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Comment Seemed like a good idea, at the time.. (Score 1) 174

"The organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has proposed destroying at least 1000 tones of the confiscated Syrian chemical weapon stockpile out at sea, which some fear will destroy delicate eco systems vital to sea and human life alike. The OPCW claims the plan is 'technically feasible' ..."

Oookay, am sure it is "feasible" but if you have made a mistake, 'sorry you just killed everyone in the region.' Drop the mess in a volcano along with the Syrian brainiacs who thought chemical weapons were a good idea.

Comment Re:Maybe, but... (Score 1) 246

Metallica started to sound like itself after the "Master of Puppets" album.. Iron Maiden has always had a unique sound.

Amusingly enough, I played my "Powerslave" tape (saw the concert in person in 1985) when workers were at my home in 2000, many thought it was great music and wanted to know who this new band was.

I suspect something like this is happening a lot, new ears rediscovering groups of the past who are still around and making excellent music.

Comment Re:oops (Score 1) 154

They seem to have forgotten a little defect. SSDs have a low failure rate, high speeds, okay prices, but everyone's scared of flash memory degradation after a number of writes. Some crappy one would get 1500 write cycles on a chip but OCZ ones get 9000 which, even at my high usage on a 128GB drive, is at least 8 years before it fries.

I am trying to recall any OEM (besides my company) putting an SSD on their desktop computers, seen 'em on netbooks and some notebooks of course. I would think an OEM would because if that computer only has a one year warranty, the SSD will last that long and since they want you to buy a new computer, often, it'd work for that cause.

By the way, seen the OCZ sticker that comes with their SSD drive? "My SSD is faster than your HDD" at least it makes me chuckle.

Comment Re:Pending Disaster (Score 1) 341

So, get out of Dodge!

Well actually, Dodge, Kansas, where that phrase originated, has an elevation of 2,493 ft (760 m) so I'd stay in Dodge.

I've got 15m of freeboard between my new house and credible tsunami run-up levels in this area

While 15 meters really is not that much for elevation, especially when talking about tsunamis, it also depends on what event triggered the tsunami and that location. I happen to reside in an area that has an elevation of 4,802 ft (1,463.6 m) so unless an asteroid hits the Pacific, am safe from all the high water issues.

Comment Pending Disaster (Score 1) 341

What I find rather interesting is that people continue to buy coastal low level land, especially considering that interactive maps (like http://flood.firetree.net/ ) clearly show what a sea level rise will do to that land. The site I use has been around since 2004. Are these people expecting that the government pay them when their land goes underwater?

But it gets even more interesting (when you use the link I provided) to raise the sea level as many meters as is now predicted. Places such as the Salton Sea might actually become connected to the Pacific Ocean because of the low level land to the south. Rivers that dump in to the ocean, as sea levels rise, the land on either side of the river upstream will flood.

As to the topic of this article, there is a solution besides relocation, such as using buildings that float. Otherwise, relocate to a location at a high enough altitude that future sea level rises will not affect them. And to start the process now instead of waiting until the last moment.

Comment World Fair Continues, Sort of (Score 1) 352

I recall stories from relatives of the various World's Fair they attended in the various cities of the US, very much like what Asimov wrote about. The organizers no longer call it the "World's Fair" though as the "Expo's" tend to focus in towards some type of theme. In 2015, Milan, Italy, will be the host with the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expo_2015

Comment Re:Super Timing (Score 1) 205

It might be good efficiency, but having a single log in for everything is the absolute worst security model you can have.

The government is assuming everyone will be a part of the "single log in," especially criminals.

Even us old timers know that you don't put all your eggs in one basket.

And yet most all of Humanity is still on one planet...

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