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NASA Planes Fly Over Bay Area To Measure Air Pollution Levels

fotoguzzi Abbreviation (57 comments)

Why is it not DISCOVEROR-AQ ?

about a year and a half ago
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Walk or Run: Are We Built To Be Lazy?

fotoguzzi Re:Skipping (189 comments)

This 1998 paper on skipping seems to be free to read--at least in my country. It's not fun reading, but maybe you can skip some of it.

about a year and a half ago
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NZ Copyright Tribunal Fines First File-Sharer

fotoguzzi Readadability (102 comments)

original: NZ Copyright Tribunal Fines First File-Sharer
readable: NZ Copyright-Tribunal Fines First File-Sharer
still readable: NZ Copyright-Tribunal Fines First File Sharer

Copyright could be a noun, adjective, or verb. Fines could be a noun or verb. My first impression was that New Zealand was copyrighting something. I'm not sure why headlines have to have each word capitalized--I'm not even going to read the summary.

about a year and a half ago
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Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

fotoguzzi Re:Wait, what? (379 comments)

The Learning Perl book always showed more than one way to do it but usually advised that the boss might not go for some of the clever examples and that readable code was a laudable objective. I understand that with Python there is often only one way to do something. How about Ruby? Is it somewhere in the middle? And would forum regulars eventually try to rewrite your code to nothing or would they tell you how to improve what you had which almost worked?

about a year and a half ago
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Tour of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab

fotoguzzi Re:Well thats a first (35 comments)

Be cool if they mentioned in the summary where in the world the action was taking place.

about a year and a half ago
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On Second Thought, Polaris Really Does Seem 434 Light Years Away

fotoguzzi Re:A counter-argument... so? (75 comments)

Does this discrepancy only exist for Polaris? Do all other stars give the same results for both measurement methods?

about a year and a half ago
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Swiss Historical Maps Allow Journey Through Time In Your Browser

fotoguzzi Re:1838? 1938? Which is it? (32 comments)

Thanks. That would have been a better summary than what we have, I think.

about a year and a half ago
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Swiss Historical Maps Allow Journey Through Time In Your Browser

fotoguzzi 1838? 1938? Which is it? (32 comments)

1838 would seem to be wrong, but maybe someone should check the article and write a summary on it.

about a year and a half ago
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Book Review: Super Scratch Programming Adventure!

fotoguzzi Linux, Sugar desktop, Scratch (74 comments)

Has anyone gotten these to install and work together with a reasonable amount of effort? I can get the Sweets desktop package to work, but all I see is "no file found here" type errors when I attempt to run Scratch from this environment. I guess I'm the first person in history to ever attempt this. I would have expected it to be commonplace, but I'm willing to follow behind someone's snowshoes on this. Thank you.

about a year and a half ago
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Book Review: Super Scratch Programming Adventure!

fotoguzzi Re:BASIC (74 comments)

The trick now is pedagogical.

Pedagogical! Won't someone think of the children?

about a year and a half ago
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How the Internet Makes the Improbable Into the New Normal

fotoguzzi Re:Youtube is the bloopers show of the 21st Centur (191 comments)

I didn't read the article, but the bloopers keyword in the subject reminds me: in the last one or two centuries we had National Geographic, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and the Guiness Book of World Records. Our analogue forebears would know viscerally that there were women with discs in their lips the size of coffee can lids; they might have believed thirty percent of the Ripley's books; and they would have photographic proof that the heaviest twins went riding on motorscooters and the tallest man could look down on a "no parking" sign.

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Ice Cubes Tell When You've Had Enough Alcohol

fotoguzzi Idea is flawed... (167 comments)

...unplug the freezer.

about a year and a half ago
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Cree Introduces 200 Lumen/Watt Production Power LEDs

fotoguzzi Re:Cooling is the issue (421 comments)

If this is aimed at me, I was just trying to (over)simplify why an incandescent filament in a vacuum worked so well for a century or so and why it has been so much trouble to make leds work as well in standard fixtures. As to stupid and need, someone felt the need to reply, so I'm sorry to feed his desperation.

about a year and a half ago
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IBM's Watson Gets a Swear Filter After Learning the Urban Dictionary

fotoguzzi Re:That's a fucking retarded idea. (310 comments)

A good example was the pornolyzer. At some point, it was tweaked so that every Dirk Diggler was fondled so there was not much of the original sentence left. Before that, the profanity was more like an Easter egg than a creamy spread.

about a year and a half ago
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Boeing Dreamliner Catches Fire In Boston

fotoguzzi Re:MSM Strikes Again (151 comments)

Yeah, that damned Overrated mod. Why do you hate posts? They should all be modded up!

about a year and a half ago

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San Diego firework show over in fifteen seconds

fotoguzzi fotoguzzi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fotoguzzi (230256) writes "Garden State Fireworks is investigating how the entire Fourth of July show was launched after a signal was sent to the barges that would set the timing for the rest of the show after the introduction.

No one likes a Slashdot summary that ends with a question, but can anyone suggest how such a trivial step could go so disastrously wrong?"

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Plant explosion affects automobile production

fotoguzzi fotoguzzi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fotoguzzi (230256) writes "A deadly explosion in a German chemical plant is causing a panic in the world's automobile industry. The plant makes Cyclododecatriene which is used in the production of polyanhydride resin, PA-12, which is used to make brake and fuel lines for automobiles. The explosion means that there is only ninety percent of the world's supply of PA-12 that manufacturers were counting on. It will be interesting to see if this issue is resolved quickly or becomes a major event.

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del.icio.us bookmarking owners acquire Tap 11

fotoguzzi fotoguzzi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fotoguzzi (230256) writes "Nathan Olivarez-Giles of the Los Angeles Times reports that YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have added analytics firm Tap 11 to their new company, AVOS. At the beginning of the month the pair purchased the Delicious social bookmarking service from Yahoo.

Connecting the buzzwords to envision how del.icio.us will allow the bookmarkees to know if their message is getting to the bookmarkers."

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NASA specs a heavy-lift shuttle replacement

fotoguzzi fotoguzzi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fotoguzzi (230256) writes "Last October President Obama signed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 which had a requirement to study heavy-lift alternatives to the space shuttle that can be launched sooner and more cheaply than the Ares I / Ares V combination of the George W. Bush era. The NASAspaceflight.com website gives word that a preliminary report released yesterday recommends a shuttle-derived option but warns that no option meets the ambitious timetable at the specified budget.

Booster-heads will be interested to learn the three heavy-lift approaches under study: 1) Shuttle-derived, 2) a Saturn V-inspired kerosene / liquid Hydrogen throwback or Falcon XX muscle missile, and 3) a scaled-up EELV."
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Spend stimulus money on IPv6 conversion

fotoguzzi fotoguzzi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fotoguzzi (230256) writes "In the race to throw stimulus money at infrastructure projects, one shovel-ready project is the IPv6 conversion. While not as stimulating as a needed freeway interchange or clean energy plant, the slow rate of IPv6 adoption may equally hamper the next stage of economic expansion. Now, how to sell this idea to the stimulators?"
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fotoguzzi fotoguzzi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fotoguzzi (230256) writes "I'm not a power user, but Usenet made me feel like one. By traversing topic trees or keyword searching Google Groups, I was often delighted to learn that my wide-ranging quests had already been answered, or at least I could find an audience receptive to those questions. This seems no longer true for Usenet, and Google searches of the entire Internet do not seem to uncover similar sects. Has anyone adequately explained the fall of Usenet? Is there a new, improved way to find and communicate with scattered peoples who share a common interest?"

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