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Comment Re:Note: Gravity wave != Gravitational wave (Score -1, Flamebait) 77

Its worth pointing out that its not a 'gravity way' at all. Its a simple compression wave. Gravity has exactly 0 to do with it.

By calling it a gravity wave, you just look stupid and ignorant of the topic of discussion.

Thats typical for slashdot submissions and editors, but generally the comments have higher standards.

Submission + - Texas Sets New All-Time Wind Energy Record (scientificamerican.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On December 20, a low-pressure weather system crossed through the Texas panhandle and created sustained wind speeds of 20 to 30 mph. The burst of wind propelled Texas to surpass its all-time record for wind energy production, with wind providing 45 percent of the state’s total electricity needs — or 13.9 gigawatts of electric power — at its peak.

The so-called “Competitive Renewable Energy Zones” (CREZ) wind energy transmission project is one of the key reasons Texas calls itself the national leader in wind energy today, with over double the wind generation capacity of any other state. This is a triumph of the public/private partnership.

Comment Re:This is a surprise? (Score 2) 483


These universities are ultimately under the control of the Legislature. The CA Government is swarming with Democrats, yet none of them seem to give a fuck about good jobs being sent out of the country. Why is that?

Seriously...it wasn't all that long ago they'd be all over this like bees on an open soda can.

Comment Figure out what you want to do (Score -1, Troll) 260

You can't come to slashdot and ask them what you want to be when you grow up.

Why did you take CS? Because you liked something in it, or because someone told you to? If you liked something related to CS than you need to focus on it and figure out how to turn it into a career, or get yourself focused on moving in the direction that would allow it to be a career.

If you got into CS because someone told you that you should major in CS, than you need to stop now. Figure out WTF you think you might want to do with your life, and then figure out how to go in that direction. Is that even in CS or is it in some other field entirely.

Slashdot can't figure out what you want to be when you grow up, only you can. If you don't know what you want to do with your CS degree after you get out than you have to start by asking yourself why you're getting a CS degree, or even getting a degree at all.

Comment Wikileaks is purely insane (Score -1) 211

I get dumping documents from government agencies. Though, their motives are a bit bizarre at times. Disclosing hundreds of thousands of addresses of private citizens? What does that help? When will Wikipedia disclose those types of details on everyone within Wikipedia? Oh that is right, Wikipedia believes they can be opaque in operation, not transparent like they expect everyone else to be.

Comment Re:DAB is useless nowadays, ever heard of streamin (Score -1, Informative) 303

sigh, because an FM radio can be build with about 5 components that you can make yourself in a few minutes. AM radio takes 2 or 3 and is self powered.

You don't even really have to properly calculate the values of the components, you just have to get in the general ballpark and have a tuning coil and you can pick up anything from old analog TV signals, to FM radio, to aircraft radio.

In short, if you can't build a functioning FM radio in a few minutes with random crap you can find laying around the house, then you simply aren't an EE and you know pretty much nothing about it.

FFS, the CIA has build MECHANICAL AM transmitters powered remotely by microwaves being beamed at it.

Comment Re:You probably don't need it. (Score 1) 94

The thing is that these days, pretty much anything you buy isn't slow. 98% of computers sold are more than up to the task of every day use.

Seems to me these things are like guys modding their cars. For instance taking a stock v6 mustang, removing the governor, adding a supercharger and replacing various bits and pieces to make a 160 MPH car out of one that will already easily go fast enough to get yer ass put in jail.

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