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Comment: Re:Consider the Audience (Score 1) 424 424

I might add another annoyance not mentioned yet. Whenever I use one of the more obscure search functions (such as "inurl"), every few pages I am forced to do a captcha because, in their words, they are detecting "suspicious" activity. I guess knowing what you are doing automatically tags you as up to no good.

Comment: Consider the Audience (Score 1) 424 424

Problem is, Google and Bing are set up to produce optimum results for the 98% of users that have little to no idea of how to frame a search query; have only fair-to-middling spelling, grammar; and are looking for topics for which the first page or two, at most, of results will get them where they want to go. They are not designed for serious, scholarly, in-depth, obscure, complex or nitpicking search queries. Like many things in life, they are dumbed down to serve the masses.

Comment: Brilliant! (Score 1) 366 366

Nothing like adding a filesize check into the save script so you don't fill up your filesystem and crash it. That would have cost them what two lines of code?

That's like building a nuclear weapon with no off switch. Who does that?

Did they christen this spacecraft? Did they name it the USS Eve, perhaps?

Comment: Eight is not enough (Score 1) 111 111

Never heard of the Chromatic scale? Schoenberg, Berg and others did.
All these scales do not divide the tones evenly in the frequency spectrum. They have to leave some out. Interestingly enough nor does the twelve note system, which does an even distribution in a logarithmic scale (base 12). At first hearing twelve tone music goes nowhere and slightly grates on you. After a while you start seeing (hearing) the purpose, but it is an acquired taste (no easy listening here). For an interesting read: The rest is noise, Alex Ross. That's minus the math

Comment: I concur. The article is Bullshit. (Score 1) 236 236

This article is so full of it. There have indeed been other reports of injuries and some of deaths by meteorites/asteroids. Including as the parent response notes, the major catastrophes that happen when they do occur. We are right to worry about an event that WILL eventually happen, even though it is very rare. An event that when it happens will make up for all the minutes, days, weeks, months and years it didn't happen.

Reported deaths dating back to BCE.

It might not also be a bad idea to look at the orbits of all the known potentially hazardous objects (that means asteroids/comets, of a certain mass, that intersect Earth's orbit). It's a sobering graph.

Comment: Re:Kansas isn't even remotely flat (Score 1) 235 235

Well, I guess "flat" is a relative term. If you consider a change in elevation from one end of Kansas to another end of almost 3400 feet (from 679 ft above sealevel to 4039 ft above sealevel, then relatively speaking yes Kansas is flat. Boring, maybe, but flat not. I think everyone is confusing Kansas for Nebraska. Kansas is not remotely flat. Take it from a New Yorker who moved to Missouri and drives across Kansas to get to Colorado. Or look at a topological map.

+ - UMG v Grooveshark settled, no money judgment against individuals

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: UMG's case against Grooveshark, which was scheduled to go to trial Monday, has been settled. Under the terms of the settlement (PDF), (a) a $50 million judgment is being entered against Grooveshark, (b) the company is shutting down operations, and (c) no money judgment at all is being entered against the individual defendants.

Comment: The Elephant in the room, no one is talking about (Score 1) 332 332

Beside the fact Californian growers are wasteful water users, and thus can sell at "competitve" prices, after getting those governemnt subsidies via our tax dollars, there is another issue.

We should remember that Global Warming (or the natural tendency for the planet to heat up, if you don't believe in Global Warming) is causing a lot of freshwater to flow into the world's saltwater bodies and thus desalinating the oceans and seas which is endangering the entire planet's marine environment. We are now talking about desalinating even more of that water. Once these plants are built California growers will cmoe to rely on them even when there is no drought. Other places will follow suit, and eventually the ecosystem in the World's oceans and seas will collapse. NASA has already said that the collapse of the Western Antartic Ice Shelf cannot be stopped, and that's a lot of freshwater. It's a death spiral, and not sustainable. Better get focused on those Moon and Mars colonization projects, because we're going to kill this planet, sooner, rather than later. We're going to need options.

Comment: Re:neither bridge nor tunnel (Score 1) 226 226

Or do like the Chesapeake and make it a mix of Bridges and tunnels. That way when the Chinese, N. Koreans or Russians try an invasion we can seal a tunnel on the American side, and wait for the invasion force to fill up the tunnels and bridges before we blow the other end. But, if they built it, I'd do that road trip! Think of all the tourist spots, Tunguska, Wooly Mammoth fields, Gulag,...

Comment: Re:B is the new F? (Score 1) 315 315

It was over a decade ago. It was a busy box, running a DNS sever, SSH daemon, mail and web with Postgres and MySql. Python and a host of other stuff was installed. It wasn't static html. Like I said I never patched it, and there were security patches that had come out. I believe at least one was a buffer overflow issue. It was vulnerable by the time it got hacked. It happens. Linux isn't immune to attack, just harder. If you don't patch, it makes it less hard. I also didn't do any hardening. Don't recall which distro it was, possibly a RH distro before I switched over to debian for servers.

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