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Hurricane Sandy a 1-in-700-Year Event Says NASA Study

munitor Where did they get 700 years of weather data? (148 comments)

I would like to point out that NASA considers a quantitative risk assessment to be a +/- order of magnitude tool. So if the actual frequency turns out to be within 70-7000 years, the QRA is as acceptable.

about a year ago

Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale

munitor If you don't like it, change (379 comments)

A lot of folks are looking at the details instead of asking the bigger question: where's the open source alternative? Supported by the indie community and users, who provide server capacity. As long as we're talking proprietary business models, companies will try to take every advantage they can. That's the reality of competition.

about a year ago

Boston Officials Did Not Shut Down Cell Network After Marathon Bombing

munitor Re:That doesn't mean it wasnt jammed (211 comments)

I was in the pre and post-Katrina aftermath for quite a bit and can assure you that cell networks will instantly fail for voice calls in a widespread emergency. SMS, OTOH, will get through surprisingly often and usually with reasonable speed.

about a year and a half ago

Juror's Tweets Overturn Trial Verdict

munitor Re:Uh oh. (423 comments)

Jury nullification is a myth. The practice became widespread during Prohibition. When it saw a resurgence during the War On Drugs, judges quickly clamped down. It doesn't exist.

more than 2 years ago

New Oil Slick In Gulf Waters Linked To BP Well

munitor ...and it could be from a natural seep (98 comments)

The floor of the Gulf of Mexico has numerous chemosynthetic communities that live off methate hydrates, oil seeps, and even pockets of salt saturated water where salt domes are exposed. Oil seeps are prevalent throughout the region. Likely the only reason people noticed this one is they were out there doing research.

about 3 years ago

CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education

munitor Re:Do you want computer science, or engineering? (583 comments)

I'm a Mechanical Engineer with 30 years experience and for a BSME from a fully accredited major school, my math requirements were only Calculus 1-3 and ODEs (loads of application, of course). In my career I've only used the calculus a few times (e.g. passing the EIT exam). I did do some graphics programming, FEM, etc. in school, but at the end of the day, what maths you needed really depended on the direction of your career. What few bits of software I've written that get used needed just bitwise operations and logic. You don't need much math for that.

more than 3 years ago

Oil Companies Patent Trolling Biofuel Production

munitor Re:Biofuels are bad mmmkay (183 comments)

Good link and I don't at all disagree, but that's current algae technology vs the bioengineering that is the subject of the OP. And of course the link didn't take into account the energy needed to produce the cells and the algae pipe in the first place. I think if you look at that, there's a heck of a lot of initial energy in making a big PV cell. But if the CalTech cell can be mass produced, with over 80% efficiency, it will be a game changer.

more than 3 years ago

Oil Companies Patent Trolling Biofuel Production

munitor Re:Biofuels are bad mmmkay (183 comments)

No, biofuels can be the most efficient around if it goes straight from solar to chemical, such as algae in a space efficient layout. Classic silicon solar panels are the most inefficient around.

more than 3 years ago

Oil Companies Patent Trolling Biofuel Production

munitor Oil companies not always the bad guy... (183 comments)

Energy is a hugely capital intensive sector, and investors rightly expect return on investment. Exxon and Shell spent more money developing natural gas reserves on Sakhalin island than the US spent developing the space shuttle. If BP is expected to pump billions into developing advanced biofuels, I would expect them to protect their patents. Don't forget that BP was the oil company that helped support the radical new solar cells announced last year at CalTech. Protecting a properly granted patent is not technology suppression. And no, I don't work for BP.

more than 3 years ago

Pirated App Sold On Mac App Store

munitor Re:Did Slashdot go retarded today? (334 comments)

Props for trying to educate trolls. If they are retarded, then props for trying to educate the uninformed. Tough work, though.

more than 3 years ago

How Long Until We Commonly Use Flying Cars?

munitor They will be uncommonly used (606 comments)

because they are too inefficient, in energy and materials, for mass use. Multi-person public or private transportation systems will be used and individually owned and operated vehicles bigger than a bicycle will be a thing of the past. At the current rate of population growth, minimal footprint will be rule number 1.

more than 3 years ago

Leaders Aren't Being Made At Tech Firms

munitor Re:How did we survive back then (135 comments)

What you describe is the difference between leadership and management. You can teach people to manage projects, meet regulations, take care of HR housekeeping, etc., but it's hard to teach leadership (building a shared vision, developing people, personal effectiveness, etc.) unless the student already has the capacity and the drive.

about 4 years ago

Tensions Rise Between Gamers and Game Companies Over DRM

munitor Re:"Digital property" (447 comments)

But if your car has OnStar, and you are the registered owner, you can have it remotely shut down. You may still not get it back or want it because it could get chopped or trashed, but that isn't a problem for game keys. Digital copies are cheap and identical. Have OnStar email you a new car, and away you go. If game keys were managed properly by a custodian, like domain names are, you could transfer them to others. Think two key system, public key and private key, and when you transfer the public one you transferred won't work anymore with any key but the new owner's.

about 4 years ago

Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?

munitor A failure to exploit piracy... (1115 comments)

In the late 80's I wrote a piece of software that drove a certain company's printer sharing hardware (back when that was how it was done). I released as shareware, but only made a few cents per hour and gave up on it. A few years later, I found out from an ex-employee of that company that the company's tech support people were sending out my software when customers called to complain about the crappy OEM software. He told me that the company never told people it was shareware and most thought it was company written. Had I known, I might have been able to make some money off of it. So yes, the work was a financial failure due to piracy, and I also quit writing commercial software at that time because it was a failure, so it impacted future work, too.

more than 4 years ago

Military Develops "Green" Cleaners For Terrorist Attack Sites

munitor old news (97 comments)

Decon Green has been around since 2003. It's just hydrogen peroxide, soap, propylene glycol and baking soda. It's for decontaminating surfaces, like equipment, suits, etc.

more than 4 years ago

Which Linux distribution support Intel Core i7

munitor Re:X86-64 (7 comments)

I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 64bit X86 on an i7 MSI x58 box. All cores recognized and used, no problems related to the cpu.

more than 4 years ago

Journalists Looking For Government Money

munitor Re:Subsidize paper chauvinism now! (323 comments)

Amen. Their business model is shite and unsupportable, that's their problem. Look at broadcast television, which carries both national scope ads as well as slots for local ads. It's just gotten to the point where you can't support such an expensive medium when the web ads are a micro fraction of the price per reader. The papers just need to broaden their advertiser base to include more big national brands, subscribe to cheap wire service for any national/international news, and focus on local stories to get local readers.

more than 4 years ago


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