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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

FoolishBluntman about time (424 comments)

Well, this has been about 30 years overdue.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

FoolishBluntman Re:been there, done that (279 comments)

I second this comment.
besides teaching college which will probably involve a graduate degree, most of thejobs with a liberal arts degree involve asking "Do you want fries with that?"

3 days ago

850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

FoolishBluntman Heads should roll (207 comments)

This shows how incredible out of control the CIA is.
I could almost accept that the CIA keeps this data to help with "foreign intelligence" in mind but if this data is available to both the FBI and DEA it is a clear violation of the CIA charter and should result with the director's head on the chopping block.

about 4 months ago

Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

FoolishBluntman Re:At last Dre has enough money to go back to scho (188 comments)

Let's all go over Dr. Dre's crib and have a wild party!
Why not, the fucker's a billionaire
Everybody is bothered because their lame idea didn't win the internet lottery.
Oh yeah, and Dre can go get his doctorate, NOT!

about 7 months ago

Fusion "Breakthrough" At National Ignition Facility? Not So Fast

FoolishBluntman Not there yet! (118 comments)

The headline states, "the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel".

This is not enough, they must be able to capture that energy and use it to produce the next laser implosion of the fuel.
That will be a milestone.

Also, since this is using a Deuterium-Tritium Fuel it produces very high energy neutrons which will help destroy the reactor much faster than in conventional fission reactions.

about a year ago

DOJ: We Don't Need a Warrant To Track You

FoolishBluntman Re:Why do the carriers collect this data? (259 comments)

When you call 911 with cardiac symptoms and then drop off the call, it's useful information.

But how many of my calls are to 911?
If there were really for helping 911 support, it need only track 911 calls

about a year and a half ago

Boy Scouts proposal would lift ban on gay youths

FoolishBluntman Re:It's about time! (3 comments)

Although I agree that it's about time the Boy Scouts voluntarily agree to these changes, comparing it to the Catholic church deciding that abortion is okay doesn't make a very valid argument. In fact, a better comparison would be... It's about time, This may seem like ... duh but This is like FoolishBluntman has decided to be more tolerant of other's beliefs.

To Anonymous Coward, Are you saying I should be more tolerant of others like:
The Catholic Church that took several hundred years to acknowledge the earth wasn't flat?
Islamic fundamentalist that think I should be put to death because I don't worship their God?
Any group that wants to control individuals to make sure we are all happy little slaves to do their bidding?

A group, boy scouts, that teaches outdoor and leadership skills has no place dictating sexual orientation.

about a year and a half ago

Boy Scouts proposal would lift ban on gay youths

FoolishBluntman It's about time! (3 comments)

This may seem like ... duh but This is like the vatican deciding that abortion is okay.

about a year and a half ago

How Power Failures Corrupt Flash SSD Data

FoolishBluntman Re:Anyone ever hear of a battery-backed cache? (204 comments)

In the paper presented, they also include both a consumer and enterprise class disk drive.
The consumer class drive had the same problems as the cheap SSD.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

FoolishBluntman Re:instant replay (379 comments)

It would sure help with arguments with my wife

Yes, you could win them all and be divorced in no time.

about 2 years ago

Are Programmers Responsible For the Actions of Their Clients?

FoolishBluntman Send the DA to Jail (222 comments)

I think the plea bargain agreement(http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2012/12/Robert-Stuart_Plea-Agreement.pdf) should land Manhattan Assistant District Attorney James Meadows in Federal Jail.
He is asking the software vendor to commit theft on a large scale.
I'm not sure of the exact change, something like conspiracy to commit grand theft.

about 2 years ago

DOE Wants 5X Improvement In Batteries In 5 Years

FoolishBluntman And I want rainbows and unicorns! (305 comments)

Just because you want something, it doesn't mean you'll get it.
We'll see if $120 Million is enough to make a difference.
The problem with gasoline is that is has such great energy density, about 46 Mega-joules per kilogram.
The best batteries currently are Lithium with an energy density of 1.8 Mega-Joules per kilogram.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

FoolishBluntman Re:CRC (440 comments)

SHA-1 runs at 450MB/sec per core on a current generation i7, this is not a CPU bound problem.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

FoolishBluntman Re:CRC (440 comments)

It would take about 12 hours to read the 5TB and compute SHA-1 for everything. (assumes 120MB/sec disk)
(5*10^12)/(120^10^6)=41666 sec = 11.57 hours.
After that you have 4M*(256 bytes metadata+20bytes/hash)=~1GB of memory.
Everything fits into an in memory hash table, lookups O(1) proceed at 1 lookup/microsecond.
It takes another 20 minutes or so to delete the duplicate files. project done.
And I have a perl script that does this that I wrote in 1999, email me and I'll send it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

FoolishBluntman Re:CRC (440 comments)

$19.95 for a beta of something you can whip up in about an hour of shell scripting.

Hell, I wrote exactly what people are talking about here in an afternoon in college - I even did both SHA and MD5, because I ended up finding a SHA collision between one of the Quake 3 files and a Linux system file.

I think your full of shit if you found an SHA collision.
Plesae provide an example.

more than 2 years ago

Patent Troll Now Armed With Thousands of Nortel Patents

FoolishBluntman EMC, acting respectable? (220 comments)

Wow, makes me feel good working there!
But then, I've never seen EMC act as a patent troll, we've generally use patents defensively.
No, this is not flame bait, but if you have a counter example, I'd love to hear it.

more than 2 years ago

Dark Days Ahead For Facebook and Google?

FoolishBluntman Re:I call shenanigans (215 comments)

I will see your shenanigans and raise you 1 Bullshit. There's always some "expert" out there that can predict the future. Expert, Ex-spurt, Ex - someone who used to be something significant but is no longer. Spurt - drip under pressure.

I call your bullshit, but I don't have enough chips, I guess I'm all in.

I probably should have said something more insightful like, hmm, I didn't know facebook and google didn't work on mobile devices,
oh, wait, they do
In fact, I probably use google maps more on my iphone than on my desktop.

more than 2 years ago



Boy Scouts proposal would lift ban on gay youths

FoolishBluntman FoolishBluntman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

FoolishBluntman (880780) writes "Boy Scouts proposal would lift ban on gay youths ( about time, my 2 cents)
The Boy Scouts of America announced Friday a proposal to allow gay youths to join the program, a move that, if approved, would mark a dramatic shift for one of the nation's oldest and most traditional youth organizations.

The proposal, which would continue to bar homosexual men from serving as Scout leaders, will be voted on at a May meeting of the organization's national council, Scouting officials said.

"We believe the BSA can no longer sacrifice its mission, or the youth served by the movement, by allowing the organization to be consumed by a single, controversial, and unresolved societal issue," national president Wayne Perry said in a statement announcing the proposal.

The proposed resolution states, "No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone."
By Kim Christensen and Jason Felch (La Times)"

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Drone came within 200 feet of airliner over New York

FoolishBluntman FoolishBluntman writes  |  about 2 years ago

FoolishBluntman (880780) writes "(CNN) — An unmanned drone came within 200 feet of a commercial jet over New York, triggering an FBI appeal to the public for any information about the unusual and potentially dangerous incident.
The crew of Alitalia Flight 608 approaching John F. Kennedy airport on Monday reported the sighting.
"We saw a drone, a drone aircraft," the pilot can be heard telling air traffic controllers on radio calls captured by the website LiveATC.net."

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Monsanto Cucumbers Cause Genital Baldness

FoolishBluntman FoolishBluntman writes  |  about 2 years ago

FoolishBluntman (880780) writes "Monsanto Cucumbers Cause Genital Baldness — Immediately Banned in Nova Scotia.

A six-month study by AgriSearch, an on-campus research arm of Dalhousie University, has shown that genetically modified (GM) cucumbers grown under license to Monsanto Inc. result in serious side effects including total groin hair loss and chafing in "sensitive areas", leading to the immediate and total ban of sales of all that company's crop and subsequent dill pickles.


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