328 posts • joined 8 May 2007
Re: glass vs blade fuse
The automotive-style standard and mini blade fuses I'm familiar are *much* harder to visually evaluate, and must be viewed from the side. The glass tubes are easy to evaluate from any angle, even if buried in a circuitry box. As a final bonus, they float if dropped in your beer.
This has all happened before
A few years ago, back when Bitcoin had soared and had hit the heady value of 30 USD (and when people still used graphics cards to mine BTC!), Mt Gox suffered an enormous theft, other large thefts/scams were in the news, and BTC dropped about 10x in value. Many proclaimed the end of Bitcoin and the press lost interest...
Re: What did Rice do for DropBox or top people there to land a cushy deal
She was also provost of Stanford University for many many years; since Stanford founded and nurtures Silicon Valley, that's not a bad link to have on board.
Re: the Italian courts
The Italian courts are also retrying Amanda Knox yet again for a crime she didn't commit, even though they have the true perp convicted and in jail.
Re: internal contradictions were the only thing that brought down the Soviet Union...
Yes, just like with Lukashenko's Belarus.
Re: Is this really a freedom of speech issue?
In the US, we tend to have an expansive view of free speech. If you can't contribute to support a political cause you believe in, your free speech is being limited, just as if someone stopped you from going around putting posters on notice boards, or paying for those posters, or paying for the taxi fare to pickup the posters, and so forth.
It's also worth noting that the legislative/legal issue is not about a right, it's about government recognition and support of a specific pre-existing social arrangement that it believes to have benefits for society as a whole. The government doesn't recognize marriages between very young people, or between more than two people, and so forth -- it's not technically a "right". The government (via the legislature, via the voters) decides what social arrangements it will officially recognize, and as long as there's some non-wacko reasoning behind it (even if many think that reasoning wrong), the courts don't get to over-rule the decision.
I'm glad that more and more people are realizing that government recognition of same-sex marriage has a positive effect on society and it seems a shame for some late-to-the-party zealots to single out someone's political contribution from 5 or 10 years ago without also attacking the others who did the same or similar, such as the Clintons and President Obama (those who pushed to impeach President Clinton and/or President Obama due to each's furtherance of the federal Defense of Marriage law are of course exempt from being called hypocrites here :) ).
The TRUE reason they need to run at 100% duty cycle:
Otherwise, they'll quickly fail once the Chinese hackers start running their Bitcoin miners.
And I thought the American West was sparsely populated!
Here's hoping you don't run across the Night Rider...
Re: There is a point...
If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, the case's most recent court judgment stands.
I used a stratified (sometimes also known as "sedimentary") filing system on my "solid state desk". The chief failure mode is when I spill my glass of milk on it...
If you read the paper, they used a quadratic(!) model rather than a linear model for the correlation between facial attractiveness and IQ. Looking at their graph, not only are the data points clearly NOT forming anything like a parabola, but their computed parabola implies that past a certain point, more attractiveness would imply a *lower* IQ!
I guess the lesson is that given sufficiently noisy/scattered data, you can force it into any model you want.
Is monitor really a shadow mask model rather than aperture grille?
Looking at the photo of the monitor screen, the vertical cutoffs of each stripe segment seem awfully sharp for it to be an aperture grille. I wonder if it's not really a fancy shadow mask, such as the "in-line" shadow mask example (labeled '21" TV CRT Display') shown in the Wiki entry for shadow masks:
Definitely a beer icon dude!
Reading through his pubs list (thanks for the link!), I am struck by the humor in his parenthetical descriptions of each publication or the circumstances of its creation. Academic IT in general seems to nurture more humorists than do fields such as biology, or perhaps it just doesn't frown on their work ...
The new law will require that Lyft/etc drivers be specially licensed and their cars inspected by the city, that the organizing company carry liability insurance that covers them while on duty. That should hopefully cover the tax/safety issues.
Customer recourse is notoriously poor even with the current Seattle taxi companies. The City Council has promised to improve current regulation of for-hire rides. We'll see what happens.
Re: Final Seattle vote was unanimous
Thx for the fixes!
Final Seattle vote was unanimous
Regarding the models
If these are the current models, they don't yet include physically accurate modeling of clouds (they parametrize them, but the real-life parameter values are still unknown), and didn't predict the recent loss of ice cover in the Arctic and the increase in ice cover in the Antarctic. I'm not sure I'd yet want to rely on them for predictions about the year 2100.
Re: intentionally wrong answers
But if the miscreant has access to the complete list of correct "wrong" answers (as above), the fact that they're wrong IRL doesn't help much. If you use sets of different wrong answers with different services, that will at least help firewall the pwning.
Re: New Scientist overview
I checked it out -- as it's dated 2007, it turns out to be seriously out of date on some of the most controversial issues, such as the current so-called "hiatus" in global surface temps and the "Hockey Stick" controversy.
Re: At what point...
I find it useful to compare predictions with what's happened in the recent past in order to gauge possible consequences. For example, we've measured the world's surface temps rising about 0.75C on average over the past 130 years, which includes both the 1900-1940ish warming and the 1975-2000ish warming. AFAIK, storms, flooding and so forth are not significantly worse today than in 1880.
If the *rate* of warming increased dramatically (say, 5x) over that seen in the past 130 years, I'd be much more concerned about taking *dramatic* and *immediate* action. As it is, it seems to me that another 10 years of research might really help clarify the situation (there's always the hope that the climate modelers might have figured out if clouds have net positive or negative feedback by then :) ).
Re: Orlowski supporting climate change is the REAL news
Ronny, if the climate system does indeed have a low sensitivity to added CO2 and other human-affected greenhouse gases, then the islanders will be fine for hundreds or thousands of years yet. Most of the other climate scientists we hear about in the news have been working on subfields with inherent massive unknowns/uncertainties that make them much less useful for current policy.
Re: Forth Byte.
I remember that one - Byte sure had nice cover art back in those days. But programming anything at all complicated in Forth messed up your head even more than HP RPN calculators!
ecosystems and sensitivity
Ecosystems usually tend to be pretty robust; if they weren't, they'd die off the first time day became night or spring became summer.
Re: windpower not practical to reduce hurricane damage
Sadly, it's not to be believed by realists, since the modeled reduction in storm surge is as low as 7% even for a giant array of 86,000 (yes, 86 thousand!) wind turbines located in an offshore wedge to the SW of New Orleans. Of course, the storm also has to approach from the SW. Thus, "full" protection for New Orleans alone would require 500-600,000 (yes, half a million or more!) turbines.
Not sure how many would be needed to protect Paris...
Re: To the first AC:
"Averaged over all land and ocean surfaces, temperatures warmed roughly 0.85ºC from 1880 to 2012."
You've got the wrong units. According to data such as NOAA's (http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/images/indicator_downloads/sea-surface-temp-download1-2013.png), it's roughly 0.85 degrees F, not C. Your naive linear extrapolation to 1.5 degrees F of increase by 2100 is about 0.85 degrees C (strangely enough), which seems to fit well with Lewis' work reported in this story, and to be much lower than the 2+ degrees C warming you warned of without any calculations.
Re: Oooh, for a second, I thought this was going to be another Lewis article!
3 Dogecoins for a bag?
Re: What's the point?
Isn't the HP220 a desktop, not a laptop?
Re: I'm not sure if I'm missing something here
Errr, wouldn't Putin be the one to go to "...to not worry about borders?" Surely he could find some extra billions dropped behind the Crimean sofa or rolling around the Sochi sledding track.
Re: Rik, YOU get to choose what to write...
So I'm puzzled why you're touting one-month long averages, then discussing longer-term destructive weather as if it's somehow related. For example, as someone based in California, who is presumably drinking Hetch-Hetchy water, you should know that serious droughts are multi-year events because it takes years of low snowmelt to draw down California's extensive reservoirs. Yet, you write
"Here in the western US, we had the driest January since 2003 and the fifth driest on record for the lower 48 – and California governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency"
as if the former had something to do with the latter. You're better than that, Rik.
Alien Genome Mapping Project
Hey, if your bit of the work had included a genuine alien signal, you would have been hailed for creative use of resources!
Me, I'm just hoping the bodies frozen at Area 51 are *not* in a frost-free freezer. Bad stuff can happen when it periodically warms up to melt the frost...
Presumably, they should all be tortoise-themed, as the (Jade) Rabbit currently has the lead in the race...
Ms. Vela's "enthusiastic" vocabulary this week
Wow! I'm so used to bleeps (most of my podcasts are of normo-broadcast shows) that I was cringing every time, subconsciously expecting the language censors.
Aussie "horseless carriages"
Come on, we all know from the Mad Max movies that you've got some pretty badass "horseless carriages" out there!
And I thought you were going to make a tech support "have you checked if it is Pilyugin?" joke...
IT 0, LP 1 (but don't worry, it's not about climate change)
"Mars probe Curiosity dumped solar panels altogether in favor of a nuclear heart. That rover uses a basic nuclear power system to provide energy for getting around, but also to keep the rover warmish during nighttime periods. The reactor should outlast the rest of the rover's parts by years."
LP (in linked article):
"Curiosity will generate both heat and power from its Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator unit, build by the nuclear-space boffins of the Idaho National Lab. A radioisotope generator isn't a reactor - it doesn't use a chain reaction to accelerate fission in its plutonium. "
So technically, no "nuclear power", no "reactor", just natural radioactive decay...
Surprised by RC's statement!
...the effects are lost in the noise, or in the more cautious terminology of a scientist, the impacts of wind farms “remain much weaker than the natural climate interannual variability”.
The global surface temperature record is famous for its squiggliness (that is, for its interannual variability). Just about all reasonable folks also agree that this record's warming over the past century is much weaker than that interannual variability; however, I don't see anyone arguing as RC presumably would that that means the last century's warming is "lost in the noise".
Re: Urban heat island effects sadly not well-studied
Just wanted to note that urban heat island effects have NOT been well-studied for decades, or even one decade. Proper quantification and analysis of various effects on measured land surface temperatures has been signally lacking, with much hand-waving seeming to be its replacement if you actually read the papers that mention it. This may be due to the lack of a proper, organized government bureau doing the measurement and analysis, rather than the small, underfunded research groups that are in fact the maintainers of the temp indices. Imagine if we depended on a few poorly-funded and ill-equipped volunteer scientists to determine monthly employment numbers, factory utilization and similar economic stats! Wall Street/The City would be up in arms! It's a real shame that no one is willing to set up a proper climate statistics bureau that produces accurate, high-quality numbers that everyone can have confidence in.
Why would anyone trust Mt Gox in the first place?
It's not like they have a track record of stability and security...
Re: Flashing new MBs to match old ones
Donn, just save a copy of the current BIOS image, and use that to flash any new replacement MB you need to swap in.
TMob vs Sprint//////Crawl
All I know is that TMob's HSPA+ beats the pants off my old Sprint, even with WiMax. Plus, it's actually widely available here in Seattle,
Not 20%, rather 2% *per individual*
What the Reg hack didn't make clear here is that each modern individual's genome only has around 2% (roughly 0-4% range) of Neanderthal DNA. *Which* 2% varies from person to person; among the whole set of modern people sequenced (perhaps a few thousand?), all their Neanderthal DNA when grouped together comes from about 20% of the Neanderthal genome. Some parts of the Neanderthal genome are found again and again in different modern individuals, suggesting that they conferred some regional survival advantage over the African sequences that would otherwise be found in those locations.
Isn't that a prison?
Re: Don't leave me hanging
+10 and a free email address
So it's YOU ...
that has been swooping in and taking all the firstname.lastname@example.org box names!
This has been implemented for years now
This is the technique Sandforce has been using for more than half a decade now, and why LSI bought them two years ago.
Nope, no new observations here. Move along, now.
Er, from its abstract (article behind silly paywall -- grrr!), the main paper referred to in the article specifically did NOT get actual observations, but just modeled the glacier area to PREDICT the future retreat of the glacier using known geography and three ice-flow models. I suppose we will have to wait 5 or 10 years for observations in order to see if the authors are correct.
Re: Ice Ice Baby
Actually, it was a PR junket to publicize the "signs" of human-caused climate change they expected to find 100 years after a famous Australian-led expedition. The alarmist scientists who organized it ended up with more than they bargained for, but at least all participants will now have great after-dinner stories about the time they were trapped by not-so-melted Antarctic ice.
Re: I don't get it
The actual homes of the companies in the South Bay (Stanford on down) ARE interested in having them; it's the poorly-run cities of SF and Oakland north of there that are having these events.
SF and Oakland are in the north/south center of the Bay Area (which is approximately centered on the Golden Gate); the "north of the Bay Area" would include Marin County (home of rolfing and birthplace of mountain biking), Vallejo, and the southern parts of the wine country.
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