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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

jafac Re:Land of the free (566 comments)

Lol, in Gary, you're at much higher risk from industrial pollution than you are from random hooligan violence on the street. That shit gets into your body every day, all day long. You can't shoot it back. And it's completely legal.

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

jafac Re:Land of the free (566 comments)

Exactly.

And if NK wanted to REALLY threaten Sony; they'd just assassinate Seth Rogan. Seems like the easiest and most sensible thing to do. Seriously. The rest of this just makes no fucking sense at all.

yesterday
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

jafac Re:Unbelievable! (184 comments)

he idea of moving the population to local cities where they can use public transportation especially in less dense areas like the United States, just won't happen. If you tell the population that they need to move from their houses which they have put a lot of money in, and live in an area the matches how they want to live and go to a crowed loud crime ridden city, will cause a lot of people to put a gun to your face, whether or not it is legal to have guns.

bah. Worked out well for Stalin, didn't it?

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

jafac Re:Move to a gated community (593 comments)

People are still moving to the central valley and commuting to jobs on the coast

Why are there only jobs on the coast?

I think this is the real root of the problem. Everybody wants to cram into (for example) Silicon Valley - because it's where the best paying, most stable jobs are. Why can't these employers employ workers elsewhere. I've actually worked for a company that tried that tactic. Guess what? During hard times, (or mergers), they tend to shut remote sites down, and the workers are laid off or uprooted.

But yeah - a lot of problems would be resolved if employment were more distributed.

4 days ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

jafac Re:Standard M.O. (148 comments)

This is because America is without responsible civilians. Or non-civilians, for that matter.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

jafac Re:What a shock (409 comments)

The cleanup will consist of getting those bioconcentrating mushrooms to grow across the contaminated region, then harvesting and isolating them as nuclear waste.

Well, that sounds cost-effective. I'm sure the shareholders will be pleased. Unless they're not on the hook for this cost, and we taxpayers are.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

jafac Re:What a shock (409 comments)

Does not the fuel, inside the wreckage of the reactor building, continually produce new I-131, Cs-134, Cs-137, Sr-90, Radon, Xenon, and a host of others? The fuel is no longer critical, but fission of the enriched Uranium is ongoing. That's why the stuff is still physically and radiologically hot. Production of radionuclides will be ongoing for many thousands of years.

It's true that the nuclides will be more or less contained inside the reactor building, but some of it will seep out, because it's not hermetically sealed like the reactor containment was. If you seal it (ie. make an airtight sarcophagus) - then heat from decay will build-up. It requires air circulation to cool, and that's the whole point of the sarcophagus. It will still allow some byproducts to get out, and will affect all of those who are nearby; and this will continue until the fuel cools enough for workers to get in there, physically remove it, and put it into sealed storage.

It's the ongoing release and exposure of these materials that is the health-hazard. And it will remain so for thousands of years. This is precisely why safety systems for nuclear plants are so highly engineered. This was the scenario they never wanted to happen.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

jafac according to the pro-nuclear lobby; (409 comments)

Chernobyl wasn't ever dangerous, since only a few dozen people were killed.

about two weeks ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

jafac Re:SURE!! (367 comments)

Also; you can't call it "Engineering" if you don't have a process that is well-documented, tested, proven, and repeatable. Also: good luck with that.

about three weeks ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

jafac SURE!! (367 comments)

Just remember to get buy-in from ALL stakeholders, first!

(good luck with that).

about three weeks ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

jafac Re:Argument (110 comments)

Yes, but even leaking/whistleblowing didn't "work".

A few of us are beside ourselves at the loss of our rights. A large number of armchair hacktivists are outraged that "The Man" is at it again. Most people are like **shrug** ". . . are we safe from terrorists yet?"

There's been no backlash I'm aware of. And no real change in how spying is being done, or accountability, or oversight.

about three weeks ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

jafac Re:Community college bubble... (226 comments)

In my school's C++ class, we were encouraged to download the free version of MS Visual Studio, and use that. I was on a Mac, so I used vim, and then Xcode. Teacher gave no fucks.

about 1 month ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

jafac . . . meanwhile: (187 comments)

. . . the rest of humanity can't give two shits to protect other species from going extinct.

about 1 month ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

jafac but of course, (308 comments)

sounds like there will be no "pause" in "investing" in lobbying and influencing policymakers.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

jafac Re:Because cloud (214 comments)

yeah. Actually, I was hoping that they'd offload all processing to a mainframe somewhere, so I can pay a per-clock-cycle fee for my batch jobs. Also can't wait for the integrated punch-card reader support!

about a month and a half ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

jafac Re:Robot factories (331 comments)

"financially worthless subjects" . . . because I sure think that the MBA's and spreadsheet jockeys of the world are best qualified to determine what is and is not good for all of human civilization.

about a month and a half ago
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Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

jafac subjects in comments are dumb. (495 comments)

It is my fondest wish and desire that 300 years from now, any and all history books will name specific names of people, who will be reviled for centuries, as being the main perpetrators and promotors of the denialist movement. Their relatives and descendants will be hunted down, and relentlessly persecuted. This is my only positive thought for the future of our civilization.

about 1 month ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

jafac Re:Elon Musk Called it Two Years Ago (443 comments)

This is largely Orbital's *schtick*: they are basically in the business of repurposing old, obsolete hardware, and using them for launch vehicles. Antares is the follow-on to Taurus, and Pegasus and Minotaur are repurposed Peacekeeper stages. They're cheap. But they're really not in competition with SpaceX, because Orbital launches mainly smaller payloads.

about 2 months ago
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2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

jafac Re:2600 meetings (71 comments)

You help your landlady take out her garbage?

about 2 months ago

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Natalie Portman: Not Petrified (of Science)

jafac jafac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jafac (1449) writes "Turns out, that Natalie Portman, much abused by slasdot geeks, was, herself, a Science geek, in High School, and studied Neuroscience at Harvard. Who knew?

Okay, don't answer that. I don't care."

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jafac jafac writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jafac (1449) writes "As discussed in this SpaceDaily article, the video footage from the launch, earlier this week (available at www.spacex.com), of the Falcon 1 vehicle, seems to show a problem with the stage separation. I noticed this when I watched the video last night — it appears that the top of the first stage bumps the engine nozzle.

The upper stage guidance does a good job of setting the craft straight after this bump, but some odd things happen after that, including some kind of ring flying off the engine, and a wobble that gets progressively worse until the vehicle goes completely out of control. I've been fascinated by the availability of these kinds of videos more and more; but this is the first one I've seen that documents a failed launch — (Elon Musk's denials notwithstanding), and because of that, it's probably the coolest video I've seen all year."

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