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Comment: It's "not just the about the money!" (Score 1) 297 297

by Latent Heat (#49971107) Attached to: When Will Your Hard Drive Fail?
C'mon people, unless you are recording movies, backing up your data (onto multiple thumb drives) is trivial.

The real hassle is backing up your operating systems along with all the software installations and installs.

Sure, we all have the activation keys for every piece of software we installed in a safe place somewhere?

That is also the royal hassle that Microsoft created when they started "authenticating Windows" against hardware configurations. You used to be able to just clone hard disks and take them to another computer when one failed. I know there are people who also build computers from parts, but Microsoft going to that model made building a machine from parts more trouble than its worth. And having a hard disk fail is probably the software industry's model for getting people to buy all the software -- OS, office suite, everything -- from scratch.

Comment: They came for (Score 2) 510 510

by Latent Heat (#49831489) Attached to: Why Is It a Crime For Dennis Hastert To Evade Government Scrutiny?
the Republican House Leadership, but I was not a Republican serving in the House of Representatives.

They came for lobbyists making a gadzillion dollars representing Turkish interests, but I was not a lobbyist representing Turkish interests.

They came for persons making "structured" bank withdrawals totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, but I was not making bank widthdrawals in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Comment: Where has the absence of C13 gone? (Score 1) 372 372

by Latent Heat (#49639721) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record
Take a look at the comparison of C13/C12 ratio with total atmospheric CO2.

The carbon in plants and in fossil fuels is depleted in the C13 isotope by about 1.8 percent (18 mils). The annual wiggles in the C13 ratio are accounted for by the complementary wiggles in the total CO2 being the update and reemission of CO2 depleted in C13 at that level.

The multi-decade slope of the C13 curve is much more shallow in comparison to the annual wiggles in relation to the same comparison for total CO2. Any number of debunk-the-skeptics Web sites points out that as we emit CO2 depleted in C13, the C13 ratio declines. But not one of these sites offers even a rough quantitative analysis, which would show that CO2 depleted at the fossil level can account for no more than a third of the increase in atmospheric CO2 that is the source of much anxiety.

Is anyone else noticing this?

Comment: Recovered IDE drive from a fire (Score 2) 446 446

My father lost his workshop to fire in 1999. I have in my hands a Western Digital "Caviar" 2540 IDE drive that still reeks of smoke 16 years later. The computer was wrecked, but I hooked that drive up to an IDE cable and copied all of his files from it.

People think a fire turns everything to molton slag. There was much that survived even when the 2 cars in the garage were reduced to burnt hulks.

Don't have any experience with such a thing with modern multi-100 Gig drives, but traditionally drives were built like tanks.

Comment: Trusting the passengers (Score 1) 385 385

by Latent Heat (#49355625) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
Actually, we are trusting the passengers, in the words of Jerry Pournelle, we are trusting the passengers to riot rather than submit to a hijacker.

The Shoe Bomber Richard Reid got stomped by the other passengers, and the Underwear Bomber Abdul-Mutalub was fought and stopped by a fellow passenger.

On the other hand, if someone really wants to crash the plane, can the other pilot or the pilot with volunteer passenger "muscle" stop this. The passenger on that one plane in 9-11 broke open the cockpit door -- they were able to thwart a fourth attack on a building, but they were unable to prevent a crash. It seems they knew there chances of living were slim and they gave their lives to prevent loss-of-life on the ground.

Comment: Pilot range extender (Score 1) 385 385

by Latent Heat (#49355539) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up
They sell them as a "pilot range extender" at the FBO (fixed-base operator) plane rental counter for private pilots.

But what do women pilots use? What if the call is for Bodily Function #2? Even with an all-male crew, do you really want to expose yourself this way to your colleague? There is this protocol with the urinals in the Men's Room of not looking over at other dudes -- at the controls of the plane, should the other pilot have to limit their gaze of the instruments and controls?

Comment: And your point being . . . (Score 1) 356 356

by Latent Heat (#49330457) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again
Someone asks why there is "pushback" against mandating/subsidizing renewables, an explanation is offered on the beliefs/reasoning/prejudices of those offering the pushback, and then this explanation is deemed "irrelevant wandering"?

It seems people can get very huffy about something deemed irrelevant?

It seems someone can get quite imperious about an enterprise that garners pushback for being heavyhanded?

It seems the word "conversation" really mean "shut up and hang your head in shame while I explain to you what you should think?"

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