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Official "Firefox With Bing" Released

b0r1s Re:Bing (274 comments)

I have a hard time caring about this. The default is download is Google. An alternate download site offers Bing. Either way, the default is easy to change, who cares? Change is good. Embrace it.

more than 2 years ago
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DOS, Backdoor, and Easter Egg Found In Siemens S7

b0r1s Re:Oh Good, A Backdoor (121 comments)

Siemens hole has already been used to rape Iran (Stuxnet fun). Doesn't get much more rapey than that.

more than 3 years ago
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Smart Power Grid Could Wreak Havoc On Itself

b0r1s Re:if everyone is using off peak hours (331 comments)

You're exactly right ... the power used by businesses far exceeds the amount used by even busy households. Corporate ACs in 20 story buildings use far more electricity than people running appliances at night in their homes. Peak will remain peak, and even in the worst case, 'smart' enough grids should be able to distribute the load across the 'down' cycle, instead of everything running at 2am on the dot.

more than 3 years ago
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Hard Drive Overclocking Competition From Secau

b0r1s Re:Hmm... (162 comments)

Meh. 15k drives, multi drive arrays, there's no reason to overclock CPUs anymore, and there's no reason to overclock hard drives. More cores scales better than overclocking, and more spindles scales WAY better than overclocking.

Orgrimmar:DATA admin$ df -h | grep disk7
/dev/disk7 18Ti 238Gi 18Ti 2% /Volumes/DATA
Orgrimmar:DATA admin$ date ; dd if=/dev/zero of=test.bin bs=16k count=10240000 && du -sh test.bin && dd if=test.bin of=/dev/null bs=32m ; date
Thu Jun 30 22:47:45 PDT 2011
10240000+0 records in
10240000+0 records out
167772160000 bytes transferred in 240.477549 secs (697662466 bytes/sec)
156G test.bin
5000+0 records in
5000+0 records out
167772160000 bytes transferred in 139.259221 secs (1204747226 bytes/sec)
Thu Jun 30 22:54:06 PDT 2011



Server has 8G ram, so some of that may be in cache, but certainly not all of it. Extrapolate as needed.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Says No TCP/IP Patches For XP

b0r1s Re:Yeah, right (759 comments)

Because no vendor has ever said run iptables/ipchains/ipfw to prevent exploitation of a bug in Linux 2.0/2.2, Freebsd 4.x, etc, right?

about 5 years ago
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No App Store For Microsoft's Zune HD

b0r1s Re:I want my mp3 player to play music (351 comments)

You may not be the intended audience. If you have to carry a bare bones phone because (for example) you have one provided by an employer, or you cant have a camera (security reasons), or you don't want to upgrade and lose your ancient awesome phone plan, carrying an mp3 player that also doubles as a browser / calendar / email client / GPS / everything else is convenient and awesome.

If you just want it to play music, it's way too expensive and a waste of money.

Remember: not everyone just wants music.

about 5 years ago
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No App Store For Microsoft's Zune HD

b0r1s Re:Let me fix that foryou.. (351 comments)

If your bike cost you a couple hundred million dollars, you'd consider yourself a competitor too.

about 5 years ago
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A Mathematician's Lament — an Indictment of US Math Education

b0r1s Re:Cue the other subjects (677 comments)

Personally, I put the blame less on fundamentalists and more on decreasing importance of education in the home.

There are dozens of examples (single mothers with multiple jobs and multiple kids who just don't have time to parent, illegal immigrants raising kids that accept no-skill jobs as manual labor as sufficient for a lifetime instead of working to get an education and work in a skilled field), but the basic problem is that kids don't believe that they need a real education to live.

more than 5 years ago
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A Mathematician's Lament — an Indictment of US Math Education

b0r1s Cue the other subjects (677 comments)

The problems with K-12 education go WAY BEYOND mathematics.

more than 5 years ago
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Univ. of Wisconsin's 30-Year-Old Payroll System Needs a $40 Million Fix

b0r1s Re:That's a nice budget you got there (418 comments)

4 coders ignores the fun parts defining requirements, assigning tasks, testing, QA, regression testing, all the fun things that the first group neglected that caused it to be unfinished.

Sometimes youngsters look at a task and go "That's easy, I could totally do that in 2-3 months". Then there are people who have done it who stand back and laugh at them for being naive.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Denies Call-in 'Save XP' Petition

b0r1s Re:Support Lines (340 comments)

They're no more trapped than companies stuck with precompiled, third-party software/drivers for, say, RedHat 9 or Fedora Core 3.

Tis life, my friend.

more than 6 years ago

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Largest Heat Shield Ever Built for next Mars Probe

b0r1s b0r1s writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Embroidered Patches writes "Curiosity, the next Mars rover from Mars Science Laboratory, will be equipped with the largest heat shield ever built for flight to Mars. Measuring 4.5m wide, the heat shield is not only larger than that used by the last rover, but is larger than the shield used by NASA's Apollo spacecraft. The article at Space.com describes the 3800 degree Fahrenheit environment the shield will encounter as it descends to the surface of the red planet."
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b0r1s b0r1s writes  |  more than 7 years ago

b0r1s writes "Federal investigators say they have found serious computer-security flaws that could lead to the improper disclosure of medical information on people enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. The investigators, from the Government Accountability Office, said "key information security controls were missing" from a huge communication network used by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Without an audit trail to track past access, it's unclear whether or not a breech has occurred."
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b0r1s b0r1s writes  |  more than 8 years ago

b0r1s writes "Weeks after NANOG subscribers argued whether or not mitigating botnet command and control systems was a worthwhile endeavor, the LA Times reports that the old fashioned method of arresting and prosecuting criminals still works. Prosecuters successfully prosecuted a 21 year old who had conspired to create botnets that attacked the Department of Defense, a California school district, and a Seattle hospital before being arrested. He plead guilty and was sentenced to 3 years of 'supervised release.'"

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