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Comment: People acutaly LIKE the open floor plans? (Score 4, Insightful) 160

by Bo'Bob'O (#47679823) Attached to: The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

I work in an office that is packed in with three people constantly talking on the phone, with other people or just otherwise doing their business. I find it incredibly distracting. Sure I can put headphones on and try and blot it out, but depending on my mental state or particular task, music can be distracting too. Be it Metal or Minimalism music isn't always the answer to getting the best mental state for your work. Also having the music cranked means I can't hear the phone when I'm getting a call. I can't even imagine working in a larger room packed with dozens more people.

I'd love to be in a properly lit and laid out office or cubical.

Comment: Re:Alabama (Score 1) 393

by Bo'Bob'O (#47657833) Attached to: 3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

Which just shows how short-sighted this is. With the logistics of launchers and launch services off of NASA's plate, NASA should be more busy then ever looking to go back to it's main business: pushing the bleeding edge of space, science and aeronautics. Something that that center will no doubt play a large part of. Certainly a lot more then just buying all the hard stuff from Russia.

I think it's still just as likely this is really just about protecting the interests of big contractors who find large profits to be made in building disposable, multimillion dollar rockets. Will SpaceX deliver everything it's promising? I don't know. I think it's fair to not just to put all our eggs in that basket just yet, but the government money that has been spent on SpaceX seems to have been a good deal so far. They seem to have a real vision of moving forward and I think that's a risk worth investing in.

Bitcoin

Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine 195

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the fools-and-their-megawatts dept.
1sockchuck (826398) writes Bitcoin hardware vendor BitFury has opened a 20-megawatt data center to expand its cloud mining operations. The hashing center in the Republic of Georgia is filled with long rows of racks packed with specialized Bitcoin mining rigs powered by ASICs. It's the latest example of the Bitcoin industry's development of high-density, low-budget mining facilities optimized for rapid changes in hardware and economics. It also illustrates how ASIC makers are now expanding their focus from retail sales to their in-house operations as Bitcoin mining becomes industrialized.

Comment: Marketing (Score 4, Insightful) 161

by Bo'Bob'O (#47554253) Attached to: OKCupid Experiments on Users Too

The fact is that the experiment they Facebook conducted was mild to what other corporations do every day under the umbrella of "marketing".

They use control groups and try every trick they can to manipulate your mood, feelings, impressions of their products. They carefully script interactions to take advantage of your feelings and social norms. Also take the recent example in the past few weeks of the scripts that Verizon's 'account retention' departments use to try and wedge people into keeping their account longer. Those weren't just thrown together, those were made with careful research and years of experiments on customers and focus groups.

The only difference with what Facebook did and the rest do is that they shared their results with everyone. Was Facebook Unethical manipulating people the way they did? I think so, and I'm only less interested in the service after that scandal, but what they got them in trouble was sharing it with the rest of the world in a way that might have also done some honest good. Now they will learn from their mistakes, keep it to themselves, and use that research purely to manipulate people for higher profit and no one will say a thing.

Comment: DOWNLOAD (Score 2) 199

by Bo'Bob'O (#47160801) Attached to: To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

Ads that look like a download button. They have been getting better on that, locating it near the content and not having any other text around it except maybe a tiny (outside offer) or something similar nearby, if you are lucky.

It used to be that it was only pretty shady websites you'd see this on, but more and more I'm seeing this on supposedly reputable sites. Even Sorceforge. It's a massive loss of reputability in my mind.

Comment: Re:Overthinking it. (Score 1) 199

by Bo'Bob'O (#47160779) Attached to: To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

I hate marketing, I've gotten rid of cable and broadcast TV in favor of Netflix and other ad-free content. Much the same for music.

Yet despite having the option I've never turned off ads here on Slashdot; it's always in the same place, not massive or obtrusive, and generally somewhat relent to the content. I respect that they use the ads to support the site and I think this is one of the few commercial sites that respects me the same which is one reason I still come here after all these years. No massive page filling adds, moving ads, video ads, or any of the crap that is mentioned above. As long as it keeps that way, I won't turn off ads, and I'll even visit the sites sometimes when they are relevant to me.

If it ever changes from that, I'll probably just stop coming. Sure i could use adblock or the built in ad-blocking feature of the site, but if the owners don't respect me, why would I be interested in their services?

Earth

Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming 379

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-getting-hot-in-here dept.
An anonymous reader writes "According to scientists we can look forward to more devastating wildfires like the ones scorching Southern California because of global warming. "The fires in California and here in Arizona are a clear example of what happens as the Earth warms, particularly as the West warms, and the warming caused by humans is making fire season longer and longer with each decade," said University of Arizona geoscientist Jonathan Overpeck. "It's certainly an example of what we'll see more of in the future.""
Science

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses Deep Sea Vehicle 93

Posted by samzenpus
from the davy-jones's-locker dept.
First time accepted submitter Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes in with news about a WHOI vehicle that has been feared lost. "On Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Friday EDT), the hybrid remotely operated vehicle Nereus was confirmed lost at 9,990 meters (6.2 miles) depth in the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand. The unmanned vehicle was working as part of a mission to explore the ocean's hadal region from 6,000 to nearly 11,000 meters deep. Scientists say a portion of it likely imploded under pressure as great as 16,000 pounds per square inch."

Comment: Oribtal does not have passangers in mind just yet (Score 1) 272

I don't believe that Orbital Sciences (now Orbital ATK as of last week) has any near-term plans for carrying people. Orbital's Antares rocket, which is what they use for the commercial cargo program for ISS, was only ever planned for cargo (And incidentally also uses Russian engines, the NK-33).

The Sierra Nevada Corporation is making their Dream Chaser spacecraft for manned flight, but it relies on the Atlas V as a launch vehicle.

So the only way we are going to get people into space without the Russians, before the SLS is done, is getting the Delta IV heavy human rated, or, SpaceX.

Cellphones

Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts? 482

Posted by timothy
from the be-the-change-you-want-to-see-in-the-world dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: "It's not trivial to explain why cell phone companies find it profitable to sell phones at a deep up-front discount and make it back over a two-year contract. Why don't other companies sell similarly-priced goods the same way? (And why, for that matter, has T-Mobile found it more profitable to do the opposite, selling the phone and the service separately?) I'm trying to come up with an explanation that makes realistic and consistent assumptions about the stupidity of the buying public, and still makes sense." Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts.

Comment: Re:Certain Disappointment (Score 2) 325

by Bo'Bob'O (#46873037) Attached to: <em>Star Wars: Episode VII</em> Cast Officially Announced

I think you're overselling StarTrek a bit. It was a silly action/adventure show with regular goofy fight scenes. It was though, a show that was written by people with an interest in core questions of humanity. On the good episodes that humanity shone through in a way that was novel for television. On the bad.. well, not so much.

I do agree that the show lost something in it's newest franchise and has become something else that I find isn't for me. Lets not kid ourselves on the source material though.

Science

Scientists Give Praying Mantises Tiny 3D Glasses 55

Posted by samzenpus
from the all-the-better-to-see-you-with dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at Newcastle University are outfitting praying mantises with tiny 3D glasses in order to study how their vision works. From the article: 'Praying mantises have stereoscopic vision, unlike most invertebrates. This makes them sophisticated hunters, and ideal subjects for a team from Newcastle University led by vision scientist Jenny Read. By putting 3-D glasses on the mantises and faking them out, Reid and her colleagues want to learn how the insect's vision differs from ours.""
Earth

Waste Management: The Critical Element For Nuclear Energy Expansion 281

Posted by samzenpus
from the put-that-anywhere dept.
Lasrick (2629253) writes "As part of a roundtable on the risks of developing nuclear power in developing countries, Harvard's Yun Zhou explores the reprocessing of spent fuel. Zhou points out that no country in the world has come up with a permanent solution to nuclear waste in either of its two forms: the spent fuel that emerges directly from reactor cores and the high-level radioactive waste that results when spent fuel is reprocessed. Zhou points out that China and France have just announced a joint effort to establish a reprocessing plant, but that option isn't really practical for the developing world."

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