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Comment: let's get some crap out of the way (Score -1, Flamebait) 137

by hxnwix (#45512887) Attached to: Singapore & South Korea Help NSA Tap Undersea Cables

You're not important enough for anyone to care about your private communications.
All countries spy.
I, for one, think it's hot that the NSA sees my sexts.
If the NSA didn't do this, we'd already be dead.
Everybody already knew the NSA does this, so it doesn't matter.
It's not espionage if it's the data wasn't encrypted.
The constitution is a ball of twine to be picked at until nothing remains.
Burma shave.

This fucking bullshit dispensed with, you are now free to have a meaningful conversation.

Comment: Re:They dumped the waste water yet no misconduct (Score 1) 246

by hxnwix (#44828579) Attached to: Exxon Charged With Illegally Dumping Waste In Pennsylvania

It's according to how much actual toxic waste was in the water.

While the article (and the excerpt above) mention a list of scary chemicals that "can" be found in wastewater from natural gas drilling, it's also quite possible that the major component was... mud. And a small percentage of oil (usually three percent or less, and even lower for a natural gas well, all the way down to "practically zero") - and other not-very-toxic stuff. Or "toxic chemicals" found in parts per million or lower. If they were using fracking chemicals, the mud might have had some bleach and surfactants in it.

Now, if the rock they were drilling through had a high metal content, the water may have picked up some of that - but probably not too much, overall. Enough to break water standards, but not enough to be actually dangerous.

Since there's no charges, it was probably low-concentration stuff - a technical violation, but not serious.

Dear lord, drilling mud is more than just plain mud. "Parts per million! Who cares about a few parts per million!?"

Those are the parts that get you!

Comment: break the problem down into parts, carefully... (Score 1) 297

by hxnwix (#43530537) Attached to: Overconfidence: Why You Suck At Making Development Time Estimates

Break the problem down into parts. Carefully consider contingencies. Get creative - sleep on it. Think about it in the shower. What bullshit will crop up as I work on this project?

Using all your experience as to how long similar components took to implement in the past, plus how much longer it would have taken if worst case nuclear godzilla attack had occurred, compute time estimates for each component.

Add all the time estimates together.

Multiply by the Planck constant in Joule seconds / (pi^3 / e^2) * 10^34... approximately 1.58. It has something to do with brane theory and the double slit experiment. Trust me.

Comment: Re: Remember, boys and girls: (Score 1) 276

by hxnwix (#43378969) Attached to: Fisker Lays Off Most Workers, Plans To Shop Around Remaining Assets

Indeed. Furthermore, how many trillions has the US spent supporting a government in Afghanistan that is no less hated and corrupt than the Republic of South Vietnam was? A government that will last just as long without US support?

And yet, these cretins worry over things costing less than a thousandth the cost. Keep cutting discretionary spending and keep stealing from social security to cut taxes on the rich, US, and you'll be just like Russia in no time. Minus the natural resources. We Norwegians hoped Obama might get you back on track, but you guys apparently resent it, and it is ultimately your right to decline and deteriorate if you want.

FYI, unemployment for graduates with engineering degrees is less than 1% here, and immigration into Norway is easy for skilled workers. Send your useful people to Norway and let the rest finally have things as they please. You deserve better, and the idiots just plain deserve it.

Comment: Re: And no one will learn yet again. (Score 5, Insightful) 276

by hxnwix (#43378797) Attached to: Fisker Lays Off Most Workers, Plans To Shop Around Remaining Assets

Trying to be like venture capitalists, but idiot ones, unlike the real ones who won't go near this unlikely technology

It's not so unlikely: "The company [Tesla Motors] announced in early August 2009 that it had achieved overall corporate profitability for the month of July 2009.[51] The company said it earned approximately US$1 million on revenue of US$20 million. Profitability arose primarily from improved gross margin on the 2010 Roadster, the second iteration of Teslaâ(TM)s award-winning sports car. Tesla, which like all automakers records revenue when products are delivered, shipped a record 109 vehicles in July and reported a surge in new Roadster purchases."

Wikipedia lists their 2012 revenue as -251m, presumably because Tesla Motors is making heavy capital investment in production. They've been profitable before, and their investors apparently think they will be again.

It's worth noting that the already established and highly profitable oil companies take billions of incentives from your government every year. Evidently, they just love giving money to industrialists of every stripe. And banks, of course.

Advancing new basic technology with great strategic potential for reducing US dependency and therefore entanglement in the middle east is an excellent idea. Perhaps Fiskers was a poor choice - but doing nothing until after oil hits $500 a barrel would be far worse.

Comment: Re:Nothing New (Score 1) 628

by hxnwix (#43318515) Attached to: North Korea Declares a State of War

What happens when the NK leadership gets to a point where they feel they have nothing to lose by attacking?

They'll never get to that point. Less aide means more people starve until only Kim Jong Un remains - in a bunker, watching Tom & Jerry. Going to war means the game is up and Kim Jong Un has to find another line of work. He will never pull the trigger.

Comment: Do you know how hard it is to update their DB? (Score 5, Funny) 279

by hxnwix (#42386093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Anti-Spam Service Extortion?

Adding an IP address to their whitelist is no easy thing. You see, they hire only blind, deaf quadriplegics, so each octet is entered in binary through a mouth open/close morse code interface. But that's only after your request makes it through the queue to be read through tactile forehead tapping tty... Perfectly understandable that these folks detest spam, isn't it?

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. -- Confucius