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I Name My Servers After:

Elviswind Phish albums (722 comments)

I believe this option was overlooked.

more than 2 years ago
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School Super Asks Governor To Make His School District a Prison

Elviswind Re:Schools are Prisons (505 comments)

I think this was taken word for word from a review of The Breakfast Club.

more than 3 years ago
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Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

Elviswind Re:Hard to take these people seriously (1229 comments)

I'm sorry. I don't see a world of difference between random mutations that propagate through the genetic code which may or may not be beneficial and purposely introduced mutations that may or may not be beneficial. It's all just "bits" of DNA; introducing some human code into the DNA of a potato and then claiming the potato is part human is like examining machine code to prove software IP infringement.

Antibiotics, growth hormones, and selling US meat in Europe are a completely separate set of issues. The need to bring them up in this context just highlights how flimsy the argument against GM is.

more than 3 years ago
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Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

Elviswind Hard to take these people seriously (1229 comments)

Aren't most vegetables and fruits that are grown today the result of genetic modifications, i.e. selective cross-pollination to promote beneficial qualities and mutations. I can't take these people seriously without ignoring 10,000 years of human agricultural practices. I understand and appreciate the people are concerned about long-term health effects, but anytime someone makes an argument based on some arbitrary limit, as in this is good and then you cross the line and now it's bad, I can't take them as seriously as I possibly should.

more than 3 years ago
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Creator of China's Great Firewall Pelted With Shoes

Elviswind Re:Americans are worse (220 comments)

Let me get this straight . . . some douche European argues that Americans are worse at something compared to someone else because we haven't adequately lobbied our government to protect his ability to illegally download American movies, television, and music. Hmmm.... if he doesn't want American bullshit in Europe, he could probably start with not consuming American media.

To those that decides such things: can this be the new definition of irony?

more than 3 years ago
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NC Governor Allows Anti-Community-Broadband Law

Elviswind Re:Where is the right to profit codified? (356 comments)

Of course, you are correct. IMO, the difference between right to profit and right to try to profit is just semantics. If someone has property, be it real, intellectual, or other, that meets a need or want of society, they have the right to profit or try to profit from it.

more than 3 years ago
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NC Governor Allows Anti-Community-Broadband Law

Elviswind Re:Ummm (356 comments)

Hard work? It's not like the citizens of these towns are all coming out on Saturday with their shovels and installing the infrastructure themselves like it's some sort of Amish barn-raising with a square dance at the end of the day.

more than 3 years ago
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NC Governor Allows Anti-Community-Broadband Law

Elviswind Re:Where is the right to profit codified? (356 comments)

This. And the right to profit isn't explicitly enumerated, but I believe it would fall under the 5th Amendment: "nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation." IANAL, so please correct me if I'm wrong.

more than 3 years ago
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NC Governor Allows Anti-Community-Broadband Law

Elviswind Re:Double Standard (356 comments)

Yes, but in most towns there is not a pre-existing private company that runs the bus line or installs water fountains in public spaces. And as far as schools go, in most towns, at least where I've lived, there is a public vote to approve increased property taxes to fund the new building. I know it's currently en-vogue to bash the telcos, but why shouldn't this be settled by a public vote rather than left to the desires and agendas of a few people in the city government.

With regards to under served communities, it's my understanding that they are exempt from some of the requirements in the NC bill.

more than 3 years ago
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NC Governor Allows Anti-Community-Broadband Law

Elviswind Re:Below cost? (356 comments)

I think the concern is that you can't subsidize the cost of the network by, say, charging extra for trash pickup or water and sewers.

more than 3 years ago
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Explosion At Foxconn Factory Kills 2, Injures 16

Elviswind Re:We are to blame. (199 comments)

I'm not so sure it would be feasible to fully automate the final assembly. I'm not aware of any computers that are made via fully automated processes. Certain components are, of course, but not the final assembly. You still need thousands of dexterous human fingers to put everything together as the last step. You are correct about setup costs though; I wouldn't be surprised if it costs upwards of a $100 million to fully tool and automate a final assembly line like the iPad.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix CEO Hesitant To Fight Cable

Elviswind Re:Vertical Integration (366 comments)

I agree with your viewpoint, but Comcast, Cox, et cetera are not "natural" monopolies. They are government-created monopolies. With modern technologies like fiber optics, there's no reason why every home cannot be wired with 50 incoming optical lines (1 cm thick bundle), each one carrying a TV lineup. Then the consumer could choose if they want Comcast or Cox or AppleTV or Verizon and so on.

Can you please elaborate on why you assert they are government-created monopolies? Didn't the cable companies themselves pay for right-of-way access to run the coax way back when? I think you are implying that because cable companies are government-created monopolies there are government-created roadblocks in place to prevent fiber from being run to every home. I'll have to do some research myself, but if anyone knows some background information I'd love to read it.

more than 3 years ago
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Osama's Hideout Gets 3 Out of 5 Stars on Google Maps

Elviswind And it's at least 50km . . . (108 comments)

. . . to the nearest Pizza Hut. I hope he tipped well.

more than 3 years ago
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The Future of In-Car Computing

Elviswind Great, just what we need... (112 comments)

...16-year-old girls everywhere driving around with Facebook on the heads-up display. You might as well install a keg in the trunk with the tap in the dash for all this will do to teen accident rates.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung HD Unit Bought By Seagate

Elviswind Re:Oligopolies Suck (153 comments)

I'm not sure if you're making the claim that storage is now an oligopoly. Certainly, rotational media storage is, but that is a decreasing share of the overall storage market. Looking at the storage market as a whole and you should include all the SSD manufacturers like Intel, OCZ, and Crucial. I think you get to seven significant players pretty quickly, although I suspect there will be some consolidation with SSD's too sooner than later.

Over the past 10 years or so, HDD manufacturers have been on a race to the bottom in terms of $/GB. I think that's the exact reason you get batches of lousy consumer drives out on the market. Consolidation isn't going to be good for prices, but maybe in a less price sensitive market we can expect to see more consistent reliability from lot to lot for a given SKU.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung HD Unit Bought By Seagate

Elviswind Re:Sign of the times? (153 comments)

Can someone that manages enterprise storage comment on this? Not counting the initial investment in $/GB since that should improve with time, do SSD's make the most sense in all applications? What about a disk that is used to store a lot of very small files (less than the SSD block size) that are regularly modified? I guess what I'm asking is: is there a hypothetical enterprise application where the expected lifespan of a HDD is better than an SSD?

My gut tells me that EOL for rotational media is a lot further out than three to four years, but I'm not familiar enough with enterprise storage applications to back up this belief. Otherwise, I don't understand why the traditional "big iron" HDD manufacturers are spending all this cash to consolidate if the required manufacturing capacity to satisfy the HDD market is going to monotonically decrease over the next three to four years. It's not as though that manufacturing expertise translates very well into making a profit on SSD's where the most important components are designed and manufactured by someone else. That's going to be a tough market to be in.

more than 3 years ago
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My computer desktop, vs. my real-life desktop:

Elviswind Icons from edge to edge . . . (210 comments)

I always get a little twitchy when I'm looking over a colleague's shoulder at their computer screen and there's nothing but icons for documents and shortcuts as far as the eye can see. I don't keep anything on my work computer desktop apart from My Computer, My Network, My Documents (which is mapped to c:\data), and the Recycle Bin. That way if I want to copy something to the desktop, do some work, and then delete it or move it somewhere else, it's easy to find.

My physical desktop is also pretty neat and organized, but that's mainly due to the workspace cleanliness kick our CEO is recently on.

more than 3 years ago
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Today Is Record Store Day 2011

Elviswind Re:Physical shop is the wrong model for music (108 comments)

I think you were going to the wrong music shops. The place I haunted in my younger days, [url=http://www.flatblackandcircular.com/pages/store.html]Flat Black and Circular[/url], let you listen to any compact disc or phonographic record on a pair of headphones off to the side. If the CD or record was new and the shrink wrap was still on the packaging, you'd just take it to the counter and they'd remove it for you. If you're passionite about music, it's hard to beat face-to-face interactions with other people that share that same passion.

more than 3 years ago
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Blender 2.57 Released — and It's Easy To Use!

Elviswind Re:Tool palettes that don't auto-hide on blur (221 comments)

That's a fair complaint. At least on my Linux install, and I believe in Windows as well, the extra windows in GIMP don't automatically minimize or hide when focus is removed from the main window. It's never bothered me, but I can see how it could lead to inefficient clutter when you really need to get something accomplished in as short a time as possible. I'm wondering if this is a limitation of the operating systems rather than the application. I notice that with all windows minimized, clicking on the main application icon in the task bar (tint2 in my case) brings back all the extra windows, but clicking on the extra windows does not.

more than 3 years ago

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