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What 'Negative Temperature' Really Means

Foolomon I have a question (204 comments)

While the quantum gas is in a negative temperature state...

...can you boot Linux on it? :D

about a year and a half ago

The Most Detailed Images of Uranus' Atmosphere Ever

Foolomon And never again... (105 comments)

...was the use of the word "atmosphere" so important as this instance.

about 2 years ago

How Internet Data Centers Waste Power

Foolomon Re:Automatic provisioning? (170 comments)

The problem is that without accurate measurements of power consumption to support capacity and availability management data centers aren't able to do this as effectively as they could.

Companies such as nlyte and Modius do have solutions that address some of these issues. CA has a complete suite that address the entire DCIM space: ecoGovernance, which is a data aggregator / analyzer / reporter; ecoMeter, which provides accurate measurements of data center resources (including CRAC units, etc.) for the purposes of availability management; and ecoDesktop, a poorly named solution that ensures optimal usage of desktops and development / test servers by understanding usage patterns and using auto-shutdown / wake-on-LAN to shut down and startup machines when they are not being used to conserve electricity and ultimately save money.

Disclaimer: I am a CA employee, but I'm speaking from the perspective of one who was in IT for 18 years. This stuff is quite good.

about 2 years ago

How Can I Justify Using Red Hat When CentOS Exists?

Foolomon Re:Give Em A Call (666 comments)

I call bullshit on the first statement. I work in a sales related capacity (after spending 18 years in IT) and I don't exaggerate to make a sale.

Ask for financial metrics or calculate them yourself: what is the percentage reduction based on historical data of determining root cause of problems with Red Hat support vs. without? Multiply that by the going FTE for your industry / geographical region and you have hard dollar cost savings. Use a 20% discount rate (aggressive) to calculate future discounted cash flows (and determine Net Present Value). Solve for n% discount such that NPV = 0 and you have the Internal Rate of Return (IRR).

Then ask the CFO / Controller what the Hurdle Rate is and see if the IRR > Hurdle Rate. If so the investment is sound assuming the data on % savings for root cause analysis is sound.

more than 2 years ago

XML Encryption Broken, Need To Fix W3C Standard

Foolomon CBC is weak no matter how you analyze it (80 comments)

With AES256 being a government standard for 10 years, why would anyone recommend CBC (which was considered weak long before AES was denoted the standard) as an encryption method?

You could use Diffie-Hellman key exchanges ( to strengthen this, but that wouldn't necessarily prevent the attack that was used in the demonstration.

more than 2 years ago

The Cult of DevOps

Foolomon Sure I'll comment... (114 comments)

...and I'll even try to remember to check back in case people respond.

Assumption: the trading application being critiqued is the same one that was there when I was an IT consultant at Morgan Stanley. I left in August 2000.

I know the application well. It was developed by a department headed up by Vinny (whose name is withheld because...I'm senile and don't remember it). I worked in the department that wrote the messaging infrastructure that was used by every application on the sell side of the firm.

If the application is the same one then the mere fact that it was still in use when Mr. Fried left is a testament to the application's effectiveness. Would they do it better now if they were writing it from scratch? Of course. But Morgan Stanley has 3,000-4,000 IT staff in its ranks so they could easily do so if the application were as bad as he says. And the messaging infrastructure...well, I have no love for the original authors (no hard feelings Steve and Arthur...I'm lying of course), but that subsystem was extremely robust, predated TIBCO and Talarian, and provided more functionality that those two products until after they were on the market for several years.

more than 2 years ago

The Intentional Flooding of America's Heartland

Foolomon There sure are... (477 comments)

There sure are a lot of Anonymous Cowards posting in here...Not for nothing, but I'd rather know the name of the person I shouldn't be listening to (purportedly the author of the article) rather than be expected to trust anything said by someone who doesn't have the balls to post under their Slashdot name. Just sayin'...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is SHA-512 the Way To Go?

Foolomon Re:Here we go (223 comments)

Two factor authentication is popular amongst corporations for a good reason: the password itself isn't sufficient to get access. Arcot's solutions not only provide decoys but also provide two factor authentication. And they are the ones that patented the 3-D Secure technology that Visa uses for mobile transactions.

more than 3 years ago

Comic Sales Soar After Artist Engages 4chan Pirates

Foolomon Let me guess... (305 comments)

...the comic was not about Gene Simmons?

more than 3 years ago

The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture

Foolomon Re:Who reads the manual? (457 comments)

I disagree. Just because you don't sign anything doesn't mean that your usage of the product doesn't constitute an acknowledgment and agreement to the terms of the EULA. Furthermore, you have the option of returning the product for a refund if you do not agree to the EULA so the fact that you can't read it until after you've purchased it does not hold water. Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.

more than 4 years ago

The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture

Foolomon Re:Realistically.... (457 comments)

1. If every camera is covered by the LA then how does this matter, i.e. regardless of the camera you are still infringing. Still, there are cameras (as noted in the article) that use codecs that do not infringe. In this instance... 2. ...the encoding used by a camera will have specific characteristics. While it is more cumbersome to prove in court, it is possible to demonstrate via circumstantial evidence that a particular video exhibits characteristics unique to a particular codec. Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.

more than 4 years ago

Gaming in the 4th Dimension

Foolomon Demo? (303 comments)

The game is currently in development and the goal is to release it in downloadable form for consoles and PC/Mac. There is no announced date and platform yet. There is no publicly released demo at this point. There will be one when the game is released though, so please be patient :) Thanks.

I guess the demo is somewhere in the 4th dimension...

more than 4 years ago

College To Save Money By Switching Email Font

Foolomon Re:email? (306 comments)

And save electricity by not allowing the use of boldface, underline or strikethrough fonts.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Alternative To Google Earth?

Foolomon Walking? (190 comments)

Do "feet" count as OSS alternatives? ;)

more than 4 years ago

Filming For The Hobbit Begins In July

Foolomon Re:Sequel? No, give us Silmarillion (298 comments)

Agreed. The Silmarillion has a lot of background information that people, especially those who aren't (yet) fans of the books, would find interesting.

I remember when The Fellowship of the Ring came out, and - at the movie's end - a lot of the teenagers who came to see the movie thought the ending was crappy. They didn't realize that the movie was only 1/3rd of the total story and commented that the movie itself was very exciting.

more than 4 years ago

Cubase users launch Haiti relief project

Foolomon ohai (1 comments)

Oh yeah...I'm Larry Salomon. I forgot to include that tidbit in the article. :D

more than 4 years ago

3D Graphics For Firefox, Webkit

Foolomon The Most Obvious Use (198 comments)

Great! Now we can see the Fail Whale in 3D!

more than 4 years ago

Microchip Mimics a Brain With 200,000 Neurons

Foolomon Re:Speech capabilities? (521 comments)

No. The first words were "wanna cyber?"

more than 5 years ago

Linked In Or Out?

Foolomon LinkedIn is a good site for professional networkin (474 comments)

Honestly, after a certain point in one's career there is a greater chance of continuing career advancement through networking than there is using a job recruiting agency. It is for this reason that LinkedIn is invaluable.

For example, in early 2008 I found out that my business unit was going to have a massive (50%) RIF so I immediately contacted several people in my LinkedIn network. Within the 2 weeks immediately following, I had 8 interviews at 5 different companies. This was, obviously, without using a recruiter who would have had to screen me, reformat my resume (and probably hack it to death), etc. Instead, the people that interviewed me already had some experience with me on a professional level and were aware of the quality of work I perform.

The trick to using LinkedIn (or LI as it's known) is to have people in your network that you've actually interacted with. Although those who call themselves LIONs (LinkedIn Open Networkers) would disagree, this actually gives your network value since in situations where you need to call upon someone for a favor they are already comfortable working with you and are thus more likely to help you out.

more than 5 years ago



Cubase users launch Haiti relief project

Foolomon Foolomon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Foolomon (855512) writes "'On Tuesday 12th of January, 2010, an earthquake struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. It was the worst in two centuries, and thousands have died so far.

We are a group of friends and colleagues who are sharing with you our music and lyrics in response to this disaster. is a container for our efforts, and, following the steps of the rebuilding of the nation itself, will be a work in progress, a place to return to as new pieces get composed and uploaded.'

And so Musicians for Haiti (M4H) was born.

In the weeks after the earthquake, a frenzied level of activity was clearly visible on the audio production website where people wrote and recorded music; provided feedback to these tracks; or simply offered words of encouragement. And now, on the two month anniversary of the earthquake, M4H is pleased to announce the availability of several, original tracks that were written by us specifically for the rebuilding effort in Haiti.

You can read more about the project at . Visit the website itself at or email them for more information at ."


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