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Comment Even doctors can't tell! (Score 1) 39

In the mid-19th century, researchers claimed they could tell the sex of an individual just by looking at their disembodied brain.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Now that brain that you gave me. Was it Hans Delbruck's?

Igor: No.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Ah! Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in?

Igor: Then you won't be angry?

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.

Igor: Abby someone.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Abby someone. Abby who?

Igor: Abby... Normal.

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Abby Normal?

Igor: I'm almost sure that was the name.

Comment Re:IT workers shouldn't freelance (Score 1) 137

it is easily possible to do testing on live systems safely with proper coordination between the development and IT operations teams and a modicum of competence on both sides.

Go back and read the original. There was no coordination. Dev did what they wanted without notifying anyone they were doing anything, taking down the live environment. And that's what dev would do every time, as they hate ops asking them to not break everything else so they could do a test.

Comment Re:AGW deniers... (Score 1) 208

Here's the tide gauge for Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshal Islands. It looks like it was put in in 1946 or 1947. Since then there's been over 6 inches of SLR in the Marshalls. 6 inches vertical rise means many feet of horizontal spread. When your maximum elevation is about 6 feet all it takes is a large king tide or major storm surge to wash over the islands.

In looking at the graph it has dropped quite a bit in the past year. I believe that is because of the El Nino which pushes more water toward the Eastern Pacific. If you look back in the graph there were big drops in the 1997/1998 and 1982/1983 which also were strong El Nino years.

Comment Re:Foolish... (Score 1) 138

Plus it's not a bad idea to go 64-bit clean on Linux installations if possible as if one doesn't force 64-bit clean, over time and installing additional software often the box becomes a polluted mess of 32 bit and 64 bit programs and libraries. Better to drop 32 bit altogether if it's practical.

Comment Re: Don't hold your breath (Score 1) 201

There was also probably something of a monopoly mindset where foreign brands by and large were a lot less available and not desirable by American standards (small, slow, etc).

That was the case before 1975, sure. After that, the Japanese brands became the ones everyone wanted; they were faster, nicer, had better fuel economy, lasted far far far longer, kept their resale better, were better looking, etc. The American brands finally started catching up in the late 90s or so.

The American companies have had literally decades to get their act together.

It's funny, but I've heard horror stories about Mercedes reliability and few positive things about Audi. BMW I hear mixed bag stories -- expensive to maintain, but not completely unreliable, either. My wife and I owned a VW Jetta 20 years ago that was junk.

High-end German cars are indeed infamous for outrageous repair costs. They're really just status symbols. If you want serious reliability, you want a Japanese-made car. It's been this way for a long time. Even VWs are known to have problems, especially the Mexican-made ones.

We've had excellent luck with Honda, but my understanding is they've had their own problems -- "a quart of oil a month is normal"

How old? The Hondas of the 90s were some of the most bulletproof cars ever made. I think they've lost some of their luster since then, but that's probably more because other brands have caught up a lot. I had two 90s-era Hondas and those things never burned oil.

Comment Re:...would smell as shitty as any browser (Score 2) 106

If you allow everything by default, you're not going to get any benefit from it whatsoever. You might as well just use uBlock Origin so you avoid all the ads, but it also allows a lot of other BS (tracking scripts and such) which NoScript blocks.

It'd be nice to see something more like uBlock, or maybe have uBlock extended to do this, where it also blocks all the tracking crap, autoplaying videos, etc., using a curated blacklist. There are some things out there like Ghostery, but they're not trustworthy since they're run or funded by the ad companies.

Comment Use computers instead? (Score 1) 158

Since the randomness or "fairness" of dice is completely dependent on how accurately they're made and balanced, which is pretty hard to do for a manufactured product (there's always a slight bit of variation), wouldn't it make more sense to just dump dice altogether, and use a computer? You could even have an Arduino or other microcontroller-powered handheld device, using a random number generator to "roll" a number when a button is pressed.

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer