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Comment: Re:So what, the DC are gonna be gatekeepers now ? (Score 1) 188

If you don't know the full extent of the law you are neither free nor safe.

There's plenty of laws to do with operating vehicles; when you do the theory part of the driving test you learn those. There's plenty of laws to do with dealing in real estate; you'll learn them when training for the job or to pass the necessary certificate.

If you're not in the business of selling houses and just walking down the street then it's simple. Don't punch anyone in the nads, don't take anything that belongs to someone else and don't block other people - stuff you should have learned when you were in kindergarten.

Don't believe everything you hear on Fox news.

United Kingdom

World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK 172

Posted by samzenpus
from the power-up dept.
AmiMoJo writes Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK. The six lagoons — four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria — will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines. The series of six lagoons could generate 8% of the UK's electricity for an investment of £12bn. Tidal Lagoon Power wants £168 per MWh hour for electricity in Swansea, reducing to £90-£95 per MWh for power from a second, more efficient lagoon in Cardiff. The £90 figure compares favorably with the £92.50 price for power from the planned Hinkley nuclear station, especially as the lagoon is designed to last 120 years — at a much lower risk than nuclear. Unlike power from the sun and wind, tidal power is predictable. Turbines capture energy from two incoming and two outgoing tides a day, and are expected to be active for an average of 14 hours a day. Friends of the Earth Cymru, said the group is broadly in favor of the Swansea lagoon.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 1) 490

Boko Haram are active in Chad. Chad borders Libya, where ISIS operate. Iran is currently in the way between ISIS and the Taliban, but it's debatable whether that makes things better or worse. It's not like two apparent enemies haven't attacked a third party before.

The world's smaller than you think.


ISIS Threatens Life of Twitter Founder After Thousands of Account Suspensions 490

Posted by samzenpus
from the dont-let-the-door-hit-you-on-the-way-out dept.
Patrick O'Neill writes After a wave of account bannings that marks Twitter's most aggressive move ever against ISIS, new images circulated from militants shows founder Jack Dorsey in crosshairs with the caption "Twitter, you started this war." The famously tech-savy ISIS has met a number of defeats on American-built social media recently with sites like Twitter and YouTube banning the group's efforts in unprecedented numbers.

One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet 188

Posted by Soulskill
from the emotional-investment-in-nouns dept.
sarahnaomi writes: Most of us grew up believing that tiny, distant Pluto was the outermost planet in our solar system. Then, one day, the scientific powers that be decreed that it wasn't. But it seems the matter is far from settled. David Weintraub—who describes Pluto's exile as a stunt organized by a "very small clique of Pluto-haters"—would have the dwarf world rejoin the ranks of our Solar System's fully-fledged planets today. But solid evidence that Pluto deserves the title may come in July, when NASA's New Horizons spacecraft slingshots around the icy rock and sends us back a detailed picture of its composition. Pluto's planethood was revoked by majority vote on the final day of the 2006 IAU conference. Over 2,500 astronomers attended the meeting throughout the week, but only 394 votes ultimately decided Pluto's fate: 237 in favor of demoting the planet and 157 against.

Comment: Re:Whiteboards and whiteboarding are a bad idea. (Score 1) 162

by Hognoxious (#49155131) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Whiteboard Substitutes For Distributed Teams?

A picture is worth a thousand words

I once got a bug report. It consisted of nothing but four screenshots:
screen 1701 with field alpha having a value of foo
screen 2303 with field bravo having a value of bar
screen 1701 with field alpha having a value of baz
screen 2303 with field bravo having a value of qux.

After much faffing and false starts (and eventually talking to someone else other than the submitter) it turned out that when they change field charlie on screen 666 it should change field alpha on 1701.

How many words were those pictures worth? Zero, maybe less.

In case of injury notify your superior immediately. He'll kiss it and make it better.