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Not Just For ThinkPads Anymore: Lenovo Gets OK To Buy IBM Server Line

Guido von Guido II Re:Fantastic! Now they can fuck those up, too! (93 comments)

Exactly, except the official name for the product line has been Power Systems for a few years now (although I don't think anybody outside of IBM calls it that). Because IBM is the only manufacturer, they still get good margins on it, and that's why they kept it.

about a month ago

Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030

Guido von Guido II Re:Sugar (329 comments)

Whole grains also slow the break down and absorption and are a good thing. Don't eat simple sugars.

I'm diabetic (type 2). While this is generally true, in practice I've found that wheat of any kind and rice of any kind will send my blood sugar up unless I keep my portion sizes very small. Nowadays I usually just avoid the both.

about 4 months ago

Ancient Desert Glyphs Pointed Way To Fairgrounds

Guido von Guido II Re:Logical (38 comments)

Ok. So what do the Nazca lines point to? I'm not saying it's aliens but if you're going to talk like a bitch, you're going to get called out for it.

Since the Paracas culture immediately preceded the Nazca culture in the same region, my first guess would be that they used them for the same purpose.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Any Development Shops Build-Test-Deploy On A Cloud Service?

Guido von Guido II Re:Amazon costs are relatively fixed (119 comments)

It's quite a difference whether an internet outage means (more or less) only external mail and browsing doesn't work or that you can just send everyone home until it's fixed.

There are numerous in-house scenarios where this is an issue as well. Any business hosting their infrastructure in a colo can run into this. So will any business large enough to have multiple locations, as they may not have anything beyond file and print services located in the remote locations (which might still be pretty big).

For that matter, there are potential issues hosting your applications in house. I've seen facilities issues (everything from A/C failure to flooding) bring down in-house data centers for extended periods of time.

about 6 months ago

1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Guido von Guido II Re:You can get a 1TB external for like, 80 bucks (335 comments)

And you can use it anywhere. And it has USB 3.0 speed. And it won't be data mined by Google.

If you have a fire or flooding and you're not keeping the backup at an offsite location, you've also lost all your data.

about 6 months ago

Canadian Court Tries to Dampen Copyright Trolls In P2P Lawsuits

Guido von Guido II Re:Let me guess (60 comments)

The system Canada uses to determine who can get a permanent resident card is based on points. You get so many points for your occupation (assuming it's on the list, which changes periodically), so many points for speaking English and/or French, etc. If you have enough points you can apply for your PR card (pay the fee, send them your fingerprints, medical examination, etc.). Once you've lived in Canada for about three years you can apply for citizenship.

about 7 months ago

Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Guido von Guido II Re:I guess they have never heard of two factor aut (731 comments)

And if someone hacks your card, they blame you (because you must have given away your PIN) and you have no way to prove it.

Incorrect. There are a variety of ways that your PIN can be compromised, and banks are well aware of that. Anything from shoulder surfing to keystroke logging will work.

My credit card (with chip and PIN) was skimmed last year (based on the timing I believe from a restaurant in Winnipeg) and my bank removed all of the charges with minimal intervention on my part.

about 7 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

Guido von Guido II Re:I knew there was a good reason.... (385 comments)

My question is .. is this policy going to follow through with other HP equipment? I've got a HP color laser jet printer: Will I experience the same issue with that? I've got three HP scanners -- will I need to put them in the garbage? (No one will want them if they can't get even basic driver support).

Yeah, I'm concerned about this as well. Weren't free software updates one of the selling points of HP's Procurve line of network gear?

On the bright side, I gave up on HP printers after my last one died a couple years ago.

about 7 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

Guido von Guido II Re:Did you even read the notice? (385 comments)

I'm curious how often you had to update firmware on servers that were out of warranty?

I'm going to have to see how this plays out, but it could be a pain in the ass for somebody like me who has to install firmware on *new* servers for customers. *I* don't have a support contract even if the customer does. (Which doesn't mean that there won't be some way around it.)

about 7 months ago

Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Guido von Guido II Re:Best news I've heard in a while. (458 comments)

It means all these business idiots will stop saying "event horizon".

Yeah. But in twenty years.

about 8 months ago

Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

Guido von Guido II Re:But it is horribly wrong anyway. (458 comments)

Your statements seem to imply that GPS satellites are in geostationary orbit. They are not. The system would not work if they were.

Which is true, but a little quick google searching shows that relativistic effects do indeed need to be taken into account with GPS satellites (such as this link).

about 8 months ago

A Thermodynamics Theory of the Origins of Life

Guido von Guido II Re:So more enthalpy=more life? (185 comments)

Even if there's some truth behind the theory in the article, I'd still expect there to be a range of conditions under which life would be possible. Venus is probably out of it. While it seems unlikely that there's life on Venus now, it's still possible that there was life on Venus earlier in its history when (and if) the conditions were less extreme. (Although I can't imagine that anybody would be able to get any evidence for it, if it did exist.)

about 8 months ago

White House Reportedly Dismissing Key Contractor

Guido von Guido II Re:Accenture? (284 comments)

it's a government contract. they'll get their money whether they produce the talent and a working product or not. there is no incentive for them to do anything but collect that government money.

Like CGI will be?

about 8 months ago

Hacker Barnaby Jack Died of Drug Overdose

Guido von Guido II Re:Hackers are the new Rock Stars (195 comments)

You're missing the point. As you pointed out, legality and known purity is not going to prevent all overdoses, but it would prevent some.

If you're buying drugs on the street, it's difficult to tell exactly how pure. This means that by taking the same mass of a particular drug, you're not going to get precisely the same amount of active ingredient. If your latest dose is sufficiently purer than your typical dose, then you may overdose.

What complicates this is that many addicts will go off of their drug of choice for a period of time and lose their tolerance. When they start using again, their bodies can't handle as much but they try to use their old dose and overdose.

about 8 months ago

Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Guido von Guido II Re:Follow the money! (465 comments)

If I were looking for Time Travelers I would start with a very detailed background check on anyone that's ever won a major lottery.

...or anyone who made money betting on sporting events or through the stock market.

about 9 months ago

UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

Guido von Guido II Re:Perhaps not (598 comments)

Just to add what you said, many of the old racist southern Democrats eventually moved to the Republican party. For instance, the late Jesse Helms started out as a Democrat but changed to the Republican party before he ran for the North Carolina Senate.

about 9 months ago

How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

Guido von Guido II Re:Fitting rooms (385 comments)

They'd have to run them, which costs money. It would be a big change to their business model, and it's not necessarily something they'd be good at. As such, it's a big risk. Which doesn't mean they won't try.

about 10 months ago

How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

Guido von Guido II Re:Every print magazine left. (385 comments)

I'm not sure I'd right off the USPS. Their parcel business seems to be growing rapidly, with very competitive prices for small fixed price boxes.

In Canada, I greatly prefer Canada Post to UPS or any of the other corporate carriers like DHL. I've had carriers stick my packages in the mailbox (which is fine) and fake a signature (which is not). They ring the doorbell and walk away without leaving a note to tell me they were here. If I'm home I have to run to the door to have any chance of catching them. Sometimes they leave my packages sitting on my front door (I live downtown on a busy street). With UPS and DHL, sometimes I have to go out to the burbs to pick up a package I missed, sometimes they leave it at a local location.

With Canada Post, though, it's almost always smoother and more pleasant. If I'm not home the package either goes into the mailbox or I get a note to pick it up the next day someplace local.

I think the big shopping mall anchor stores (Macy's, JC Penney, etc) are all likely to fail in the next 20 years. Sears is already a dead man walking, Penney's is close and the others are living on borrowed time.

This will be interesting. I'm not sure that *all* of them will fall, although I think most of them will. As tepples said, fitting rooms are pretty damn useful. However, the stores that survive might be smaller, clothing-specific stores like Old Navy or Eddie Bauer.

Sears has been horribly mismanaged for a long time. Even if department stores were healthy I think they'd be in trouble.

about 10 months ago

6TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Take Flight

Guido von Guido II Re:I'll wait for the hydrogen model. (297 comments)

I can't imagine that the amount of hydrogen in even a warehouse full of these things is much of a safety risk unless it all leaks out at once. But in the factory...

about 10 months ago

6TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Take Flight

Guido von Guido II Re:What the helium actually does (297 comments)

My assumption is that either the helium performs some other function (as you said) or that it's just cheaper to use some kind of gas instead of a vacuum.

about 10 months ago


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