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Comment Re:Star Wars ? (Score 1) 542

I wonder how long we'll have to wait before a proper new and original franchise star up.

There was Firefly and Serenity. And I believe the Kingkiller Chronicles have been optioned. The Expanse is a TV show. Movies, in general, do the subject matter little justice -- either too little character development time or too little Sci Fi/Fantasy time.

Just so long as they don't remake the Princess Bride. I'll quit TV then.

Comment Re:Is this news going to bring them more business (Score 1) 164

More interesting though might be a labor claim that Best Buy might have against these employees

I read about this a couple of months ago but in the context of employees suing Best Buy because they were suffering PTSD due to the nature of the images they were being compelled to view on their customers' computers and their medical plan didn't cover it.

Submission + - Lessons from Canada's scientific resistance (thebulletin.org)

Lasrick writes: Andrew Nikiforuk, a contributing editor of The Tyee and author of Slick Water, has a smart piece outlining what the United States science community can do to combat expected attacks from the Trump administration on federal funding for research projects that examine the environmental impacts of industries such as mining and oil drilling. Nikiforuk seeks lessons from the years when the Canadian government, led by then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper, systematically reduced the capacity of publicly funded federal science to monitor the impacts of air, water, and carbon pollution from the country’s aggressive resource industries—by cutting budgets and firing staff. Great read.

Comment Re:Begs the question... (Score 1) 118

Actually, this is backwards. Cancer risk decreases for the first low dosage radiation exposure.

This is because the radiation "turns on" your body's natural radiation fighting responses. Those responses are actually pretty good, so turning them on decreases cancer risk initially. But if the radiation exposure gets higher, the body's system can't keep up.

So for optimal cancer risk mitigation, you want slightly higher radiation than Earth currently puts out.

Submission + - Iron-age potters accidentally recorded Earth's magnetic field strength

Solandri writes: We've only been able to measure the Earth's magnetic field strength for about 2 centuries. During this time, there has been a gradual decline in the field strength. In recent years, the rate of decline seems to be accelerating, leading to some speculation that the Earth may be losing its magnetic field — a catastrophic possibility since the magnetic field is what protects life on Earth from dangerous solar radiation. Ferromagnetic particles in rocks provide a long-term history which tells us the poles have flipped numerous times. But uncertainties in dating the rocks prevents their use in understanding decade-scale magnetic field fluctuations.

Now a group of archeologists and geophysicists have come up with a novel way to produce decade-scale temporal measurements of the Earth's magnetic field strength from before the invention of the magnetometer. When iron-age potters fired their pottery in a kiln to harden it, it loosened tiny ferromagnetic particles in the clay. As the pottery cooled and these particles hardened, it captured a snapshot of the Earth's magnetic field. Crucially, the governments of that time required pottery used to collect taxed goods (e.g. a portion of olive oil sold) to be stamped with a royal seal. These seals changed over time as new kings ascended, or governments were completely replaced after invasion. Thus by cross-referencing the magnetic particles in the pottery with the seals, researchers were able to piece together a history of the Earth's magnetic field strength spanning from the 8th century BCE to the 2nd century BCE. Their findings show that large fluctuations in the magnetic field strength over a span of decades are normal.

Comment Anonymity and Culture (Score 1) 477

Slashdot has declined in this regard since I joined a decade or so ago. Maybe because most people here were here for the discussions and not...well...whatever the first half of the posts above are here for.

But I'll tell you that aggressive people on the internet isn't a new fad. Gaming forums from the 90s had it too. My guess:

1) without a way to call someone out, people will say anything. Anonymous cowards -- you can't point to an old post and say they've done a turnabout, etc.

2) more people, more anonymous people and the culture has changed. Politeness is rare on forums that everyday people inhabit -- and now there are a lot more people on the internet and they've grown up in a culture of saying whatever you want on the internet.

All I can say is good luck and ignore most things.

Comment Re:What in the blue hell are you talking about (Score 2) 834

A lot of what you are talking about are a misnomer, based on old realities. The far east coding areas, we are seeing pay rates slightly below or comparable with US rate, outside of the Silicon Valley crapfest. We are seeing issues with our coders from India:

  • Hyper-specialized which leads to having to get 3 or 4 coders for the same task as 1 to 2 in the US. In addition, hypers-specialization increases cost per employee.
  • Lack of generalist capabilities
  • Lack of self-direction / need of significant supervision
  • Out right incompetence and lying on their resume
  • Significant racist / sexist behaviors - leading to increased supervision
  • Chilled effect - lack of will to raise concerns

Signapore has a much higher quality of coder, with better English skills and self-direction, Ethics are fantastic. However, they are expensive because of it and we still have hyper-specialization issues.

South Korea are cheap grunt coders. We have many of the same issues as India with some regulatory/employment issues.

China, write a rock solid employment termination clause. They are cheap but need significant supervision and the corruption is epic. PMI evidently caught teams of professional certification takers and remove certifications en mass there in the late 2000s - I forgot the number, but it was thousands by my recall. India had a smaller issue around the same time, but nowhere near that level.

Comment Re:Got another accident for your list (Score 1) 117

However the true cause of the crash was actually nepotism. The copilot that caused the crash (by continually stalling the plane until it hit the water) was not the best for the job, he just had the best connections. He did not know that continuously pulling back on the stick would stall/crash the plane.

Of course, the real root cause of the crash was that there was no obvious feedback that he was pulling back on the stick. The PIC did not know he was doing that until he mentioned it right before impact, by which time it was too late to recover. (from the transcript: copilot: I'm pulling back on the stick, why doesn't the nose go up. command pilot: NON!)

Comment Re: Don't worry (Score 1) 280

Maybe one day the liberal "dont hurt my feelings while i piss on yours" community will realize how fucking stupid and truly hated their kind is in this country.

Yes, this. Think about it, over 50% of American states dislike liberals so much that when presented with the false choice of Hillary to Trump, they chose Trump anyway...

Comment Re: Unlimited? (Score 1) 196

Small cells negate the "limited amount of spectrum" argument. It's a financial + logistical + political/regulatory limitation, not a technical one.

Technology will eventually advance to the point that the financial consideration is less important. We're already working with beam-forming -- a technology that's existed for decades, in radar applications -- for instance. Wireless is the future, no matter what the naysayers think, and if you're still thinking of "spectrum" as the limiting factor you're behind the curve. Makes me think of the folks who deploy IPv6 for the first time and start worrying about the "waste" of addresses.

Comment Re:Unlimited? (Score 1) 196

There's no technical reason why an LTE network can't be engineered to provide truly unlimited data with acceptable speeds in most instances. There is, however, a financial reason, plus the usual regulatory/political concerns that get in the way of new cell sites. It's worth noting that T-Mobile manages to offer unlimited with an asterisk (video throttled to 1.5Mbps) and in many cases delivers superior speed than Verizon, so it's clearly POSSIBLE and PROFITABLE to use as a business model.

In rural/fixed-wireless settings LTE is actually cheaper than DSL/cable and the favorable contention ratios (i.e., low population density) make unlimited possible with today's network. It's a mystery to me why they won't offer an unlimited product for this market segment at least; it would be the death blow for satellite internet.

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