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Comment: Re:Wikis are better than nothing (Score 1) 211

by lahosken (#44752301) Attached to: Writing Documentation: Teach, Don't Tell

Yeah. I'm a professional tech writer, proud of my skills. But in plenty of cases, source-code-with-docstrings is enough.

I hope someone wouldn't hide away these rough forms of documentation, waiting on some exquisitely-crafted docs that they might never get around to writing. I like what he's saying about organization, keeping in mind how someone's going to learn this stuff. But I think he's setting a high bar.

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Is the Yellowstone Supervolcano About To Blow? 877

Posted by timothy
from the four-horsemen-dressage dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Apparently, Yellowstone National Park has been having a very unusual number of earthquakes. Many of the most recent tremors have been deeper underground, an ominous sign. Combine that with a rapid rise in elevation over the past three years, and the possibility that earthquake activity from surrounding areas could trigger such an eruption on its own, and you've got the possible warning signs of a supervolcano eruption that would wipe out half to 2/3 of the continental US, plunge global temperatures, and wipe out a very significant chunk of world food sources. Here's a little more info to make your New Year brighter!"

Comment: Sophisticated Grapnels (Score 2) 98

by lahosken (#17598816) Attached to: Undersea Cable Repair Via 19th Century Tech
I read a book from 1896, Wilkinson's Submarine Cable Laying and Repairing. I was pretty impressed with the complicated grapnels they had back then--capable of scooping up a delicate cable, slicing the cable as appropriate. I was so impressed that I typed up the grapnel chapter, scanning in the illustrations: http://lahosken.san-francisco.ca.us/frivolity/wilk inson/I_3.html

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