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Comment: Military (Score 1) 141

by AF_Cheddar_Head (#47282787) Attached to: I typically start my workday ...

Had the same sort of experience working at a Headquarters for the military.

There was this Lt. Colonel that would occasionally stand be the entrance recording and reporting on all the guys that arrived even one minute after 0800. Somehow never saw him at 1900 when those of us that were a bit late in the morning finally got to leave for the day, mostly because he was out the door at 1630 share.

Definitely don't miss those types of idiots. Now is show up sometime between 0800 and 0900 and leave when the work is done.

Comment: Hippocracy much? (Score 1) 682

by AF_Cheddar_Head (#47273599) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

All of you TP types that want the IRS to retain e-mails forever refuse to give the government a dime to build the system to retain that e-mails forever. It ain't cheap to build a backup system to maintain all the e-mails generated by a decent sized business or government agency. That's why retention dates are established and followed. Also why so many users have PST files on their local computer that violate the retention policy and gets the company in trouble with the lawyers and get deleted when a computer is rebuilt or the drive crashes.

Comment: Major IT departments and lost e-mail (Score 1) 682

by AF_Cheddar_Head (#47273417) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

I thing the whole thing reeks of conspiracy BUT having worked for multiple government agencies many of them severely limit the size of a users Exchange mailbox and because network storage is scarce they routinely counsel users to keep archived e-mail in a PST stored on the local drive. They tell the user that Outlook runs better this way (mostly true). Problem is this violates government policy on maintaining permanent records (not that the user cares) and means if the local drive crashes or is wiped for a new user all the old e-mail is lost.

Many corporations do the same BTW.

For my money the excuse is just a bit too convenient but plausible.

Comment: Re:The actual appeal (Score 1) 240

On thing that working in film does for a student, not for a pro or hobbyist but for a student, is make them pay more attention to the process of taking the picture. With the cost and time of processing film the student has more incentive to pay attention to framing the picture and getting it right in camera. Digital has very little penalty for taking several shots just to "get it right".

For the pro and hobbyist I completely agree with your comments.

Comment: Re:Oh...they have access to better imagery... (Score 1) 82

by AF_Cheddar_Head (#47231125) Attached to: US Government OKs Sale of Sharper Satellite Images

Yep a 30% increase in distance with a good share of that extra distance through that messy atmosphere. Insurmountable, probably not but not a trivial problem either. The main advantage of aerial photography versus satellite photography is the reduced amount of atmosphere that is in the way so yeah extra distance can be a real issue.

Comment: Re:The Real Story Should Be... (Score 4, Informative) 286

Ex-Firefighter here. Part of the problem is having working room at the pumper panel for the driver. You need space at the hydrant to connect the couplings and also working room at the pump panel for the driver to connect and run the pumps. All this depends on how you lay the hoses out but yeah working room at the hydrant for both hydrant hook up and the pumper is necessary.

FYI you can have multiple types of pumper setups:
- Reverse lay (Pumper is closer to the hydrant)
- Straight-in lay (Pumper is closer to the fire scene)
- Relay (Multiple pumpers, one at the hydrant and one at the scene)

And many variations.

I have never done it myself but witnessed the infamous smash the windows and put the hose through the car once.

Comment: Re:Weren't the Peruvians altering the coast? (Score 1) 94

by AF_Cheddar_Head (#47048725) Attached to: Spanish Conquest May Have Altered Peru's Shoreline

I agree with your premise but will say this regarding human alterations to the environment:

-- Slow changes allow the local flora and fauna to adapt, aka the oyster shell accumulation occured likely over many decades if not centuries allowing different plants to make their way in and establish themselves resulting in an environment that animals can then inhabit.

-- Fast changes are more likely to cause local flora and fauna to disappear, aka plowing up the prairie in North America in the space of a few decades resulted in the loss of many native plants and animals without the opportunity for replacement or adaption, unless you consider corn and wheat a suitable replacement for the prairie plants.

Man altering the environment slowly results in a more stable adaption versus quick alteration.

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