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Comment: Re:For the Future (Score 1) 73

by Rei (#48259471) Attached to: Location of Spilled Oil From 2010 Deepwater Horizon Event Found

I question how much it's still "oil". Oil, outside of reservoirs, evolves. The volatiles slowly separate out; their ultimate fate is evaporation and photodegradation. The shortest chains are lost rapidly, but the longer they get, the longer they take to disappear. As volatiles are lost, the oil thickens. It eventually becomes tar, and then basically asphalt.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Is large scale video for entertainment a wise use of the internet? 1

Submitted by LessThanObvious
LessThanObvious (3671949) writes "In today's world services like Netflix, Youtube, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video are ubiquitous and generate a large amount of real time video traffic on the web. The question I put to you is whether or not this activity is a reasonable and healthy use of internet resources and is it a healthy social trend for the evolution of the internet? Is the internet to become a national or global replacement for broadcast television? Do massive video providers have any social obligation to cache content close to the users the serve to save WAN bandwidth? Do you believe the internet is prepared to absorb exponential growth in real time video along with traditional data traffic? Does there ever come a point when the internet has to split into functional zones whatever those may be (i.e. Business, Entertainment, Public, Government, Domestic, International, etc)? I do not mean for this to be a discussion of Net Neutrality, please set that aside in as much as it is possible in such a debate."

Comment: Re:needs rebranding (Score 1) 64

by Rei (#48248901) Attached to: Lava Flow In Hawaii Gains Speed, Triggers Methane Explosions

I just typed it. But Slashdot simply "disappears" thorn characters, which is annoying.

Bárðarbunga is full of eye candy. I can point to abundant examples including no shortage of videos on Youtube / Vimeo.

As for pronunciation: Á is said "ow". BOWR-dthar-BOON-ka. The R is an alveolar tap or trill. If that's too hard for you, you can also call it Holuhraun (HOLE-ih-HROYN), Nornahraun (NORDN-uh-HROYN), THorbjargarhraun (THOR-Byardg-ar-HROYN), or a bunch of other names (the TH should really be a thorn, but again, Slashdot silently eats thorns). Among the many proposals for names was Holuhraunshraunshraunshraun, which was suggested because it would be fun watching foreigners try to pronounce it ;) It was never actually a serious contender, but I wrote an article poking fun at the concept on Uncyclopedia at one point ;)

Comment: Re:needs rebranding (Score 2) 64

by Rei (#48245093) Attached to: Lava Flow In Hawaii Gains Speed, Triggers Methane Explosions


If you want a flaming hellscape, Kilauea is a little candle compared to Bárðarbunga in Iceland. Kilauea erupts a couple cubic meters per second. Bárðarbunga erupts a couple hundred. Kilauea's gas emissions barely show up on satellite images. Bárðarbunga's just last night caused levels so high in a town a hundred kilometers away that it went off the top of the safety scale (which they got from Hawaii ;) ). Bárðarbunga has already erupted more lava than of Mauna Loa's multi-year eruptions in modern history, in under two months, and is up to about 1/6th the volume emitted by Kilauea in the entire 31 years of its eruption, with no signs of stopping. And it's doing all of this through a dike dozens of kilometers long. The magma chamber itself may still actually go off, mind you. An area the size of Manhattan is currently dropping by about a foot per day into the caldera, and has been doing so for months, causing one in every five powerful earthquakes on Earth. The caldera has released the largest lava eruptions on Earth since the last Ice Age, as well as floods several times larger than all of Earth's major rivers combined.

But nobody cares about Icelandic volcanoes unless they take out European air travel ;)

Comment: Re:OOOOooo "dozens warned they MAY need to flee" (Score 1) 64

by Rei (#48244985) Attached to: Lava Flow In Hawaii Gains Speed, Triggers Methane Explosions

What percent of the US's population do you think is in the risk of a major natural disaster of some kind - volcano, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, landslide, avalanche, etc? This time the dice got rolled and it was their homes that came up snake eyes. It should be noted that the town was built before Pu'u 'O'o became a "thing". There were no signs back then that Pu'u 'O'o was even likely to become an active vent, let alone one that would erupt for over three decades.

Comment: Re:Reports inconclusive (Score 1) 75

by Rei (#48237117) Attached to: Study: New Jersey e-Vote Experiment After Sandy a Disaster

Among them, things that don't accidentally go wrong but which someone can make go wrong

What exactly are you talking about - in good real-world systems - that is more silently corruptible than paper elections? E-voting even offers ways for users to confirm their vote on file with the electoral commission (without being able to prove their vote to others), something that regular paper voting does not.

Comment: Re:Reports inconclusive (Score 1) 75

by Rei (#48237089) Attached to: Study: New Jersey e-Vote Experiment After Sandy a Disaster

The current administration isn't trying to bring democracy to Iraq. They're trying to.........actually I have no idea what they're trying to do.

It's okay, neither do they ;)

Really though, while this is said to be due to terrorism, oppression, genocide, and the like, we really know the reason: it's that IS's ideology involves extensie use of MS Paint and an arabic version of Comic Sans. One simply cannot allow that to flourish.

Comment: Re:Women prefer male bosses (Score 1) 399

by Rei (#48235161) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

If you're looking at such tiny statistical differences that barely even surpass statistical noise, which is what the vast majority of these suppossed "psyhological gender differences" are (far, far more variation within groups than between groups), crediting them to some sort of innate difference is an extreme stretch, when a far easier explanation is simply culture and upbringing.

The study you linked "doesn't mention all female groups", your words. I'm saying that that claim needs a cite or needs to be dropped. And I can't read what your link itself says because I get a 403 error. But your very description of it states that it doesn't address the claim made that "all male groups work well" but "all female groups were unstable long term". Which is just gross stereotyping presented as if it's some sort of scientific fact.

Comment: Re:Perceive the obvious (Score 2) 399

by Rei (#48235127) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Surely it had absolutely nothing to the fact that by and large women were actively discouraged if not banned from higher education throughout most of modern history, with as a general rule up until the 20th century only aristocratic women being able to take up the sciences (as a hobby - but even that was actively discouraged, supposedly "bad for their health"), and the few women that managed to publish scientific findings generally had to do so under a male name. No, clearly that had no influence whatsoever!. Clearly science is all about aggressiveness! Which is why the world's greatest scientific discoveries have been made by wolverines.

Comment: Re: Snowden (Score 2) 221

by Rei (#48235093) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

Right. So the US didn't care enough to Assange to even watch him and inform the Swedes when he left the country, nor to inform the UK police (or simply stop him) when he jumped bail and fled to the Ecuadorian embassy... but despite not even taking the time to watch him they're instead planning an outright abduction and to "disappear" him outside of the courts system? When even Manning, the source of the leaks, the person who actually broke her military oaths and wasn't even arguably a journalist, will only be serving 7 years? Yeaaaaaah, got it.

Sorry, but the world does not revolve around Assange as much as he likes to pretend it does. Assange was living in a paranoid fantasyland pretending to be a spy in the middle of diplomatic intrigue long before he became famous through Wikileaks. Given that his family spent years running and hiding from a cult as he was growing up, there is context to his behavior.

Comment: Re: Snowden (Score 1) 221

by Rei (#48234073) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

Yes, there is a Wikileaks investigation - one which has been declared all but impossible to charge Assange in. There are no charges. The GP is correct.

Even Mr. Conspiracy Theory, Assange himself, doesn't believe the "Stratfor endictment". Stratfor for the most part is just people BSing about what they read from things that are in the public record. The most hilarious example was when Wikileaks retweeted from one of their Stratfor docs, "New #Stratfor docs: US soldier stealing $22M from Iraq?" What was this amazing Stratfor doc? It was a Stratfor guy commenting on an email that he received:

Dear Friend,

My name is Sgt.Walter Evans, an American soldier; with Swiss Background, serving in the military of the 3rd Infantry Division in Iraq with a very desperate need for Assistance. I and my partners moved one of the boxes containing funds which we believe is belonging to Saddam Hussein in March 2003, the total fund in this box is (TWENTY-TWO MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS), this fund had been moved via a safe Diplomatic Courier Service to a secured security company...

Basically since we are working for the American government we cannot keep these funds, we are Three (3) persons in involved. This means that you will take 25% percent and 75% will be for me / my partners.

Yes, that's a typical Nigerian-style spam email. Which Wikileaks retweeted as being a Stratfor-sourced scandal.

Comment: Re:Old news (Score 1) 399

by Rei (#48194991) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Hmm, now I'm curious. A fighter may have a takeoff weight of say 15000kg. Let's say that the "short lean female" saves 40kg over an "average male". With the other reductions - clothing, oxygen, etc - you probably get down to maybe a 60kg savings. That's a 0,4% reduction in system mass. The rocket equation (applicable here too) probably boosts that up to about a 0,5% benefit in many regards. Still not that much

However, if you can shrink the cockpit , then you're looking at a much bigger advantage - possibly 100-200kg extra weight savings and maybe cutting 5-10% off the total aero drag. That could actually be a big deal - relevantly faster accelerations, top speed, range, etc.

After an instrument has been assembled, extra components will be found on the bench.