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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

azav Re: Good news (420 comments)

The immensity of her forehead frightens me.

5 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

azav Re:Good news (420 comments)

Holy shit. Whedon would have been beyond perfect.

That man is a genius and he is the genius we need for thie franchise.

5 days ago
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Scientists Discover Compound In Baby Diapers Can Enlarge Brain Cells

azav It's basically a water absorption compound (75 comments)

This compound is used in many areas where holding water is important. It's used in transport of seedlings to provide a water reservoir and keep them moist. It's used in diapers. It's used in many creative areas to absorb and hold water.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

azav Re:OMG! (329 comments)

That approach makes temp files pretty impossible to use.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

azav Re:We own your hardware (329 comments)

My comment that addresses point B seems to be right below this one.

I vote B.

about two weeks ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

azav Why is this not surprising? (329 comments)

When TF2 has critical bugs that are still in it after 7 years and issues like the Strange PDA Engie Upgrade Bug that has been in the product for over a year, it amazes me that these guys are still going.

It just looks like they are running by the skin of their teeth since there are FREQUENT issues that are dangerous as hell or that stay in the product for ages.

Every new release of TF2 seems to add new bugs and they spend more time putting in new hats than fixing outstanding issues. This reeks of shitty software development.

about two weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss On Scientists As Celebrities: Good For Science?

azav Yes. (227 comments)

As in subject.

about two weeks ago
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The Strange Story of the First Quantum Art Exhibition In Space

azav Just because anything "can" happen (69 comments)

doesn't mean that it will.

It's the same thing with the million monkeys concept. You're going to get a bunch of smashed keys and poop on the keyboard, not several great novels.

True randomness will not produce specified output. Sure, it "could", but in reality, it won't.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

azav Re:Gains? (496 comments)

And it appears this happens every time Republicans get into office.

When will they learn that science research == business development?

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-Based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds of Over 2GB/s

azav Re:If you don't want to upgrade your box (100 comments)

That's actually why I decided to use it. Faster compile times.

OS X hits the disk so often, that I moved my user environment on to the RAM drive.

Even with 1066 MHz RAM, I would get instant build times as the swap files were now in RAM.

That when compared to 30 second build times are a trade off I'm willing to make.

And losing my contents? That's what rsync is for. And that's what back up batteries are for. My RAM drive is rsynched to an SSD partition. Happens in the background every 5 mins. I never see the impact.

So, yeah. Swap files on the RAM Disk. Insane speed as a result. Disk backed up to an SSD. Battery backup (laptops have batteries too, don't they?) Never a problem.

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-Based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds of Over 2GB/s

azav Re:If you don't want to upgrade your box (100 comments)

Well, shame on me. I've been doing it for 3 years on a daily basis.

I have my RAM drive rsynched to an SSD partition that is the same-ish size.

And here's one area where you're incorrect. Safari loads web pages. Each page loads javascript. Many of these leak over time or simply never purge their contents. I often end up with 8 GB used in Safari. Safari alone is a citizen that doesn't play by these rules because each page that loads is a prisoner of the javascript that loads and often doesn't handle memory freeing properly.

When I use my RAM as a drive, I get near INSTANT builds on OS X.

This matters to me more than your claims of "all modern operating systems taking full advantage of the RAM". If the operating system takes full advantage of the RAM, it may not be to my best benefit.

For example, Apple apps now by default do not quit when you close the last document. They merely stay in memory, hide the UI and then need to be relaunched to enable the UI again. Why does this matter? For TextEdit, if I want to open a document form the open menu if I close the last document and click elsewhere, this forces me to reopen the app because the OS fake closes the app (really only hiding the UI) while the rest of the app stays memory resident.

So, I have to relaunch the app. This takes more time and ONLY just renables the UI. How much memory does this save on my 32 GB machine? 1 MB. Now, that's certainly not taking full advantage of the RAM. It's a case of the OS designers thinking that "he wanted to quit the app, so we'll do it for him". But I didn't want to quit the app. The computer is not taking full advantage of the RAM in this case. That's not what I wanted it to do.

Maybe I have apps in the background that are doing stuff, but I want them to pause completely if another app is running in the foreground. Maybe I want ALL Safari pages to suspend their javascript when in the background, but the app still can still process downloads as if it's running at normal priority.

See, there are many cases where the computer's OS will not take proper advantage of the RAM and the processing power since it can not mirror the user's intentions. Even in cases where it tries to, it often gets them wrong. And in some cases where it does (Safari javascript), the computer ends up eating processing power and RAM for tasks that the user doesn't want it to be placing priority on. And in some of these cases, it can't allocate RAM and processing power properly, because it can't if it relies on other programmers writing their javascript competently and acting as good citizens.

I can cordon off a small chunk of my computer's RAM (since I have way more than enough) and direct it to do pretty damn much just want I want it to do.

That's why I bought it. I don't want the OS to prioritize things the way it wants to. I want to tell (parts of) the OS to prioritize things the way I want it to.

Cheers.

about three weeks ago
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Monarch butterfly in steep decline, might be added to threatened species

azav Is a threatened species. (1 comments)

I haven't seen any last summer in the Boston area and very very few the year before.

They have a 5 year migration and they are simply gone from the eastern US.

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Unveils First PCIe 3.0 x4-Based M.2 SSD, Delivering Speeds of Over 2GB/s

azav If you don't want to upgrade your box (100 comments)

Then max out the RAM and create a RAM drive.

On my 2010 iMac, I have a 16 GB RAM drive that gets between 3 and 4 GB/s and still have 16 GB of RAM available for my apps.

Check this terminal command out before entering it just to be safe.

diskutil erasevolume HFS+ 'RAM Disk' `hdiutil attach -nomount ram://33554432`

Under Mac OS 10.6.8, and 10.9 the above creates a 17 GB RAM disk.

diskutil erasevolume HFS+ 'RAM Disk' `hdiutil attach -nomount ram://8388608`

This creates a 4.27 GB RAM disk. Enjoy the speed.

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

azav Good. (320 comments)

If I pay to be in an HOA, I wouldn't want to see that type of junk in front of a house in my neighborhood.

They might love it for all the world, but there's no guarantee that their neighbors would want to be seeing it, or even know what it is.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Improve Diversity In Tech

azav Re:Waste of money (341 comments)

Because people are inherently tribal. We want to associate with our own group and exclude people we feel do not fit well within our group.

about three weeks ago
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NASA's Robonaut 2 Can't Use Its Space Legs Upgrade

azav Typo (58 comments)

It's everyday* tasks, not every day tasks.

Everyday is an adjective meaning commonplace.

about three weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

azav Re:History Channel (166 comments)

That's what makes it "compelling" TV people think there must be SOMETHING, what will these people find? Will they find it? Must tune in again!

That's what networks want more than anything.

about three weeks ago
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Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space

azav Re:History Channel (166 comments)

Honestly, that's what I called it too.

The problem with American TV is that it does nothing to help advance society in an interesting way. It's all about "look at this car crash/hillbilly! It's so terrible! Can you believe that?!"

about three weeks ago

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Sarah Palin, Candidate, Spammer?

azav azav writes  |  more than 6 years ago

azav (469988) writes "From a recent NYT report (login required): Yet recent controversy has marred Ms. Palin's reform credentials. In addition to the trooper investigation, lawmakers in April accused her of improperly culling thousands of e-mail addresses from a state database for a mass mailing to rally support for a policy initiative. While Ms. Palin took office promising a more open government, her administration has battled to keep information secret. Her inner circle discussed the benefit of using private e-mail addresses. An assistant told her it appeared that such e-mail messages sent to a private address on a "personal device" like a BlackBerry "would be confidential and not subject to subpoena." Ms. Palin and aides use their private e-mail addresses for state business. A campaign spokesman said the governor copied e-mail messages to her state account "when there was significant state business.""
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azav azav writes  |  more than 8 years ago

azav (469988) writes "This morning I woke up after falling asleep to Braveheart on a newly purchased DVD to my Mac's fan spinning at full blast and the spinning watch cursor. I noticed that my background screen had changed from the standard mac blue to one featuring "you can run but you can't hide" with notices from the MPA (not MPAA) and the GVM (German federation against copyright theft). Additionally, my entire music directory was deleted containing DJ sets, copies of my personal CDs, recordings from myself, other DJs and friends, and favorite online shows and sets. My documents folder, downloads and favorites were also placed into the trash, probably to be emptied, before my mac spun with the spinning technicolor wheel of death. Also, two empty folders appeared on my desktop stating "is your bad activity", "the police come" and a file called "illegal_download.jpg". Nice to have your violations documented with empty folders while having your archives deleted. Sweet. Now, I run MAMP on this machine to preview videos to my clients so there is a web server on it but in a completely other directory. The "illegal_download.jpg" document stated that my "website had been closed on the behalf of the GVM and the MPAA". This is great since my website is for clients only and is in a completely different location than the material that was deleted. Of course, I find this rather confusing and it seems like there is either a hack, a tresspass OR Braveheart or Under the Tuscan Sun has spyware on it. Has anyone else seen or experienced anything like this? Merry merry."

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