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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.

Comment: This is just K-12 for now, yes? (Score 1) 519

by Shag (#47208391) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

Perhaps it's more of an issue at the primary and secondary levels - at universities, it takes a while to get tenure, and the bad apples should be sorted out by then (although there are certainly those who get tenure, then do things they probably shouldn't). It does make me wonder whether there'll be a push for something similar at the university level, though. Given the horror stories in the press about how adjuncts and lecturers are treated, moving away from a tenured faculty (claiming "cost" and "responsibility" reasons, or whatever) might fit just fine.

Comment: Other than profit, difference from SETI@home? (Score 1) 220

by Shag (#47200455) Attached to: NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

I remember a decade ago when we'd install the SETI@home screensaver on every computer we could get our hands on. (Putting it on a Power Mac G5 and setting the machine to not go to sleep bumped my electric bill at home up 50% for a couple months.) I guess the difference here is that a profit is being made.

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