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Comment Cowburp (Score 1) 140 140

This is methane, not CO2, so sequestering carbon isn't relevant.

"Pound for pound, the comparative impact of CH4 on climate change is 25 times greater than CO2 over a 100-year period."

FTA: "And because 3NOP boosted the digestibility of nutrients in the feed, the cows that received the supplement actually gained more weight than cows that received none. "

It might actually be useful in meat production. Headline is misleading. Meh.

Comment Using it for 2 years as the default (Score 1) 165 165

It's getting better. Most of the time I don't need to Google, but if I'm having trouble, I add g! to the beginning of my search and Google adds a data point to my advertising profile, but I get a second opinion, usually not very helpful.

DDG seems too good to be true really. I wonder if they're *really* not watching.

Comment Re:rip-off (Score 1) 296 296

I passed the CCNA in 99, tried to re-do it back in 2013 to get the Cisco Security cert, but the CCENT->CCNA exam is much, much harder than the old CCNA.

It's the only exam I've failed, the time crunch on the simulated command lines are just too much. Unless you're getting lots of on-the-job experience, it's brutal, and the WAN tech is irrelevant for most networking. I know the material, I'm just not fast enough.

It bothers me when people diminish other people's accomplishments, or discount people because of their education and certifications. If you don't have the certs, I know that you have gaps in your basic product knowledge. If you don't have the education, I have to wonder why.

For the AC, I would expect a line on his resume around the education section, FAR below experience saying something like:


Any more prominent, and yeah, it's either an entry-level resume or the guy's not a good candidate. 3Com and Solaris should only be there if the job calls for it. It's niche and the 2 words on your resume to add them aren't worth it. I have lots of useless expired certs too.

Comment Re:Crackers for fuck sake (Score 3, Insightful) 40 40

A cracker is also a white guy with a whip. I would cringe if somebody referred to a criminal hacker kid from the Southern U.S. as a "cracker"

The criminal hacker as a "cracker" was coined 30 years ago and still hasn't caught on. It's up there with Gnu/Linux as relevant.

OTOH, Hackerspaces and the maker movement have done a good job at changing the meaning of 'hacker' to include both worlds. Hackerspaces are somehow more approachable and understandable to the media and general public.

Comment Re:HOME ownership is key (Score 1) 688 688

My definition of "upper" middle class are people who if it weren't for the fact that they need their jobs to pay the bills, they would be considered rich.

Lawyers, politicians, doctors, etc.

Somebody who got a HELOC from their McMansion to buy a Porshe Cayene is not upper middle class. Their home is a suburban cookie cutter compromise and their toys are bought with debt.

Comment Re:Reasons why people become hostages (Score 1) 334 334

Some Westerners have extended family or cultural ties to dangerous places.

Also some of these kidnappings occurred when things were safer than now... When there's an outbreak of new crime, there's always people who are caught unaware before it becomes common knowledge to stay away. Some of these people have been captive for over a year.

I personally travelled to Iran and Eastern Turkey (when it was safer...) because I wanted to better understand the local culture. I learned a lot and I'm glad I did it. At the time it was when the U.S. had Iraq reasonably under control, Eastern Turkey was stable and Ahmadinijad was on his first term. It wasn't so bad, but... a few months later, things got crazy.

Today I would not go. But I wouldn't fault anyone who had family for going.

Comment Re:Agreed but there is a point (Score 1) 341 341

Shingles is not adult-chicken pox. Shingles is a remergence of the virus. Adults can get chickenpox. It's just that most have had chicken pox as children, or they're immunized.

You can only get shingles if you had chicken pox. It's far less likely to get shingles if you've been immunized to chicken pox.

This means that if you have a 'pox party' rather than immunizing, you're not only giving your child chicken pox, but they have a far greater likelihood of developing shingles later in life.

My girlfriend endured shingles, she was in agony for over a week and the symptoms are extremely different than chicken pox. She had chicken pox as a child.

Comment Re:Agreed but there is a point (Score 1) 341 341

If you're talking about Accutane, it cured me after 20 years of severe cystic acne.

Cured. No more drugs, no more blood on my shirts, could go swimming and even get my first massage.

Medical science is pretty clear about what they dont know. You always have to read carefully.

How can you do 'New Math' problems with an 'Old Math' mind? -- Charles Schulz