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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

squidflakes Re:Cost (473 comments)

That's pure bullshit Conservative non-sense. I've had a pilots license for nearly 20 years and with the introduction of Part 61 licenses and the expansion of the aircraft allowed under sport and private pilots licenses its much easier to qualify these days.

But hey, don't let me get in the way of a good old fashioned big government hatefest. I know it must be terrible to have regulations for people who want to operate a vehicle that requires specialized training, and I'm sure that fuel costs and aircraft costs have nothing to do with it whatsoever. Right?

about 6 months ago
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Flying Snake Mysteries Revealed

squidflakes CAH (78 comments)

This story is only one word away from being a Cards Against Humanity favorite.

about 6 months ago
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Using Nanotechnology To Build Thinner, Stronger Condoms

squidflakes Diamond Age anyone? (253 comments)

How long before we're hiring kids to go pick up nano pore condoms off the beach so we can recycle them in to materials to keep the nanobots off our lawns?

Probably never, but I finally get to make the reference!

about 7 months ago
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Sci-fi Author Charles Stross Cancels Trilogy: the NSA Is Already Doing It

squidflakes Cop out (208 comments)

Wait, so I can literally blame anything on the NSA?

I ran out of ideas and motivation for my next book because of the NSA!

I'm late for work today because of the NSA!

Sorry, I can't afford child support this month because of the NSA!

This really sounds like a steaming pile of bullshit to me. Not that I'm in any way supportive of the actions of the NSA, but stating that you're not going to finish a series because it has become too much like real life just smacks of someone taking an easy way out.

about 8 months ago
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How Google, Tesla, and Uber Could Team Up For the Driverless Taxis of the Future

squidflakes Missing one piece of tecnology (126 comments)

Who will make the "life-like" driver busts that can banter with eleven different sorts of inane chatter? JohnnyCab it is not!

about a year ago
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Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes

squidflakes Re:Other Hurricane Scales (216 comments)

Yep, I rode that storm out in Houston. It was a Cat 2 but HSI 45 while in the Gulf and low 30s at landfall. Katrina was mid-30s at landfall. Most of those points were, of course, for size.

about a year ago
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Gore's Staff Says He Was Misquoted On Hexametric Hurricanes

squidflakes Other Hurricane Scales (216 comments)

The Saffir-Simpson scale is pretty antiquated for the exact reasons mentioned. Just measuring wind speed gives a very poor idea of how dangerous or destructive a storm will by, and gives no indication of relative size.

The better scale that the AMS is starting to lean toward is the Hebert-Weinzapfel scale, which has a much easier to spell name as the Hurricane Severity Index, or HSI.

With the HSI model, the speed of wind and the size of the wind field are taken in to account so a storm that is moderate intensity but very large in footprint, like Katrina, has a similar rating to a hurricane with a high intensity and very small footprint like Andrew. Both were similar in the amount of destruction they caused but Katrina was only SS Cat 3 at landfall, where Andrew was SS Cat 5.

But hey, lets just make jokes about Al Gore instead, cause Al Gore. Am I right here people?

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

squidflakes Wow (662 comments)

Ok, first off it's the Miranda Warning, not the Miranda Rights. You have them at all times, read to you or not. The warning is there to remind you that you have the option not to incriminate yourself.

Or, at least it was until this decision. Ahh, The Roberts Court, whittling our rights down one 5-4 at a time.

about a year ago
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Quadcopter Drone Network Will Transport Supplies For Disaster Relief

squidflakes Seems familiar (113 comments)

A network of stations where fresh mounts/batteries can be picked up for a courier going over rugged and perhaps dangerous terrain.

So... this would be the Droney Express?

about a year ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

squidflakes Re:"UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?" (626 comments)

I don't think I've ever heard "Wow, you can really taste the snail in this!" so I think you'd be fine.

I wish I could remember the name of the dish, but if you're feeling adventurous, head down to your local asian supermarket/shopping mall, find the food court and start asking if they have snails. Alternately, just look in the warming trays. If you see a bunch of pointy shells stewing away in a greenish-white broth, you've found it!

about a year ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

squidflakes Re:"UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?" (626 comments)

A grasshopper can only get so big due to the way they breathe and some of the problems with being a large creature with an exoskeleton.

about a year ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

squidflakes Re:"UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?" (626 comments)

Snails are a staple in some Vietnamese communities. Its even to the point now where you can get them at some of the more authentic restaurants here in the U.S.

They are boiled in the shell in a creamy sauce after being marinated with some native herbs and my god are they delicious.

about a year ago
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UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects?

squidflakes Re:And You Are Some Magic Insect Sorting Entity? (626 comments)

Funny enough, staunch vegetarians also unknowingly consume insects.

Agreed about it all being in people's heads though. I'd be all for some delicious grasshopper crunchies, or even a Bacon, Lettuce, and Termite sandwich.

about a year ago
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EPA: No Single Cause For Colony Collapse Disorder

squidflakes This EPA announcement brought to you by... (129 comments)

Monsanto.

Friends, isn't it time you started using neocotinids on your crops? Why waste the summer dealing with the dangers of bees when you can use Genuine Monsanto(tm) Pesticides! Yes friends, be free from the worries of work-a-day bee invasions, slug infestations, and all of those annoying back yard guests with Monsanto! Spray it on your crops, on your meat, in your milk, even on your kids. Monsanto brands are formulated by actual scientists and checked for quality and killing power by our own crack team of former EPA regulators.

Monsanto: The Best Regulatory Capture Money Can Buy!

about a year ago
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HP Plans To Cut Product Lines; Company Turnaround In 2016

squidflakes Re:Oh, that's encouraging... (184 comments)

In my cynical moments, and in a comment lower down, I suggested that the move to Salesforce and Workday was prompted because of the donations given to Whitman by the CEOs of both organizations. Of course, that could be stretching it, but it just seems like such an odd announcement for her to make. I could easily see Salesforce being the ones excited to advertise that size of company switching their CRM, but HP?

I just hope that these miracle savings will go in to restructuring in a good way, and not in to more corporate jets and executive bonuses.

about 2 years ago
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HP Plans To Cut Product Lines; Company Turnaround In 2016

squidflakes Doomed (184 comments)

Its been said, but I'll reiterate.

Salesforce is not an IT tool, it is a Customer Management tool. The whole point of using Salesforce is to make your sales and customer service people more efficient so you can do more with what you have or do the same with fewer people.

Workday is the same thing, only it replaces any internal HR databases with its own SaaS solution in order to allow your HR people to manage more people, or in order to manage the same number of people with fewer HR people.

At the end of the day, both of these projects are about outsourcing internal functions, possibly to save money, possibly because Dave Duffield and Marc Benioff the CEOs of Workday and Salesforce respectively were big contributors to Meg's failed gubernatorial campaign.

I'm cynical, especially when it comes to the continued flushing of HP down the toilet.

about 2 years ago
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HP Plans To Cut Product Lines; Company Turnaround In 2016

squidflakes Re:Oh, that's encouraging... (184 comments)

Whitman's claim is so much bullshit. Its her standard claim for any situation and she's throwing around Salesforce and Workday as if they will actually solve issues. What she really means is that she's outsourcing a bunch of internal support people in addition to the external support.

Workday is mostly a SaaS product, as is Salesforce.

So, expect more HP layoffs, and not much more.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Include In a New Building?

squidflakes conduit (422 comments)

It seems sort of silly, but you would be amazed how much a well laid-out set of conduits for network cable will make your life simpler now, and in the future.

Service loop in the cables near their destination is also a must.

Other than that, invest in some good cable management for your racks, and if you can, try to ensure that your server/telco room has an A/C system on a different circuit from the rest of the A/C. If you have the budget, a dedicated climate control system would be great too.

Also, don't forget power. Try to make sure you've got a UPS with some room for growth on its own circuit (a dedicated 480 3-phase if you can get it). If you don't have the budget there, then at least a TVSS (transient voltage surge suppressor) or power conditioner.

about 2 years ago
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Astronomers Fix the Astronomical Unit

squidflakes Re:They should mesure it in miles. (182 comments)

If you're talking about gravitic attraction between two bodies, you *could* be 3 kg of attraction away from something.

about 2 years ago

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Psychic Cephalopod Predicts Super Bowl Winner

squidflakes squidflakes writes  |  more than 2 years ago

squidflakes (905524) writes "Who knew that marine invertebrate cephalopods were so good at determining the outcome of major sporting events? Hot on the sucker pads of Paul the World Cup predicting octopus comes Paula, the Super Bowl predicting octopus.

Are we ready to accept our new eight armed psychic overlords? Or is this just random chance, researcher bias, or further proof that like us, octopuses have a handedness?"

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