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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

techno-vampire Re:Rotated (272 comments)

You're probably not old enough, but there used to be something called the 80 column mind. This was something that affected programmers who had learned how to use computers back in the days when the punched card was king, and were still writing programs that expected all input and output to fit into that medium's 80 character restrictions. I worked for JPL for a few years in the mid-80's, and even then many of their newer programs used what were called "cardimages:" computer records that were designed to mimic a punched card either because they received input from a program that was a legacy from the old punched card days or who's output would be fed to one. And, of course, sometimes both were that way. I'm sure that they've moved past that by now, for the most part, but I know that their main space probe navigation system was written with cardimages in mind and I doubt that they've ever gone to the expense of having something that works so well re-written.

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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

techno-vampire Re:Global warming is bunk anyway. (314 comments)

Yes, there has been rapid heating over the last 150 years, as the Earth recovered from the effects of The Little Ice Age. Nothing particularly unusual or exiting about it, because the one thing that's known for sure about the Earth's climate is that it's always changing.

2 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

techno-vampire Re:Half the story... (233 comments)

And because President Kennedy died in 1963 (before he could completely back away from the commitment)...

Do you have any evidence that he intended to do that, or are you just looking for an excuse to blame everything on LBJ and Nixon?

3 days ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

techno-vampire Re:Where will Uber dig? (168 comments)

Rob Ford? Wasn't he the dirty little coward who shot Mr. Howard and laid poor Jesse in his grave?

4 days ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

techno-vampire Re:Not Free... (106 comments)

So what you're saying is, NYC is deep in the heart of taxes.

5 days ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

techno-vampire Re:Group homes vs nursing homes (228 comments)

Of course no female mates want to marry me (still never had a date and a virgin).

Maybe if you got outside once in a while and learned how to interact with the rest of society this problem would take care of itself.

5 days ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

techno-vampire Re:Sounds like bullshit to me (322 comments)

My understanding is that what's stockpiled is raw cocoa beans, still in the shell. As long as you keep it dry and away from insects, it's about as perishable as wheat, which is to say, not very. You can keep it for several years before you have to worry about it deteriorating, so that when there's a good year, you can stock up the excess to sell later. Now, the demand is up and production is down, so we're using it up faster than we're replacing it.

about a week ago
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Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life

techno-vampire Re:Mechanical computers are awesome (81 comments)

Back when I was in the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club in '72, our ship carried a 5"/54 gun, which was aimed using a mechanical analog computer. I know that the Iowa Class Battleships all used mechanical fire control both because it was more than accurate enough for the job and because it was specifically designed to ignore the shocks caused by firing the main battery, as well as the bigger shocks caused by incoming shells, bombs and torpedoes.

about a week ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

techno-vampire Re:If I was running counter-intelligence for the C (339 comments)

My guess is CIA/Mossad.

Just out of curiosity, what would Mossad have to gain from something like this? I could see them trying to give Al Queda or ISIL some bad press, but what would they have to gain from making Ukraine look bad?

about a week ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

techno-vampire Re:There's only one solution (118 comments)

And if that's not enough, there's always OADS for when you really want to be sure, but don't want to worry about fallout.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

techno-vampire Re:Yet I'm The Racist (438 comments)

I get my medical care from the VA and am very happy with it. My current Primary Caregiver got his medical education at a university in Egypt, and I'm perfectly satisfied with his abilities. Among other things, I like the fact that when he didn't like the way my Type II diabetes was reacting to my current medications, he referred me to Endocrinology because he knew his limits and didn't find anything wrong with asking for help when he needed it. I'd much rather put my health in his hands than in somebody who went to a more "western" medical school who wasn't willing to admit that he didn't know everything.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

techno-vampire Re:Exams are bullshit (438 comments)

Exams generally try to determine how you have memorized some subject, not how you can adapt what you've learned.

Really? Let's say that you're taking the final exam for a course in Trig that consists in nothing but solving problems (and showing your work) that aren't in the text book. If all you've done is memorize the material but haven't learned how to use it, how are you going to pass the test?

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

techno-vampire Re:To quote Salvor Hardin ... (187 comments)

I'm sure that there are many people who'd be much happier if you were, "Not merely dead, but really most sincerely dead."

about two weeks ago
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Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

techno-vampire Re:Exxon Valdez (102 comments)

Excuse me? I served in Tonkin Gulf back in '72, and there wasn't any trouble finding the horizon during the night, as long as we weren't steaming back and forth through a fog bank. Of course, part of it was obscured because we were in sight of land, but there was generally enough to see that celestial navigation wasn't a problem.

And, before you ask, I wasn't involved in navigation, but one of my best friends at the time was.

about two weeks ago
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Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

techno-vampire Re:Exxon Valdez (102 comments)

I got that impression because the way you posted implied that you weren't familiar with Celestial Navigation and didn't realize that you can get a fairly accurate fix with two objects and a very accurate one with three.

about two weeks ago
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Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

techno-vampire Re:Exxon Valdez (102 comments)

Taking elevations at noon only tells you your latitude, unless you have a very accurate clock, and the sun can only be used in that manner at noon (AFAIK).

As it happens, the Sun and the Moon are only two of the many objects that can be used for Celestial Navigation. And, as far as having a very accurate clock, what do you think a Marine chronometer is for and why all ships are required to have at least one?

about two weeks ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

techno-vampire Re: Old saying (249 comments)

...the problem is that the concept of similtaneity is fundamentally flawed.

I don't think so. When it comes to physics, I'm an informed layman at best, but I don't think that the concept itself is flawed. The flaw comes in when people try to apply it in a situation where it just doesn't apply. As an example, it certainly doesn't apply at astronomical distances; we can't know exactly where Alpha Centauri is and what's happening there right this minute; we can only know what was going on 4.366 years ago. The idea of simultaneity simply doesn't apply, and most people understand that. The problem here is that most people don't understand relativity deeply enough to understand that when it comes to clocks this accurate the same thing is true: simultaneity just isn't relevant.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

techno-vampire Re:Libertarian? I wish... (551 comments)

That's a very good question; I wish I had an answer. There are, as I see it, two problems with open primaries. First, if only the two leading candidates get on the final ballot, it effectively freezes out small parties, except as write-in candidates. Second, if things are set up so that the highest ranking candidate for each party is on the final ballot, cross-over voters from the largest party can try to arrange things so that only the least electable candidate from the second largest party can win the primary, in effect rigging the main election by hand selecting their opponent.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

techno-vampire Re:Libertarian? I wish... (551 comments)

I also live in California and voted against open primaries. One of the reasons is that I understand that the whole point of primary elections is to let the members of each party decide for themselves who they want representing their party in the general election. Instead, what we got was a system that makes it almost completely impossible for third-party candidates to get onto the ballot, which is exactly what I expected.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

techno-vampire Re:My house of cards, taller than your house of ca (103 comments)

That's one way to work, and usually the most popular because much of the theoretical work is done by grad students hoping to get a PhD out of what they find. The other way is to collect as much data about the situation as you can so that you can narrow down the possible explanations. Of course, that way rarely leads to a PhD, so it's not used very often. Quite understandable.

about three weeks ago

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America's first police auto-gyro

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 3 years ago

techno-vampire writes "The auto-gyro isn't a new idea; the first successful flight for one was in January 1923. What is new is that police in Tomball, Texas are experimenting with them for aerial surveillance. With a price tag of only $75,000 and operational costs of $50/hour, they're considerably more cost-effective than helicopters."
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Another AGW alarmist rescued from Arctic

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "The Herald Sun reports that TOM Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he's another alarmist with frostbite.

It goes on to say that this is actually now the fourth year running that warming alarmists have had to be rescued from expeditions to prove the Arctic is warmer than it actually is. It's a metaphor.

According to the article, AGW alarmists have repeatedly needed to be rescued during publicity stunts trying to raise awareness of the melting Arctic ice cap because of brutal sub-zero weather conditions on the currently thickening ice sheet."

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Charles Darwin's best-kept secret

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "Two hundred years ago, Ascension Island was a barren volcanic edifice.

Today, its peaks are covered by lush tropical "cloud forest".

What happened in the interim is the amazing story of how the architect of evolution, Kew Gardens and the Royal Navy conspired to build a fully functioning, but totally artificial ecosystem.

By a bizarre twist, this great imperial experiment may hold the key to the future colonisation of Mars."

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Which Linux distro should I choose?

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "Currently, I'm using Fedora Linux on my desktop, and Puppy Linux on my very old laptop. I do tech support for my sister, who uses Ubuntu Linux. Now, I have a chance to get a brand-new, modern laptop and it occurs to me that this is a chance to broaden my Linux knowledge. The new laptop will mostly be used for browsing, email and wordprocessing, with gaming a minor consideration. If you were me, which Linux distro would you install, and why?"
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Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "The familiar model of Atlantic ocean currents that shows a discrete "conveyor belt" of deep, cold water flowing southward from the Labrador Sea is probably all wet. New research led by Duke University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution relied on an armada of sophisticated floats to show that much of this water, originating in the sea between Newfoundland and Greenland, is diverted generally eastward by the time it flows as far south as Massachusetts. From there it disburses to the depths in complex ways that are difficult to follow. A 50-year-old model of ocean currents had shown this southbound subsurface flow of cold water forming a continuous loop with the familiar northbound flow of warm water on the surface, called the Gulf Stream. "Everybody always thought this deep flow operated like a conveyor belt, but what we are saying is that concept doesn't hold anymore," said Duke oceanographer Susan Lozier. "So it's going to be more difficult to measure these climate change signals in the deep ocean.""
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Using DNA to identify soldiers MIA

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

techno-vampire writes "According to an article at Military.com, the Army is trying to get DNA samples from about 6,300 families of soldiers MIA from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. These will be put in a databank and used to (they hope) identify the remains of servicemen who would otherwise remain nameless. The article includes both a phone number and an email address for contact."
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New rootkit from Sony

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 7 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "An article in The Register reports that a new USB fingerprint authentication device from Sony repeats the CD rootkit exploit of two years ago. The MicroVault USM-F fingerprint reader software bundled with the stick installs a hidden directory under Windows. Either they didn't learn from the PR nightmare last time, or they really thought they'd get away with it this time, but in either case, smooth move, Mr. ExLax!"
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