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Comment Re:Less radiation, more calcium. (Score 1) 324

[The question is, "should we invest about the value of one nuclear power plant (10-20 Billion / about 1GW) or should we invest the equivalent in renewable energy sources e.g. doubling the research budget for three years (currently e.g DOE funded to about 2 Billion yearly) then easily paying to build the same capacity as the nuclear plant in terms of offshore wind plants (about 1Billion / 300MW - you would need three of these) tidal (again about 1Billion for about 300MW capacity - three of these too) and hydro plants (1Billion will get you 2GW of pump storage capacity ; put another billion into small scale hydro and you will get back loads, though I can't find clear enough calculations)]

The answer is ... uh ... what was the question again?

Comment Re:xor my heart (Score 1) 209

No one reads old SlashDot threads...

Yes, it's AX=ABS(AX).

I certainly wouldn't ding someone for not ripping though the answer - it's way too obscure. I've no problem explaining what each instruction does. But after that, it's pretty good at showing a thought process. Go get off my lawn, but dammit I think any geek should understand bits and bytes, and enjoy them. So even if they don't crank it out, I'd get a sense of the candidate, whether they thought the problem was pretty cool or a waste of time.

I once heard of some compiler geeks writing a program to find these code snips. "Gee, what five-or-fewer x86 instructions would perform x?" You supply a dozen inputs/outputs, the program tries all permutations of instructions, sees if In gives Out, Bob's yer uncle. The story (or legend) says the proggy shook out one or two new ones. If you don't think that's nifty, you're No Hire to me.

-- Rabid

Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought 451

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."

Big Dipper "Star" Actually a Sextuplet System 88

Theosis sends word that an astronomer at the University of Rochester and his colleagues have made the surprise discovery that Alcor, one of the brightest stars in the Big Dipper, is actually two stars; and it is apparently gravitationally bound to the four-star Mizar system, making the whole group a sextuplet. This would make the Mizar-Alcor sextuplet the second-nearest such system known. The discovery is especially surprising because Alcor is one of the most studied stars in the sky. The Mizar-Alcor system has been involved in many "firsts" in the history of astronomy: "Benedetto Castelli, Galileo's protege and collaborator, first observed with a telescope that Mizar was not a single star in 1617, and Galileo observed it a week after hearing about this from Castelli, and noted it in his notebooks... Those two stars, called Mizar A and Mizar B, together with Alcor, in 1857 became the first binary stars ever photographed through a telescope. In 1890, Mizar A was discovered to itself be a binary, being the first binary to be discovered using spectroscopy. In 1908, spectroscopy revealed that Mizar B was also a pair of stars, making the group the first-known quintuple star system."

Comment Re:nVidia 9400M (Score 1) 208

> Radeon 4650 in my new machine and it runs Crysis on high

Whoa, you're my spiritual cousin. I just bought a Radeon 4870, and it runs Crysis on high right up to the final boss, whereupon it balloons to 3GB of ram (of my 4GB), pegs both CPUs, goes to 2 frames per minute. Who the heck ran that game when it came out, two years ago?

Comment Re:How can this be? (Score 2, Insightful) 613

> For the life of me, I've never understood why they turn off the extensions by default

The 'feature' was born, oh so many years ago, because some Windows Program Manager had Macintosh Envy. The Mac allowed you to have "Letter to Grandma", not "Letter to Grandma.doc". What this dork PM failed to recognize is that extensions, a very simple concept, is really quite useful, and easy to use. C'mon MS, turn them back on (by default) in Win7.

Comment Re:Windows itself is a vulnerability. (Score 1) 290

> I'm trying my hardest
> large attachments he usually doesnt need to open but Outhouse downloads them anyway
> every idea I've tried comes to nothing

You're quite the wizard, gosh he's lucky to have you helping him out.

Outlook, like every other frikken mail program, has a setting to download just the headers until you dblclick to view the message. Search on "Outlook download headers". Don't call it Outhouse, because, y'know, the search won't work that way. Am I getting too technical for you?


Comment Re:$400 a month? (Score 2, Funny) 591

> Fixtures can be removed if explicitly stated in the agreement, likewise chattels may be required to stay for the same reasons.

Oh yeah I bought my house, had all kinds of chattels running round the yard. He wanted to take em but I said huh no way, those my chattels now. Hm, we ate real good that first two weeks.

Comment "fallen apart towards the end" - SPOILER! (Score 1) 356

The Baroque Cycle (yes, awfully long, but I enjoyed it) has a great ending! The third book is the best of the three, the last half is the best sixth, and the last 100 pages are terrific. The escape from jail, the trial with Newton and the Solomonic gold, and then Jack's hanging - my gracious that was good stuff.

Nothing recedes like success. -- Walter Winchell