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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

PeeAitchPee How many days will it take . . . (219 comments)

. . . to rebuild your array when one of these puppies fails? :-( I realize it's progress, but I'm just thinking of the practical realities of using individual drives this big in a NAS.

about a week ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

PeeAitchPee It's the B & P Tunnel (419 comments)

It doesn't matter how fast how fast your maglev trains go . . . until this tunnel in Baltimore is replaced, it's impossible for trains in the NE Corridor to run that quickly.

about a month ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

PeeAitchPee Re:nice stats (334 comments)

When you spike consumption in response to lower prices, the prices just go back up.

As with any commodity, this is only true if supply is static or falling while demand rises. The reason gas prices are currently falling is because supply of available oil is rising, largely due to new sources being made available.

or even simply returned to the public in the form of a rebate

Can you provide any evidence of when this has ever happened with a tax was applied to a commodity? In reality, any surplus will be retained by Big Oil. Lefties need to quit trying to hurt the middle class and working poor with all of these proposed "progressive" taxes that are actually completely regressive, disproportionately affecting those who can least afford to absorb them. How about stripping Big Oil of their subsidies for starters? The Democrats could have easily done this during the first half of Obama's first term, when they held the House, Senate, *and* Presidency, yet they chose to leave those surpluses intact.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

PeeAitchPee What a partisan, biased summary (739 comments)

What about older people forced to pay for pregnancy coverage they'll never use? What about healthy 20-somethings whose affordable plans (called "junk plans" by liberals, but perfectly adequate coverage for a demographic that very rarely needs anything but coverage in case of catastrophic events) were cancelled even after Obama LIED and said "if you like your insurance, you can keep it?" You don't want to mention those things because it's more regressive taxation from so-called progressives. If you liberals are hell-bent on getting rid of every inequality you think you see, why do you insist on taking money from your fellow middle-class Americans to do it instead of from the big corps you claim to despise so much? THAT's why ObamaCare is so damn unpopular, and part of the reason the Democrats will get wiped out in next week's elections. People are sick of your bullshit.

about 2 months ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

PeeAitchPee Gangs ARE the #1 murder motive according to CPD (529 comments)

See page #27: https://portal.chicagopolice.o...

It's also important to remember that not all inner city gun violence is officially "gang-related" (as in, involved someone who was ACTUALLY a member of MS-13 or some other Gang (capital "G") that's being followed by the researchers). Here in the Baltimore Metro area, the rate of handgun violence is orders of magnitude higher in the city compared to the surrounding suburbs, and the motives are almost always drug-related (even if those involved weren't actually part of an official "gang"). Of course, both Chicago and Baltimore have some of the strictest gun laws in the country . . . clearly the answer is to tighten those even further and ignore the root causes of the violence.

about a month ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

PeeAitchPee Re:So it's like Colorado (398 comments)

I'm not sure why the GP was modded offtopic as the point is quite pertinent. These shortfalls are unfortunately typical of how local, state and Federal gov't in the US budget and spend money by "backing into" numbers. The process goes: 1) an administration or legislature comes up with some new program, initiative, or project that will cost an ocean of money way outside of the current budget allowance. 2) to fund their initiative, they hire their own "experts" to come up with absolutely batshit-crazy projections related to the revenue-generating mechanisms like new taxes, toll increases, etc. which don't account for realities like diminishing returns (i.e., small states with close geographic neighbors can only increase cigarette taxes so much before smokers just buy their death sticks in another adjacent state. For another example: you can only raise a toll on a bridge or tunnel so much until it's literally cheaper for people to take the long way around and gross revenues drop as you continue to increase the tax.). 3) the projected revenues in reality are many times more than the actual revenues that are collected. 4) Politicians spend the money they wanted anyway and then scream that they need to raise taxes to make up for the shortfalls due to their poor / bullshit planning or they'll be forced to shut down schools, libraries, etc. ("We need to do this for the children!") It's a scam that serves all 50 states well in varying degrees.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

PeeAitchPee Pull your own (279 comments)

No reason not to have Gigabit Ethernet in the walls. A 1000 foot spool of CAT 5E is under $90 at Home Depot and a decent quality set of terminating tools is under $60. Gigabit switches are cheap now too. You'll also need something to use to fish the wires thru the walls. Make sure you know how to terminate your cables correctly or you'll slow things down due to errors (or they just won't work at all). You can buy pre-terminated cables but they're more expensive (but might be good if you're in a hurry).

about 2 months ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

PeeAitchPee Re:Amazing progress... (120 comments)

Indeed. There is still a lot of womb for improvement.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

PeeAitchPee Re:Why only LGBT? (280 comments)

Orwell said it best: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

about 3 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

PeeAitchPee Plausible deniability (560 comments)

This case illustrates why it's so important to have something like the recently-shut down TrueCrypt project out there. If prosecutors can't prove the existence of an encrypted volume, they can't keep you in jail for not giving up the keys for something which might not exist.

about 6 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

PeeAitchPee Awesome (265 comments)

So when can we expect to see the diversity reports on players in the NFL and NBA? How about gender diversity as it relates to employment in the healthcare industry?

about 6 months ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

PeeAitchPee Re:unions are needed before the bathroom break tim (195 comments)

Yeah . . . no thanks. I don't need anyone negotiating my salary on my behalf. I don't need some deadweight lazy incompetent being promoted ahead of me just because they've been at the company forever. And as a manager, I sure don't need to lose the important ability to fire a worker who just isn't working out. If I don't like my job or my employer, I will simply leave and find a new one. This is technology, not bureaucracy . . . please don't try to ruin it for the rest of us.

about 6 months ago
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The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

PeeAitchPee Not in CA (398 comments)

Sorry Jack . . . CA is an all-party consent state, and therefore the recording itself was illegally obtained. What that bitch did absolutely violated CA law and the real question people should be asking right now is why she isn't in jail yet. You think that wouldn't happen if one of us upstanding citizens decided to record some CA legislature, for example, accepting a bribe? We'd be in the clink faster than Ballmer can throw a chair.

about 6 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

PeeAitchPee Re:Open season on the white male (1198 comments)

Yes . . . that's my exact point. The hypocrisy on display is shocking. Apparently it's OK to label these fringe, statistically anomalous mass shootings a "white male" problem (conveniently leaving out incidents like Ft. Hood x2, VA Tech, the DC Navy Yard, etc.) and to shit all over the 2nd Amendment, but it's just plain racist if you point out that drug-related handgun crimes -- which make up the vast majority of gun crime in the US and which, if were eliminated, would put levels of US gun violence on par with or better than most countries which have *outlawed* guns -- are perpetrated almost exclusively by a single demographic group UPON OTHERS also belonging to the same group (I'll leave that one for you folks playing at home).

about 7 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

PeeAitchPee Open season on the white male (1198 comments)

Good to see the PC police out in full force. Wonder why these folks don't focus their energies on the dozens shot in inner cities around the country EVERY NIGHT rather than trying to score political points by pointing out "Look! an angry white guy did it!" every time a mass shooting happens (and by that, I mean the statistically insignificant one or two times a year it happens)? It's an election year, bitches.

about 7 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

PeeAitchPee Re:Beats sound like garbage (198 comments)

20 years ago, I had a pair of the 7506's predecessor . . . the MDR-V6. I used them until one of the drivers died in the late 1990s. They were wonderfully accurate, and sounded just as good as my (now-discontinued) 7509s. Sony has been making great reference headphones for a long time, and it shows.

about 7 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

PeeAitchPee Re:Monopolies? (258 comments)

One person saying "no" can stop an entire city from getting new infrastructure.

Wrong. Ever heard of eminent domain?

about 7 months ago

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Maryland wants Cell Phone Data in Serious Car Accidents

PeeAitchPee PeeAitchPee writes  |  about 10 months ago

PeeAitchPee (712652) writes "Two new bills filed in Annapolis would force drivers "suspected of causing serious accidents in Maryland while distracted by a cellphone" to give police certain information from that phone. The bills also would make distracted driving resulting in a death or serious injury a misdemeanor in Maryland, punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, and a separate Senate version of one of the bills would require drivers to let officers immediately "inspect" their cellphones. Maryland has a controversial history of collecting data from folks against their will, and this latest effort seems a bit hypocritical given the State's police officers' past and current objections with videotaping police on the job."
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Hi-Tech Petition Drive Angers ACLU

PeeAitchPee PeeAitchPee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

PeeAitchPee (712652) writes "Here in Maryland, we currently have a petition drive underway to force a referendum on a new law granting in-state college tuition rates to illegal immigrants. In a few short months, the use of automated, web-based signature form preparation has helped to obtain almost 80% of the required signatures. The ACLU last month sent a letter to the State Board of Elections warning that the petition drive's website, which links to official state voter records and allows petitions to be pre-populated with exact names and addresses, could open the door to fraud. Does this technology indeed encourage fraudulent signatures, or does it merely enable more people to directly participate in their government's processes?"
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Legendary commander tells of shuttle's close call

PeeAitchPee PeeAitchPee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PeeAitchPee (712652) writes "The exhaustive attention NASA now devotes to making sure shuttle heat shields are damage-free and safe for re-entry is a direct result of the 2003 Columbia disaster. But a blacked-out military flight 21 years ago still stands out as a warning to astronauts, engineers and managers, a frightening "close call" that had the potential to bring the shuttle program to an early end."
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PeeAitchPee PeeAitchPee writes  |  about 8 years ago

PeeAitchPee (712652) writes "East Coast residents of the US were treated to the first launch from the mid-Atlantic region's commercial spaceport. The 69-foot Minotaur I rocket soared from the launch pad at 7 a.m. ET, after teams spent the week resolving a glitch in software for one of the satellites that had scrubbed a liftoff on Monday.

I witnessed the launch while driving to BWI airport this morning and it was beautiful! It left a zig-zag contrail in the southern sky and the separation / ingition of one of the upper stages was clearly visible."

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