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Comment: Re:That's Russian citizen's loss. (Score 1) 204

I don't know, thousands of small companies run forums online for customer interaction and customer support purposes. If this law is written in a bad way, BAM, suddenly no Russians will ever be allowed to create accounts on those forums, and no small company is going to go rent a server in Russia and dedicate engineer time to tying the two together so that Russians can register and login to a forum in Russia, but yet still see a single view of all the public posts and threads that exist on the "internal Russian" site and the external general site.

Literally, this means that forum owners need to put a little line on their registration page saying "sorry, no Russians allowed". And despite that, there's the possibility that the companies would suddenly be liable and in violation of Russian law for existing/prior users, and any users who sign up anyways, and any Russian users who sign up while obscuring their identity or origin (and what, are you a small company really going to put in filters on source IP addresses and hope that covers you, etc etc etc).

I understand the intent of the law, but I bet they write it loosely enough that they shoot tends of thousands of companies the world over in the foot.

Comment: Everybody skips the interesting bits (Score 4, Interesting) 296

by HangingChad (#47375241) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

Not only did Harold get a dose that was way beyond the LD50 for humans, he lived for 11 more years and died of unrelated causes. His pastor had to convince people he was safe to be around.

Harold was far from the only Tri-Cities nuclear celebrity. There were also stories about guys who would drop their pants and squat over reactor vents until their balls got a little burned. Think of it like a nuclear vasectomy. I never documented any of those stories but there were a lot of them and worse.

One thing I did personally document was that, adjusted for age, the cancer rate for people who worked at Hanford was not statistically higher than that of the general population.

I achieved my own personal notoriety there by accidentally leaving my dosimeter in my shaving kit and leaving that on an orange Fiestaware platter that was so hot it would light up a pancake meter on three scales. A few weeks later I get a panic call from Rad Services asking if I'm okay. Hehe. God, I hated that place.

Comment: Bigger than a tiny house (Score 4, Insightful) 118

by HangingChad (#47372091) Attached to: Chinese Company '3D-Prints' 10 Buildings In One Day

Those structures are bigger and sturdier than a tiny house with the added advantage of being made from recycled building materials.

The real question is structural strength and integrity and what agents are they using to make the mix dry fast. The Chinese could be using some nasty chemicals that wouldn't fly in building materials over here (Chinese drywall anyone?).

Still, if the units end up being even roughly equivalent to poured concrete, I could see living in a printed house, no problem.

Comment: Not news for anyone in the business (Score 1) 121

by HangingChad (#47360575) Attached to: Happy Software Developers Solve Problems Better

Talk about a headline from the No Screaming Shit Department, of course happier programmers are going to do a better job. There's no motivation to do your job well when you're miserable. That's why the team dynamics are more important than individual skill. I've seen one hot-shot programmer with great coding skills and horrendous personal skills totally undermine the team dynamic. No amount of skill makes up for being an arrogant ass.

Comment: About time (Score 2, Insightful) 276

by HangingChad (#47310555) Attached to: Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution

It's okay having a no fly list but not having a way to appeal being on it is an abomination. The irony is that sometimes actual terrorists are allowed to fly so they don't get tipped off the US is watching them. That's downright brilliant there. If the US is going to ban someone from traveling, they need to admit it and provide an appeals process.

Comment: Useful Technology (Score 5, Interesting) 99

by HangingChad (#47280017) Attached to: Smartphones To Monitor Schizophrenics

As someone who used to answer the 911 psych calls for our volunteer FD in a rural area, a voluntary app like this could be really useful. Where we lived back then first responders were the only regular checks a lot of the psych cases ever got. By the time someone called 911, they were way off the sanity reservation. Then law enforcement got involved and packed them off to primary care. They'd stabilize on their meds, the hospital would cut them loose because they didn't have insurance, sometimes with a couple days worth of meds, and we'd start the cycle all over again. Anything that would alert medical personnel that someone was having a problem and find a way to get them some help before we got a call that they were chasing cows around in the pasture bare ass naked would be a good thing.

I learned that rural areas are full of crazy people because the cost of living is lower and they could be crazy and not bother as many people. It was kind of surprising to find out how many of our neighbors were genuinely, seriously out there howling at the moon loony tunes (technical medical jargon).

Comment: They've tried everything else.. see details here (Score 1) 248

by CKW (#47254845) Attached to: Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

Some nice detailed info over here:

> In July 2012 Mr. Justice Punnett ordered that the world wide assets of Morgan Jack and Datalink be frozen. The order prohibits Datalink from carrying on business because it prohibits the sale of any inventory.
> ...
> The defendants have effectively disappeared. They have refused to provide any information about where they operate of where they manufacture the GW1000. ... Further, the company appears to be a virtual one.
> ...
> However, Datalink and Morgan Jack continue to sell their products in violation of these and other court orders.

I presume that this website is the seized website of the guy whom the BC court has ordered "all worldwide assets be seized". It looks like the BC court has tried everything underneath the sun to deal with this issue prior to going the google route. But the fact that the other guy has "gone underground" and is likely selling products from foreign jurisdictions ... I think the plaintiff and the court going the google route is totally fair and justified in this case.

If it wasn't for google and the internet, this guy, wherever he is, wouldn't be able to carry on his illegal fraudulent business.

Comment: Re:SHeriff Michael Gayer (Score 1) 875

by HangingChad (#47202185) Attached to: America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Violence has been trending down for decades

You can't support that conclusion definitively. What's positively been changing for decades is the way police report crimes. That, combined with the sheer numbers of people we're imprisoning, might be contributing to a drop overall level of crime but until there are uniform reporting guidelines, that conclusion is, at best, fragile.

Around here if someone shoots holes in your apartment, unless someone is hit, it gets reported as vandalism, even though most sane people would agree that's a gun crime. If someone pulls a gun on you here, unless it's accompanied by a threat or robbery, it's not considered a gun crime. There was a big stink in the paper about it a few months ago that involved dozens of local PDs. How many other PDs are playing similar games with their crime statistics? Nobody knows for sure. Since that's where the FBI gets their statistics, then garbage in, garbage out would apply.

Comment: Re:Who gives a shit? (Score 1) 593

What happened to hiring the best person for the job?

I used to work for a state agency that was under-represented in black employees when compared to the surrounding population. It was a matter of some concern until HR did an audit and found the percentage of African-American employees at the agency was proportional with the number of applicants. There was no systematic discrimination against blacks, they simply weren't applying for the jobs in the same numbers. So then HR switched to having job fairs in African-American communities and encouraging more people of color to apply for jobs. That didn't work, either. HR, which was by far the most racially diverse department in the agency, finally just said the bureaucratic version of "fuck it" and went back to business as usual. All that shit storm and concern over nothing.

Comment: Explanation of "reaction" is misleading (Score 4, Informative) 174

by ckedge (#47096813) Attached to: Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

The "organics" did not react with the "nuclear" part of the "nuclear waste", they reacted with the 1% acid that was still in the solution.

A pure chemical reaction.

(Made complicated/ugly by the combustion products carrying away small amounts of nuclear waste, for sure.)

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie