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Comment: " 300,000 years " or "300 million years"? (Score 1) 152

Given TFS later tells of "1.5 billion years since switching off", and the impossibility of measuring 300.000 years accurately in this context, I suppose the reactor was active for 300 million years, not 300 thousand years. Is ee the "300000" number is in TFA, but it looks suspect.

Comment: "beofuels from corn" is not just stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 159

It is brain-dead stupid!

How much of the total plant bio-mass are you processing to start with when you are dealing with corn? 2%? 3%? (That is until you get to
the actual fuel, which is much less than that.) When you do Biofuels from farming monoculture the proper way (if such a thing is possible at all), like from sugar-cane, where maybe 30-50% of the biomass is the part to be processed into biofuel, you may be getting some improvement over oil status-quo. With algae you maybe can achieve 100% of the biomass to start processing, sounds even nicer.

But from Corn? It is so stupid, it does not even deserve a proper adjective. It is even stupid to waste time making "studies" on it.

Trying to do it is only about corn super-production, hype, and abuse of government subsidies to plant corn, all mixed with a large, big
dose of the reverse of common sense.

Comment: Re:Did Fluke request this? (Score 4, Insightful) 653

If it's the latter, Fluke should step up and allow them to make a one time exception for this shipment. It would generate considerably goodwill for the company and show that they're not bullies keeping the little guy down.

You are new to this "capitalism" thing, aren't you?

Comment: The quantification of the work as time is the key (Score 1) 716

The problem seems to be that the managin practcies of breaking work in "time unites" rather than tasks makes us allbelieve it is the right thing to do. But as a matter of fact, outside a big construction company (and I am not shure how it is dealt inside such a company), one would not hire the builder to "build a wall in 20 hours", and I pay you this per hour. The only sane thing to do is to hire the builder to build the wall - he will take his time, and make his price for that. In the slavish software development World dictated by this managing techniques, we all learned to think of the "man hour" as a reality - when what should happen is a contract to build a software piece. So, yes, the bugs problem should be built in the price for building the "software piece", up to reasonable time after deployment and seriousness of bugs. But also, that implies that the idea of ordering one to "build this piece of software in 8 hours" is also nonsense.

+ - Google Books Scanning Considered Fair Use

Submitted by Pope Raymond Lama
Pope Raymond Lama (57277) writes "After 8 years on trial a judge ruled Google Books practice of scanning books as fair use. Quoting the ruling: “In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits. It advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders.” This other article contains the ruling text itself"

Comment: Meta-Crime? (Score 1) 282

by Pope Raymond Lama (#44593585) Attached to: Feds Target Instructors of Polygraph-Beating Methods

The TFS gives away the "criminal" practices - "polygraph-beating techniques, which are said to include controlled breathing, muscle tensing, tongue biting and mental arithmetic. " - so now they will come after /. as well... :-)

And maybe, commenters who quote TFS...

Fortunately when the sit me down for interrogation, now I know all that is needed is byte the tongue for not giving away the ID numbers of my fellow /.ers; So, don't worry!

Comment: Re:NSA is not a special case (Score 1) 290

by Pope Raymond Lama (#44380385) Attached to: My NSA-induced paranoia level:

"OTOH if you have your ducks in a row, then the NSA is totally confounded" - I would agree with that part. Encrypting is like going under the lights and bragging "here, I am here! hahahah" So - caring encrypting for little is worse than doing nothing. Doing it wrongly is still worse. Drawing the line between what is "little" and what one should really care about is hard. Encrypting the right way is harder still -- the option of being a sitting duck in a long row is very appealing.

(and yes, indeed, the NSA is not the only problem - *they* are just out there. And I am just a duck with a lot of brownian motion)

Comment: And save it...why even? (Score 2) 391

by Pope Raymond Lama (#44363473) Attached to: A Radical Plan For Saving Microsoft's Surface RT

This is the 3 or 4th /. post worried about the fate of microsoft surface if one should care! Just let it die! It is a bad product, with a bad startegy and bad timing! Why care at all? With either Surface RT or not, or Microsoft itself. Pointing to desparate Microsoft-fans blog posts trying to save it is as little "news for nerds' as I can imagine.

+ - HP are STILL regionalising their printers 2

Submitted by norite
norite (552330) writes "I recently moved from the UK to Canada, and took my HP3050 printer with me. The removals firm told me to discard any printer cartridges as they could leak, and would not ship our things.

After our move, I started looking for cartridges, but bizarrely, I couldn't find the correct numbered ones, although I did find equivalent ones that would fit our model of printer. Some further research revealed that these would not work in our UK purchased printer, because like DVD players, the printer was region coded. I would have to contact HP and hope I found a representative who would understand the situation, (undoubtedly spending ages on the phone) as not many of them do and get it reset to the new region. Unfortunately, I had already discarded the cartridges so I could not print off any initial printer config pages for them to use to give me a new region code.

Fortunately, I've avoided the headache that this person went through 3 years ago I've ended up ordering much cheaper cartridges from the UK and several refill kits. I had no idea HP did this sort of sneaky, underhand tactic, and all it has achieved is that I'll probably never buy another HP product again. It seems there's no obvious benefit to consumers in HP doing this, other than it prevents them buying cheaper inks and therefore maximising profits, so what do the Slashdot community think of printer regionalisation?"

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