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21 posts • joined 2 Jul 2007

Reg readers rise to Vulture 2 paintjob challenge

Eric Kimminau TREG

Thunderbird 3

I sincerely apologize for not getting my .02 in before the decision has been made, but I truly believe there should be no choice other than the color scheme of Thunderbird 3:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a6/Thunderbird3.jpg

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Anatomy of a killer bug: How just 5 characters can murder iPhone, Mac apps

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Ping of death

I thought this stupidity stooped with the Ping of Death http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ping_of_death and programming 101 taught proper bounds and error return code checking. Stupid programmers. Kix are for Trids.

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Re: Trekker alert!!

It was also a movie called "The Prestige".

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Eric Kimminau TREG
FAIL

Re: Trekker alert!!

You have a failure in your logic. How does it work when you are transporting down to the first contact planetary surface and there is no "receiving station"?

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Eric Kimminau TREG

Rather than compression, de-dupe technology

"We are all related" right? Since the vast majority of our bits are rather similar DNA, I would think after a couple thousand scans we start doing bit comparison and we come down to only transferring the difference bits rather than the entire model.

Of course this will have the effect of modifying the gene pool, allowing us to identify the majority of cancers, infectious diseases and the like, eliminating those as well and eventually positive DNA and gene modification to improve physical appearance, mental acuity, sexual pheremones, etc so that we digitally transform our race into "super humans". Im also looking forward to having my body "de-aged" to my first scan every 20-30 years to extend my lifespan.

Ill call this the science of transgenesis. Bring it on Scotty. Bring it on.

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Rejoice! Sysadmin day is... TODAY. Now get in here and win free stuff

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My question

I would like to know what happens to all of the 5.25" floppies that I have put into the slot between my two floppy drives on the front of my computer. I think I have managed to fit 14 or 15 in there so far but my computer keeps asking me to "Insert next disk".

Thank you!

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When to say those three little words: 'I am quitting'

Eric Kimminau TREG
Mushroom

Re: Long notice period

When they ask how long you will stay, the answer is "2 weeks". If they valued you that much or they treated you that fairly or you enjoyed it that much, you wouldnt have been looking. Screw "loyalty". 2 weeks is an acceptable notice. Do not offer a day more even if they offer a huge bonus to do so. It only means you will be treated like crap as long as they have you under contract to stay.

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Eric Kimminau TREG
Holmes

Counter offers are career suicide

I have been a very well paid contractor for almost 20 years. If you have gotten to the point in a job search that another company has made you an offer you are at the crossroads and your choices are two. Take the offer and leave professionally, keep your damn mouth shut and suck it up.

Any recruiter recommending you "see how much they really value you" is looking for some poor idiot who has been fired and looking for someone to pimp. That is so,eone they will make significantly more on because you will be in a position to make whatever they offer you rather than what you both know you are worth.

Counter offers and incentives for you to stay are a knife in the back of your management chain. They will from that day forward be pissed they had to give you more under duress to stay in your current job and they will constantly be wondering when it will happen again.

Your only discussion with your management is how long you will stay. If you have seen that they will fire someone or walk them to the door as soon as you give notice, take your vacation now and give your notice on the last day of work. It is better to say "I quit" with no notice than it is to stress out your managers manager and HR trying to see just how much they will give you before you tell them you wouldnt accept it any way.

The professional will quietly schedule a 10 day vacation for "family matters" and the day before leaving sit down with your manager to give 2 weeks notice. Clearly inform them that it is time for a change, thank them for the opportunity to be their employee, wish them well and leave. Do it just like they would do to you. 4:30pm on a Friday. Schedule the meeting with your boss to discuss open issues in Outlook the day before just to make sure its on his calendar and he will be in the office. No shouting, no yelling. No cursing or threats. Its time to go. Go.

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Whats up with Top stories?

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WTF?

Whats up with Top stories?

The Top stories section on the home page (for me) has not changed since 12/March. Whats going on?

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Twenty classic arcade games

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WHAT!!!??? No Disks of Tron??

The BEST 3D environmental EVER! So awesome I had to by one for myself as a Christmas present a few years ago.

http://www.pinballrebel.com/arcade/midway/discs_of_tron/discs_of_tron_a.jpg

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.pinballrebel.com/arcade/midway/discs_of_tron/discs_of_tron_a.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.pinballrebel.com/arcade/midway/discs_of_tron/discs_of_tron.htm&h=424&w=600&sz=16&tbnid=lTv5aQUbcBAYWM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=128&prev=/search%3Fq%3Ddiscs%2Bof%2Btron%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=discs+of+tron&usg=__Ex5WtgTEfguljXr6qE9VLDPjPbM=&docid=QVoqmLMra9qyMM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gOg4UfiiFoqa9QTQuIDQCA&ved=0CD4Q9QEwBA&dur=85

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Why is solid-state storage so flimsy?

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Old time publishing

I too once worked on a Purup Typesetting system designing custom business forms stored on 8" floppies before (EGADS) we got the 500MB mini - then it became the weekly process of archiving off all of the old completed jobs to make room for the next week of work. And we considered it a promotion to be responsible for this painfully boring task of swapping 8" floppies for backups.

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Microsoft storage boffins serve up smoking 2012 NFS server

Eric Kimminau TREG
Flame

But what about translation?

I want to really know how filename translation compatible their NFS implementation is.

Is it compatible with EMC multi-protocol?

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CFMQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fmydocs.emc.com%2FVNXDocs%2FMultiprotocol_Directories.pdf&ei=0SSxT7DDFsGugQewuO3HCQ&usg=AFQjCNGazNLN382Dsju_JNozQrKC_O6rSw&sig2=HyusorMN3QDx6gBY9ufbcA

What about NetApp multi-protocol?

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CFgQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fciteseerx.ist.psu.edu%2Fviewdoc%2Fdownload%3Fdoi%3D10.1.1.143.8233%26rep%3Drep1%26type%3Dpdf&ei=0SSxT7DDFsGugQewuO3HCQ&usg=AFQjCNFkAN8pHDpfGXhUoyDiWRiO-E5yZQ&sig2=GvCrFGnHKMhb_BKpc1svhw

What about with Microsoft CIFS and DFS?

Even better, how about translating a filename from EMC or NetApp multi-protocol share served as a Microsoft DFS share and a Microsoft NFS share?

Anyone want to bet it doesn't play nice? I will.

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Foxconn allegedly hid underage workers from inspectors

Eric Kimminau TREG
WTF?

Chinese Child Labor Law

According to this site: http://www.dsal.gov.mo/law/E138.htm

Specifically Article 3, sections 1-3, anyone over Age 16 is "legal:

Article 3

1. The minimum age for admission to any type of employment or work which by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out is likely to jeopardize the health, safety or morals of young persons shall not be less than 18 years.

2. The types of employment or work to which paragraph 1 of this Article applies shall be determined by national laws or regulations or by the competent authority, after consultation with the organizations of employers and workers concerned, where such exist.

3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Article, national laws or regulations or the competent authority may, after consultation with the organizations of employers and workers concerned, where such exist, authorize employment or work as from the age of 16 years on condition that the health, safety and morals of the young persons concerned are fully protected and that the young persons have received adequate specific instruction or vocational training in the relevant branch of activity.

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Google flight search engine lifts off

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Non-US flights unsupported

Your search – Detroit to London – did not match any results.

Sorry, locations outside the U.S. are currently not supported.

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Hardware-happy HP has swallowed a Sun death pill

Eric Kimminau TREG
Mushroom

Sounds just like Rick Belluzo & SGI...

When ex-HP executive joined SGI as CEO the first thing he proposed was making SGI into a hardware only company. He severed all ties with software OEM, started a new PC biz that turned over IP to Microsoft in exchange for them writing a crappy virtual memory driver for Win NT4.5. After tanking the company and completely decimating the sales channel through failed communication on the future of IRIX what did he do? He suddenly announced he was leaving SGI (with a huge golden parachute) and then shortly showed up as a Microsoft executive. Keep an eye on this executive. Im betting he will be working for the competitor who will most greatly profit from the announcement. (IBM? Dell?) My .02.

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Google seeks interwebs speed boost with TCP tweak

Eric Kimminau TREG
Grenade

This is going to cause problems in the Enterprise...

From the PDF:

Applications using concurrent TCP connections

Traffic patterns from applications using multiple concurrent

TCP connections with a large init cwnd represent one of

the worst-case scenarios where latency can be adversely impacted

by bottleneck buffer overflow.

So any website running multiple virtual servers or in a virtualize server farm (such as in a VMWare cluster running multiple virtual systems, as an example) these changes are going to cause performance to go to hell. I know many environments where 20-30+ virtual machines (and in some cases MANY more) are running on each physical server.

Also, Im going to have to go and dig, but there were a number of cases where SGI/Irix systems and IBM AIX systems running on the same network saw issues due to the way IRIX aggressively attempted to stream IP packets and the way AIX systems liked to "play nice" and not attempt to force themselves into a network but "wait their turn" to communicate. I see this as just a more current version of IRIX's attempts to aggressively continue streaming data until someone else on the network forcefully requested "their turn" to stream. SGI had to add a new kernel tuneable allowing admins to force this option off globally for the IRIX TCP stack so their systems wouldn't perform as well within mixed vendor networks but would "play well with others" once implemented.

This proposal doesn't appear to have really tested with anything more than Linux and current Microsoft OS and they do not clearly describe how many nodes were involved in the testing. Lets see what happens when you supernet (255.255.253 or 252.0 subnet mask) and put 500+ nodes within a broadcast domain at GbE speeds and mix a few more other OS versions in the mix before this gets seriously considered.

I would love to hear what the NANOG guys are saying about this proposal.

EAK

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Regulator sniffs around stonking iPhone game bills

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Gotta get their money back somehow...

It seems as though <A Href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/09/google_to_buy_admob/">Google</A> needs to get their AdMob money back somehow and after being slighted by Apple for their phone related apps, what better way of recouping your investment that letting other companies do it for you? Pick the most popular game that has AdMob installed, insert premium calling link, PROFIT!

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'Something may come through' dimensional 'doors' at LHC

Eric Kimminau TREG
Headmaster

2 birds, one stone

I had a hard time dseciding whether the Zero Wing reference or the Buckaroo Banzai reference was most appropriate. So here they are in one place.

"All your base are belong to us!"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_your_base_are_belong_to_us

The Oscillation Overthruster represents the culmination of many years of research and experimentation by such august scientists as Emilio Lizardo, Prof. Hikita, Buckaroo Banzai and his parents. The OO allows one to penetrate other dimensions by acting on a solid surface in threespace; through the creation of multiparticle standing waves inside the object under projection, the surface is 'rotated' out of threespace into the Eighth Dimension. Passing an object through the convex hull surface thus rotated will, in effect, move the object entirely out of threespace by converting the object's three-dimensional momentum into eighth dimensional displacement.

John Whorfin: "Where are we going?"

Red Lectroids: "Planet 10!"

John Whorfin: "When?"

Red Lectroids: "Real soon!"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckaroo_Banzai

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventures_of_Buckaroo_Banzai_Across_the_8th_Dimension

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Raygun jumbo: 'Long duration' ground blasts begin

Eric Kimminau TREG
Alert

Freakin' Lasers!

I want to know when the Shark Mounted version will become available.

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EVE Online update kills Windows PCs

Eric Kimminau TREG
Gates Horns

Trinity says...

Trinity says... follow the white rabbit.

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Piranhas actually scaredycats, boffins claim

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Serrasalmus nattereri

Serrasalmus nattereri, or the red bellied piranha, is "supposed" to only be able to live in warm water and only grow to 11" long. I did a brief study in 1985 that concluded that the normal habitat, the southern Amazon basin, freezes solid 2 months out of the year with no adverse effects on the local piranha population. This significantly increases the breeding ground and sustainable environments for them.

There is also video and pictorial evidence of 20-25" long specimens and historical record from the Theodore Roosevelt expedition of Piranha biting through 1.5" heat treated steel meat hooks.

Maybe YOU want to go swimming with those poor scared little boogers but I won't go near water with Serrasalmus nattereri.

Heres the problem with that though.The waters that "could" support them year around is anything south of the southern border of North Dakota in the US. There are many news stories regularly reporting that piranha are being caught in American freshwater lakes and rivers.

The story that lead to my brief investigation was a single paragraph story of a 12yr old boy catching a piranha in the river that runs through downtown Kansas City, MO during the first week of December with ice chunks floating by.

http://www.angelfire.com/art/fishbrothers/species3.html

http://www.sysf.physto.se/~klere/piranha/

As an aside, at one time I had a "school" of 50 silver dollar sized Serrasalmus nattereri in a 500 gallon tank at one time. They would devour ANYTHING I put in the tank with them. Crawdads, turtles, bass, bluegill, etc. The "school" slowly dwindled down to a single, 12" fish I named "Holmes" who died in a power outage the winter of 1985.

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