* Posts by Jim Mitchell

20 posts • joined 31 Jan 2012

US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

Jim Mitchell

Re: Major change needed

Ah, but building codes in the US are NOT usually created by the government directly. They are developed by third parties and are the government just says that they must be adhered to. Essentially, "incorporated by reference". It is an interesting situation.

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

Jim Mitchell
Boffin

Re: lamar looks up

Hmm, "permit to own"? I see a niche for a business that *leases* out laboratory glassware. Legal ownership and the permit remain with the company, as required.

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You care about TIN? Why the Open Compute Project is irrelevant

Jim Mitchell
Go

Re: Quality does not seem to be a metric of consideration.

And even if you buy the spiffiest, most reliable equipment, at cloud scale hardware will still have fails. So you need the software HA anyways. Once you have that, why spend the $$$ on the high end gear?

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Linux Foundation serves up a tasty dish of BUGS

Jim Mitchell

Re: Is it CSV

Click the "raw" button.

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Chips can kill: Official

Jim Mitchell
Boffin

Re: What about that 'High Fructose Corn Syrup' then?

The problem with rice is that has been recently found to concentrate things like arsenic. Yum!

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-in-your-rice/index.htm

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BRAIN STORM: Nine mislaid cerebra found near railway line in New York

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

This is Governeur, NY. Not New York City.

The article makes it easy to not see that this is upstate New York. Closer to Canada than New York City.

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Hi, Fi: Google JOWL-SLAPS mobile bigguns with $20/mo wireless service

Jim Mitchell

Re: Wow!

I doubt these are residential Wifi hotspots. I suspect Google has paid Cablevision, etc, that operate large networks of hotspots for access to their networks. Cablevision (optimum) claims to have 1 million:

http://wifi.aiprx.optimum.com/home-internet-service/wifi-service.jsp?bsp=wifi&aitrk=wifi&s_cid=ai_wifi&teng=go&geng=c8707_Optimum_WiFi_EC_NP_Optimum_WiFi&aeng=6&keng=optimum%20wifi&meng=p

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FCC chair refuses to make net neutrality rules public before approval

Jim Mitchell

Is there a way to tell if the picture at the top of the article is stock footage or actually of FCC chair Tom Wheeler? In general, these pictures/graphics need some captions, or at least hover over text.

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IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

Re: IBM managers are thieves!

They are not selling the "microprocessors/high-end super computers CPUs unit". They are selling the fabs that made such processors, with a commitment from Global Foundries to manufacture them. There is a big difference.

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French hard-drive maker LaCie cops to YEAR LONG card data leak

Jim Mitchell

Re: A year?

Fraud detection is not done by humans, but by computers that analyze patterns in transactions.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

Jim Mitchell

Re: Biased at all?

It's a phone, your fingerprints are all over it already.

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Obama Zucker-punched: 'NSA PR bungle whacked public trust in web giants'

Jim Mitchell
Black Helicopters

Re: Great Moral Compass, There

I would hope that most Facebook users realize from the get go that they are the product being sold, Facebook makes money from somewhere else, not them. The fact that the government might be somewhere in a dark corner sucking down data is not as obvious.

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Vietnamese city drinks the smart city kool aid

Jim Mitchell
Alert

Actually, no. You need to know the levels in the entire water distribution system. The level drops with time spent in the pipes, and other factors, such as temperature. You need to have enough product put in at the front end to ensure that the water coming at all the other ends is OK. Water pipes leak, good water leaks out, bad things leak in.

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Jim Mitchell

To my knowledge, Inert gas extinguishers, or anything else, will not help much in a lithium ion battery fire. As they burn they produce their own oxygen. With this kind of fire, you just try to keep anything else from igniting and wait for the fire to burn itself out. Note that it took two hours after the firefighters arrived until the fire was out.

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Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

Jim Mitchell

Re: why they don't use pen and paper

As a student, I recall taking machine-scored multiple choice tests with many many questions, using a pencil to fill in the little bubbles. If somebody cannot handle 30 for reasons that are not due to a physical disability, perhaps they should reconsider voting at all.

But yes, I'm not quite sure why some local positions are elected and not appointed. Would anyone suggest electing the Secretary of Defense?

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Samsung ships two smartphones for every one Apple sells

Jim Mitchell

Re: But who has an app store up their sleeve?

I think most Samsung Android phones come with the Google Play app store. Does Google kick back some of that revenue to the handset maker? I had not heard that.

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Google Go language gets used: For file-scrambling trojan, though

Jim Mitchell
Go

Re: Great language name! Not confusing at all?

I give you PL/1: "Programming Language One".

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Space shuttle Enterprise makes final voyage – to New York

Jim Mitchell

@Annihilator

The Hudson River is tidal up to Albany and the salt line can get as far upstream as Poughkeepsie.

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Court rejects Tesla’s latest libel spat with Top Gear

Jim Mitchell

Re: Re: @Daivd Kelly

If that is what you want, buy a used Lotus Elise.

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Steerable bullet aims for mass army deployment

Jim Mitchell

That would help the projectile. What you want is a hat that is perfectly absorbent at the laser frequency.

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