty important. Either way, have a good one and 73, sir.

about 9 months ago
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A Year After Sandy, Do You Approach Disaster Differently?

chuckinator Re:Being prepared (230 comments)

Ecommie wannabe? Only group of folks I've heard refer to hams by that moniker operate their Maxtracs under their employers' public safety LMRS licenses. I certainly hope you're not bootlegging that on 30-50 MHz.

about 9 months ago
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A Year After Sandy, Do You Approach Disaster Differently?

chuckinator Re:Being prepared (230 comments)

I do want to clarify that any radio on any frequency may be used if the threat of human life is clear and present and no other means of communication are available, but it is much better to be able to make contact out with a licensee callsign. It's even better to know how to operate the radio and follow established procedures and protocols of the amateur service so you can be helpful rather than have to get help from someone on the air just to know how to operate the device. That radio is little more than an electronic brick in the hands of someone that doesn't know how it works.

about 9 months ago
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A Year After Sandy, Do You Approach Disaster Differently?

chuckinator Re:Being prepared (230 comments)

You are incorrect, uninformed, and perpetuating misinformation. Licensees participating in ARES (amateur radio emergency service) and RACES (radio amateur civil emergency service) drills practice not only how to operate their stations in power blackout situations, they also practice operating frequencies under net control conditions and how to report and relay relevant emergency information in concise, brief messages that won't interfere with any ongoing emergency response efforts. A disaster is the time in which it is most important to be licensed, understand how the equipment works, and understand protocols and procedures for operating on the air so you don't interfere with the ongoing radio communications during the disaster. The last thing that will help is someone who doesn't know how to work their radio, how to follow authorized operating protocol, and how to be helpful and keep your head screwed on under duress. What will get you a stern talking to in a time of peace will get the book thrown at you in a time of crisis when there really are lives on the line. You will also be more likely to be caught operating illegally during a time of crisis since that's when the powers that be will need that resource the most.

about 9 months ago
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A Year After Sandy, Do You Approach Disaster Differently?

chuckinator Re:Being prepared (230 comments)

It would help to get an amateur radio license before hand so you can contact what's left of the authorities to regroup (or just let them know not to shoot you). A CB would work just as well, but you're more likely to get in touch with them on the amateur 2 meter 144 MHz VHF frequencies than the CB 11 meter 27 MHz HF frequencies. 70 centimeter 440 MHz UHF frequencies may also help if you want to link up with others operating FRS/GMRS radios, and a GMRS license will give you the privilege of working the GMRS emergency repeaters.

about 9 months ago
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The Boss Is Remotely Monitoring Blue-Collar Workers

chuckinator Re:UPS (228 comments)

Also, I would like to point out that the principle of the banality of evil is at work here. The individual in question was not a horrible, shambling monster, but just a normal person with a normal life that failed to make good decisions that resulted in the commission of a crime. It was likely not his intention to commit grand theft auto, but he did, and he should face the consequences for it. There were no mitigating circumstances or emergencies that prompted him to do this, but he chose to commit a crime because it was more convenient than doing the right thing.

about 9 months ago

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