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Comment Re:What Hollande says (Score 5, Insightful) 328

"theoretical ways to deal with the waste products" = "no actual ways to deal with the waste products"

As opposed to coal and other fossil fuels, where we have a very effective way of dealing with the waste products: just let them go up the smokestack!

P.S. You do know that coal mining releases more radiation into the air, and kills more people, than nuclear power - right?

Comment Re:So? (Score 3, Insightful) 53

The "supermoon" may look slightly larger than the moon normally looks when it's close to the earth (i.e. every two weeks), but not significantly. In particular, it pales in comparison to the psychological effect of viewing the moon low in the sky (when it looks larger, even though it's actually further away) vs high in the sky (when it looks smaller, even though it's actually closer).

But there's still no reason it should be in the news: regular people wouldn't even notice if it wasn't pointed out to them, and astronomers know it's just a cyclical thing that doesn't mean anything. Imagine if, every spring, the news was full of breathless reports of the upcoming "supersun" which would be much brighter than the "winter sun" and which would stay in the sky for hours longer than the winter sun. That's pretty much the level of amazement we're talking about.

...and in other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead and water is still wet.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 53

I agree - it seems like every other month or so there's "gee whiz" story about a "supermoon" or "supermars" or some "celestial alignment" or something. But at best it's probably no more than a fraction of a percent bigger than normal, and it doesn't actually mean anything. If they didn't make a big deal out of it, no one would notice or care.

Comment Re:Science Writers: Stop Causing Us Intellectual P (Score 1) 147

It actually could mean something: if there used to be an older 2-gallon-per-flush valve, then the 1-gallon valves save 1 gallon - and the 1 pint valves saves 1.87 gallons (compared to the 2-gallon valves), which is 87% more than the 1-gallon valves did. But I seriously doubt that's what they mean, and even if they did, do they actually expect people to do that math while they're peeing?

Comment Re:Science Writers: Stop Causing Us Intellectual P (Score 2) 147

There's one I see regularly that baffles (and disappoints) me: on the top of the flush valve for public urinals (sorry, I'm a compulsive reader) it says "This 1-pint-per-flush valve saves 87% more than standard 1-gallon valves". What the hell does "saves 87% more" mean? Uses 87% less, fine - but saves 87% more??? WTF???

Comment Re:This "nightmare" rigns a bell (Score 1) 240

They had the same problem prior to the year 2000, so why wasn't this lesson already learned?

No, it was a totally different problem.

Y2K was about an optimization made early in the history of software development, when every bit and byte was precious, and it was expected that the software would be replaced long before it became a problem. Well, not all of it got replaced before then - but everyone knew the problem was there, and exactly when it would bite us, so a lot of people worked hard patching system so that there were no major problems. And before you sneer at the short-sightedness of early developers, let me ask you this: how many of YOUR programs are Y10K compatible? Or Y2037 compatible? Or Y65536 compatible?

This is about security flaws (some due to criminally-negligent designs, some due to inevitable software bugs made even by skilled developers) that are NOT known about in advance, and that CANNOT be patched when they suddenly become a problem.

Comment Re:Nice try cloud guys (Score 2) 339

Or in the case of the situations and environments I work, your statement should read: "Move the applications to where they are not accessible when you have no internet connection while you need to do your work".

The definition of a networked system is "one you can't use because some computer you never heard of is down".

Comment Re:Nice try cloud guys (Score 2) 339

The cloud is highly shared and redundant clustering that is automated and agnostic. It can be public or private.

Wait, so I can save carbon by having a private cloud in my basement? I mean sure, that saves the lag and whatnot from the always-problematic last mile, but how does the movie get to my private cloud? I'm not seeing the carbon savings!

Comment Re:Fuck that guy. (Score 3, Informative) 397

so unless Jackson thinks HP should hire unqualified people just because they are black or latino, he should probably focus his efforts earlier in the pipeline

I doubt that's what he thinks - he doesn't actually care about black or latino people. He just wants the publicity, and some sort of "fund for underprivileged nerds" to be set up, which he can then "administer" in a way that benefits him and his friends. Shakedown, plain and simple.

Comment Re:Wrong. (Score 1) 461

But they could also turn up missing in due to any number of other causes! Only a tiny fraction of missing bodies are due to mid-ocean plane crashes - I still haven't heard why finding the corpses of a couple dozen such people per year is so much more important than finding the corpses of the thousands of other people that could be found by spending that same billion dollars more intelligently.

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