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Iran Threatens Legal Action Against Google For Not Labeling Gulf 'Persian'

coredog64 Re:Turkey threatened HP over Kurdish Language (246 comments)

You're an Amenian genocide denier denier?! Man, I hope you never try to travel to Turkey. Didn't you see that move "Midnight Express"? Your visit will be like that, only less pleasant.

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NASA's Hansen Calls Out Obama On Climate Change

coredog64 Re:The problem no one will mention (461 comments)

I believe that historically, for something that used to be as expensive as chicken, you'd have roast chicken one night and then figure out how to stretch what was left into two or three more meals during the week (Chicken a la King with scraps; soup with the neck, gizzards, and whatever bits were stuck to the skeleton). You can see this in older American cookbooks, where there are strategies for cooking with small amounts of lower quality cuts of meat, or how to make meals out of leftovers.

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NASA's Hansen Calls Out Obama On Climate Change

coredog64 Re:Nuclear (461 comments)

The situation is actually a little less dire than that though. We don't need to replace all 15 Terawatts: Some of that electricity already comes from carbon-free sources (wind, tide, solar, nuclear, hydro, whatever). Second, if you could move to newer reactors, you could cut that number even more. The reactors at Palo Verde, for example, are 1.21GW reactors: That drops the number to ~ 12400. If the AREVA 1.6GW design works out, that's less than 10K total (less what's already renewable).

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NASA's Hansen Calls Out Obama On Climate Change

coredog64 Re:Nuclear (461 comments)

In most US states, sales tax levied on vehicle purchases and the annual registration fee counts for quite a lot of money. In fact, that's what drove Tim Eyman to propose I-695 in Washington State. One of the arguments against I-695 was that said registration fees were covering other programs, and the loss of those funds would blow a hole in the state budget.

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Is Gamification a Good Motivator?

coredog64 Re:Already done it. (290 comments)

I'm currently managing 8 employees who have a a job with a clear-cut, objective performance measure. I tried implementing an anonymous leaderboard only to have them all rebel against it.

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Objective-C Comes of Age

coredog64 Re:Yes but (437 comments)

I'd imagine that the parent poster is talking about capabilities that are only present in Win7 in general. Even if you used C/C++ you couldn't use said APIs in XP or Vista because they aren't implemented. I can't think of any off the top of my head though.

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Objective-C Comes of Age

coredog64 Re:Seems like Mac is a win ... (437 comments)

No 64-bit code for Express

Because it would be too difficult for a C# programmer to edit an XML file and call msbuild.

There are rational digs against the express versions, but this ain't one of 'em.

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Ask Slashdot: Building A Server Rack Into a New Home?

coredog64 Re:Home or office? (402 comments)

I got a surplus, 42U, 4 post Compaq rack for free. Although the rack did include a high-power ventilation setup at the top, it's really only needed if you fill the thing with a bunch of 1U space heaters and/or blade chassis. I was only using it to create a tidier setup for a bunch of equipment that was used occasionally (an Octane, an O2, a SunBlade, etc.) along with low power gear that was always in use (a 16 port switch, the DSL modem, a small NAS).

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U.S. Suspends JEEP Aid

coredog64 Re:rising tide floats all boats (136 comments)

I was considering out-sourcing some work to the Philippines (from a non-American territory, for an international aid organization) and ISTR the going rate for educated Filipinos was ~ $1300/month. It was more expensive than India (again, going by memory, $1000/month) but the Philippines were closer and they have much better infrastructure and English skills.

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Sixty Years On, B-52s Are Still Going Strong

coredog64 Re:Still more upgrades coming? (403 comments)

Boeing offered the USAF an unsolicited proposal to re-engine the B-52 with RB-211s. There were two finance options -- lease and outright purchase. The USAF declined, as there was no ROI. Frankly, what happens is that these type of projects turn into monkey-f**king-football exercises. "Since we're in there..." is used to justify a shitload of design changes (glass cockpit, FBW, composite airframe, yadda yadda yadda), so I'm not surprised.

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Sixty Years On, B-52s Are Still Going Strong

coredog64 Re:Extend the lifespan of B-52 beyond 2040? (403 comments)

The best part of the B-1R is that the unofficial nickname of the B-1 is the "Bone"*. Who wouldn't want to have a "Bone R" in their strategic arsenal?

*The (probably apocryphal) source is a newspaper article where the hapless reporter spelled out B-1 and left out the hyphen.

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Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

coredog64 Re:Good luck with that fair trial thing (995 comments)

I'd assume that the parent post was focused on his safety. Bounties have already been offered on Zimmerman, including at least one "dead or alive". Wouldn't take much for someone already facing life to shank Zimmerman if it came down to it.

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Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

coredog64 Re:This is out of control (995 comments)

You're a little confused about the sequence of events.

Zimmerman _was_ arrested. That's where we got that video of him being walked into the police station in handcuffs.

Zimmerman wasn't charged. And frankly, that was down to the state AG who said there needed to be a deeper investigation before charges could be brought.

It probably wouldn't take a very good lawyer to overturn a conviction if it was found that Zimmerman's civil rights were violated during the investigation (*cough* OJ *cough*)

Presumably the investigation has happened and now Zimmerman has been charged.

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US Puts Tariff On Chinese Solar Panels

coredog64 Re:Rare Earths Battle (311 comments)

The only way I can see to level the playing field against China is to revoke their most favored trading partner status that Bush Jr. Gave them.

China has had MFN status since the mid-to-late 90s, largely at the behest of export-driven industries like aerospace. China was granted permanent MFN status in October of 2000. That's a month before the 2000 elections, and 3 months before W. took office. It's nice to see that Bush Derangement Syndrome is still flowering after nearly a full term by his replacement.

more than 2 years ago
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US Puts Tariff On Chinese Solar Panels

coredog64 Re:This is about Solyndra (311 comments)

Solyndra was betting on higher prices for silicon and lower prices for copper, gallium, and iridium. Regardless of anything the Chinese did, they were going to get hosed big time.

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U.S. Missile Defense Against Iran Makes China/Russia Mad, Might Not Even Work

coredog64 Re:Might not? Try will not (408 comments)

The Russians certainly felt that ABM was technically possible. They deployed, what, 3 generations of ABM systems around Moscow and even went so far as to enshrine their ability to do so into the ABM treaty.

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CEO of TuCloud Dares Microsoft To Sue His New Company

coredog64 Re:Okay, so I'm not completely informed here, but. (109 comments)

Why not? A publicly traded company's only duty is to make money for its shareholders...

Can we stop already with the incorrect summary of Ford vs. Dodge Brothers?

Most state codes permit, or even require, incorporators to
include a statement in the corporate charter that defines and limits the
purpose for which the corporation is being formed. If the corporation's
founders so desire, they can easily include in the corporate charter a recitation
of the Dodge v. Ford view that the corporation in question "is organized and
carried on primarily for the profit of the stockholders."
  In reality, corporate
charters virtually never contain this sort of language. Instead, the typical
corporate charter defines the corporate purpose as anything "lawful."
What about state corporation codes? Do they perhaps limit the corporate
purpose to shareholder wealth maximization? To employ the common saying,
the answer is "not just 'no,' but 'hell no.'"

http://www.virginialawbusrev.org/VLBR3-1pdfs/Stout.pdf

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Google Cools Data Center With Bathroom Water

coredog64 Re:Hooray for common sense. (230 comments)

I fail to see anything innovative about this. The Palo Verde Nuclear power plant uses reclaimed water for cooling as there's no nearby river of the correct size.

From Wikipedia:

Located in the Arizona desert, Palo Verde is the only nuclear generating facility in the world that is not situated adjacent to a large body of above-ground water. The facility evaporates water from the treated sewage of several nearby municipalities to meet its cooling needs

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Iran Deleted From the World's Banking Computers

coredog64 Re:The people will be the ones who suffer (667 comments)

The CIA didn't like that and installed a puppet regime, everything went to hell after that.
It wasn't that the CIA didn't like it. The British didn't like the idea of Mosaddegh nationalizing oil resources out from under BP. They convinced the Americans to help them overthrow the government and install a puppet. Without that particular bit of work, I doubt the American CIA would have ever jumped in.

more than 2 years ago

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