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Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

v1 Re:Exactly! (113 comments)

Look at the top of any manned rocket. see that "mini rocket" looking thing strapped to the top? that's an "escape tower". It IS a mini rocket. if there's a catastrophic faulure on a rocket massive enough to go to the moon, you REALLY don't want it hitting dirt before it explodes. The cabin module separates from the top with explosive bolts, and the escape tower pulls them a distance away from the main rocket and after awhile a parachute goes off.

Probaby still a heck of a close call though, being so close to the rocket when it blows up. But you still have a chance.

about a week ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

v1 Re:good (359 comments)

lol they must have really screwed up for all three of them to be fired at once

My money's on "they asked for more pay for the next signing and couldn't reach an agreement". That will always boil down to some point between "you shouldn't have demanded more than you were worth" and "we probabably shouldn't have broken the cash cow's leg".

Only time will tell.

about a week ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

v1 Re:Thoughtcrime (391 comments)

Making it should be illegal. Viewing it arguably does no additional harm

The best arguement made against that is that if you are a "supporting audience/consumer" of the "product", you are a part of the demand, which encourages the supply. Making viewing something like CP illegal doesn't proactively prevent the harm that has already occurred in the course of its production, but does give the perps less incentive to do it again, or others to get into the business.

In other words, people tend to stop performing when they don't have an audience. (some are in it for the benjamines, but others are simply content to have an audience) Law enforcement applying the above reasoning however definitely demonstrates that other means are proving insufficient or powerless to stop the original offense. Makes you consider alternate motives for the law, as though it was enacted due to the general frustration of law enforcement. Being unable to adequately stop the crime head-on, they're taking to trying to suffocate it out from the other end. Maybe a defensive strategy taken up by the politicians and police chiefs to deflect the criticisms of the public that is frustrated that their police are unable to stem the crime. "LOOK, we're doing *everything* we can!" (including arresting YOU because you're encouraging them!)

CP and terrorism are pretty different animals, but in the end, more viewers does encourage them. They'll both keep doing it even with no audience, but it's easy to show that a growing audience does encourage them. Specifically, terrorism has little point when there's no audience to terrorize.

about a week ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

v1 Re:Machismo... (371 comments)

So you're saying you lied and didn't actually get a notice the first time?

Basically. (in those cases, there was a notice the first time, but he completely blew it off, so I told him it was now required before it actually WAS) I really don't like having to do that, but I had so much experience with him on these sorts of issues. We'd get plenty of warning, often six months or more, that we were going to need to be doing something a specific way or do an extra step. No amount of poking or prodding would motivate him to get practices changed, until the day the hammer fell. Things would go down hard for days, and be very spotty for the next 3-5 weeks, while staff dragged their cans refusing to do the additional work. (despite the problems, said manager refused to put much crack in the whip, even after it was manditory) He'd just whine and moan about unfair this all was and how unreasonable, and how they should have given us more warning etc etc. I'd spend 1-2 hrs a day on the phone trying to shimmy things through that weren't done right.

The only solution was to translate the "we'd like you to start doing.." into "you need to do this, starting today". Then he could spend the next three months actually working to get the staff to change their procedures, getting close to 100% when it actually became manditory. Then, the odd 3-5% of non-compliance that remained could be managed without creating significant business impact.

Don't think I just went ahead with this as a kneejerk reaction. This was the only remaining solution after everything else practical had been tried. He simply didn't want to change his ways.

about two weeks ago
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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

v1 Re:Machismo... (371 comments)

Nonetheless, as an engineer, I've had to prove beyond any doubt that a certain problem existed to get business people to move on it. So I think there's another layer there: If the evidence goes against the businessperson's gut, it needs to be 100% iron-clad.

"translating for your listener" sometimes requires an even more aggessive approach. Me: "I just got a notice, we need to start doing XYZ immediately". Boss: "That's a pain in the ass." Me: "It's manditory." Boss: (piss/moan/grumble) "I didn't read anything about that, you sure?" Me: "Positive. Starts today. Make sure everyone's doing it, 100% of the time."

Two months pass, during which reliability of actually doing XYZ goes slowly from 2% to 95%. Boss: "I just got a note on XYZ, you were right, the memo says it's manditory. I must have missed the first notice". Me: "ayup."

I had to play that specific game with him on numerous occasions because he expressed so little authority over the staff when things needed to change. Saved our company enormous non-compliance headaches. I don't especially like it when I have to do that, but part of my job is making things happen, on schedule, so it's sometimes necessary to "plan ahead" a little bit to compensate for lag (due to bad management) on the back end.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

v1 explorer is VERY useful (426 comments)

for downloading firefox on a new windows install

about two weeks ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

v1 Re:Perfect (171 comments)

Or clean it with fire. Put it in a red hot flame and it should clean right up.

Take a (dirty?) pad of real steel wool outside with a box of matches and "clean" it with fire. Report back.

I guarantee you we will be very interested to read your followup. (be sure you are in the open over some concrete)

about a month ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

v1 Re:Perfect (171 comments)

Cleaning it will only be a problem if the product is soft. If it can support being hit with 90PSI air without bending at all it will be easy to clean. Depending on the type of copper used it should sustain 90PSI very easily.

The hardness of the structure can be many times lower than the hardness of the material when you're talking turning it into FOAM. Compare the hardness of steel wool and steel.

If this is anything like I'm envisioning, you could probably take a 3" block of the stuff and step on it and crush it down to about 1/4-1/8". And unlike traditional material foam, this stuff isn't going to spring back.

Even if it can survive the blast of air, it may just serve to drive the particles deeper into the block. A filter has to be thin or very porous to insure air pressure can drive most of the trapped materials out.

I'm betting the best way to deal with dust/dirt in this case is to simply filter the air very well. Very fine dust should be removable with air, but you don't want anything at or above large dust particle size getting into that foam or you'll never get it out.

about a month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

v1 Re:The American Dream (570 comments)

The minimum wage around here nets you $1492 a month before tax and the average apartment costs nearly $1300

If you're making minimum wage and trying to live in your own apartment without roommates or gf/bf, you are an idiot. I can't even think of anyone I've known recently that's been naive enough to try to make that work. Two roommates and scratching for a job above minimum wage is the most common formula I see people use to build up momentum for independence. At that point even at minimum wage everyone can start accumulating some savings fairly quickly.

That usually evolves into just gf/bf small apartments for awhile, then on to a larger apartment, or renting/buying a starter house, as both find better jobs.

Also your 1300/mo apartment cost does vary from place to place, it's quite a bit cheaper here, $650 easily gets you 2 bedroom if you're not too picky, and minimum wage isn't lower here. If you're just getting started and on minimum wage, where the cost of living is high, roommates or moving to lower cost-of-living is essentail. None of this is difficult if you just use your head and don't get stupid or unreasonable.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

v1 Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

They've been pursuing the dream of one windows to rule them all since the days when

No, not really. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

When you decide it's time to "unify" a single product, clearly you've made a serious, long-running mistake.

Having a dozen different versions of a single product is just a short-term way to milk a few more dimes out of your customers, and has a pretty severe long-term cost. It's most lucritive in software though, because it doesn't cost a penny more to manufacture the $300 version than the $100 version once you're finished with development. If it were a car for example, that leather interior is going to cost more to produce. But those "better bits" are free to produce. So it's creme, pure profit.

And eventually the customers get pissed. Which is OK if your'e not in it for the long haul. Which unfortunately is what Windows is. Bad match.

about a month ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

v1 bad maths (778 comments)

Raising the minimum wage doesn't cost jobs any more than inflation creates jobs.

It's a never-ending cat-and-mouse in a freemarket. Wherever they happen to be at this moment in the game, it reqiures the same people to play it.

Govt raises minimum wage. Consumer prices go up. Rinse, repeat, forever. Consumer prices are going to go up due to greed (as well as increases in minimum wage) so raising the minimum wage occasionally to offset it is necessary, even though it contributes to its own need.

Since the only way to offset inflation in a free market is to raise the minimum wage, it cannot be considered as a method to slow it. It's all just a shell game, aimed at trying to food the greedy into being less greedy, by doing things like lowering federal interest rates etc. They'll never stop it, all you can do is hope to keep its pace slow so you don't have runaway inflation. But it's a difficult act to balance, because retarding inflation tends to slow the economy.

about a month ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

v1 Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

Lower prices "leave a trail of blood in our balance sheet" according to Bernhard Guenther, CFO at RWE, Germany's biggest power producer

Sounds to me like "our production costs are so close to our competition's retail price, we're having trouble staying in business, pity us!"

No, this is not something for me to pity, and it most certainly isn't my problem to help you solve. You need to innovate and improve efficiency of your business, or close your doors. We don't do the "buggy whip" thing anymore. And your existence isn't critical enough to justufy subsdies/handouts. Innovate or die. (quietly if possible)

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

v1 Re:This is telling (365 comments)

I don't think it's so much the "style" aspect as it is the "comfort zone". Particularly with less-adept users, once they fight their way through the frustration of learning a technology, they feel a lot more comfortable with it "now that I have it figured out". These people aren't going to be able to make anywhere near as fluid of a transition to any different interface, on or off their platform. Even if the interface is "better", it won't look that way to them unless they're forced to use it for awhile.

It's very frustrating for them to go from having some (hard-fought) understanding of tech to getting reset back to "I don't know how to do anything". Can't really blame them for their apprehension.

That's how I try to explain it to prospective switchers. "For the first two weeks, you're going to hate it". It just can't be avoided no matter what you're going from/to.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

v1 Re:Slashdot editors owe me a new keyboard. (365 comments)

"While supplies last." That's the funniest thing I've heard all day.

Aren't the Zunes still waving that flag?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

v1 Re:This is telling (365 comments)

Note that they didn't even try to offer a trade-in of ipads for the surface, which would be a more reasonable comparison if the surface was successful as a tablet

if they tried to pull THAT, they would have a crapton of people with older ipads trading them in. They'd be buried alive. A lot of iPad2's are out of warranty, and that's about the time schools and others consider an upgrade.

They're MS... they're big, and could take the hit, but it definitely would sting.

The surface though is more of a laptop trying to also be a tablet, than a tablet trying to also be a laptop. (sort of the iPad's territory) So I don't agree that it'd be a trade within the same market. It makes more "sense" to go against the air, but not many are going to bite, because the air isn't trying to be a tablet, that's what the iPad is for. As someone else has said, Macintoshes have an amazing ability to retain their value for resale, and MS isn't offering as much as the machines could get you on craigslist. Trade-ins for the competition's gear are a "try to pull people off the fence onto your side" maneuver, but the problem is it's only going to attract people that have already decided they didn't like their new mac, so it won't really serve its intended purpose.

Looked at another way, they're trying to enter two different markets with one product, and neither is going to do a really good job as a result. The surface isnt' really a tablet, it's more of a laptop that has some of the features of one. They were wise to see they'd lost the straight-up tablet market before they'd started. Targeting the MBA is probably the smartest thing to do right now. (I just don't think this is a very smart approach they're taking)

They could have had a lot more fun with this, and generated an enormous amount of publicity by just taking it all the way. Don't "trade" it in. Bring in a WORKING air to their store, and you get to go into a box and smash it with a sledgehammer. And then collect your discount. That would be money well-spent on marketing, for less than the cost of a few commercial spots.

about 2 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

v1 "for economic gain" (207 comments)

And we think that people should have that right. When other companies use the Ikea name for economic gain, it creates confusion and rights are lost.'

If they hadn't said "for economic gain", I'd consider their sincerity. But when you add that, it changes the last part to "it creates concern and money is lost". This is more a case of "someone's making money off our name and we didn't get a cut". It has nothing to do with the consumer.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

v1 OR (250 comments)

there are no additional addresses available, Microsoft said in a blog post earlier this week. This requires the company to use the IPv4 address space available to it globally for new services,

OR they could migrate those services to IPv6??

Considering how much bashing MS gets for not being a leader, this would have made a really good opportunity for them.

(I hate it when people say they're doing something because they were "forced" or "had no choice", when in reality, they had aa choice, they made a choice, and now don't want to take ownership of the outcome)

about 2 months ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

v1 Buyer's Remorse (140 comments)

Buyer's remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a car or house. It may stem from fear of making the wrong choice, guilt over extravagance, or a suspicion of having been overly influenced by the seller.
(wikipedia)

Sorry, I have no pity for that. I've had it before, but it's no fault but my own, and I certainly don't expect anyone to make a law to help save me from myself. (on this, or anything else really, I'm adult, why can't the world treat me like one and let me hold responsibility for my actions?)

A buyer should have no more rights to reverse a sale than a seller. What if I have "seller's remorse", I really should have charged more for that, I want it back! yea, great idea! Make a law to voilate others' rights just to save me from my foolishness!

about 2 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

v1 Re:28 files in 6 years is a hardware defect (396 comments)

I see bad RAM cause two problems. First, when you are copying a file or editing it, and it gets saved, if the data was corrupted while it was in memory, it can become damaged when writing it. It doesn't have to affect the part of the file you were working with. If you were adding to the end of a long text document, page 2 could get damaged when you hit Save.

Second problem, more common in my experience, is directory corruption due to bad ram. When a machine would come in with a trashed directory, we used to just fix it and return it. But sometimes they'd come back again in a similar state. I'd run a memory test and find/replace a bad stick before repairing it again. Later I just got in the habit of running a short ram test anytime there was unusual directory damage. I found it in about 1 in 10 of the cases I checked. Those checks were only run in cases of severe or unusual damage though. Directory damage takes out files wholesale, and can affect data that never entered the computer, and not due to any hardware failure in the storage.

For the record, I manage over 20tb of data here, and to date I've lost two files. One was a blonde moment with RM on a file that wasn't backed up. (I had NO idea that RM followed symlinks!) The other was a failed slice in a mirror that cost me a singe document. That's over a span of over 20 years. If you've lost over 20 files in the last 10 years, you're doing something (or more probably several somethings) wrong.

about 2 months ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

v1 Re:"Safety Requirements"? (314 comments)

Why is it not safe for them to drive to the airports,

It's not safe, ya sees, because Luigi here will have to come over and accidentally adjust your kneecaps if you interfere with this bizness opportunities in the Yellow Cab.

about 3 months ago

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How to handle a wifi leech camping in your store?

v1 v1 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

v1 (525388) writes "I work for a small computer sales/service shop, in back as one of the repair techs. We have a private wifi here for our store demos, on the same "public lan" we use for no-check-in service like running updates for customers. A grubby older gent had his computer here for such service and his laptop got our wifi password saved on it. Now he's here waiting at our door at open every morning, and stays in the store at least several hours every day, camping in one of our two front courtesy chairs browsing etc, spooking our customers. Sometimes he's here all day long till close. How do you kindly shoo away someone from camping your wifi like this? We could change the wifi pw but the gm doesn't think that would be courteous."
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Susan Crawford for FCC Chairman

v1 v1 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

v1 (525388) writes "Susan Crawford is trying to get onboard at the FCC as chairman, and looks determined to restore common sense and competition to broadband in the USA. “The rich are getting gouged, the poor are very often left out, and this means that we’re creating, yet again, two Americas, and deepening inequality through this communications inequality,” Check out the video, sign the petition, and maybe the USA's internet will climb out of the gutter. Her main focuses are to break up collusion between the providers and content providers, and to break up franchises, monopolies, and local barrier laws that have blocked competition, raised costs, and stifled speed in most of the american market."
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Jobs resigns from Apple

v1 v1 writes  |  about 3 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "Looks like all the news outlets are picking up on the big story today, Steve Jobs has resigned from Apple. He's not giving specifics, but says he's no longer "fit" to run the company. It's probably fair to assume it's due to health reasons. Jobs offered Tim Cook as his suggested replacement at the board meeting."
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Radio Shack solicits DYI'ers for feedback

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "It looks like someone has managed to wake up The Shack as to their complete loss of DIY customers, and they're asking for your feedback on how to get them back on track as the local do-it-yourself parts source. They appear to be drawing heavy fire for the same few issues, low part inventory, high prices, no kits, pushing common junk. (cell phones etc) Stop by their feedback blog and give them a piece of your mind. Maybe there's still a chance of them regaining their sanity."
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Microsoft fingers Yahoo for Windows 7 data overuse

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "The glitch apparently exists in the code which tells Windows Phone 7 how to fetch new messages from Yahoo Mail, one of the world's largest free e-mail services. The error means that the system downloads up to 25 times more information than it needs to."
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How often do you reboot your primary computer?

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "- many times a day — a few times every day — once a day (don't count sleeping) — a few times a week — a few times a month — a few times a year — what's this "reboot" you speak of?"
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Poll: How do you track your bank account balance?

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "How do you track your bank account balance?
* keep a balanced checkbook
* significant other balances the bank book
* check current balance when depositing paycheck
* use computer to track balances
* it doesn't matter, I'm always overdrawn
* mom/dad transfer in money whenever the balance gets low
* Cowboy Neil balances my bank book for me"
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Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto assassinated

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

v1 (525388) writes "Yet another assasination attempt was made on Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, this one finally successful, the latest in a string of assasination attempts by suicide bombers. Quoting CNN, "Bhutto, who led Paksitan from 1988 to 1990 and was the first female prime minister of any Islamic nation, was participating in the parliamentary election set for January 8, hoping for a third term." Bhutto's comments regarding investigations into the recent attempts on her life were charitable at best, "The sham investigation of the October 19 massacre and the attempt by the ruling party to politically capitalize on this catastrophe are discomforting, but do not suggest any direct involvement by General Pervez Musharraf." The attacks are widely believed to be coordinated by the military who are currently holding power in Pakistan."
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Journals

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smile for the day

v1 v1 writes  |  about 2 years ago

you have the distinct honor of having the first nick I've seen on slashdot that actually managed to pry a smile from my face :) thx

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fear and government

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

V for Vendetta: People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Sadly, this results in the government passing laws in self-defense, that turn the tables. Which is basically where we are now.

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v1 v1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

>> My user number is probably lower than yours.

ahhh but my username is probably shorter than yours.

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do we count starting at 0, 1, or 2?

v1 v1 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

just looking at your sig

> Slashdot dupes an article SIX TIMES

It appeared to be six posts, so that would be five dups, wouldn't it? (would you call something posted twice, "two dups"?) Though I suppose if you want to get all mathemagical about it you could call any two "dups", so that'd be what... 15 dups?

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