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Comment: Re:"scrambled" version (Score 1) 72

The problem I have with the /. summaries is that they are missattributed. For example, in this /. article, the claim is:

mrflash818 writes:

immediately followed by a verbatim copy of a NOAA press release. Now, I don't have evidence that "mrflash818" is not the author of that press release, but the chances are unlikely. It would not be hard to find many many other examples where the quoted material has a byline that doesn't match the "xxx writes" attribution.

Please, attribute the true author and leave the handles and nics and pseudonyms out of it.

Comment: Re:AWESOME! (Score 1) 81

by Obfuscant (#49634909) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record

Low lying water front at this time is a truly horrible investment and governments who approve construction in low lying coastal areas are corrupt as hell.

I'm sorry, but if you want to build a house at the beach, why should it be the government's business to stop you? It's your money, you should be able to spend it the way you want. Call 1 877 CASH NOW. Why would a government that doesn't stop you be necessarily corrupt?

knowing full well, they will be flooded out because it is more profitable than just dumping the land alone.

If you buy a house in a known flood zone, whose fault is that? If you don't do due diligence before you buy, well, that's your problem, isn't it? It's not like some car dealer trying to sell you a lemon, the flood zone info is publicly available. And when you LOOK at the property and see that all the houses are built on stilts, you have no excuse.

I go to the Outer Banks on a regular basis. Anyone who goes there (to look at buying a house, e.g.) can see the problem. Who are you to tell them they can't build or buy there?

Other bad investments, coastal tourism companies, hotels chains with lots of at risk properties.

Ok. Don't invest in those companies. Your risk is gone.

Never make the mistake to think the deniers are disbelievers, they are not, all they care about is how much they can make and how much power they have

Unlike the people who get into cap-and-trade and other climate change investments to make a bundle of money from regulations they promote. Generation Investment Management.

Comment: Re:15 co-authors (Score 1) 179

It was observed that the Homo Sapiens were warned by their familial matriarch not to open the magic heating device before it had ceased to display magic properties. However, a subset of the pack ignored her and needlessly risked their genetic futures, creating the high probability of either individual sterility or dangerous mutations leading to unwarranted increased sentience or higher levels of rational thought.


Comment: There is NO "mystery". (Score 1) 453

by Futurepower(R) (#49633701) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery
There is NO "mystery". Health care companies are stealing from customers. There is nothing that limits how much they charge, especially if a customer has no insurance.

The new health care law in the U.S. forces healthy people to pay huge amounts for health care. Everyone must pay an extremely high yearly cost.

Comment: Re:Cuz Minix Dude Was A Old Guy (Score 4, Informative) 279

by sg_oneill (#49633627) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

No it wasn't that. Andrew Tannenbaum had no intention of using Minux as a general purpose OS kernel like people wanted it to be. He wanted it to be a teaching kernel and thats all. He didn't accept patches for the most part because he wanted it to remain simple enough for an undergrad student to completely understand (I know that because my WANG hard drive patch couldnt be accepted because of that very reason). Even patches to add networking where rejected.

Comment: Re:15 co-authors (Score 2) 179

Perhaps it happened a touch more often around noon,

If you read the paper, you'll find the histogram of events. The count for 1200 to 1300 local was 25, and if you combine the "lunch hour" (1100 to 1400) the total is 40. The total events attributed to FRB was 12. "A touch more" is an understatement. The paper makes the comment that they were probably under-detecting the "lunch hour" since that's when the dish was often down for maintenance.

there's also an interesting spike from 0800-0900, which I would guess is people getting to work nuking their first coffee of the day.

The problem is the data points were insufficient enough to put on a correlation -

"We're seeing random microwave bursts from terrestrial sources close to the antenna. Anyone have any ideas?"

"I don't know, I need my first cup of coffee before I can think about complicated stuff. Let me nuke a cuppa and I'll be right back..."

Comment: Re:Defective (Score 1) 179

Undo? So they're actually providing for that now?

Yes. Couples who decide they don't want any more children and she doesn't want to muck with her hormones or get her tubes tied and he doesn't want to wear balloons for the next fifteen years get divorced and remarried and suddenly not being able to have kids becomes an issue for the new wife, for one example.

A reversal was a $20,000 procedure with a 30+ percent failure rate.

Yes, cutting/cauterizing a small tube is pretty easy. Sewing it back up after a few years is not.

I still think the patient was putting one over on his co-workers, though.

I think the fact that anyone knew he was feeling anything in that area means something was being pulled, maybe not the leg.

Comment: Re:Brand? (Score 1) 179

by hey! (#49633499) Attached to: 17-Year-Old Radio Astronomy Mystery Traced Back To Kitchen Microwave

I'd like to know which brand of microwave lasts 17 years?

Any brand, so long as it was made more than 25 years ago or so.

My kids like to watch vintage TV shows, and in one sitcom from the early 80s there was a plot line involving a TV remote -- this was back when remotes were still an expensive novelty. I paused and pointed out the thing in question. It was huge blocky moster of metal and wood, and looked like it had been forged by Durin in the deeps of Mount Gundabad. While virtually everything they use is incomparably more sophisticated than that thing, nothing approaches the build quality; physically it's all injection-molded crap that's been designed to be discarded after two or three years and replaced.

We can thank Bill Clinton and his China trade deals for amazingly cheap consumer goods that are designed to fail after a couple of years and be impossible to repair.

Comment: Re:Elude observation? (Score 3, Insightful) 179

They did not spend millions of dollars looking for the microwave oven,

Time on a radio telescope and the associated equipment (including supercomputer time) is not free. Perhaps a bit of hyperbole, but not excessive considering the venue of my comment.

and they knew all along that the signal was man-made.

I'll yield on that one. The paper says the properties of the signal "suggested" it was in the near field. It was only TFA (BBC) that says:

After 17 years of fruitlessly searching the galaxy,

Figuring out precisely which item made it is the kind of thing that gets you in the newspapers,

Figuring out that a microwave oven generated microwave signals picked up by a microwave antenna at the same building may make the newspapers in Australia, but in advanced countries it wouldn't. OTH, we do have to own the idea that people in the US don't seem to understand that cell phones use radio waves, so nobody is completely innocent. The difference is that these are radio astronomy scientists and the cell-phone ignoramii are mostly Joe Sixpack and his cousin Bubba types.

Can you begrudge them their 15 minutes of fame?

You think someone becomes famous because they discover the obvious? You ought to read the paper. It's a hoot.

First, they used a communications receiver with a directional antenna that made a full circle every 20 minutes and obtained 0.1 sec of data at any given frequency. That they thought this receiver would observe RFI that lasts for 200ms and occurs rarely (three events during Jan-Mar 2015) is, well, not flattering to their experiment design qualifications.

Then they tested three microwaves at three locations by looking for emissions while heating a cup of water for 10 - 60s. Interestingly, they found perytons during this test. What they couldn't figure out is how the microwave they were testing at the time could have gotten a signal to the antenna -- it was blocked. A real puzzler. Then they found out that they had forgotten their control protocol for the experiment. Someone was using one of the other two microwave ovens while they were testing the third. Basic science: if you want to test object A for causality, you don't allow object B to be used at the same time. Corollary 1: if you're just going to come up with reasons why the observations were impossible, why bother making them in the first place?

Long story short: a facility that needs to avoid RFI at microwave frequencies took no precautions to avoid RFI at microwave frequencies and spent a lot of time (where the Beeb comes up with 17 years I can't determine) trying to figure out where the RFI they were seeing came from, and quite a bit of time analyzing what they knew was RFI so they could distinguish what they already knew was RFI from signals they already know are galactic in origin.

Anyone who knows that radio waves aren't magic and that microwave ovens are called microwave ovens because they use microwave radiation is scratching his head wondering why they didn't just get rid of the microwave ovens 17 years ago and not put 17 years worth of scientific research into galactic radio phenomena in jeopardy. The fact that they now have to defend the observations of FRB as real could have been prevented by one simple rule: no sources of RF on site. That they've publicly admitted they didn't take this obvious, basic preventative measure isn't "fame".

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter