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Google Confirms Shut Down of Schemer

DTemp Re:Google. An Advertising Company. (170 comments)

I had only heard of it because I found the iTunes page where they list all of the apps by Google. There are a couple others most people have never heard of there.

about 9 months ago

Man With World's Deepest Voice Can Hit Infrasonic Notes

DTemp 5 sec per wavelength? (173 comments)

That's approximately how I breathe. Inhale, 2.5 sec later exhale, 2.5 sec later repeat. So am I making longitudinal compression waves like this guy? What's the difference between him and me?

more than 2 years ago

AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

DTemp Re:It's all the customers' fault... (406 comments)

I got bumped off a flight that I bought a ticket for 6 months in advance, and had shown up for 30min before take off. No one on the flight volunteered to get bumped. I asked the girl at the ticket counter if I could go on the plane and wave a hundred dollar bill around to solicit a volunteer, because I NEEDED to be on that plane. She refused to let me do that, and I missed my flight, and I was screwed. This was Delta, BTW.

more than 2 years ago

Hacked MIT Server Used To Stage Attacks

DTemp Big Ado About Nothing (75 comments)

I've seen this story posed over and over. Some computer sitting in Building 1 on campus, used by Course 1, was compromised. BFD. MIT's Information Services and Technology deal with computers like this every day, as does anyone who manages a network with tens of thousands of computers. There are dozens of machines a day that get compromised. This is not a server sitting in the racks; this is a computer sitting in a closet or under a desk in an academic building. There are multiple addresses people can use to report maliciousness on the network (,,, and they take care of the compromised computers in an order that actually matters.

I guarantee you there are dozens of other computers on the MIT network right now that are also serving malware or acting as a point of entry for hackers, and they'll get dealt with as they get noticed.

more than 2 years ago

Apple's iCloud Runs On Microsoft Azure

DTemp Re:Because they don't have any good server technol (230 comments)

*YOU* can't virtualize OS X on vSphere, but they can. Because they own they software, they can do whatever they want with it.

I don't think anyone is surprised that they aren't running it on Mac OS X Server; they are surprised that they are (allegedly) running it on a MS product. It is well known that Apple hosts it's own services on Sun, Oracle, and (maybe) HP products. There long-existing web products (eg. the iTunes store) don't run on racks and racks of Xserves, if that's what you think.

Why wouldn't they be in a good position to run their own cloud service? Again, you need to throw out your assumption that their cloud service might be run on OS X and Mac hardware.

more than 3 years ago

New Houses Killing Wi-Fi

DTemp Re:Its insulation, and not new (358 comments)

You have in your mind that you need a certain gauge to achieve a certain result. Based on my experiences as an electrician, your expectations are not what matches reality.

You can (and I have) run 15A continuously 24/7 over a decent run of 14 AWG wire with little voltage loss, and definitely no warming of the wire or connections. This includes momentary current bursts for motor startups and the like. 12 AWG is good for 20A, 10 AWG is good for 30A, 8 AWG is good for 40A, and 6 AWG is good for 50A.

The great-grandparent (child of your original post) is most correct: run some dedicated 12 AWG 20A circuits for appliances (dryers and hot water heaters need 30A, electric ranges 50A), home theatre AV, computer rooms, a couple for the kitchen counter (which is typically mandatory in code), and a couple per room, and you are set. Yes, set for the near future. No one is saying putting multiple rooms on a 15A breaker is ok.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

DTemp It's good Tim is getting more exposure (471 comments)

(Orthogonal to the fact that everyone wishes Steve good health,)

It's good for Apple that Tim Cook is getting so much exposure at the helm. There are many shareholders, as well as a significant amount of the tech press, that think Apple can't stand on its own without Steve. Any way Apple can show that it can continue it's current success streak with or without Steve is good for the long-term health of the company.

more than 3 years ago

Riskiest Web Domains To Visit

DTemp (106 comments)

Surprisingly safe!

more than 3 years ago

Are Consumer Hard Drives Headed Into History?

DTemp Re:Show me the price of 3 TB of SSD. (681 comments)

These aren't the hybrid drives that I'm looking for. The drive you linked is a spinning disk with a large cache and an algorithm to predict what to cache. What I want is actually two drives in a 2.5" disk package. In this package that would fit into a single laptop drive bay, would be a 32GB SSD and a 120GB 1.8" 4200RPM HDD. They would appear as separate drives to the computer and you'd configure the former as your boot drive and the latter as your files.

more than 3 years ago

Are Consumer Hard Drives Headed Into History?

DTemp Re:I tend to hold on to my tech for years... (681 comments)

Regarding the new MacBook Air, you are incorrect. The RAM is soldered directly to the motherboard. The SSD is a separate board that is replaceable, although I believe the board is proprietary.

more than 3 years ago

Levitating Graphene Is Fastest-Spinning Object

DTemp 1 million Avis? (146 comments)

Sorry I can't find the source... but someone commented humorously that "Hertz has a unit named after them, why doesn't Avis?" Avis was semi-sarcastically named as a unit of angular velocity; 1 Avis is 2*pi radians of rotation per second, or 1 full rotation per second.

So this is 1 million Avis.

about 4 years ago

TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight

DTemp Question (888 comments)

So, during this time when you aren't allowed to get out of your seat, aren't allowed to use the bathroom (explicitly mentioned in an article I read):

What happens if you have to crap? Like really have to? I have a feeling if someone started yelling about how they were gonna shit their pants, a flight attendant would let them to the bathroom, although I think if you're at the point where passengers are having to yell about needing to take a crap (in front of dozens of passengers), you are opening yourself up to a lawsuit.

more than 4 years ago

Sneak Preview of New OpenOffice 3.2

DTemp Re:Pass minimum (377 comments)

You don't get it. People who want low security don't care about password crackers. They care about the secretary the cubicle over double clicking on the file because it has an interesting file name. And when it asks for a password, she'll desist. Even if that password is "!".

more than 4 years ago

Apple Behind Intel's USB Competitor?

DTemp Not miniature enough (332 comments)

As soon as the industry settles on Light Peak... Apple will start using the Mini Light Peak connector, which will join the list of other connectors that they minified or adopted:

-Mini DVI
-Micro DVI
-Mini VGA
-Mini Display Port
-Mini Toslink

about 5 years ago

Australian Police Plan Wardriving Mission

DTemp Re:Mac address (340 comments)

It must be known to the world that 1) not broadcasting your SSID and 2) restricting MAC addresses both do NOTHING for security. Best to leave your SSID broadcast, not restrict MAC addresses, and actually implement REAL security: WPA2 with a strong key.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Debates Rorschach Censorship

DTemp Re:I thought they.. (635 comments)

Sorry, but this is when happens when computer geeks, people who deal everyday with logic and structure, comment on psychology. Human psychology does not run by the same rules, especially in abnormal patients, when logic and structure go out the window. There are no wrong or correct answers to the individual images in this test; a trained administrator will listen to the answers as a group, and listen to the manner in which the subject spoke the answers, to look for clues of psychosis.

more than 5 years ago

Memory Usage of Chrome, Firefox 3.5, et al.

DTemp CPU usage comparison please. (505 comments)

I would like to see the CPU usage of different browsers tested. I run Firefox 3.5b and Safari 4 on OS X 10.5, and with JUST ONE TAB open with gmail loaded, firefox uses 8% of the CPU sustained with bursts for some reason to 40%, and safari uses 1%.

With my usual workload, with like 40 tabs open among 5 or 6 windows, Firefox uses 40%, safari 4%. This is ridiculous! This means a lot when you're on a portable on battery, not to mention general system responsiveness.

I would like to see the CPU usage of browsers compared.

more than 5 years ago

University Gives Away iPhones To Curb Truancy

DTemp My experience at my university (252 comments)

If they dont want to show up to class, let them fail. If they really want them to be there, have there be a short quiz at the beginning of class. At any decent university, if you have someone else take a quiz for you, you'll be suspended or expelled.

more than 5 years ago

Conficker Downloads Payload

DTemp Re:april fools? (273 comments)

You must be fun at parties.

more than 5 years ago



Wikipedia Founder plans community-based search

DTemp DTemp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DTemp writes "According to Reuters, Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia founder) plans a community-based search engine called Wikia, and is optimistic about its chances of competing with Google and Yahoo. The backbone of the new search initiative is Grub, which apparently he just acquired. The community part, according to the article, seems to be regarding untangling ambiguous search queries. This generally seems a less rewarding task than writing/editing an encyclopedic article for Wikipedia, so we'll see if the community actually materializes."
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