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Comment Re:I used to work at Hanford Site... (Score -1) 94

The problem is it seems far-fetched even at that. The ionization chamber where the Americium is stored should be shrouded by metal and that would completely stop alpha emissions. I'm not saying that couldn't be leaking, just that the way smoke detectors are designed you shouldn't be exposed to any radiation (and even if you are, you pretty much need to swallow the Americium to be at any risk). Another issue is Geiger counters usually don't detect alpha emissions. Given that this was a storage site filled with what probably was mainly alpha and beta emitters (radioactive decay likely removed most of the gamma emitters), it is possible they had a Geiger counter for detecting alpha-beta-gamma emissions. The vast majority of Geiger counters only detect gamma emissions, though.

Comment Re: Short sight (Score 1) 581

Yeah, the last C++ app I worked on had the same model due to the STL where we did reference counting and deallocation. None of this was managed by programmers like me, we called a class and it handled all the work. Speaking of STL, though, what a horrible interface. I mean, yeah, it keeps you from reinventing the wheel, but usage is a bitch and it is ugly as hell (IMO). While there are plenty of things I despise about C# and javascript (my current coding platforms, with a bit of Java and selenium automation interspersed), I can't say I miss STL at all.

Comment Re:Since he agrees with Trump... (Score 1) 349

It doesn't help that the cheapest foods are usually loaded with carbs and sugar and have little nutritional value. Processed foods are incredibly cheap. When I see poor people shop, they have zero fresh vegetables and fruits in their cart and a bunch of shit like mac and cheese and spaghetti-Ohs. They may get some staples like eggs and milk, but those are also cheap. Yogurt? Never gonna happen.

So yeah, most poor people I know are fat, especially if they have stamps and housing. If they're on the street, not so much (many of these people don't even have stamps).

Comment Re:Reach Mars or colonize Mars? (Score 1) 349

Even NASA thinks 6-9 months is too long and is investigating fission and fusion drives that can reduce the travel time of a larger vessel to 1-3 months. Another option is [photonic propulsion] from earth, which could propel a 100kg (220lb) vessel that carries no propulsion itself to Mars in as little as 3 days. Obviously a 100kg vessel is not manned, but could be used for probes or sending supplies.

Comment Re:think about orbital staging (Score 1) 349

If we weren't adverse to nuclear power, we could send ships to Mars in about 39-90 days (Vasimr and a fusion drive proposed by NASA have these approximate dates attached). Probably no need for a lunar base or staging location in either case. I know the Vasmir I saw proposed was well under heavy rocket payload weight, the fusion rocket is still theoretical, so there weren't a lot of details on weight.

Comment Re:Facebook (Score 1) 269

Also my answer. Work supports Android (Alphabet/Google) and iOS (Apple) mobile apps and we have both Azure and AWS cloud backends (Microsoft and Amazon, respectively). That means Facebook is the odd man out. We use Facebook, but losing it wouldn't kill any products or services we offer. The same information is on Twitter and other sources.

Comment Re:That's an easy one... (Score 1) 269

DEC had some inroads into banking as well, but yeah, IBM AS/400 jobs are still out there because banks are reluctant to move off of their expensive servers they bought in the 1980s. I know a guy making over a million dollars a year maintaining an AS/400 installation and he previously worked on a DEC banking system (both ran COBOL). He lives in Silicon Valley and his cost of living is absurd, too. When he took that job they offered him $800000 a year and 20% down payment on a house to move there and that was barely worth it.

Comment Re:Management Reaction.. (Score 1) 149

I use a mnemonic that depends on the web site name usually. That backfires on places that own multiple sites like gamespot owns gamefaqs and uses the same password, so I have to remember where I registered it. The good thing is I don't use the same password or a password manager, the bad is you could figure out my passwords through cryptoanalysis. That said, I rely on the relatively low sample size of the password itself for having any decoding ability, plus there are always some seemingly random characters and numbers thrown in. If you don't have the key for those characters and numbers and their placement you probably aren't cracking any other password of mine.

As for two factor, that is what my work uses. I really don't worry about that password, even though I have to change it every 35 days. If you don't have my physical keycard and the PIN code, you probably aren't getting in.

Comment Re:Good move (Score 2) 149

When I had my most restrictive password change rules, which were at least 8 characters, must contain 1 symbol and one #, no 3 characters could be the same, I found that I could just rotate the password and it worked fine because the text requirement meant in the same place. So at first I could have 1cadaver# and the next month cadaver#1 and the next month adaver#1c, etc. I used a far more complex password with no words though - words make for an easier example.

Comment Which one? (Score 1) 247

Which phone? My Samsung is hardly ever protected because it is cheap garbage and I can remote delete it if stolen (it sells for $25 used right now). My iPhone and Galaxy S7 provided by work are PIN protected and the iPhone also has fingerprint within 24 hours. Yeah, I need both - hard to support them if I don't have one of each :D

Comment Re:The survey between the commercials. (Score 1) 137

Most of Europe pays for a Television License and/or Radio License for over the air broadcasts. That supposedly makes up for some of the advertising, but my friends in Germany say it is minimal. A guy I knew in Germany went on a rant a decade ago when he found out they were also taxing computers (more specifically monitors) because TV tuner cards could get around the fee, but that meant he went from paying for one TV to paying for five (and expensive - that'd be €200 to €1000 back then).

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