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Comment Re: More nation-wrecking idiocy (Score 1) 602

Yep - but unless you've driven that road, it's hard to understand just how little there is to hit out there. The road was built to handle high speed travel safely, to the point that sitting on 180km/h feels like half that on a more major highway. The biggest problem out there is fatigue, followed by wildlife strike and then stupidity. Darwin to Alice Springs is 1500km, with probably 3 decent towns in between and a couple more service stations that may or may not be open. If the major driver for accident rates on a road is fatigue then raising the speed limit may help - otherwise you'll need to look elsewhere for a solution. ./Rockwolf
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Submission + - Why don't we buy sysadmin books anymore? (standalone-sysadmin.com) 4

Bandman writes: Our needs for good information and documentation have not changed, but the way that we get it has. The ebook revolution has made physical shelves of sysadmin books endangered species. A bigger issue may be that even ebook sales of books related to system administration have not been selling. Somewhere along the line, people stopped buying things like "DNS and Bind" or "Sed & Awk".

Has our need for documentation changed, or just our sources of it?

Crime

Geologists Might Be Charged For Not Predicting Quake 375

mmmscience writes "In 2009, a series of small earthquakes shook the region of L'Aquila, Italy. Seismologists investigated the tremors, but concluded that there was no direct indication of a big quake on the horizon. Less than a month later, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed more than 300 people. Now, the chief prosecutor of L'Aquila is looking to charge the scientists with gross negligent manslaughter for not predicting the quake."

Comment Re:Honestly, I hope the US (Score 1) 378

But I'm doing some other stuff on the side to hedge my bets.

I've got mod-points, but I'd rather provoke a discussion: in broad-brush terms, what are the sort of things you're doing? Currency or precious metal investments, or more along the lines of buying extra tins of food every week, on the assumption that TEOTWAWKI is coming?

./Rockwolf

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