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Comment: Re:Climate change phobia (Score 1) 340

by Reziac (#49164459) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

Yeah, last week I pointed out the same wrt the Yellowstone dome. How much of what they're measuring is actually tectonic movement?

From the Wiki article someone linked on sea level change:
Global warming, a few mm per year.
All other causes, about 10 meters per year.
Draw your own conclusions.

Comment: Re:Ah, Damnit... (Score 1) 506

by Reziac (#49161569) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Or you have functionally the same car each year with different upgrades, hence Plymouth, Dodge, Chrysler models with interchangeable everything.

One of my clients bought a Ford pickup, then replaced stuff with all the aftermarket Lincoln parts (who knew there were Lincoln pickup trucks!) and now he drives a Lincoln!

Comment: Re:Agree??? (Score 1) 86

by Reziac (#49151883) Attached to: The Only Constant is Change

And thank you for that. I found beta unusable (and unreadable unless I turned CSS off). I'da hated to give up on.... good gods, 17 years I've been here??! the site is older than some of its users!

One thing that comes to mind on this 'new' look is make sure you check how it behaves at very large font sizes (which a lot of low-vision folks do use) and not necessarily an ultra-wide screen. Right now the Search box winds up overlaying part of the top menu.

Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 280

by Reziac (#49148859) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average

No doubt so, but how about the cost of operations in rough country with poor access, where going in on foot is feasible (witness the illegals crossing it) but patrolling in ground vehicles is not?

Hence I think the real comparison should be: How does the cost of using a drone compare to the cost of using a helicopter in those same areas? I'd guess the drone is significantly cheaper.

Second, how long does it take a drone to patrol, compared to a manned ground vehicle in the same area? What's the total patrol cost per hour for drone vs 4x4?? (Don't forget to factor in the cost of the 4x4 as well as for the drone.) In rough country, a drone (or helicopter) can get an overview in a few minutes, but a ground vehicle might be forced to wind back and forth for an hour to reach the same point (and might still not get a view of the ravines). If patrolling a given area takes the drone ten minutes and the 4x4 an hour, which one is more cost effective?

How does it affect man-hours? The patrol is generally two men, while the drone only needs its operator.

How does all this affect insurance rates on their various equipment? Do reduced hours in use also reduce rates on 4x4s and such? (Certainly it will reduce maintenance costs.)

Lots of factors to consider, not just 'dollars per arrest'. We need to see spreadsheets and balance columns, not assumptions.

Comment: Re:Fad Ahead? (Score 1) 129

by Reziac (#49144601) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

Not lying, but your average tyro is not going to achieve that. Like the guys on that beekeeper forum said, a single super might produce anywhere from 3 to 20 pounds. But the location and climate need to be optimized. City flora are hardly ideal, and your bees need to be where the nectar is. Where I worked (this was a pro operation, these guys did bees for a living) the supers were on the heavy end, but those bees were taken out to the orchards and buckwheat, or even out of state as conditions might dictate. They didn't make do with whatever the hell was growing around 'em.

(Buckwheat honey, gag. Most of that got exported.)

Comment: Re:Fad Ahead? (Score 1) 129

by Reziac (#49142829) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

It wouldn't be gallons; it would be a few quarts. A lot of the interior of the hive is space for the bees to move around. Figure maybe a third or at most half the volume of the super (the part with honey-laden comb in it) is honey.

I used to work in for a beekeeper, mostly building hives and extracting honey.

Comment: Re:Actually (Score 1) 532

by Reziac (#49101681) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

I would hazard that phytoestrogens outmass human-type estrogen by many orders of magnitude. Most plants produce phytoestrogens, and some in huge quantities (notably flax and soybeans).

I would guess that the environmental types have not bothered to distinguish which they're measuring, even if the massively-diluted quantity suffices to do anything (other than be marketable in homeopathy).

Comment: Re:That's a stretch (Score 1) 266

by Reziac (#49101607) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs

Well, here's a question I haven't heard addressed yet:

Did Sony actually know it was spyware when it shipped? Or did they trust what the program's owners said about it?

This is how Superfish markets itself (filched from their website):
"Superïsh delivers the true promise of visual search. Our patented image-to-image search technology analyzes images from every angle and perspective. The deep data algorithm searches thru millions of possible matches, then ranks and prioritizes your results. This process provides results that are based on how you see things, rather than how you describe them. See why millions of consumers use our visual search technology to find what they are looking for."
Combine this great-sounding ad copy with a significant cut of revenues (I'd guess Sony's cut was around 30%) and it's an easy sell as preinstalled software. It's pretty obvious from the ad copy that Superrfish is not concerned about presenting their stuff honestly.

No doubt this is exactly how it was presented to Sony's suits. And the suits may have believed it without reservation, and without consulting any either an in-house or independent expert. If so, that's ignorance, but it's not willful wrongdoing.

Comment: Re:But, but, you're using logic and science (Score 1) 328

by Reziac (#49081765) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

But is this 0.05% "effects generally start to be seen" or "rare/low-body-mass individuals start to be affected" ??

And yeah, I expect a good head cold, especially if doped up on various OTC drugs, is more of a downgrade than are a couple beers. And there used to be an OTC drug cocktail that worked great against flu symptoms, but it also made you like passing-out drunk.

Comment: Re:But, but, you're using logic and science (Score 1) 328

by Reziac (#49081159) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

Yeah. Trouble is, the law doesn't do very well with grey areas and judgment calls, especially once you get beyond village-sized civilizations. What is 'unsafe driving' is subjective even among arresting officers (some take any tiny swerve as evidence). So it's had to be defined by a number the courts can point at. :/

Comment: Re:That clinches it. (Score 1) 393

by Reziac (#49080941) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

And having done about an equal number of installs of each across nearly two decades, I've found it's exactly the other way around. The Windows installer pretty much does everything for itself and then the desktop comes up and Just Works. At most I might have to install a driver to get some more-newfangled hardware to work right. And it's never once totally failed to install. Conversely, I've yet to see a linux install work flawlessly out of the box (including Ubuntu, which has annoyed me into giving up on it entirely), and some wouldn't install at all in the first place -- on the exact same hardware that runs any random version of Windows just fine.

I no longer have the patience to twiddle the OS into working right, or working consistently -- frex, I like Puppy, and had it on my laptop for a couple years, but the wireless only worked half the time even with everything being exactly the same from one session to the next (and our entire LUG couldn't figure out why), and I've never gotten sound to work at all. -- And I liked Mandrake 7.2, but there again some things never worked (sound, for one).

And I detest the Mac desktop. So -- I use Windows.

I would LOVE to see linux/BSD do well. We need the alternatives. But my experience has been discouraging.

Comment: Re:os x IS certified official Unix (Score 1) 393

by Reziac (#49080815) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

Good points. To add a few:

--Contrary to popular japes, it's actually pretty damn stable, given even the basic maintenance you'd give your car (and even when neglected for years on end -- just bloody defrag occasionally, people! Would you let your car go forever without an oil change??)
--It supports all manner of random, substandard, and outdated hardware, meaning it will run widely anywhere
--It supports all manner of random, substandard, and outdated software, thus not irritating people who still need such stuff
--it doesn't make me tear my hair out trying to configure (or figure out how to configure) the basics

That said, I'd love to see PC-BSD become something I want to use. But when I attempted to try it a couple years ago, it refused to even install on my test box... which runs Windows bloody damn fine with no issues whatever.

"Well I don't see why I have to make one man miserable when I can make so many men happy." -- Ellyn Mustard, about marriage