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Comment: Re: Some classes would be AWESOME! (Score 1) 182

by RockDoctor (#47924363) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles
On the other hand, having recently moved into an environment with communications,"chat" and such like bullshit, I can assure you that having your work interrupted 100 times a day (I shit you not) by numpties asking questions that they should be able to READ the answer to from their real-time data displays, is incredibly annoying. If they really want to have "hands-off" management of the "corporate risk" of operatins, perhaps they shoud get off their fat arses and come out into the field to give us 30-year veterans the beneft of their 30 days of experience in the classroom.

It's always possible that they can't cut the mustard when their errors could kill themselves, instead of other people.

Comment: Re: #1 Source of Environmental Mercury = Gold Mini (Score 1) 173

by RockDoctor (#47917539) Attached to: Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought
Ah, got you. Still needs appreciable power, but being a continuous load, that's not a major issue. The water makers on board are RO too, feeding and washing a couple of hundred (very) sweaty bodies. But for big fresh water requirements (hundreds of cu. m. ) we bring in non-potable water on one of the flotilla boats.

Comment: Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (Score 1) 486

by RockDoctor (#47909159) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

You are right about the rain that falls on the ocean but I don't see how you're right when the rain falls on the land.

There is a lot more (About 3 times) area of ocean as there is land. And, as pointed out elsewhere, bunker oil is normally not burned until you're well out to sea, for precisely this reason. It's a perfectly good reason. Which is already covered.

Comment: Excellent anti-advert (Score 1) 471

by RockDoctor (#47909097) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

and coach you continuously to improve your fitness.

I'd vaguely got the idea that these things were about health-Nazi-ism. Thanks for confirming that.

[Adverts for "smart watch, crumpled into ball, fly across room and ... bounce out of the rubbish bin.] Balls! I'll pick them up later.

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 1) 363

by RockDoctor (#47909051) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

It should be the car that is disabled

That was pretty much my thought too. There should be fewer problems with coupling an app on a phone to a particular car - say by the same sort of link as used in BlueTooth - and if the phone comes out of screen-saver, then the engine drops through the gears, puts on the hazard lights and horn, and then shuts down. Once the phone is back in screen-lock state, then the car's engine can be re-started.

It'd still be vulnerable to a driver who wants to text using a passenger's phone. But that's going to be a comparatively small problem, largely because it requires two idiotic self-centred narcissistic morons to be in the same car at the same time.

May be able to adjust it IF you've got laws allowing use of a hands-free mobile as a speech phone to put that as another engine-allowed state.

Comment: Re:JavaScript (Score 1) 230

It's annoying enough when it's just me, but my parents/wife/family respond, "This website is broken, your setup drives me nuts, I just want things to work."

Then disable disabling javascript for their users and keep their accounts in a sandbox, or on separate machines. If it's your network, and they've authorised you to manage security, backups and hardware then they get what you decide. Or they get to manage it themselves.

They do understand binary?

Comment: Re:Taste like chicken? (Score 1) 107

I've forgotten what signature I'm using. Is it still the birds ARE one?

Evidently, yes. Appropriate. I haven't changed it for several years.

It's like asking if Ronald Reagan is more closely related to Emperor Hirohito, Osama bin Laden, Otzi the Iceman, or Barak Obama.

I suppose I should add an Australian Aborigine and an Amerindian to that list, just to even out the range supplied. Let's say Montezuma (he of the Revenge, for the Amerind) and Ernie Dingo (an Australian Aboriginal TV character, according to my Australian colleague).

Comment: Re:Taste like chicken? (Score 1) 107

If more sequences have been published since 2007, then perhaps we could get a better idea of which modern bird T-rex is most closely related to,

On skeletal structure grounds, T.rex has been considered a sister group to all birds since the 1960s or so. On the basis of it's forearm structure, T.rex is a theropod dinosaur, but probably not a maniraptorinan theropod dinosaur. All birds however are considered maniraptorian theropod dinosaurs.

We don't have a good understanding of the initial evolutionary radiation of the birds, between approximately the early Late Jurassic and mid-Late Cretaceous, when we find evidence of the early roots of some modern bird groups such as the ratites. There's no particular reason to think that any modern bird is more closely related to T.rex than any other. There probably is one such, but we don't have (and are very unlikely to ever get) enough evidence to really be sure of the family tree to that degree of accuracy. It's like asking if Ronald Reagan is more closely related to Emperor Hirohito, Osama bin Laden, Otzi the Iceman, or Barak Obama.

I've forgotten what signature I'm using. Is it still the birds ARE one?

Comment: Re:Passing comment (Score 1) 173

by RockDoctor (#47907993) Attached to: Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought
Dumping mercury-containing waste into an active volcano will only ensure that there is an increased mercury concentration in the fumes coming off the volcano in the next eruption, and in any hot water springs around the volcano (common).

I think that you mean dumping it into an active subduction zone. But you'd need to put it several kilometres down into the subduction zone (that's drilling technology ; we sell introductory courses to drilling - about $2000/week excluding your accommodation costs. Or our instructor's accommodation costs if you've got a class of 4 or more.) unless you're willing to underwrite the security of your storage equipment for around 10 million years (to get natural subduction to a similar depth).

Comment: Re:Back when Moby Dick was a minnow ... (Score 1) 173

by RockDoctor (#47907895) Attached to: Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

it's deceptively dangerous it is not like a poison

That's nonsensical.

It is a poison. It's a slow-acting, low dose poison. but it's a poison nonetheless. It's difficult to estimate people's long-term exposures, because even very small levels of mercury loss from the body will have large effects on the cumulated dose over the decades.

Your mental image of what a poison is, is not adequate to make safe predictions about what is and is not poisonous, and at what doseages.

Do you remember Paracelsus' best-known dictum? If you don't know it, you really should.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?

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