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Comment: Re:Prediction: Undisclosed Settlement (Score 1) 317

by zildgulf (#47567403) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive
I'm not so sure. It depends on the amount and the number of other like minded organizations that want settlement money too. In isolation a "tiny" settlement to AARC makes sense for all involved. The prospect of thousands of "tiny" settlements would cause resistance.

Comment: Re:"Just let me build a bridge!" (Score 1) 372

by zildgulf (#47524939) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'
There is nothing wrong with planning and needed homework before you start programming. How can you program anything if you don't know what you are trying to create? The prep work is part of the programming.

The problem is when navigating the programming environment itself and the Byzantine bureaucracy itself are more important than actually getting stuff done and eats up 98% of your time and energy. Work in a big shop and you will understand the complexity of changing just "one item" can take weeks, including half panicked conferences with one or so of the few insane junior executives and TPS reporting systems galore. The joke of creating the 15th revision of the development plan that include red and straight lines originally and now changed to blue circles that must act like red straight lines is painfully real in those environments.

Comment: Re:For those of us who didn't see it... (Score 1) 401

by zildgulf (#47475349) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer
SPOILER ALERT - Summary of movie:

Scroll down for the Summary

New Boss: CLOSE, D*mm*t, CLOSE you lazy b*tts!!!
The Salesmen: The leads are weak.
New Boss: I can get closes off your leads, but here is a list of my leads. You don't get my leads because you can't close ANY leads!! I will keep the top two of you guys and the rest of you will pound pavement in a week!
The Salesmen: (Whispers: We got to get those leads and sell them for top dollar).

Comment: Re:So they'll just add (Score 1) 249

by zildgulf (#47319089) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant
I have never heard an Police Officer in our County Courts actually just say that statement without a follow up question from the Judge first. If the Police Officer says he got an anonymous tip our Judges want some paperwork, any paperwork, stating the tip was called in at such-and-such time and taken by such-and-such person. Otherwise our Judges want a search warrant presented, which are easy and quick for our Police to get anyway. This ruling makes our police officers' standard operating procedures on phone searches far less ambiguous and gives far less wiggle room for the Defense Attorneys.

Maybe I am not seeing this happen and you do is that you would think the police would have to prove the likelihood that the evidence obtained by search was legal. Often I see that the Defense Attorney must prove to the court that the search was illegal when the Police Officer makes his statement and show that he has some paperwork saying so. That makes the evidence gained by legally gray searches by default "legal" and it cannot be dismissed. It is not right but that is what happens.
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Journal: Ask Slashdot: Orbital Mechanics 4

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I'm having a math and physics problem: math and physics is getting in the way of the plot in Mars, Ho!

I originally thought it would be a six month trip, but math got in the way since they were getting gravity from propulsion. So I shortened it to a two month trip, and to do that I had to have Earth and Mars on opposite sides of the sun -- but orbital mechanics makes waiting shorten the time.

+ - This top turns see-through if you leave personal data exposed->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "A Brooklyn-based designer has created a 3D-printed sculptural boob tube to spark social commentary on the state of privacy in a data-driven world—by making the top gradually more sheer.

X.pose's striking black webbed rubber structure was engineered using a Stratasys printer, molded to the body to ensure comfort and very much inspired by creator Xuedi Chen's previous work, Invasive Growth (moss-grown jewelry based on the parasitic cordyceps fungus). But underneath, its layers tell another story about our lack of control and veritable vulnerability when it comes to who uses our data, what for, and how much they take.

"I wanted to quantify the data exposure physically because that's what people can see," Chen told "Discussions about privacy concerns have been around for ages, but only when it's in your face do people really get a reaction."

"The transparency is dependent upon the location of the wearer. If I'm in a certain neighborhood, the corresponding patch of film will be very active as it fluctuates between opaque and transparent very quickly. The film does cover the whole piece and has some memory. So as you move throughout the day, it shows off a trail of your past locations. Most recent location is most transparent and fades over time back to opaque.""

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Comment: Standard Disclaimer (Score 1) 519

by zildgulf (#47212169) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California
Standard Disclaimer:

This ruling addresses the faults, as seen by the Judge Rolf Treu, of how these specific tenure laws are written and implemented. If other tenure laws allow firing of tenured teachers for proven just cause and tenure selection was given for those teachers with long proven positive track records, over 5 to 10 years, then the decision could have easily gone the other way. To imply that all existing Public School teacher tenure is at an end is an extrapolation nearly to the point of nonsense because tenure laws can be changed to address the faults found by Judge Treu in the existing laws.

+ - Scientists Turn the Moon Into Broadband Internet Hotspot->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""After three years of research, scientists have managed to send broadband wireless Internet thousands of miles away to the moon...Beaming information back at a high speed could eventually allow researchers to build communication satellites equipped with ultra high-definition cameras that would give space enthusiasts a clearer picture of what’s out there — possibly even live, high-definition video. The discovery could also have huge implications for broadband consumer satellite Internet in areas where traditional landline (think cable or DSL) broadband Internet isn't available.""
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+ - Game of Thrones: The dragons and nuclear weapons nexus->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Yes, Game of Thrones has deep meanings with a surprising number of lessons about peace and security for real life, and Timothy Westmyer of the Rising Powers Initiative explores the dragon metaphor here: 'One parallel, however, has escaped analysis: dragons as living, fire-breathing metaphors for nuclear weapons. Despite the fantasy setting, the story teaches a great deal about the inherent dangers that come with managing these game-changing agents, their propensity for accidents, the relative benefits they grant their masters, and the strain these weapons impose upon those wielding them.' As Thrones creator George R.R. Martin has said: 'Dragons are the nuclear deterrent...but is that sufficient?'"
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Comment: Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (Score 1) 634

by zildgulf (#47057869) Attached to: Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014
Since almost all hardware can run compiled Fortran code why not keep it if you have lots of legacy stuff that rarely gets reprogrammed. I am a CS grad but my consultant experience shown me that "upgrading" is not always the best thing for my clients. I would say if an upgrade was required that the perfect language to go to is C, not C++, and migrate it faithfully, not using the latest hot CS trend because in such programs reliability is job one. If you can't rely on the migrated program then the migration is a complete failure, as you witnessed.

Comment: Re:Put this in perspective (Score 1) 258

by zildgulf (#46989953) Attached to: What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?
That may be true in the NYC area but Central and Southern Florida is nothing more than big flat sandbar. We would lose most of Southern Florida if the sea level rose 12 feet. Miami would likely be abandoned. The same for New Orleans which most of the city is already below sea-level due to the gradual rise of the sea-level over centuries.

At this point much of the US could polderize their land like the Dutch have but other countries don't have those resources. Most of Bangladesh's population would be gone, through increased deaths by starvation and migration into India, if a 12 ft increase in sea level happens, no matter how slow the pace. Most island nations would be gone or significantly reduced in land area in that scenario. Even China would have problems with the swelling of the Yellow River flooding farms and villages. People can move but if you flood farms you lose food. It would be more of an economic disaster than a survival problem since such flooding will create tens of millions of refugees being a charge on the remaining economic system.

Comment: Re:Appeal to authority is not good enough (Score 1) 588

by zildgulf (#46748047) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"
You the phrases "appeal to authority", I do not think it means what you think it means. I think "appeal to authority" is usually an appeal to your superiors, such as political or business leaders, who have no special knowledge in this field, as opposed to referring to proven experts that are outside of vested interests, like the CDC, whose one job is to prevent outbreaks of preventable diseases with the best tools they can get. I do not believe anyone's ignorance, including mine, equals someone else's knowledge.

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