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Comment: Re:Some thoughts (Score 1) 635

by NeoTron (#47912657) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

We know for a fact that on average it is not colder

According to this graph, the South Pole is in fact getting colder :

So please explain to me how one can conclude that a negative trend in temperature can possibly be construed as warming up.

Comment: Re:From my experience (Score 3, Interesting) 191

by NeoTron (#47744203) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?
I lived in Japan for 6 years, in Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture, and went through the Magnitude 9 quake on the 11th March 2011.

I'll second everything you said, with the addition of;

-- A generator if the power is cut off (luckily the power stayed on after that quake [ VERY luckily!])
-- Some gerry cans filled with gasoline [ with a regime of fuel rotation to keep the gas fresh ]
      as you need fuel for the genny.

-- Keep your vehicle fuel tanks filled to the top - you might have to evacuate the area [ my house was 33 miles
      from the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant that went FOOM! ]
-- If you do live nearby by a nuclear power plant, get a Geiger counter [ bought one after the aforementioned BANG ]

-- Don't live nearby the sea [ Koriyama is smack bang in the middle of Japan and the scale of tsunami required to reach
        there from the ocean would be so great that the cause of the tsunami (quake, asteroid, whatever) would render any
        preparation or plans irrelevant anyway ]
-- Don't live at a low elevation, because even if you're some miles inland a tsunami can still get at you [ as happened in Japan ]
-- This includes not living nearby a river that runs to the sea for obvious reasons

Oh, and I moved me and mine back to my native Scotland - good, solid, ancient and most importantly, inert land.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

Comment: URGENT NEWSFLASH (Score 1) 258

by NeoTron (#45187647) Attached to: Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...
After an apt-get upgrade on my Debian Jessie/Sid workstation, I discovered to my dismay that the eric5 IDE segfaulted when I tried to run it this morning.

After an extensive Google trawl (like it took 30 seconds!) I managed to find a solution, which was to apt-build install python-qscintilla2.

A short while later, after I installed the newly-rebuilt packages, eric5 happily began to run again, and all was well with the Universe.

(well, that was FAR more interesting than this supposed \. news item - which was apparently a load of crap seeing as Facebook is behaving as expected, as I write this)

Comment: Re:One request (Score 1) 1191

by NeoTron (#45013457) Attached to: Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)
This new layout is absolutely SHITE.

Please read the immense amount of comments about it.

Seriously, this site will cease to have readership if you decide to go ahead with this - it's nothing more than the (shite) layout but green, for starters, and don't get me started on the non-fluid layout.

Whoever came up with this abomination needs a kick in the balls. Then fired. Then kicked in the balls again. Then when they're down, let the rest of the readership at them with pitchforks and burning torches.

Don't do it. I repeat, DO NOT USE THIS PILE OF SHITE.

+ - X11RDP-o-Matic V3.0 Released->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "X11RDP-o-Matic is a suite of two utilities, one automatically downloads, compiles, installs, and configures xrdp and the X11rdp back-end, for Debian-based distributions. It's even known to work on the Raspberry Pi. The other tool is for configuring the desktop environment a user gets after they log in via RDP. Today sees its v3.0 release with a new feature — it'll package xrdp and X11rdp into .debs, making it very useful for deploying over multiple Linux-based RDP servers. If you've been finding that manually compiling X11rdp is a real bane, this tool takes all that pain away."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Damn the arrogance, damn the arrogants (Score 2) 282

by NeoTron (#39503071) Attached to: Japan's Damaged Reactor Has High Radiation, No Water
Wow. It's quite apparent that you're the insane one.

>>Geothermal is not clean power. Crap comes out of the vents and must be disposed of.

Perhaps you should take a trip on the Azuma Sky Line road, and view the constantly venting poisonous gases spewing out the top of the mountain there. I have.

Perhaps you should visit the Hakone region, and take the rope-way (cable car) over the open sulphur mines there, looking at the poisonous fumes reeking from that. I have.

And then when you reach the visitor's centre at the top, observe the sign which tells you to be aware of the Hydrogen Sulphide gas around, and to escape if you hear the gas alarm, and which also informs you of the smell of the gas and how damaging it can get in higher concentrations - fatal at the highest. I have.

There are many places in Japan where volcanic venting of gas occurs completely naturally, and out of control of humans.

Your "argument" about Geothermal is null and void.

It looks like you haven't got the slightest clue about geothermal energy, and are spouting Greenie propaganda from some leaflet you were handed one day or just happened to read on a web page.

>>>The solution is to move manufacturing out of Japan, it makes no sense there anyway as you can't help but put a manufacturing plant close to where people live.<<<

WTF. You clearly have no grasp on reality. Which country would you displace all your manufacturing capability in? What happens to the people who previously worked in Japan? How are people in Japan going to make a living once you moved all manufacturing out of it? And so on...

Clearly, utterly fuckwitted.

Comment: Re:Damn the arrogance, damn the arrogants (Score 4, Interesting) 282

by NeoTron (#39494849) Attached to: Japan's Damaged Reactor Has High Radiation, No Water
I live in Japan, my house in Koriyama is just 33 miles (about 58 kilometers) due west of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. My Japanese in-laws have a remote mountain house "2nd home" just 21km (1km outside the exclusion zone) in Tamura city where myself, my wife and son lived for a year and a bit before moving to Koriyama.

I completely and utterly agree with what you said, and well said it was too.

It's not the nuclear technology that's wrong, it's the people in charge of running it who are entirely at fault for what happened. The Error Cascade is monumental for Daiichi - not placing the emergency generators up the nearby hill behind the plant, for example.Ignoring people who have been stating for years if not decades, that a 14 meter+ tsunami was more than likely in that area (and others), is another.

There are ancient stone markers all around the coastal areas of Japan, on high ground, left there by previous generations of Japanese, all saying things like "do not build below this level".

And yet, they did. And this is what happens, and their coastal cities and towns get washed away by massive tsunami. And they're planning on rebuilding homes, towns, and cities on the very places that got inundated by tsunami.

After 5+ years of living in this country, I've come to the conclusion that Japan is like a real life gigantic game of Lemmings. If the quakes and tsunami don't get you, then the volcanoes, sulphur gas, flooding, landslides, avalanches, and typhoons will.

But I still agree with you 100% though that civilization cannot live without the energy provided by nuclear power stations, and that's including the Japanese. They just need to re-think the design and layout of any new nuclear plants they might build in the future.

And for those who proclaim that wind and solar are the answer - your grasp of reality is severely depleted. I can see great potential for Japan to use its Geothermal resources, but wind and solar do NOT have the capability to offer a stable and reliable energy supply for a country like Japan, nor do they have the energy density required to supply the cities and towns of that country.

Comment: Re:Sorry, you lose (Score -1, Flamebait) 1367

by NeoTron (#38852705) Attached to: Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ
Good old slashdot. Overridden by AGW Chicken Littles and shills, it seems.

So one person cites 16k scientists as supporting The Sky Is Falling! theory.

And the parent above replies with a citation of 37k against it, and gets marked as flamebait? Incredible.

In a different post, recently, I did an experiment, and found that on Slashdot it's OK to smear skeptics as DENIERS, but you get marked as troll if you call those people assholes. Very suspicious, and quite obvious that this site really is overrun by the Chicken Littles.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins