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How Gaseous, Neptune-Like Planets Can Become Habitable

vanyel Boil a gas? (54 comments)

How do you boil off something already a gas? Sounds like we need a term for "heating a gas to the point molecules exceed escape velocity"...

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Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

vanyel Passing (73 comments)

He may have passed his peers in the past when he proved them wrong, but yesterday he didn't pass anyone (except maybe in the ambulance or hearse) - he *died*.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

vanyel No (488 comments)

No

5 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

vanyel Public? (209 comments)

The advantage of Google+ is that it's easy to limit posts to the circles that you want to see the posts. I expect that very little of the content is public.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

vanyel Politicians with mental disorders (412 comments)

They should ban politicians with mental disorders such as fixations on other people's lives - such cause far more harm to society than any other class of people.

about three weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

vanyel Do things for me (307 comments)

Clean house, do the dishes, yardwork, answer questions

about 3 months ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

vanyel Re:No, that's not the problem (279 comments)

Some parts of public health can be handled locally, and some parts of public health can only be handled on a national or international level. They can't figure out the pattern of an epidemic based on local occurrences alone.
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State health departments don't have the equipment and expertise to do a lot of things. Hospital disease laboratories are only equipped to identify infections that are common in their area. Why stock a laboratory with expensive agents that you'll never use? When hospitals get a patient with an unusual disease, they can't identify it in their own labs and they have to send the samples to the CDC.

That part I agree with - pattern analysis and research are definitely in the purview of higher levels.

You can't give somebody a responsibility without giving them the resources (financial and otherwise).

That part, however, I don't: where do you think that money comes from in the first place? It makes no sense to send money to a central location just to beg for it back (except for emergencies that overwhelm the local region). The day to day stuff should be funded locally.

Although it's a different topic, the same goes for transportation funding: it makes no sense for Portland to pay for Boston's big dig and Boston to pay for Portland's light rail, and Wyoming shouldn't have to pay for either. There's a case to be made for the reverse: helping rural areas with transportation needs, though only to a limited extent.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

vanyel Re:Going in circles (100 comments)

Is it Graffiti 1 or 2? They rather crippled it with 2, over IP ownership issues as I recall... Still, I'll give it a try, thanks!

about 4 months ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

vanyel Re:No, that's not the problem (279 comments)

Whether or not they're acting on the responsibility, it's still their responsibility... and generally local people are best equipped to take into account local environmental factors. When they abdicate their responsibility, well then you have to decide whether to be a nanny or not.

about 4 months ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

vanyel Re:No, that's not the problem (279 comments)

Indeed, while *handling* an epidemic locally is a local responsibility, there's nothing stopping federal agencies from setting guidelines and providing information on how best to handle any given situation.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

vanyel Re:Going in circles (100 comments)

The original graffiti system worked quite well for me and I've missed it ever since..

about 4 months ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

vanyel Re:Or crypto (179 comments)

Exactly - what it will break are the defacto service monopolies like facebook and google, not the Internet, which will be improved by having services distributed.

about 4 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

vanyel I don't know... (399 comments)

...but what's "Windows" anyway?

about 4 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

vanyel Re:It's job security (826 comments)

Nonsense. systemd doesn't make anything easier or threaten anyone's livelihood, it's just change for the sake of change (at the UI level), as are the changes to network configuration. Whatever benefits there may be to whatever changes under the covers doesn't require replacing the init.d structure, the service command or the network config file formats. System administrators have enough to do without dealing with gratuitous changes that don't buy anyone anything.

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

vanyel Plan (191 comments)

I have a plan: it'll all be toast.

about 5 months ago
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Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

vanyel Affordable? (214 comments)

A strange definition of affordable; given those locations, clearly it was a low factor in the equation...

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

vanyel Why should they be any different? (278 comments)

Most web sites are badly designed, why should online applications be any different? I swear site designers never actually use the sites they design.

about 6 months ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

vanyel Should be much simpler.... (130 comments)

If it's a post by a friend or group I've joined (main news feed) or list member (when I have a list selected), show it. Period. That's the whole point of facebook. It's *extremely* annoying to find out some time later I missed something important because facebook decided it wasn't interesting for some obscure reason.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

vanyel Amazon is right (306 comments)

In particular, I won't pay more for an ebook than the price of a paperback, but I also generally have $10 as the cutoff point - if it's more than that, I'll read something else until the price comes down. I really think ebooks ought to be $5 but that ship has sailed.

about 6 months ago
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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

vanyel Welcome to Reality (238 comments)

People were using them anyhow, regardless of the policy. Welcome to the real world...

about 6 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: What is the best way to mentor online?

vanyel vanyel writes  |  about 10 months ago

vanyel (28049) writes "Having grown up in a rural setting with few resources and recently chatting with a CS student overseas in a less than ideal setting made me think about mentoring options. I'd thought that perhaps mentoring.<stackexchangesite> might be a good option, but they seem to be rather against the idea and even I admit a Q&A format like they're setup for isn't the best. I think mentoring would be a valuable service though, so I ask What *should* online mentoring look like?"
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vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

vanyel (28049) writes "As the new daylight savings time change date nears, we're having to go around and make sure all our computers and routers are updated with the new changes. It seems to me to be a lot of work for no good reason, and I'm wondering just how much our Posturing Leaders are costing us?"
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vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 8 years ago

vanyel writes "MSNBC is reporting: "Two aerospace teams headed by SpaceX and Rocketplane Kistler will share almost half a billion dollars set aside for demonstrations of new spaceships capable of transporting cargo and crew between Earth and the international space station, NASA announced Friday.""

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Wow, I have a fan!

vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I mostly ignore this stuff, but just checked and wow! I have a fan! Never expected that...

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Taking up space

vanyel vanyel writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I suppose this is what's called "blogging". The question is, does anyone read this or is it just taking up space? If I'm just taking up space, I'd rather do it on Serenity.

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