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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

phrostie Re:For everything there is a season (228 comments)

The Irony if we lost Guantanamo bay due to rising oceans.

about 2 months ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

phrostie Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

"Because the only people who get regular pay raises are managers? Every one else gets screwed."

Become a job shopper.
Come to the dark side.
We have cookies.

Okay, to be honest, it's my job shop that supplies the cookies, but they are REALLY good.

about 2 months ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

phrostie Re:What bullshit (191 comments)

This is the difference between Canadian Sci-Fi and US Sci-Fi.

Canadian Sci-Fi has always been about hope. plain and simple.

US Sci-Fi comes from Hollywood and they don't understand the difference between Sci-Fi and horror.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

phrostie Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

you get 10-20 telescopes together and let people look at what they've been missing.

http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

phrostie Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

DSLR controller is a good example of that, but most people don't even notice the gui.
once they discover that they can zoom and pan that's all they think about.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

phrostie Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

the other amateur astronomers are all really sharp, but we're there to help expose the average joe/jane to science and astronomy. most people just don't really care about operating systems. it's no big thing.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

phrostie Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

there is an adapter called an OTG cable. it's like a USB with a couple of wires/pins flipped.
you can make one out of a USB, but they are so cheap it's not worth it.
there are a number of Apps, I like DSLR Controller the best.
you'll need a canon or nikon dslr with live view. a T2i or newer is recomended.

 

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

phrostie Re:Hahahaha (405 comments)

I use an android tablet to control and display timed exposures(or digitally zoom planetary objects) with my telescope/camera at star parties.
everyone always assumes it's an ipad.
ipad has become a generic term for a tablet.

the NFL thing is funny, but not surprising.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

phrostie Re:should be an interesting history of computers (363 comments)

and the digital text books will have banner adds that you'll need to click on before being able to read the "History".

about 3 months ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

phrostie Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

well, for what it's worth, you have the best SciFi.

about 4 months ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

phrostie Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

I have to wonder how this will affect projects like Cyanogen mod.

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

phrostie Re:Dobsonian (187 comments)

some of these guys have a remote setup like what you describe and would be better able to help you.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/10...

My setup is like I described. I have a converted 10" Dob on an Equatorial mount that I use for astrophotography.
It's not high end, but it does wonders on a budget.

about 4 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

phrostie Re:Dobsonian (187 comments)

Dobs in the 5" - 10" range are perfect.
I recommend 8-10.

when they out grow the Dob mount you can buy some rings and put them on an equatorial mount.
it gives you an upgrade path.

some good links:
great for comparing prices
http://www.optcorp.com/

AWB offers a great little scope for the price.
http://store.astronomerswithou...

It's hard to beat a lot of their prices.
http://www.telescope.com/

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

phrostie Re:The suck, it burns .... (179 comments)

maybe they should try letting people pick a level of code that they want to update to.

you could have the really overly tested stuff that doesn't break. we'll call this Stable.

then you could have the stuff that fixes the last problem, but might break something new. we'll call this Testing.

then you could have the bleeding edge stuff that you run just because you want the bragging rights of running some truly unstable shit. we'll call this Siri, Sydney or maybe Sid for short.

i'll bet M$ could even patent it.

about 4 months ago
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FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

phrostie Re:Dear Fed (199 comments)

i mixed opinions on this.

does the same rule apply to SpaceX when they film one of their tests?

about 5 months ago
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Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year

phrostie Re:Sounds about right... (441 comments)

a little rivalry is a good thing.

I'm a fan of both and still believe that putting all your eggs in one basket will just lead to other problems.

about 6 months ago

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CosmoQuest is having a Google+ Telethon for STEM education

phrostie phrostie writes  |  about a year and a half ago

phrostie (121428) writes "Shamelessly stolen from Universe Today "On June 15-16, Pamela Gay and Nicole Gugliucci are hosting a 32-hour Google Hangout on Air – a Hangout-a-thon – to raise money to support public engagement in science. It starts at Noon EDT, 16:00 UTC on June 15, 2013 and will feature guests like Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer), NASA scientists and educators, the cast of Beyond the Wall, Mat Kaplan from Planetary Radio, and our very own Fraser Cain. Yours truly might make an appearance as well, beaming in from the middle of nowhere in Minnesota. A complete schedule of guests and events can be found here. Facebook Event Page""
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Earthquake Swarm Off Oregon Coast

phrostie phrostie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

phrostie (121428) writes "Scientists at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center have recorded more than 600 earthquakes in the last 10 days off the central Oregon coast in an area not typically known for a high degree of seismic activity.

This earthquake "swarm" is unique, according to OSU marine geologist Robert Dziak, because it is occurring within the middle of the Juan de Fuca plate — away from the major, regional tectonic boundaries. "In the 17 years we've been monitoring the ocean through hydrophone recordings, we've never seen a swarm of earthquakes in an area such as this," Dziak said. "We're not certain what it means. But we hope to have a ship divert to the site and take some water samples that may help us learn more." The water samples may indicate whether the process causing the earthquakes is tectonic or hydrothermal, he added."

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