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

sconeu Re:Its Urban Trees (467 comments)

I have squirrel related cable outages. Apparently the little buggers love to gnaw at the insulation, and TWC refuses to put mesh jacketed cable up.

Maybe it's time to switch, now that I have to get converters for my kids old analog TVs.

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

sconeu Re:In Finland (467 comments)

Follow up to parent.

DISCLAIMER: IANA Structural Engineer.

I live in Los Angeles. The point of the building codes here is NOT that the structure be undamaged by a quake, but rather that the struct not collapse during a quake. It can be as severely damaged as all get out, but if it doesn't collapse, then the occupants have a much better chance of survival.

I always tell people, the safest place to be during a major earthquake is "somewhere else", but if you can't be somewhere else, then you want to be in Southern California. We *know* that the quake is coming, and we build to survive it. For example, where would you rather be during a 7.5 quake: Los Angeles, or St. Louis? STL is sitting on the New Madrid fault, which cut loose with an 8+ quake in the early 1800s.

7 hours ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

sconeu Re:What a waste! (138 comments)

It only works with the original VHS, because Han has to shoot first.

9 hours ago
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Samsung Shows 'Eye Mouse' For People With Disabilities

sconeu Re:Good for them. (17 comments)

You'd be surprised at how *TIRING* using an eye mouse is. My late wife bitched about it all the time.

yesterday
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

sconeu Re:Shyeah, right. (271 comments)

How did they know to put "BC" on the EOY General Journal?

yesterday
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Samsung Shows 'Eye Mouse' For People With Disabilities

sconeu Good for them. (17 comments)

This is commercially available now, Dynavox and Tobii have offered it for a while.

The BIG news here is the open sourcing. Well done, Samsung.

yesterday
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

sconeu Re: Web Searches For These Suck (125 comments)

D-Flat was named that because C-Sharp was taken. It was published in Dr. Dobbs by Al Stevens.

Of course, the fact that C-Sharp was an existing windowing library didn't bother Microsoft at all, when naming their language.

yesterday
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

sconeu Re:sooo.... (299 comments)

Mod parent up, +1 Asimov.

2 days ago
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LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

sconeu Re:Solid research there (320 comments)

Must have been damned early in 2003. I got laid off in Feb 2003, and one of the managers recommended LinkedIn as part of the job search.

2 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

sconeu Re:"4:3" vs "4x3" (329 comments)

Go to 8:5 (16:10) ratio. Uses 40 monitors, and you can drive from a single PC, by your own count.

4 days ago
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

sconeu Re:it's life, Jim (57 comments)

The problem with them, though, is that they will not buy tobacconists, because they are scratched. Plus, their hovercrafts are full of eels.

5 days ago
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

sconeu Re:Noooooooo! (57 comments)

Dude, it's not called "Sun 2", it's called "Lucifer".

5 days ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

sconeu Re:Well that's a start... (162 comments)

<PEDANTIC> main() returns int </PEDANTIC>

about a week ago

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Ask Slashdot: Best pay-as-you-go plan for text and voice only?

sconeu sconeu writes  |  about 2 years ago

sconeu (64226) writes "My wife uses an assistive communciation device. She wants to use it for SMS texting... We currently have Verizon, so we don't have a SIM. The computer will take a SIM. I'm looking for a pay-as-you-go plan where I can take the SIM from a cheap phone and put it in her computer. Any suggestions?"
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John Anderson calls for Instant Runoff

sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sconeu (64226) writes "In an op-ed piece in the Christian Science Monitor, former presidential candidate John Anderson calls for Instant Runoff Voting.

Who is Anderson? Most Slashdotters are too young to remember, but he was the maverick Republican candidate who went independent in 1980. He was considered a spoiler, in much the same manner as Perot in '92 and Nader in 2000 and '04."
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sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sconeu (64226) writes "Astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the Original Seven Mercury Astronauts, pilot of Sigma 7, commander of Gemini 6 and Apollo 7 died from a heart attack in La Jolla, CA at age 84.

Schirra was also a commentator for CBS on spaceflight coverage.

The only two of the Original Seven left are now John Glenn and Scott Carpenter."
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sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sconeu writes "As we all know, John C. Dvorak is almost always wrong. Therefore we need to realize when he gets it right, such as this rant on mobile phones.

His call for the death of the mobile phone industry may be a little overblown, but I'm willing to chalk it up to hyperbole in this case <grin>, because I happen to agree</grin>."

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LUA and iTunes

sconeu sconeu writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Even Apple, with the knowledge that comes from OS X, where people don't run as root/admin by default, has managed to screw up permissions in iTunes.

I bought my daughter an iPod Shuffle for her birthday. She's set up (under Win XP) as an ordinary non-admin user. She tried to change the CD rip format from AAC to MP3, and she got a permission error. I had to log in as admin, and change the default rip mode for her. She was then able to rip to MP3.

Even those who (should) know better screw up.

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