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Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk

dotmax Smithers! (562 comments)

Get me the amnesia ray!

about a year and a half ago
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NASA's Basement Nuclear Reactor

dotmax cold fusion redux (368 comments)

Hydrogen in a metal matrix. In the 80s it was called cold fusion. Progress in CF has been slow due to a pervasive and comprehensive conspiracy to suppress positive results in the field Funny, they're still at the F&P stage twenty+ years later... Whatever. Good luck with that.

about a year and a half ago
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Parrot Drives Robotic Buggy

dotmax My bird wants one (182 comments)

I have a 22 y.o. YNA (big green thing, 50% evil) who is very lazy. He would love to go motoring around the house in one of these things.

about a year and a half ago
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MESSENGER Probe Finds Strong Evidence of Ice On Mercury

dotmax Re:is the delta v that bad? (80 comments)

I should not google things before i drink my coffee... I completely messed up my delta-v estimate. You are all right, mercury is a difficult target. It would still be worth it... maybe a solar sail or electrostatic decelerator for free delta-V?

about a year and a half ago
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MESSENGER Probe Finds Strong Evidence of Ice On Mercury

dotmax is the delta v that bad? (80 comments)

I did a cursory goog, and got the impression that the delta-V to Mercury is 1/6th of the delta-V to Mars. Mercury is down the hill from us, not uphill. Mercury would seem to have the added benefit of having 10x the initial solar radiation available for running a sail. I'm a little disappointed to see this topic get so few posts. Mercury has a lot to offer from an explorational perspective. Plentiful energy, a B-field, easy to get to.... much more interesting than Mars in many ways.

about a year and a half ago
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Instant Messaging With Neutrinos

dotmax Not So Fast, Einstein. (262 comments)

Sending neutrino messages is old hat. Receiving them is a bit more difficult, because neutrinos are so damned difficult to detect. They basically don't interact with anything, which is why Fermilab can shoot a neutrino beam an a 735 km underground trip to Minnesota. So to receive your IM, you need a detector the mass of the USS Iowa. I sent out "Dinner is served" back in the 80s, by the way.

more than 2 years ago
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NATO Exercise Banned From Jamming GPS

dotmax .mil or .not? (260 comments)

I thought gps was a military thing and that all that civvy stuff was just freeloading.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Want To Capture an Asteroid

dotmax K. Eric Drexler and L5 figured this out long ago (481 comments)

I remember, as an ardent newcomer to L5, talking about exactly this sort of thing with Eric Drexler in a park somewhere in the Bay Area, back in 1983. What the heck, good luck to the Chinese. Maybe they'll even do it. (although the delta-V required is truly staggering, even for the kind of intercept described)

more than 2 years ago
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US Wants Cybersecurity Protection Plan For Cars

dotmax kill switch (87 comments)

How come the first thing that came to mind was "they want to put a kill switch in my car?" They won't call it that, of course.

about 3 years ago
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LulzSec Calls For PayPal Boycott, Spokesman Arrested

dotmax Way to bury the lede in the headline (425 comments)

Lulsec spokesmouth arrested: news. In the bigger scheme of things, nobody gives a rat fuck what lulsec thinks about paypal.

about 3 years ago
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Google Wrestles With Privacy Bugs In Google+

dotmax Re:Tracker to prevent violations. (163 comments)

Stumbling right out of the gate over privacy problems would likely doom Google+'s chances of emerging as a viable, realistic rival to Facebook, which rules the social networking market with about 700 million account holders

Editorialize much?

more than 3 years ago
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NYSE Sends Cease and Desist Letter To News Organization

dotmax my workaround (131 comments)

Use a photo of the garbage-filled gutter in front of the NYSE, or maybe Bernie Madoff, or a simple graphic of a downward-trending chart with the words FRAUD superimposed.

more than 3 years ago
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Easily Distracted People May Have 'Too Much Brain'

dotmax Re:a new excuse for feckless behavior. (246 comments)

Funny you should mention digging ditches. I dug a nice one across my property a couple of years ago when my employer furloughed its staff for a few days. I won't bother dicksizing what i do for money, but you can figure it out from my previous posts. You're not the only intellectually gifted snowflake in the room, son. Man-up and take responsibility for your bullshit.

more than 3 years ago
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Easily Distracted People May Have 'Too Much Brain'

dotmax a new excuse for feckless behavior. (246 comments)

This will inevitably devolve into "I can't pay attention because I'm so smart", much like "i can only eat mac n' cheese because i'm a supertaster". Time to charge-up the taser ...

more than 3 years ago
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Can Movies Inspire Kids To Be Future Scientists?

dotmax works for me (298 comments)

Forbidden Planet --> Voyage to See What's at the Bottom --> Star Trek --> 2001 --> submarine nuke --> Fermilab main control room crew chief. ymmv.

more than 3 years ago
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Five Times the US Almost Nuked Itself

dotmax Bullshit. (384 comments)

"Had the bomb been armed with its fissile capsule, the immediate death toll may have reached six figures." Says it all. Fail. Technologically illiterate dreck bereft of so much as a wisp of credibility to anyone even passingly familiar with the field. Shame.

more than 3 years ago
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My Job Is..

dotmax I run a friggin atom smasher! (404 comments)

I run an atom smasher! I make antiprotons! I shoot a neutrino cannon at Minnesota! you bet my job is awesome!

more than 3 years ago
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Ideas For a Great Control Room?

dotmax Re:My control room experience at fermilab (421 comments)

It is indeed gross, but it works. You need to remember that this room has been operational, online and manned 24/7/365 for the last 40 years. Those big yellow racks? Been there since 1970. You should also understand that we don't get the money to gussy it up. We'd like nice fancy wide screen displays but it's not a budget priority. Those displays on top? Yes, are, in fact, for room-wide monitoring, esp for that guy at the empty desk in the middle, which is probably self evident by the size of the graphics displayed. Notice the sound deadening material. Notice the straight lines. Notice that there is no storage at the workspaces. We have a pretty good grasp on the details of the ergonomics. This control room is a poster child for function over aesthetics. If you would like to see it up close, just ask, i'd be happy to give you a personal tour. Like i said, i'm in the picture.

more than 3 years ago
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Ideas For a Great Control Room?

dotmax My control room experience at fermilab (421 comments)

These are just my experience. I've worked in SSN maneuvering (reactor plant control) rooms, and at Fermilab, the Experimental Areas, D0, CDF control rooms and now days, the Main Control Room.

Keep the racks sealed, front and back as much as possible, to keep dust in the room from getting into the electronics. You might (or not) be amazed at how much dust a control room can collect over a year.

Include a fair amount of sound deadening foam. again, it's remarkable how loud pcs can get, way moreso if you have to add fan cooled crates and such.

Stay away from trackballs unless you can get *really* *awesome* trackballs, they tend to collect crap inside and are usu. kinda a PITA to clean.

Beware of the temptation to put in q00l tracklights, as they have a tendency to cause a lot of glare. Keep bookshelvs away from the consoles as much as possible.

Have your operators face AWAY from the hallway. Consider keycard access to keep distractions down. Spend the money on comfy high-backed chairs. Kitchen immediately adjacent to the control room. Bathroom nearby. Consoles should go UP, not out; it's easier to look up than turn your head and it _will_ make a difference.

I would not curve your workstations; skooching from one point to the next in a curved layout requires a unique trajectory for each endpoint; straight layouts are easier to run your chair along.

Here's mine http://www-visualmedia.fnal.gov/VMS_Site/gallery/stillphotos/2006/0000/06-0022-30D.hr.jpg kinda big, and i'm in the picture! Looks old and clunky but we manage.

HTH

more than 3 years ago
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Geek Squad Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter To God Squad

dotmax God Squad was first (357 comments)

God Squad has been in use by (mostly, i think) Christian churches since about 100 milliseconds after the debut of the Mod Squad pilot. Since 1968. I think there's a Rabbi in NYC who has something antecedently similar going on, too.

about 4 years ago

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