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Comment: That's a smidge under 4" for the entire state (Score 2) 330

by dfetter (#48614555) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

The area of the state of California is 163,696 square miles.

$ units --verbose
Currency exchange rates from www.timegenie.com on 2014-04-02
2866 units, 109 prefixes, 79 nonlinear units

You have: 11 trillion gallons
You want: 163696 in mile^2
        11 trillion gallons = 3.8666624 * 163696 in mile^2
        11 trillion gallons = (1 / 0.25862097) * 163696 in mile^2

I find '4" over the entire state" to be a little bit more manageable than some unscaled number with a bunch of zeros, but maybe it's just me.

Comment: Re:Arrogant maintainers... (Score 0) 234

by dfetter (#43630163) Attached to: Fedora 19 To Stop Masking Passwords

Speaking of arrogance, it takes quite a bit of it, that, or paranoia, to imagine that people in a data center know or care what you're doing with your equipment there. They all have jobs to do, and if you're doing something so sensitive that you think the risk of being spied on in the data center is that high, you should probably have your own data center. That, or lay off the meth^Wcoffee.

Comment: Wrong from the get-go (Score 1) 454

by dfetter (#41018753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Best Setup a School Internet Filter?

Your assumption that content people might find--Facebook or elsewhere--that is more harmful to them than a censorship policy just handed down to them--is false. This is your chance to confront the people asking you to implement the policy with a couple of questions:

1. Given all the ways people get uncensored internet even under autocratic regimes where the penalties are brutal, what makes you think any censorship policy could work?

2. Which feasible projects are you willing to divert resources from in order to tilt at this windmill?

Don't let them answer 2. until they've got 1. well in hand.

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