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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Muad'Dave Re:Progress (290 comments)

I know you're being snarky with the SAN you refer to, but in all seriousness Synology makes some VERY righteous SANs at decent prices. A have a (now discontinued) 1010+, and it rocks. I run a VMWare farm off it's iSCSI system as well as use it for iTunes and other streaming services.

No financial interest, just a happy customer.

13 hours ago
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NRC Analyst Calls To Close Diablo Canyon, CA's Last Remaining Nuclear Plant

Muad'Dave Re:In other news... (216 comments)

Thorium molten salt reactors are quite capable of load-following. In fact, load-following happens as an intrinsic feature of their design and can be optimized for as described in the linked paper which specifically investigates TMSR's as solar fill-in power sources.

yesterday
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Muad'Dave Re:What's so American (489 comments)

You know, to this day I still hear ads on radio and TV mention something like, "Go to our website and enter keyword XYZ" - keyword? REALLY? In 2014????

2 days ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

Muad'Dave Re:I'm missing something about this product, I thi (78 comments)

You're assuming the quote you pasted refers to chip and PIN - it does not. From the same FAQ I quoted:

Bank of America does not currently offer chip & PIN technology.

This site clearly shows that BofA ONLY offers Chip-and-signature cards - their chip-and-PIN section has NO MENTION of BofA.

Another ref: http://thepointsguy.com/2014/0...

2 days ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Muad'Dave Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

Dang it, replied to the wrong comment.

I think we're all forgetting that in five years, HDDs may be more expensive due to SDDs taking over the bulk of storage duties and the inevitable redirection of production away from HDDs. HDDs might become 'boutique' or 'retro' items like record players.

2 days ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

Muad'Dave Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

Also, you are assuming the replacement price of a new HDD five years from now would be the same as now. This is almost certainly not true. HDD prices have historically fallen much faster than Moore's Law. So in five years, you may be able to get 20GB for what a 4GB HDD costs today. Historically, optical disc prices have fallen much more slowly.

I think we're all forgetting that in five years, HDDs may be more expensive due to SDDs taking over the bulk of storage duties and the inevitable redirection of production away from HDDs. HDDs might become 'boutique' or 'retro' items like record players.

2 days ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

Muad'Dave Re:I'm missing something about this product, I thi (78 comments)

Not all, and not even the largest. From the Bank of America site (emphasis mine):

What's the difference between chip & signature and chip & PIN? Does my card have a PIN?
Chip & PIN is a very similar technology, except that you use a PIN to complete a purchase instead of a signature. Both chip & PIN and chip & signature offer enhanced security against counterfeiting compared to traditional magnetic stripe-only cards. Bank of America does not currently offer chip & PIN technology.

2 days ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Muad'Dave Re:"new" research (185 comments)

... a bunch of formerly independent cells deciding which 90% get to die in order to form the support structure and who gets to be the reproductive structure.

I'm certainly no expert, but doesn't something like that happen during human gestation? Don't our 'tail' cells die or get resorbed, as well as the webbing between our fingers and toes?

5 days ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Muad'Dave Re:Yeah, so? (143 comments)

I read all of the original six when I was in junior high/high school. I have not read the final 4. Would you suggest I give them a go?

As for the Dune series, I liked the first book, but they went downhill fast after that. The final one(s) was/were nearly incomprehensible. The only funny thing I got from them is that with Duncan Idaho being a ghola, everyone could have their "own private Idaho".

5 days ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Muad'Dave Here's an idea ... (298 comments)

How about having anti-kill 'locations' that the phone has to be near every so often to keep working? In other words, if my phone hasn't been near locations I secretly choose for over a week/month/quarter, the phone stops working. That helps with the theft issue without allowing third parties to externally brick your phone.

This posting serves as proof that I thought of this first! I might just file a patent.

about a week ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Muad'Dave Re:Economic risk (143 comments)

Calcium-ion looks like it has potential. -3.8V E-sub0.

about a week ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Muad'Dave Re:Yeah, so? (143 comments)

I liked the "Thomas Covenant" series, too.

about a week ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Muad'Dave Re: Fusion Confusion (305 comments)

They may just envi-inpakt review of the site. Side is a hole in ground near water. Modul will be delivered by a track...

Are you having a stroke?

about a week ago
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Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

Muad'Dave Re:why internet connected? (111 comments)

You reap what you sow. You sew garments, you sow seed.

about a week ago
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Stem cell research breakthrough from transparent fish

Muad'Dave Editors, edit this one (1 comments)

They've found out how hematopoietic stem cells ... is formed. -- ARE formed, perhaps?

The scientishs ...

about two weeks ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

Muad'Dave Re: Apply liberal amounts of gloss. (219 comments)

... it would be better if people learned how hard it is to shoot well on distances over 100 meters.

The corollary to this is "don't shoot beyond your abilities." If you know you're inexperienced or a poor shot while under the influence of 'buck fever', don't try the long shots in the first place. These days there are plenty of does* that will basically walk right up to you for a clean, humane kill.

*Where I live, they've basically declared open season on deer - 6 a year, three of which must be anterless, the whole 1.5 month firearms season is either-sex, plus all the bonus deer tags you can buy.

about two weeks ago

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NRO to declassify Cold-War Spy Sat Tech

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "The National Reconnaissance Office is set to reveal details of two of the cold war's most capable spy satellite programs on September 17th — the GAMBIT and HEXAGON projects, aka the keyhole KH-7, -8, and -9 satellites. These bus-sized sats provided critical imagery during the height of the cold war, and were likely the inspiration for the movie "Ice Station Zebra".

The article links midway down the first page provide a fascinating look into the world of real spy-vs-spy, cloak-and-dagger intelligence gathering."

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US Air Force secret X-37B orbiter lands

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "The US Air Force's secret X-37B orbiter landed at Vandenberg AFB early this morning. Amateur satellite watchers determined the orbit and detected several orbital maneuvers. From the press release:

30th Space Wing Public Affairs

12/3/2010 — VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The U.S. Air Force's first unmanned re-entry spacecraft landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:16 a.m. today.

The X-37B, named Orbital Test Vehicle 1 (OTV-1), conducted on-orbit experiments for more than 220 days during its maiden voyage. It fired its orbital maneuver engine in low-earth orbit to perform an autonomous reentry before landing.

The X-37B is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. Managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO), the X-37B program performs risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies.

"Today's landing culminates a successful mission based on close teamwork between the 30th Space Wing, Boeing and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office," said Lt Col Troy Giese, X-37B program manager from the AFRCO. "We are very pleased that the program completed all the on-orbit objectives for the first mission."

OTV-1's de-orbit and landing mark the transition from the on-orbit demonstration phase to a refurbishment phase for the program.

The Air Force is preparing to launch the next X-37B, OTV-2, in Spring 2011 aboard an Atlas V booster."
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Has NASA found ET?

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes ""NASA is expected to make an announcement Thursday (Dec. 2) about a new scientific finding that 'will impact the search for extraterrestrial life,' the space agency said in a statement." Has NASA found ET, or just an exoplanet that looks promising? Maybe they found a fossil on Mars..."
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Target pharmacy begins scanning driver's licences

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "This evening I picked up my regular prescriptions at my local Target pharmacy. As I was paying for them, the cashier asked to 'see my ID'. That was not typical, but I assumed she was going to verify the photo. Before I could stop her, she flipped it over without looking at the front and scanned the 2D barcode on the back. I asked her why she did that, and her answer was that the system 'required' it.

I went to the customer service desk and asked them why they thought they were entitled to scan my license. Their first answer was that it was a convenient way to validate my birthday, and that was all that was on the 2D barcode. When I mentioned that I know there's more data than that, she then said that it was a convenient way to verify that the ID was present. I mentioned that verifying the presence of an ID required more data than the DOB, and she agreed, contradicting her earlier statement that all they scanned was the DOB.

The is a Federal law addressing who can and cannot scan licenses, but it's so full of loopholes as to be useless.

Apparently I'm not the only one bothered by their attitude on privacy.

Have you been subjected to this invasion of your privacy by Target?"
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CircuitCity.com Rises From the Ashes

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "From www.circuitcity.com:

Systemax Inc. is Re-Launching the Circuit City brand with new Lower Prices, new Wider Selection, new Faster Shipping, and a better 24/7 Customer First Service Department.

Circuit City served American Shoppers for 60 Years. We're here to continue that tradition online with lower prices and special deals, a better selection of the products you want most, award winning customer service and same day shipping, starting at $1.99."
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Satellite debris forces ISS crew into rescue craft

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "CNN is reporting that the crew of the International Space Station was forced to take refuge from a possible collision of the ISS with a piece of space debris Thursday. From the article:

"Floating debris from a satellite forced the crew of the international space station to retreat to a safety capsule Thursday, according to a NASA news release. .. The debris was too close for the space station to move out of the way, so the station's 18 crew members were temporarily evacuated to a the station's Soyuz TMA-13 capsule, NASA said.""
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Cheap, super-efficient LEDs on the horizon

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "According to this article, cheap Gallium Nitride LEDs are now possible, thanks to a process that controls the rate at which GaN shrinks when cooled, making it possible to grow GaN on silicon.

"They included layers of aluminium gallium nitride in their LED design. These layers shrink at a much slower rate during cooling and help to counteract the fast-shrinkage of pure gallium nitride. These LEDs can be grown on silicon as so many other electronics components are."

"A 15-centimetre silicon wafer costs just $15 and can accommodate 150,000 LEDs making the cost per unit tiny. That levels the playing field with CFLs, which many people only ever saw as a stopgap solution to the lighting problem.""
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Circuit City To Be Liquidated

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "According to an MSNBC article, Circuit City Stores will be liquidating all of their inventory in 567 stores. Only a few years ago, Circuit City was the #1 electronics retailer, and its stock was over $100/share."
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Circuit City up against Jan. 16th 'hard deadline'

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "Circuit City's lifeclock is winding down, according to this CNN article. The article states that Circuit City is such bad shape that "..it has until the end of next week to reach a deal with "interested" parties to help it stay in business or else it may have to start liquidating.

'Circuit City is coming up against a very hard deadline,' said Justin MacFarlane, director with turnaround firm AlixPartners. 'If they can't find a buyer [then] there's a real risk of the company going out of business.'""
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Election Poll Suggestion

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "How about a poll asking, "Who do you _want_ to win the election, and who do you _think_ will win the election?"
  • McCain/McCain
  • McCain/Obama
  • Obama/Obama
  • Obama/McCain
  • Cowboy Neal/Cthulhu
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The Re-Entry of ATV: One Final Experiment

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "The SETI Institute, in cooperation with the European Space Agency is organizing a mission to record the fiery breakup of the ATV/Jules Verne spacecraft as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere on September 29th.

From the article:

A documentation of the breakup process could help validate the models built to study how that fragmentation evolves in a series of disruptions of major components. At reentry into the atmosphere, ATV would execute one final experiment before the mission completion. Our experience with meteor spectroscopy carried the promise of perhaps being able to identify some of the fragments from their radiation signatures. The ATV-1 "Jules Verne" Multi-Instrument Aircraft Campaign was born. "
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Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted; magnet-powered!

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  about 6 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "Our Lord FSM has been spotted, and is apparently powered by giant magnetic fields. No word on when His Noodliness will approach our world.

From the article:
Long-lived magnetic fields are sustaining a mammoth network of spaghetti-like gas filaments around a black hole, a new study suggests. Previously, it was not clear what prevented the delicate filaments from being destroyed by competing gravitational forces. "
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Opportunity Takes a Dip Into Victoria Crater

Muad'Dave Muad'Dave writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Muad'Dave (255648) writes "From the NASA News Release:

Today, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity entered Victoria Crater for the first time. It radioed home information via a relay by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, reporting its activities for the day. Opportunity drove far enough in — about four meters (13 feet) — to get all six wheels past the crater rim. Then it backed uphill for about three meters (10 feet). The driving commands for the day included a precaution for the rover to stop driving if its wheels were slipping more than 40 percent. Slippage exceeded that amount on the last step of the drive, so Opportunity stopped with its front pair of wheels still inside the crater.

This marks the beginning of perhaps the greatest 'Opportunity' for new discoveries on Mars."

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