The Largest File On My Personal Computer Is:
$ time find ~ -type f -printf '%s %p\n' 2>/dev/null | sort -rn | head -1
Backups, virtual machine disks, and raw HDV m2t's seem to round out my >8GB top10 as expected.
John Hodgman On the Coming Geek Culture
Manufacturing of all things, including food, is also becoming increasingly *automated*, and is nothing to be nostalgic about. Even without molecular manufacturing (nanotechnology), this trend of accelerating (in)human productivity will mean that fewer and fewer warm bodies are actually NEEDED to engineer and produce most of the necessities and luxuries of modern life, and yet everybody is still expected to somehow earn their (should-be-easier) living, doing... something... anything else.
The day is fast approaching when we'll *have* to solve the unequal DISTRIBUTION problem, as you mentioned. Either the fruits of increasingly automated production will be fairly redistributed (oh noes: soshulism), or the fortunate few who hoard the resources and means of production will find the "barbarians" at their gates.
An economy of abundance isn't that far off - the next boom after the current recession's bust, in all likelihood. Green energy is part of it.
The solution is *better* socialism, and not more of the old dog eat dog bullshit. What we need is the systemic intelligence and compassion to DISTRIBUTE a sustainable BASIC living to EVERYONE, which still preserves incentives to try to better yourself and society above your baseline by being exceptional. In the U.S., at least, this idea is known as the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG), which quite a few nobel laureates have advocated for in vain thus far...
No Cheap Replacement For Hard Disks Before 2020
Nobody with a clue has been arguing that SSD's would be cheaper per gigabyte than ye olde spinning-platter HDDs any time soon.
What we're seeing now, and will see much more of, is the hybrid approach of combining a small-ish (80GB) SSD for the most-accessed OS & Apps, with a monsterously huge and relatively slow (array of) HDDs for bulk data archival and backup.
With HDD I/O still the single biggest bottleneck today, it makes sense to start transitioning to SSDs, but it doesn't have to be all at once. The premium for SSDs -- ~$2.50/GB SSD vs ~$0.10/GB HDD -- isn't that much, but it will probably pay for most to wait another year not just for prices to fall more, but for all SSDs to finally support TRIM, and have efficient firmware that competes with indilinx and intel's. SATA3 will also be welcome as current SSDs have already hit the SATA2 xfer limit.
(Oh, and please don't eat the "ZOMG SSDs have limited write-cycles!" FUD. In the vast majority of normal usage patterns, you'll never ever get close to hitting it, and even you did, the failure mode still allows you to READ your data off if you had no backup, as opposed to a HDD crash.)
Patent Claim Could Block Import of Toyota's Hybrid Cars
I certainly am not holding any stocks, apart from my short positions.
Hah. Finally full disclosure from you.
Sorry to hear your shorts are bleeding (probably from as far back as S&P 900), but the market can stay irrational (and/or manipulated) longer than you can stay sane wishing for another crash or even just a no-inflation fair value correction.
(btw - the one thing that will save this screwed planet from bigger booms and busts, and also decimate the old scarcity-based markets, is our accelerating technological progress. We're a few short decades away from massively disruptive nano-abundance along with the (A)Intelligence needed to maximize the efficiency and "good" of these increasingly complex systems all around us.)
How GNOME and KDE Spend Their Money
remove the $%*@%&#% cashew from the desktop.
Hah. It just so happens that the only package in Fedora's repos with "hate" in its name, does just that, so install it (and then add the applet) if you prefer an absolutely spotless desktop. Of course, it'd be nice to be able to more simply disable it without using a workaround package.
$ yum info \*hate\*
Loaded plugins: changelog, fastestmirror, presto, refresh-packagekit, security
Name : kde-plasma-ihatethecashew
Arch : x86_64
Version : 0.3
Release : 2.fc11
Size : 55 k
Repo : installed
Summary : Removes the KDE Plasma Cashew From the Corner of the Display
URL : http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php/I+HATE+the+Cashew?content=91009
License : GPLv2
Description: Removes the KDE Plasma Cashew From the Corner of the Display.
Traveling With Tom Bihn's Checkpoint Flyer
Indeed. Curious minds want to know how many douchebags and printouts of book-length reviews of fucking bags, you can fit, in a fucking bag.
Scotty's Final Mission
Oh please - you want the exact chemical composition of human ashes VS just an off-hand partial list of elements? Fine.
- Phosphate 47.5%
- Calcium 25.3%
- Sulfate 11.00%
- Potassium 3.69%
- Sodium 1.12%
- Chloride 1.00%
- Silica 0.9%
- Aluminum oxide 0.72%
- Magnesium 0.418%
- Iron Oxide 0.118%
- Trace elements REMAINDER
Those are COMPOSED of the elements oxygen, hydrogen, etc, so fuck you very much.