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Comment And in fact you do the opposite (Score 1) 20

You have a plan should you get killed or otherwise be unable to provide the passwords. Where I work, in addition to there being more than one IT staff, all the passwords are safely locked away where the Dean can get at them, if needed. We make sure that even if we are all gone, whoever comes after can get access.

These days the university has policies to that effect but we did it before then because that is what you do. You have a disaster plan, and that plan includes what happens if you aren't around.

Comment Re:News from other countries... (Score 2) 40

Well, when it comes to space budgets....

NASA: $19,3B
ESA: $5,8B
Roscosmos: ~$2B/yr
JAXA: $2,0B
CNSA: $0,5B official / $1,3B est.
ISRO: $1,2B

It's not just US bias that leads to most stories coming from NASA. NASA really does spend the most on space research and exploration, by large margins.

Still, the public perception is that NASA's budget is far more than it actually is.

Comment Re:Good. Now pardon Snowden. (Score 1) 739

By that standard, we'd need to kill dozens of people based on Snowden's leaks and they were not even fired.

And given Mr. Trumps extreme antagonism for Russia in 2014 but extreme love for Russia by 2015, I suspect he'd end up in front of a firing squad as well.

I think they've got something unforgivable on him. Like video of the violent rape of a teen girl. Something that even a pardon won't really fix.

Comment No, he wasn't (Score 2) 739

Assanage's offer was always empty, given that the US isn't after him, at least not publicly. Now he contends that the US wants to get him in secret, though he's presented no evidence of this and of course one would have to question if they'd agree to a public deal for something secret.

Assanage is wanted by Sweden and the UK. Sweden for a sexual assault case, and the UK for skipping bail in that case. The US has not filed any charges against him, though I'm quite sure they don't like him. If he left the embassy he would be arrested by the UK and shipped off to Sweden. Or they might not send him off, since he's broken UK law by skipping bail and try him there for that crime, then ship him off once she's served his sentence.

So this was always a stunt.

Comment Re:DVD's costing $15-49 is killing DVD sales. (Score 1) 284

There is only value to ownership when you are going to reuse the item.

Otherwise, you are just prepping yourself to be on the next season of "Hoarders".

I stopped buying DVD's when I found I was rewatching less than 1% of what I bought.

As I get older, I rewatch less.

There is a glut of entertainment right now. I can spend 20 hours a week on Youtube (Lindybeige, Primitive Technology, official Music Videos, Stunning things like 10,000 japanese singing "Ode to Joy" in german, the Young Turks) and not even scratch the surface.

Comment They have it backwards (Score 1) 284

Someday long before Netflix was even started (Blockbuster was still big), I realized I was spending $60 a week on DVDs which i would watch once and then go onto the shelves.

For a while, I would wait until they dropped to 5 bucks and buy them then.

I stopped buying that day and have bought 3 DVD's since (one of which- Inception- I thought I would watch a lot but actually I watched it twice).

Netflix didn't stop me from buying DVD's.

I really hate the pricing model for DVD's. As I get older, I rewatch and reread less and less content.

Comment Re: Note that what's large... (Score 4, Informative) 82

Venus has multiple "tropopauses" and "stratospheres", depending on how you define them. The atmosphere is like a layer cake with multiple convection zones (like Earth's troposphere) separated by areas of dynamic stability (like Earth's stratosphere). And again, ~50-70km is an awfullly long way from the surface, and surface winds are weak. But, there's a lot about Venus that we don't understand.

Comment Note that what's large... (Score 3, Informative) 82

.... is the size, not the intensity. The air moves only slightly faster or slower than the surrounding atmosphere as one passes through the wave.

They weren't expected on Venus, though. Venus's surface is dozens of kilometers down, thick and "soupy" there, transitioning to thinner layers above. It was surprising to see that surface features that far away, in a fluid that can compress, would still make clear phenomena like gravity waves in the high atmosphere.

Comment Re:Fake news != Flawed news (Score 0) 398

The term "fake news" has been thrown about -- and misapplied -- far too freely of late. Fake news is a deliberate fiction on the part of the writer, with an intent to deceive. It is not the same as a news story reported in good faith, but with errors.

Indeed! What's more this misuse of the term "fake news" to apply to errors of reporting, is itself a cynical ploy aimed at legitimating outright fiction and bad-faith spin. Thank you for calling this shit out.

Comment Fungi are doing the same thing FYI. (Score 1) 293

I got something at the gym which resisted every OTC anti-fungal.

The doctor finally prescribed me something for it that killed it.

Fungi are creepy because they live on you as a food supply like you are walking dirt.

If you get enough and have a fungal bloom tho, they can kill you quickly.

Likewise, medicating a bad infestation too aggressively results in a toxin overload and can kill you.

I quit the gym when I got a second fungal infection about six months later that was also resistant (I was able to use the prescribed stuff to kill it).

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