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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

Comment Re:Why migrate to Turkey? (Score 1) 687

In the "strange but true" category, you can actually convert Turkey into light petroleum. A few years back, a Thermal Depolymerization plant was built next to a ConAgra Butterball Turkey processing plant, intended to convert feathers and other waste into oil.

A Thermal Depolymerization demonstration plant was completed in 1999 in Philadelphia by Thermal Depolymerization, LLC, and the first full-scale commercial plant was constructed in Carthage, Missouri, about 100 yards (91 m) from ConAgra Foods' massive Butterball turkey plant, where it is expected to process about 200 tons of turkey waste into 500 barrels (79 m3) of oil per day.

So, while it may not be "cheaper" to burn Turkey than coal or natural gas, it is arguably "cleaner", at least from a net-CO2 perspective.

Comment Re:Thanks Slashdot. (Score 1) 366

The higher octane is required in higher altitudes. 87 at sea level will give more power than 91 in Denver (caveats apply)

The main caveat being: That first statement is completely incorrect. As altitude increases, ambient pressure decreases. As ambient pressure goes down, max pressure developed in the cylinder decreases as well. As max pressure decreases, the tenancy for pre-ignition (knocking) decreases. As the tenancy for pre-ignition decreases, octane requirements are lessened.

In other words, all things being equal, higher octane is required in lower altitudes.

(But you are right in your second assertion - assuming your engine will run on 87 octane at sea level, it will indeed make more power at sea level than it will in Denver - mainly because of the increased air density at sea level.)


Submission + - NASA uncovers millions of new black holes in space (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "NASA today said its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite has unearthed a "bonanza of newfound supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs, or dust-obscured galaxies." NASA said the latest discoveries help astronomers better understand how galaxies and the behemoth black holes at their centers grow and evolve together."

Submission + - Malaysia's New Internet Law: Own a Cyber Cafe, Patron Breaks Law, You Go to Jail (thediplomat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Malaysia's new internet law maybe simply the toughest on the planet.

According to the new law which was amended because of protestors the originators of content are those who own, administer, and/or edit websites, blogs, and online forums. This means that a blogger or forum moderator who allows nasty comments against the government on their site can be held liable. An internet café manager is accountable if one of his or her customers sends illegal content online through the store’s WiFi. A mobile phone user is the perpetrator if defamatory content is traced back to his or her electronic device.

Critics of the new law contend also that a person is considered guilty until proven innocent.

Comment Re:Obama knows how to play politics if anything. (Score 2, Informative) 834

And thirdly, the Democrats have already argued for a 33% reduction in that very fund themselves:

A tentative deal struck late Tuesday between House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) would cut federal healthcare spending by $21.1 billion.

The savings would be used to pay for a "doc fix" that would eliminate a scheduled 27.4 percent reduction in Medicare physician payment rates for 10 months.

Savings include:

- A $5 billion cut to the health law's $15 billion prevention trust fund;

- The elimination of $2.5 billion in enhanced Medicaid payments to Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina;

- A $4 billion reduction in so-called Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments to hospitals that take care of people without insurance;

- A $6.8 billion reduction in federal payments to hospitals that collect "bad debt" from insolvent patients, down to 60 percent; and

- Cuts to how much Medicare pays for clinical laboratory tests.

How is it that reducing the funding by 33% *isn't* an attack on women if reducing the fund by a lesser amount *is*?

Comment Re:Not very correct (Score 1) 251

Most "void if broken" seals can be easily replicated. It's just a matter of getting a replacement seal in time. For the most part, people are dumb. If you do a good job of cleaning off the seal, they'd never notice it is missing.

I'll go you one further--I seriously doubt that "void if broken" seals would even be honored! If they were, any griefer with an axe to grind could quietly slice a "void if broken" seal and arguably void (nullify) any votes cast on that box up until the point that broken seal is noticed -- possibly all day. Unless (of course) the seals are visually checked in between each voter, right? So next time you go to the polls, watch how the lines move, and see if you think everything is visually inspected and verified between each voter.

And if this sort of vandalism did happen, what would you bet that the votes up till then wouldn't be nullified regardless of the state of the tamper seals? What makes you think that this sort of thing hasn't already happened? In past election, seals have been found missing/cut on machines, it's been reported, and it's been ignored and the votes counted regardless, e.g. as reported here. Nice.

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