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Comment Re:anti-science environmentalists (Score 1) 167

Actually, it's thoroughly impossible to tell how the new standards work based upon by the linked articles, but it sounds like in plain language that Florida is using a computer model that could allow more flexibility in discharge permitting. This can lead to better results, whether your definition of better is "more rationally defensible" or "more in line with what my donors want." Determining which way it is better requires review by a competent expert. It might be both.

The real issue here is this phrase from TFA: "one of a kind." That's not so good.

It's important in managing environmental data to do things in the usual way. This is contrary to the way public thinks about new technologies. If there's a new iPhone, you expect it to be better in every way or at least as good. It's not like that with scientific methods; new techniques are proposed because they have certain advantages, obviously. But they always have one big disadvantage: their results are hard to compare with what you already know. You need to do a lot of work to justify doing things a new way, otherwise you can find yourself unable to compare what is happening now to what was happening before.

Fortunately Florida can't do this on its own; it has to get EPA approval. Since this is an administration that is generally favorable to environmental regulation, if they can get this past Obama's EPA that will help give these new methods more credibility.

Submission + - How transparent should companies be when operational technology failures happen? 1

supernova87a writes: Last week, Southwest Airlines had an epic crash of IT systems across their entire business, when "a router failure caused the airlines' systems to crash... and all backups failed, causing flight delays and cancellations nationwide and costing the company probably $10 million in lost bookings alone." Huge numbers of passengers, crew, airplanes were stranded as not only reservations systems, but scheduling, dispatch, and other critical operational systems had to be rebooted over 12 hours. Passenger delays directly attributable to this incident continued to trickle down all the way from Wednesday to Sunday as the airline recovered.

Aside from the technical issues of what happened, what should a public facing company's obligation be to discuss what happened in full detail? Would publicly talking about the sequence of events before and after failure help restore faith in their operations? Perhaps not aiming for Google-levels of admirable disclosure (as in this 18-minute cloud computing outage where a full post-mortem was given) — but should companies aim to discuss more openly what happened? And how they recover from systems failures?

Comment Re:Now is the time to sue them (Score 1) 395

No.. the reason I would suspect that could not win is not because Microsoft is so rich, but because they would not be able to show that Microsoft was contriving to break their application in the first place. This isn't because that's not what Microsoft is doing, but because it is doing so at such a pace that to suggest that they are at this juncture is naught but speculation (even if it does turn out to be true, which I expect it will). The advantage of bringing this up in court now is that Microsoft would have to make formal arguments that they are not currently being abusive, and these arguments would limit their options to do so later, whereas waiting until they actually are will be simply too late, and the damage done will be utterly irrecoverable. The disadvantage is that with absolutely no sustainable case at the present time (even though I believe that it is almost certainly true, I know of no objectively valid basis to suggest that it would be), I fear that doing this could be inferred as a deliberate attempt to manipulate the court system into furthering a company's agenda for its own profit, rather than using the court system to achieve a just ruling (because justice does not generally consider events which have not yet happened), and Valve could end paying punitive damages for wasting the court's time.

Comment Re:The basest, vilest (Score 1, Flamebait) 665

person to ever be a candiate for the US presidency now prominently hits the Slashdot front page. Slashdot - how low can you go ?

Don't shoot the messenger. Trump might be an incompetent maniac, that much isnt news. Him calling out for a vaguelly hostile foreign power to break into the communications of what was at the time of the mails, the highest level diplomatic and security agent in the country, is malevolent, dangerous and definately news

Comment EXACT location? (Score 1) 102

Like, including what floor you happen to be on in an apartment building?

... uses your Wi-Fi, GPS and cell tower information to pinpoint exactly where you are

None of that contains any information about altitude. While it is technically possible to measure altitude as well and relay that, you cannot do so with enough anywhere close enough precision to get the exact floor of a building that you happen to be on if you live in an apartment building.

Land lines still rule for emergency services immediately knowing exactly where you are.

Comment and many of us are forced at gunpoint..... (Score 1) 171

to get our internet from the cable provider as they is no other choice due to the illegal monopoly tricks cable companies use like "franchise fees" in cities to make it more difficult for competition to come in to the town.

So my cost is close to the cable number because I am punished for having internet without cable. $80 a month for 15meg

Because comcast rapes us in towns where there is zero competition.

Comment Proof! (Score 0) 559

That speeding is unsafe.

Sadly most of the "I have a right to speed" morons will chime in and claim they are far better at driving and safer at higher speeds.

I support no speed limits on limited access highways. but only the dumbest of the most stupid speed on streets with lots of cross traffic and in residential areas.

Even more stupid is a moron that sets his autodrive car to speed on such a road, this just adds to my data set that you do not have to be smart to be rich.

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