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Comment Re:It's about time (Score 1) 62

I've been using the Huawei Honor 8 for about 6 months now, and it's an impressive phone, especially with it's $400 retail price tag (Best Buy, Amazon, etc). Mine just updated to their version of Android 7.0, and I fell like I just got a new phone again (in all the positive ways). It's less expensiv, faster, and has more features than many competitors, and stands up very well against it's Samsung and Apple competition. This is not a "el-cheapo", it's a high quality and well manufactured phone.

Comment Re:Different Interpretation (Score 1) 67

The process in this scenario is called Adaptive Radiation. It occurs after every mass extinction event. Many geologic time periods end with a mass extinction and begins with an adaptive radiation. This shows in the strata (layers of rock) as a sudden change in fossils, as one set of species dies off and another takes it place. Note that these can occur both globally or locally, depending on the niche.

The research in this article is simply pointing out which events (out of many hundreds) precipitated and supported avian evolution.

Comment Re:First... (Score 1) 167

If Hasbro only understood board games then there would be no brony (My Little Pony) fandom. Any nebulous subject needs to be approached in a similar way to Hasbro's reboot of it's 80's (and much smaller and trite) property.

1. Find someone with both talent and passion for the subject.

2. Give them time to develop concept/treatment, allowing them to grow their own team.

3. Keep the restrictions minimal, and follow their lead

4, Avoid tailoring the project to fit merchandising, but let the merchandising follow the project closely.

5. At almost any cost, have the community there for each step, and keep the IP lawyers on a very short leash.

Allow profit to come in from licensing, sales, and make sure everyone involved never stops listening to the community. Not just doing what the community wants, but interacting with them and explain why major choices were made, whether popular or not.

Comment Re:Fracking to relieve tectonic pressure (Score 1) 265

The subduction zone may be located out to sea, but the subducted plate extends under the continental crust for a fairly long distance, and at even greater depths. The eastern boundary of the subducted plate can only be "mapped" by comparing hundreds of seismic images and estimating density, temperature, and composition to determine what is still there to fracture and what has been sufficiently reabsorbed into the mantle.

Note that the current subduction system with a transverse zone to the south has been in place since the Pacific Plate made contact with the American Plate around 30 million years ago, dividing (and fracturing) the old Farallon Plate (of which Juan de Fuca is one remnant).

And as for potential worse-case scenarios, look at the Chilean subduction zone, and the 1960 Valdivia earthquake . The subducted Nazca Plate there is the southern remnant of the old Farallon Plate.

Comment Another reason to kill PowerPoint (Score 2) 327

I work in the education industry in a large-format print environment. PowerPoint is one of the main pieces of software chosen to make large academic posters (36" x 48" commonly, but I've had larger than 60"x 96" designed in PowerPoint). It is also the main reason there are delays and errors with said posters.

Our department strongly recommends that faculty and students use either Adobe Illustrator or the free open source Inkscape to create their posters. Less than 1% of posters created in these programs have any issues with the format, while PowerPoint currently has issues in roughly 50% of the files we have received in the past, with PowerPoint in an OSX system being by far the worse offender. The problem has been somewhat mitigated with requiring all submissions be in PDF (which works well with our proprietary ripping software), but has only reduced the issues, not eliminated them.

It should be noted that various other office suites and other programs have been used to generate the posters we print, but nothing is quite as bad as those coming from the Microsoft Office suite (don't get me started on Publisher). And to those suggesting a raster export (jpg, tif, png, bmp, etc) the files quickly become to large for an average user to move them easily (less an issue today than 5-10 years ago) and text/finer elements often become fuzzy and plugged in all but the highest resolution files.

So yes, please, let's all kill PowerPoint (and throw Publisher on the pyre while we're at it).

Comment San Bernardino County Resident (Score 2) 104

"Alternatively, it might suggest that the government just doesn't care about legal authorization."

As a resident of San Bernardino county (for 15+ years) who has personally known many members of the Sheriff's Department, I'd suggest that this is indeed the case. This county is the largest in the nation and has population widely dispersed throughout a vast majority of it's area, making deployment difficult. The attitude I saw most prevalent was one of "I don't care, just get it done". A perceived relative lack of equipment and manpower coupled with this attitude means that corners get cut and protocols are ignored.

They do, however, and more often then not, get the job done.

Comment Re:ST only needed transparent aluminum for... (Score 1) 247

Plot wise, transparency wasn't the issue (although it was a selling point to get the stuff made), it was to reduce the material thickness required to hold the water from 6" thick to 1" thick, and to barter the knowledge of it's creation for the requisite material.

Here's the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Re:Pffff... Magnitude 7? (Score 2) 63

Try living in the area and building in the area before you start speaking of things you seem to know nothing about.

Well, my home is within 10 miles of the San Andreas Fault, and my work is built entirely within the historical San Andreas fault zone (my office lies less than 1/2 mile from the current southern branch). I am a native Californian and have ridden out many earthquakes, both in and out of school.

And to address other concerns, the Field Act is insufficient for the high end for potential quakes. It it designed to handle M7 quakes, while historical data shows that a M7.9 has occurred in California. Note that the strongest quakes since 1933 were 2 M7.3. My research in getting my BA in geology showed that up to about a M9 could theoretically be possible, and that the historical data may be underestimated (the 1812 Wrightwood-area earthquake had one report suggesting a possible M9.2).

Also, I was generally estimating the design, but I was also referring to low one story buildings, as opposed to multiple floor structures. Larger buildings require a very different approach to their foundations (in order to reduce oscillation). The original statement said "withstand a 8.0 without structural damage" and while a M8.0 off a subduction zone is no where near as powerful as a M8.0 off a transverse zone at the surface, I seriously doubt that any country has the economics to build to such a high standard across the board.

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