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Comment: Re: Cost savings (Score 5, Insightful) 104

by NoMaster (#49134103) Attached to: Argonne National Laboratory Shuts Down Online Ask a Scientist Program

Simple web app: $1000
Shared web hosting: $50/yr
Managing a pool of postgrads, postdocs, researchers, and other subject matter experts to answer children's questions while fending off the Creationists, Tea-Partiers, and other assorted nutjobs who insist on being given equal access and status to teach the Truth to counter the Liberal Ivory-Tower Acedemic lies? Priceless...

Comment: Re:Horribly misleading summary (Score 1) 675

by NoMaster (#49109387) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge


Not being an American, I have few preconceptions about Bill Nye* - the little I know of him is entirely from the occasional comment on the internet, and I think I the only time I've ever seen him was in an epsiode of Stargate - but the summary is basically manipulative outrage-clickbait.

Read The Fine Article, people - or forever remain Slashdot Sheeple...

(*I did wonder why you all mispronounced his name just to make it fit into a little rhyme, and now I know.)

Comment: Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 1) 370

by NoMaster (#49034725) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Given that Free TV Australia's 'standard'* for HbbTV here** specifically allows HbbTV apps to insert their own ads when 3rd-party content is being viewed, I suspect either:
(a) Samsung trod on the network's toes by rolling out firmware which conflicted with 9Jumpin / Plus7 / TENplay / SBS On Demand's own plans for ad-insertion, or
(b) It's all part of the network's plans - but Samsung jumped the gun.

* quotes because it's a self-policed industry / lobby group agreement, not a standard standard...
** a.k.a. "FreeviewPlus"

Comment: Re:The mythbusters need to test this now! (Score 4, Informative) 378

by NoMaster (#48930935) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Why, when the funny version is available on YouTube?

A local one from the other week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVEkK_ZhKQo

The local intelligentsia have been doing this on and off since at least 2008:

Comment: Re: Minor setback (Score 1) 213

by NoMaster (#48783525) Attached to: SpaceX Rocket Launch Succeeds, But Landing Test Doesn't

Also, never mind the fact that the tanks were built as thin and as lightweight as possible, so had they been pressurized and converted into living spaces, they would have provided little to no shielding against space debris or radiation. Also, never mind the fact that by definition they were almost empty after launch, so you would still need to haul up all the fittings, equipment, furniture, etc... that you would need to stick inside them.

Also, never mind the fact that it was one of the options seriously considered for what became Skylab...

Comment: Re: Hitler and the NAZIs were so stupid. (Score 2) 292

Actually, it's an acronym for NAtionale soZIalist, the political party.

Actually, it's a contraction, German style.

Actually, it's neither; it's the first two syllables of "Nationalsozialistische" (i.e. 'Na-tzi-o-naal...'), with more than a bit of Austro-Bavarian baggage attached...

Comment: Re:What can I really do with these things? (Score 0) 81

by NoMaster (#48710101) Attached to: Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs

The sad thing is that, for a fraction of the price of a BeagleBone Black, you could've built the whole thing out of standard logic chips.

It would've worked better, been much more immune to errors (e.g. who wins - the person who pressed first, or the person who's I/O pin/port is scanned first? What happens when 2 people press between port reads? etc.), and everyone would've learned something about both electronics and logic, not just programming.

Comment: Re:Innovative sheepdips (Score 3, Informative) 91

Yes. I remember the lawsuit.

Apparently only the Ars hackjob version, or similar stories.

The Wikipedia section is a reasonable rundown, athough it's not entirely accurate - it skips over some of the early history (like the initial 1992/1993 Australian patent/update), mentions nothing about the patent's acceptance into the 802.11 patent pool, skips quite a bit between the development of 802.11a and the patent lawsuit, and slightly misrepresents the state of Radiata at the time of the lawsuits...

Comment: Re:Innovative sheepdips (Score 3, Informative) 91

I am one of the authors of 802.11 and 802.16 that both use OFDM.

Then you would (or should) know that the CSIRO patent is specifically about dealing with interference caused by short-delay local multipath reflections in OFDM systems, not OFDM itself.

And you would know (or should be able to find out) when it was initially accepted into the IEEE patent pool for 802.11. Hint: it was right near the beginning, predating the parts of the standard that use the techniques by many years...

Comment: Re:10 years ago on Slashdot (Score 3, Interesting) 222

by NoMaster (#48606939) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

You seem to have a low threshold for disagreement, if you consider pointing out that a site with multiple anti-Obama, anti-government, and anti-Democrat pop-ups, advertisements, and articles might be a little bit biased to be "attack[ing] the messenger". Adding a little melodramatic sigh afterwards doesn't bolster your argument.

Apart from that, you still seem a little confused between 'local' vs 'global', and 'weather' vs 'climate' - not to mention how to interpret both graphs and what I wrote. And you vastly underestimate the amount, quality, and coverage of storm data available since at least the 1950's (if not much earlier).

But, y'know, if you want to come back with an understanding of global climate rather than a pre-packaged anecdote-based opinion of one aspect of local weather, I'm sure you'll find someone to discuss it with you.

Comment: Re:10 years ago on Slashdot (Score 2) 222

by NoMaster (#48606357) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Today, 10 years since that discussion, we are living through a 30 year low hurricane-frequency.

Well, that's certainly a reliable source. I'm surprised they didn't try to blame it on Obama...

But OK, so hurricane frequency is at a 30 year low in America. World-wide, hurricanes, cyclones, & similar category 3+ storms are at a 40+ year high.

Comment: Re:The Fossile Fuel Advocates can fuck off! (Score 1) 401

by NoMaster (#48593025) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

I'm getting tired of the anti-intellectualism here on Slashdot.

Want to know Slashdot's dirty little secret?

It's always been an intellectual vacuum for anything other than IT - and even in that case it's always been poisoned by ideological zealotry.

Not that the rest of the internet is much better; the only thing that changes from site to site is the focus of interest...

Oh, so there you are!