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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

nadaou High frequency pressure waves (79 comments)

If you get the chance to monitor the barometer at high frequency there are a couple neat atmospheric phenomena which you can observe.

The shockwaves which preceed an oncoming strong front or thunderstorm are especially cool to watch.

2 days ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

nadaou Re:Is the really that much of an issue? (344 comments)

Why bother developing, testing, and supporting a feature that few in their target market will ever use?

Because Google has a vested interest in the next generation of SD card not having patented and royalty incurring filesystem such as exFAT as the mandated standard. The more they can support TF card hardware spec instead of the SD card "experience" spec the better it will be for all of us. Except for Google's main competition in the laptop market that is.

As it stands now every smartphone with an SD card has as part of its manufacturing cost about $2 going straight to Microsoft for the privilege of using exFAT, because the SD standards committee in their wisdom decided that SD cards can't be called SD cards without it.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

nadaou Emacs as PID1 (774 comments)

It won't be done until it incorporates a reinvention (poorly) of Emacs into PID 1.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Building New GPU Linux Kernel Driver To Unify With Catalyst Driver

nadaou Re:Still not actually open (56 comments)

> Do you really think last years video card can't support the newest
> version of DirectX?

I'm pretty sure that DirectX support is not that important for a Linux driver.

> Remember the Intel chips that you could upgrade by simply soldering
> 2 pins together? I suspect that THAT is what they are really afraid of.

And the tens, nay hundreds of lost sales that incurred?

> The mod community figuring out how to make upgrading less important.

Since most or many AMD graphics these days ship as part of an APU, I'm
also pretty sure there's more to the upgrade decision than just the
driver.

I'd really love the Catalyst driver to improve, right now the open source
Radeon driver is much more stable on my system but lacks full OpenCL
support. Anything which maximizes the open part of the driver and shrinks
the binary blob is a gain for all of us.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

nadaou Re:Yesterday Oceans were warming more than predict (295 comments)

The article from the other day was quite clearly talking about the upper waters.

This one is quite clearly talking about much deeper waters.

Nothing like settled and well defined science.

You got that right! It's a wonderful thing and the way they measured this using gravitational anomalies viewed from space is a great testament to our progress as a species. We are documenting our destruction in unprecedented detail.

about two weeks ago
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Bangladesh Considers Building World's 5th-largest Data Center In Earthquake Zone

nadaou as opposed to SanFran and LA? (65 comments)

Good thing there are no tech companies along the San Andreas!

And before anyone goes on to say that M3s and M4s are an order of magnitude or two smaller than a M5, the energy is more like 32 times more intense for each magnitude level, it's not log10.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

nadaou Re:net metering != solar and 10% needs new physics (488 comments)

For example, I read a study a while back that pointing solar panels West of due South resulted in a much better match between electricity use and demand

That's an interesting point. From a pure kWh point of view facing them a bit to the east gets you better numbers since the crisp morning air is clearer than the late afternoon haze.

If you have batteries it becomes a balance between storage losses in the morning versus irradiation losses in the afternoon.

GP completely ignores the daily demand curve, especially in areas like southern California with a million A/C units humming away at noon, which lays the rest of his arguement to waste.

And total fail? 100-200% growth year on year certainly doesn't sound like fail to me.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

nadaou Re:The pot calling the kettle black (261 comments)

stop blaming this thing on Greenpeace. clue-bat: they aren't the ones blocking renewable energy in this country.

about a month ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

nadaou Re:Already fixed in Debian... (399 comments)

I wonder if Debian's default /bin/sh being dash instead of bash reduces the attack surface somewhat.

Nope. I just tested dash on a Debian system which hadn't been upgraded yet. Dash is vulnerable too.

On an upgraded Debian dash is not vulnerable.

about a month ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

nadaou Re:They need to get their shit together (169 comments)

> If you're going to peg your renewable hopes on solar or wind,
> you're going to have a bad time.

Er, so you're saying Australia suffers from lack of sunshine and bushfire-loving winds?

about a month ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

nadaou Re:Why is this here? (240 comments)

you've fallen into a fallacious trap -- what makes you think the sets overlap?

are you really saying that everyone without a background in electro-magnetics is evil and should be punished, because you knew a dumb jerk in grade school?

or are you just beating up the next weakest kid after you to make yourself feel better about yourself? (and so become the bully)

about a month ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

nadaou Re:Just Apple? (207 comments)

I dropped my iphone 5 from 2 meters (i leave it to the Americans to make out how many badger's kidneys it is) to a hard, stone floor. Glass intact.

Says the guy who still lives in a castle.

about a month ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

nadaou Re:Shouldn't be a problem (462 comments)

the commas just clutter up the natural spaces.

about a month and a half ago
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Out of the Warehouse: Climate Researchers Rescue Long-Lost Satellite Images

nadaou Re:Straight to the pointless debate (136 comments)

I happen to live near one of the main weather stations which was caught up in that FOX News brouhaha and happen to know about the local history. tl;dr as usual, the whole story was all a load of vaporous bullshit. And apparently it worked since you took the bait.

One hundred years ago the local weather station was established outside the harbor master's office down by the docks (and the water). The city grew up and forty years ago or so the weather station was moved 500 feet up a hill to outside the local observatory, which is surrounded by forest.

Moving a temperature sensor away from a large body of water, out of a "heat island" of now-paved urban roads, out of a canyon of concrete and glass buildings, and to a higher elevation will all change the readings of the sensor. If you want to keep a continuous record before and after moving, before and after various construction projects and re-roofing nearby, and before and after population changes, you're going to have to figure out and apply a correction factor for each of these things.

There is nothing particularly unusual about our local weather station's story which hasn't been repeated in most cities around the world. So it is not surprising that noisy long term time series need to be cleaned up before being fed into sensitive predictive models. It would be dishonest not to if you know there was a change in the sampling history which required it.

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

nadaou Re:Binoculars (187 comments)

Don't buy a telescope. Instead, get a good pair of 10x50
binoculars and an intro astronomy book with pictures.

Specifically, buy them The Stars: A New Way to See Them by Hans A. Rey, the creator of Curious George.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Star...

The reviews on the back cover are worth the trouble of reading, if you can make them out in the Amazon image. Hell, just the names of the authors of the reviews on the back cover are worth the trouble of reading.

It is quite simply the best popular book on observational astronomy ever written.

about 2 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

nadaou Re:Ha ha! (579 comments)

One politician said it failed... all other reports of the project
(even very recently) have said it's been a success. The actual article
says they are convening a panel of experts to consider whether to go
back to Microsoft, so despite the misleading summary here, nothing has
been decided.

When has there ever been a "panel of experts" assembled by a politician
which was not stacked with "experts" guaranteed to deliver a predetermined
result? They're the consultants of the public service world.

Hell, one of the famous Microsoft Halloween Documents even discusses this
exact scenario: stack the speakers in a public panel with ones known to
favor your side and to the public the discussion and conclusion looks "fair
and balanced".

about 2 months ago
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Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

nadaou Re:meh (164 comments)

Ah yes the metric system. The premier international system of internet trolling, quantified.

about 2 months ago

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The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link sold to it members

nadaou nadaou writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nadaou (535365) writes "From The NY Times: 'One of the earliest online communities, The WELL, has a new owner: its members. On Thursday evening, Salon Media Group, the previous owner of The WELL, said it had sold the community to the Well Group, a private investment group consisting of longtime members of the community, which was founded in 1985, long before the rise of the Web.'"
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