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Sea Water Could Cause Uranium Pollution From Nuclear Fuel Rods

pitterpatter Re:Haha "This could have serious consequences" wow (97 comments)

It's gradually diluting itself to harmless concentrations as it spreads over the rest of the world.

No, it's becoming more and more potentized as a homeopathic remedy.

more than 2 years ago
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Belarus Bans Use of Foreign Websites

pitterpatter Re:I like the approach (361 comments)

Being intentionally obtuse while making no arguments won't win you any supporters.

What?! Have you never listened to talk radio? Or politicians?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Inexpensive Anti-Theft Vehicle Tracking System?

pitterpatter Re:It's called "Insurance" (296 comments)

It's like putting up a stop sign and expecting dogs to pay attention to it.

More like putting up a "deer crossing" sign where you want the deer to cross.

more than 2 years ago
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What happens when they steal movies from me?

pitterpatter Theft (3 comments)

Any lawyers out there think this would be a good class action suit?

more than 3 years ago
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EFF Stops Accepting Bitcoin, Regifts All Donations

pitterpatter Re:No surprises here (391 comments)

The news here is that they were foolish enough to accept them in the first place. I had no idea that their judgment was that bad.

Care to expand that? It isn't intuitively obvious to me why accepting a no-strings gift would automatically be foolish. No, I don't accept "free" offers from spammers or telemarketers, but that's because of the strings, not necessarily the nature of the gift.

Sure, the gift might be worthless, but I wouldn't think it would be likely to have a large negative value.

more than 3 years ago
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US Nuclear Power Enters the Digital Age

pitterpatter Re:Really? (291 comments)

Oconee was the first of three nuclear stations built by Duke Energy. According to Duke Energy's web site, the station has generated more than 500 million megawatt-hours of electricity, and is "the first nuclear station in the United States to achieve this milestone."[2]

(Wikipedia)

First unit came online in 1973, so they probably started building in 1968, using plans that were finalized by very conservative senior engineers in 1963 at the latest. These guys at this time would have regarded PLC's as bleeding edge experimental crap that only a fool would use in a large industrial setting.

more than 3 years ago
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MasterCard Transactions To Be Mined For CO2 Data

pitterpatter Re:Kewl... Oh, wait (124 comments)

As I'm sure you noticed from R'ingTFA

+1 Funny

more than 3 years ago
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MasterCard Transactions To Be Mined For CO2 Data

pitterpatter Re:Cut off comment lines?? (124 comments)

Looks fine to me. Firefox 4.0.1 under Natty Narwhal.

more than 3 years ago
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MasterCard Transactions To Be Mined For CO2 Data

pitterpatter Kewl... Oh, wait (124 comments)

While I would dearly love to have Al Gore's data from this enterprise, I'm not so sanguine about him having mine.

more than 3 years ago
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US-CERT Warns of Serious Hole In ActiveX Control From Iconics

pitterpatter Re:Really? (87 comments)

Are you telling me that while I, as a production employee, am, oh, I don't know, changing cutting heads on my milling machine or maybe unjamming a conveyor belt, some idiot of a manager can see a red icon on his desktop display, decide he needs to turn that machine back to green, and succeed? Without even coming out on the floor where I can throw a wrench at him? That's a serious flaw.

more than 3 years ago
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Rocket Blasts Off With Missile-Warning Satellite

pitterpatter Re:Rocket or missile ? (60 comments)

1. An object intended to be launched into the air at a target.
2. (military) A self-propelled projectile whose trajectory can be adjusted after having been launched.

Is how Wiktionary defines "missile," while a "rocket" is

1. A rocket engine.
2. (military) A non-guided missile propelled by a rocket engine.
3. A vehicle propelled by a rocket engine.
4. A rocket propelled firework, a skyrocket

Evidently the authors of definitions #2 don't quite agree, but I think you can still see the difference.

So what's a rocket engine?

A reaction engine that obtains thrust by jet propulsion which forms its jet exclusively from propellant.

I would have provided links, but, umm...

more than 3 years ago
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Rocket Blasts Off With Missile-Warning Satellite

pitterpatter Re:1.3 Billion?... (60 comments)

You might need a whole tinfoil house.

more than 3 years ago
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Comcast Hounded By Collections Agency

pitterpatter Re:As much as I hate... (142 comments)

Without collections agencies the only reason that anybody would ever pay their bills would be because it was the ethical thing to do. Consequently the cost of just about anything would likely sky rocket.

No, without enforced collections, you'd have to pay for everything before you received it. Consequently the cost of many things would plummet, some of them dramatically. And that's before counting the effects of the resulting global depression.

more than 3 years ago
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Free Software Helps Disabled Use Mouse

pitterpatter Re:Well you know what, motor control tards? (46 comments)

xvkbd version 2.1 and later support word completion, which may make it easier to enter long words with xvkbd.

Thanks for pointing me to it.

more than 3 years ago
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ALS Sufferer Used Legs To Contribute Last Patch

pitterpatter Re:I don't know what to think (222 comments)

You might be amazed at how being paralyzed takes the fun out of fucking. When you're really "fighting for air," when she tells you to come you're not already there (sorry, Brian) And a lot of the allure of smoking and snorting has to do with chemical interference with motor control. Guess what?

more than 3 years ago
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Free Software Helps Disabled Use Mouse

pitterpatter Re:Well you know what, motor control tards? (46 comments)

Some of us with motor control problems can no longer use a keyboard. My fingers won't lift and separate enough to hit individual keys any more. I can still use a terminal, but it has to be in a GUI interface so I can use an on-screen keyboard.

more than 3 years ago
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Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb

pitterpatter Re:He hasn't actually built one (332 comments)

"Funny" might not get you karma, but I wish I had mod points.

more than 3 years ago
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UN Backs Action Against Colonel Gaddafi

pitterpatter Re:So instead of an invasion ... (501 comments)

we'll just bomb 'em into the stone age.

Then they'll really be screwed. Do you know how hard it is to make stone tools when all you've got is sand?

more than 3 years ago
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No P = NP Proof After All

pitterpatter Re:Let me ask a "stupid" question (318 comments)

And even if he doesn't do online banking, I'd be willing to bet his bank trades his money with other banks using encrypted electronic transfers.

My grampa keeps his money under his mattress, you insensitive clod!

more than 3 years ago

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Underwater volcano on video

pitterpatter pitterpatter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pitterpatter (1397479) writes "In a story dating from May, the AP provides video taken by researchers from NOAA, or possibly the NSF, of a volcano 4,000 feet (that would be a little over 1219 meters for most of the world) under the surface of the Pacific Ocean near Samoa. The expedition members were pleased to find examples of boninite formation, since the youngest previously known examples are over a million years old, and pillow basalt formation, since that hasn't been witnessed before at these depths.

Biologists also want to find out how various lifeforms cope with the rather challenging environment in the area. Although TFA doesn't mention Libraries of Congress, nor how many houses can be supplied by a given number of MW of electricity, it does manage to peg the pH of the water around the volcano as being precisely "between battery acid and stomach acid.""

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Hydrogen Storage

pitterpatter pitterpatter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pitterpatter (1397479) writes "A researcher trying to find a use for them claims that after being heated enough to carbonize, chicken feathers hold as much hydrogen as carbon nanotubes do. So chicken feather charcoal might solve the storage problem for the new hydrogen economy. One problem down, half a zillion to go.

Find out a little more in The Oregonian"

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Gun Ban Fail at University in Oregon

pitterpatter pitterpatter writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pitterpatter (1397479) writes "According to this article, http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf%202009/02oregon_universities_gun_ban_fa.html/ Jeffrey Maxwell was arrested and cited for "possessing a firearm in a public building." The DA recognized that he had not broken any law and did not charge him, but the school suspended him. In order to re-enroll he is required, among other things, to

write a minimum 10-page paper on following the law, accepting responsibility for his actions and "recognizing the impact possession of weapons on college campuses has on others."

The article does not mention false arrest charges, though one would think that the 10-page paper might."
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Oregon University Gun Ban

pitterpatter pitterpatter writes  |  more than 5 years ago According to this article, http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/02/oregon_universities_gun_ban_fa.html/ Jeffrey Maxwell was arrested and cited for "possessing a firearm in a public building." The DA recognized that he had not broken any law and did not charge him, but the school suspended him. In order to re-enroll he is required, among other things, to

write a minimum 10-page paper on following the law, accepting responsibility for his actions and "recognizing the impact possession of weapons on college campuses has on others."

The article does not mention false arrest charges, though one would think that the 10-page paper might.

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Polywell Nuclear Fusion Ion Injector

pitterpatter pitterpatter writes  |  more than 5 years ago Am I crazy? I thought I saw an item about the Navy purchasing research from the EMC2 Corporation on an Ion Injector for an electrostatic-inertial plasma containment system for a Polywell Fusion reactor. Now I can't find mention of that item. Did I hallucinate it? If you can help me find it or tell me it never existed, I'd be grateful. Pitterpatter

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