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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

drinkypoo Re:"Michigan, give us your water!" (311 comments)

Those wetlands keep the rain from flowing straight out into the ocean; part of the reason we're in this mess now is that we've spent the last 100 years plowing them into the ground and pouring concrete over them (see: LA river).

The general tendency to cover the ground with concrete is more than half of the problem of LA, they receive more than enough rainfall every year to cover 100% of their needs but more than 99% of it runs off because that's what they designed the city to do. It's not just wetlands, it's all the lands.

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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

drinkypoo Re:Classic pricing problem (311 comments)

when the eco-freaks decided that since California is earthquake country (true enough, but not near Auburn) that we shouldn't build any dams.

There is no part of California which is not earthquake country. Some places have longer periods than others.

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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

drinkypoo Re:In IT, remember to wash your hands (151 comments)

I'd say CUVs are a fad. They're for people who need a minivan but feel emasculated by not owning some ludicrous SUV.

Minivans are what happens when you take a car and stretch it into another vehicle. CUVs are what happens when you purpose-build a vehicle to do a job.

What's not to like?

Minivans get crap mileage and have crap handling.

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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

drinkypoo Re:"You can always rely on the Americans... (311 comments)

"coherent, effective strategies" all involve stealing water rights and destroying agriculture.

That's overstating the case a bit. I'm seeing grapes go in all over Northern California at a time when we can't afford the existing water consumption, let alone additional. Precious few of these vines are dry farmed.

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:Created? (190 comments)

You may improve a safety system, but any 5-point harness without pre-tensioners would be removal, not improvement of a safety system.

That assumes your car has those, lots of cars don't. The W126 Mercedes was the first car on which they became standard... in the long-wheelbase editions, which means my 1982 doesn't have them. But lots of newer cars don't have them either, like most cars of the 1990s.

A 5-point system helps even without a cage.

Not really. The seat mounts can't handle the load, and the original mounts aren't in the right place. The racing harness is designed to keep you in place in a car with proper crash protection around you. In the 1960s race cars still had wacky little half-seats, around then they started to become part of the crash protection and that's when race cars got harnesses.

A 5-point system without a cage is usually mounted to the seat, and usually reduces the safety of the vehicle as a result. You can get a cute little half-cage or even a roll bar with a proper place to mount the straps, so you don't need a full cage, but you need to add something.

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:spacer (190 comments)

You mentioned ABS, I was thinking it was like the blocks they put on pedals for short people.

Yeah, I self-replied much later with a correction, sorry. I meant SRS. I think in acronyms in car-land, too. Sometimes the wrong ones.

Spacers can dick with the airbag clockspring arrangement. If your car is old enough this ain't an issue. But ISTR it's illegal to defeat a working airbag.

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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

drinkypoo Re:882 foot Titanic (42 comments)

In terms of overall volume it might be true, in terms of displacement it would probably be false. IIRC modern cruise ships have more vessel above the waterline than anything which floated before them.

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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

drinkypoo Re:In IT, remember to wash your hands (151 comments)

Minivans are dying. They have turned out to be a fad. They are being replaced by CUVs. It turns out almost nobody actually wanted to carry cargo and a lot of passengers, and a minivan is half-assed at both. The only exception went out of production because buyers decided it was too old — the Chevy Astro. Only one engine but since 2000 it was awesome, and available in short or long versions and AWD or RWD. RWD with 3.23s gets up to 26 mpg on the freeway at speed, I wouldn't lie to you. We would have got rid of it already otherwise. This is on an engine rebuild and a trans rebuild and an axle rebuild and a brake rebuild, though, I'm not claiming it's great in all ways. But have you seen the kind of mileage minivans get? Mostly it's no better than that, and they don't behave like a truck when you want them to. The only one I ever wanted to drive was the mid-engined Previa S/C, and it gets like 22 on the freeway.

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:Created? (190 comments)

So a 5-point harness is essentially illegal in the US for street cars, despite being provably better than 3-point belts.

Nah, it depends on the state. You can improve the system in some places. Also, if you mount a 5-point to the 3-point mounts you're a fool, that's a waste of effort. You really need a cage.

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:Or just make the A-pillar narrower. (190 comments)

I agree a narrower width has to be compensated for, but there's plenty of room for that if you increase the depth.

If you make the A-pillar too deep, you'll have the same problem. You won't be able to see through it sideways. You can see this effect at work in the back of many cars, where it's often quite annoying. Hopefully advances in materials science (e.g. cheaper carbon fiber) will let us have skinny A-pillars again.

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:spacer (190 comments)

My personal problem is that the pedals are too close, the seat too high, and the steering wheel too far away.

Right, if you have a spacer behind the steering wheel, that brings it closer. Unless, of course, it doesn't have tilt. My latest car has a telescoping column, so it's not a problem, I just adjusted the wheel back towards me.

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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

drinkypoo Re:What? (428 comments)

Right. The good old "the illegals just can't stop themselves from jumping the border!" argument.

I think it's the "The illegals are fleeing from a situation which we created with our War On Some Drugs For Profit" argument.

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:That's not the problem; the rearview mirror is (190 comments)

The trunklines didn't go up for crash safety. They went up for aerodynamics.

Who told you that? That's hilarious. Every automaker has complained about having to raise that line to deal with legal requirements, not to make them better pass crash tests, but because they've been legally required to raise the rear impact zone. Raising the rear increases drag, on its own; when you kick it up over the rest of the lines of the car, you're ultimately just increasing area. Sometimes it's an intentional part of a design meant to increase downforce, but that's exceptionally rare.

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo woops (190 comments)

Well, you can get a spacer for some vehicles, it can be a challenge to retain ABS but it is possible.

I meant SRS, I don't know how ABS came out

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo spacer (190 comments)

Well, you can get a spacer for some vehicles, it can be a challenge to retain ABS but it is possible.

2 days ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:That's not the problem; the rearview mirror is (190 comments)

Go drive a Corvette. Specifically a 1957. The mirror is on the dash. I can't think of any others like that, but at least one car came that way.

It was on the dash in my 1960 Dodge Dart, too. That's over now because rear impact safety regulations have raised the trunk line.

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:That's not the problem; the rearview mirror is (190 comments)

The recline isn't safe, when you can't get a good grip on the wheel at all positions. But I see people over-recline all the time.

If you can't see over the wheel and under the roof while keeping your hands at 10 and 2 and your arms bent 90 degrees and also operate the pedals then you're in the wrong seating position at minimum, and possibly the wrong car.

Sadly, many of us simply don't fit properly in many cars. I have a freakishly long torso, so I just don't get in Hondas, Toyotas, or budget VWs. Mercedes and Nissan are OK, Subaru is better. I got an Audi that fits me pretty well, but it's a big one.

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:How far will it go? (190 comments)

that's why when I'm a pedestrian I carry a "deterrent".

What, a cardboard cutout of a cow, or a clown on fire, or something else they're more likely to notice than you?

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:KISS (190 comments)

"correctly" is where you can just barely see a tiny bit of the car in the mirror, because when you have them set like that, you get a clean panoramic view looking from left to center to right and back again and they all make sense. and the "correct" way to merge is to turn your head to check your blind spot.

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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

drinkypoo Re:Or just make the A-pillar narrower. (190 comments)

Here's a better idea - make the A-pillar (as viewed from the drivers position) no wider than the distance between the center of your eyes. This prevents the pillar from blocking your vision, and no electronics are needed.

You can't reasonably do that, the A-pillars have grown to meet the engineering demands of modern rollover safety standards. Everyone has complained about it, but they are still horribly big compared to the cars of the 80s. Eventually they'll figure it out, but right now it's still a problem.

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Supermicro fails at IPMI, leaks admin passwords

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 6 months ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes "Zachary Wikholm of Security Incident Response Team (CARISIRT) has publicly announced a serious failure in IPMI BMC (management controller) security on at least 31,964 public-facing systems with motherboards made by SuperMicro: "Supermicro had created the password file PSBlock in plain text and left it open to the world on port 49152." These BMCs are running Linux 2.6.17 on a Nuvoton WPCM450 chip. An exploit will be rolled into metasploit shortly. There is already a patch available for the affected hardware."
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UK court sanctions Apple for non-compliance

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drinkypoo writes "Per PJ over on Groklaw as always, "Since Apple did not comply with the order in its estimation, adding materials that were not ordered and in addition were "false", the judges ordered Apple to pay Samsung's lawyers' fees on an indemnity basis, and they add some public humiliation". And per the judge, "what Apple added was false and misleading". Your move, Apple."
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Empirical evidence of anthropogenic global warming

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

drinkypoo writes ""an analysis of high resolution spectral data allowed scientists to quantitatively attribute the increase in downward radiation to each of several greenhouse gases (Evans 2006). The results lead the authors to conclude that "this experimental data should effectively end the argument by skeptics that no experimental evidence exists for the connection between greenhouse gas increases in the atmosphere and global warming.""
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Scientology proven false... by their counsel

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

drinkypoo (153816) writes ""In one very interesting moment, Davis said, 'Of course, if it's true that Mr. Hubbard was never injured during the war, then he never did heal himself using Dianetics principles, then Dianetics is based on a lie, and then Scientology is based on a lie. The truth is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.' And the way he phrased that, that everything depended on whether Hubbard had sustained these injuries and healed himself was like a wager on the table." And to drive the point home, "And [a researcher] had inquired about Howard D. Thompson, this lieutenant commander that supposedly signed this notice of separation. And the archivist at the time said they had thoroughly researched the roles of Navy officers at the time, and there was no such person.""
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Journals

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OMFG it's "rein in" seriously WTFBBQ

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 6 months ago

Lately, I'm seeing more and more "reign in" on Slashdot and I've got to say, I'm disappointed.

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2+ port router+asterisk server?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 7 months ago

I need a new system on which to run asterisk, bonus points if I don't have to configure it from scratch. I'd like to spend less than $200 (ideally I'd pick up something used if necessary for $100) but I have storage devices available, whether CF, SD, USB, or what have you. It can have wireless, but it doesn't have to because I have a routerboard for that. I have found my pogoplugs to be unreliable at best.

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How's that Green Revolution working out for you?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Not so well, huh? India is usually cited as one of the Green Revolution's successes, but it's easy to watch the ongoing failure.

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nosupportlinuxhosting fail

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I decided to try out nosupportlinuxhosting but they appear to have suspended hyperlogos.org without notice or explanation. I sure hope I don't have to issue a chargeback, that would be stupid. I'm already waiting for Amazon to process two returns that have been sitting around at their facilities for weeks.

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This website has gone to shit

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

I'm not talking about the content, that has always been shit
I'm talking about what happens when I try to modify my relationships.

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The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, admin@slashdot.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Apache/2.2.3 (CentOS) Server at slashdot.org Port 80

Of course I reported the error. Of course I never heard back. Now I'm seeing it again.
Slashdot is basically unusable without friends/foes lists.

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If you require Javascript, you are incompetent or evil

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Subject says it all. If I can't read your content without javascript, either you are an idiot, or you're evil, or you're an evil idiot.

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Users opt in, but they don't opt out

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Google will tell you that their collection of "anonymous" location statistics is opt-in. That is, technically, true. However, on Gingerbread it is not opt-out. Once turned on, there is no option to disable it, that was added later. That, or I have forgotten all I once knew about google-fu. I can find how to change your mind about this on ICS, but not on GB.

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Slashdot Achievements Leaderboards?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

I became curious (about Slashdot achievements, silly) and searched to no avail. Anyone have any clue?

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Keep it coming, mod trolls

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42803807
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436175&cid=42803841
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3430839&cid=42803897
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3436185&cid=42804399

I can afford it.

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I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Modtrolls troll mod. Film at eleven.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771455
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3428941&cid=42771437
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3426877&cid=42770781
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427061&cid=42770777
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3427083&cid=42770769

Pretty sure this time I offended an iFanboi.

Too bad you can't tag things "slashdot"

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Bring it on, bitches

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Every time I get a modtroll I get validation. Here are the five comments in question, all downmodded in a row by someone too lazy to even spread out their punitive moderation.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3411745&cid=42715053
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412111&cid=42714885
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412141&cid=42714871
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714843
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3412263&cid=42714801

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Internet Bravery

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

I should very much like to demand satisfaction from people who are badly in need of correction. Namely, those who use insults against me in lieu of argument. (I am not above answering insult with insult, of course.) When are we going to get internet VR boxing, so that I can realistically challenge some random dipshit who talks a lot of shit to a boxing match and announce his cowardice should he decline?

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Moderation works?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  about 2 years ago

Well, some mod douchewaffle spent all his points on me because I'm anti gun control. I heart slashdot.

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Android for Raspberry Pi

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

More or less every day I visit the Raspberry Pi home page to see if there is any new information on when the allegedly-mostly-working Android 4 will be released, and every day there isn't. As far as I know, Broadcom is the holdup. This does not give me confidence in Broadcom...

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What can be done about the Microsoft astroturfers?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Is there indeed anything we can do about the new cadre of Microsoft astroturfers with modpoints? Is it just time to finally give up. I can't imagine that they haven't actually paid their way in.

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Good large-format inkjet with continuous inking?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I am looking for a large-format inkjet with continuous inking that is suitable for printing poster prints and the like. Ideally it would have both Linux and Windows support, preferably through a standard protocol, but this is not an absolute necessity. What IS a necessity is the ability to install a continuous inking system for making these large prints, and being able to change inks. I am biased towards Epson or Canon but I want good advice, not just biased.

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Copyright

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Copyright is not a natural right, and if it had been instituted in its current form (denial of copying, as opposed to forced copying) two thousand years earlier we'd probably be at least a thousand years behind where we are now.

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Strategy games that don't cheat?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

OK, I know AI is hard (no pun intended) but are there any strategy games out there that don't cheat on any but the lowest levels? Haven't tried Civ V yet, but IV is just another case of easy easy easy IMPOSSIBLE to me... I just can't muster the interest to outsmart a computer program written to cheat against me.

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Continuous servos?

drinkypoo drinkypoo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I want some continuous servos. Should I buy or hack? What's good to buy if I just want to do that? Double-BB and metal gear would both be nice.

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