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Comment Re:Valdez leaked 11 million gallons... (Score 0, Redundant) 913

Engineers are working on a dome-like device to cover oil rising to the surface and pump it to container vessels, but it may be weeks before this is in place. It is feared that work on sealing the leaking well using robotic submersibles might take months. BP is also working on a "relief well" to intersect the original well, but this is experimental and could take two to three months to stop the flow.


So basically it will exceed the Exxon Valdez oil spill amount before it is fixed.

Comment just block "document.write" ... (Score 5, Informative) 660

If we are not allowed to talk about AdBlock plus, then lets talk about "document.write".

Most (probably all) ads are created with "document.write", so simply block "document.write". And enable "document.write" for the few sites that you really enjoy.

Add the following to "prefs.js" (seamonkey, firefox, ...):

user_pref("capability.policy.default.HTMLDocument.write", "noAccess");

user_pref("capability.policy.trusted.HTMLDocument.write", "sameOrigin");
user_pref("capability.policy.trusted.sites", "http://localhost ... ");

user_pref("capability.policy.policynames", "trusted");

See for more details ...

Comment Re:Depends on the Course (Score 1) 261

that's my thought too, basically it goes like this:
1) Install VMware Player on all the lab workstations because it's free, cross platform, and it's well supported ( another option might be VirtualBox )
2) Create a disk image large enough to fit on the smallest of the flash drives you expect your students to be using.
3) Pick a distro which you can use with this size disk image and be usable for your classwork. There are a few recent blogs on small/fast distros
4) Figure out how to get the LiveCD of your distro and the virtual machine disk image to every students PC for the inclass instruction on installing into the virtual disk using the LiveCD and VMware or VirtualBox
5) after the class has installed the system, show them how to shut it down and copy it to their USB drive and run from the USB drive.

Now they have some experience installing into a VM and the basic layout of the Linux filesystem and they have a copy of their work on their USB drive so they can try this at home. If you talk with VMware, you can probably get redistribution rights to the VMware Player to you can give them the VMware Player installation file for their home computer.


Comment as if American cars are perfect... (Score 1) 749

You can get off your high horse...did you forget the Ford Pinto and Mustang 2 where the gas tank could get ripped open if the car was rear-ended?

More recently, in 2009 ford recalled 4.5 million vehicles to replace the cruise control deactivation switch because under certain circumstances it could catch fire.

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