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Comment Sure, I'll sign. (Score 1) 602

Everything I am 'forced' to sign that I don't want to gets signed by "Clark W. Griswold".

But frankly, I wouldn't have any problem signing something with obligated me to something as nebulous as "reasonably available".

"No, Your Honor, I do not consider it reasonable to take off work at a paying job for a week to go work for free at a former employer who laid me off."

I'm pretty confident any half decent lawyer would have no problem convincing anyone that this isn't reasonable.

Comment Re:Too much hype ruined it for me. (Score 1) 242

Oh yeah, and I forgot the main thing that cheesed me off more than any other: the exposition kept dropping me out of the story. Every time I started to get pulled in and started to enjoy things they'd go through some long protracted expository scene, like the slingshot maneuver being explained to the freakin' director of NASA. Seriously? That scene when on about 20 minutes longer than necessary. It should have been:

Boss: "Dude's got an idea."
Rich: "Slingshot Hermes back out."
Wiig: "Faster?"
Rich: "Checks out."
Director: "OK. No."

Comment Too much hype ruined it for me. (Score 1) 242

After all the hype about scientific accuracy I was excited to be wowed by it. I wasn't. Not only that I was irritated by a number of things. If all the hype hadn't got me in the mindset that I was about to watch one of the best done science plausible movies ever I could have given a pass on all this in exchange for being entertained. However, due to the hype I went in expecting that the entertainment value would be delivered in the form of scientific accuracy to delight my pedantic inner geek. I am disappoint.

Motion in Hermes #1: Everyone looked like they were flying on wires. Which they were, but after the astounding work done on Apollo 13 with weightless motion, the bar was pretty high and I expected better from 'one of the most scientifically accurate movies ever'. If not for that hype I wouldn't have been irritated by it because wires are the way it's done.

Motion in Hermes #2: When they were flying through the hub and got to the ring spokes, do I recall incorrectly or were the spoke access ports stationary relative to the hub? Shouldn't they have been rotating around the hub? (I admit I could be remembering wrong here.)

Motion in Hermes #3: Why were there curved trajectories every time someone went down into a spoke access port? You don't get sucked in like a vacuum cleaner hose. Granted there would be a slight breeze caused by air circulation and gravity does increase as you move from the hub centerline, but neither of those things could account for the radical accelerations seen in those scenes.

Growing potatoes: Wouldn't they have been irradiated prior to stowage due to the long storage time and therefore no longer be viable?

Gut bacteria = composting bacteria?: I don't know about this one but it seemed not right to me. I find it difficult to believe that the gut bacteria in his crap would have been suitable for composting said crap for use as fertilizer and be safe for application to food. Seems a stretch, but maybe someone could correct me if I'm wrong.

All this said, I will sustain one point of hype: the 3D was very well done. Not obtrusive, felt natural (camera focus was always at story focus), and most of the time I never thought about it. Very nice.

Comment Wow. (Score 5, Insightful) 956

"He’s vowed never to take an invention to school again."

Reading that article gave me a sick feeling in my stomach. It sounded like they were describing a grisly murder when they were detailing the exact manner in which a school's ignorance and racism crushed the spirit and enthusiasm of a smart and motivated kid. Then I read that last line. That might be one of the most profoundly sad things I've ever read.

Comment What's a cyber? (Score 5, Funny) 676

Kerry quote from the article: "...the latest means of spying is to be going after peoples' cyber."

I have a cyber? Where is my cyber? What does my cyber look like? How would I go about finding my cyber? Sounds like it could be fun. I wanna play with my cyber. But I have to protect my cyber so other people can't spy on my cyber. My cyber is private. Only my doctor can touch my cyber. No means no.

Comment Re:The headline (Score 1) 44

This. Anyone who doesn't assume their Internet stuff is effectively sitting on the curb waiting for someone to take an interest and pick it up is delusional. Internet security is a utopia - works great on paper, can't exist in the real universe. If there is a door for you then there is a door for anyone who decides they want to walk through. The best you can do is make your door's locks harder to get through than the next guy's so they lose interest in yours. When a bear is chasing me any my buddy I don't have to run faster than the bear, just faster than the other guy.

Comment Re:Amen brother! (Score 2) 424

I get better results when I'm not logged in as well and it has nothing to do with sharing the account. Sorta. It has to do with the fact that there is Work Me, Family Me, and Me Me; the three of us share one account. Google either can't or hasn't yet been able to guess which model of me is doing the searching and consequently gets it wrong for the most part. I have to log out so it doesn't make any guesses or assumptions and then "use quotes" "liberally" "if I have any hope of" "finding" "what I'm looking for".

Comment Re:Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, has some input (Score 1) 557

I'll second the 'no hallways' and 'eliminate unnecessary rooms' principle. My house is only 800sq ft, but 400 sq ft is a combination kitchen/living room/foyer and the other 400sq ft are doors off of that main room - two bedrooms, bathroom, mechanical room/pantry/laundry. Everyone is scandalized by how small it is...until they visit. Then they all say, 'Wow, this is plenty of room.' They all leave wishing their house wasn't so big. All of them. Every. Single. One.

Comment I am building right now. (Score 1) 557

Building with my own two hands, swinging a hammer at every nail. I have had to fight with the bank over construction details because my methods are so out of the ordinary for our area. I ended up having to get the state fire marshal to agree to come inspect my home himself before the bank would release my construction funds.

The "new tech" I'm using isn't new at all. It is 'new' in that it is just now starting to mature as a technology, it is new to North America after being ignored for years or decades, or is just now becoming cost effective for the residential market.

Advanced Framing - this is what the local inspectors and bank had a problem with, despite the fact that everything I did was to code (even pictured in detail in the code itself exactly as I had built it) and was published as a best practice in publications put out by the local electrical coop. Especially cool if you can afford to do it is the Larsen truss wall.

Passivehaus quality windows from the likes of Marvin and Alpen - triple pane windows filled with noble gasses to reduce or eliminate convective coupling, films to minimize IR losses or gains, frames that isolate the surfaces on the inside of the house from those on the outside of the house with insulating materials so there is no direct path for heat.

Residential fire suppression - There are now fire suppression sprinkler heads available designed to operate at the lower pressures of residential systems and are suitable to handle potable water. I've brought utility pressure water into the house, run it through a sprinkler in every room, and then to a pressure reducer for distribution to the house. My household supply runs by all the sprinklers first; this way there is no stagnate water in the lines possibly compromising the integrity of the heads and I know that as long as all is well with the water in the house then I have a functioning fire sprinkler system ready to spring into action. The cost was very low - a couple benjamins - for the heads, extra water pipe, and fittings, and was well worth the extra piece of mind.

Affordable foams for insulation - I couldn't afford to go fully foam, but I used affordable XPS and polyiso panels to supplement the batt insulation I used. Foam seals the walls to minimize energy movement through the envelope.

LED lighting and electronic ballast fluorescent with super long life bulbs for low operation costs and high ROI.

Mini-split heat pump units for super high efficiency cooling. I'm cooling my entire house with less power than my wife's hair dryer uses. Granted, it's only 800sq ft, but pretty good even so.

Radiant floor heat using intelligent automatic variable circulation pumps and tankless water heating units. This keeps efficiencies as close to theoretical limits as possible and increases occupant comfort to minimize use and mis-use of the heating system. Provisions have also been made to incorporate alternative heat sources at a later time such as solar collectors or gasifier.

But the most unconventional thing I did was that I DO NOT COMPROMISE on standards and I sweat the DETAILS when everybody else just wants to shrug and say "good enough" or "that's not how we've always done it". A house is a big pile of little things and if each of the little things is "good enough" what you get is just a little off + just a little off + just a little off + just a little off + ... just a little off = house of crap.

Comment "North Pole" is not the correct answer. (Score 1) 496

The answer Musk is looking for is:

"Are these cardinal directions magnetic or geographic? Is the surface you are walking on completely flat for the entire distance? Is that 'mile' in statute miles, nautical miles, Roman miles...?"

If you pop off an answer like "North pole! Ha! That's so easy." you fail. He wants to know if you're the type of person that is going to worry about the details and isn't going to crash one of his rockets when you don't notice one software sub was calculating metric units and the other one was calculating in imperial.

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