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Comment Re:A few misconceptions there. MORE elastic (Score 1) 148

Once steel reaches plastic elongation, there's no further gain in tensile strength to be had, so you have to design respecting the limit of elastic deformation either way. Then you apply working safety factors, but i don't see why they would be any different unless the tensile strength of CF was more intrinsically variable than steel - it isn't tmk. And of course, it has quite different properties anyway so it's never going to be like-for-like in design.

Your point about inspection and detection of defects is correct. But after a generation or two of commercial development of Composites and CF manufacturing techniques there are other ways to monitor structural health appropriate to the material: Airbus 350 and Boeing 787 have composite fuselages etc and they will reliably detect any defect in the laminate in good time, I certainly hope they will.

Comment Re:Permissions (Score 1) 278

Yup. When the business model is data, fake data is the way forward (for us who inexplicably distrust them). This concept needs to be massively extended, in fact. I shouldn't try to hide my data, I should flood with incorrect and meaningless data. You can run fake-data, but you can't hide. If only Streisand had known (or had a good geek friend). She only had to knock out a few fakes, pollute the search index and hey, no meme.

Comment Re:It's wildly unlikely we should exist (Score 1) 267

Well, what if the odds you quote were actually ten thousandth of one percent? 1 in 10**6
stars: 10**9 x 10**9 = 10**18
ILife: 10**6 x 10**6 x 10**6 = 10**18
That's one planet with ILife

and at your odds:
ILife: 10**4 x 10**4 x 10**4 = 10**12
That's 'only' 10**6 planets with ILife

Furthermore that's over a period of something like 10**9 'years' or whenever second generation stars started (no ILife possible on a first generation star). Our Intelligence Life has been around for 10**5 years. Which means the odds of two ILife species existing contemporaneously (or shifted for speed of light) is slim.

Although, in case of Earth, I would expect more intelligent species to arise. The diversity, raw material and time still available for further evolution would make it highly unlikely our species will be the last (ILife) on this planet. I think once life establishes on a planet, it's highly tenacious.

Comment Re:Law Firms are Cheap (Score 2) 155

"they had a single, 7 year old server running Linux with Samba emulating an NT domain (for a totally Windows environment) not because they believe in Linux but because they wouldn't spring for a Windows Server license."

Failing to see the fail here. Of course, if you mean 7-year old unpatched or orphaned software then you have a point. but samba on linux serving files to MS - it does that rather well.

Comment tuppence (Score 1) 1839

Design a better comment tree navigation system. On the sly, sneak it in as an inobvious option that has obvious benefits and let the awe flow from there. Nobody has solved comment tree yet, why not be the first? Incidentally, your keyboard shortcuts don't work well for me and are not re-configurable (outwith greasemonkey). Make it easy to skip the dross, please.

There's moderation, tricksy stuff like redundant et al, but then there's "get this shit off of here". We should all have a downvote option that triggers deletion above a certain threshold of non-AC users. Some shit is obviously crap and if enough of us think so, then you should trust us and delete it. I should be able to browse fairly safely at 0.

SD has remained always in my top 5 new sites, for well over 10 years. Almost all good tech stories are here, and the comment threads can be of the highest interest, with many spin offs and detours to visit interesting links or research interesting concepts. The register has better tech content but the commentary is single-child nested which stifles proper BTL discussion. Slash is all about BTL. Just keep the stories focused and let the conversation flow.

Comment Re:Because its non-brain-dead software... (Score 1) 143

I have scraped my knuckles badly on drupal versions 6 and 7. I won't ever go near it again, ever. I basically agree with every (comprehensible) thing in your post. Fanboys, facades, false promises and vapourware along wih a bunch of seriously obnoxious contributors and deluded neophytes.

Yeah, it will run a web site. No, it will not run your website.

Wordpress on the other hand is a great money maker for a dev and can be hollowed out and used in any way you like. Highly flexible once understood, just roll your own theme and plugins.

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