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Comment: ZMapp experiments done on tobacco plants. (Score 0) 91

If they have practice gengengeering on some thing, do it on something that can be safely erased if we fuck it all up.

They got all kinds of varieties of tobacco plants they can experiment on, we won't miss one of them

We can erase the entire tobacco supply and never cry one tear if there is a monstrous fuck-up.

Comment: orly? Portland ahead of curve, big open source hub (Score 3, Interesting) 83

by leftie (#47138029) Attached to: Oregon vs. Oracle: the Battle of Blame Heats Up

When Oregon’s new Chief Information Officer, Alex Pettit,was on our show recently, we asked him what stood out from his move from Oklahoma to the northwest. He said there were some expected cultural differences, but that in terms of IT he was caught by surprise:

        I was surprised that things like open source wasn’t as bigin government as it is in the East Coast, or in Oklahoma, where I was. I was surprised that transparency wasn’t a bigger issue. It’s certainly a big issue in Oklahoma, and it’s less so here.

This was striking because Oregon is known for its open source community — at Oregon State’s Open Source Lab, at the annual OSCON Conference, and among many programmers. And his comments came right before an Oregonian op-ed argued that open source software could have prevented the Cover Oregon fiasco.

http://www.opb.org/radio/progr...

The only mistake that may have been made by Oregon State gov. tech people was letting Federal officials talk into going outside Oregon for the website project.

Comment: Amazon's big screw-up - missed kickstarter.com (Score 1) 405

Amazon big screw-up with the Kindle was completely missing the big takeoff of crowdfinding sites like kickstarter.com.

http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/...

"Authors are choosing to crowdfund their work, and there are now options for them on which platform to use. The question is: Kickstarter, Indiegogo or Pubslush? To explore the pros and cons of those platforms, I interviewed a successful author from each of them to find out why they chose it and how they succeeded....

Amazon Kindle & DRM strategy needed to end up with authors completely dependent on the Amazon for their income. Amazon either missed the birth or takeoff of crowdfunding sites for as a new important revenue source for creative occupations.

Comment: feed myself w/ knowledge & history of steelmak (Score 1) 737

by leftie (#46737035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

...When Bessemer went to push them into the ladle, he found that they were steel shells: the hot air alone had converted the outsides of the iron pieces to steel. This crucial discovery led him to completely redesign his furnace so that it would force high-pressure air through the molten iron using special air pumps. Intuitively this would seem to be folly because it would cool the iron. Instead, the oxygen in the forced air ignited silicon and carbon impurities in the iron, starting a positive feedback loop. As the iron became hotter, more impurities burned off, making the iron even hotter and burning off more impurities, producing a batch of hotter, purer, molten iron, which converts to steel more easily....He realised that the technical problem was due to impurities in the iron and concluded that the solution lay in knowing when to turn off the flow of air in his process so that the impurities were burned off but just the right amount of carbon remained. However, despite spending tens of thousands of pounds on experiments, he could not find the answer.[7] Certain grades of steel are sensitive to the 78% nitrogen which was part of the air blast passing through the steel.

I don't know precise formulas for 19th century steelmaking, but I know right where to look in a library. There's was a PhD in the family for metallurgical engineering. Now materials science. I'd feed myself, won't freeze to death.

Comment: Think Sec. State has no big role for disasters? (Score 1) 448

by leftie (#46734443) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Katrina was a Cat 5 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. You think the US Sec State might have to pay some serious attention to some US Embassies in foreign countries getting torn up all along the way into the Gulf. Bahamas. Jamaica. Heard of them? They have US embassies and missions, too.

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