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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

M1FCJ Re:Assumptions (155 comments)

Assigned a macro to this reply, haven't you? Clever boy, want a medal?

about three weeks ago
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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

M1FCJ Re:Assumptions (155 comments)

Don't forget, we don't hear what the techies are talking about. What we're hearing is what the techies told to the PR guy distilled down to a journo, being summarized in The Register (!) and some other soft-tech sites, finally an inaccurate summary on the frontpage of Slashdot.

I wouldn't be surprised if it were just a "fsck.ext4 -cc" (I know it's not an ext4, it was't even released when Opportunity soft-crashed and bounced around on Mars nor it runs Linux).

about three weeks ago
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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

M1FCJ Re: Remote management (155 comments)

"g=c800:5."
Hah, I almost remembered that one, good old Seagate controllers. I had the 800 but not the rest. :)

about three weeks ago
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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

M1FCJ Re: Remote management (155 comments)

Hah, I remember running the DOS debugger, poking into a certain address in the memory to access the MFM BIOS, then you could do a low level format where you could enter the sectors to mark as bad. Those were the days...

about three weeks ago
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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

M1FCJ Re:ECC? (155 comments)

Most of the hardware cost is the launch vehicle, not the rover.
Most of the people (salary) cost is the people working on the data generated (all accross the universities around the world who analze the data and write papers), not the designers.

Underspeccing it wouldn't have saved much.

There's one that breaks this rule, the JWST. Just the endless redesigns have gobbled up so much money, I don't believe there will be enough Science generated by it to cover the build & launch costs.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

M1FCJ Re:Just tell them (1262 comments)

Oooh, brave boy!

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

M1FCJ Re:Just tell them (1262 comments)

Although, you're not free to threaten with rape & murder. So f*ck *ff.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

M1FCJ Re: Her work (1262 comments)

You are free to criticize her, you are not free to issue death or rape threats. It's that simple.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

M1FCJ Re: Her work (1262 comments)

Death threats are not "undertandable". They are simply out of line.

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

M1FCJ Re: Her work (1262 comments)

Foolish people must be provoked with pointing the fallacies in their thinking and she's doing an excellent job, this doesn't mean she should be getting death threats.

about three weeks ago
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

M1FCJ Re:That ship has already sailed. (113 comments)

if they're running databases on RAID5/6, they're idiots and shouldn't be near any keyboard..

about three weeks ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

M1FCJ Re:I am stupid (180 comments)

A lot of golden-age novels would be treated as novelettes and even novellas these days. Thanks to publishing industry & consumer pressures, anything below 900 pages becoming harder to shift! I used to be able to read a book in a day, no longer.

about a month ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

M1FCJ Re:You cant make much writing Science Fiction (180 comments)

YA SF/F novels are still SF/F novels. I fully approve any writer who can write good YA stuff. Just because it's for youngsters doesn't mean it has to be bad.

about a month ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

M1FCJ Re:So, what controversy? (180 comments)

We have sampled enough of so-called writing, thanks to his blog and no one should have any qualms abous his qualifications for his racism and unpleasantness. His Hugo nominated work, on the other hand, appears to be a solidly written pile of turd. Even then some might like it - there's no account for taste.

about a month ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

M1FCJ Re:It's not an attempt to "game the system"... (180 comments)

Funnily enough, Hugo has zero with the New York-based publishing industry since Hugo nominees are nominated by World Con attendees and voted by the next World Con attendees. Anyone who can spare some cash for a supporting membership can nominate and vote as they like.

If you were talking about the Nebula awards, however, you might have been right.

Especially at this age, publishing a book via Kindle is trivial and if a so-called "wrong type of person" writes a good book, he will be able to sell it, or made it read enough to be nominated. The award to related-work went to a fucking blog post, and rightly so, it was a well written article related to SF. Three of the stories who won were "printed" on Tor's web site.

Any idiot who can design a web site and gather enough readers who will like it and nominate it in the next World Con has the chance of winning the next Hugo, no conspiracy required.

about a month ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

M1FCJ Re:It's not an attempt to "game the system"... (180 comments)

[Citation Needed]
The only shithole that has been expelled was done so because he used SFWA channels for his own racist propoganda. Until then he was still a member of the SWFA while being an active obnoxious asshole.

If you're attempting to say successful and best-seller writers like Scalzi and co. are "amateurs", I think youre more than deluded.

about a month ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

M1FCJ Re:well-documented attempts to expose nomination b (180 comments)

But GOP has been telling everyone that people who follow the conservative view are richer, has better employment and more cash to spend on the capitalist system. Hence you would have thought that they would be able to afford to go to WorldCons or buy a way cheaper supporting membership and still be able to vote w/o attending the convention by person.

Hence, I can only conclude, you're talking out of your orifice usually used to expel brown smelly stuff.

about a month ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

M1FCJ Re:Assuming you are Christian (139 comments)

Please, don't confuse him with these... These... Words?

about 2 months ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

M1FCJ Re:Dang... (139 comments)

My money is on Zeus. If Zeus and Flying Spagetthi Monster had a fight and I know who would end up being the lunch.

Never piss off Zeus. He might turn into a bull and shag you to the next Tuesday.

about 2 months ago

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