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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

pscottdv Re:In Finland (459 comments)

That sounds great, but I'll tell you what, a wood-frame house sure is nice when you want to make changes to the floor plan.

9 hours ago
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Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

pscottdv Re:Classification (219 comments)

Actually these are not planets according to the new classification.

The IAU classification only applies to bodies within this Solar System. It does not apply to bodies outside the solar system.

RESOLUTION 5A

The IAU therefore resolves that planets and other bodies in our Solar System, except satellites, be defined into three distinct categories in the following way:

(1) A "planet" [1] is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit.

(2) A "dwarf planet" is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape [2], (c) has not cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit, and

(d) is not a satellite.

(3) All other objects [3], except satellites, orbiting the Sun shall be referred to collectively as "Small Solar-System Bodies".

Emphasis mine.

about a month ago
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Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

pscottdv Re:Not Planets (219 comments)

The IAU definition only applies to objects in this solar system. It says nothing about objects outside this solar system. It is very clear about that.

about a month ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

pscottdv Re:So the taxpayer pays for overage, got it (255 comments)

There would be the revenue from Balmer's income taxes over the next 15 years.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Partners With Docker

pscottdv How Does Docker Work? (104 comments)

When I first heard about Docker, it looked to me like it was a set of tools to simplify the setup and management of chroots. But this announcement makes it look like there may be more to it. Can someone explain to me the difference between a docker container and a chroot?

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

pscottdv Re:Cue the Bozos (981 comments)

Hilarious. I wish I had mod points.

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

pscottdv Re:Too Bad (106 comments)

Normal characters are boring. Only characters with huge character flaws are entertaining.

This has nothing to do with the Big Bang Theory. All successful sitcom characters abnormal.

about 2 months ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

pscottdv Re:Thermodynamic equilibrium is not required (211 comments)

The thermodynamic and information theory definition of entropy are the same, which is why "bringing thermodynamics into biochemical or origin of life questions" is entirely relevant.

about 3 months ago
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13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

pscottdv Re:13 year old (134 comments)

Now you've got the trees being deadly.

A fungus deadly to AIDS patients was found by a 13-year-old to be growing on trees.

The passive voice has it's uses.

about 3 months ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

pscottdv Re:Jurisdiction 101 (391 comments)

English subjects subject to English law.

FTFY

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

pscottdv Re:I wish I had read Dale Carnegie (548 comments)

To be fair, Mr. Carnegie would hardly have approved of my post either.

It occurs to me that Princeofcups may be confusing Dale Carnegie with Andrew Carnegie.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

pscottdv I wish I had read Dale Carnegie (548 comments)

How to Win Friends and Influence People

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

pscottdv Re:Pick a different job. (548 comments)

Chicago is pretty good.

about 3 months ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

pscottdv Re:That kinda sucks (172 comments)

Apple adapted. Sony didn't.

about 4 months ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

pscottdv Re:Good... (181 comments)

That is a very insightful analysis. What are you doing on Slashdot?

about 4 months ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

pscottdv Re:Good... (181 comments)

I have a t-shirt that says "Skywalker, when you want your heroes with a little whine."

about 4 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

pscottdv Re:666 (753 comments)

Yes, I went totally cashless about ten years ago, and still lament the loss of my freedom.

You are confusing a cashless individual with cashless society, i.e. a society where anonymous transactions are not just not common, but not possible. While I don't agree that such a society guarantees a loss of freedom, I do agree that IN such a society, loss of freedom becomes much more likely.

about 4 months ago

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Popular Video Site Hulu Appears To Have Been Hacked

pscottdv pscottdv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pscottdv writes "It would appear that the popular video site, Hulu has been hacked. Many of the links on the site have been modified to point to the domain of the Pirate Party of the Netherlands, piratenpartij.nl. For example, the link from the "Most Popular Shows" page to the page for "The Outer Limits" was presented as: http://www.hulu.com.proxy.piratenpartij.nl/outer-limits."
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Livna Repository Unreachable

pscottdv pscottdv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pscottdv writes "The livna repository for Fedora appears to be down. Attempts to contact the mirrorlist at livna result in a 403 Forbidden error. Livna is (or was) a repository with the sole purpose of hosting the legally questionable libdvdcss package. Will it now become difficult for Fedora users to play DVDs?"
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HP to Open Source WebOS

pscottdv pscottdv writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pscottdv (676889) writes "This year the artists formerly known as Palm had quite a rough few months with HP dumping the hardware side of their own webOS mobile computing platform – their most recent move, having been announced just last month, is live today: open sourced webOS for all. While the actual main product which will be known as Open webOS 1.0 will not be released until September, they’ve already got the Enyo piece of the pie available today."
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pscottdv pscottdv writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pscottdv (676889) writes "An Astronaut is being charged with attempted kidnapping. I was under the impression that Astronauts went through extensive psychological screening to make sure people living together in small steel tubes in outer space don't go nuts.

Does an incident like this warn against possible problems with long-term missions such as manned exploration of Mars?"

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