* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Big new wind turbines too close together, says top boffin

Tom 13

I'll see your House of Commons,

and raise you a capital in DC, plus 50 state houses.

Are disk drives beginning to spin down?

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I think the battery usage numbers on the laptops prove out

the energy savings potential. Whether or not that translates as energy savings for a corporate server environment is of course another issue.

I think the earlier poster who listed his plans for his new array showed why disk usage is going down. For some things in the server environment, it is worth the premium for Flash drives. So those sales are going to Flash. For others it is high end SCSI or maybe SAS. And for low end work it is SATA. Where you have considerably more read than write activity, Flash makes tremendous sense, other places not so much. So enterprises are optimizing based on need. Total storage volume goes up, market share for HDD temporarily dips while the adjustment is made, then resumes a normal growth curve again. You also probably see more Flash growth than HDD growth because of portables. Might see more growth if corporate goes Flash on Desktop where 500G is probably overkill because data is stored on the LAN. But I think that's a tough sell because you're only talking about booting once a day.

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He may mean generic swap, not OS swap.

I seem to recall Photoshop and SAS have large swap files on disk. SAS in particular is a beastie because it writes temporary files all over the place depending on what it is running and how it is programmed. We had one guy who kept crashing his PC. One of the techs finally figured out that the way he'd written his SAS program caused it to use up all of the disk space on the PC.

FAA to pilots: Expect 'unreliable or unavailable' GPS signals

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I'm not with the rest of you Sareks.

I want them to test it, and for both purposes noted by Ef'd.

Texter who fell in fountain threatens to sue

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That was my reaction when they gave the teaser on the news last night.

When I heard that it was someone from the Mall Security team that assembled and posted the video I groaned.

That's an open and shut case of abuse even for someone like me who is tired of tossers gaming the courts. The Mall can try to negotiate the price, but they will pay up. And at least one person from the Mall Security Team is going to be on disciplinary notice (or worse) for the next 6 months.

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@AC: Privacy

If it was a bypasser getting it on a cell cam YES. Because it is from a Mall Security tape, NO. At least, not without her consent. I suspect if the guards had talked to her and put it up for America's Funniest Home Videos with a promise to split the prize if it won, everything would be kosher.

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While I agree with the sentiment that she probably would have been better off

keeping her head down, it is not entirely true that no one would know who it was that was on the video. The video identified the mall and it is entirely possible that other employees from the mall would know the video was her because of other things they heard through the grape vine.

But as I've already posted, for as much as I hate slip and fall lawsuits, if I were on the jury hearing her case, I'd have to give her the award, and not a pittance.

WikiLeaks accused of tapping P2P for secret docs

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He said "directors and other members of senior management."

You said "someone who has any skill and knowledge with using a computer." I believe the intersection of those two sets is exceedingly small, and all of them are well paid in private sector jobs.

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No, it's not espionage and won't be a silver bullet against Wikileaks.

And I'm one of the people who thinks that the sooner a silver bullet is delivered into Wikileaks, the better off we all will be.

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No, but things like the statement

"...was inadvertently indexed on P2P networks by a California state employee in August, 2008,..." make it a much more difficult case to make that Assange actually engaged in espionage. Of course, trolling P2P sites is a lot less sexy that sticking it to the man.

And note from my posting record that I'm one of those people who thinks Assange needs to be removed from the public equation because he is responsible for getting people killed in Afghanistan.

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Possibly. And frankly

that troubles me even more. I expect the government to protect certain sensitive information, not put it out on P2P networks.

Job application scam fleeces company of $150,000

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Making it the installed default doesn't help either.

It doesn't offend me as much when people are intentionally stupid, but when they are given a helping hand in being stupid I get annoyed.

Google gins search formula to favor its own services

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Ford don't claim to sell me the objectively best

car available. Google do.

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It's not success bashing, and it isn't limited to the UK.

It's the false advertising I'm objecting to. The claim is that the results are objectively neutral and untouched by bias contaminating human hands. If that's true, even a biased outside attempt to discredit them should fail utterly.

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Your own test proves they are screwing with the algorithms.

First off, living in the US, if I type in the word "mail" the first result I expect to see is for the US Post Office, not GMail, because it is a constitutionally sanctioned government monopoly. Not sure what the post is called in Old Blighty, but I expect their result SHOULD be different and whatever service it is ought to be at the top.

If I were to type in email, I would expect GMail to be somewhere in the first 10 results. I would similarly expected Hotmail/Live, and Yahoo to be in the top 10. I expect all three services would also be in the top 10 if I were to type in "free email." Why? Because I have free accounts with all three of them.

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And problems with transparency these days

tend to lead to problems with anti-trust issues later.

If Google want their services at the top of the list, fine. Put it in the sponsored links list. They can even add an extra link if they want to preserve their revenue stream. But the search rankings need to be purely the result of unbiased algorithms.

Sprint introduces $10 smartphone premium

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I bought the Sprint Evo Android a couple months ago

precisely because they were considerably cheaper than Verizon, so this change does not sit well with me. Moreover, while they talked a good game about 4G coverage, I've never seen anything but the 3G icon lit. And yes, I bought it not for the phone, but for the data link so I could sit on the train and play with my laptop. The GPS nav app has come in handy a couple of times. And there are some other apps related to tracking the damn train that I use. But I don't really use it all that much for a phone. I have a perfectly good land line at home with unlimited calling on it. I'd be willing to pay a fair price for just a data plan, but nobody wants to sell me one.

Hackers eyed sale of celebrity iPad data

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These dudes are going down.

You can try to nit pick the case against them apart, but a competent jury will find the information was protected even if it wasn't properly protected. The transcripts clearly outline that they were in this purely for personal gain, definitely not whitehat, and it would even be a stretch to label them grey.

Third party developers blamed for Windows security woes

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I like Secunia's program scanner and the ease with which they

point you to the right updates for the respective programs.

That doesn't mean I don't recognize this press release for the propaganda that it is.

I wouldn't trust MS to be the central source for updating. I like the idea of MS adapting one of the Linux Tools to support centralized updates for Third Party apps. I would not object to them keeping the MS updater separate from the adapted Linux updater. As I see it the only problem with this route is MS has no idea how to monetize the solution.

Galileo euro-satnav 'driven by French military', says sacked CEO

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This Yank thinks that even though we shouldn't willy nilly sell our

encryption codes for the military signal for just the reasons stated by Charles 9, that its a good thing you you all to have a separate system. Provides redundancy for ours if the Russians, the Chinese or Microsoft hit it with something other than missiles.

And has up voted most posts to the same effect.

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Not the French military per se,

French military VICTORIES is the oxymoron.

WikiLeaks gets Swiss bank info

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Mostly on target. The bit that you missed is the real culprit was the US Congress.

They REQUIRED some of those bad loans to be made in order to eliminate non-existent redlining. This is what actually initiated the creation of MBSs. The bankers knew the loans were bad and didn't want to sit on them. The only way to ditch them was to slice them up with known good loans. Except that in the process the bad loans got upgraded to fully performing loans. And eventually there were to many bad loans in the mix. But by then the entire system was overwhelmed. All because some self-righteous leftists in Congress wanted to make wealth distribution more fair.

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Except they didn't go around flaunting their money.

They went to a nice bank known for protecting their depositors. Only now an employee of that bank is publishing their information. All of it.

I'd dare say you'd be the first one screaming for the head of the local teller if they published all your financial data in a Swedish blog without so much as an email to you before hand.

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Minor nits

As an earlier poster noted, that applies to the US only. UK laws are probably similar, but not exactly.

Defense may have the burden to prove, but unlike the Defense, the Prosecution is required to provide any potentially mitigating evidence to the Defense. This is precisely the grounds on which the Ted Stevens bribery charges were reversed: Prosecution knew of evidence suggesting possible evidence tampering and didn't inform the Defense, so the whole case got thrown out even after the initial verdict was rendered.

Israel and US fingered for Stuxnet attack on Iran

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There is no alternative.

Only death to the infadels.

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@raving angry loony

It's not propaganda when the words come from the President of Iran himself in a speech to televised to his nation.

US government could challenge Google's ITA travel plans

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Repeat after me,

There are no natural monopolies, only monopolies where governments have granted exclusive rights.

There are no natural monopolies, only monopolies where governments have granted exclusive rights.

There are no natural monopolies, only monopolies where governments have granted exclusive rights.

Things might feel different in Old Blighty, but I live in an area where the government hasn't granted those exclusive rights and have access to at least three major ISP vendors and gawd knows how many little ones.

Palin's email snooper sent to prison

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And that would explain Nikki Haley or Jeane Kirkpatrick how exactly?

Yeah, I know. You had your mid replaced years ago and can't adapt to actual input from the real world.

Disgruntled TSA data analyst sentenced for sabotage attempt

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Re: Why not InfoZen

Because until InfoZen itself gets a clean bill of health, they are as suspect as their employee, so an outside agency needs to do the audit. The government can probably sue InfoZen to recover the cost of the audit if it fails to collect from the actual perpetrator. But recovering the cost doesn't change the magnitude of the cost reported to the courts.

Keira Knightley, Jessica Biel eye Batman

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Given everything DC has done with Catwoman,

there are no longer any obvious routes for the character. It just depends how they want to play her.

I just hope they steer clear of the Batman and Robin problem of piling too many big names into the picture and thinking that will make it good. So far they've done okay with the franchise reboot and they need to stay on track.

Yorks cops bust Bradford guinea pig farm

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Well, let's check some AMA research

"Marijuana smoking, like tobacco smoking,

may be associated with increased risk

of lung cancer. Marijuana smoke contains

cannabinoid compounds in addition to

many of the same components as tobacco

smoke. For instance, benzopyrene, a carcinogenic

polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon,

is found in both tobacco and marijuana

smoke and has been implicated in mutations

related to lung cancer.4-7 Furthermore, experimental

studies support an association

between marijuana smoke exposure and

lung cancer, with lung cancer cell lines demonstrating

tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-

induced malignant cell proliferation8,9 and

a murine model suggesting that THC promotes

tumor growth by inhibiting antitumor

immunity by a cannibinoid-2 receptor

mediated pathway.10 Although the

preponderance of in vitro data supports a

biologically plausible association, limited research

exists that suggests anticarcinogenic

cannabinoid effects.11-13 Given these

contrasting data, we chose to systematically

evaluate the association between smoking

marijuana and lung cancer."


The study concludes that more study is required. But given how difficult it has been to convince people that smoking is bad for their health, I expect the results will eventually be the same: smoking kills whether it is tobacco or weed, and weed actually has more carcinogens.

Lawyers fear Assange faces death penalty in US

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Actually, part of the problem most of the world has with the Swedish rape charges

is that the girls DIDN'T object at the time, they changed their minds AFTERWARD. In fact, they only changed their minds when he became an internationally renowned figure.

Now, the kool-aid drinkers who keep posting on this site believe that's because the women are CIA stooges who are trying to get him extradited to the US. In fact the women are fellow anarchists who have a different sacred cow: all sex is the rape of women. Which is actually sufficient to explain why the case changed jurisdiction in Sweden and got reinstated after a moderately sane prosecutor dropped the previously filed charges. Trust me on this, the CIA is too incompetent to have planned this ahead of time, or paid them off after the fact.

Oracle's Sword of Damocles forces open source fork rename

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Re: Objections are costly

Also, Oracle can assert the claim that because they purchased Sun which started the project, they own the project from the start and are only now applying for the trademark. It's clearly counter to the intentions of Sun at the time, but I expect that as a legal claim they could sustain it. And yes, that would be more legal fees.

And given that most folk consider normal legal fees to be exorbitant, its important to realize that IP legal fees are exorbitant compared to normal legal fees.

4G networks can screw up cable TV

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This is the sort of bureaucratic twaddle that pisses people off.

Bureaucrats are allegedly paid to work these details out BEFORE making decisions to sell spectrum, not sell the spectrum and see where the crap flies.

WikiLeaks lawyer dubs US subpoena on Twitter 'harassment'

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All information on Ebay should be public?

Including personal phone numbers, bank accounts, house addresses, and bank routing numbers?

Sure, but you first.

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Sure, when you find that location let me know.

I have a device here that will solve all of the worlds energy problems without producing pollution of any kind at no cost. The only problem is, it requires unicorn farts to power it. If you find your location, I know I can find a pair of unicorns to power the device.

Lawsuit says Oracle pilfered source code from competitor

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It would be nice. Problem is,

near as I can tell settling the suit is pocket change for Ellison even at the current asking price.

Assange bailed again

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re: Why are people in the US calling for his (Assange's) execution?

Probably because his actions are going to get people in Afghanistan who are fighting against the tyranny of the Taliban to be assassinated.

Tom 13

So who are you going to believe?

The British courts that are processing the extradition request Sweden has brought against him (which although I am not even an American lawyer believe necessitate legal charges or they get thrown out on their face), or CBS disinformation?

Anonymous activists to hit the streets

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You are aware the US goverment developed the precusrosr to the Internet

via DARPA, and the commercial organizations (including AT&T, Google and yes, even Microsoft) built it into the thing is today right? Which means they have at least as much claim to owning it as any individual citizen.

Feds subpoena Twitter for info on WikiLeaks backer

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Confirmation that her Twitter alias

is actually owned by her? These minor details are extremely important in a US court of law.

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Actually, all of that information is necessary to

prove the account is owned by, controlled, and used by her and her alone.

If it's only an address it's open to the "someone forged my address" counter.

Without the connection records, it's open to the "someone else used my computer" counter. Same goes for the telephone numbers. The only way to legal prove beyond a reasonable doubt that her tweets are from her is to have ALL that information.

'Methanotroph' bacteria feasted on blown BP rig's methane belch

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Re: "whatever BP were dumping into"

What they dumped in is a pretty well understood chemical, and its most noticeable characteristic was that all of its known carcinogenic affects were lower thresholds than the known carcinogenic affects of the oil which was gushing into the ocean, despite EPA hysterics.

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Actually, it tells us something really, really important:

the so-called experts were clueless in the warm water areas where all the AGW religionists are now proclaiming these things are well understood, so they are likely to be equally clueless in the areas where they now proclaim "the real problems" are and what mechanisms will occur IF things warm up.

Tom 13

EE Doc Smith was an amusing SF pulp writer.

While I grant his character development was non existent, he was wont to write amusing scenarios. One of my favorites occurs in one of his Skylark books. Having discovered that he and his crew were traveling faster than the speed of light, the scientist comments "Einstein was wrong. I'll have to figure that out later."

If the paper writes that the methane consuming bacteria count was X based on an accepted and proven technique, it is not the count which is wrong because there isn't enough copper to support the bacteria, it is the theory of how much copper is required to support the bacteria which is wrong.

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@ScissorsHands: And yet you wonder why we skeptics

remark that AGW is a religion, not science. Here's a hint from Galileo: More epicycles won't save your model.

Microsoft confesses to New Year Hotmail blunders

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Some test accounts are always kept on a live server.

They are useful for checking things when users call to report problems. What's not usually done is deleting them with a script.

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Critics? Don't you mean


Runaway hydroponic fungus attacks real-world Starship Voyager

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Alleyne should consider at least going through

the pro forma motions of filing civil charges against the downstairs flat owner for destruction of his property.

Not that I think he'll have much left after the criminal system is done with him.

FCC dubbed 'Ministry of Truth' over net neut rules

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The author needs to apply for fact checking rehab.

These camps existed well before the FCC engaged in its unprecedented power grab. Both the Congress and the US court system bitch-slapped them on this very issue only a scant few weeks before they issued their "rule making" decision.

As for Tom Tauke's comments, that's executive speak for "Please don't beat me no mo'e masser! I be good! Honest I will!"

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