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Comment: Re:The explanation is simple (Score 4, Informative) 245

Just replying so that anyone else reading this isn't suckered in by your mistakes or ignorance:

1. Steel gets 'soft' enough between 500 and 700 DeC to lose most of its structural properties.
2. A typical fire - like something that could start in an office - can easily get to 700+ DegC. This includes the gas coming off the fire.
3. A bit of jet fuel could easily set most things inside an office building alight.

Source - I design buildings not to fall over in a fire.

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter what they report (Score 2) 465

by wish bot (#37091052) Attached to: UN Climate Report Fails To Capture Arctic Ice: MIT

No actually that is all you have. There's plenty of historical evidence to indicate that temperature rise leads the atmospheric CO2 increase. The mechanism by which CO2 is theorised to retain heat is poorly understood and far from proven. Water vapour has a far higher heat capacity to act as a greenhouse gas and yet isn't accounted for in most of the models.

I see these statements all the time - unfortunatley they have become urban legend rather than having a basis in fact. Here's some reading:
http://scholarsandrogues.wordpress.com/2007/07/23/anti-global-heating-claims-a-reasonably-thorough-debunking/#m5
http://scholarsandrogues.wordpress.com/2007/07/23/anti-global-heating-claims-a-reasonably-thorough-debunking/#m18

Finally, I'm sitting here looking out the window watching it snow for the first time in ~70 years and have to seriously question your assumptions that the planet is even warming at all.

Here's something for this observation too - http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-03-global-snowstorms-scientists.html

As a counterpoint for anecdotal evidence, you may want to read the news stories about record heatwaves through the US over the past month...

Comment: Re:SquirrelMail? (Score 3, Insightful) 554

by wish bot (#37016264) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

Isn't Squirrel just an interface? He's going to need something a little more than that - Postfix is the thing you need.

Now, having done exactly this for a long time (and having also moved everything over to Gmail for domains) I have a few observations:

- running your own email server gives you a warm inner glow and feeling of independence, but that's about it.
- check your logs daily, intrusion attempts happen constantly.
- dedicate the box to email only, that is - close down every port you don't need.
- don't run anything you don't need on that box.
- for the love of god don't run php (which might cut out squirrel mail).
- you'll need a set of good spam handlers. There's some good suggestions in posts below.

Personally, if you were really going to do this, I'd get a Mac mini. It comes with everything you need in terms of unix tools by default. It runs low power, it runs quiet. And there's slightly less chance of you getting owned. Always kep your patches up to date.

I eventually moved away from this because I got tired of being a paranoid sys-admin at home. Dealing with uptime issues also made me rethink what I was doing when email started to become critical to my finances - you'd be surprised how unreliable home dsl and power systems are when you really, really need them.

Comment: Re:That's a trivial thing! (Score 4, Interesting) 436

by wish bot (#36104320) Attached to: Alabama Nuclear Reactor Gets 'F' Grade

Solar doesn't require batteries. It can feed directly into the grid via an inverter. Solar panels are near 100% recyclable and most manufactures have free recycling schemes. The carbon payback from manufacturing is as low as 1 year.

You also need to stop thinking of solar as a domestic production source - that's just perverse. Solar on industrial scales is already approaching parity with coal power stations and was cheaper than nuclear last year.

And yes, yes, it doesn't produce power at night. Maybe you've heard of power storage, which is already used in many places to help balance grid loads.

There are plenty of challenges, but so many geeks have blinkers on when it comes to solar.

Comment: Re:I'd be open to it, but good luck with everyone (Score 1) 430

by wish bot (#35501472) Attached to: Robert X Cringely Predicts More Mininuke Plants

What do you mean 'scale'? It's not a database or load server. Maybe you need some educating too?

Wind and solar are perfectly viable if there's a will to commit to them. Similar to the arguments surrounding new generation reactors, wind and solar today is not the same as wind and solar of 40 years ago. Geeks are obsessed with nuclear to the point of blindness - it's embarrassing.

Comment: Re:Healthcare (Score 1) 235

by wish bot (#34626314) Attached to: DHS Seized Domains Based On Bad Evidence

Mate, why don't you just visit a country that has a functioning public health system. It shouldn't be hard, as pretty much every other 1st and 2nd world country has one.

Corporate America has been ripping off your health system for so long that you don't want it any other way. It's like a damn abusive relationship scenario or something.

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