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The World Is Not Falling Apart

jpellino Re:So, the sum of humanity's problems ... (196 comments)

Many of those are in fact due to the behavior of individuals - deciding who gets money and who gets water, food, fuel, space and time. Humans interact on an individual level first, and lots of that gets lost when you believe an entire corporation is functionally (not just for the original narrow purpose of legal liability) is a person. We do not have a food problem on this planet. We have a distribution problem. That means a network isn't working, and that network is at its core made of individuals.

yesterday
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The World Is Not Falling Apart

jpellino Ok... (196 comments)

Don't think Stephen is under any illusions about those are tradeoffs - but then given the numbers, it's up to each individual to decide if they're worth it. There are also people who imagine the world could be Burning Man with better cell service, and that also has unforeseen consequences.

yesterday
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Many DDR3 Modules Vulnerable To Bit Rot By a Simple Program

jpellino Why we need coders. (125 comments)

"just two memory reads with special relative offset and some cache control instructions in a tight loop" Yuh hurt yer what?

yesterday
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NASA 'Emails' a Socket Wrench To the ISS

jpellino Really? Proof-of-concept run requires this much (144 comments)

snark and terminal dissection? It's a first shot at something useful-ish. There's plenty of small parts on the ISS that could benefit from sooner-than-resupply-mission times.

4 days ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

jpellino My mother will be so disappointed. (160 comments)

Turns out I'm only one in 22,473. Maybe if I switch to Firefox I can once again be 1 in a million...

about two weeks ago
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Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

jpellino Mostly I want to know (68 comments)

who kicked the power cord out of the wall or failed to renew the license for Excel because you know, you can use Excel for any data challenge you're not willing to research. i.e., "Computer glitches" are notoriously hard to pin down and are a great diversionary tactic.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Spam Nation

jpellino Re:Strunk & White Rolling Over... (82 comments)

It raises the question. We are now in the midst of reconfiguring the meaning of a (very useful) phrase just because some people can't remember that "raise" and "beg" are two different words.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

jpellino Fatal flaw was that Uber biz model (180 comments)

seems to think the whole world is made of west coast techno-hipsters with Foresters and just a hint of a schedule to stick to.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

jpellino Good. (341 comments)

This was nonsense to get as far as it did.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

jpellino Because missed / excused local PD work? (262 comments)

For the most relevant example to this funding, go read the detailed incident reports Darren Wilson wrote about the Michael Brown incident, or the mandated ones from the Ferguson PD. Oh wait, you can't, since they contain little more than time and date and statement that there was a shooting, and were done too long after the incident. With an event like this, where the documentation is all but nonexistent - for whatever reason - cameras provide a more-reliable narrative. Wish it weren't so, but it is.

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

jpellino Well, thanks a lot. (289 comments)

I had just entered an extended period of relative calm in dealing with the concept of regular old blame, and then you have to plant the mindworm of "It means that something you do today causes something to have happened several days ago." Great. All hands - brace for therapy bills.

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

jpellino ^^^ This. Thanks. (289 comments)

Well put. (Already commented so no mods at hand)

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

jpellino No publication matches the old SciAm. (289 comments)

They had a particular mix of hitting a HS reading level (most mass market periodicals are 6th grade) and picking the right people to re-explain the essence of things. Just engaging and challenging enough, with Gardner thrown in to remind you to be human about it all. Think Atlantic Monthly for STEM. For me, WIRED comes the closest, if you can ignore the occasional hipster-cool slant and vertigo-inducing layout.

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

jpellino "It's all theory work." Even theoretical (289 comments)

physicist have to eat. And raise families and live like civilized people who have actual lives. This of course is incomprehensible to some US TV viewers who suspect that Big Bang Theory is just slightly not a documentary. People are as amazed watching Tyson and Hawking hold their own on Colbert or Oliver a if they had just seen a talking squirrel. So it'll be an uphill slog for a while here. It takes money for faculty positions and the time to do the work. Einstein's work was pure theory until it was tested, but you never get to test it unless someone has the theory. So yes. Pay for it. Just as you pay coders to come up with new models for how things can work - also completely useless until they see the inside of a machine that actually does something with the code.

about three weeks ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

jpellino Seen the e-Golf? (395 comments)

Most impressive electric I've seen. 90 mile range. A stock 2015 Golf in every other respect. $700 four-hour Bosch home charger.

about a month ago

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