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Comment Re:Thermal Strain (Score 2) 58

A meteor arriving with several times the Earth's escape velocity is not interacting with the atmosphere that you know; it it interacting with the plasma that is formed by compression in front of it. The streaks left by the sub-milimeter particles of a Leonid meteor shower are plasmas with a measured temperature of 4,000+ deg C; the plasma at the head of the meteor would be much hotter than that.

So it is not cold air that is forced into the crevices of a meteor; it is very hot plasma. The pressure this exerts on the internal structure of the meteor is not countered by similar pressures on the back and sides of the object. Most meteors and bollides will burst apart.

Comment Re:Of all the things in Anime (Score 1) 233

Powerlines will go away, probably, as the future belongs to decentralized power sources rather than today's power grids.

But overhead lines are not going to disappear for a long, long time. The best way to transmit information over distance is by photons, but the pathways need to be isolated from each other and shielded from interference like windblown leaves and bird wings. So optical cable will rule.

While cable can and will be installed underground in many settings, there are a great deal of areas where it will always be more economical and efficient to string them above ground on poles.

Besides, in anime overhead cables are a great way of establishing perspective.

Comment Re:Why are Slashdot editors so obsessed.... (Score 1) 233

Yes, I think you are getting close to the mark. Power lines are great for establishing perspective. Combined with roofs with overhanging eaves whose shadows allow the artist to easily identify the time of day, it is possible to set a scene very quickly and easily.

In a sense, anime artists tend to put more into their work than American cartoonists in terms of establishing the scene, but they often do it with much less actual drawing of detail than American cartoonists by relying on simple things like powerlines to set perspective and using more negative space than is commonly done in American cartoons.

Comment Re: Do you think they care? (Score 1) 251

I just read the Minix 3 licensing agreement. The link in parent post is accurate.

A key phrase is " Any deviations from these conditions require written permission from the copyright holder in advance."

Intel may have obtained the necessary written permission to use the code without acknowledging the source. This is not FOSS (possibly if FOSS had been around when Dr Tanenbaum created Minix he and the university would have used one of the FOSS licenses. But possibly since Minix is derived from BSD Unix they would not have been able to FOSS it even if FOSS was around back in that day).

The logical next steps in pursuit of truth, justice, etc, is to ask Intel if it has a written waiver, and ask Vrije Universiteit if it has granted such a waiver to Intel. Since Dr Tanenbaum released Minix with the intent of making it easier for colleges and universities to teach Unix skills (it has been used extensively in Nicaragua for that purpose during that country's troubled times), it is probable that a number of written waivers have been granted over the years.

Comment Re:Mozi//a for the Win! (Score 1) 112

As for Yahoo, so lame, so lame. Take a page from Mozilla and get back to what made you good from the start

Problem with this possible Yahoo strategy is that what made Yahoo good in its early years was that it did an excellent job at meeting the needs of web users of 1995 - 2001 or so. It was one of the best search engines of the time, and Yahoo Groups was far superior to anything else in replacing pre-Web BBS technology. But then the world changed.

We've seen this in other growing technologies. For example, by 1950 steam locomotive technology had become very sophisticated, but was then replaced by diesel electric locomotives and the whole basis of motive steam technology was made obsolete.

Yahoo is still great at what it has always done, it is just that that is now obsolete, replaced by newer technologies for searching, running forums, and the like.

Comment Re:Make it stop.... (Score 1) 383

Someone else has pointed out that parent poster has been whooshed by the primary purpose of QF, which is to greatly improve the FF extension ecosystem. Enough said about that.

These points need to be addressed:

"An ad-hominem attack on the article" goes by another name: it is a criticism. In this case a valid one.

Please look up the definition of "ad-hominem". It does not mean what you think it means, and it is only applicable to persons, not to inanimate objects. As someone once said, "Don't anthropomorphise the machines. They hate that."

Last, don't try to use the "I've got more experience than you, therefore my truth is more right than yours could be." It is stupid. Especially with old timers like me who have a six digit slashdot ID since their first one, which was in the low 5 digits, became inaccessible when a system crash wiped everything many years ago. I was not only on the internet before it was available to the general public, I had about a decade of experience in the BBSes that predated the internet, including a lot of years using TapCIS. I was building websites and running servers before there was CSS, before HTML had acquired any version numbers.

Hey kid! Get off of my lawn!

Comment Re:Make it stop.... (Score 1) 383

Above post is one of the weirdest, nonsense attempts to troll bait that I have seen in quite a while.

I respond with the intent to entice author of parent post to deliver a follow-up post, since Lewis Carol's works are loads of fun, and while this author has yet to demonstrate the same level of artistry in creating logical knots, he is clearly writing from an Alice in Wonderland point of view.

Comment Re:Make it stop.... (Score 1) 383

"Inspect element" might be the replacement I'm looking for. Thanks for the pointer.

I know that QF has incorporated many of extensions I began using back in the day, some of which I continued to use even after FF had incorporated workable replacements. Call that an example of "learning inertia", where it is easier to continue to use an old and outmoded tool than to learn to use the new one all the youg'uns are raving about.

Comment Re:Make it stop.... (Score 1) 383

Let's not quibble over words. In that context it is perfectly clear that ownership refers to who can modify, improve, or break the thing being owned. For the very reason that FF and QF are open source, my ownership of that software is stronger than my ownership of the copy Windows XP that I bought back in the day, that is kicking around in the dustbin of discarded discs that someday I will turn into garden art.

Comment Re:Make it stop.... (Score 1) 383

The show-stopper with Google tools is that I cannot own them; I would be forever dependent on Google's goodwill for continued use. That is unacceptable to me and should be unacceptable to any serious craftsman, no matter what the craft. You just don't allow strangers who have who knows what agendas to control your tools.

Google has already demonstrated its willingness to blow off tools it has made public when for whatever reason they decide it is in their best interest to do so, no matter how much others might depend on those tools. Chrome is not an option for anyone involved in web work beyond the level of simply dabbling.

Comment Re:Make it stop.... (Score 2) 383

I've just been upgraded to Quantum, somewhat earlier than I expected since I had thought I had turned off an autoupdate feature that was clearly still active. I would have deliberately updated soon, anyway.

I looked at Chrome over the summer. It lacks too many of the technical add-ons I have found useful in website analysis and development; despite its quickness, it is in my mind a much less capable environment. While FF's performance as a simple browser was much slower, the wealth of tools available and the better workflows it enabled made it the better tool.

My biggest regret with Quantum (other than the stupid name, but maybe we'll get used to 'QF' replacing 'FF') is that I need to learn where all the tools I had as add-ons in FF are now located within the QF menus and shortcut keys. And I'll have to wait for replacements for some tools that haven't made the jump to QF yet. "Nuke Anything" was very useful in handling a trashy website that promised a useful nugget of Something of Value buried under the rubbish. I am sure there will be a QF equivalent at some point (or maybe that capability is already in QF and I just haven't found it yet).

Chrome is a good enough browser for people who only want to surf the web. For those of us wanting to do more and study the ways the web works, or develop new websites and other goodies, then QF is the more useful browser. Now that QF is comparable to Chrome in speed and safety features, I expect that I will be recommending it to Linux newbies and casual web surfers more often than Chrome.

Comment Re:Mt Erebus plume? Or new-to-us plume? (Score 1) 244

I, for one, are very appreciative of the time you have taken to write your last response. Thank you.

This reply has been delayed as I am on vacation in Hilo and have intermittent and poor internet. We've spent a couple of days looking at flora and coastlines, including the southernmost tip of the USA (fantastic sea cliffs) and later today we will visit the Volcano Observatory on Kilauea where a friend of a friend may give us a tour, if her duties and the Pele's activities allow.

Comment Re:Mt Erebus plume? Or new-to-us plume? (Score 1) 244

Thank you!

I recall reading some time ago that Mt Erebus had a unique type of low silicate lava that was suggestive of deep upwelling and I may have read more into that than I should have.

Your reply suggests to me that relative to the continent above it, the plume is moving toward Mt Erebus. Does that make sense?

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