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Comment Re:Hard to argue with regular quarterly profits (Score 1) 240

and open-source projects are pointless because thousands of programmers pulling in different directions.

Just like the universe is pointless because thousands of galaxy clusters pull in different directions...hey, wait a minute...

The universe is pointless. There's no goal "success" state so there isn't a point to it, it just is.

Ah but there is a goal and it will be achieved when it reaches thermodynamic equilibrium (maximum entropy), the question then would be "is that it"?

Comment Re:The company you keep (Score 1) 240

For those of us who DON'T passionately follow the minutia of Microsoft's internal management and political issues and who generally tend to glaze over news about their VPs/middle managers as if they WEREN'T the most fascinating people with the most compelling stories to tell, what you did there was throw up a bunch of generic names that very, very few people could possibly recognize or care about. Would you please provide more detail as to who these people are, what they did, and why we should care, all while keeping in mind that the fact that we don't currently care about any of them

we're not at all compelled to waste our time justifying your personal corporate obsessions by Googling their names?

I did Google Bill Laing, still no clue who they are.

Comment Re:Hogging (Score 1) 361

It looks to me more likely the problem was excessive weight at the bow and stern rather then midships, the effect is called hogging and is a known way to snap a container ship (or oil tanker) in half, both have occured in the past.
Basically the keel (The BIG beam running all the way from bow to stern down the bottom of the hull) can only take so much sheer stress and if the weight distribution does not match the localised boyancy implied by the current displacement you can very easily bend the ship.

When I first saw the phrase "severe hogging" first thing I thought was a reference to overloading (hogging the weight ones allowed) ie: being overweight.
Figure it came from reading the summery first, so I checked it out here's a PDF named Container Ships http://preview.tinyurl.com/ogy89e8
Page 8 shows Hogging and it's opposite sagging, now sagging I could of understood.

A nasty accident, but nobody died, and the hull and cargo will have been insured, so a better outcome then is sometimes the case.

From the PDF in the Summery, on the The cost of losing a week
"In a recent Maersk Line survey, one global retailer explained that 70% of his cargo loses on average 25% of its retail value when it is a week late. With an average cargo value per container of EUR 30,000, the cost of delay equals EUR 7,500 per container."

goes on to say electronics lose even more, had to calculate a value on should of's...

Hope that explains why it is not just about total weight.

If I'd of taken the time to of read /. first, it would of help a lot :}. Thank you for post does explain how hogging is induced

Submission + - Hands On With the Nokia Lumia 1020 1

adeelarshad82 writes: Nokia's new phone, Lumia 1020, feels very similar in the hand to Nokia's Lumia 900 and 920 with one exception, it has a camera bump. The 41-megapixel uber-camera projects out very slightly as a black disc on the back. In terms of functionality though, the camera provides for smooth zooming only a pinch away, however takes a noticeable amount of time to lock focus and save images. At one point during hands on the camera app crashed so hard that it required a phone reboot which is hopefully just a pre-release firmware issue. The phone itself carries a brightly colored polycarbonate body that rolls around the edges to cradle a 4.5-inch, 1,280-by-768 screen. Lumia 1020 is powered by dual-core, 1.5-GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor which plows through apps well. Speaking of apps, there's a ton of bloatware on here, as you'd expect from any AT&T device. AT&T adds four apps right at the top of the app list. Nokia Lumia is set to hit AT&T shelves on July 26th for $299.

Comment Re:might have been able to find a better rider (Score 1) 58

As someone who has started learning about power and cycling - this was a job for an cat 1 / "elite" racer, or at least someone significantly lighter than the guy in the video. I ride pretty regularly but not competitively, and I'm able to do about 300W for a minute.

I can't find it now but a girl was the first to make a record - linked from the end of the video; also from those links 3 different guys 1 crash
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emK-qIbuJ-k so a lot of peddlers (?).

I'm wondering how much of a warmup he did - in order to do an effort like that, you really do need to be properly warmed up.

Not an answer but an indication (also linked from the end of the http://www.aerovelo.com/ video)
From the description http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Q2Njtel-Es0#at=177 [youtube.com]

"The one-minute power test is meant to simulate the flight of the Atlas helicopter, which starts at a relatively high power during the climb and then drops down to a more reasonable 500-600 Watt range for the remainder of the flight.

The test were performed on October 5th and 6th, 2012, following an intense taper, weight loss program and peak at the end of August, and then a 2 week recovery phase. The results were lower than Todd's personal best (1 minute into the 460 Watt stage, and 773 Watt average for the minute power test), but as expected given the training phase."

Comment Re:vodka and work don't mix (Score 1) 323

being from there i bet half the people working on this came to work drunk and/or hung over most days

Then being from there you know how Russians drink and stay sober.

I'd read an article long ago about Russians and their drinking habits, this is what I've found on a quick search.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Russians are renowned for drinking a lot of vodka staying sober.
That’s not something to do with biological inheritance but with the way we drink.
Russians believe that foreigners don’t know how to drink. They don’t eat while drinking. They mix cocktails. They sip vodka instead of taking shots. They drink vodka with highly carbonated sodas. In short, they do everything to get drunk from the minimum amount of alcohol. May be it has something to do with innate Western avidity or expensiveness of alcohol.
Russians, on the other hand, do everything to stay sober while drinking as much alcohol as possible. How do we do it? We try to neutralize alcohol as long as possible. I try to outline the basic principles of vodka drinking for uninitiated.


Comment Where a picture is worth a 1000 words (Score 1) 3

I thought as many probably did what kind of nard would put a "angular velocity sensor" upside down even
when it has an arrow showing it's position till I looked at a few http://preview.tinyurl.com/lg25gf5
even putting "russian" in front of the search did little good, "rocket" helped even less

Putting "this side up" I figure could of done wonders and mayhaps a design change now.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/k56w43a as this one even has an arrow.

Comment Re:Odd thing that Leper colony link (Score 2) 253

Other than being 5 years old, Leper colony link: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20080929/NEWS/809290335/Hundreds-of-Reaper-Predator-pilots-needed
Very bottom of the page: Not a U.S. Government Publication, so to Google we go.

UAV career field takes flight
Nonrated officers, retirees, trainees and...

Hundreds of Reaper, Predator pilots needed
By Michael Hoffman - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Sep 29, 2008 13:03:17 EDT

The Air Force will soon have nonrated officers flying combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan.

Granted, it won’t be in an F-16 cockpit but behind a joystick 6,000 miles away, flying an MQ-1 Predator or MQ-9 Reaper from Nevada or New Mexico.

Bottom line: These new career unmanned aerial vehicle pilots will be dropping bombs in combat and flying a 10,000-pound aircraft in a congested airspace without completing undergraduate pilot training.

Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz announced the new UAV pilot career field Sept. 16 — part of a two-pronged approach to fill the Air Force’s need for hundreds of UAV pilots.

But the service also will explore the possibility of luring retired and recently separated pilots back into uniform to fly UAVs, and the idea of allowing enlisted personnel to fly UAVs has yet to be ruled out, according to Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley. A decision on that is expected within 90 days.


Comment Odd thing that Leper colony link (Score 1) 253

I'm used to seeing a slender article in the middle of a page flanked by white space where ads/junk are being blocked by my HOSTS file.

The link for 'leper colony' : http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20080929/NEWS/809290335/Hundreds-of-Reaper-Predator-pilots-needed
has everything but an article, just the header "Hundreds of Reaper, Predator pilots needed"

Checking without a HOSTS file as I did want to read it: I'm shown:
The "Want to read more?" and subscriptions below, the "article" is part of the subscription
div id="premiumcontent-summaryparagraph" class="gel-hidden"
"The Air Force will soon have nonrated officers flying combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan."

Now I'm not sure if there really is an article to read or not, pay a buck to find the above was it.
Just saying if you have to disable your HOSTS file to read something, it was meant to be blocked in the first place.

Submission + - Upside-down sensors cause rocket crash 3

Michi writes: According to Anatoly Zak, the crash of the Russion Proton rocket on 1 July was apparently caused by several angular velocity sensors having been installed upside down.

Each of those sensors had an arrow that was supposed to point toward the top of the vehicle, however multiple sensors on the failed rocket were pointing downward instead.

It seems amazing that something as fundamental as this was not caught during quality control. Even more amazing is that the design of the sensors permits them to be installed in the wrong orientation in the first place. Even the simplest of mechanical interlocks (such as a notch at one end that must be matched with a corresponding projection) could have prevented the accident.

Comment Re:Just guessing? (Score 1) 36

I have accounts where the password is something useless like that. Those are on sites where the host forced me to create an account to get a coupon or something similarly idiotic to drive up their subscription rates

When you come across these sites you should post your log-in info to http://www.bugmenot.com/
It's helped me get into sites that I didn't wish to log into and I pay back by posting log-in's myself.
It's become well known and many sites have requested theirs not be listed; but in the long run it works very well.

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