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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Lawrence_Bird Re:Step one (348 comments)

Perhaps war of 2012... ref: this

5 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Lawrence_Bird A very long way to go (407 comments)

Reference this document from the BOP. You should fully expect cries from not just the corps running many of the prisons but also the guard unions.

5 days ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Lawrence_Bird Re:Step one (348 comments)

some one tried to steal the strategic maple syrup reserve a few years ago. probably was you

5 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Lawrence_Bird Re:Yawn (353 comments)

Actually they are both pretty meaningless. 12x faster at .. what? 2x faster at .. what? 12x faster at a NOP loop? 2x faster a drawing the screen (1ms instead of 2ms?)

And what is it (other than some very poorly written apps) that requires continuous speed bumps? Are we still not drawing webpages fast enough? Are mp4s still stuttering at full screen? I suppose games might be an issue but most of the ones I've seen run pretty much fine already.

We seem to have hit (or are nearing) a point in mobile devices where increments just dont matter anymore. 500dpi? really? Most people can't tell past 250dpi. 3GHZ vs.. 2? 32 cores vs.. 4?

about a week ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

Lawrence_Bird Sabu switched employers? (105 comments)

Wow, now that's news. Did the Chinese give him a signing bonus too?

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Lawrence_Bird Re:Yawn (353 comments)

"an ipad 12x faster than the "original ipad"

faster doing ... what?

At least the Google 9 was mildly interesting if for no other reason than its been a few years since the 10 came out. Apple seems to be on a 6 to 12m hamster wheel of speedbump upgrades. Yawn indeed.

about a week ago
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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

Lawrence_Bird Re:Really? (144 comments)

Again, what does any of that have to do with the Nobel Peace Prize? The girl has accomplished little other than to bring an additional reminder of the plight of women in Afghanistan and some other repressive Muslim countries. Has she brought substantial change in those countries? The man has done good deeds in India but not really anywhere else.

So in the first case you have the award going to a feel good, sympathetic figure and in the second, a country specific figure. Neither has brought peace to the world. Once again the committee has given an award to those not worthy of the award given. Unfortunately, those who mark this as famebait miss the point and instead misinterpret what is being said. To say their work is not worthy of this prize is not to say their work is not valuable, important or deserving of some other more appropriate award, today or sometime in the future.

As to your specific comment re India/Pakistan: If the Nobel committee wishes to make statements like that they should just issue a press release - the peace prize should not be used for that purpose. What would be worthy of the prize is someone(s) who actually negotiate a lasting peace between the two countries and their disputed territories.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Lawrence_Bird Re:One of the worst awards ever (276 comments)

I guess you missed the past 50 years of practical use of LEDs. The original red and green LED's have had a far larger impact on the world - they were game changers. I'm not denying the usefulness of blue LEDs but to call them a critical achievement is to overstate the case.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay

Lawrence_Bird Really? (144 comments)

Certainly in the west nobody has heard anything about the young girl since she was released from hospital after her recovery. I'm interested to know the real world changing accomplishments she has personally brought to fruition? In addition, Satyarthi "accomplishments" appear to be limited to one country. Is this then the Peace prize for India? I've seen Mother Teresa's name bounced around in justification because of her work in Calcutta but she worked in tends (if not more) nations around the world.

This is another Nobel fail. Nice people but not worthy of the prize.

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

Lawrence_Bird Re:FreeBSD (303 comments)

ha you beat me to it! As much as I loved Slakware for so many years, I will not go back to linux. FreeBSD and .. gasp... xmonad.

In fact, the past year or so I've been running my (desktop) FreeBSD installs through virtualbox on top of Win 8. If I really want, yes I can boot directly into FreeBSD. But the virtualization solution has really worked well for me. FreeBSD on one desktop and windows on another, both across dual monitors.

about two weeks ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Lawrence_Bird One of the worst awards ever (276 comments)

as I pointed out previously (and was marked as flamebait) this was a dreadful award. Partly because it totally ignored all earlier work, partly because it is awarding based on "technology" which, though difficult, was incremental. But all of that is being polite. You only have to read the cmte. press release to see why the award was given: politics. What was stated over and over? Saving energy! This was all about the politics of "green" and (indirectly) global warming.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

Lawrence_Bird Re:Worst physics nobel (243 comments)

DId you read the fucking press release? Did it mention any of that other shit? NO.

It was all about political happy "green" talk.

As about one fourth of world electricity consumption is used for lighting purposes, the LEDs contribute to saving the Earth's resources. Materials consumption is also diminished as LEDs last up to 100,000 hours, compared to 1,000 for incandescent bulbs and 10,000 hours for fluorescent lights. The LED lamp holds great promise for increasing the quality of life for over 1.5 billion people around the world who lack access to electricity grids: due to low power requirements it can be powered by cheap local solar power.

Can we sing Kumbaya now?

If blue LED's were the first LED made, I would not object. But which was a bigger first? Blue LEDs or

The first visible-spectrum (red) LED was developed in 1962 by Nick Holonyak, Jr., while working at General Electric Company.[9] Holonyak first reported this breakthrough in the journal Applied Physics Letters on the December 1, 1962.[20][21] M. George Craford,[22] a former graduate student of Holonyak, invented the first yellow LED and improved the brightness of red and red-orange LEDs by a factor of ten in 1972.[23] In 1976, T. P. Pearsall created the first high-brightness, high-efficiency LEDs for optical fiber telecommunications by inventing new semiconductor materials specifically adapted to optical fiber transmission wavelengths.[24]

wikimedia

So my point again - this was a dreadful choice of Nobel prize. And just because something was hard to do and took a technological breakthrough to do is not reason for a Nobel prize. If it were, we could give them out like candy.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Lawrence_Bird Re:I don't the big MPG/GPM deal (403 comments)

er no. I want to know how many miles I can go PER GALLON because the gas in my fuel tank is measured in... GALLONS. When that E light comes on I know how much further I can go.

we purchase fuel, not mles.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

Lawrence_Bird Worst physics nobel (243 comments)

that I can remember. The jury is far from in on the true worth of LED lighting. Longevity claims are just that, claims and unproven. The cost remains very high and a burden to anyone forced to use LED lighting. Efficiency matters not if the bulb designed for 10 or more years dies in one or two.

While Nobel wished to award for discovery or technology, there had to be better choices on the technology side than this obviously political choice.

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Lawrence_Bird TV is not dead (320 comments)

When "Dancing with Stars" pulls 12.8M in the number 10 spot and a 8.3 rating, there are still a lot of people watching broadcast TV. The highest ranked prime time cable show that was non-football pulled 4.1M with a 2.5 rating. Netflix has about 45M subscribers. Their most popular showing, House of Cards was estimated to garner about 15% viewership (by one ISP on day), so thats in the 6M ish range.

So while internet based viewing may have put a dent into broadcast (and cable), they are still the heavy weights by a good margin.

about two weeks ago
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

Lawrence_Bird Re:what of data resolution? (77 comments)

That has to be perhaps the best AC post I've read on /. in a very long time, perhaps ever. Well done.

about three weeks ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach: Shades of a Cyber Cold War?

Lawrence_Bird Attribution? (96 comments)

Fail, fail and more fail. The press, three letter agencies and especially the congress critters love to a) inflate the threat and b) give attribution when none is possible. This book is extensively researched and has footnotes out the ying-yang. Bottom line is attribution at a level where one can say "these guys did it" is rare and even saying "probably did it" is difficult. And beware that many of the players involved have multiple objectives and even relationships with each other (when convenient).

about three weeks ago
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

Lawrence_Bird what of data resolution? (77 comments)

Has the resolution and reliability of initial data points improved as well? Or are we just doing a finer interpolation of model output with same data input?

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

Lawrence_Bird Et tu, Linux? (554 comments)

Slackware Linux doesn't require an extremely powerful system to run (though having one is quite nice :). It will run on systems as far back as the 486. Below is a list of minimum system requirements needed to install and run Slackware.

        486 processor
        64MB RAM (1GB+ suggested)
        About 5GB+ of hard disk space for a full install
        CD or DVD drive (if not bootable, then a bootable USB flash stick or PXE server/network card)

Debian:

  A Pentium 4, 1GHz system is the minimum recommended for a desktop system.

Table 3.2. Recommended Minimum System Requirements
Install Type RAM (minimal) RAM (recommended) Hard Drive
No desktop 64 megabytes 256 megabytes 1 gigabyte
With Desktop 128 megabytes 512 megabytes 5 gigabytes

Ubuntu Desktop Edition

        700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)
        512 MiB RAM (system memory)
        5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)
        VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution
        Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media

        Internet access is helpful

Linux Mint 16

System requirements:

        x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
        512 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
        5 GB of disk space
        Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
        CD/DVD drive or USB port

about three weeks ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

Lawrence_Bird 6 months early? (250 comments)

did nobody think to release it on the proper date or just skip that version number? No wonder so many people hate on Gnome

about a month ago

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Plummeting BDP on High Speed Lines

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "In trying to track down a tcp problem today I've stumbled upon what seems to be a nasty little issue — incredibly low ping times!

I have a 25Mbps line and in checking RTT to places I frequent, I found that the times are tanking. Not that long ago, a fast link was like 60ms with most around 90-120ms, twice that overseas. Now many are coming in the 45-80ms range. But quite a few others, like youtube (6ms) google (7.5ms), apple (15ms) cbs.com (20ms) slashdot (30ms) , are a lot shorter.

This presents a very difficult problem. How to best tune RWIN? The rule of thumb had been to make rwin just greater than your typical BDP and most information on the topic is written at a time when high speed lines were starting to appear but latency was still high (>100ms). But now we have a situation where yes, rated speeds are high, but latency has dived to next to nothing for major internet sites but may still be high(er) elsewhere creating not a 2 or 3 to 1 range of RTTs but instead as high as 25 or 30x!

To optimize for google would require setting it to under 24,000 bytes. In fact, any average ping time below 48ms will (I think) saturate if RWIN is over 65,535 (the point at which scaling would take over). Yet there are still a goodly number of places that are over 80ms (say stanford.edu) and of course europe and asia can be 200ms.

So I am curious what others are doing to tune RWIN to provide the necessary throughput on the longer latency runs against these now incredibly short pings"
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Ron Paul Raises More Than $3M Online in 18 hours

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Republican Presidential candidate has raised in excess of $3 million since midnight. Grassroots supporters organized a 'money bomb' campaign for 5 November — Guy Fawkes day (remember, remember the 5th of Novemeber). At about 5:50pm EST, the total passed the $3 mio mark and is on a pace for over $4 mio by midnight. The NY Times political blog has more details."
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Ron Paul More Cash On Hand Than McCain

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Longshot Republican presidential hopeful and internet phenom Ron Paul (TX-14) reported today his campaign has more cash on hand ($2.4M) than does John McCain ($2M) and only slightly less than Mitt Romney ($3M excluding his personal loans). Paul's spokesman noted(nytimes) that most of the donations were via the internet and that Paul is able to run a much more frugal campaign (he has only 11 staffers) because of his wide spread support via sites such as youtube and meetup. The campaign was also the first to provide an iPhone specific platform to allow access to campaign materials."

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