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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

stjobe Re:Fat chance (513 comments)

No, because there's almost half a decade worth of FUD been spent on making people equate "nuclear" with "bad."

"Half a decade"? If you mean "half a century", you're about right.


Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

stjobe Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (513 comments)

Google "breeder reactor" and "thorium reactor".

Engineering-wise, nuclear waste is basically a solved problem. It's political and economical factors that are making it a problem still.


Rosetta's Philae Probe To Land On Comet Tomorrow

stjobe Re:How f!@#$%ing cool is that?! (74 comments)

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can really hurt me".

about two weeks ago

David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

stjobe Re:And many, many more (942 comments)

In the EU, if you're serving by the pint, you have to either have glasses with fill lines, or pumps that are certified as dispensing a pint of liquid per pull. It's actually illegal to do otherwise. See Pint glass

about 2 months ago

Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

stjobe Re:unfair policy (302 comments)

It's getting its compensation.....an Arctic Ice Cap that has expanded by 41% in the past 2 years. Most ice up there since 2006. Ironically, not reported here....
I guess anything goes to advance the global warming scam.

Sure, it's expanded by 41% in the last two years. What you fail to mention is that 2012 was a record low.

Guess that didn't fit into your "global warming scam" world-view?

about 3 months ago

XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

stjobe Re:XKCD (169 comments)

It's not actually an acronym. It's just a word with no phonetic pronunciation -- a treasured and carefully-guarded point in the space of four-character strings.


about 3 months ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

stjobe Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

simply stacked the blocks

I think this is the part you mistakenly think is easy.

There's roughly 2.4 million stones in the Great Pyramid of Giza, some of which weigh up to 80 tons. "Simply stacking" them is anything but.

about 2 months ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

stjobe Re:What's so American (531 comments)

Without any mod points today the next best thing I can do is to say "Bravo AC, bravo!" and hope someone with mod points mods you up.

It always amazes me that the McCarthy-era Red Scare still lives and breathes in 21st Century America.

about 2 months ago

No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

stjobe Re:Actually... (123 comments)

Suppose somebody built a nuclear power plant next door to you that had a 1 in 4000 chance of going critical on any one day. That's a median of 11 years, right?

Yeah, sure. But the thing here is that it's not a 1 in 4,000 chance of this asteroid hitting us every day; it's 1 in 4,000 that it'll hit us once. 800-odd years from now.

1 in 4,000 is a small enough chance to be a virtual certainty over a few hours for events happening once a second - does that mean anything at all to a 1 in 4,000 once-in-a-lifetime chance? No. And this event is not even a once-in-a-lifetime event; it's once-in-several-tens-of-lifetimes.

Or to put it another way: People suck at probability assessments.

about 3 months ago

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

stjobe Re:Not Getting Paid (121 comments)

1. "Taxpayers like me" include you, me, the other employees at said company, and everyone else that pays taxes - the company in question and all other companies as well. The money comes from taxes already paid.
2. The sums involved wouldn't make a noticeable difference to your taxes since it's split several million ways.
3. How is protecting the employees of a failing company "propping up" said company? Either it's bankrupt and is going down, or it can recover and then has to pay back the money the government spent on employee salaries.

On a side note, I find it quite amazing that the McCarthy-era "red scare" still lives and thrives in 21st century America...

about 4 months ago

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

stjobe Re:Not Getting Paid (121 comments)

Now where did I define "employee protection" as "employees working for free"?

Oh, that's right, I didn't. I even gave an example of how strong employee protection made sure I got paid even though my company couldn't pay me.

In the example I gave, the government paid our salaries while the company negotiated with its creditors; the company then had to pay that money back to the government. I never missed a paycheck; the employees were indeed protected.

Had the company failed in its negotiations with their creditors, it would have had to declare bankruptcy and the state would have covered our salaries during the bankruptcy proceedings. After that, we would be on our own.

Luckily for me, the company succeeded in reducing or cancelling their debts and made a full recovery (which was actually the whole point of the example, to answer the question "do companies recover from a situation where they're unable to pay salaries for a period of time" - yes they sometimes do).

about 4 months ago

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

stjobe Re:Not Getting Paid (121 comments)

by whom? the company or the employees?

The company of course.

about 4 months ago

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

stjobe Re:Not Getting Paid (121 comments)

Gah, that's what I get for not proof-reading. The company negotiated with their creditors, of course, to reduce or cancel the company's debts.

Also, I'd like to clarify that the money the government paid for our salaries wasn't a gift; it was a loan and had to be paid back (and has been).

about 4 months ago

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

stjobe Re:Not Getting Paid (121 comments)

Is it a common thing for employees to stick around when they're not getting paid?

In countries with stronger employee protection than the US, yes.
The company failing to provide pay is not an implicit termination of the employment contract, leaving or not working is.

How often do companies recover from a situation where they're unable to pay salaries for a period of time?

Quite common where I'm from (EU). The company I'm currently working for had to go through reconstruction four years ago; for three months the government paid our salaries while the company negotiated with their debtors to cancel or reduce their debt. In the end we lost about 25% of our employees (some people left voluntarily, some were let go), but the company survived and have been in the black since. In fact, last year was a record year for us; best financial result in the company's history.

about 4 months ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

stjobe Re:let me correct that for you. (619 comments)

Communism is State Socialism. It should be wrong to say that it is the only socialism out there, but it is definitely socialism.

Soviet communism was (corrupted) state capitalism disguised as state socialism.

Russia was truly communist for a few years after the Russian revolution, until the Bolsheviks took over and turned everything on its head and forever corrupted the word "communism". Now, instead of thinking "oh, communal ownership of the means of production so all may be equal", most people think "oh, corrupted state owns everything and represses its people so that a select few can have it unimaginably better than others" - which is so far from (any of) the communistic ideals that it's almost impossible to go any further.

Soviet communism was communistic in name only.

about 4 months ago

Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

stjobe Re:Great (151 comments)

It's not actually that hard to pronounce, "ey-a fjell-a yo-cull" is close enough.

"Fu-dji" is probably still easier though ;)

about 4 months ago

Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

stjobe Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

Aye. My Nexus 5 has a 1080x1920 445 PPI display. Although I didn't know that until just a minute ago when I looked it up, it's not something they make a big deal of in their marketing..

iPhone 5 only has 326 PPI you say? And they brag about the iPhone 6 getting a 416 PPI display?

I'll never understand marketing...

about 4 months ago

Meet Carla Shroder's New Favorite GUI-Textmode Hybrid Shell, Xiki

stjobe Re:Not convinced (176 comments)

Solution: use natural language to tell the computer what you want to do.

It's hard to wreck a nice beach.

about 5 months ago

Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

stjobe Re:Human fecal matter? (151 comments)

"The Neanderthals or Neandertals [...] are an extinct species of human in the genus Homo, possibly a subspecies of Homo sapiens."
  - Wikipedia

about 4 months ago



Author raises $1m to self-publish webcomic book

stjobe stjobe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

stjobe (78285) writes "A runaway success for Kickstarter and Order of the Stick author Rich Burlew; not only did he raise more than 2000% of his goal, he broke a few records in the process:

"Author and illustrator Rich Burlew launched The Order of the Stick online in 2003. Following the comic fantasy adventures of a collection of stick figures in a role-playing game world as they struggle with enemies and the rules of the game, much of the story is available online for free, but Burlew also began self-publishing parts of it in paper format in 2005. When the costs of keeping it in print proved too high, Burlew turned to Kickstarter following repeated demands from readers, launching a project in January to raise the $57,750 he needed to rerelease the books in print.

Yesterday, he closed his fundraising project with 14,952 backers and $1,254,120 raised, making The Order of the Stick Kickstarter's most funded project by a single person ever and the most funded creative work the site has ever seen.""

Link to Original Source

Schlock Mercenary turns 10

stjobe stjobe writes  |  more than 4 years ago

stjobe (78285) writes "Every day now for the last 10 years there's been an new comic up over at Schlock Mercenary. The artist, Howard Tayler, compares it to some other things that's been happening over the last 10 years:

It is older than half of my children.
It is older than my car.
Depending on how you count, it's the longest I've ever held the same job.
I've spent almost a quarter of my life on this.
I've spent more than half my married life on this.
I've drawn 3653 strips, for a total of around 15,000 panels.
There are another 20 strips you still haven't seen (plus a kajillion or so I still haven't drawn.)
I've used enough kneaded eraser that the 'waste lump' of stuff that is too dirty to erase with is twice the size of my fist, and I've thrown away at least twice that much.
I've gone through about 10,000 sheets of legal sized paper.
I've gone through about 500 pens. Each of those set me back around $2.50.
In all that time I've only used five different mechanical pencils. I still have the first one, the second one, and the fifth one.


stjobe stjobe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

stjobe (78285) writes "Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Australian and US scientists successfully launched a supersonic scramjet engine at an Outback test range Friday, as they work on a device that could revolutionise air travel.
The researchers said a rocket carrying the scramjet reached speeds of mach 10 — ten times the speed of sound — after blasting off at the Woomera range in South Australia Friday.
They said it reached an altitude of 530 kilometres (330 miles) before the scramjet was successfully deployed following re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere.
Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) said it was believed to be the first time a scramjet had been ignited within the Earth's atmosphere.

Google news has many other sources as well."


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