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Comment Money saved (Score 1) 113

Boy the line "Six years of unlimited Oracle software and technical support included in the deal will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars in years to come" is special. I hope we use the next six year of support to get off of Oracle solutions. (Save the state hundreds of millions of dollars.... yea.

Comment Re:Don't bother with the link in the summary (Score 1) 108

Do yourself a favor and have a look at the youtube video in the NPR link. It was produced by the war department. It's fascinating. I especially like how the solders were handling the fuel rods in t-shirts and no protective equipment at all. I am quite sure every single one of those poor guys died a horrible death not long after.


Why would every poor guy handling fuel rods be dead already? Looking at how everyone seems to smoke back then, I expect more solders died of smoking that any radiation issues. (Remember they are handling new fuel rods, which are not all that dangerous.)

Comment Re:Keep it simple (Score 1) 479

Honestly, as a last resort, it's not a bad idea. I have a fair amount of ESD test gear at work, including a bunch of static discharge guns and the like that can be dialed up to some crazy levels. I was once stuck in a situation much as you - they controlled the modem/router and it was crapping out every few hours, and they were the only game in town for non-dialup access (this was 15ish years ago). I'd already replaced it with a spare that did not have the issue, but since it wasn't provisioned, the only place I could go was their internal pages.

I spent probably two hours going through L1 support, L2 support, and then had them tell me that "oh, sometimes the boxes just do that". So I took the box to work, fried the shit out of it, plugged it back in to let it power up and do real damage to itself now that half the fet gates were probably cooked, and then called them back to tell them that the box had finally crapped out and started smoking. They promptly sent me a new one, and told me "must have been lightning or some sort of power surge."

Yup, a power surge indeed.

Ha, been there. Interesting what a Tesla coil vacuum leak detector will do to some electronics.

Comment Re:Apples to oranges (Score 1) 259

If anyone would sell me a small reactor (e.g. from a sub or whatever), I'd be more than happy to install it in my back yard.

I'm curious - how big do you think submarine reactors are? And how big is your backyard?

A couple of useful hints, by the by:

1) a naval nuclear reactor is bigger than your house.

2) they require an ocean to provide cooling water for the system. Though they could probably manage with a decent sized lake or small river.

3) One man can't operate a naval nuclear reactor.

4) One house can't use the electricity they produce.

Hey, hey, you are being a little unfair here. I understand the nuclear reactor for the U.S. Navy's NR-1 is about the size of a garbage can.

Comment Beer's law in chemistry (Score 1) 73

I remember discussing Beer's Law in chemistry over a few. You have a fine line between more creativity and where the extinction coefficient takes over and you blotto. A couple does help the conversation and helps people that are reserved share their ideas and help stimulate more discussion. So I do think it helps group creativity. (Oh you mean drinking?)

Comment Re:FreeBSD (Score 1) 123

which itself is descended from Version 7 Unix, although since 4.4BSD-Lite there's no real Unix code any longer.

Been a while since I used Version 7, but it is what I learned Unix on. The command list was a lot easier to learn then. BSD still feels the same from the command line. :)

Comment We may hear from Philae later (Score 4, Interesting) 337

While the main battery is nearly depleted and at this point there is not enough solar power striking the solar panels to boot it back up, as the comet approaches the sun the light intensity should go up. We can hope that the existing conditions provide enough power to prevent damage to the landers electronics. Then as the comet approaches the sun and the comet either changes origination to provide more light or just Philae get more intense light it may rise again. That would be grand!

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