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Comment: Re:Lessons from Fukushima (Score 1) 678

by Pyrion (#49510643) Attached to: William Shatner Proposes $30 Billion Water Pipeline To California

So that just excludes building in Temecula, central Los Angeles, and the San Francisco bay.

Honestly the best place to build desal plants would probably be San Diego, because the region sits atop a massive single chunk of bedrock (the southern California batholith), and California doesn't get the kind of offshore vertical displacement quakes that cause tsunamis anyway.

Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 629

I had something similar happen in high school as well - same era of computing technology, but my "crime" was using the Back Orifice client on a terminal in CAD class and discovering that a good chunk of the school's network had been infected with it. Attempting to convince the district's administrator that a problem existed at all got me a "we have antivirus, we're fine" response (their solution for everything was the same as yours - reformat and reinstall), and when I pressed the issue with the school's administration I was given a more detailed answer of "fixing it isn't in the budget."

So I forced the issue, by using the client to display popup messages on several terminals in my Internet Publishing class, with the teacher in full view of what was going on. Got pulled aside and "reported" to the administration, and he made all kinds of noise about "port scans are a felony" which I couldn't help but laugh at, considering he ultimately had to use the BO client himself to remove the infection. The school administration wanted to expel me and sweep the problem under the rug, but they basically had to settle for assigning me one session of Saturday School after discovering that I had never signed the liability waiver the district required of every student prior to using their computers (I was handed one, I stuck it in my backpack and promptly forgot about it), and neither my CAD teacher nor my Internet Publishing teacher bothered to enforce collecting the damn things.

The start of the second semester that year was telling, because the school had its campus police lock every computer lab and basically force every student, for each class period, to sign a liability waiver and return it before they'd let anyone in.

Story doesn't end there though - fast forward a year and change, over the summer the school spent a huge amount of money having one of the computer graphics classes upgraded, with something on the order of 20-some iMacs and 4 G3's. Barely a semester later, somebody broke into the lab, ripped most of the memory out of each machine, and reconfigured the virtual memory settings so that the theft wouldn't be noticed immediately. And it wasn't. Take a wild guess who their first suspect was.

Getting pulled out of class by two uniformed police officers was fun, though nothing came of that, or their investigation, as far as I know. The school didn't get reimbursed by their insurance company either, because the computers had anti-theft locks installed but none of them were actually armed.

Comment: Re:Ok, I am naive, but... (Score 1) 320

by Pyrion (#48374499) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

The simple answer is that they're not paying for their education.

Incidentally, this lines up quite neatly with why it seems like the big cheating scandals tend to hit the four-year mainline universities versus, say, community colleges and trade schools. Rich kids with more money than sense don't go to those.

Comment: I got my DK2 A couple weeks ago (Score 1) 67

I ordered within the first 24 hours and got my DK2 a couple weeks ago.
I also have a DK1

My initial impressions

- Screen certainly much improved. I like how vibrant the OLED makes things.
- Screen door effect much reduced, but certainly not eliminated.
- The low persistence display seems to help considerably with the previous blurring on head movement problem.
- Much easier to position on your head such that everything is crisp and clear.
- Having head position tracked in addition to orientation feels much more natural.
- Having your head position suddenly not tracked because you went out of the FOV of the tracking camera is very jarring.
- The FOV of the display seems slightly reduced from the DK1, reducing peripheral vision.
- No more breakout box & power supply being optional does not mean the setup is any less complicated. Now there's a camera to worry about along with a new sync cable connecting the camera and the headset.
- Chromatic effects, especially near the peripheries.

Overall, a very solid improvement over the DK1.

I actually talk about it (and the google cardboard I have) a bit on a podcast I contribute to.
Aliens Land here

Comment: Re:National Museum of Mathematics (Score 2) 96

by zurmikopa (#47415061) Attached to: The Billionaire Mathematician

I went there with my son who was 3 at the time as well as my wife. It was fun and they had some neat things. Some of the exhibits were clearer than others. The light-floor, for example, was great for kids to entertain themselves on, but actually figuring out what was going on could be tricky, even if you read the description. (This is because it cycled through a number of algorithms.)

Comment: Re:Call me tron (Score 1) 46

by zurmikopa (#47095577) Attached to: Hands-On With Sony's VR Headset

I wrote a thing that does that (virtualizes monitors) but the resolution (at least with the original rift) makes it unusable. I'm hoping DK2 improves things enough that it at least isn't a horrible option, but 960x1080 per eye is probably still too low. Smearing was also a big problem for monitor virtualization, but DK2 should have mostly fixed that.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 351

by Pyrion (#46040537) Attached to: Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

Moreover, the fever itself is the body basically attempting to "burn out" the infection, and suppressing the fever allows the infection to remain for much longer?

If so, it makes sense, cuz the last few times I've caught the flu I've been over it within two days. They're a miserable two days, shivering my ass off while bundled up in bed and sweating my brains out, but I've had friends take antipyretics and be miserable for a solid week.

"For the man who has everything... Penicillin." -- F. Borquin

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