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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

jafac Re:SURE!! (365 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.

2 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

jafac SURE!! (365 comments)

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

(good luck with that).

2 days 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.

2 days 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 a week 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 a week 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 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 a 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 a month 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 a month ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

jafac Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

Last plane trip I took (United) had individual monitors which I could pay to watch a movie on. If I didn't pay extra, I was forced to watch a 10 minute advertising loop. (this is the future, for you driverless-car fans, by the way).

about a month ago
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Building All the Major Open-Source Web Browsers

jafac Re:What is the significance here? (106 comments)

If there isn't a well-documented, repeatable build process, then it's not "engineering" AT ALL.

about 1 month ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

jafac Re:First taste of Mac OS X (305 comments)

You seem to have nailed on the head, pretty much all the "big problems" in OS X. Where I work, there was a huge migration from PC's to OS X, probably starting around 2003-2004-ish. The hardware (macbook pro) is actually among the best in the industry. Especially right now (omitting the 2011 models that had the NVidia defect, and Apple's appallingly bad handling of that). (Yeah - apple is really bad at acknowledging hardware defects, for a company that charges exceedingly "premium" price-points). Many of our developers switched, and they all pretty much have the same complaints.

The biggest gripe for me is the window (and tab) switching. Holy crap, it's terrible - compared to any other OS out there. Another big one is that there's no "home" or "page up" "page down" keys, and you have to use the fn-arrow key combinations.

A lot of the keybindings for terminal makes sense; but for some reason, you can't ctrl+a in minicom. That sucks, because you basically have to kill the program to exit. (and it's also useless, because you can't get into the config menu).

Anyway: If you really hate Mac OS, then you can simply install Windows 7, or Ubuntu. (Fedora also works, but I haven't figured out how to get the drivers for fan and cpu scaling to work right, so. . . heat, fans, crappy battery-life). The hardware makes an excellent platform for either Windows 7 or Ubuntu. (I don't think that there's another laptop in the world right now, on which, you can get a 6+ hr battery life, with Windows or Ubuntu).

I think the worst-case here, is someone who's a KDE nut, going to OS X. They are polar-opposites, in terms of customiseability.

The only reason I continue to use OS X, is because I'm invested in VMWare Fusion. It's a pretty nice product, and I use it a lot in my work.

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

jafac Re:Prison population (407 comments)

When a black-mark can remain on your record forever, there's huge consequences.

I know a guy who was an engineer, FPGA specialist. Has 4 patents. Worked for 15 years, and his company imploded. I tried to get him a job where I work, but because he had a dishonorable discharge from the navy, no dice. (apparently, when he was 19, before he went to college, he failed to return from shore-leave for 24-hours, because he went on a bender, passed-out, and was basically kept incognito by a bunch of "bad people" with whom he had been drinking. Got in trouble for that, and it resulted in the dishonorable.) Bad judgement, for sure, but it was a small mistake. He went on to college, and go in at his first job through a professor. But now he's been unemployed basically since 2004.

about a month ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

jafac not really a radically new idea (352 comments)

If you consider the concept floated (briefly) in the movie: Aliens, the company simply dropped a large atmospheric processing installation on the planet (LV 426, at that time) and began the terraforming process. That's not substantially different than "sending autonomous robots to various locations in space to create infrastructure using local resources with advanced manufacturing technology, such as 3D printing"

about a month ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

jafac Re:That works fine if you manage to nip it in the (381 comments)

If the hospital had admitted every uninsured foreigner who showed up with a fever, and then broke out the best protective equipment and procedures, well, then, that would be bad for the shareholders.

about a month ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

jafac Re:Rising Tide Lifts All Boats Falling Tide Sinks (283 comments)

Yeah - when pharmaceutical companies are spending twice as much on Marketing as they do on R&D. . . I'll believe that they're frustrated by lack of progress on the "big" problems of medical science.

LOL - the biggest innovation to come out of the pharmaceutical industry in the past 20 years is to patent the analogs of existing chemicals whose patents are about to expire. Double the profit! Oh yeah. That, and boner pills.

about a month and a half ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

jafac Re:Who cares? (263 comments)

I believe in Democracy: because people should always have a say in things that affect them.
But that democracy should be INFORMED by science.

Ideally, science is a perfect guide. But realistically, we've seen so many cases where science has been skewed by money. (just like Democracy). I think that there is plenty of room; GOBS OF IT, for scientific understanding, among laypeople.

As a non-scientist, I fully understand that lack of understanding of advanced math and statistics, knowledge of science can do more harm than good. (ie. science, as depicted in our popular media and entertainment). I understand that not everybody has the capacity to be taught advanced math and statistics. I think that is more of a failure of our educational and economic systems than say, for example, biology. We have to try harder, as a civilization.

about a month and a half 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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