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Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought 451

Posted by timothy
from the even-superer dept.
drewtheman writes "New studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. University of Utah research professor of geophysics Robert Smith led four separate studies that verify a plume of hot and molten rock at least 410 miles deep that rises at an angle from the northwest."

Comment: Re:It's this kind of attitude... (Score 1) 671

by PTFD5023 (#30373702) Attached to: Google CEO Says Privacy Worries Are For Wrongdoers

I could not agree more. I have struggled with depression for many years; as anyone who has can tell you, some days are better than others. Once, during a very low point in my life, I left work a couple hours early (told them I was sick), went to the bar and had a couple beers, then planned to commit suicide. Obviously in my line of work, this is something that I really needed to keep to myself.

Anyway, it eventually came out what had happened. Never mind the fact that I was ready to off myself (I had the knife blade against my wrists), they focused on the fact that I abused sick time by claiming to be sick, then going drinking. Lost my job, lost a lot of "friends", and my wife left me. So much for "through sickness and health".

The point is, there are many reasons to want to hide search results.

Comment: Re:Dear Mister Lawyer.... STFU... Thanks. (Score 1) 735

by PTFD5023 (#30277246) Attached to: Should You Be Paid For Being On Call?

Eh, have to disagree with you about firefighters just sitting around, waiting for work. Maybe that's true in dedicated engine houses, but if your company also runs EMS, believe me, you don't wait too long for work to show up.

I work 24 hours on, then 48 hours off. During those 24 hours on duty, I will run an average of 10 - 12 calls... and that's just medical.

As has already been said, this lawyer can STFU.

Classic Games (Games)

A Look Back At Star Raiders 104

Posted by Soulskill
from the xwing-fans-take-note dept.
blacklily8 writes "Gamasutra has just published our history of Doug Neubauer's Star Raiders, a 1979 game for the Atari 8-bit that offered 'high-speed first-person perspective through a fully navigable 3D-like environment in just 8K of RAM (memory) and 8K of ROM (storage).' Designed by the creator of the Atari's POKEY chip, Star Raiders was a hit on its home platform but now seems to have fallen into obscurity: 'Star Raiders is a shining example of what happens when a developer is told that something can't be done, does it anyway, and then is promptly forgotten for having done it.' In addition to describing the game itself, the article focuses on its impact on later games such as Wing Commander, X-Wing, and Elite."

Comment: Re:Passengers? (Score 1) 225

by PTFD5023 (#28438799) Attached to: Watch TV On Your Satnav

Suspending a driver's license isn't going to stop people from being stupid. When I worked in dispatch and an officer arrested someone for DUI, we could put the license suspension into the computer right away so if the vehicle's plate was run (or any vehicle showing as registered to the drunk driver) a warning would come up on the officer's MDT showing that the person was under suspension.

I had a guy from Indiana who we popped for DUI. Because we are in Ohio, the warning only shows up in Ohio's systems (it gets entered as a warrant, but with a big warning at the top of the screen that says it's not basis to arrest). This clown went back home to Indiana, told the BMV that he lost his license, and they gave him a new one. He just about shit his pants when he came back to get his car and ran into me at the window, considering I was the one who put his license suspension in.

The final way to show that license suspensions don't work? An agency to the south of us stopped a vehicle because the suspension warning came up on their MDT. Pulled the car over (he had other reasons to stop the car anyway), and found that the driver was intoxicated. Looking closer at the suspension information, this person had been arrested only a few hours earlier for DUI. If someone wants to drive, and ignore the law, they are going to drive, whether they have a valid license or not.

Comment: Re:Michigan is fucked (Score 3, Informative) 717

by PTFD5023 (#28344221) Attached to: Broke Counties Turn Failing Roads To Gravel

A few years ago I ran EMS in Monroe County. Depending on where the call was, your choices were either (poorly maintained) paved road, gravel road, or dirt road. In some cases, it was actually preferable to go down the gravel or dirt roads... if you weren't 100% sure on an address, you could just look for the dust clouds from the first responders' vehicles. Some of the "paved" roads actually rode worse than the other roads, it got to the point where if you were trying to start an IV while going down the road, you had to time the bumps in the road with your needle stick.

Comment: Re:Most records are worthless anyway (Score 1) 406

by PTFD5023 (#28214641) Attached to: Hospital Turns Away Ambulances When Computers Go Down

About 10 years ago when my wife & I moved into the new house, we decided to put up a satellite dish rather than going with cable. My dad helped me, and one of the tools we used was an old level that belonged to his grandfather. This heavy, iron level had its year of manufacture (1893) stamped into it, and it worked just as well today as it did when it was first made.

Personally, I like the idea of using a piece of equipment that is over 100 years old to set up a satellite dish. The irony aside, how much of our tools and equipment will be around 100 years from now, let alone still be operational?

Comment: Re:Nurse != Secretary (Score 1) 406

by PTFD5023 (#28214565) Attached to: Hospital Turns Away Ambulances When Computers Go Down

I think this has more to do with Management not being able to properly bill insurance companies. Because profit is more important than human lives.

You would be surprised how often this happens. Before moving into the public service arena, I worked for a hospital-run ambulance service. I often went round and round with management because I didn't obtain complete insurance information (never mind the fact that they could get it out of the computer, and I was too busy taking care of the patient to worry about extra paperwork).

I ended up resigning when our chart review was based more on insurance billing information and whether we did extra billable procedures rather than the quality of our patient care.

Communications

45-Year-Old Modem Used To Surf the Web 622

Posted by timothy
from the cool-wooden-case dept.
EdIII writes with this awesome snippet from Hack a Day: "'[phreakmonkey] got his hands on a great piece of old tech. It's a 1964 Livermore Data Systems Model A Acoustic Coupler Modem. He recieved it in 1989 and recently decided to see if it would actually work. It took some digging to find a proper D25 adapter and even then the original serial adapter wasn't working because the oscillator depends on the serial voltage. He dials in and connects at 300baud. Then logs into a remote system and fires up lynx to load Wikipedia. Lucky for [phreakmonkey] they managed to decide on a modulation standard in 1962. It's still amazing to see this machine working 45 years later.' Although impractical for surfing the Internet today, there is something truly cool about getting a 45-year old modem to work with modern technology. The question I have, is what is the oldest working piece of equipment fellow Slashdotters have out there? I'm afraid as far back as I can go is a Number Nine Imagine 128 Series 2 Graphics card on a server still in use at my house which only puts me at about 14 years."
Google

Google Earth Raises Discrimination Issue In Japan 457

Posted by kdawson
from the outsourcing-the-risk-and-appropriating-the-benefit dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Times (UK) reports that by allowing old maps to be overlaid on satellite images of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, Google has unwittingly created a visual tool that has prolonged an ancient discrimination, says a lobbying group established to protect the human rights of three million burakumin, members of the sub-class condemned by the old feudal system in Japan to unclean jobs associated with death and dirt. 'We tend to think of maps as factual, like a satellite picture, but maps are never neutral, they always have a certain point of view,' says David Rumsey, a US map collector. Some Japanese companies actively screen out burakumin-linked job seekers, and some families hire private investigators to dig into the ancestry of fiances to make sure there is no burakumin taint. Because there is nothing physical to differentiate burakumin from other Japanese and because there are no clues in their names or accent, the only way of establishing whether or not they are burakumin is by tracing their family. By publishing the locations of burakumin ghettos with the modern street maps, the quest to trace ancestry is made easier, says Toru Matsuoka, an opposition MP and member of the Buraku Liberation League. Under pressure to diffuse criticism, Google has asked the owners of the woodblock print maps to remove the legend that identifies the ghetto with an old term, extremely offensive in modern usage, that translates loosely as 'scum town.' 'We had not acknowledged the seriousness of the map, but we do take this matter seriously,' says Yoshito Funabashi, a Google spokesman." The ancient Japanese caste system was made illegal 150 years ago, but silent discrimination remains. The issue is complicated by allegations of mob connections in the burakumin anti-discrimination organizations.

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