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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

dfetter That's a smidge under 4" for the entire state (330 comments)

The area of the state of California is 163,696 square miles.

$ units --verbose
Currency exchange rates from www.timegenie.com on 2014-04-02
2866 units, 109 prefixes, 79 nonlinear units

You have: 11 trillion gallons
You want: 163696 in mile^2
        11 trillion gallons = 3.8666624 * 163696 in mile^2
        11 trillion gallons = (1 / 0.25862097) * 163696 in mile^2

I find '4" over the entire state" to be a little bit more manageable than some unscaled number with a bunch of zeros, but maybe it's just me.

about a month and a half ago

More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

dfetter It's the conversation, (367 comments)

not the holding of the device, as anybody who'd thought this through even for a second was saying back when "hands-free" was being touted as a safety feature.

about 10 months ago

Unmanned NASA Rocket Lifts Off From Wallops Island, On Way To Moon

dfetter Wallops? (56 comments)

I suppose that's better than wallchan...

about a year ago

Montreal Union Wants a Camera On Every Policeman's Uniform

dfetter Re:But (320 comments)

How is alleging something about his mother's situation in life helping?

about a year and a half ago

Montreal Union Wants a Camera On Every Policeman's Uniform

dfetter Re:Our local department has this (320 comments)

Good for you guys! I'm betting this will really improve officer behavior, but only if the penalties for "malfunctions" are severe, e.g. disciplinary actions against the LEO and never pressing charges against anyone during whose arrest a "malfunction" has occurred.

about a year and a half ago

Smartphones Driving Violent Crime Across US

dfetter Type II Error (was Re:Serious crime?) (204 comments)

I just love how people who constantly complain about how buggy and unreliable everything is--and justifiably so, by and large--imagine that there's no way to activate a booby trap by mischance or hostility.

about a year and a half ago

Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords

dfetter Re:Arrogant maintainers... (234 comments)

Speaking of arrogance, it takes quite a bit of it, that, or paranoia, to imagine that people in a data center know or care what you're doing with your equipment there. They all have jobs to do, and if you're doing something so sensitive that you think the risk of being spied on in the data center is that high, you should probably have your own data center. That, or lay off the meth^Wcoffee.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Best Setup a School Internet Filter?

dfetter Wrong from the get-go (454 comments)

Your assumption that content people might find--Facebook or elsewhere--that is more harmful to them than a censorship policy just handed down to them--is false. This is your chance to confront the people asking you to implement the policy with a couple of questions:

1. Given all the ways people get uncensored internet even under autocratic regimes where the penalties are brutal, what makes you think any censorship policy could work?

2. Which feasible projects are you willing to divert resources from in order to tilt at this windmill?

Don't let them answer 2. until they've got 1. well in hand.

more than 2 years ago

New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It's An Easy Out For Lazy Devs

dfetter Re:You get what you pay/wait for (491 comments)

Yep. Fast. Cheap. Good.

Pick two.

That's actually the optimistic perspective. Given skill, experience and good will, you could pick up to two. Frequently, the most you could have is one, or in sadly common cases, zero.

more than 2 years ago

Terminal Mixup Implicates TSA Agents In LAX Smuggling Plot

dfetter Re:Terrible (255 comments)

Um, excuse me, but did it escape your notice that the vast majority of terrorists in this country are white "Christians" on the extreme right?

more than 2 years ago

LastCalc Is Open Sourced

dfetter Re:Too bad it's Affero (103 comments)

You know someone was going to ask. It's me.

With what AGPL software did you run across this situation?

more than 2 years ago

Hard Drive Overclocking Competition From Secau

dfetter Re:An hour? (162 comments)

Here I thought I was fairly late to the party.

more than 2 years ago

AMD To Support Coreboot On All Upcoming Processors

dfetter Re:And? (134 comments)

I don't think the word, "coercion" means what you think it means. Are you really in a position to force Intel to do anything? Really?

more than 3 years ago

'Most Earth-Like' Exoplanet Gets Major Demotion

dfetter Re:Real time science indeed (206 comments)

s/no thinking required/thinking actively discouraged/

more than 3 years ago

Tractor Beams Are Getting Closer (Sort of)

dfetter Particle sorting...Isotopes, perhaps? (70 comments)

Actually, this could be pretty significant if it takes some clever machine rather than a host of gigantic centrifuges to do the job.

more than 3 years ago

Are You Sure SHA-1+Salt Is Enough For Passwords?

dfetter Re:Wait, what? (409 comments)

You do realize that OP was referring to MySQL, do you not?

more than 3 years ago

The Rise and Fall of America's Jet-Powered Car

dfetter Re:Retrocausality, according to Wall Street Journa (338 comments)

I suspect similar arguments were made for having gears shift without manual intervention, but people got use to the situation so thoroughly that only in niche markets is it even possible to sell a second-hand car with a manual transmission.

more than 4 years ago

Designing Wireless Sensors To Be Dropped Into Volcanoes

dfetter Re:Government Conspiracy (126 comments)

You must have been stoned to come up with that. Shale on you!

more than 4 years ago


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Reiser gets a beat-down

dfetter dfetter writes  |  about 6 years ago

For what is unlikely to be the last time, fellow inmates beat up Hans Reiser.

Perhaps he'll learn some humility. It looks like he's got the rest of his life to practice.

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