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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

dwywit Re:By reef... (277 comments)

You're right, and I wasn't clear about "already in the water". There's a difference between what we're doing to the water (e.g. the soluble fertilizer washing down from the cane farms into the estuary, and the large-scale transfer of natural sediments from the estuary to the reef/continental shelf), and the various solubles and particulates that would wash down anyway without our help, and have been caught by the mangroves for a LONG time.

We shouldn't be f*cking with the reef's ecosystem at all, but at least this will have some oversight by scientists.

about 3 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

dwywit Re:By reef... (277 comments)

Did you mean the dumping ground is the size of germany? No.

The spoil is a nutrient source, some of which are microscopic particles which won't just drop straight to the ocean floor - currents will send it hither and yon. If it washes over coral, the coral will react. Tropical coral DOESN'T LIKE strong nutrient loads. As another commenter has mentioned coral also doesn't like lack of sunlight - even highly dispersed particulates will reduce the sunlight reaching the coral.

The sand component will tend to settle quickly, but it might get carried onto living reef - I trust the scientists at GBRMPA to have studied this and account for it.

You simply can't make broad comments like "the size of germany" and expect to be taken seriously.

about 3 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

dwywit Re:By reef... (277 comments)

'Taint in the middle of the pacific. Hint: search for "great barrier reef marine park" on google maps.

It's also a rather fragile ecosystem that's already under pressure - some natural, some man-made.

OTOH, dredging spoil (mostly mud and sand) is *already* in the water, they're only moving it from the harbours/estuaries further out. There *might* be problem with nutrient load.

about 3 months ago
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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

dwywit Re:ugly truth, they never stood a chance. (160 comments)

Whoops - I think you're right. I've only read the sales summaries. I thought it was a bit strange at the time - x86 is kind of anathema to the design of IBM i/OS400.

about 3 months ago
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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

dwywit Re:ugly truth, they never stood a chance. (160 comments)

System i is already hosted on x86 - see "Pure Systems". It's a great OS, with granularity of control I've never seen in *nix or Windows.

Back in the day, I used to think that it would be wonderful when PCs became powerful enough to run OS400. I'd still like to see it, even if emulated.

about 3 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

dwywit Re:Return the favor (1038 comments)

*cough*Technology export rules*cough*

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

dwywit Re:Ok. (156 comments)

Ah, the ad hominem response. Please, educate me.

Is it impossible or even highly unlikely that cloned animals would be susceptible to a new strain of virus, and die in large numbers?

Is genetic diversity the best or at least one of the better defences against evolving disease strains?

Are monoculture crops susceptible to large-scale die-off when a new or evolved virus appears on the scene? Hint - Irish potato famine.

Is it smart to breed species that need long-term support to remain productive?

Tell me where I'm wrong. I never said cloned pigs (or monoculture crops) are less nutritious or tasty than traditional or conventional supplies, but I have concerns about the long-term viability of clones and monoculture in our food supplies.

BTW, I did say "I wonder" - that means I'm thinking about something. It's not an authoritive statement, my whole post was couched as a question, with some personal opinions thrown in.

Try using your brain to respond to my statements, rather than attempting to insult and threaten me - you'll avoid looking stupid.

about 3 months ago
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Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

dwywit Re:Gravity is not constant... (299 comments)

Sounds like the two-watch problem from 17th century naval navigation - if you have two watches, which one shows the correct time? So you use three or more watches to reduce inaccuracy.

How about a three or four-way balance? Instead of a simple two-sided balance beam, set up a triangular or square arrangement. If the reference kilograms are identical to the master kilogram, the balance will be level. If the balance is down in one corner, you've immediately spotted the item/s that aren't quite right. Of course, if you're using four items in a square configuration, and an entire side (two items) dips downwards, you're back to the original problem.

On second thoughts, this isn't a very good solution at all. Carry on.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

dwywit Re:Ok. (156 comments)

Yep, and they'll be valuable for that purpose. I wonder what will happen to that value when the inevitable virus turns up/evolves that the cloned strain of pigs is susceptible to. If the cloned strain makes it out of the research labs and into food production (because the owner of the cloned strain decide they could make a lot of money selling the pigs for food), and one year they all die off because of a new version of swine flu or whatever, then logically the price of pork products will go up and up as demand increases on traditional sources.

I can't help thinking of the parallels with GM corn, soy, etc, and the folly of monoculture crops. Certain multinationals breed them for desired traits such as yield, resistance to herbicides, and even resistance to known diseases, etc. Sooner or later a virus will evolve that those strains of corn, soy, whatever, have no resistance to. Will cloned pigs that are bred for desired traits (such as fast growth or a certain fat content) require long-term support along the lines of dietary supplements, drugs, etc?

about 3 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

dwywit Re:Freakin' Riders. (767 comments)

Keeping a couple of conventional bulbs is probably the simpler solution, but if you're the tinkering type, perhaps you could try a suitably-tinted reflector/shade for the LEDs that reduces the unwanted parts of the spectrum. Try a piece of orange cellophane to start with.

about 3 months ago
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Object Blocking Giant Tunnel Borer Was an 8" Diameter Pipe

dwywit Re:Only a pipe? (141 comments)

Fine, just don't press any buttons.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

dwywit Lots (796 comments)

Just read lots and lots - but here's a few I like:

Known Space series by Larry Niven.
Anything by Anthony Burgess - e.g. A Clockwork Orange, A Dead Man in Deptford, Any Old Iron
The Prince - Macchiavelli
Canterbury Tales
Beowulf
Le Morte D'Artur, any of the Arthurian Romances
Peanuts collections
Calvin & Hobbes collections

about 4 months ago
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The Rise of Hoax News

dwywit Re:"The Newsroom" summarizes the problem ... (181 comments)

i think stronger ownership laws would help. No-one should own more than 50% of the news sources in a given district, whether newspaper, TV or Radio. Obviously there are complexities in making it happen, but would Murdoch and others be so powerful if their influence hadn't been allowed to grow by swallowing up the competition? Also, if advertisers (admittedly a shrinking market) had the balls to send their $$$ to the competition AND tell the publishers about it ("You're blatantly lieing about x, and you won't see any more of my money until you print a front-page retraction"), it might help. Media publishers don't care what the readers/viewers/listeners think, as long as they continue to consume. They care a lot about advertisers.

about 4 months ago
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Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

dwywit Re:Same rules apply (303 comments)

Ah, yes. Thanks. I knocked back the "free item" once - I pointed out that the "buy one, get one free" offer on coffee rang up as two separate items, and 10 seconds later after verifying the shelf label and cash register docket, the cashier's supervisor said "Right, that's both of them free, then", I said not to bother, just give me the original 2-for-1 deal, but she insisted.

about 4 months ago
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Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

dwywit Re:Same rules apply (303 comments)

Actually, the barcode scanning code of conduct (I think that's what it's called) at grocery stores here in Oz states that if there's any discrepancy between sticker price on the shelf, and what the register rings up, you get the item free. That's OK for a bag of potatoes, but a $3K computer would be different.

The advertisement is an offer to trade. If the consumer accepts the offer, and the seller accepts the money and delivers the goods, that's the end of the deal. Tough titty for the seller if they've allowed an error all the way through to the completion of the sale - they have the option to back out any time up until accepting the money.

about 4 months ago
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Clear Solar Cells Could Help Windows Generate Power

dwywit Re:It's not about places to put them. (87 comments)

What's the issue/s with durability? Mine are warranted for 80% of claimed output up to 20 years (BPSolar), the rooftop mounts are cyclone-rated, and the panels themselves are rated for hail up to (can't remember right now) size.

I've had people ask me about this great offer they've had from some local start-up that offers them cheap chinese panels with a five-year warranty, and I tell them to say "no" until they are offered well-known brands with better warranties. At least those people were smart enough to ask around for advice and opinions - I suppose others who don't ask for advice and opinions might get stuck with poor durability.

about 4 months ago
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Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU

dwywit Re:Remember TEMPEST? (264 comments)

Add a few HCF instructions here and there. You might be lucky enough for it to cause some consternation at the listener's end.

about 4 months ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

dwywit Re:No Sympathy (413 comments)

Well, if you want to sell me something for upwards of six figures, you'd better be prepared to sign a contract for support that includes drivers for updated interfaces (USB vs. Serial) and updated operating systems (Windows 7 vs. XP or even 98). I wouldn't expect an open-ended arrangement, just enough to cover the lifespan of the machine (the robot, not the PC controlling it).

Suppliers going out of business is a common threat but it hasn't got anything to do with being prepared to guarantee support for your product. If the supplier of my industrial robot goes out of business and no-one else is willing to take up the support, then I'll be replacing my robot as soon as I can afford it. I won't risk running them for as long as possible knowing that the beige box in the corner might give up the ghost any day now and I can't buy a mainboard with EISA slots anymore.

As for discontinuing product lines, IBM continues to support (albeit for a lot of $$$) many of its discontinued lines and many people are prepared to pay for that. In my experience with AS400s, it would have been cheaper to upgrade than to continue maintenance on our ten-year-old E35, but management decided to switch to Windows servers instead (I left not long afterwards).

about 4 months ago
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FDA Seeks Tougher Rules For Antibacterial Soaps

dwywit Re:Triclosan vs. isoniazid & ciprofloxacin (160 comments)

As a matter of interest, I've wondered if long-discarded anti-bacterial agents could be used again, e.g. you would think that most bacteria today would be resistant to sulfanilamides, being the offspring of those that survived in the past. But if those drugs haven't been used for a long time, would the inherited resistance be reduced or gone, as it hasn't been "challenged" for many generations?

about 4 months ago

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AFACT appeals iiNet copyright ruling

dwywit dwywit writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dwywit (1109409) writes "AFACT (Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft) has lodged an appeal against an earlier ruling (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/iinet-wins-court-case-against-hollywood-heavyweights/story-e6frgakx-1225826637560) that cleared ISP iiNet of liability for alleged copyright violations carried out by iiNet subscribers."
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