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$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

kqc7011 Re:cut power lines? wow (111 comments)

The recently laid off workers knew where to cut and what to shoot. At least, according to some of the more believable rumors.

about a week ago
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It's Time To Bring Pseudoscience Into the Science Classroom

kqc7011 needs some (470 comments)

AGW? Had to do it, just to get things going.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

kqc7011 a bothersome thing (129 comments)

Is anyone working on a auto play blocker?

about two weeks ago
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Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

kqc7011 another show (167 comments)

Meh.

about two weeks ago
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In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

kqc7011 Believable? (156 comments)

Read (watch or listen) to about any article on a subject that you have a working understanding of, done by journalists. Then read a blog by a real "subject matter expert" and which one will be more informative? As the old saying goes, "if you know what they write is incorrect, why believe what they write on other subjects?"

about three weeks ago
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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

kqc7011 another option (278 comments)

When your child gets stuck on a problem, you should call the teacher. If no contact with the teacher, call the principal. If no contact with the principal, call the superintendent. If no contact with the superintendent, call the school board members.

about a month ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

kqc7011 Re:Kind of an empty gesture (250 comments)

Ground wires are green and yellow only after you check them out. I have seen more than one hot green wire. Have also seen where all four wires coming out of the conduit and into a small (10hp) motor were black, no tags or colored tape either.

about a month ago
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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

kqc7011 Re:heliport (236 comments)

I was wondering if the "active" was for the charges only. As in, there was helicopter activity. Not generally available. No, all do not have restricted air space at all times. It, the pad could have restricted airspace when it is used as a heliport but when it is not being used it can be a parking lot with no restrictions. I have seen a house in a wildland fire area with a heliport, with a lighted landing area and a windsock. The owner built the heliport (to FAA specs.) just in case of a wildfire so that the firefighting helicopters could use it. The builder was a retired firefighter and wanted a little extra protection. It has been used for the firefighting helicopters too. But mostly it was a paved area that vehicles were parked on. Others that I have seen are larger piers that have a helicopter landing area designated that are used daily as a pier and seldom as a heliport. But it still is a heliport.

about a month and a half ago
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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

kqc7011 heliport (236 comments)

Was the heliport the hospitals? By "active" does that mean that the heliport was actually being used at the time by a helicopter or that the heliport is used regularly but not at the time the drone was flying? If a helicopter was taking off or landing and if the drone was in flight and actually near the heliport at the time, then I could see the charges. There are many painted circles with H's in them that are not used very often. If these are going to be considered active heliports, lots of questions will need to be asked. We had one of these painted circles at work and if it was used as a heliport twice a year, that would have been a busy year for it.

about a month and a half ago
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Oil From the Exxon Valdez Spill Still Lingers On Alaska Beaches

kqc7011 Hmmm. (261 comments)

The mutated bugs from Fukushima will eat what is left from the spill.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

kqc7011 Re:I just went through this... (263 comments)

S-O, kids? Plus many other things that have to be considered. Tough choices. Me, several years ago I found a niche and stayed while giving up chasing the brass ring. All up to you as to what you want.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

kqc7011 I drive more. (635 comments)

Retired, bought a motorcycle and put many more miles on it than on my car. Those miles are put on in the 7 months of not winter when I can ride the bike too. As for the kids driving. Too much of a hassle to get a license, buy gas, buy insurance, follow the rules and any number of things that make it difficult to get in a car and go.

about 2 months ago
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Why Birds Fly In a V Formation

kqc7011 Re: This is new? (207 comments)

About the seagulls, could it be because the gulls glide so much better? At least the larger gulls do. They lock their wings and go and go, little to no flapping riding the wind and thermals. They are also near the top of the airborne predator lists, very few other birds will even attempt to take a adult gull.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

kqc7011 good lists (796 comments)

Each branch of the military has a reading list that is very good. Usually they are put out by the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. For those of you that get your military knowledge from television, reading some of the books on these lists will help you gain a understanding of how the military works and lives.

about 4 months ago
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Convicted Spammer Jeffrey Kilbride Flees Prison

kqc7011 Re:Good for Him (233 comments)

Did he keep enough money offshore, so that he can disappear to someplace where he can live comfortable with a new identity?

about 4 months ago
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The Golden Gate Barrage: New Ideas To Counter Sea Level Rise

kqc7011 dams (341 comments)

Thought this article was from the Onion for a bit, there are rivers running into S.F. Bay. Does the dam back the water up until it reaches Stockton, which runs somewhere around 10 to 30 feet above sea level? So might not every foot of dam will have the same amount of water on both sides after awhile. Oh, yeah I forgot there are going to be big pumps putting all that water on the other side of the dam. Wonder what is going to power those pumps? Will it eventually look like the Ninth Ward in New Orleans after Katrina?

about 8 months ago
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Have eBooks Peaked?

kqc7011 rate of growth (323 comments)

The market share is still expanding, just at a slower rate. Most of us have a basic library of e-books already and are not buying as much as we used to. If the price difference between a electronic published and one printed on paper is not that great, then the tree dies. When a paper book is not one that I am going to read again, off it goes to the used book store for credit on my account. Try doing that with a e-book. Where is this survey getting its data? If the numbers are coming from Association of American Publishers and they (the AAP) are using the big 5's reports then this could be a GIGO problem.

about 8 months ago
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Navy Version of Expedia Could Save DoD Millions

kqc7011 Once more. (55 comments)

"to give individual decision-makers a choice of the quickest, cheapest options available" This seems to happen every few years.

about 8 months ago

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