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Comment Is there a reason to pay more attention to NASA? (Score 2) 387

NASA research brought us a lot of things in the past. Not so much any more. We get excited now about putting a camera with a transmitter out at absurd distances, to find out things about our solar system that will (possibly) affect our lives 50-100 years from now.

Would it improve if we took some or all of the money spent on NASCAR and funneled it into NASA? Maybe a little... but would the result be more exploration, or simply more expensive exploration? Money's really the only thing that could be repurposed, because there is certainly a limit on how many people can participate in NASA.

Comment Re:Don't Know How You Made That Conclusion (Score 2) 217

Or maybe his top level domain is old enough?

As many others have posted, this cheap new TLDs have had their reputations tarnished. My system's count of TLDs that are blocked by default is over 20, and includes such "winners" as .ninja, .space, .science, .audio, .xyz, .link, .rocks, .click, .work, .party, .review, .date, .eoc, .website, .eu, .win, .racing, .pro, .asia, .download, .faith, .wang, and .top, with more added as the spam load rotates through them.

As for hosting on a virtual server out "in the cloud", as mentioned by some, if you're on an IP hosted by a cloud vendor, you're going to be blocked by our servers. Too much spam from cloud hosts to pick through for legitimate messages.

I could say I'm sorry to do these things, but it would be a lie.

Submission + - Is ServerGate steering Hillary's campaign ... (techinamerica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Another round of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time at the State Department has been released, and the media continues its preoccupation with the issue – often at the expense of more substantive issues.

Comment It would first have to go somewhere I want to go (Score 1) 654

There are a few times that I will take public transportation.

Living near the northwest limit of the Chicago area transit system, it is convenient if I'm headed to a convention at McCormick Place. But, I haven't gone there in over a decade... The conventions I go to moved out to the suburbs, where use of public transportation is comical at best.

Going to one this past May, I checked the PT route vs. car. Car took 1.5 hours. PT route involved 10 minutes to train station. 1.3 hours on train. 20 minutes on another train. 10 minutes on bus. 19 minutes walk from nearest bus station to convention site. Cost for round trip? More than the cost to drive, including the $13 parking fee at the convention center.

"Free", as pointed out by others, is only to the rider... Someone has to pay for it. In Milwaukee, they're going to build a trolly system in the downtown that will be less cost-effective than simply renting a bunch of limos and drivers to do the work. And that's if the ridership reaches their claims... but the buses currently plying the route don't meet those numbers!

Does PT go where I shop? No. Does PT go where I work? No. Would I use it if it was free? Why?

Comment Re:North Pole (Score 0) 9

there are infinite answers to this:

anywhere north of the south pole such that, after walking south one mile, the "circumference" of that latitude is one mile, or some integer fraction (e.g., 1 mile west results in 4 "laps"), then one mile "north" will return to same starting point.

Comment Subject to change without notice (Score 0) 240

That's my browser selection.... and right now FF is doing its damnedest to NOT be it. The current version has a horrid lag, where typing into an input field is akin to a 300 baud dial-up line with noise on it. It gets worse if I allow spell checking.

And I'm STILL trying to figure out how to get some of the plugins to work like they did under v23. I think it is part of their "be like Chrome" strategy, where anything really helpful isn't supported.

But, then again, the others aren't doing much to become the browser I use most, because they don't do what FireFox USED to do...

Submission + - First alpha of public sector Linux deployment system 1

mathiasfriman writes: SverigeLinux (SwedenLinux in swedish) is a project financed by the Swedish Internet Fund that develop a Linux deployment system for the public sector. It is based on DebianLAN and has just released its first public early alpha version. This 7 minute video shows how you can deploy up to 100 workstations with minimal Linux knowledge in under an hour, complete with DHCP, DNS and user data in LDAP, logins using Kerberos and centralized storage. The project has a home on Github and is looking for testers and developers, hope you will try it out. Don't worry, no Björgen Kjörgen, it's all in english.

Submission + - Being Overweight Reduces Dementia Risk (bbc.com)

jones_supa writes: Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia, according to the largest and most precise investigation into the relationship. The researchers were surprised by the findings, which run contrary to current health advice. The team at Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analysed medical records from 2 million people aged 55 on average, for up to two decades. Their most conservative analysis showed underweight people had a 39% greater risk of dementia compared with being a normal healthy weight. But those who were overweight had an 18% reduction in dementia, and the figure was 24% reduction for the obese. Any explanation for the protective effect is distinctly lacking. There are some ideas that vitamin D and E deficiencies contribute to dementia and they may be less common in those eating more. Be it any way, let's still not forget that heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some cancers and other diseases are all linked to a bigger waistline. Maybe being slightly overweight is the optimum to strike, if the recent study is to be followed.

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?