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Comment: Re:Queue the screams of hysteria (Score 4, Insightful) 195

by AfroTrance (#38456880) Attached to: The Fjord-Cooled Data Center

Warm water of a data center won't change the temperature of the ocean at all.

Not the whole ocean, but as I said, it could affect the local environment.

But any way, what is the other option?

Did I say they shouldn't put warm water in the ocean?

What should be done, in all circumstances, is a study on the environmental impact. Such a thing may find (for example) that the original design releases the water in a secluded shallow bay where there is little circulation. As you said, a simple fix would be to make a longer pipe and release the water in deeper water, where there are stronger currents.

Environmentalism is not about doing nothing because well everything affects the environment. It is doing the optimal thing based on scientific evidence.

Comment: Re:Queue the screams of hysteria (Score 1, Interesting) 195

by AfroTrance (#38456400) Attached to: The Fjord-Cooled Data Center

Releasing warm water back into the ocean could disrupt the local environment. Every company should minimise impact on the environment where possible. That is the rational thing to do, not something only 'hysterical environmentalists' support.

For example, the area might be a breeding ground for fish. Should they impact the level of fish in the sea just so a data centre can reduce their power bill? It seems almost all of Norway's energy comes from hydro, so it isn't reducing greenhouse emissions.

Comment: Re:Because they know less about their job than I d (Score 1) 960

by AfroTrance (#38178222) Attached to: Why Everyone Hates the IT Department

This is why I hate IT support. Most people I have dealt with in IT don't really know anything about computers. They just read from a script/troubleshooter. Only once they realise it is beyond their 'expertise' will the problem get elevated to someone who actually knows what they are doing. Sometimes you will get people who know a little, but not enough, try to fix things and then cause critical services to break in the middle of the work day.

Also the company I currently work for has a very bloated IT department, even though all support and server stuff is contracted out. Even with all these people in IT, our IT infrastructure/support/service is terrible.

Comment: Re:PR Stunt (Score 1) 270

by AfroTrance (#37725854) Attached to: Correlating Psychopathy With Speech Patterns

A general criteria for a mental disease is that it has a strong negative effect on your life or someone else's.

Really? That "criteria" sounds like you just came up with it. Define strong. Define negative.

And this guy I know is a real dick, does he have a mental disease? He has a "strong negative effect" on everyone he meets.

Comment: Doesn't make sense.. (Score 1) 515

by AfroTrance (#37548128) Attached to: Man Charged in Model Airplane Plot To Bomb Pentagon

arrested and charged Wednesday with plotting an attack on the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol

was charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda for attacks on U.S. soldiers overseas

There is no information to indicate he was connected to a foreign terrorist organization.

Huh? How does the charge relate to the act?

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