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Comment: So then let people go back to 5.X (Score 3, Funny) 451

by RossR (#41488079) Attached to: Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives

I think what we (the consumers and people concerned with lock-in) should be pushing for is the ability to go back to older versions of iOS on devices that we own. If every story about this failure mentioned that people who try the new version are locked in without the ability to go back to a working version, maybe Apple would cave.

Comment: Re:high taxes != wrong (Score 1) 352

by RossR (#38283804) Attached to: The Rise and Fall of Kodak

Yes, high taxes could be used to build a quality school system and good infrastructure to make life better.

Or it could be spent to buy votes and enrich the politically connected. Rochester school district does spend $15,614 per a pupil. Way above the national average. http://www.newyorkschools.com/districts/rochester-city-school-district.html What does that buy? Good pay for political powerful unions members. The district was very proud that in 2010 the graduation rate was 46.1%, up from 42.1%
http://www.whec.com/news/stories/s2155841.shtml

Throwing money does in its self make it a better place. Outputs are what is important.

I am personally getting ready to start a business with my PhD research. The high taxes

Comment: Re:"White shirt" and "Blue shirt" police? differen (Score 1) 961

by RossR (#37535268) Attached to: Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

The white verse blue shirt is also related to the terms white collar and blue collar. Though currently not nearly as rigid of a class distinction as it was in the past. Basically, you "high" status of doing desk work was publicly shown by wearing white clothing that you could not keep unstained if you were to preform manual labor. Blue coveralls are often issued those engaged dirty work. Such as an auto mechanic. Google searching "mechanic coveralls." The top link: http://www.automotiveworkwear.com/Merchant2/coveralls.html Out of 12 garments shown, 9 are variations of blue and 3 are variations of Khaki.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-collar_worker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-collar_worker

+ - Game publisher following pirates to find a market->

Submitted by RossR
RossR (94714) writes "A Chinese multiplayer online game company is taking note of the success of "private servers" running pirated and altered versions. In moves that show some common sense, when a pirate server is taken down Shanda Games sees it as sign of a undeserved market. Properly licensed servers are occasionally installed for the geographic location previously served by the unlicensed servers. Shanda is taking it a step further by developing a new platform that would allow for the flexible rule changes favored in the hacked versions. Also of interest, is the reference to escalation cyber attacks between private server providers.

If nimble game companies like these learn to market directly to the west, the current dominate players will be in trouble. As is starting to happen in the cell phone market."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:How did this anti-science crap end up on slashd (Score 1) 954

by RossR (#36917212) Attached to: New NASA Data Casts Doubt On Global Warming Models

A few notes about TFA: .....

2) If this study actually significantly contradicts our knowledge of global heating, why has it been published in Remote Sensing, and not a more reputable journal?

Tell me what do you think the phrase "Remote Sensing" refers to?

I'm guessing that you are confusing it with "Remote Viewing."

Comment: Difficulties getting it published? (Score 4, Interesting) 174

by RossR (#34648434) Attached to: 8-Year-Olds Publish Scientific Bee Study

Sounds like it was hard to published it on its merits alone. The last line of the paper is a bit cryptic.

"The project was funded privately by Lottolab Studio, as the referees argued that young people cannot do real science."

What does the funding source have to do with the referees' prejudices? Was some extra funding needed to resolve their concerns?

Personally, I am going to look for an excuse to cite their paper.

Earth

+ - Hydrogen fire and explosion renewable fuel station->

Submitted by RossR
RossR (94714) writes "There was a Hydrogen fire and explosion renewable fuel station used by government vehicles. The nearby freeway and airport was closed resulting in diverted flights. This may the first major incident at a Hydrogen vehicle refueling station. GM has their major fuel cell development center nearby in the town of Honeoye Falls. The fire occurred when the 18-wheeler tractor truck was transferring Hydrogen to the station. The airport press conference reported that airport firefighters responded first and initially waited on the scene deciding how to respond. No news yet if the hard to see flames of Hydrogen combustion contributed to this delay. The fueling station is also adjacent to a NY State Troopers station and a firefighting training facility is a few blocks away. It will be interesting to see how this incident affects the future of Hydrogen cars.

So far this is has been only covered by local news:
http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/Hydrogen-Explosion-Near-Rochester-Airport/xu3d9NK_cE2sbQy8qByf3Q.cspx

Police/FD Radio transcript:
http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?ctid=1852

HAZMAT
08/26/10 13:08(ROCHESTER — 154.130) UPDATE:; TOTAL FAILURE OF A HYDROGEN TANK AT FUEL FARM. AIRPORT & I-390 BOTH DIRECTIONS CLOSED TFN. [NYK015]

HAZMAT
08/26/10 12:59(ROCHESTER — 154.130) UPDATE: RFD REPORTING FLAMES FROM A HYDROGEN TANK, COMMAND/INCIDENT COMMANDER REQUEST 5 INCH LINES INTO THE SCENE. [NYK015]

HAZMAT
08/26/10 12:55(ROCHESTER — 154.130) FIRE DEPARTMENT ON SCENE WITH A RUPTURERD HYDROGEN TANK AT THE AIRPORT FUEL FARM, FULL HAZMAT REQUESTED. [NYK015]"

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