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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

SpaceManFlip Re:The measurements in question: (142 comments)

I read the article to find those "5 Top SMART Stats" they refer to, but I'm replying here because it's the relevant place.

Those 5 SMART stats match up exactly with what I habitually look at on the job monitoring lots of RAID arrays' drives. Those are the stats that tell you if the drive is going bad most often in my experience.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

SpaceManFlip Re:I can (136 comments)

How do you get more than total silence?

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

SpaceManFlip Re:We echolocate all the time (136 comments)

Really what Stardner is describing is called "hearing"
Or even more accurately "hearing with both ears" because the stereo sound field is processed by the brainworks computrons to sense direction of sounds etc

about two weeks ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

SpaceManFlip DayZ Overwatch (183 comments)

There's already a game called "Overwatch"
It's a mod for the DayZ mod.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

SpaceManFlip Re:Cortana (387 comments)

Halo was originally developed on the Mac, then bought, then ported to console, then ported to PC, then ported to back to Mac. it started as a computer game, and the best graphics/playability are always on the computer (mac or pc) due to mouse aim precision, resolution, etc etc. Consoles are for children.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

SpaceManFlip Cortana (387 comments)

Cortana was Master Chief's AI companion (the big space marine carrier's AI computer) in the original Halo game. I still hate that Microsoft bought Bungie, and now they're going to milk the shit out of that IP by naming the rip-off of Siri Cortana. I grew up playing the Marathon series on Mac, and when I first played Halo I saw that all the same stuff was there, just fleshed out into awesome 3D so I was like "yay Bungie" and then Microshit shit all over Halo 2 with their Vista "DirectX 10 required" lies etc. Halo 2 worked well on XP with the Vista checks removed. /ramble

about 8 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

SpaceManFlip Boycott California (1482 comments)

If the torch & pitchfork crowds are going after this dude now because he supported CA Prop 8, shouldn't they also call for a boycott of the state of California? You know, since a majority of their voters voted for the infamous Proposition 8 and passed it. I would say that voting for it counts as supporting it, right?

about 8 months ago
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Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy

SpaceManFlip electric machines (262 comments)

this concept has been used for awhile in UPS (battery backup) systems with a giant heavy flywheel on a generator-type spindle, which is kept spinning by electric motor power until the power goes off and then the rotating energy is put out into a generator to output AC power to critical electronics

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

SpaceManFlip DayZ Epoch (669 comments)

I've been wasting a ton of time on DayZ Epoch (a mod of the Mod) which is like a combination of the zombie survival MMO-FPS with Minecraft and RPG elements.

You can buy and sell stuff for gold etc, and buy a real estate plot anywhere that's not taken already and build a base from raw materials to hide your valuables in or battle from like a fort. Vehicles are own-able and lockable etc. It is amazeballs.

about 9 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

SpaceManFlip Re:SEC block? (303 comments)

Wow, neither company has very good coverage on a national scale.
Also, that may be the slowest interactive map I've ever used on the Internet. Our tax dollars at work, creating sub-par web experiences every day.

about 9 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

SpaceManFlip Re: Seagate Refurbished Replacement Drives (444 comments)

They ARE refurbs - it says so on the drives' label.

I have returned a crapload of the older ones that had the good 5-year warranty, and every single one that has been sent back as a replacement was labeled as a refurbished drive.

about 10 months ago
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Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

SpaceManFlip FPS Russia (380 comments)

You can get Metro: Last Light on Mac OS. Also there are some other nice new ones like Bioshock Infinite etc.

If you wanted any of those Windows-only business applications you could always just run XP or 7 in a virtual machine. Parallels is fast due to hardware acceleration but it costs money, and VirtualBox is free but not quite as fast. I know of a CEO who uses a MacBookPro exclusively, where all of the business software is Windows-only and he uses ether Parallels or Boot Camp for the odd occasion when he wants to delve into the workers' business output.

about 10 months ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

SpaceManFlip Re:Yo dawg I hurd U like computers... (219 comments)

I want to have a second computer inside my computer to do all the maintenance and shit that I don't want to do.

So basically another processor core?

No a separate fully-functional system that works regardless of the state of the main rig, like the article's SD-card-case-sized system, that could easily fit inside any desktop computer or regular laptop case.

about a year ago
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Intel Puts a PC Into an SD Card-Sized Casing

SpaceManFlip Yo dawg I hurd U like computers... (219 comments)

... So we put a computer inside your computer so you can have a computer run computations while you use the computer inside the computer and on the computer!

I want to have a second computer inside my computer to do all the maintenance and shit that I don't want to do. Let the microcomputer be wired in to the PCI-Express bus with a bidirectional link and trusted association to access the files and the hardware sensors... it can do virus scans and monitor things, maybe even repair things if the main system goes down... etc

about a year ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

SpaceManFlip Re:Age and the constitution (934 comments)

I've never had to take any class or buy any permit to own or shoot a gun. The only remotely similar thing that happened was I took a hunter's safety education course as required to obtain a hunting license.

about a year ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

SpaceManFlip Re:Gun control (934 comments)

Let's turn that "logic" on to the Chicago situation: how many murders are committed in Chicago with semi-automatic handguns or revolvers? Answer= IDK A LOT > 0.

Yet Chicago has been banning the legal sale to lawful owners of handguns for a long time. Gun Control fails. Criminals Murder.

about a year ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

SpaceManFlip Re:Age and the constitution (934 comments)

Fortunately where I used to live I was empowered with freedoms and I got my first gun at about age 8 or 10. I learned responsible gun safety and marksmanship at a good age and my parents kept it for me so that I was only allowed to use it under supervision.

2 or 3 decades later after continuous gun ownership I still haven't shot any people or had any firearms accidents resulting in human injury. Additionally I retain the ability to secure meat for food and the ability to defend my home and family against malicious intruders.

about a year ago
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YouTube Goes 4K — and VP9 — At CES

SpaceManFlip Re:4K videos of russians crashing into each other (255 comments)

Yeah I hear a lot of 4K hype but it's all just noise to me because NOBODDY GON' BUY DAT SHIT when it costs $1000+

Plus the TV industry is far away from upgrading their equipment to produce the content.

Also, Internet pricing and availability sucks in America, yes.

about a year ago
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The Year's Dumbest Moments in Tech

SpaceManFlip Re:Snowden was a dumb moment in tech? (96 comments)

Snowden is the man. He accomplished what many previous whistleblowers attempted who were told "you don't have any proof, shut up." The shills who froth and scream traitor are on the side of evil, or they simply don't see that others had tried and failed and he did what he had to to expose the truth that needed exposing.

Big nerd with big balls, Snowden.

about a year ago
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The Year's Dumbest Moments in Tech

SpaceManFlip Windows 8 (96 comments)

Surely the list must include the "Angry Fruit Salad" operating system that sucks worse than anything previously offered?

Yeah, I bought it cheap and I tried it. $40 and it sits unused currently because even after installing Classic Shell and doing a lot of unpaid work to fix what they broke, I still hate it.

about a year ago

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