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Among the Costs of War: $20B In Air Conditioning

greyhueofdoubt I'm out, see ya. (409 comments)

Slashdot has been getting worse and worse. And this thread just cements it for me. I've deployed to the sandbox three times. EVERY COMMENT (save two or three) in this discussion is arrogant, dismissive, and completely wrong.

It's amazing how you can all be so comfortable expounding on topics you have no experience with.

Check my post history if you think I'm trolling. It's been a good run, but this was the last straw.

-b

more than 3 years ago
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Music Pirates Won't Rush To iCloud For Forgiveness

greyhueofdoubt Re:o hai, it's just me, Big Brother (391 comments)

Except that iTunes has been uploading what music you have for years, via the Genius feature. There have been no legal repercussions for users, afaik.

-b

more than 3 years ago
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Apple: "We must Have Comprehensive Location Data"

greyhueofdoubt Re:Why the timestamps ? (556 comments)

So Apple is beginning to reply over this blackeye.

FTA:

In June 2010, Congressmen Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas wrote a letter to Apple CEO Steve Jobs inquiring about Apple's privacy policy and location-based services

In response the company's general counsel Bruce Sewall wrote a letter explaining its practice, and shedding light on the rationale the company uses to monitor users.

Apple hasn't responded to this current snafu. The whole article is based on a letter from last year.

-b

more than 3 years ago
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Apple: "We must Have Comprehensive Location Data"

greyhueofdoubt Re:Many apps require location services by design, (556 comments)

>>Does the iPhone actually have such a button (in general, not just relating to tagging pictures)? If so, I would agree with you that this amounts to nothing but clueless end-users. I do not suspect that as the case, however.

Settings-> 'location services'. Turn it off. Voila.

-b

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Abbreviations Added To Oxford Dictionary

greyhueofdoubt LOL in NAD (101 comments)

Before the early days of AIM, LOL meant little old lady and NAD meant no apparent distress. I don't know how far back that dates; I first read it in The House of God iirc.

I just got a chuckle imagining one of my younger cousins trying to parse tHoG.
-b

more than 3 years ago
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Infertility Could Impede Human Space Colonization

greyhueofdoubt Re:I hardly think... (360 comments)

Yes, we need all the help we can get. Here's your mop...

-b

more than 3 years ago
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Military Aircraft To Get All-Fiber Network Gear

greyhueofdoubt Re:Hm... (144 comments)

Citation needed.

-b

more than 3 years ago
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Military Aircraft To Get All-Fiber Network Gear

greyhueofdoubt Re:Hm... (144 comments)

Shielding the hundreds of miles of wire on a small fighter like the F-16 would add thousands of pounds to the unloaded weight of the aircraft, reducing available payload for fuel or ordnance. In aviation- and more specifically, military aviation- there is a constant struggle between weight and strength/redundancy. Panels are chemically milled to thin out areas with lower stress concentration, a process that saves only a few grams or ounces per panel. The airframe is built to be just strong enough to fly between 300-400 hours without disintegrating in midair, whereupon it must be taken apart and have many parts replaced. The manufacturer and the AF decided that it was worth the extra maintenance costs to have an airframe that can turn x degrees-per-second faster, or take off from a runway that is y feet shorter, than a stronger, heavier airframe.

The point is- these aircraft are not built like a long-haul commercial passenger fleet, nor are they built like the heavily defended flying fortresses of yesteryear. Modern fighters are built and equipped for very specific missions, and afaik none of those missions include surviving major emp. You can ask about nuclear warheads, but the simple answer is that the fighter fleet is not an 'anti-nuclear' force. An F-16 doesn't need to be nuclear hardened because an F-16 close enough to a nuke to have its circuits fried will almost certainly be a loss anyways. The base I work at was once a primary target for soviet ICBMs due to nearby silos and our nuclear munitions. It would be laughable to expect the planes on the ground to scramble after a nuclear detonation or hope to land on the glowing crater where the runway used to be.

tl;dr- non-rf cables aren't shielded except in areas of the aircraft where it is absolutely necessary.

-b

more than 3 years ago
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Hulu Plus Now Available To All — But Be Warned

greyhueofdoubt Re:Context (348 comments)

the BBC has a world service and even special channels for certain regions of the world like BBC America.

And the BBC's web player doesn't work for US viewers. Doesn't Britain know that it's part of a larger world that might be interested in such a service?

Or maybe it's foolish to harangue slashdot users over the policies of a company they have no control over.

more than 3 years ago
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Boeing 747 Recycled Into a Private Residence

greyhueofdoubt Re:Feminine shape? (239 comments)

I'm not saying that normal houses don't have their share of waste or that the finished airplane house was leaking hydraulic fluid. I'm saying that it's stupid to call either of them green or sustainable.

I could build a house out of vcr's because of some fetish with magnetic tape but it wouldn't be green or sustainable just because it saved some vcr's from the dump. It would just be a self-indulgent, if whimsical, drain on my extravagant wealth.
(the $50,000 quoted in tfa is a minuscule portion of the house's actual cost)

more than 3 years ago
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Boeing 747 Recycled Into a Private Residence

greyhueofdoubt Re:Feminine shape? (239 comments)

Sorry to respond to myself but I just had to add some things.

-no, they sure as hell did not disassemble all 4,500,000 pieces. Most of that number is fasteners (rivets) which are destroyed by being removed (and need to be replaced).

-here are a few things that aren't part of a "sustainable" house: many pounds of lead, cadmium all over the place, hydraulic fluid, fuel cells with fuel residue, halon fire suppression system, primer loaded with chromates, toxic insulation, plastic and fabric treated with flame retardants, etc.

-trucked cross-country

What this amounts to is a pile of used scrap aluminum generously sprinkled with hazardous waste. 8 years in aviation maintenance has been enough for me to lose any childhood fantasies about living in airplanes.

It just bugs me that they're using words like green and sustainable around an airplane. Might as well build a house out of pre-RoHS electronics.

-b

more than 3 years ago
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Boeing 747 Recycled Into a Private Residence

greyhueofdoubt Feminine shape? (239 comments)

Have any of you ever seen a 747?

-b

more than 3 years ago
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The Hackintosh Guide

greyhueofdoubt Re:Wish Apple put some work on OSX (453 comments)

From experience OS/X guzzle memory like no other OS I know.

What?

MBP here with two browsers open 24x7 plus whatever other stuff I have open (avg 4-5 open windows).

Here's the output of my 'uptime' command:
14:59 up 6 days, 14:14, 2 users, load averages: 0.22 0.34 0.54

Here's the top of my 'top' output:
Processes: 60 total, 3 running, 57 sleeping, 319 threads 15:01:50
Load Avg: 0.35, 0.35, 0.51 CPU usage: 4.5% user, 5.1% sys, 90.93% idle
SharedLibs: 8988K resident, 1988K data, 0B linkedit.
MemRegions: 26148 total, 927M resident, 22M private, 454M shared.
PhysMem: 854M wired, 2181M active, 525M inactive, 3560M used, 408M free.
VM: 134G vsize, 1036M framework vsize, 928794(0) pageins, 150(0) pageouts.
Networks: packets: 11435804/7468M in, 10101665/1550M out.
Disks: 1329934/17G read, 604685/24G written.

Seems pretty healthy to me. If you want to point fingers, try firefox (currently using 723 MB real) or itunes (currently using 275 MB real). That just blows my mind. Two of the (ostensibly) most basic programs using more RAM than would fit into my first hard drive.

-b

more than 3 years ago
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Segway UK Boss Dies After Driving Off Cliff

greyhueofdoubt Re:The Poor Guy! (413 comments)

I have some experience with these barriers- Every American base in Iraq uses thousands of them for building fortification.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesco_bastion

You'd usually find a ring of them around a building, two deep, with an additional course laid on top of that. They are, as the wiki article mentions, "one of the less heralded life- and labor-saving devices of war" (among other uses).

I felt pretty safe having them around.

-b

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Founder 'Free To Leave Sweden'

greyhueofdoubt Re:What? (410 comments)

You're kidding, right? You can't turn on the tv without seeing stories and ads about investing in gold. Even glen beck is hawking gold and you cam hardly call him obscure.

more than 3 years ago
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Boeing Gets $89M To Build Drone That Can Fly For 5 Years Straight

greyhueofdoubt Re:2014? (271 comments)

This aircraft will not be man-rated. That shaves off years. Then consider that Boeing has decades of cutting-edge research already done and ready to apply.

I work in aerospace. Give me four years and I'll build you an airplane myself. Give me four years and a team of some of the finest engineers on the planet and I'll give you an aircraft that can stay aloft for five years.

This thing will not be another f-22. Even if it was, those problems are solved now anyways. This project is simply a matter of optimizing certain parameters well beyond what is considered typical. Just like the sr71, the a380, or the f-22.

-b

more than 3 years ago
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Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25

greyhueofdoubt Re:Oh, I get it... (825 comments)

So what this guy is saying is that the price point for bribing the police

You're not the first person to equate 'permit' with 'bribe'.

I'm not a big fan of paying for permits, but I understand why they exist.

You're a poacher unless you buy a hunting/fishing/trapping license.
You're in violation of most city ordinances unless you purchase a building permit to work on your house.
Where I live you need to purchase a license to buy handguns and 'assault rifles'.
Want to camp in a state/national park? Need to buy a permit.

Those are just a few examples I can think of where you need to pay officials for the privilege of doing something. Are you seriously saying that you consider a camping permit a bribe?

The logic behind this guy's proposal seems shaky, but the issuance of permits for privileges is not a new thing.

-b

about 4 years ago
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Facebook To Add Remote Logout

greyhueofdoubt Re:Stating the obvious... (145 comments)

I have had to go through that process as well, and it was incredibly frustrating. People get tagged in photos they aren't actually in all the time. So I had to pass the test by guessing which friend was tagged in a picture of a snowmobile or an infant.

I don't know if it's just my friends or if it's commonplace- either way, the system is broken.

-b

about 4 years ago

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PC music remote control?

greyhueofdoubt greyhueofdoubt writes  |  more than 6 years ago

greyhueofdoubt (1159527) writes "Like many people nowadays, I am looking to consolidate my music collection onto a single device (my computer, in this case). I would like to play music throughout the house, but existing solutions like the AirPort Express lack playback controls or a display.
I would like a remote control system that I could carry with me instead of running to the upstairs computer to change songs.
Something using RF would be ideal, but hardwired solutions are acceptable if they are cheap enough to put in every room."

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Impact

greyhueofdoubt greyhueofdoubt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Someone called me a snivelling autistic crybaby for differentiating between prescriptive and descriptive dictionaries. AC, you made me laugh for the first time today- thank you.

I'm going to link to this the next time someone praises slashdot for the insightful discussions.

The best summary (if it can be called that) of the issue was written by David Foster Wallace in Harper's, although I think it was also reprinted in 'Consider the Lobster'.
Here:
http://instruct.westvalley.edu/lafave/DFW_present_tense.html

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