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Comment Re:Only management is fooled (Score 4, Insightful) 344

It isn't shoddy products. The products work fine, which is why we haven't paid to have them upgraded to the latest greatest. They work fine for the environment they were originally purchased for, and do exactly what they are supposed to do.

Shoddy products don't work, these products work fine. Just not with XP or Win 7.

And for your info, I manage somewhere around 600 computers, plus all the networking equipment, printers, and servers, mostly by myself (Network Analyst) and one (sometimes 2) Tech. How many techs do you have for supporting your user base?

Yeah, I do, no lie.

Comment Re:An opinion by a PhD and sustainable farmer (Score 3, Interesting) 766

They say in one part: "The most fundamental point to bear in mind from the outset is that a sample size of 10 for biochemical parameters measured two times in 90 days is largely insufficient to ensure an acceptable degree of power to the statistical analysis performed and presented by Monsanto. " They say that because they think Monsanto shouldn't say the corn is safe - but then they (these researchers) are using that same "Insufficient" data to say it's unsafe. That's the way this whole paper is- it just doesn't jive together.

You might want to re-read your statistics textbook. They say that the power of the Monsanto analysis is low. That implies that if Monsanto does not see a significant result, they cannot conclude that no effect exists. However, the authors of this study see significant results nevertheless. Thus, even though power was low, the effect was large enough to show up.

In a nutshell: To demonstrate that there is a problem, all you have to do is find the problem in some instance. To demonstrate that there is no problem, you have to demonstrate that you looked very hard and yet could not find a problem. What the authors are saying is: "Monsanto didn't look very hard, and yet there is evidence of problems."

Comment Re:"Zombie nukes?" Puh-leaze (Score 1) 260

Not only is there preventative maintenance, which is proceduralized, there is constant performance monitoring software in most plants which is capable of seeing any change in performance, such as power vs load, vibration, temperature, and compute a performance index and report to the people in charge of that pump the moment something is out of tolerance. its part of the reason why nuke plants are online over 90% of the time on average in the last 10 years, compared to the 90s where nuke plants were up 60% of the time at best.

Comment Re:Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger (Score 2, Informative) 331

They're right only for a limited subset of microbes that people in hospitals are susceptible to. Your body is FULL of "microbes" already. What makes things like staph dangerous is open wounds and weakened immune systems... the sort of thing you generally only see in hospitals. Washing your hands at home because you touched a stick in the back yard is obsessive, not sensible.

That "limited subset" of microbes is quite unlimited. Virtually any microbe that gets into your body proper is dangerous even the normally nice ones in your digestive system. The body is designed to keep that stuff out for a good reason. Even with a healthy immune system you can die from microbes that get in. That's why nurses are hard core about cleanliness in the hospital. And I really don't why you brought up home cleanliness. It's not my experience that nurses are more obsessive about this than anyone else.

Comment Re:Capital Punishment (Score 1) 328

Stop spending ~$43,000 per prisoner to house them in Club Fed and revert prison to what it should be: Three square meals and the chance to break big rocks into little rocks.

Lesson Number 1:

In the American federal system almost all violent offenders are prosecuted at the state and local level.

Lesson Number 2:

The constitutional roots of federal criminal jurisdiction are in interstate and economic crimes. The Secret Service, for example, was originally organized to fight counterfeiting.

The white collar criminal can do enormous harm but it is often only the Feds who can put him behind bars - and keep him there.

That thought can be - disquieting - for the geek.

Because Club Fed was built for him. It's the prison farm for the financial and technocratic elite.

Lesson Number 3:

Prisoners do not remain prisoners forever. Breaking big ones into little ones does nothing to prepare them - or us - for their eventual release.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux