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Comment Re:Ban HIM!! (Score 5, Funny) 659

A comic! Burn him! Burn him!

Sir Bedevere: There are ways of telling whether he is a comic.
Peasant 1: Are there? Oh well, tell us.
Sir Bedevere: Tell me. What do you do with comics?
Peasant 1: Burn them.
Sir Bedevere: And what do you burn, apart from comics?
Peasant 1: More comics.
Peasant 2: Wood.
Sir Bedevere: Good. Now, why do comics burn?
Peasant 3: ...because they're made of... wood?
Sir Bedevere: Good. So how do you tell whether he is made of wood?
Peasant 1: Build a bridge out of him.
Sir Bedevere: But can you not also build bridges out of stone?
Peasant 1: Oh yeah.
Sir Bedevere: Does wood sink in water?
Peasant 1: No, no, it floats!... It floats! Throw him into the pond!
Sir Bedevere: No, no. What else floats in water?
Peasant 1: Bread.
Peasant 2: Apples.
Peasant 3: Very small rocks.
Peasant 1: Cider.
Peasant 2: Gravy.
Peasant 3: Cherries.
Peasant 1: Mud.
Peasant 2: Churches.
Peasant 3: Lead! Lead!
King Arthur: A Duck.
Sir Bedevere: ...Exactly. So, logically...
Peasant 1: If he weighed the same as a duck... he's made of wood.
Sir Bedevere: And therefore...
Peasant 2: ...A comic!

Comment Re:Seems like freedom of speech to me (Score 1) 195

Wait wait wait... its illegal for Amazon to have a click-share button. But the Slashdot story has a click share button, both linked articles have click-share buttons (and code to send metrics to FB and Google even if you dont click), all 4 articles *they* link to have click-shares. Even Angela Merkel's web page has a Facebook share button. None of that is "unreasonable harassment" but Amazon is? Because some German Amazon reseller got all pissy that another Amazon reseller was selling more than him? Facebook has become more social disease than social media, and the pervasive mad rush to capitalize on it in any way possible at our expense is utterly unconscionable, but letting a court decide which arbitrary cross-marketing implementation is the "unreasonable harassment" du jour is bull.

Comment Re:Not hacking (Score 4, Informative) 138

They apparently had a warrant, so it probably doesnt matter if its hacking or not. However as to what they can collect without a warrant, IANAL but expectation of privacy would almost certainly be the litmus test or at least a factor. A conversation in public is fair game but a conversation in your home is privileged even though "flaws" in your home allow exploits like laser microphones to listen. Some of it comes down to deciding if consuming online media is "speech" and thus (arguably) protected (loss of anonymity can be considered "chilling effect"). Without SCOTUS guidelines it seems to depend on the judge, and what he had for breakfast.

Comment Re:Not found in nature. (Score 2) 85

... so unstable that it can only exist for fractions of a second ... is basically useless

Oh, I dont know... "attractium" is pretty rare and doesnt last long, but the decay can be delayed with ethanol long enough to have some specific practical, uh, uses. And it's quite stable in the presence of some heavy metals like gold and silver, and especially certain forms of crystallized carbon. Of course the longer you keep it stable, the more dangerous and expensive it is to dispose of when it does finally decay.

Comment Re:END THE FED! I saw this coming 30 years ago. (Score 3, Interesting) 349

Forgetting 'programmers'/'developers' for a minute - contractors and consultants are leading market indicators since their demand peaks during market instability (both growth and contraction). And, IMHO deep embedded work is a leading indicator for the manufacturing sector since they produce hard goods such as appliances and infrastructure. That said, hourly rates are off FY2000 highs by 40% and are flat since the mid 90's, and there are almost no positions open. The only exception is medical devices where there seems to be a bit of a bubble happening, but the financing for the companies hiring is all highly speculative VC and hedge funds, which is a red flag if you expect a gig to run more than a few months. The contract agencies that place workers are compensating for the fewer positions by increasing markup, from as low as 20% on corp-to-corp basis to upwards of 40%, which they can only get away with by submitting cheap inexperienced workers and marking them way up, which seems to work since hiring managers are more likely than not to be clueless to what the job actually requires, which is in part due to hedge fund weenies placing line managers with inexperienced cronies or cheap imported labor.

The view from down here is there was no recovery from 2000 or 2008, there is no recovery on the horizon, R&D infrastructure is being dismantled, manufacturing is gone, and the engineering job market is in a luge-ride race to the bottom. There's a little money to be made picking the bones or sucking up health care dollars or green energy dollars or whatever is fashionable enough to attract foolish greedy investors, but long term it looks bad to me. I'm getting out... buy into a wood pellet fab or something else that will do well when everyone becomes poor.

Comment Re:Good in beginning, but a little long (Score 1) 242

Agreed - I remember thinking during that bit "please dont use a fire extinguisher please dont use a fire extinguisher please dont use a fire extinguisher please dont use a fire extinguisher"... and then the Iron Man bit left me thinking a fire extinguisher would have been better. Mostly I thought NASA and Watney would have known that rendezvous would have been nearly impossible with neither the MAV nor ARES having maneuvering thrusters, and could have built one from the hydrazine bottle and palladium he already used for the water synthesis. Except it would have been a "fire extinguisher" except in name only (a "FEINO"?).

Comment Re:Oh boy... Nuclear! (Score 5, Informative) 121

  • Energy Source Death Rate (deaths per TWh) CORRECTED
  • Coal (elect, heat,cook –world avg): 100 (26% of world energy, 50% of electricity)
  • Coal electricity – world avg: 60 (26% of world energy, 50% of electricity)
  • Coal (elect,heat,cook)– China: 170
  • Coal electricity- China: 90
  • Coal – USA: 15
  • Oil: 36 (36% of world energy)
  • Natural Gas: 4 (21% of world energy)
  • Biofuel/Biomass: 12
  • Peat: 12
  • Solar (rooftop): 0.44 (0.2% of world energy for all solar)
  • Wind: 0.15 (1.6% of world energy)
  • Hydro: 0.10 (europe death rate, 2.2% of world energy)
  • Hydro - world including Banqiao): 1.4 (about 2500 TWh/yr and 171,000 Banqiao dead)
  • Nuclear: 0.04 (5.9% of world energy)

Note the above does not include Fukishima. Other sources that account for that increase nuclear to .09 (90 dead per trillion kWh)

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