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Comment Re:What about forest management practices (Score 4, Insightful) 191

and the current forestry management practice is to put them out ASAP, you're right on part of that.

Actually, modern policies are to let it burn as much as possible, and only fight it where required. In our situation, they protected our facility (we run a retreat center in a deep valley) by doing controlled burns throughout our valley. This greatly reduced the fuel load, while protecting the larger/more established trees, and saving our site. In the end, the forest will be far more healthy because of this fire.

There were some other fires, further into the back country that summer as well, and for the most part they just kept them under observation, and allowed them to follow their natural course.

Comment Re:What about forest management practices (Score 4, Interesting) 191

A fair amount of this can probably be traced back to this. In the days of yore, the Forest Service had a policy of "Out by 11" (the next day). The reality is that just caused massive fuel buildup in the forests, and made them far more flammable than they were in the past. That said, climate change has magnified this problem and made the tinder box even more dangerous.

Reference: I spent two summers ago at the heart of the Wolverine Fire in Chelan County, WA. We watched over 1000 acres burn in 15 minutes (from 8 miles away) and it's what I imagine what a Nuclear weapon going off would look like.

Comment Re:The issues in a nutshell (Score 2) 157

It would probably end up diverting tens of billions of dollars from actually fixing the immigration system.

The only thing that will ever stop illegal immigration from Mexico is fixing Mexico. You don't see many people crossing illegally between Canada and the US, even when significant portions of the border is secured by nothing more than a drainage ditch, or a cut in the forest. No matter what you do, no matter how high a wall you put in, or if you put in east-germany style no-man lands with land mines, and soldiers with orders to shoot to kill, people will still come.

All they need is even the slightest glimmer of a life that is better than where the are. Fix that, and they're a lot more likely to stay where they are.

Comment Not just Firewalls, Routers too. (Score 1) 30

This is bad, really bad. It's not just the firewalls that are at issue, but it's also all their routers, if they're running most modern versions of IOS and/or IOS-XE.

The only thing to do right now is to slam ACLs onto your interfaces to block connections to UDP port 500 and 4500 from anywhere except where the other end of your VPN is coming from.

Comment Re:Not a nice way to die (Score 1) 429

the ordinary mousetrap is humane, effective, reusable, and available in multiple sizes. They kill instantly; you'll never find a mousetrap with a live rodent wiggling around in it.

Not true, in my years of dealing with mice out at the cabin, I've managed to trap one mouse in two traps (it got it's rear end caught in one, and head in the other), and have found more than one trap where the mouse was maimed, but still alive (usually when they trip it with their rear ends).

Comment Re:HP LaerJet (Score 1) 111

Unfortunately, HP learned from their success, and has chosen to make their printers shitty since then so to force regular upgrades. I kinda wish that I hadn't given up my old 4simx, but when I moved into a 526 square foot apartment, I didn't want my printer taking up half my floor space. That thing was built like a tank.

Comment Re:Using government to advance one's business (Score 1) 160

If there were say 7 or more realistic ISP choices per typical customer, THEN competition could work its magic, Adam-Smith-style.

Call me a raging socialist, but what I would rather have is municipal/PUD fiber run to the homes, and then be able to select the service provider that uses the publicly owned infrastructure. This works very well in Chelan and Douglas counties in WA. The PUDs there run the fiber, and look after the physical plant, and then the residents of the counties can buy service from any one of several different ISP and TV providers. Additionally, if you're a commercial setup, you can get transit from Level 3 and/or Zayo.

It's really the best of both worlds, a lot of competition for service, and very reasonable rates for the physical plant.

Comment Re:Classic Sci-Fi Books .. but why just novels? (Score 1) 175

I loved the book The Martian, which has a lot of technology in it (the movie was a bit dumbed down compared to the book, but not entirely).

My only problem with "The Martian" is that the premise for him being marooned on Mars (at least in the film) is completely bogus. Mars has 1% of the atmospheric pressure of earth, there's absolutely no way that a dust storm could cause anything like the effects it had in the movie. It certainly could not lift rocks, never mind knocking over a rocket.

Comment Re:Cause (Score 5, Informative) 266

It's trickier than that. They were loading LOX. There was no RP1 in the upper stage yet. So why did the LOX explode?

Do you have a source for that? Typically the RP-1 is loaded first as even though it's chilled, it's far more thermally stable than the super-chilled LOX. The LOX is loaded into the tanks just before launch so that it doesn't have time to warm up before the rocket is ignited.

From the US Launch Report video, it's also pretty clear that the RP-1 was already in both stages when the anomaly occurred. In a deflagration like that, it burns with big movie-style orange flames, and that's exactly what we saw from both the upper stage, and the lower stage as the rocket came apart.

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