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Corn Shortage Hampers US Ethanol Production

sco08y Re:Ethanol from corn is height of stupidity (419 comments)

Common sense does not require a citation.

However, that post was not common sense. It was a made up "fact" based on what someone "felt" was right.

In other words, that post was equivalent to religious doctrine.

Except people routinely feel like they'd like to lie or sleep around, so why doesn't religious doctrine say, "go right ahead"?

about a year and a half ago
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Rapiscan's Backscatter Machines May End Up In US Federal Buildings

sco08y Re:I almost hope they do it... (171 comments)

It's pretty amusing watching people freak out over these things and call them nude-o-scopes and similar. Just like with gun-control laws, I don't care a lot about the underlying issue, but it's so tempting to take a stance just because the NRA folk are so bloody nuts.

The NRA folks are nuts? It's the gun grabbers who are calling to lock people away in jail for owning a rifle with scary parts, or for owning a sheet metal box with a spring in it.

None of the pro-gun folks want to send *you* to jail for being a douche, after all.

Why do you fear and hate your tax-paying, law-abiding neighbors so much that you want to see them spend hard time in jail for owning a gun?

about a year and a half ago
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Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

sco08y Re:The TL;DR (210 comments)

You are being pedantic to make yourself feel important. ... Why an engineer talking to the general public on Slashdot feels the need to point out the difference is unknown. Perhaps this engineer feels under appreciated?

Talk about projection.

about a year and a half ago
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Printable AR-15 Mag Gets More Reliable; YouTube Pulls Video of Demo

sco08y Re:NOT ROCKET SCIENCE (450 comments)

Holy shit /. is fucking paranoid.

about a year and a half ago
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Startup Uses Radiation Fear To Map Cellphone Coverage

sco08y Re:Snake oil again? (81 comments)

That should easily be enough to keep up with a cellphone and that is without convection which is much higher.

Not just convection, but blood flow. The human body is liquid cooled, which is an incredibly efficient way to regulate heat.

about a year and a half ago
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Site Copies Content and Uses the DMCA to Take Down the Original Articles

sco08y Re:If this can happen ... (241 comments)

Per company? Oh, look... we went out of business last night and...wouldn't you know it...reopened for business today under a new name.

How many large content producers are going to restructure periodically to make false DMCA requests? All that paperwork costs money, so you just have to make fraudulent DMCA requests cost more than they're worth.

about a year and a half ago
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Discourse: Next-Generation Discussion/Web Forum Software

sco08y Re:Roll your own. (141 comments)

He's got a point that many implementations make it hard to navigate the tree,

I don't even grant him that point. Hard compared to what? A flat list of posts that one should try to reconstruct the (naturally tree-shaped) discussion structure from? That's like saying we should be using square wheels because some round wheels make it hard to steer the car.

Many implementations don't give you ready access to the parent and siblings of a post. Also, it is naturally a tree, but often a thread of discussion is mostly a list, and implementations could often flatten those. But, point taken, most of those are not issues that require fundamentally reworking a tree, and they're all far better than the "wall of text" you get with a flat list.

about a year and a half ago
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Discourse: Next-Generation Discussion/Web Forum Software

sco08y Re:Roll your own. (141 comments)

In this particular case it is because Jeff Atwood hates threading. I think it's a huge mistake and he never manages to argue this choice in a compelling way, but I guess it's an emotional thing after all.

He's got a point that many implementations make it hard to navigate the tree, but it's not like it's that hard to implement what he wants (find my replies, see original) and be able to collapse trees.

about a year and a half ago
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Discourse: Next-Generation Discussion/Web Forum Software

sco08y Same problem: groupthink (141 comments)

It's using the same user-based moderation that has sunk most other discussion forums. Like-minded people will overwhelm the discussion, and moderate up people they agree with. Nothing to see here, move along.

about a year and a half ago
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Mars Rover Curiosity: Less Brainpower Than Apple's iPhone 5

sco08y Re:So... (256 comments)

Not even enough power for Mildly Peeved Birds, Canadian edition.

about a year and a half ago
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As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

sco08y Re:Demand More (665 comments)

Having written all that, I would like to say I agree that in general, it's deplorable what the music companies pay artists, and that should change. But I'm not seeing anything new here.

How? It's a field with an overabundance of supply and not that much demand.

about a year and a half ago
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Interviews: Ask Blendtec Founder Tom Dickson What Won't Blend?

sco08y Re:Blending vs stirring or shaking... (118 comments)

Please try to shake or stir a solid food item into another or a liquid.

I'll be waiting to find out how well that goes for you...

Sounds like a job for ... Too Much Coffee Man!

about a year and a half ago
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Real-Time Fact Checking With "Truth Teller"

sco08y Re:Fact check (149 comments)

I think that there must be at least one indisputable fact that all humans could agree on... I just don't know what it is but I'm certain it will never feature in a political debate.

Exactly. If everyone agrees on it, what's the point of bringing it up in a debate?

about a year and a half ago
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Real-Time Fact Checking With "Truth Teller"

sco08y Why not apply it to their reporting? (149 comments)

Back in the day, "fact checking" was something a newspaper or such ran against their own product. Readers' Digest was famous for their fact checkers.

If they want to check a speech in real time, why don't they run it on their own reporting and opinion pages?

Going around piously checking everyone else's facts is more creating news than anything else.

about a year and a half ago
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64GB MS Surface Pro Only Has 23GB of Free Space

sco08y Storage space needs to be budgeted in large corps (588 comments)

I was going to write something about how end users need to be aware of how much space things take and then the coffee kicked in.

How the fuck do you release a 41 GB mobile OS?

Simple: MS has any number of project teams, and they all need to write code to deliver features, but they don't account for disk space.

At some point, the hardware guys need to say, "okay, we can provide X GB of space for X dollars, more storage space is going to require more chassis space, thermal effects, $, etc."

Then that gets parceled out to the UX team, who get the vast bulk of the space, and to the installer team that parcels it out to software devs.

So making your software fit becomes a project deliverable, just like anything else. And then you can make trades, if UX complains, "hey, this loads slowly," you can say, "sure, that's because we compressed those files, if you'd like it to load faster, maybe we could 'buy' some space from Bob's team, or you can let us have some from the UX pool if you feel it's important enough."

about a year and a half ago
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Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

sco08y Re:Provoking (1130 comments)

And yet, how well is the US Military doing against the Taliban, etc. who are also armed with mostly small arms and some improvised explosive devices?

Great once we got the locals on our side.

about a year and a half ago
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Cities' Heat Can Affect Temperatures 1000+ Miles Away

sco08y Re:Not 1609 kilometers... (263 comments)

It says "more than", and it is obvious from context that it doesn't exclude an effect for less than 1000 miles (actually, the absolute biggest effect of a city is at 0 miles distance for sure). Therefore it cannot be an exact number.

Also, how probable is it that a natural phenomenon agrees to four significant digits with a completely arbitrary length unit not based on that phenomenon?

If you ever work with large sets of data, you'd be amazed at how many events occur precisely at midnight, down to the nanosecond. /sarcasm

about a year and a half ago
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Data Analyst Spoils the World's Biggest Song Vote

sco08y Re:Two things. (165 comments)

1. This "story" is on Slashdot only because of the Australia connection.

Only thing worse than editors: people constantly bitching "I'm not interested thus this story shouldn't have been posted."

Some of us actually work in data analysis and find it interesting. Sorry everything can't be about the wonders of your roommates' basement.

about a year and a half ago

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