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Comment: Re:TSA-like Money for Fear (Score 1) 270

Who's talking about terrorists?

The danger is another Carrington Event, which unlike your 500-mile tsunami and fire-breathing lizard examples could actually happen.

Half the planet's power transformers blowing out is hardly "nothing more than a power outage".

Such transformers can take a long time to replace, especially if hundreds are destroyed at once, said [Daniel] Baker, who is a co-author of a National Research Council report on solar-storm risks.

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Cliver agrees: "They don't have a lot of these on the shelf," he said.


"Imagine large cities without power for a week, a month, or a year," Baker said.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic...

Comment: Re:conversational format (Score 2) 142

by Wraithlyn (#46631283) Attached to: The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

Gmail was an early pioneer in using the URL hash to track state, so that eg, the Back button worked properly with Ajax. They deserve credit for that.

And yes, I remember being annoyed about not being able to open links in a new window... for about 10 seconds, before discovering the "Open in new window" function they provided, which rendered that pretty moot.

Comment: Re:Maybe there's also another reason? (Score 1) 195

Haha... I think the "feed the dolphin" mini-game was the EXACT point where I quit the game.

And yet, people still hail it as one of the greatest stories ever, nearly 2 decades later... so I always feel this nagging feeling that I should dust it off and finish it. But man.. those flat polygons and 320x240 backgrounds *shudder*. Maybe I'll wait for the inevitable iOS/Droid remake (they're already up to FF6).

Comment: Re:It's mere gas (Score 2) 94

by Wraithlyn (#46469487) Attached to: Monster Hypergiant Star Discovered

Jupiter is not thought to be composed of any significant amount of rock. Last I heard it doesn't even have a solid surface.

Thought by whom? Heard from where? An Anonymous Coward on a random discussion board?

"The core is often described as rocky, but its detailed composition is unknown, as are the properties of materials at the temperatures and pressures of those depths (see below). In 1997, the existence of the core was suggested by gravitational measurements,[31] indicating a mass of from 12 to 45 times the Earth's mass or roughly 4%–14% of the total mass of Jupiter.[30][33] The presence of a core during at least part of Jupiter's history is suggested by models of planetary formation involving initial formation of a rocky or icy core that is massive enough to collect its bulk of hydrogen and helium from the protosolar nebula."

Comment: Re:Work on the basics (Score 1) 387

by Wraithlyn (#46036383) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

Well they do overlap for the first 128 characters... so all UTF-8, by definition, "uses ASCII".

I frequently see stuff that has been encoded to UTF-8 *twice*. This results in all special (ie, multibyte) characters turning to gibberish. Running UTF8->Latin1 will convert it back to proper UTF-8.

WTF-8 is a great name for this phenomenon though, totally going to use that. :)

Comment: Re:And? (Score 2, Interesting) 128

by Wraithlyn (#46027493) Attached to: Microsoft Paying for Positive Xbox One Coverage on YouTube

You're right that the headline overstates things, but on the flip side, this isn't a court of law. We are entitled to educated guesses as to where such a "positive endorsement clause" most likely originated from.

If YOUR guess is, "I bet Machinima did that by themselves", my opinion is that you're fucking naive. I could be wrong of course.

Have a nice day.

Comment: Re:sscutchen (Score 1) 513

by Wraithlyn (#46027033) Attached to: HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

The ribbon was introduced in Office 2007, which was first released in Nov 2006.

Not even the original iPhone was out (or even announced) yet, much less tablets. Touchscreen devices at the time (PalmPilot, etc) used styluses, not "fat fingers".

So no, they most certainly did not introduce the ribbon as something optimized for touchscreens. The marketing hype at the time hailed it as "more discoverable" than the previous system of nested menus and unlabelled toolbar icons.

Comment: Re:Yup, and it doesn't matter. (Score 1) 722

by Wraithlyn (#45246433) Attached to: Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

I can imagine how this went about a century ago...

Your assertion that automobiles will take over fails to take into account one of the major reasons we have such a large horse industry - people like to ride horses. They like to buy new horses, take care of old horses, and do stupid tricks with horses. At most, an automobile would be a convenience feature for the daily commute, but so long as people get an adrenaline rush when they ride horses at a full gallop, this will not change.

You can not get anything worthwhile done without raising a sweat. -- The First Law Of Thermodynamics