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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

pipingguy Re:Cut out the middle man! (500 comments)

Why not skip all the expensive equipment and just use birds for fuel?

...says 'Black Parrot'.

2 days ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

pipingguy Re:Expert?? (436 comments)

You can probably tell from the URL what the following page is about ===> http://scottishsceptic.co.uk/2...

[scottishsceptic.co.uk/2014/07/13/why-climate-engineers-beat-the-climate-academics/]

4 days ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

pipingguy Re:Define Troll (456 comments)

Thanks for the clarifying, ironic response.

about a week ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

pipingguy Re:One non-disturbing theory (304 comments)

"I can't speak to fresh water..."

Yes you can, but it cannot speak to you...

about 2 months ago
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Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

pipingguy Re:I told you so (343 comments)

Earth is not a greenhouse.

about 4 months ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

pipingguy Re:changing part without changing number is common (236 comments)

I've seen cock-ups like this happen before. Detailed fabrication drawings are auto-generated paper documents (paper, because each one must be signed and stamped by the stress engineer and signed by the checker and because paper is easier to handle by the fabrication shop and remains the copy of record). Sometimes, but rarely, a minor change is made in the 3D model and a new physical drawing is not printed and sent through the document process. In this case, the 3D model is correct but the detailed drawing is not. Or the reverse can happen; the detailed drawing is manually edited (say, under pressure to meet a deadline, with the intent to update the model as soon as the rush is over - then someone forgets) leaving the model incorrect.

about 4 months ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

pipingguy Global Warming "Research" (279 comments)

There, I said it. Lets all now have a rational, civilized discussion.

about 5 months ago
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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

pipingguy Re:Probably bad reporting and hyped abstract (167 comments)

Please explain more about this Lysenko fellow. Was he some kind of amazing Russian scientist or something?

about 5 months ago
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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

pipingguy Re:Probably bad reporting and hyped abstract (167 comments)

And, as we all know, tree rings are a great substitute for actual data, and trees can be made into hockey sticks.

about 5 months ago
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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

pipingguy Re:Solution... (167 comments)

Your comment was possibly interesting and insightful. I lost interest after 'booby prizes', however, and then trundled off to youporn. Sorry.

about 5 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

pipingguy Re:Not the first time (286 comments)

As you can tell from my sig, I'm a flat-earther. What is this magical spherical world you speak of?

about 6 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

pipingguy Re:Firrrst post the noo (286 comments)

Two words: Bond. James Bond.

about 6 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

pipingguy What, Behind The Rabbit? (286 comments)

Manky scots git!

about 6 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

pipingguy Re:Pathetic Example (683 comments)

Did they also have extra apostrophe's?

I can see how that could drive a megalomaniac mad enough to invade Europe.

Yeah, "socialism" was part of the name, but Mr Silly Stache's goal was all-or-nothing. "He" lost, but Germany won.

Germany is now an economic superpower (albeit helped along by the US).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/

about 7 months ago

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Ubuntu Software for Musical Keyboards

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pipingguy (566974) writes "Mid-last year I converted my mother to Ubuntu from XP after her computer crapped out (again). She's happy with the new OS, but she can't watch videos sometime and the converter I got her doesn't work with Ubuntu.

Is there any help out there getting her cable to work with her piano?

She has the Roland/Cakewalk UM-1G already."
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Basement Recording Studio/Soundproofing

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pipingguy (566974) writes "What would you recommend regarding setting up an unfinished basement to be a half-decent recording studio?

I'm mostly interested in construction details for soundproofing, and yes, I could have Googled myself but I'd prefer to hear from people that have actually done this themselves.

I'm not asking for myself, I'm asking for a friend who just happens to looks like me."
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Cops With Cameras

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pipingguy (566974) writes "Liberal senators recommended this week that individual Mounties be equipped with miniature, uniform-mounted video cameras to enhance "transparency" in the problem-plagued force.

Now, the Star has learned that at least 20 police departments and detachments across Canada are already using the devices.

The RCMP says officers in detachments in Kelowna, B.C., and Moncton, N.B., (Codiac region) have been fitted with the uniform-mounted cameras as part of a pilot project that is also testing Taser-mounted cameras, made by Arizona-based Taser International.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/771113--rcmp-to-start-packing-cameras"

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Cloning 60GB SSD to a Larger SSD

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pipingguy (566974) writes "I put a 60GB SSD in my three year-old MacBook Pro, a machine I'm also running Windows XP SP3 on via BootCamp (I only use the XP partition for CAD/visualization software that isn't available for the Mac). I like the performance, extended battery life and silence of the drive. Now of course I'm running out of hard drive space. Is there a way I can clone both partitions onto a larger 128GB drive without having to reinstall everything? Now that 128GB SSDs are dropping in price I'm looking to get one when affordable to me. I DO have incremental backups via Time Capsule and a 48GB SSD ExpressCard, so data loss is not much of an issue. I can't seem to get any definitive answers about this despite asking at Apple Stores, online and from supposedly Mac-knowledgeable friends. I tried installing Parallels 4.0, but the install space requirements were too high for the remaining capacity of the "disc". Please help, Mac experts!"
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Voice Recognition

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pipingguy writes "I've been using MacSpeech Dictate for a few weeks now and it seemed to work pretty good. I don't know why anybody else would want anything better. It seems to work pretty good at this firm as I can tell, I am dictating this straight into text, and there don't seem to be any problems, Well there what do you want. Space. Space know I don't have a corner get away from me. Hell do you want get away from me I don't have any change for you and it is this thing still on i"
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Mac/Windows Setup

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  about 6 years ago

pipingguy (566974) writes "I'm considering purchasing a Mac Pro to replace my current Windows computer (I already have a Mac laptop for when I travel and as a backup). Since I need to use Windows-based software on a regular basis (CAD files and sometimes large images), I'm asking what is the best way to approach this. Dual-boot via Boot Camp or Parallels? I've already had one unpleasant experience with Parallels but I like the immediacy switching of it. Can I dual-boot AND run Parallels? With 8 cores, will I see a big performance improvement? Why is RAM so expensive for Macs and will 8GB be used by XP Pro or would I be throwing away money?"
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Programmers' Predecessors?

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pipingguy writes "It's my belief that draftsmen were the programmers of yesterday, but with different tools. They were detail-oriented, obscure professionals who toiled away in a technical job that not many people knew about or appreciated. They often were odd individuals as well.

A highly-respected ex-draftsman and ASME engineer writes a bit about how the really old days (1960s or so) were before CAD, it's a short article and this might be a test of my server if this submission gets approved:

Is that magic blue smoke I smell yonder?"

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Creepy, Cool Quadruped Robot

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pipingguy writes "Watch it stumble and slip on rough/slippery surfaces but then regain control. It reacts and recovers just like a living, legged being. Creepy, compelling and amazing. "BigDog is being developed by Boston Dynamics with the goal of creating robots that have rough-terrain mobility that can take them anywhere on Earth that people and animals can go. The program is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)"."
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Screen Recording Software Options

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pipingguy (566974) writes "I'd like to use screen recording software to create Flash movies in order to create tutorials. So far I've found Camtasia Studio (relatively expensive), Bulent's Screen Recorder 4 (reasonably priced) and CamStudio (open source). My questions to those who have experience with doing this sort of thing: Are there other programs worth considering? What are the pros and cons of the ones I've mentioned? Thanks for any help."
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A Cold Civil War

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pipingguy (566974) writes "That's quite a concept: "A cold civil war." Since 9/11, Mr. Gibson has abandoned futuristic sci-fi dystopias to frolic in the dystopia of the present. Spook Country boils down to a caper plot about a mysterious North America-bound container, and it's tricked out very inventively. Yet, notwithstanding the author's formidable powers of imagination, its politics are more or less conventional for a novelist in the twilight of the Bush era: someone says, "Are you really so scared of terrorists that you'd dismantle the structures that made America what it is?" Someone else says, "America has developed Stockholm Syndrome towards its own government." Etc. But it's that one phrase that makes you pause: "A cold civil war.""
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Wiping OSX from a MacBookPro

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pipingguy (566974) writes "I recently purchased a MacBook Pro and installed Parallels on it in order to be able to run needed Windows software. So far, I've had Firefox and Thunderbird get hosed three times on this new machine (and losing data in the process) and the dreaded spinning CD icon appears far too often for me to accept my choice as a good one. I want XP Pro back with all its warts and annoyances. Is there a procedure somewhere on the web to wipe OSX off the thing and install XP or do I have to go BootCamp? I tried to install Windows via BootCamp shortly after buying the laptop but I only had XP SP1 (which apparently wouldn't work)."
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Slashdot-Like Site Setup

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pipingguy writes "I'd like some advice regarding setting up a site similar in features to slashdot. The intent is to migrate a group of about 1300 email-based subscribers to a web-based format. As a long-time reader of slashdot I've gotten used to its features, flexibility and advantages. Especially I like the karma system and email notification of replies. I've tried PHP-based solutions but those didn't work out. The site will be for discussion. I expect that adopting this will cost money to set up and will require a webhost that is familiar with, to use a technical term, "stuff that makes it work". I think basically what I'm asking is for someone to do some hand-holding and stupid question-answering."
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Why is Monty Python Funny?

pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pipingguy (566974) writes "What is the appeal for nerds to Monty Python? Is it the general wackiness, obvious humour? What makes MP so funny? I have my own ideas (I think there's a lot of social commentary involved with fish-slapping and funny walks), I was just wondering what others think. The video of Graham Chapman's funeral pretty much illustrates the fun the guys have (not to mention the reunion where they "accidentally" knock over his ashes). I think that the Python guys' humour is timeless in many ways but it might have been overlooked in America."
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pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pipingguy writes "[In 1982] The Soviets were developing a highly lucrative pipeline to carry natural gas across the expanse of Siberia, but they lacked the software to manage the complex array of pumps, valves, turbines, and storage facilities that the system would require. [...] KGB officials inserted an agent to abduct the technology from a Canadian firm. Unbeknownst to the Soviet spies, the software they stole sported a little something extra: a few lines of computer code which had been inserted just for them. [...] Some weeks after going online, in the summer of 1982, the clandestine code in the pipeline control program asserted itself. Disguised as an automated system test, the software instructed a series of valves, turbines, and pumps to increase the pipeline's pressure far beyond its capacity, putting considerable strain on the line's many joints and welds over a period of time. One day, somewhere in the cold loneliness of Siberia, the overexerted pipeline finally succumbed to the pressure. [...] It would be fourteen years before the real cause of the event would be revealed. [...] In any case, it clearly demonstrates that software piracy can have very serious consequences."
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pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pipingguy writes "I'm planning to finally make the leap to Linux (after a couple of stalled starts over the past 5 years) so I can play around with BRL-CAD. Some professional contacts have offered to help out with getting the OS and the CAD program up and running, so I'm no longer worried about having trouble with initial failure and possible disillusionment with the experience. I've decided that a laptop is the way to go but I just found out that there may be driver issues. My questions: 1) Which distributions work best with which laptops? Ubuntu seems like a good choice for a newbie like myself; 2) Should I be concerned about graphics chips/cards to run BRL-CAD?; 3) Do I need a lot of RAM (say, 1GB+) for Linux-based CAD? My understanding is that Linux is less power-hungry than Windows. Any other helpful input is appreciated."
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pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pipingguy writes "XK2, South Korea's latest "home-grown" battle tank was unveiled recently. With only 3 crewmembers, it looks like it depends on an autoloader system as the Russian designs typically do (the American Abrams, British Challenger 2 and German Leopard have a dedicated loader crewmember) and the "active defence system" sounds a lot like the Black Eagle."
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pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pipingguy writes "I purchased and set up a new XP-based computer for my mother as a Christmas gift a few days ago. As usual, transferring the data from the older machine became a problem, mainly for past emails (the older ones were from Outlook Express [shudder with trepidation], now she uses Thunderbird+Firefox because I insisted). I tried to use an external USB hard drive to copy from the older computer but W2K wouldn't recognize the (already properly-formatted) external drive even after following the instructions included with the drive. Surely some other slashdotters have experienced the same sort of problem upgrading machines for less-than-savvy relatives, so my question is if there is a relatively easy way to do this. I ended up copying files to a thumb drive and moving them over, but it was time-consuming and I had to do a lot of file re-naming and experimentation to get the files to show up in Thunderbird. (Yes, I know I should have done a lot of web research, but I was 3000KM away from home and my usual resources and there wasn't a lot of time available.) Surely there's an easier way to do this."
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pipingguy pipingguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pipingguy writes "A friend sent this CAD drawing to me in email, and it's likely subtle marketing for some company. It's still pretty funny for people familiar with "blueprints", cold weather, Santa and regulations though. Warning, PDF.

PS My hosting company is in Michigan, I have to wonder if it's cold enough there now for their server to handle a Slashdotting."

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