* Posts by fnj

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Reports: First death from meteorite impact recorded in India

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Ludicrous false claim

This is VERY FAR from the only recorded human deaths due to meteors. There is an extensive list of fatalities here.

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Hackers mirror 250GB of NASA files on the web

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Re: its all fake

Big John, if 9 years is "long" after, I won't quibble over "long". But 1958's NASA was just a name change for and extension of 1915's NACA. All the interesting NACA airship technical reports and memoranda have been held by NASA since 1958. I think you're right that NACA didn't get much if any involved in investigations of looney tunes UFO stuff.

You're also right this was two months before the establishment of the USAF (and the same month as my date of birth). This is another quibble, but it was the USAAF (US Army Air Forces) from 1941 until September 1947. Before 1941 it was USAAC (US Army Air Corps).

I won't pretend I was boning up on this stuff as a newborn baby, but I sure was eating this stuff up from age 6 on. I do still have memories of the fighting in Korea, which was a bit before age 6.

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New Xen maintenance release ends active version 4.4 development

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Xen's day is past

They are still fussing around with Xen? Everybody I know couldn't move to KVM fast enough as soon as it became solid, seems like a lifetime ago now.

Xen badly mishandled selling itself to get linux to build in DOM0 support, and it's much too late to change the momentum now. I still remember the bad old days of RHEL5, pre-KVM, with the horrible headache of a completely separate, specialized kernel implementing DOM0 support.

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Oracle to kill off Java browser plugins with JDK 9

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Re: Will they depreciate.... [sic - SPELLING]

The word is deprecate. DEPRECATE. Not depreciate, which is a financial term.

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Website admin cPanel hacked, loses a bunch of folks' contact details

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"Passwords encrypted and salted"

Does he really mean "hashed and salted"? The hash algorithm and amount and randomicity of the salt matter. There is no excuse not to have SHA-512, 5000 or more rounds, and at least 32 bits of hash.

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

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FAIL

Spectacular ignorance

"Battleship" is a term for a particular class of naval vessel, one which hasn't been built for 60+ years, and one which has not been in service anywhere for 20+ years. A battleship has 30+ cm of hardened steel armour - not 1.5 cm of mild steel hull plating. And guns of 28+ cm caliber. No guns of over 13 cm exist on any in service naval vessels that I am aware of.

The blunder is on the sub-title. The title and the text use the correct term, "warship".

</berserk mode>, sorry for the outburst.

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Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

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Can't still buy it new, but still the best

The Galaxy S II still stands as the best phone yet. Look up "Super AMOLED Plus" before you mock me. Plain AMOLED or Super AMOLED doesn't come close to Super AMOLED Plus, and TFT needn't even apply.

Neither too small, nor too gigantic, makes a lot of others look ludicrously thick in comparison, the battery is easily changeable.

It's still my phone, and I'll never upgrade until it breaks down.

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Rupert Murdoch wants Google and chums to be g-men's backdoor men

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Re: Idiot

<blockquote>If Murdoch is so dumb, why is he so rich?</blockquote>

Seriously? The same reason 99% of rich barstids are rich. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and he hires guys whose job it is to make his treasure grow without limit. I don't have any knowledge of whether his general IQ is low or high, but it is irrelevant to how rich he is.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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Re: Microsoft...

<blockquote>Which mandatory reboots are these then? - Archlinux Desktop user (with both systemd + pulseaudio) and frequent updater. My current uptime is 1 week, 1 day, 12 hours, 32 minutes....oh, and the kernel was updated yesterday,...</blockquote>

I use Arch too, but I know what I am doing. If you update to a new kernel and do not reboot, YOU ARE NOT USING THE NEW KERNEL YET. Arch does not hold your hand. You can say it is not mandatory to update after a kernel update, but that strikes me as a bit distorting the point. You can put off rebooting Windows, too.

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WD stirs green and blue into pot, comes out with Blue HDDs

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FAIL

Don't care about the colour

All of them are GARBAGE. Even the blacks. Now that WD's HGST is set to disappear, and Toshiba is replacing the good stuff it inherited from Hitachi[*], and Seagate drearily remains complete rubbish, there will be no acceptable hard drives any more. SSDs win by default, at prohibitive prices though.

[*] For the doubters, that's right. I have some early Toshiba DT01ACA300s that have "Device Model: Hitachi HDS723030BLE640" in the SMART data, and a lot more that are later and have "Device Model: TOSHIBA DT01ACA300", but they are all the same design from the same production line, and all of them have the identical "Firmware Version: MX6OABB0". Now Toshiba is rolling out the P300 which has essential identical specs but is a complete unknown, and will doubtless replace the superb DT01ACA300. I have very poor expectations.

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Volkswagen enlarges emissions scandal probe: 'Millions' more cars may have cheated

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Re: @LucreLout

@Roland6 - glow plugs have zero effect on ignition timing. They are only there for starting and cold running, to add heat over and above the compression effect. Ignition timing is controlled by injection timing.

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Re: @LucreLout

@Stephen Raith - the ignition profile is still under precise control. It depends on the injection profile. Nowadays you inject multiple spurts, all precisely timed, per cycle.

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ARM floats power-sipping Mali-470 GPU for Internet of Things things

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FAIL

Insanity

Who the heck needs a DISPLAY on their hipster necktie, or smart light bulb? Is someone clueless about what Internet of Things MEANS?

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LASER RAZOR blunted by KickStarter ban

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Re: Back to soap and water.

Switched to a German Merkur safety razor and Astra Platinum razor blades at 100 for a tenner and got a better shave.

This is the way to go. Any decent quality double-edge razor from 55+ years ago will last your life, the life of your son, and probably HIS son - and more. The Merkur is a great one you can get today brand new. The Feather is an excellent blade, as well. I never got suckered into disposables or multi-blades. The idea was stupid. Plastic doesn't give you any heft; no momentum. I have EXTREMELY tough wiry bristles on my chin and upper lip.

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The Emissionary Position: screwing the motorist the European way

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FAIL

Jet fuel is NOT "the same as" diesel fuel

Haven't seen anyone post the correct fact anywhere, but a number of flat-out WRONG posts.

Jet fuel is not "the same as" diesel fuel. Jet-A is essentially kerosene (terminology in the US, Canada, India, Australia, and New Zealand), which is called paraffin in the UK, Southeast Asia, East Africa, and South Africa. Of course Jet-A has strict specifications not guaranteed to be met by common kerosene.

Diesel motor fuel for road use is either #1 or #2. #1 is essentially kerosene, and #2 is the well-known substance most people recognize as "diesel fuel". There is also a heavier cut used by ships at sea and by railway locomotives, but that is off-topic when discussing road use.

Most pump diesel fuel is #2, except that in regions which get cold weather in the winter, it is cut with #1 during the winter time in order to most easily reduce the problem of cold-gelling.

Jet engines can happily burn either kind of diesel fuel, as well as a wide variety of other liquid fuels, but are not certified to do so reliably or long-term.

Historically, diesel engines have been able to burn Jet-A very well. That is essentially what they are burning when they use #1 diesel fuel. In fact, with the diesel technology as it existed up to the 1980s, savvy owners knew that in a pinch you could fuel up with gasoline, cut 5-10% with motor oil in order to afford viscosity and lubricative properties more appropriate to the diesel injection pump and injectors. The vastly higher injection pressure which later came about for emission reasons made this a poor idea, and common-rail pretty much drove a nail in the practice. You can still use Jet-A; in fact aircraft diesels are only certified for it; but to use it long-term it would be best to have an injection system adapted and tested for it, as aircraft diesels are.

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To save mobile web, we must destroy JavaScript, HTML and CSS

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Re: Pointless

@FF22 - thank you for that bit of information. I was not aware of HTML compression at all. Everyone in the same boat, have a look at this.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: 4K-positive fun for ... vloggers?!

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FAIL

No replaceable battery, no SD, NO SALE

Samsung is off my radar unless and until they smarten up.

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Stop

Re: Current temperature maximum is weak

What makes you think that "now" represents a maximum? By definition a maximum is both preceded and followed by downward slopes. What makes you think that it will start getting cooler from now?

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Holmes

Re: Here we go again

<blockquote>Regardless of one's views on which side of the argument is correct, you do yourself no service by in one post complaining that the use of the term "denier" makes the article suspect, and then referring to "enviro-wackos." Cognitive dissonance.</blockquote>

There is wisdom in your point. Caution in the review and examination of one's terminology is always wise. However, the religious fervor I perceive is essentially all on the side of the pro-anthropogenesists. It's not that surprising, because generally those convinced that "we're all going to die" tend be passionate about it.

At the same time, when the pro-anthropogenesists label with derogatory terms those who are not buying what they are selling, it is only natural that there will be a backlash in kind from the latter.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Love of my young life

I'm going to "heartily" disagree with various goofballs here. The Mk I late-70s Giugiaro-designed Scirocco was a visual orgasm. It was heartbreakingly beautiful. I felt a little funny "down there" every time I glanced at it in the driveway. It also only weighed 900 kg, and 76 hp drove it with gusto.

You could turn it into a supercar for peanuts. Throw in GTI springs, Bilsteins, and 205-60 Pirelli P7's on 13x6's in place of the stock 175-70 Contis on 13x5's and you had a Ferrari handler. But you could tell the difference between heads and tails when rolling over a dime. Fact.

You can still play the same handling games with the Golf, even though you're battling far too much pork, like any of the current depleted-uranium slugs on wheels. For me it's a Mk IV TDI, and Bilstein PSS-9 adjustable coilovers are the secret sauce. It's quite possible I have the only PSS-9 TDI on the road; certainly in the US.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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Alien

Re: why does the radio want to adjust the volume?

That's bullshit, and if one can't live a perfectly happy life without the sodding automatic volume control, one is brain dead. It's time for Darwin, but don't kill me in my car because you want to design for the helpless jellyfish.

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Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrids: Software bug kills engines dead with THERMAL OVERLOAD

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Re: ada

I am old enough to remember before there were FETs. FETs brought absolutely BLINDING speed and incredibly low resistance in the on-state. What you have to be careful of, and you always did have to be careful of, is operating FETs in the region between full-on and full-off.

When they are full-on, power dissipation is limited by I times R, where R is thousandths of an ohm. When they are full-off, power dissipation is limited by the incredibly low leakage current. What you don't want is to have them "sort of" on but not "full on". You can cook the bejeezus out of them in an all-fired hurry.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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FAIL

Who once was my valued friend but is now dead to me

Firefox is so dead. Stick a fork in it. Here is another vote for Pale Moon. It is what Firefox once was and still should be, but never will be again.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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<blockquote>AND - I reckon it's pretty obvious about which way round it is as soon as you see it?

eg. 2015-01-02 is pretty clearly Jan 2nd eh?</blockquote>

All right, who's the lunatic who downvoted this post? 8601 is in fact the only unambiguous date format.

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HGST shimmy shimmy shingles its way to a 10TB spinning rust drive

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Cannot imagine wanting under any circumstances

Hard drive technology advancement has crashed into a brick wall. Stuff like this is just not useful. The horrible warts are simply not worth the tiny increment in density.

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Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

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Re: 7 or 10 kWh

What is air conditioning /sarc.

Looks like it will reduce the godawful heating bill to me.

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Re: AHI is the way to go

Sounds very very exciting. Unfortunately it seems too vaporish still. For example, it specifies 2 kWh per module, but there is no indication whatever of the power delivery rate in kW. The power delivery rate of the Tesla entry is PISS POOR.

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FCC leaning towards approving AT&T/DirecTV gobble – report

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Question

FCC: who the fuck does this serve?

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Business or pleasure? Crucial MX200 and BX100 1TB SSDs

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Re: Very interesting

80 GB per 12 hours is only 2 MB per second. On the face of it that wouldn't even begin to strain the slowest HD or SSD you could find, unless your data is EXTREMELY peaky/bursty.

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How about the part that matters?

I couldn't care less about the transfer speed. The slowest SSDs from yesteryear are more than fast enough - as long as they hold up in use (I'm looking at you, Samsung, the transfer speed collapsing to cripplingly slow after a while in use).

No, what matters is power-loss data protection. Both internal table structures protection, and cached write data protection. If it doesn't have it, it is UTTER CRAP and I wouldn't touch it. I see no information presented here that either level of protection is present.

Anandtech found that the M500, M550 and MX100 do not have the cached write data protection at all. What they have is a measure of protection against corruption of internal table structures - i.e., a half-assed level of protection; better than none but still FAIL.

I am worried that the BX100 and/or MX200 might not have even the half-assed protection - that they are no better than ticking time bombs.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/8528/micron-m600-128gb-256gb-1tb-ssd-review-nda-placeholder

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7947/micron-m500-dc-480gb-800gb-review

Note that the large expensive tantalum capacitors of the M500DC enterprise drive give real full protection. The wimpy teeny tiny ceramics on the M500 do not. And most other brands are not even THAT good.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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> THIS is why all this connected, internet TV stuff is NOT the future.

Wrong conclusion. The correct conclusion is that THIS is why the future our corporate overlords are presiding over SUCKS.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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Incorrect

Wrong. It wasn't "commissioned as a cruiser". It wasn't even launched as a cruiser. The closest you're going to get is that it was designed and construction begun as a cruiser but converted during construction, and at launching was already a carrier.

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Re: If it ain't broke...

If you want a title bar, you've still got it. The default is still to have a title bar. So this is an utterly pointless objection.

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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Re: OpenWRT?

<blockquote>- 'router' or 'switch' - I forget, one routes packets by IP to the ONE PC it is for, the other just sends the packets to ALL connected PCs..</blockquote>

Incorrect. A switch replicates incoming packets to single SELECTED ports based on the addressed MAC vs the MAC of the attached device. A router redirects all incoming packets on the LAN which are addressed off the LAN subnet, to the WAN port (and vice versa). A NAT router (which basically everybody thinks of when you say router) adds rewriting the source IP/port-number pair of LAN packets which it redirects to the WAN, and reverses the process on responses from the WAN so they get to the right place.

You are thinking about a "hub", which simply replicates all packets coming in on any port, to all other ports.

To put it as simply as possible, a hub filters/rewrites nothing; a switch filters by destination MAC; a router filters by destination IP; and a NAT router filters by destination IP and rewrites source IP and port number.

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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Re: And the thrid ship

Ahem, it is Shinano, not Shimano.

It is true that details were a closely guarded secret at the time, but with the passage of history all has become known in intricate detail.

See "Design and Construction of the Battleships Yamato and Musashi", by Kitaro Matumoto. Anyone who didn't buy this massive painstaking work when it came out in 1961 is not a serious historian. The main text is Japanese, but there is an English table of contents and appendix with copious tables and diagrams. From this we know such details as:

The exact dimensions of course[*]

details of 24 progressive designs leading to the final design

For secrecy the gun was officially termed Type 94 40cm, 45 caliber - actual bore was 46cm

Weights: gunnery, 11,802; armor, 23,500 tonns

The exact number of watertight compartments (1147)

The side armor being manufactured in 88.5 ton segments, 5.9x3.6m x410mm

The engine room floor area was 640 square metres

Superheated steam at 25 kg/mm^2 and 325 C from 12 boilers

[*] length overall, 263m; waterline, 253m; between perpendiculars, 244.0m

breadth, 38.9m

mean draft at full load, 10.86m

prismatic coefficient, 0.612

tactical turning diameter, 640m (heel 9 degrees)

period of roll 17.5 seconds

metacentric height at trial conditions, 2.88m

Mr. Matumoto defied an official order to destroy all documentation, saving voluminous notebooks.

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AA guns

Musashi did not have "36" 25 mm antiaircraft guns. That would have been an absurdity in 1944. By then she had 130 of them.

Unfortunately the 25 mm was a very poor weapon, especially compared to the excellent 40 mm Bofors on US ships. Musashi, like all Imperial Japanese Navy ships, was wholly incapable of mounting a credible AA defense.

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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[Not directed at anyone here]

As a USAian, may I say that the idea of rolling this back legislatively is STUPID DENIAL. Hello, all idiots with an R after their name: it DOESN'T MATTER what bills you pass to undo this, the President owns your ass! He will just veto (thank god). After 2016 it may be up for grabs again, but until then, JUST SHUT UP.

I am still in the elation phase over the FCC's action. Sure, it may turn into something bad, but you don't just abandon all attempts at governing because you're afraid your governing structure is going to be evil or incompetent.

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M0n0wall comes tumbling down as dev throws in the trowel

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Re: arm

In what world is FreeBSD limited to "intel/amd"? In the world I inhabit, we have:

ARM 32-bit: ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/arm/armv6/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/

PowerPC 32-bit: ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/powerpc/powerpc/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/

PowerPC 64-bit: ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/powerpc/powerpc64/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/

PC98 and SPARC admittedly seem to have been dropped.

Apologies for not making proper links, but TheReg won't let me play with html until I've mae a billion posts or something.

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VMware finds new post-paranoia RAM-saving tricks

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Picture

Is that a picture of an S-100 memory card?

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Toshiba tosses out uber-slim THREE TERABYTE HDD

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Unimpressed

600,000 hours is a pretty piss poor MTBF. HGST 3.5" 3TB Desktar NAS is 1,000,000, and 7K4000 Ultrastar is 2,000,000.

I'll pass.

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Micron stacks its 3D NAND high in 2015

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What is wrong with them?

It's perfectly obvious that 3D NAND has the potential to allow MANY TIMES more density in the package, so why in the nine hells do they reject 3D SLC out of hand? The rationale for having to resort to MLC crap in the first place has just been exploded. THINK.

Is stupidity an absolute requirement for running a corporation?

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QEMU, FFMPEG guru unleashes JPEG-slaying graphics compressor

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Happy

Love it

A stunning improvement. Never mind smaller but same quality - dig the massive improvement in quality for the same size.

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WD and HGST: We tried to merge our two drive makers, MOFCOM said NO, NO, NO

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Stop

Please keep them separate forever

I'm just a lowly user. I don't want to see WD swallowing HGST because WD is a shitty company that produces shit and will turn HGST products into shit.

As it stands now, HGST and Toshiba are the only drives I would willingly touch. WD and Seagate are both garbage.

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Step by flashy step: Toshiba clambers up to next gen SSD

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Interesting experiment

It's an interesting experiment. Toshiba is advertising VASTLY greater endurance than anybody else in the class. The question is, is it real, or is it just optimism - less conservative spec parameters.

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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Re: Common sense

<blockquote>So the same should happen for bricks and mortar stores.</blockquote>

I don't think so. For a brick and mortar store the transaction is simple. For every transaction made at a particular store address, only one state and maybe one or a couple of local taxes are charged. It is a trivial matter to do the accounting. And it has nothing whatever to do with where the customer lives.

It is a different matter altogether for online purchases. You have to ascertain where the customer lives and keep track of 9600 tax codes.

See the difference?

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Common sense

The issue of sales taxes on internet transactions seems crystal clear on the face of it. Just say HELL NO DAMMIT to those 9600 state and local sales tax jurisdictions for online transactions[*], on the basis of simple insanity. If the brick and mortar guys cry about their business model, let them commiserate with the buggy whip manufacturers. And yeah, that would mean so sorry, states, "use" taxes won't fly so screw you and fix that shit NOW.

[*] If your online transaction happens to be with someone headquartered in your state/locality, then yeah, I don't see how you can wave away the sales tax(es) in that particular case. But I'm not talking about "local presence" bullshit; I'm taking about the headquarters location.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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What sets it apart

The fundamental thing that sets this apart from the Raspberry Pi and Beagle Bone in my eye is the SATA. If you don't need it, then you're not compellingly drawn to this board. But if you want to hook up an HD or an SSD for a specific reason, neither of the others is any good at all.

All the rest is just details. Yes, the CPU is ARMv7 like the Beagle Bone rather than the archaic Armv6 of the Raspberry Pi.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: Tiny heat:

<blockquote>To make comparisons difficult, large amounts of power are given in TWHour/Year.</blockquote>

I'm not questioning this if you essentially say this is standard practice, but in what universe does it make any sense at all to measure power in TWh/y instead of the dimensionally equivalent TW?

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Re: Nuclear Power

<blockquote>waste annihilating molten salt reactors</blockquote>

That sounds so cool. Fanciful, but cool.

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fnj

Re: Then we're fucked

<blockquote>Oddly, non-renewable energy sources never run out</blockquote>

You are of course undeniably correct that at some point in the decline of supply it becomes economically unfeasible to perform the extraction. So yeah, nobody ever uses every single bit. In the extreme, they die first.

But you do understand the concept of FINITE SUPPLY, right?

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