* Posts by JK63

26 posts • joined 8 Nov 2016

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant


Re: Illegal.is relative.

Tulsi Gabbard is a member of the House of Representatives, how did she even manage to vote in the Senate? See, election fraud is rampant!

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?


Why not the meatball logo on one side and the worm logo on the other? Old and new.

Too much weight?

Hyphens of mass destruction: When a clumsy finger meant the end for hundreds of jobs


Re: SCO Unix

SDS didn't make you immune to stupid mistake syndrome.

I had beautifully defined all of my meta devices and was mirroring root. metattach d0 d2 d1 was my downfall. d1 was from the build and it was dutifully wiped clean with the end result being a rebuild.

Thankfully, preproduction and it was just an afternoon's work.

Hubble grabs first snap of interstellar comet... or at least that's what we hope this smudge is


Re: 110,000 miles per hour

The byline lists San Francisco, so it's possible they were using US units thinking of a US audience.

But science should always be reported in metric units.

Mission Extension Vehicle-1 launches to save space from zombie satellites


Could this be used for low earth orbit sats as well? I'm thinking specifically of attaching a MEV to the Hubble space telescope for a life extension.

Humans may be able to live on Mars within halls of aerogel – a wonder material that can trap heat and block radiation


Re: Why not test it on earth?

At least in the US, there's no national imperative like there was in the 1960s. We're too fragmented as a nation these days.

Add in a significant % of the population that revels in scientific and mathematical ignorance and it's, sadly, a nearly impossible dream.

Apple, Samsung feel the pain as smartphone market slumps to lowest shipments in 5 YEARS


With prices crossing into 4 digits to the left of the decimal in the US, they've done this to themselves. The "cheapest" new iPhone is $750. Samsung isn't far behind that.

It was that gosh-darn anomaly again, says SpaceX as smoke billows from Crew Dragon test site


In all honesty, this is the Trump era here in 'mer'ka so facts are not necessary. Just send out a good sound bite with no relation to truth or facts.

Humanity gazes into the abyss to get its first glimpse of a black hole


Re: Explanation request

Details from my recollection of the press conference.

We view the black hole nearly from a polar perspective. Rotation is clockwise in the image. The brighter region at roughly the bottom of the image is moving towards the observer (earth) with the darker portion moving away from the observer.


Re: Explanation request

In the press conference, they mentioned a clockwise spin, and that the bright portion of the disk is moving towards the observer, while the darker portion is moving away from the observer.

For whatever reason, I was expecting a more uniform accretion disk than observed. But that's my lack of expertise showing.

I'm curious what results were considered "expected" and what was "unexpected". It's not something they delved into at the presser.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins


Re: Dark matter/energy question

Is there a reason there can't be multiple experimental facilities at multiple locations?

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames


Perhaps they are starting the next pizza craze. Instead of a wood-fired brick oven, we have a battery fired plastic oven. Are they missing another opportunity here?

Goodnight Kepler! NASA scientists lay the exoplanet expert to rest as it runs out of fuel


Re: Fuel? Why no solar panels?

The fuel was for station keeping not for general propulsion. It also has nothing to do with sunshine, which is used to run the platform's electronics packages.

The design life was 3.5 years. They got almost 10 out of the platform. Sorry that nearly 3x the design life isn't acceptable.

One down, two to go. Russia inches closer to putting a crew on Soyuz while celebrating 50 years since the first Return To Flight


Re: Interesting final line.

I haven't studied the design, but I suspect the lander would separate from the transport stage to become the relay. Similar to the lunar module separating from the Command and Service Modules of Apollo.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank


Re: Multi-GB Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

Not in 1996.

He would have been at the OBP (aka the OK> ) Prompt. Resume would have done the unthinkable, resume the still in core OS.

Yeah, Sun hardware circa 1996 had its quirks.

Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?


Anyone who would put all that storage in one rack, without needing a final capacity in the Exabyte range is looking for a really bad day.

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions


Re: Lloyds

Okay, brilliant. Until you have to do the math spanning years in COBOL, which was the business programming language of the time.

SpaceX to pick up the space pace with yet another Falcon 9 launch


Re: It’s a Geo orbit

They've recovered from GeoSync launches in the past, that's what the drone ships are for.

'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops


IMO, the important metrics to consider are:

Accidents per whatever unit of distance compared to human drivers.

Fatalities per whatever unit of distance compared to human drivers.

That's a start of looking at this objectively rather than with an impossible to meet standard of perfection. Ample evidence exists to demonstrate humans are far from perfect as drivers.

Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'


One of the challenges not mentioned, is that the US is very large in terms of square kilometers/miles/(insert REG unit of area here) in comparison to South Korea, Japan or Norway.

So nationalizing the initial 5G buildout is not on the surface a bad idea. Too soon to dig deeper, and honestly it is unlikely to happen. Guaranteed if the US government builds it, it will be to increase capbailities of the spy state already in place.

US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast


Re: @coresstore

You have a possible suspect. You don't have a perpetrator until you can establish a lot more information. Unless they're using data from multiple towers, you haven't established that the person is actually at the locations of the shooting, just at the nearest tower.

What you don't have is a case, but rather a coincidence.

Ohm-em-gee: US nuke plant project goes dark after money meltdown


First we have to define what "X proof" really means.

Jet proof? Okay... What size? What speed?

For tornado and earthquake proof, what magnitude on their respective scales is the design supposed to withstand?

Quad goals: Western Digital clambers aboard the 4bits/cell wagon


You'd think that a tech-focused endeavor would not fall into the the trap... I guess my expectations are too high. One third more cells, double the data density.

What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?


Re: Tool for the job

What point are you trying to make? That business and consumer workloads and requirements are different? Well noted by the author that these are consumer grade SSD.

As for plug it in and have a failure? That happens with traditional disk as well without warning.

Uber coughs up $20m after 'lying about how much its drivers make'


Re: "slash their funding"

Sadly, it will be reality TV without the quotes in the US.

Handling tech baggage: How American Airlines, US Airways merged IT


Without knowing anything about the architecture nor the application it's tough to make the determination that it can't be done.

It is likely that in this environment they've built wide (safety in numbers) everywhere possible, with load balancing. This is a very robust solution, and you can take servers down (virtual or physical) without taking them out of rotation. The load balancer's job is to detect the service outage and remove it from the group.

From a database perspective, Active / Active clusters can be built which would allow for a DB server to go down without any visibility to either the application or customers. There's also Oracle's RAC (and probably others) as an alternative beyond 2 servers.

There are ways to skin the cat that would involve minimal disruption and go unnoticed outside of the people managing the systems.

I suspect they have taken just a little liberty though. I'd bet hey have an engineer or two keeping an eye on things as a CYA while they are patching.


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