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Comment Re:Misjargonization (Score 1) 366

It might be an archaic term, but they've been in the business for a lot longer than you have (or you would have recognized the terminology).

I recognize the misuse just fine; I've been at this since the 1960's. Front panel toggles, punchcards and paper tape are wholly familiar to me, as are arranging diodes in a matrix and building CPUs out of RTL and TTL. The fact that I recognize the misuse is not motivation to appreciate it, any more than I would if some non-contemporaneous Babbage-era use of "gears" was suddenly thought to be a good idea to use as the go-to word for software, or if someone referred to a modern day stick of RAM as "core", or if someone insisted on referring to computers in general as abaci.

The industry is well centered around particular terminology right now and has been for decades. That's the terminology to use, unless you want people focusing more on what you said, than what you meant. Which tends to lead to the wrong place no matter what you do. Particularly in engineering. Words matter. Being sloppy is costly.

Comment Misjargonization (Score 4, Interesting) 366

Referring to software and applications as 'codes' is common in many industries (example "here). People that use such terminology are of much higher than average intelligence.

And so they have even less excuse for their mangling of the terminology, and definitely should be smiled at, nodded to, and ultimately, ignored other than when they have some kind of arbitrary coercive power over you, in which case, do it in your head anyway.

If you walk up to a nuclear engineer with your 140 IQ and ask him to "turn up the atumz", he should probably just call security and have your ass thrown out on the street.

Seriously. If you don't know even the basics of an industry's terminology -- it's time to leave off trying to involve yourself until you get that handled. If you do.

Comment Meh. What is science but a guess (Score 4, Interesting) 305

CNN has a similar article about disappearing Louisiana coastline. One of the people interviewed has been shrimping for 54 years. His best comment, "It doesn't concern me.What is science? Science is an educated guess," Dotson says defiantly. "What if they guess wrong? There's just as much chance as them to be wrong as there is for them to be right."

Mind you, Louisiana is the top most uneducated state in the nation and this particular area of Louisiana, Cameron county, has the highest percentage of people who do not believe climate change has an effect on plants or animals. Not man-made climate change, but any climate change.

Another person in the article says he likes his AC and gas at reasonable prices so therefore, why, based on a prediction alone, should humans try to limit CO2 production?

Comment Re:Well there's your problem (Score 0) 106

Keep digging your hole deeper.

Why you should use your parking brake

When a car with an automatic transmission is put into park, a device inside the transmission called a "parking pawl" engages. A parking pawl is a metal pin that engages into a notch ring that is attached to the transmission's output shaft. When engaged, the pawl restricts the transmission's output shaft from turning.

Unfortunately, parking pawls can break or possibly become dislodged. While this is not a common occurrence it can happen, and if it does your car may end up rolling down the street.

Use your parking brake

You can use your emergency brake to park your car on level ground, too. When you park your car, put it in neutral, set the emergency brake, then release the brake pedal. With the emergency brake holding the vehicle, put the transmission in gear or "Park," and shut off the car. It reduces pressure on the clutch, transmission, parking pawl and CV joints - and reduced pressure means reduced wear.

Always use your parking brake

This is because the weight of the car is resting on the transmission, rather than the parking brake. By following the above instructions, you're ensuring that the weight of your vehicle is resting on your parking brake, and not your transmission.

Always use your parking brake

Additionally, the constant use of only the parking pawl, especially on hills, subjects the transmission and drive train to constant loads and stress, This will eventually lead to failure of the parking pawl or transmission linkage.

But go ahead, keep insisting you're right and everyone else is wrong.

Comment Re:Mine: (Score 1) 1220

Really? The book must be overwhelmed by the stuff then, because the film is almost completely full of it.

He's right. The book takes a much more serious look at government than the movie does. Books are a better platform for that sort of detail than movies are, there's just no way around that. But the movie does an excellent job of implying all manner of things without the detail, as such things go, and the post here was about movies, not books, so I made no commentary on that initially.

Comment Mine: (Score 5, Informative) 1220

In whatever order I'm in the mood for, which varies:

Bladerunner - the original, with the narration.
Firefly - TV show same. These were just plain fun, except for the pilot's death, which struck me as uncalled for.
Starship Troopers - loved the twisted angle on government. Great bugs. Would you like to know more?
Paul - hilarious, totally non-serious SF.
Alien (original) - great SF horror, and great SF besides.
Terminator - original
The Martian - really good hard SF, quite rare to find

Comment Re:NK *is* a credible threat (Score 1) 296

NK can't even keep the lights on at night.

The reason they can't keep the lights on at night is because they spend 22-23% of their GDP on the military, including nuclear weapons.

That is why they are a threat -- because they can do damage -- you don't make a military threat assessment by counting light bulbs.

Comment Re:Sound waves in water not so simple (Score 4, Informative) 296

They're probably thinking of things like near-field synthetic aperture sonar. You can get images as clear as this, which gives the impression that water is no obstacle. Distance, however, changes what one can do, and there's quite a difference between passive monitoring and active monitoring as well.

Comment Re:Sound waves in water not so simple (Score 3, Insightful) 296

I'm aware. I write signal processing software for the signals that drive spectrum / waterfalls. Some people would be quite surprised as to what can be done with only a hint of data.

Again, no details can be laid out here, but some tracking is definitely possible. My point was that losing track is also possible, so yes, we agree.

Comment Re:Just like finding a crashed airliner under the (Score 4, Informative) 296

Well, it's not quite that cut and dry; subs move, make noise, wakes, create magnetic anomalies in motion (and image subtraction can trivially find one of those consequent to continuous MA observation of any area where the sub is, assuming the monitoring capability is available), and while no one tries to track each jetliner using sufficient resources to never lose sight of it, there's good reason to think that we would be keeping track, as best we can with the resources we have available, any NK asset that presented a potential nuclear threat.

That said, even if we're on them at any one point, it doesn't mean we can't lose track of them, either. Even a hardware failure of a tracking resource could put this kind of thing into play where one might ordinarily assume it wasn't. This stuff is devilishly complex. Lots of ways for tracking to fail.

Comment Re:NK *is* a credible threat (Score 3, Insightful) 296

I'm sure our boomer and attack sub commanders would be appalled to know they are so easily found. You should let them know ASAP. /s

Or to put it another way, you have no idea what you're talking about, and should probably stop talking in order to prevent further illumination of this fact.

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