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Comment How It Works (Score 2) 33

The coating lives water and repels oil. Pull it thru an oil-water mix and the water flows thru the holes but the oil doesn't.

Pull it out and it contains a puddle of oil. Rinse it with a little water and the oil comes right off, ready for reuse.

This isn't that uncommon in these types of filters. What is new is that this works dry. Other filters of this type have to be thoroughly wet before they work. This one is oleophobic when dry as well. So no fancy prep to get it to work.

Comment Sigh... (Score 1) 11

It is nuanced in that it will cost a ton of money, fly in the face of the whole Christian "love thy neighbour" and "brothers keeper" bits and IT WON'T WORK!

Look at the number of tunnels that Israel deals with and their border is like 1/10th the length of ours. The drug cartels already have lots of experience in tunnel building.

Or there will be the European solution, where they all just s shift to boats -- and I don't mean poking around the corners in Texas and Southern California. I mean 6,000+ miles of Atlantic and Pacific shoreline, not counting Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Ricoo or the Virgin Islands.

Most likely both, plus routing immigrants thru the 5,500+ miles of Canadian border.

"Build the wall" is a blatant appeal to the "I'm angry, just do something" crowd who is so riled up they've lost the ability to think rationally. It is a pure feel good emotional play, and it will fail. AND cost a ton of money.

If this idiot move happens, I need to figure out what companies are going to get the maintenance and enforcement contacts because it will rival the defense industry for government pork spending!

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 321

These are commonly used as incentives for any major business that is considering moving into an area. They aren't unique to solar, and aren't offered to residents as tax credits for house top panels are.

They're along the lines of "move here, not there and we'll give you tax credits". Very, very common in the U.S.

Comment Maybe (Score 1) 32

I think Biden's ego puts his hoping into the ring into questionable territory.

I'd also say that while I can't see Trump getting the nomination, I do see his draw forcing the Republican nomination going to the convention.

If I had to pick the top 3 possible Republican nominee they would be Walker, Rubio and Bush. Maybe Kasich as a dark horse.

But the further right the Republicans have to turn to get the party nomination, the further they will have to walk it back to have a chance in the general election. Kind of hard to get people to vote for you when you've spent a year or more calling them every name in the book and demonizing them as sub-human.

Comment They Brought It On Themselves (Score 2) 1042

The WSFS brought this upon themselves by intentionally being vague and nebulous about what they're giving awards for.

The popular belief is that Hugo awards are for science fiction and possibly fantasy, but the truth is you can nominate any form of fiction.

Quote the FAQ:

The charter explicitly makes fantasy as well as SF eligible for our awards. Works of fantasy have often won Hugos, and, in fact, Hugos have been won by works that some people consider horror or even mainstream. There will never be universal agreement about the precise distinctions between genres and sub-genres, so WSFSâ(TM)s position is that eligibility is determined by the voters. To paraphrase the great SF editor and writer Damon Knight, a Hugo winner is what the Hugo voters point to when they award a Hugo.

The idea of voting for a work based on the gender, race, skin color, sexual identity, etc. of either the author or characters is stupid. How about basing it off the plot, character development and writing quality?

For example, Citizen Kane was a great movie and that isn't impacted by the fact the main characters are all heterosexual and white. It wouldn't be improved -- nor detracted from -- if the characters were of a different race or sexual orientation. The story stands alone.

Conversely, Gigli was a steaming pile of fecal matter. Replacing everyone in it with a wide variety of LGBTQ people of a random variety of races, skin colors and genders wouldn't help. It would still be shit all on the merits (or lack there of) of plot, writing and character development.

Comment Re: Tell the old dogs (Score 1) 394

that is what Chromebooks are for. My wife has used one for over a year with no problems. That includes no interference from me other than letting it apply updates and reboot monthly.

My initial setup was to add the WiFi password and point out to the printer.

No viruses, no malware, no ads (OK, I also installed uBlock), no problems.

Comment Re: Idiocy. (Score 1) 394

If I need to install Wireshark to troubleshoot a server/client issue when I'm site with a customer...

That comment right there tells me you have no experience with this issue. Network engineers are not the people they are worried about. it is the lawyers, accountants and other tech semi-literates that wreak havoc with unfettered admin rights.

for the most part you're installing tools, while those people will install a little of everything on a whim. these are the people that end up with spyware, viruses and 12-different browser toolbars.

Comment Re: Idiocy. (Score 2) 394

because the end users are incapable of understanding that the consequences of their poor decisions extended to much further than the own tools and software that they installed. Security violations of their own personal phone or device, because of a BYOD policy, can impact the entire environment. There are both security and legal consequences of this type of negligence.

one self-important executive who doesn't think the rules do not apply to them, or that they are somehow smarter than security, can bring down the entire company.

  the ability to make a risk decision for the entire enterprise is a difficult task to put on an individual end user who doesn't have the knowledge or visibility.

Comment Re:My wife cheated on me...do I download this? (Score 1) 319

"Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails." - Clarence Darrow

If she cheated and you're working on things, she has no right to be offended if you don't trust her. Check that shit.

I'll be looking to download it just on general principles.


Comment Re: Amazing (Score 2) 492

If you think that your experience is identical to everyone else's, you are the one who is deluded.

Your experience is atypical. Outside of the Bay area, Silicon Valley and Manhattan, tech salaries are substantially lower.

In my market, $70-90k is the range for most experienced IT personnel. Employers here heavily recruit H1B workers and pay them in the $75k range. It's cheaper because H1B contractors don't get paid the same kind of benefits, retirement, et cetera.


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