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Comment: Re:Salton Sea (Score 1) 151

by BBF_BBF (#48042887) Attached to: Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry
Are you implying that the Salton Sea was naturally formed?
According to wikipedia, It was formed by an accident in 1905 which overflowed the canals carrying Colorado River water to California, so THERE ARE NO NATURAL replenishing flows for the Salton sea because it is NOT NATURAL.

The Salton Sea is an example of Man's impact on nature. Once was a vast stretch of desert, now is a fetid lake.

Comment: Blackberry Android Phone with Physical Keyboard (Score 1) 89

by BBF_BBF (#47700819) Attached to: Blackberry Moves Non-Handset Divisions Into New Business Unit
Please, please, please. Pretty please with a cherry on top?

All the android makers have abandoned the high end keyboard phone. It's a niche that needs filling. It's not going to reinvigorate the handset side of the company, but would help pay some bills with minimal investment.

Comment: In Western Culture, It wasn't his fault (Score 1) 127

by BBF_BBF (#47609413) Attached to: Senior RIKEN Scientist Involved In Stem Cell Scandal Commits Suicide
You don't understand Asian culture, or Japanese culture in particular.

When one is "responsible" for something, even if one wasn't directly involved with the failure, the failure is attributed to EVERYONE responsible and is a major loss of "Face". It's especially bad in this case since it wasn't just an error, it was a planned deception by the lead researcher. So every project this person is associated with will now be "tainted"... (yeah, a bit different than Western culture) so pretty much his career would not advance any more.

Sure, suicide is a bit extreme, but in Japanese culture, as opposed to other Asian cultures, it's more common.

Comment: I Prefer Physical QWERTY Keyboards (Score 1) 544

by BBF_BBF (#47555107) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
The auto correction is ALWAYS messing up with my technical terms when I try to type on the google keyboard. I shouldn't HAVE to manually enter them into the dictionary, shouldn't the damn thing learn after 10+ corrections by me?

Also I noticed that typing while in landscape, with a physical keyboard phone, I can see 100% of the screen, with my new touch screen only phone, (yeah, I finally gave up on trying to find a decent slide out keyboard phone after my Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G started to eat batteries for breakfast and would take pause breaks for a few seconds at a time, and replaced it with a 4.3" touch screen only phone), the KitKat text entry dialog and virtual keyboard takes up the WHOLE screen... I can't see a thing from the original screen.

I can also type without looking down at the physical keyboard, I cannot do that with swyping. If I hit an "n" at the beginning of a word rather than "m" the predictive keyboard gets the word choices completely incorrect and I have to stab at the backspace virtual key, some times missing and getting a bunch of "l"s instead. That *never* happens with the physical keyboard.

Yeah, I'm one of the few that would pay $600 for a top spec slide out keyboard phone.

Comment: Meh, Al Gore Proves It True. (Score 5, Insightful) 710

by BBF_BBF (#47455727) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use
Didn't need a study to tell me that people "most concerned" about climate change aren't necessarily the must frugal per-capita energy users.

Just look at Al Gore.
He's considered the biggest climate change advocate by many.

He probably uses more energy in his mansions than 99.9999% of the people in the world, let alone the energy jetting around everywhere. But of course his houses only use "clean" energy and all his jet travel is offset by purchasing carbon credits (most likely through clean energy and carbon credit trading companies he has shares in.)

Comment: Re:This link is 2 years old (Score 2) 461

by BBF_BBF (#47317685) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

...and Slashdot covered it at the time: I think the submitter meant to post this story, which is about the new record of 24.2GW:

Yep, I can see Slashdot's new tag line:

News for geeks, aged for at least 2 years cause our editors suck.

Comment: Re:$5k (Score 2) 875

by BBF_BBF (#47199577) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

You would think that just the scrap value would be more than $5g. Hell I got $200 for my lawn tractor.

You didn't RTFA didn't you... All a government agency has to do to obtain the equipment is to apply, get approved, then pay for shipping... those are the terms of the plan. (There are probably some other rules, but you get the picture.) The Sheriff's Office pretty much got the vehicle for free and paid $5000 for shipping costs.

Comment: Depends if the "Idiot" is a Volunteer or Paid (Score 1) 255

by BBF_BBF (#47148091) Attached to: A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"
In all situations, as a team leader, one has to find a use for the "village idiot" that as the article already states, that doesn't do more harm to the team. A sign of how "good" the team is, is how the individual members treat the well meaning, but incompetent, team member without guidance from the lead.

In a volunteer organization, it's imperative to keep all well meaning contributors on board, but in a company, that person has to eventually be moved out of the team since they're a drag on the group and definitely not suited for the position they're occupying. That's in an ideal world.

However, in real life, in a job situation. Nothing is ever this cut and dry. Not all "idiots" are well meaning, actually most aren't. There are also other dynamics at play at work, maybe the "idiot" is the owner's son... so there's nothing to be done, but elevate him to the level that the "owner" expects. At least for some "blood" relationships, the higher up actually recognizes the person is a cock-up, but has no choice because he/she is family.

It's actually even worse when the employee "idiot" is a "favorite" of one of the higher ups with no blood relationship. These people are the most dangerous to deal with. They can exert extreme negative pressure on your career since they have some "relationship" with the higher up, and that higher up will never listen to reports that they're favorite pet is not qualified for the job, nor doing a decent job, and usually the one that reports such things gets penalized for telling the truth. It's these people that make one's professional work life misery. It's even worse when there is some sort of romantic relationship between the "idiot" and the person higher up in the chain, especially if one or both have other official "significant others". :-( sigh.

Unfortunately, in real life, at a job, one just has to try to minimize the impact on one's team, and shut the eff up and put up with it.

Comment: What about Justina? (Score 3, Insightful) 329

by BBF_BBF (#46843393) Attached to: Anonymous's Latest Target: Boston Children's Hospital
It's been a year now since Justina was removed from her parents.

It should be painfully obvious if her health issues were as a result of her parents' psychological pressure since she hasn't been under their influence for over a year. So why don't any of the "advocates" fighting for the parents actually show us how Justina's doing now?

If Justina is FINE now, then it would be quite obvious that the Doctors at the Boston Children's Hospital were correct. If she's still suffering from the same symptoms, then the parents have a much stronger case.

Comment: Violins != Speakers (Score 1) 469

Sure, the violinists may have preferred the modern violins in a double blind PLAYING test. Note that I emphasized PLAYING. The difference between speakers and violins, is that speakers are PASSIVE to the people in the study and the violins in this test were being ACTIVELY played.

I would expect that performing artists who are confident in their talent and the quality of their instruments perform better. So if a violinist *THINKS* their violin is a cut above the rest, it will help make their performance better because they are confident that their instrument is UNIQUELY SUPERB, rather than just great. So the artist's subjective feeling about the quality of their instrument *CAN* influence the quality of their performance.

Whereas, if one subjectively thinks ones speakers are better, it doesn't improve how it sounds to other people, but a better performance on a violin will sound better to everyone.

Comment: Be Aware: Many mSATA slots don't support SATA-3 (Score 1) 76

by BBF_BBF (#46616463) Attached to: Samsung SSD 840 EVO MSATA Tested
Ensure you check the SATA protocol that is supported by your computer/tablet's mSATA slot first.

I have a 2012-3 era Thinkpad X230 and it has an mSATA slot, but it only supports SATA-1, so an SSD like the Samsung featured on this article are overkill since the computer cannot ever take advantage of the throughput. Even a cheap SSD with a Phison controller was fast enough to saturate the SATA-1 interface, so that's what I got.

Comment: Re:Yes, they are (Score 1) 156

by BBF_BBF (#46564429) Attached to: In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?
I agree.

Many "Journalists" no longer fact check their stories before they are published. IMHO that makes them no different than a blogger. At least with a blogger, it's implied that whatever they post is their opinion, with journalists, it's implied that they're supposed to be impartial.

However, Journalists have *never* been 100% objective, at a minimum there has always been some self-censorship and tacit agreements with governments, etc. (For example, FDR was never shown in press pictures in his wheelchair. And domestic press has always avoided printing pictures of "our" mortally wounded soldiers.) Journalists can "report only the facts" and still present a skewed picture by simply not reporting key facts and emphasizing others, or simply *not* publishing certain stories so nobody is aware of certain important issues.

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350