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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

Kokuyo Re:To Kill a Mockingbird (402 comments)

Bullshit. Nothing could be more effective in teaching people how utterly deranged Hitler was than Mein Kampf.

about a week ago

Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Kokuyo I love them (277 comments)

I went from a Galaxy Note 2 to a HTC One Max. And then I went and put an Otterbox around the thing.

I carry it in my front pants pocket. It snags not more than any other rectangular deice (because it's always the corner that gets snagged by a fold) and I can actually use it to browse the web without unusable mobile versions of websites and without pinchzooming like a deranged person.

I don't have to carry a second device, either, that needs a daily recharge... I could have been talked into carrying a phone and actual tablet if, and only if, there was a Nokia 6210, with nothing more than phone, sms, contact list, 3G/4G and Wifi Hotspot/Tethering capabilities. But such a thing does not exist, at least not at a price that would make you better off buying a smartphone all the same.

I love the size... finally it doesn't feel like I have to pinch a teensy, tiny device between my not even that enormous fingers and be afraid of it slipping away. That's why I dig the Otterbox too, by the way. The HTC is so thin, I was constantly afraid of inadvertently flicking it through the room.

YMMV, but I love these things to death. If I could have had the HTC with full metal body and twice as thick (and therefore with a battery in the 6Ah range), I would have bought that instead.

about a week ago

The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Kokuyo Re:I'm so leet. (144 comments)

Single points of failure aren't that much of a factor in virtual machines. If the hardware goes down, the VM is restarted elsewhere. If the machine dies, you copy it from backup... or have a copy on standby (which can be and often is the same thing). After all, there aren't many changes on a worker machine like that.

Not to forget, nothing stops you from clustering that shit from Microsoft's to Amazon's cloud.

Considering that I've never found TPB to be down when I needed it and haven't heard many complaints in that direction, I'd say their system works pretty well for them.

about a week ago

If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Kokuyo I'm confused (444 comments)

How is the product relevant? Isn't it more about location? If you build a gigantic factory building, you can put all kinds of things on the roof. If you built in a location that has sun, wind and geothermal capabilities, how would your product influence whether you could go renewable?

Isn't it still about whether you can get your investment back and in what time-frame?

about three weeks ago

Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

Kokuyo All that work (97 comments)

So that's 16k diapers for twins... well, we guesstimated 10k. The thought of carrying that many diapers up to the third floor and then back down fully 'charged' convinced us to use cloth diapers.

Now we just polute the rivers with the laundry detergent :p.

about three weeks ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Kokuyo History (748 comments)

I history has taught us anything, then that it's impossible to change a made up mind through the use of force.

about a month and a half ago

The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Kokuyo Re:Pft (962 comments)

Oh you mean as in:

Scenario 1:

Woman: "I'd like to fuck your brains out".
Society: "Isn't she forward... a bit of a whore, eh?"

Scenario 2:

Man: "I'd like to fuck your brains out".
Society: "Men... penile brain override activated."

Like that?

How's about we take these things with a bit of humor. Nobody who counts actually believes these stereotypes. Sure, even I am surprised to see a skilled IT pro that is female, because they're so rare, but that doesn't mean I expect women to be unable to be just that.

Can't we just stop being sensitive ballsacks about every little bit of political incorrectness?

about 2 months ago

Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

Kokuyo Re:The crackpot cosmology "theory" Du Jour (214 comments)

As I understood it with my very limited knowledge of physics, there are perceivable phenomena that did not quite make sense because it was an either/or situation.

In that case, Occam's Razor makes way for Sherlock Holmes' "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."

A model that allows for more of the perceived phenomena than previous models must be taken under more scrutiny.

about 2 months ago

Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Kokuyo The obvious question: (236 comments)

Why don't Google and Tesla cooperate? Both are very innovative companies that have, more or less, similar attitudes, I think.

Also, wouldn't an all electric car fit the futuristic idea of a self-driving vehicle much better than a gas guzzler?

about 3 months ago

Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Kokuyo Re: People living in the polar regions (567 comments)

The problem is not their method or whether they publish it. I believe their methods are quite sound.

The real problem is two-fold: First, weather is an extremely complex process. I doubt that we understand enough of it to reliably predict what's going to happen if one or more factors change.
Second, as was said before, the data they have to work with is very young. And what they use to 'create' older data might or might not be very accurate.

I don't quite believe that we are able to say without a doubt whether this change we are seeing now is unnatural.

That said, prudence suggests that we limit our consumption and production of waste of any kind to a tolerable minimum. Even if climate change were not caused by us, that doesn't mean that we're not running out of resources.

about 3 months ago

Standards Group Adds Adaptive-Sync To DisplayPort

Kokuyo By the end of the year? (82 comments)

So it's gonna hit stores earlier than G-Sync?

Yeah, I'm a bit frustrated... does it show? ;)

about 5 months ago

BMW Unveils the Solar Charging Carport of the Future

Kokuyo Re:Math check (165 comments)

According to a technical sheet I just googled, this BMW has a 18.8 kWh battery... so those 10 kWh are more than half a "tank".

Considering that solar panels aren't high maintenance (I believe?), one could argue that it's a step in a good direction.

about 5 months ago

You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

Kokuyo Re:lol (499 comments)

How does that make sense? The soccer players are all lean muscle. How is that not better for survival than pure fat?

about 5 months ago

Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

Kokuyo Re:Exception to the rule? (137 comments)

I have lost 23 kilos. I know how it works. But at the time, I've had no job. I was sleeping whenever and as long as I wanted, on most days I didn't have to be anywhere.

Then I found another job. 10kg returned in no time.

I'm telling you, what makes me fat is job induced stress and there is just no way getting around that, unless I want to get out of IT (which, in turn, would bring a lot of anxiety with it).

about 6 months ago

Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

Kokuyo Exception to the rule? (137 comments)

Obviously, I am once again an exception. I take the bike to work and I do it most of the week during spring, summer and fall. I have 30+ minutes of exposure to light in the morning. I'm still a fat fuck. That despite balanced meals, carbohydrate consciousness and aforementioned 3 to six hours of physical exercise per week.

So frankly, fuck all those weight 'scientists'.

about 6 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Kokuyo From what I understand... (251 comments)

I could use a printer that let me produce custom stuff. I have a wood workshop and such a thing would be neat for jigs of all kinds.

Problem is, I am very bad at using 3D programs, unless you count sketchup. And AFAIK, these printers take input from very expensive and complicated 3D software... or have they added support for sketchup now?

about 6 months ago

NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

Kokuyo Re:**criminal elements of...** (320 comments)

Switzerland's half-direct (!) democracy is prone to some of the very same failures the US republic is.

If you get the media on board and if you manage to put the people in a state of fear (mostly by going "Won't somebody please think of the jobs!"), you get just about anything pushed through.

We have equal rights clauses in our constitution... nobody gives a fuck. Married people pay more taxes than unmarried couples and they get a quarter less money once they retire, unless they get a divorce first.

If you manage to buy a house or a condo, the money you could potentially make off of it by renting it out is directly calculated as income... even if you live in it yourself. This has the effect that a lot of people who retire simply don't earn enough to pay the vastly increased taxes their by now paid for property incurs.

So no, please don't take Switzerland as a shining example. We have our fair share of problems as well.

about 6 months ago

43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

Kokuyo Seems logical (187 comments)

We can't keep elephants and rhinos alive, so let's clone us some mammoths...

about 7 months ago



How to get out of IT

Kokuyo Kokuyo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kokuyo (549451) writes "Well, I've seen a few questions around here about how to get into IT. So why not ask for ideas and thoughts on how to get out?

Here's the thing: I am 28 years old and I've been in IT since I was seventeen (being from Switzerland, I didn't go through College or something similar but completed an apprenticeship). When I completed my education it was the year 2002 and you guys surely know what the market looked like at the time. Now I find myself in a company I don't like, doing things I don't like, working for people I don't like while getting a salary that is about three fourths of what is the norm.

I'm also in the middle of a bore-out, which doesn't make things any better. While I, at first, assumed it was the company, I've come to realize that I actually came to hate IT as such. I hate the hours, the psychology involved (always being at fault, never doing anything right, never doing enough, costing way too much... you know, the usual) and I just plain don't find the motivation in me to go on.

So where do I go? If at all possible, I'd like to get out of the office. I'm not a sales type, but I am good at improvising, learning on the fly and I like to think of myself as pretty handy with tools. What would you do in my place? And remember, I have rent to think of and no parents with a basement, so just going back to school isn't quite in my budget."

Big Brother ante portas in Switzerland

Kokuyo Kokuyo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kokuyo (549451) writes "Well, yesterday Helvetians moved their lazy bums and put in their vote on new legislation requiring biometric passports. While the biometric passports were only a question of time (as we would have had to adopt them eventually due to the Schengen agreement), a disturbing part of this law is the creation of a central database for the data held in those passports. This clearly goes beyond the requirements of the Schengen agreement. I, for one, do not welcome our new biometric overlords; I WILL be getting a new passport before the biometric ones are rolled out. This, at least, gives me another ten years (as opposed to the five years the new, more expensive, passports will be valid for). A"
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Methods to catch file size explosions?

Kokuyo Kokuyo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kokuyo (549451) writes "We've come across a certain problem for which there is an easy solution we cannot use: Users throwing gigabytes of data onto our home and group shares, filling them quickly. We do realize that quotas are meant to help you keep exactly this in check, unfortunately the users with most of the data load are VIP users such as the CEO, CFO and marketing and are as such exempt from quotas anyway.
Our approach today involves waiting for monitoring to warn us of full disks and then scouring the whole file system manually.

So my question to Slashdot is this: Without quotas and without company policies, how would you solve that issue on Windows 2003 servers?"



Woohoo, just discovered journals

Kokuyo Kokuyo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Well, d'uh, you'll probably say, but I've never bothered to look here, actually.

I mean, I just added my first friend and realized that I had people who view me as a foe. Not that this surprises me, mind you, I have plenty of those in real life. It's more something along the lines of buying a new gadget and locating the most important functions through trial and error only to later realize, had I looked into the manual, I could have used this really cool feature I don't want to live without anymore all along.

Well, let's see how long this feature will be cool and used. Probably until the first fool annoys me with a comment ;).

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