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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

nuggz Re:more pseudo science (856 comments)

You can't let the facts stand in the way of your opinion.

Based on my 12 hour locatel micro climate analysis, my lawn will burst into flames in 87 more hours.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

nuggz Business case (383 comments)

To justify spending on any project, you have to explain why it is worth spending money on. This is standard practice for any large expenditure.

It's a simple concept, but it's hard to do well.

Simply identify the benefits of hiring someone, and their value. If the additional value is more than their cost, by the required return, they'll spend the money.

If you spend your time doing other stuff, point out you spend x% of your time doing this other stuff, and if you consider the context switching overhead you're very inefficient. That's often enough to hire a jr support guy.

about 5 months ago

Black Silicon Slices and Dices Bacteria

nuggz Useless against biofilms (78 comments)

Except this only works on the bacteria on contact.
Get a bit of slime and the surface never touches most of the bacteria.

about 5 months ago

SSD Manufacturer OCZ Preparing For Bankruptcy

nuggz Re:Warranties (182 comments)

Unless they don't buy that part of the business.

The whole point of a bankruptcy is to get rid of excess obligations.

about 5 months ago

Xbox One Released

nuggz Microsoft & UI (310 comments)

I liked the old MS UI work.

They pushed for the Common user interface stuff back in the DOS days, and it was great.

Now they're trying to merge desktop, tablet, phone & TV/Xbox into a consistent theme of UI. It's hard but they're pushing hard.
They're getting a lot of pushback, but I think that's inherent in what they are doing, Gnome 3 is getting the same thing.

Apple however does the same thing, but they've conditioned their customer base to accept the Apple way.

about 5 months ago

"Anti-Gravity" 3D Printer Sculpts Shapes On Any Surface

nuggz Re: Space Applications? (51 comments)

The fact that they simultaneously claim it is a thermoplastic and that it cures confuses me.
Thermoplastics don't really cure, they just melt and "freeze", so what is it?

about 10 months ago

"Anti-Gravity" 3D Printer Sculpts Shapes On Any Surface

nuggz Re:thermoplastic construction (51 comments)

This is just a fancy tech laden "Bondo"

The problem with keying a car is the paint, not the structural damage.

BTW your local bodyshop should be able to pop out panels and touch up small scratches relatively cheaply, at least compared to replacing the part with a 3D printed replacement, which would still need to be painted.

about 10 months ago

Oxford Temporarily Blocks Google Docs To Fight Phishing

nuggz "The Tool" (128 comments)

You mean the university email system that delivers the malicious email?

I have a crazy idea, tell users not to give personal information out by email. It's that simple.

NEVER give out personal information by email.

about a year ago

I organize my browser bookmarks ...

nuggz Why organize them? (171 comments)

I just start typing what I want.

Typically if it's bookmarked chrome will autocomplete it as I type.

Same thing on my phone, I just start typing the app/contact name into the google search bar.
Also with google drive, I'm either in "recent" or search, it's faster and easier than navigating a directory structure.

I have a layout/tree, but that's basically habit as opposed to any functional reason.

about a year ago

OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office

nuggz Re:My MS Office replacement is skydrive (361 comments)

Often I want "super snappy", in which case I use gnumeric, which is super snappy.

If I want portability and access, I'll just leave it in sheets, or skydrive

LO/OO/Excel really don't offer much of a benefit to me, at least in my personal life.

about a year ago

OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office

nuggz My MS Office replacement is skydrive (361 comments)

It's free-ish and fully compatible.
Openoffice is just too slow, on my Linux box I use google sheets and gnumeric.

about a year ago

The Paradox of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

nuggz Transparency isn't the goal (266 comments)

I don't think transparency is their goal.

Their goal is to push their political adgenda which is basically anti- anything big & powerful.
Transparency is just a cover.

The reality is we need transparency and accountability to control the big powers effectively.
However, realistically they also need some secrets to function effectively.

It isn't black and white like crypto, with a public algorithm and secret key where everyone (with a clue) is in agreement where the line is.

In the real world the division of what should and should not be shared is not as clear.

about a year ago

Royal Canadian Air Force Sees More Sims In the Future of Fighter Pilot Training

nuggz Re:Why not? (125 comments)

At which point UAV anti-anti-UAV platforms will become useful.

UAV AAA and anti jamming platforms would be nice, but then there will be more decoys, all this technology will be rendered moot, and we'll be back to the importance of good intelligence.

about a year ago

For personal printing, not work, I usually use ...

nuggz Re:My own laser printer (266 comments)

that only works a few times.

Lasers are cheap, buy one. If you want photos, go to Costco.

about a year ago

FTC Gets 744 New Ideas On How To Hang Up On Robocallers

nuggz Loopholes (281 comments)

The problem is that there is no technical difference between the legal robocallers and the illegal robocallers.

What is the technical difference between a charity calling to sell you something and a company calling to sell you something?
Recipients of the call don't see any difference, the phone system sees no difference. The scripts are likely no different.

about a year ago

RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

nuggz Re:Very nice.. (267 comments)

I had a blackberry before my Galaxy S2.
It did everything I needed just fine, I moved on to get the larger screen and a better web browser, not because of any shortage of apps.

As far as demanding uncompressed images from a cell phone camera, that's laughable. The camera quality, while improving is so bad that there really is little benefit to RAW. If you want RAW, get a real camera.

about a year ago

Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

nuggz Re:Fun fact about blanks (1130 comments)

That was my concern, they'll be dropping piles of casings all over the place.

about a year ago

How Proxied Torrents Could End ISP Subpoenas

nuggz Re:Bring it on! (307 comments)

It isn't even liability and all that legal stuff.

If the allegations are serious enough, they will destroy you LONG before you get your day in court. That's the real problem today.

about a year ago

Microsoft Surface Pro Arrives Feb. 9

nuggz One thing? Like a Claw hammer? (268 comments)

A claw hammer is very good at being a nail installation device and a pry bar.

Those are two different tasks.

about a year ago

Google Declares War On the Password

nuggz Re:For the last time Google! (480 comments)

Yeah those bastards should work on implementing some sort of incognito mode when you're on the internet.

about a year ago


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