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Comment: Re:And why not? (Score 3, Informative) 227

Even if we give the nuclear industry a pass on the problems/issues with radioactive waste disposal a tremendous amount of carbon is expended in the mining/refining and transportation of the nuclear fuel. This carbon foot print seems to be forgotten; it can because the location of the uranium ore is not a consideration for siting the reactor: out of site out of mind. Hydro electric dams and wind turbines also have an initial carbon load. However once the dam or turbine is built only maintenance is required, not on going fueling, however small it may be.

Comment: Re:Sure some theories will change but... (Score 0) 231

by atherophage (#48871855) Attached to: The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart
Halton Arp and the electric universe folk suggest red shift is not a measure of age/distance but rather of electrical stress. If the universe is not expanding; if electricity is the dominant force, not gravity, then the only paradox here is why we keep spending billions of dollars propping-up the gravity based status-quo?

Comment: Re:Shutter (Score 1) 324

by atherophage (#48869433) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?
Or a bright red LED light, right in the centre when the cam is recording. Beyond that, make them cheap enough so no one is encouraged to steal them. And/or a remote wipe/kill switch such that if the glasses are stolen they are rendered useless. The police do not need another crime inducing gadget on their plate.

Comment: Re:A Big Money Pit of Dubious Value (Score 5, Interesting) 169

As a school district tech I see school computers largely used as either babysitters or required devices for state administered standardized testing. Beyond that one problem is many teachers just-don't-get-it. Something as routine as forcing high school students to change their passwords brings our district help desk to a grinding halt. Educators complain about having multiple passwords for their domain login and the web-based grading application. The students pick-up on this attitude. Among the largest requests the help desk receives are setting the default printer and creating a shortcut on the desktop for various websites. No fancy software bundle can fix this.

Comment: Re:even more telling... (Score 1) 255

by atherophage (#47148311) Attached to: A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"
Exactly, it's a management issue. Employee reviews should catch the lack of productivity. It's a different issue when the under-performer takes advantage of his or her status/ won't get-up-to speed. When management refuses to act on blatant productivity issues morale plummets. First management steps should identify the problem then make corrective efforts. But if the efforts fail termination should be an option otherwise the organization is merely enabling bad behavior.

Comment: Re:this makes no sense to me. (Score 1) 135

by atherophage (#46806507) Attached to: Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics
Plate tectonics is a theory (; one with a great many believers. Velikovsky writes Venus is hot because it is so young; having been a comet not that long ago, a theory too. An idea based upon another assumption, albeit one sold as fact, remains an idea.

Comment: Re:Soccer (Score 1) 405

by atherophage (#46806345) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes
More than the hole size would have to change. Spent six years working on a golf course. The hole has to be changed daily. When the grass is cut to 3/16ths of an inch it is difficult for some greens keepers to get the the old hole flush (the contents of the new hole fill the old old hole). Too high and the grass is shaved; too low and a dip (with longer grass develops). This is tough enough with a 4 inch hole. A 15 inch hole would make the job of changing cups that much more time consuming and difficult - unless it gets automated somehow. It would be easier to just add more cups to the greens. Golf courses might want more players; but the golfers enjoy the exclusivity: a place to go where the rest of us can't; those of us who do are servants.

Comment: Re:Pythonista (Score 1) 340

by atherophage (#44725823) Attached to: For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad
"If schools are just doing the same old thing with iPads, or drinking the snake-oil-salesmen-turned-courseware-vendor Kool Aid, don't blame the tools." This is the problem. From what I have experienced working in a K-14 district for nine years, those teaching computer classes have a weak understanding of the technology; even less enthusiasm for the topic.

Comment: Re:distant, but fairly accessible (Score 1) 90

by atherophage (#44725489) Attached to: First Asteroid Discovered At Uranus's Leading Trojan Point
All based on the possibly flawed assumption comets are composed of slushy ice and rocky dusty bits. The good folks at have for years been gathering information which suggests cometary bodies are dry rocky objects.

Comment: icons (Score 1) 264

by atherophage (#44272795) Attached to: DuckDuckGo: Illusion of Privacy
At least it appears DDG is trying to help with privacy. They have links on their minimalist home page which lead to suggestions for protecting your search privacy. Found out about through DDG. DDG also has way cool swag [] on the cheap.

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