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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

mallie_mcg Re:It's All About Syllable Count (2288 comments)

I use metric (Australian) but I do believe the old Imperial measures have better sounding names.

It's much easier to say "mile" than "kilometer", "inch" instead of "centimetre", "pound" over "kilogram".

As a fellow Aussie - I'd have expected you to be used to "kay" for kilometer, "kilo" for kilogram as that's all you tend to here, although you've got a point with inches, but I'd have to say inches/centimeters don't come up that often. As far as for a universal system - metric seems to make sense - given one of the mars landers went splat wasting X millions of dollars due to this conversion issue, and given the US is one of 3 countries still using imperial measurements, it would make sense purely from an ease of interacting/scientific trade point of view that I don't understand the retisence.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Summoned To Fix Prius Problems

mallie_mcg Re:Queue joke... (380 comments)

That said, why is it in these stories of runaway acceleration, that nobody slaps the thing into neutral and hits the brakes? The stories always read like "I was powerless to stop my deathcar!" but drivers have lots of options in situations like that. You can even just turn the car off and hope you haven't picked up a vacuum leak.

I believe the issue is that some of these cars have a computer controlled auto gearbox that does not actually disengage drive when slapped into neutral.

more than 4 years ago
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1 of 3 Dell Inspiron Mini Netbooks Sold With Linux

mallie_mcg Re:And yet... (230 comments)

Same for Australia - nothing but Microsoft Windows from Dell for any consumer grade machine, which is frustrating as a customer, there is no way I'm going to be paying for something I don't want.

more than 5 years ago
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New Solar Cell Sets World Efficiency Record

mallie_mcg Re:yaaawwwwnnn.... (299 comments)

The break-even point would immediately change to about 2 years if people had to actually (gasp!) pay for the damage their carbon emissions produce, or carbon emissions were capped at the level necessary to avert catastrophe.

What price would that make solar cells? The initial ones would cost a massive amount in carbon taxes. Think about the energy costs and emissions involved in the production of solar cells. Of course once they reach critical mass and the amount of energy produced by them that goes into production of more.... but until that point.

about 6 years ago

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mallie_mcg mallie_mcg writes  |  more than 8 years ago I think that my website: http://bugga.net/ is a better place for my rants than slashdot, so wander on over there if you want to have a look, me I might write in here twice a year if I feel enthusiastic. M

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mallie_mcg mallie_mcg writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I mean really old machines, 486DX66's and P100's.

Im supposed to believe that my job means something when I am asked to get several of these working from a pile of quesionable hardware (reliability, not source).

I mean I understand that making me do it because I am least likely to fuck it all up no end is possibly a complement (if they cannot trust the people who are supposed to do this work, why not replace them?!?!) I have better shit to do to/on/with/at our servers fixing up the internal infrastructure a tad.

So I find out why we have to do this, since the guy who was previously doing most of the sys admin stuff (before I started) left, machines have not had shitty software installed on them every few weeks, major network changes were not implemented every few weeks, so we must be doing nothing, right? Well that how the fucking management look at it. It makes me wonder why i bother trying to do a good fucking job!

Enough of my bitching!

M

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mallie_mcg mallie_mcg writes  |  more than 12 years ago Why is it that lecturers in a 3rd year subject still teach as if they had first years in the course. FFS, get over it, and give us some decent work to do. Yes I work full time (40 hours pw), but i need a mental challenge damnnit!

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