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Comment: What's the definition of "suck"? (Score 1) 412

by RogueWarrior65 (#49620655) Attached to: The Programming Talent Myth

Seems to me that there are two ways of looking at this. Are you basing the evaluation on the finished application or on the quality of the source code/architecture? I've seen really dreadful source code that doesn't follow good standards an practices common in the industry yet has impressive results. I've also seen coding requirements be so complex as to hinder the development process.

Comment: Correlation != causation (Score 4, Informative) 314

From the wikipedia entry on the chemical:
2-Butoxyethanol is a solvent for paints and surface coatings, as well as cleaning products and inks. Products that contain 2-butoxyethanol include acrylic resin formulations, asphalt release agents, firefighting foam, leather protectors, oil spill dispersants, degreaser applications, photographic strip solutions, whiteboard cleaners, liquid soaps, cosmetics, dry cleaning solutions, lacquers, varnishes, herbicides, latex paints, enamels, printing paste, and varnish removers, and silicone caulk. Products containing this compound are commonly found at construction sites, automobile repair shops, print shops, and facilities that produce sterilizing and cleaning products. It is the main ingredient of many home, commercial and industrial cleaning solutions. Since the molecule has both non-polar and polar ends, butoxyethanol is useful for removing both polar and non-polar substances, like grease and oils. It is also approved by the U.S. FDA to be used as direct and indirect food additives, which include antimicrobial agents, defoamers, stabilizers, and adhesives.

So, basically, this stuff can be found pretty much EVERYWHERE and pretty much everywhere in or around a home. But, nope, nope, nope, these samples HAD to come from fracking wells.

Comment: Re:Probably best (Score 1) 649

by RogueWarrior65 (#49516725) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

I'd opine that such cars are more crash-ready than today's cars given that they're made of actual metal and heavy gauge metal instead of plastic.
On that subject, I'm amused by the ad for the smart car where they show a pickup truck on top of the space frame. Yeah, um, you do know that F=ma, right?


ISS Could Be Fitted With Lasers To Shoot Down Space Junk 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the point-and-shoot dept.
An anonymous reader writes Japan's Riken research institute has suggested a new idea for dealing with space junk. They say a fiber optic laser mounted onto the International Space Station could blast debris out of the sky. From the article: "To combat the increasingly dense layer of dead satellites and miscellaneous space debris that are enshrouding our planet, no idea — nets, lassos, even ballistic gas clouds — seems too far-fetched to avoid. Now, an international team of researchers led by Japan's Riken research institute has put forward what may be the most ambitious plan to date. They propose blasting an estimated 3,000 tons of space junk out of orbit with a fiber optic laser mounted on the International Space Station."

Weekend, where are you?