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Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

clovis Re:Raptor? (107 comments)

I'm not attributing it to a single cause anymore than one can attribute death by cancer to any specific individual cell.

And then you continue attributing it to the single cause of bureaucracy.

3 days ago

Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

clovis Re:Raptor? (107 comments)

You know that the bureaucrats eventually "won" in Rome, right?

Rome collapsed under the weight of its complacent, entrenched bureaucracy. After Marcus Aurelius, every subsequent Caesar had less ability to change the trajectory of the Empire thanks to the political realities imposed by the bureaucracy. They had to act within the constraints of the previously established bureaucracies. Did you know that eventually Roman bureaucrats granted themselves military ranks? Bureaucrats also chose the last of the Western Emperors.

Bureaucracy is a cancer.

Attributing the fall of the Roman empire to a single cause is just plain wrong.

4 days ago

Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

clovis Huffpost loses misleading tagline championship! (159 comments)

This just out: Slashdot publishes an article with the title "Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software".
Anyone reading the article sees that no such thing has happened.
Huffpost slides into second place for misleading tagline, but still retains "sideboob" title.

about a week ago

Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

clovis Obligatory (116 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new planktonic overlords.

about a week ago

Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

clovis Picasso and Braque influenced Klimt (74 comments)

From the article:
"They've developed an algorithm that has used these classifications to find many well known influences between artists, such as the well known influence of Pablo Picasso and George Braque on the Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt, ..."

I never heard that before. In what way did Picasso and Braque influence Klimt's art?

about two weeks ago

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

clovis delete fntcache.dat fixed some people (303 comments)

It appears that booting into recovery, or using a standalone Linux distro, and deleting C:\windows\system32\fntcache.dat solved the problem for some people, if not all of the ones who tried it.
There are other problems with the patches regarding fonts, but at least you'll be able to boot.

about two weeks ago

Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

clovis Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

To provide the same value as a subsidy to solar would cost a bunch more than it costs the power companies

Yeah, what you said. Now it makes sense when framed as getting the most return for the subsidy dollar.

about two weeks ago

Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

clovis Re:Translated into English (306 comments)

and furthermore this from the article:

Under the typical business model for the solar industry, homeowners sign lease agreements with installation companies. The homeowners pay the cost of the panels over time and sell any excess power the systems generate. ...
States where solar thrives typically pay homeowners attractive rates for the excess power they generate and require utilities to get a considerable share of their power from renewable sources. That gives companies an incentive to promote use of solar.

What this is about is that the local utilities are FORCED to purchase the solar panel's excess generation whether they need it or not. At retail rates the utilities are forced to pay are in excess of what it costs the utility to generate and distribute power.

Usual Wiki link, usual caveat,
scroll down to see a list of states and see which states have retail pricing net metering.

How long would Kroger stay in business if it bought apples orchards sold apples to Kroger for 50 cents and Kroger then sold them in stores for 75 cents, but the state passed a law requiring Kroger to pay 75 cents to any individual who brought apples into the store? It sounds like it would be a wash, except that Kroger's cost
for the apples isn't actually 50 cents. Kroger has to buy land, pay taxes and utilities, transport the apples and so on.
The solar power buy-back prices vary wildly across the US, In some states net-metering is the retail price like in the kroger analogy, and in others it is the wholesale price

I can't think of any other industry besides solar whose business model requires laws to require a business (utilities) to purchase their own product from the customers at retail prices whenever the customer feels like having a surplus.

about two weeks ago

With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

clovis Re:a man, a plan, a canal: panama (322 comments)

A man a plan a canal nicaragua
A man a plan a canal Nilanacgua
a guitar a canal aliens neilalanacgua

It's not perfect, but I feel like I'm getting close. Give us some Red Bull and a crunch weekend and we'll have it by monday

about three weeks ago

Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

clovis Re:First problem is calling it Aaron's Law (134 comments)

Yes. Its a shame that a small child didn't go on line, steal some copyrighted material and then was driven to suicide by the shame brought down upon the family for harboring such a terrorist.

Then we could have named it the "Just think of the children law" and it would have passed easily.

Sadly, I have to agree with you, but am adding the stipulation that the child be from an upper middle class white family. Optimally, it would be a blonde girl who also fell into a well, but that may be asking too much.

about three weeks ago

Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

clovis First problem is calling it Aaron's Law (134 comments)

Associating the act with Aaron Swartz such as calling it Aaron's Law is a huge mistake because any congressman that votes for it will have to consider how his opponents would use that against him in the next election. Keep in mind that the people who fund election campaigns are the kind that would look upon Aaron as a simple thief and menace.

The CFAA certainly needs to be fixed, but a better way would be to not mention Aaron Swartz and rather call it something like "CFAA Modernization Act"

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

clovis Re:No (190 comments)

In a rigged election, it will be that small difference. Close elections are the ones that get rigged.

True - it varies from state to state. In general it's either recanvass (re-run the machine count) or recount (count by hand)

O.C.G.A. 21-2-493
O.C.G.A. 21-2-495

Here's what it looks like to me if there's a problem or close (1%) election
If it's paper ballots, then recounts are done with representatives of affected candidates present. The ballots are read aloud in front of the candidates (and other poll officials) representatives and counted.

In Georgia, if machines are used, you get a re-canvass. Georgia's machines do not have a paper audit of each vote, only paper total generated by the machine, so the law basically says if something went wrong, assume it was the machine and try to figure out what happened. If you can't figure it out, then that's too bad and we'll just go with what you got. If you do find the problem, then that's too bad and change the numbers to match the paper total.

See the difference? See the problem with machine-based voting?

about a month ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

clovis Re:Well smallpox is already kept there... so why n (409 comments)

If I recall properlly, the CDC keeps one of the last remaining samples of smallpox in Atlanta... so why not add Ebola? D:

The CDC and Fort Dietrick has had the ebola virus in its lab for many years.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

clovis No (190 comments)

As with many other forms of voting where there's no physical ballot, the biggest problem is that there is no actual recount if there's been any problem.
You'll just get the same exact result with each recount.

Many years ago we had huge mechanical voting machines. It wasn't commonly known, but poll workers knew that those machines could lock up and lose all their totals with no way of recovering the lost votes. Rumor had it that this was more likely to occur in black neighborhoods.

BTW, the only elections that matter are local.

about a month ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

clovis Re:Brilliant... (419 comments)

I tend to ignore the text in any Huff post articles and go to any source if mentioned. The same applies to /. as well.
For this one, here you go:

It's not an experiment, it's several. and the loose ethics of the wealthy have been noted throughout history.
We don't have to accuse people of lying about their social status because hardly anyone knows what they are except at the extremes.
So, generally the participants weren't directly asked their social status, it was inferred from a tool used in other social studies designed to discover social status without directly asking for it.

Also, two of the studies didn't involve game mechanics - they involved actual theft.

One study was observing behavior in traffic and status (real or imagined) was inferred from the class of automobile.

On the other hand, continuing your theme of poor methodology some studies were done on amazon's mechanical turk using people answering adds on craigslist, an environment not known to me for attracting the wealthy. It's not only a self- selected group, but a particular subset of a self selected group.

about a month ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

clovis Re:Fear (550 comments)

Who wants to live at 80 or 90? I'm half-hoping to be dead then.

And I'm hoping to be half-dead by then. 160 to 180 sounds about right for me.

about 1 month ago

Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

clovis Re:Legacy Systems. (144 comments)

I don't know what your idea of a long time ago is, but they are still building and improving the C-130.
The Combat King variant was flight-tested in 2011.

about a month ago

Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

clovis Re:Legacy Systems. (144 comments)

Never worked for or with Lockheed, eh? Or maybe never heard of the F35?

On the other hand Lockheed also made the C-130 Hercules.

about a month ago


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