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Comment: Re:Do they know more than they let on? (Score 1) 121

by Kiffer (#47803373) Attached to: New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

isnt this what happened in pompeii?

No. Pompeii was destroyed by a pyroclastic flow, which is only a danger in the immediate vicinity of the eruption. The danger from Yellowstone is that it could blanket much of the continent with ash.

Well... my understanding is that Pompeii was covered in hot falling ash over a period of about 6 hours, Herculaneum was hit by pyroclastic flows.


Comment: Re:Also, this means... (Score 2) 274

by Kiffer (#46864255) Attached to: Male Scent Molecules May Be Compromising Biomedical Research

State Dependent Memory.

If you learn to play while drunk you improve your skills while drunk but not while sober.
In order to be good while sober you need to learn while sober.
The fun part is that you learn lots of things while in different states.
You learn to do something only while heavily caffeinated/drunk/high? Then it only comes to you easily while you are caffeinated, drunk or high...
Caffeine and coding.
Drink and darts.

Comment: Re: Basci inerview tips (Score 3, Insightful) 218

by Kiffer (#46552987) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Re-Learning How To Interview As a Developer?

... if someone tells you something is broken don't tell them that it was working earlier, say "I'll find out what's happening and get back to you ASAP" and maybe something like "... I should have been notified if it was a server crash, hopefully it's not too serious and we can get everything back in order a soon as possible, to minimise the downtime".

Never tell someone who comes to you with a problem that there is/was no problem.

Comment: Re:Any of you with the same problem had funny ones (Score 1) 388

by Kiffer (#45929233) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

And finally, I might have missed a good networking opportunity and party when I decided not to print out the invitation and go to a reunion for some M.Scs that had graduated before my parents had even met....

I just wonder what the legal implications would be if I "played along" for a while. Could I have plausible deniability by pretending to be a little obtuse and thinking that the e-mails really were meant for me...

Always go to things you are invited to!
Do not pretend to be the person though :)

Comment: Re:This happens to me a lot... (Score 1) 388

by Kiffer (#45929223) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

Always, always respond to them.
Always be nice about it.
Well... last year I got yet another misaddressed email, and as usual I responded to it and the situation snowballed and some lovely people had a whip around and flew me from Ireland to Boston to go to the party to which they had accidentally invited me...
Luckily I had a visa waiver still in place and had some spare vacation days...
One of the craziest things to ever happen to me... I'm hard pressed to think of anything crazier. I met one of the fellows with the same name as me, ate some good food, met some great people...
Thanks guys!

I was logged in! honest I was!
The trip to Boston was great, I don't think I've ever felt so lucky or grateful...
I see lots of people here saying things like "if it's not for you it's spam" and "log in to the service, change their password and change the email address"...
To be honest I think these are jerk ass moves.
If it's an honest mistake then you should try to help the person out.
If it's important then you would want them to help you.
Sure it's not a mistake you might make but you make other mistakes in life and it's handy when people catch them before the shit hits the fan...
and not in a "Ha Ha! you made a mistake and now I can make you look bad" kind of way but in a "uh oh, this guy dropped his wallet with the only pictures of someone important, I'd better get it back to him"...
There is always something that you'll need help with.

Comment: Re:We could not make them (Score 1) 514

by Kiffer (#45905421) Attached to: Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Fewer people needed, fewer people killed and less resource with each iteration.

Each cuise missile costs US$1,410,000
The battle ship to launch it from cost money and resources too...
The cost of taking out that building with a cruise missile is say 1.5 million dollars.

1 building.
And the missile can't decide just before it blows up "oh crap our intelligence was bad! This is a school!" but a team of humans can.

Comment: Re:Retire at 20 (Score 1) 358

by Kiffer (#41899795) Attached to: Should a Teenage Entrepreneur Sell Out To Facebook?

set for life means not having to work a job.

Not having to work does not mean not working, it means that you have the freedom to take risk-free risks...
Let's say he takes the money plays with some of it (new car, puts aside money for a degree) and puts most of it in some sort of investment, and ends up with 100k a year after tax.
He's 19, he can now go out secure in the knowledge that any project he takes on will not ruin him.
Start a new company, go looking for venture capital, spend the year networking, new company fails?
Damn... oh well looks like he still has a solid enough income to just try again.
Spend the Summer chasing tail coming up with a new idea, try again in the winter, fail.
Try again in spring, oh this time it worked, made another load of cash.

Set for life does not, should not mean never working again, it means having such an amazing safety net that even when you fail you are still able to live well enough to try again with out the danger of losing you home, having trouble affording food, ending up back in your parents basement in your 30s.

Comment: Re:exponential version growth (Score 4, Informative) 309

by Kiffer (#38642732) Attached to: 5th Edition of <em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons</em> Announced

I have a copy of (most of) 0th edition at home (the "little brown books" that came out before Basic).

And if it's made from animal hide, it's vellum, not parchment.

parchment = skin (of various animals).
vellum = high quality skin (of various animals).


Comment: Re:Yet another piece of junk science ... (Score 5, Funny) 344

by Kiffer (#38183076) Attached to: The Science of Humor

Clearly you don't read enough bash.org


  I swear to god
  I've just heard a duck tell a joke
  there was as group of ducks on a pond near where i live
  one of the ducks was quacking away looking straight at a group of like 10 ducks
  then he stopped and all the other ducks went mental


The Best Near-Term Future of Space Exploration? 444

Posted by Soulskill
from the resources-beyond-imagining dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Much fanfare has been made about manned missions to moons and planets, but little has been done about travel to the asteroids — until now. NASA is working on plans for a trip to the asteroids by 2025. This type of mission has great potential for positive economic return based on the fact that no effort has to be spent on getting in and out of a distant planet's gravity well. Yes, we should go to the planets, but we should master mining the asteroid belt for resources first because it is easiest. What do you think?"

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.