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Comment: Re:How did they do it (Score 2, Interesting) 61

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#49180625) Attached to: Lost City Discovered In Honduran Rain Forest

"I'm always amazed that they were able to build a civilization in such a thick jungle."

There is a theory that the jungle only exists today because of the cultivation of plants and leaving of waste by humans in the area previously. They say that the building up of human and livestock waste is what made it so fertile. I have also read that they had a different concept of farming than western civilization. They farmed with many different crops planted together, so that say one that gave back more nitrogen into the soil could fertilize other plants.

It is posited that this is why the jungle is so thick in parts of south america. It was somewhat engineered that way by man.

"Terra preta (black earth), which is distributed over large areas in the Amazon forest, is now widely accepted as a product of indigenous soil management. The development of this fertile soil allowed agriculture and silviculture in the previously hostile environment; meaning that large portions of the Amazon rainforest are probably the result of centuries of human management, rather than naturally occurring as has previously been supposed."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment: New yorker: More indepth (Score 1) 61

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#49180579) Attached to: Lost City Discovered In Honduran Rain Forest

Thought this sounded familiar.

There was an article in 2013 about the LIDAR system they used to find the city and the process of getting the government to agree to allow the mapping.

http://www.newyorker.com/magaz...

While not as many nice pictures, I think it has more of a background on both the city, the state of the politics in honduras and more historical info.

Comment: Re:Do it like Linux (Score 1) 514

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#49138349) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

I think the new one looks like 8-bit 'IT crowd' art. It's not bad, just bad in this context.

It is probably just a fashion, like windows 8 / office 2013 flatness. I doubt there is any practical reason for changing the icons to look ghetto'er.

Microsoft seems to have abandoned depth. Perhaps they are working toward a 'Pay for the 3rd Dimension' business model.

Comment: Re:Bugs in Win 7 UI (Score 1) 514

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#49137341) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

I had that bug too, and for sure it was a pain in the ass. I think they released an update in the last year or two which fixed it.

for all the non believers, here is a technet page with many people having that problem. might have required a renstall of the os to fix. I dont have the problem anymore anyways.

http://answers.microsoft.com/e...

http://answers.microsoft.com/e...

And as others say, it didn't always occur, but when it did, very annoying. For me it was in my downloads directory on a local hard drive. Annoying because I had to constantly refresh to see if things had downloaded yet.

Comment: As a canadian... (Score 1) 431

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#49124791) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

I looked forward to shipping our dirty oil to the americans! Now it has to go east or west. Ontario is much too strong to let it go through there, and the people of BC will never let the pipeline be built to the west.

Boo! Canadians will hate obama because of this. It was such a great solution to our domestic tar sands blight.

Comment: The obvious solution: STOP (Score 2) 290

All these replies, and not one person has said that they would stop.

I always stop if someones coming at me with a phone. 9 times out of 10, for whatever reason, they process a static object in-front of them differently and look up before collision. Most likely also apologizing to me at the same time.

If 2 walkers collide, it could be said that they were both negligent. If someone walks into you though, they look like a complete dumbass and cannot possibly blame you (after all you are simply standing there, already staring at them angrily)

Comment: +1 commercial displays (Score 1) 330

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#49044579) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?

We don't buy consumer displays at work for signage as they need to be on 14+ hours a day for years.

Commercial displays are what you are looking for. Sony has them, nec has some, im sure others. Prepare to pay more, double or triple the consumer cost. They are much more durable with prolonged use and you will probably not have to replace it for 10+ years. We have some plasmas from 2002 still running fine with the above dutycycle for instance.

They have features such as scheduling, remote turn on and are just simply built better. But you gotta pay.

 

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 431

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#48897083) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

"middle button = "paste selected text""

Didn't work in firefox or word, so i doubt it works in all applications.

Shortcuts are funny like that, some people find something invaluable that other people don't even know about.

I ctrl+c and then pressed the middle mouse button and it didn't paste so I dont know what you are talking about.

In firefox the MMB more annoying than anything, because if you accidentally click the middle mouse button, you get a kind of 'fast scroll' of the page instead of the mouse wheel.

Comment: Re:Clarification (Score 1) 166

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#48788819) Attached to: Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

"This is surprising to me, as I recall reading about plans for Canadian underground storage of nuclear waste back in the 90s. The plans then were to vitrify it - process it into a glass crystal"

The rather long article touched on this. The NNSA has tried to do this as well as create an MOX fuel reprocessing facility the same as the french, however the NNSA are trying to process weapons grade plutonium which they have not had any success with storing or processing safely apparently. The contractors that seem to be the main corner cutters and cause of failed plans in the article, have taken billions of government money and have so far come up with zero long term solutions. Except for this salt mine that is now unusable. The current solution seems to be shipping it to open pits in texas owned by some bush friendly billionaire.

The french and canadians do not use weapons grade fuel in their reprocessing and storage solutions. I am not sure if canada has successfully stored any radioactive waste LONG TERM either as I cant find any links saying that they have.

The closet I can find is the interim dry storage locations, which are all just concrete bunkers of some sort. http://www.nwmo.ca/wastemanage...

Comment: Re:Dupe (Score 1) 840

" Someone who says "why on Earth do you need to read your e-mail after hours?" is probably going to have no understanding of why you wouldn't want to buy something new instead of taking the time to repair it. "

Maybe I would need an MBA to understand this quote, but its true. I would not work when people aren't paying me (or work insane hours), and enjoy the art of repair.

Is it because narcissists are too shallow and self centred to notice that they are paying retail or being ripped off by the dealership?

Or is it work email? Work is never as important as free time. But then why would you answer your email after hours when you should be spending time with your kids? You claim that money is not important, however you seem to be basing things on having it (enough for a bmw and a house with a yard anyways).

For me, repairing means i spend less time working for money, or taking on side jobs, or hustling in some way. Why buy something again, when a smaller amount of money may solve the problem in parts? Why pay retail when the used market is negotiable and always cheaper. But then I wouldn't expect someone who leases a car to understand that!!! (see what i did there!)

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

There are other reasons to change your oil yourself. For one, it gets you under the car to check for other problems twice a year. Notice a cracked CV boot or something that jiffy lube may or may not mention.

Secondly is choice of the oil and filter. Oil change places use the cheapest stuff they can get away with. There is a large difference in oil filters out there. I try and always use mobil one personally.

So sure it may be cheaper, but you most likley get crappier oil (is it even synthetic??) and the worlds cheapest filter.
Where I live, anyone who sells oil is required to take the empties. So disposal is not really an issue.

Comment: Re:Win/Lose (Score 1) 463

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#48733721) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

"Unfortunately, our PC's are now limping along because the virus scanner is running all the time now, and so chews up resources."

Are you kidding? your idiot IT policy of no virus scanner cost over a day of downtime and you have the nerve to complain now? Thank fuck its there obviously!!

that's users for you. Infect the network, then bitch that the virus scanner uses "too many resources"...

Comment: Re:Oh how great is this! (Score 1) 158

"Seems like the best thing is to make certain no one thinks you are disgruntled"

I was thinking of saying something similar, about not using social media. However it occurred to me that they could just as easily read your email if they wanted to. So it would require never writing any email saying anything negative about your former company, to anyone... Well that is not freedom of communication in the slightest.
You would end up having to _believe_ that you actually weren't discruntled to be able to hide it successfully. At that point, its 1984 and you are changing the way you think because of fear of persecution.

What a great society we live in! Think nice thoughts!

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