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Comment: Re:Pandora's Box (Score 1) 424

I had $15k worth of shit stolen and what did the L.A.County sheriff dept. tell me, even after I found some of my stuff at the neighbor's place? If I didn't have receipts I couldn't prove it was mine and so sad for me. But if I wanted to steal it back, go for it.

Curt, bravo for standing up against the bullies online, same as you would in real life.

Comment: Re:Climate change phobia (Score 1) 340

by Reziac (#49164459) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Yeah, last week I pointed out the same wrt the Yellowstone dome. How much of what they're measuring is actually tectonic movement?

From the Wiki article someone linked on sea level change:
Global warming, a few mm per year.
All other causes, about 10 meters per year.
Draw your own conclusions.

Comment: Re:Ah, Damnit... (Score 1) 514

by Reziac (#49161569) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Or you have functionally the same car each year with different upgrades, hence Plymouth, Dodge, Chrysler models with interchangeable everything.

One of my clients bought a Ford pickup, then replaced stuff with all the aftermarket Lincoln parts (who knew there were Lincoln pickup trucks!) and now he drives a Lincoln!

Comment: Re:Agree??? (Score 1) 86

by Reziac (#49151883) Attached to: The Only Constant is Change

And thank you for that. I found beta unusable (and unreadable unless I turned CSS off). I'da hated to give up on.... good gods, 17 years I've been here??! the site is older than some of its users!

One thing that comes to mind on this 'new' look is make sure you check how it behaves at very large font sizes (which a lot of low-vision folks do use) and not necessarily an ultra-wide screen. Right now the Search box winds up overlaying part of the top menu.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 280

by Reziac (#49148859) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

No doubt so, but how about the cost of operations in rough country with poor access, where going in on foot is feasible (witness the illegals crossing it) but patrolling in ground vehicles is not?

Hence I think the real comparison should be: How does the cost of using a drone compare to the cost of using a helicopter in those same areas? I'd guess the drone is significantly cheaper.

Second, how long does it take a drone to patrol, compared to a manned ground vehicle in the same area? What's the total patrol cost per hour for drone vs 4x4?? (Don't forget to factor in the cost of the 4x4 as well as for the drone.) In rough country, a drone (or helicopter) can get an overview in a few minutes, but a ground vehicle might be forced to wind back and forth for an hour to reach the same point (and might still not get a view of the ravines). If patrolling a given area takes the drone ten minutes and the 4x4 an hour, which one is more cost effective?

How does it affect man-hours? The patrol is generally two men, while the drone only needs its operator.

How does all this affect insurance rates on their various equipment? Do reduced hours in use also reduce rates on 4x4s and such? (Certainly it will reduce maintenance costs.)

Lots of factors to consider, not just 'dollars per arrest'. We need to see spreadsheets and balance columns, not assumptions.

Comment: Re:Fad Ahead? (Score 1) 129

by Reziac (#49144601) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

Not lying, but your average tyro is not going to achieve that. Like the guys on that beekeeper forum said, a single super might produce anywhere from 3 to 20 pounds. But the location and climate need to be optimized. City flora are hardly ideal, and your bees need to be where the nectar is. Where I worked (this was a pro operation, these guys did bees for a living) the supers were on the heavy end, but those bees were taken out to the orchards and buckwheat, or even out of state as conditions might dictate. They didn't make do with whatever the hell was growing around 'em.

(Buckwheat honey, gag. Most of that got exported.)

Comment: Re:Fad Ahead? (Score 1) 129

by Reziac (#49142829) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

It wouldn't be gallons; it would be a few quarts. A lot of the interior of the hive is space for the bees to move around. Figure maybe a third or at most half the volume of the super (the part with honey-laden comb in it) is honey.

http://www.beesource.com/forum...

I used to work in for a beekeeper, mostly building hives and extracting honey.

Education

Ask Slashdot: Terminally Ill - What Wisdom Should I Pass On To My Geek Daughter? 698

Posted by Soulskill
from the f*#&-cancer dept.
An anonymous reader writes: I am a scientist and educator who has been enjoying and learning from Slashdot since the late 90s. Now I come to you, my geek brothers and sisters, for help. I've been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which you will remember is what took Steve Jobs and Randy Pausch from us. My condition is incurable. Palliative chemotherapy may delay the inevitable, but a realistic assessment suggests that I have anywhere from two to six months of "quality" time left, and likely not more than a year in total.

I am slowly coming to terms with my imminent death, but what bothers me most is that I will be leaving my wife alone, and that my daughter will have to grow up without her father. She is in sixth grade, has an inquisitive and sharp mind, and is interested in science and music. She seems well on the path to becoming a "girl geek" like her mother, an outcome I'd welcome.

Since I will not be around for all of the big events in her life, I am going to create a set of video messages for her that she can watch at those important times or just when she's having a bad day. I would like to do this before my condition progresses to the point that I am visibly ill, so time is short.

In the videos I will make clear how much I treasure the time we've spent together and the wonderful qualities I see in her. What other suggestions do you have? What did you need to hear at the different stages of your life? What wisdom would have been most helpful to you? At what times did you especially need the advice of a parent? And especially for my geek sisters, how can I help her navigate the unique issues faced by girls and women in today's world?

Please note that I'm posting anonymously because I don't want this to be about me. I'd prefer that the focus be on my daughter and how I can best help her. Thank you so much for your help.
Cellphones

Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone 134

Posted by Soulskill
from the must-donate-kidney-to-keep-tablet dept.
schwit1 sends this report from the Washington Post: Cellphones didn't just arrive in Pakistan. But someone could be fooled into thinking otherwise, considering the tens of millions of Pakistanis pouring into mobile phone stores these days. In one of the world's largest — and fastest — efforts to collect biometric information, Pakistan has ordered cellphone users to verify their identities through fingerprints for a national database being compiled to curb terrorism. If they don't, their service will be shut off, an unthinkable option for many after a dozen years of explosive growth in cellphone usage here.

Prompted by concerns about a proliferation of illegal and untraceable SIM cards, the directive is the most visible step so far in Pakistan's efforts to restore law and order after Taliban militants killed 150 students and teachers at a school in December. Officials said the six terrorists who stormed the school in Peshawar were using cellphones registered to one woman who had no obvious connection to the attackers.

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 532

by Reziac (#49101681) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

I would hazard that phytoestrogens outmass human-type estrogen by many orders of magnitude. Most plants produce phytoestrogens, and some in huge quantities (notably flax and soybeans).

I would guess that the environmental types have not bothered to distinguish which they're measuring, even if the massively-diluted quantity suffices to do anything (other than be marketable in homeopathy).

Comment: Re:That's a stretch (Score 1) 266

by Reziac (#49101607) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs

Well, here's a question I haven't heard addressed yet:

Did Sony actually know it was spyware when it shipped? Or did they trust what the program's owners said about it?

This is how Superfish markets itself (filched from their website):
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"Superïsh delivers the true promise of visual search. Our patented image-to-image search technology analyzes images from every angle and perspective. The deep data algorithm searches thru millions of possible matches, then ranks and prioritizes your results. This process provides results that are based on how you see things, rather than how you describe them. See why millions of consumers use our visual search technology to find what they are looking for."
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Combine this great-sounding ad copy with a significant cut of revenues (I'd guess Sony's cut was around 30%) and it's an easy sell as preinstalled software. It's pretty obvious from the ad copy that Superrfish is not concerned about presenting their stuff honestly.

No doubt this is exactly how it was presented to Sony's suits. And the suits may have believed it without reservation, and without consulting any either an in-house or independent expert. If so, that's ignorance, but it's not willful wrongdoing.

Comment: Re:But, but, you're using logic and science (Score 1) 328

by Reziac (#49081765) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

But is this 0.05% "effects generally start to be seen" or "rare/low-body-mass individuals start to be affected" ??

And yeah, I expect a good head cold, especially if doped up on various OTC drugs, is more of a downgrade than are a couple beers. And there used to be an OTC drug cocktail that worked great against flu symptoms, but it also made you like passing-out drunk.

Breadth-first search is the bulldozer of science. -- Randy Goebel

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