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Comment: Extreme views on all sides. (Score 1) 286

Congratulations, fellow Slashdotters, for (predictably?) hewing to the opposite end of the spectrum from the people in the articles.

If their side says, "Hawaiian culture and spirituality is of paramount importance, your science has no place on our sacred mountain," calling them extreme and then saying that science is of paramount importance and their culture and spirituality should be given no weight whatsoever... doesn't make you look like the good guys. In fact, it only gives them more evidence that supporters of science are every bit as extreme and closed-minded.

I work full-time at a big telescope on Maunakea, and have a further part-time job using one of the smaller telescopes on Maunakea, as well as other jobs outside astronomy. I go to Maunakea in person, and interact with TMT's opponents in person. The situation is a lot more nuanced to me than a bunch of Internet Tough Guys could hope to begin to understand, but I just wanted to let you know that no, you're actually not helping.

Comment: Re:I read some of the comments to her (Score 1) 467

by Shag (#49179113) Attached to: Former MLB Pitcher Doxes Internet Trolls, Delivers Real-World Consequences

Are you comfortable with angry people walking around with no money, nothing to do, and completely desperate?

Well, we have that already, yes? Except now, when you see some bum panhandling, there's so much uncertainty over whether he wound up there because he was a jerk, or because of circumstances beyond his control.

Comment: Reasonably prepared in Hawaii (Score 1) 191

by Shag (#47745951) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

I live on an active volcano (Mauna Loa), work on a dormant volcano (Mauna Kea) and am maybe 20 miles from a town (Pahoa) that might be in the crosshairs of an even more active, currently erupting volcano (Kilauea) right now. We have earthquakes all the time; I rarely even notice anything under a magnitude 4 to 5. Oh, and we also get hurricanes like AC mentioned, and tsunamis, and of course the sharks and poisonous sea urchins... Kinda funny, having grown up back on the east coast, where people will freak out over the smallest tremor. Someday I'll move back there and be all serene because nothing will seem exciting.

Comment: Re:pfft, 3.5% overrun (Score 1) 132

by Shag (#47536975) Attached to: SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

if the 400 million is really the only overrun that's an astonishing record for the federal goverment

This. Compared to the James Webb Space Telescope - a ten-year, $500 million project that has turned into a 21-year, $8.8 billion project so far, that's chickenscratch.

(But I still want them to finish JWST and launch it.)

Comment: This just in: PNRs include notes (Score 1) 217

I know, Occam's Razor would explain this by simply having all airline employees be psychic, but in fact, when you call and talk to someone, they note what you talked about, then when you call and talk to an entirely different person who magically knows what you talked about before, they're just reading that note. OMG!

Comment: Re:Mr Dell's just upset (Score 2) 173

by Shag (#47237693) Attached to: Dell Exec Calls HP's New 'Machine' Architecture 'Laughable'

Well, there's a difference between that raw retail part you bought, and an identical mobo in a pre-built PC. A guy I knew did IT at a big paper in... Annapolis, if I recall. Several years ago, they upgraded to shiny new all-in-one PC's all over the newsroom. I don't remember the brand - either HP/Compaq or Gateway, probably. Anyway, a few months in, they start failing, one after another. Turns out a bunch of them had components that had all been in one shipping container in a warehouse - and that container was under the leaky spot in the roof. By the time they were built, the boards had dried out and nobody noticed, but the damage had been done.

Your retail part, on the other hand, has been in its happy little shrink-wrapped box from the day it was born.

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