* Posts by Kriilin

23 posts • joined 9 Feb 2014

Kepler may be dead but its data keeps on giving, thanks to AI: Two alien worlds found in archives


Re: Statistics

Well, in that case, we'll need a new word for planets not of our Solar System. It's understood that "sun" refers specifically to Sol, "our star" if you will. When we refer to "stars" it's implied that we're talking about any other stars that aren't Sol, unless otherwise stated.

Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis


Re: I think..

That was a quarky response!

Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files


Canadians did it first: http://beavercanoe.com/

Mercury to transit Sun: Viewer discretion advised


Regarding eye safety: Grab an arc welding helmet and you're good to go. Note acetylene welding goggles aren't considered safe, happy viewing!

Carving up the IT contract behind £500bn of annual tax collection is a very risky move


Re: Who knows?

Or how about "This mission critical system was built by the long gone, documentation-deficient summer student in 1996 using MS Access."

Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy


Re: reality check

My "cloud" is a NAS drive in the EMP resistant detached garage that I can grab on the way out in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

How much of one year's Californian energy use would wipe out the drought?


I have no idea, and I sense neither do you. If you have a link to a study, I'd be happy to read it. I realize they only work during the day, but unlike the grid, there's no need to have them produce 24/7. As for the brine, it's only concentrated seawater, one would have to control salinity at the discharge point. In this case, dilution is acceptable.


How about building large scale solar stills in the Mojave Desert? The only energy required is for pumping seawater, fresh water and brine. Sometimes low-tech is the best.

Just to add: I bet there's more than one engineering grad in California or the Middle East who's done a thesis on exactly that.

Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW


Re: Tightwads

Sergey probably spent more for lunch..

Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina


Anyone else wondering what would happen if you shot a couple of Krupx MG7 proton torpedos down the hole?

DWARF PLANET Ceres beams back SUNNY north pole FROWN


It's the Death Star in serious need of a wash....

US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf


The thing with most traditional countermeasures is they're deployed upon detection of the threat, i.e. detection of a missile/torpedo launch. Hard to do that when it's coming at you at the speed of light. In addition, since it's a mobile gun, the line of sight is always changing.

As for previous giggling over the "Ponce", if it has frikken laser beams, what will the "USS Clint Eastwood" have for ordinance?? :O

Hey look! Microsoft's workforce isn't all white men


So what I want to know is this: How does Microsoft's, Google's et als' numbers compare to the demographics graduating from the required programs? I bet one would actually see a relative bias against pale penises. And if that is the case, why aren't more vismins enrolling? Work the problem back in time to get the real answer.

Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are


Re: Chemistry Sets

Chemist (New World meaning) - been there, done that. Did a career change into IT, paid better. And I had a variation of most of those items, plus I grew up on a farm, most fortunate.

Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO


I'm lucky, my wife's got an engineering degree and a CISSP. Like some other posters' wives/girlfriends here she buys her own tech. I stick to getting her perfume, spa time, and naughty bits.. :D

Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates


Another part of this whole problem is the attitude of "A manager can manage anything, they don't need to really know the details, that's what their staff is for." I've seen it in my own job, the former CIO (female at that) who worked her way up from Assembler programming being replaced by a lapdog with a liberal arts background. Her problem is she illustrated some inconvenient facts.

Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs


QNX stands for Quantum uNiX, so yes. it is a variation of Unix.

Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes


Celine Dion, hmm.. Apparently he`s also into torture, no water or board required!

Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing


Re: ive wondered why....

Look on the bright side: Calibrate your system and it will feel like you just upgraded without costing you a thing!

Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact


Re: Sr 90

I'd go fission too, if I woke up to a new clear day..

Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one


Re: Big

The Note 3 does have a feature that will make a smaller version of the screen on either the left or right side of the physical screen for one handed use. You can easily switch back to full screen for watching video, etc. when seated. I really like mine, although I'm a two-hander with any phone for anything other than dialling.

Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children


Re: About children playing outside...

Agree totally. I'd like to add that I think a big shift in the loss of manual skills happened when agriculture became mechanized, and we moved from mainly rural to urban living. I was fortunate to grow up on a farm. It was the best education I could get, I learned everything from basic construction to welding and mechanical work, safely use guns, etc. Heck I even helped deliver calves and "process" (read decapitate, pluck, and draw) chickens. And yes, I still eat meat.


Unfortunately, maybe devolution. As unkind as this is to say, it's easier to be stupid these days and survive (in the first world anyways), hence passing one's stupid onto the next generation.


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