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Comment: Chokes (Score 1) 307

by Stargoat (#46746931) Attached to: Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Shotgun pattern distribution is governed by several factors, including shot quality / material, wad design, barrel design, hull design, forcing cone length / shape, but most especially choke. Steel shot will rip up some chokes. Chokes can creep (particularly on a hot Illinois day). Wadding can foul a barrel.

I wonder if these were controlled for.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal? (Score 5, Insightful) 150

by Stargoat (#46660471) Attached to: Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

How about on a sailing ship then? And instead of 3 men and 3 women, make it 35 men. And let's not touch land for three years, as some of the old whalers did. And let's make sure that everyone knows there is a minimum of a 20% mortality starting off. And let's enforce discipline with a rope's end.

Humanity has been there and done that.

Comment: Re:What about OS/2? (Score 3, Interesting) 367

by Stargoat (#46543783) Attached to: Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

It was, before the ADA required banks to replace any ATM that could not handle audio integration. That was about 2-3 years ago. OS/2 typically could not handle the hardware upgrade necessary for the required audio. The banking industry paid millions, maybe billions, to upgrade tens of thousands of ATMs. Diebold, NCR and Hyosung made out like bandits.

+ - Banking IT Security Handbooks Out of Date->

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An anonymous reader writes "The banking information network regulatory handbooks provided by the FFIEC are woefully out of date, with some not having been significantly updated in 10 years. These handbooks govern how a financial institution is supposed to design, implement, and protect their networks. Much of the actual function that these handbooks provided has been replaced by the nongovernmental PCI standard, a standard whose effectiveness is widely debated. PCI was originally created by the credit card industry in a failed effort to avoid the legislation that ended up creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."
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Comment: Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

by Stargoat (#46463343) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

Most people on this thread understand that a cheap Boeing 737 costs about 60 million USD. For $100,000, knowing that an jetliner could not be lost, that is a sum the public may demand that the airlines pay. That is to say, for about 1/10 of 1% of the cost of a very cheap jetliner, this sort of massive charlie foxtrot would likely not take place again.

Further, there is a long tradition of government interference being required in the transportation industry to force changes that benefit overall public safety. Railroad history is rife with them, including entire political parties (The Grange) put together in an effort to boost regulation of a necessary industry. If the government is going to give away airports and airspace, allow jetliners to dump pollutants into the air, and provide gaterape security, then it is not unreasonable to ask airline companies to pony up 1/10th of 1% of the cost of an airplane to improve security.

Comment: Re:Too Bad. (Score 1) 40

by Raul654 (#46414465) Attached to: US Drops Link Sharing Charges Against Barrett Brown

I'm not a lawyer either, but FYI even if the judge had agreed to dismiss the charges, that would not be binding on other courts either. It would not have become binding unless one side or the other appealed and the circuit court and got a decision there. That decision would then become binding on *only* that circuit.

Comment: Re:Pitivi is such a POS (Score 3, Interesting) 79

by Raul654 (#46313801) Attached to: Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

Agreed - it's a POS.

I installed Pitivi .15.2 from from the repos. It literally took me less than 2 minutes to crash it. It died as soon as I imported an mp3 to use as audio. (NOTE: Their website says not to report .15.2 bugs. They are evidently not supporting it anymore)

Then, following the suggestions posted here, I grabbed the latest version from source (which through trial and error, I found required adding a source repo and installing build dependencies before attempting to install from source). I configured it, built it, and tried to run it. It immediately errored out, complaining that I need to install yet more missing dependencies (GES this time). I googled the problem, saw lots of people complaing about this, and found some vague instructions on the pitivi wiki ( explaining how to install it.

At this point, I threw in the towel.

Comment: Re:or stop hiding... (Score 1) 377

by Raul654 (#46237715) Attached to: Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

"Face it, the evidence is that the USA has no real interest in Assange." - that's bullshit. Even while denying that he's under indictment, the official who said it was only half-hearted in his denial: "Nothing has occurred so far," ( -- )

"So far" being the operative word. And that sounds like a lot more interest than none at all.

Comment: Re:or stop hiding... (Score 2) 377

by Raul654 (#46237137) Attached to: Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

"It would be easier for the US to get him extradited from the UK than from Sweden." -- except he isn't in the UK. He's in Ecuador. And when Whitehall floated the idea that they could violate the integrity of the Ecuadorian embassy to arrested him, it blew up in their faces. Doing so would effectively open up their embassies to similar retaliation by every other country in the world.

2000 pounds of chinese soup = 1 Won Ton