How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth
Maybe, maybe not. We know that companies, such as electrical suppliers, have extra equipment lying around for general maintenance and upgrade. Also, the people who manufacture these products have supplies on hand.
While it would be tedious, you would use this spare equipment to repair the most critical connections (from power plant to factories), thus enabling you to begin resupplying everyone else.
I'm not trying to minimize the nightmare scenario of getting things back up and running, only pointing out the path to get us there.
How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth
Thus the second part of my statement.
Reading comprehension is your friend.
How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth
ISPs such as Verizon and Comcast would have been forced to upgrade their equipment which means some of the bottlenecks that currently exist wouldn't exist afterwards (though let's be honest, they will find some other excuse to keep speeds slow).
And yes, this is a Broken Window-type fallacy though in this case, it wasn't deliberate.
Also, there would be a temporary boost in productivity and spending as all this equipment, in general, is replaced though whether that would offset the loss of productivity and people having nervous breakdowns because of their Pavlovian need to check their email and texts every ten seconds is debatable.
Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet
Aren't these two states, Tennessee and North Carolina, states who routinely harp on federal government interference in states rights?
Now they're asking the federal government to override what their own state governments have said.
Reminds me of Texas where that company blew up because they were storing exorbitant amounts of explosive materials and which had never bothered to be regulated because, you know, regulations are evil. Once the place blew up, Gov. Perry says "Texans take care of their own" then proceeded to whine how their request for federal disaster aid was (initially) rejected.
It would be nice if people had some sort of internal consistency. Either the federal government is too big and needs to stop weedling into state government, or it's not.
I can't wait to hear how those who say there is no need for net neutrality will react to their own states asking for just that.
Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet
Also, what type of asshole employee would separate a man from his two young children?
Here's the part most stories won't include about this incident. The father was an A passenger meaning he gets to board first. Southwest also has B and C classifications.
Someone called in to the talk show I was listening who was also an A passenger and explained the complete process. A passengers board first, then B and C. However, since the person had children, despite his A status, he would have boarded between the A and B groups. That is Southwest policy and has been since whenever.
This person attempted to circumvent the established policy by trying to pull a "Do you know who I am?" deal. All he had to do was wait for the A group to board then he could have boarded with his children.
Instead, he was an ass and publicly gave the name of a worker who was doing what company policy was, though she probably should have explained the policy since obviously this guy didn't know, or didn't care, what it was.
So there you have it. Asshole thinks they're someone important and tries to jump the line ends up being shown the door for his stupidity and whininess.
Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"
How man of us have either seen commercials or heard about lawyers colluding with doctors to get people to claim "disability" with the SSA even when they have nothing wrong with them?
This is definitely one of those programs which needs heavy monitoring to weed out waste and fraud, along with military procurement.
True story along the same lines. My dad had to appear in court regarding a disability (non SSA) claim one of the company employees claimed they had and why they couldn't come back to work.
During testimony, a video was shown of this person, who claimed they injured their back, lifting bags of cement over his shoulder and climbing up a ladder to do work. Obviously his claims were rejected and he was fired, but I'm sure we can find thousands of people on SSA "disability" who are doing the same thing.
Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists
there was always a tiny but measurable probability that trapped light and thus information could escape.
Isn't that the same thing as Hawking Radiation? I'm sure Dr. Hawking proposed and submitted work explaining the same thing.
In fact, here is what I am talking about.
Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
Windows 7 is notorious for always preparing to do something.
Preparing to download updates.
Preparing to install updates.
Preparing to restart machine.
Preparing to remove device.
Preparing to install device.
JFC! Just do it already. Stop preparing.
This is one of the most stark contrasts between XP and 7. XP didn't waste time preparing to do something, it just did it. In 7 you might as well go get lunch because it takes so long to do anything (or find anything for that matter because things are deliberately hidden.)
New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers
For those who don't read articles, this appears to happen if you don't auto-update your software
So it's like Windows?
Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go
Programmers are massively underpaid compared to the skillset we need to do our jobs.
Considering the lousy end products I have to deal with on a daily basis, paying programmers more money won't improve the skillset. You want to be paid more money? Produce a better product.
As to the products I'm talking about, let's start with Oracle and SAP then move on to Microsoft itself, Apple, HP and Siemens to name the most used ones I deal with.
Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing
If Lloyd Blankfein and others who attested to the veracity of their financial reports even after they were repeatedly warned their mark-to-market was completely unrealistic, which in turn led to the largest financial disaster in over 70 years, are not being prosecuted for false reporting, I don't see why the police should be.
Especially as in this case no one was harmed. Can't say the same thing about the millions who lost their money or homes, can you?
Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing
How is it reckless endangerment when the police were supposed to be in the area and did their job by investigating something suspicious?
Study: Why the Moon's Far Side Looks So Different
But later, Earth got into drugs and became like Lindsey Lohan.
But drugs are cool. I'm always told how great it is to do drugs. Just look at Elvis, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cory Monteith, Dee Dee Ramone, Jim Morrison and whole host of others who extolled the virtues of drugs.
P.S. If Lohan would drink water instead of alcohol, she'd look (and feel) a lot better than she does.
The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere
You need to qualify your statement about large quantities overcoming a qualitative difference with the following: had Hitler not ordered a full stop of the Panzers before they reached Moscow and given Russia six weeks to rearm, reorganize and regroup, Russia would not have been able to deliver the large quantities of tanks it eventually did.
Go read "Hitler's Panzers East" by Stolfi for a fantastic discussion of why Germany beat Russia in World War II except for the fact Hitler meddled in operational control.
Here's a brief synopsis: the German military laid out the plans necessary to defeat Russia before the winter set in. Without exception, they met every single objective in the time allotted and in some cases ahead of schedule.
Before the halt ordered by Hitler, there was only one remaining pocket of strong resistance in the South. Russia, at that point in time, had no other forces available to offer any significant resistance to the German armies anywhere in the country. Had he wanted to, Guderian could have literally driven his 2nd Panzer Army into the streets of Moscow in late August.
Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies
Really, the best thing we can do now is to make sure everyone is healthy and educated and happy.
If the idea is to make people healthy so premiums go down, Obamneycare is a complete failure in that aspect since the smokers, obese, alcoholics and drug users don't have to change. They can continue doing what they're doing, secure in the knowledge that someone perfectly healthy, such as myself, is forced to cough up their money to pay for the bad choices these people make with their lives.
So, what other excuse are you going to use to try and justify having the government reach into my bank account if I don't pay for someone else's medical insurance?
On 4th of July:
and even then it wasn't really "dark", it was just mostly dark.
It's called light pollution. If the communities in your area would turn off their lights, you'd be surprised at how "dark" it really is.
Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice
The car analogy is so flawed it really should be removed from the story for this significant reason: cars are designed to move people and stuff. They can be used to commit crimes, but that is not their intended use.
Tor on the other hand, is explicitly designed to allow people to remain anonymous, to prevent detection. While honest people most certainly use Tor, so do criminals and it is because of Tor's intended purpose that the police are justifying their actions.
Before anyone flames me, I am not justifying what is taking place. I am only giving a much better explanation than that ridiculous car analogy for why this is taking place.
Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature
Put a small shield along the side of the timer so the drivers can't see the timer.
I know, I know, the solution doesn't involve some convoluted, drawn out, highly technical, over-engineered process so it will never be implemented.
Instead, we'll go out of our way to find the most convoluted, drawn out, highly technical, over-engineered, and expensive, solution and claim we're making progress.
Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually
So...you mean it has to be subsidized.
Yes, just like sugar, corn, soybeans and football stadiums.
Your point being. . .?
Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks
Except rather than expend the time and energy to get a job, these folks spend the time and energy to find ways to thwart these devices.
Someone who lived out there told me in Seattle they have/had benches with seat dividers of different heights so the homeless can't just slap a board on top and go to sleep. These folks who don't want to exert too much effort at a job found the time, energy and resources to fashion blocks which will make the benches level.
Apparently leeching off others is preferable to using the same energy to find work.
Woz: Android is better
All you Apple fanboys prepare to gnash your teeth, rip out your hair and throw tantrums, the Woz has spoken.
Essentially, Android is more versatile and does things better than the iPhone, including Siri which apparently has problems connecting Woz to one of his favorite steak houses. Woz also doesn't like the fact the you need a connection, at all times, to get voice commands to work.
In short, the iPhone seems to be a violation of Rule #1 of the Three Rules of IT That Should Never Be Broken: never let programmers design your applications.
Woz also isn't thrilled about the short battery life, though Android has its own problems with battery life.
It's official: Google sucks like Microsoft
No, not in the search field. Bing has that sown up quite nicely. I'm talking about getting the version of the software you want.
I had a request to install Google Earth on some machines here at work. Why, don't know considering who will be using it but that's my orders and I carry them out.
So I go to earth.google.com and get the message that I can download Google Earth 6. I select the option and find that 6 is a beta but, and this is key, they do offer the stable 5.2 version.
Obviously I select the stable version because this is a production environment. I also uncheck installing of Chrome and making Chrome my default browser.
I check the "Yes, I Agree" option and right before I click the button to download I notice something. My option for 5.2 is not available. In fact, I am now forced to download the version I didn't want.
Thinking I'm missing something, I go through the entire process again but this time, I watch how the screen changes before my eyes.
Yup, it doesn't matter if I want the 5.2 version, Google is going to force the 6 version on me. In addition, I am forced, yes, forced, to accept that Earth will check for updates automatically. I cannot unselect this option. There was another option I could not unselect but I'm so pissed I can't remember what it was.
So I forgo getting the beta and ask around at work until I find someone who has kept one of the old installers to use.
So there you have it. Google is officially as sucky as Microsoft when it comes down to getting the file you want.
This is precisely why I don't have gmail or signed up for anything Google-related. I don't want them to tell me what I want, I know what I want. Don't tell me otherwise.
/. is once again screwed up
Ok, so the title isn't telling you anything you didn't already know. However, this is a somewhat critical issue for those of us who get mod points.
Apparently, even though I have set my threshold to -1, I don't see anything below 1.
Having searched through all the nooks and crannies of the craptacular 2.0 (or is it 3.0 now?) version, there are no other settings to set to see low posters.
Normally this wouldn't be an issue as most people at 0 or -1 are just trolling, but on occasion there is that one comment which is unfairly knocked and I like to upgrade them.
Yeah, I COULD send an email and ask that this be looked into, but what are the chances that this would be given a high priority when one considers how much they listened to people about the new design.
So for now, those of you who get a 0 or -1 mod, sorry, I can't help you.
Just a quick Fox News faux paus
We all realize that Fox's distortion of reality is well known. We also know that terms such as "homicide bomber" or "homicide shooter" are an attempt to "update" ones vocabulary.
However, it seems that in their effort to widen their distortion field, they have unilaterally removed an entire country from the world map.
I give you (via Minyanville), the new map of the Middle East
It's that time again. The Japanese Auto Show booth babes are back
Once again we are graced by the sights of young, nubile asian women in what are mostly Hooters outfits. Oh, and there are cars in some of the pictures as well.
Creating domain list is bullshit Microsoft!
Trying to get newly imaged machines on the network is an exercise in bullshit. After the initial settings (turn off restore points, turn off OS selection, etc) and restarting, without exception when I changed from local machine to network the message about creating the domain list comes up.
Bullshit, bullshit, BULLSHIT! There is no need to create the ENTIRE domain list when all you need is to log onto your local domain. Having to wait MINUTES for the information to be updated is just BULLSHIT!
It's like dealing with the bad programming of certain games (*cough*Alpha Centauri*cough*). I don't give a flying fuck if the odds are against me. Make the fucking attack! I've turned off all notifications, just fucking attack.
It's the same thing with this shitty domain list creation. Just fucking log onto the current domain. There is only one option. Create the list later.
Fuck I hate programmers. This is why I will never be involved in a project dealing with programming something. I don't want my name associated with this shit.
And no, I did not get things off my chest. This is only the beginning.
Anime women are real!
From time to time I mention the Japanese and the unique differences they have compared to us (most aren't obese for instance). From time to time I also mention finding articles related to anime such a life-size Gundam or the Argo.
This time, I have come across something so disturbing (in a good way) that it truly boggles the mind. I'm sure you are all familiar with anime and the characters therein. If not by name, you can at least recognize when you see an anime-drawn character. In particular, the women of anime are drawn as having HUGE round eyes (except if they're evil in which case the almond shape persists), thin, lithe bodies and possibly lots of bouncy hair.
In that regard, I give you a real anime woman! No, not the first picture, the second. And third. And fourth. And so on. The main page for her is http://blog.crooz.jp/xx1xx/
So who is she? Believe it or not, she works at the Wakatsuki Chinatsu concession in the teen paradise of Shibuya 109. At least according to this article from whence I came across her blog.
Seriously, does she or does she not look EXACTLY like the women of anime (including the adult variety)?
I don't read kanji but if you hover of the various links, you can at least get an idea of where you're going. Start below the Hair Nail link to see the articles and the associated pictures.
Tron Legacy = Fail
As a rule, I don't watch commercials. As soon as I see one, I change the channel. However, there are a few that I do watch and with the sequel to Tron coming out, I've noticed a few promoting the movie.
Let me say straight away that if the commercials are representative of the movie, the remake is a failure. With the exception of blue and red lighting around the edge of things, everything I've seen leads me to believe this is going to be one big shitfest of explosions interspersed with some touchy-feely scenes (though one apparently doesn't get to touch Olivia Wilde).
And speaking of Olivia, the few words I've heard her speak are delivered in as bland a style as is possible. There doesn't seem to be any emotion behind her words.
While the first movie was ground breaking, this one seems to another in a long line of movies which takes a perfectly good story and tramples the lineage into dust. I'm looking at you Transformers. >:
Based solely on the commercials, I fail to see one redeeming reason to watch it unless it comes out on television.
The Argo is real!
Depending on your definition of "real". For those of you who watched the original broadcast series, StarBlazers was probably the first anime you saw. You watched as they fired the Wave Motion Gun for the first time and saw it obliterate a floating island. You held your breath as the relentless assault of the Gamalons threatened to destroy them. Your eyes, like mine, were probably as big as saucers as they found out they had to go into the Gamalon homeworld and take them out before they could acquire the device from Trelana.*
Now, for a mere $277, you can own The Argo. Well, a 1:625 scale model at least. One thing it has going for it is that it's metal, not plastic. Judging by the picture, it seems to be very true to the series.
I still have a soft spot for the final confrontation of The Argo inside planet Gamalon. When I decide to watch the show, I do so at night, lights off, volume up. The effect of The Argo's main guns firing every which way, the exploding bombs and rockets trying to find their mark, the sound of everything, is something that I thoroughly enjoy.
Mozilla takes a page from /.
Installed a new PC for one of the higher ups and was going through the process of configuring the newest version of Firefox (3.6.11). I wasn't able to do a copy and paste into the new, empty, profile directory of the users profile so I had to create one from scratch. After that, I figured it was easier to just go to the four web sites and rebookmark them rather than trying to do a copy and paste.
However, in my travels, I found that the option to not submit crash reports would not stay unchecked. I would uncheck it, click OK then come back in and it was rechecked.
I don't want to submit crash reports from this user's PC. They wouldn't know what to do with them anyway.
So I went to look for the 3.6.10 version. Found the ftp link but get this server message:
ISA Server: extended error message :
200 Switching to Binary mode.
200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
550 Permission denied.
If one follows Mozilla's own directions on how to get an older version, you can't (at least I can't). Add in the fact that a simple checkbox won't stay unchecked and that when you delete some of the extraneous entries in the bookmark directory you are still left with lines, one begins to wonder if Taco and Company are giving advice to the Mozilla folks.
No, I'm not submitting a bug report. I'm not creating ANOTHER account somewhere just to let them know. This is my bug report. Anyone with connections or who has an account can submit it for me.
And more P.S. Taco
I guess there's someone who will fall for this
Everyone reading this should be aware of what the Nigerian 419 Scam is all about. You've probably received one or two of them (I've only ever received one). As more and more people wise up (or the older ones die off, depending on your point of view), these scams, while still raking in millions, are becoming less and less effective.
So, in good Evolutionary style, those who want to make you part with your money have come up with their newest ploy. I give you, the Enron letter.
I have a software firm named after me!
Ok, so it's not really named after me, but I was looking for a decent pizza place in lower Manhattan (if you know of any, let me know) and happened to see the following name at 55 Broad Street:
Wombat Financial Software
Funny how those things come about, isn't it?
See, we're not luddites!
With that little bit out of the way, nearly everyone I told the following piece about me seems shocked, especially when it is revealed that I am employed in the IT field. What is so shocking that people's mouths fall to ground in surprise? What is so unbelievable that they have to call their friends to spread the news?
I don't own a cell phone. Just as some on here will say they don't have cable, I don't own a cell phone. My job doesn't require it, nor do I want or need one. I don't want people to be able to contact me at a moment's notice. I most certainly don't people to be able to track me down.
And I'm not the only one. As the following article relates, many people, of both high and low stature, don't have cell phones. And it's not because they're luddites. They don't have one because they don't need one. Which is something I have said all along. The number of people who truly need a cell phone is insignificant compared to those who own one (or more) phones. Besides, as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne says in the article, "He says he has never overheard a cell conversation that wasn't banal."
So when you find out someone doesn't own a cell phone, don't think they're living in a backwards mentality. Think of them as being on the cutting edge of being a power broker.
Gundams are finally here
I'm not talking about some reproduction made in the basement of an agoraphobic teenager. No, I'm talking life-size, possibly functional, Gundams. You know, the kind that go bang and boom as they destroy things.
For your viewing pleasure: Gundam!
The Road Ahead, by Bill Gates, 15 years later
It's been 15 years since Bill Gates wrote his book, The Road Ahead, in which he talks about how technology would shape the future. In the intervening years, technology has changed most aspects of our lives for better or worse. So how did Bill Gates do on his predictions? The Atlantic takes a look at the good and bad of some of his prognostications. Overall, it appears Bill let optimism guide his thoughts, except when it came to the Internet"
Finally, a use for cigarettes
Go ahead, get on my case about harping about the evils of smoking. You may like to smoke, but I don't want you around me when you do. And if do you come around me, take a shower first. Just don't expect a good night kiss.
With that out of the way, it seems the country with the largest amount of smokers has potentially come up with a use for the filters of used cigarettes. You drop them in water, extract the volatiles from the water and use those volatiles to coat the inside of oil pipes and prevent them from rusting.
Weird, huh? Use known carcinogens to prevent pipes which carry oil from springing leaks. Who knew?!
You know you're bored when...
you're too lazy to write porn.
Yes, on rare occasions I write porn. Not well and not often, but enough to satisfy some people who frequent Literotica.
Currently, I am caught up on work stuff, too lazy to study for my quiz on Saturday and too bored to continue working on one of three different stories.
People talk about depression being bad (I'm not depressed). It's not. It's the boredom.
It would be nice...
if there was one time I could take a piss and not have someone else stop by. It's not that I'm shy, but dealing with people all day makes one want a moment of peace and quiet.
Standing there and having someone else come in and go take a dump with noises like something from Dr. Seuss does not allow one to decompress. Nor is it possible when someone comes in and tries to talk to you (yes ladies, there is a code in the bathroom). Of course there's always 'The Whistler'. Annoying is the word that comes to mind.
Peace and quiet are one of the two reasons bathrooms exist. If only solitude would be a third reason.
Never had a teacher like this
With Sunday being Pi Day, CNN is running a quick blurb about the whole affair. That's not what caught my eye (don't care about the day anyway).
No, what caught my attention was the picture they use(d) to accompany the story. For your reference.
Headlines that need a bit more work
This was the headline for a story on The Japan Times Online web site:
JBA sketches out plan for bj-league, JBL merger
It makes you think, don't it?