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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

colin_faber Re:Polution tax (149 comments)

Except that

  • Taxes never go down
  • The government can't and won't live within it's means.

yesterday
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The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

colin_faber Re:I honestly believe (106 comments)

Comcast is NOT a private sector entity as most would consider. They're a government sponsored monopoly. They receive massive tax breaks, and direct funding from the government to build out infrastructure (tax dollars spent on laying pipe). It's utterly absurd to think that they have anything in common with a truly private entity. You want to know why comcast is allowed to grow so large, completely and solely control local markets for both TV and Internet delivery? Because the government allows it.

3 days ago
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The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

colin_faber If only.. (176 comments)

There was some way to have a remote... Say attached to the wall, which would allow you to 'touch' it to have the lights turn on and off, or even possibly dim. One can dream..

about two weeks ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

colin_faber Get rid of the TSA! (275 comments)

Seriously, this entire organization encompasses everything wrong with the Federal government. Massive privacy overreach, complete incompetence, and a literal NIGHTMARE BUREAUCRACY! This is one of the worst aspects of the Bush legacy, and "The One" has not done anything to curtail its power: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL...

about three weeks ago
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US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

colin_faber One would hope (186 comments)

I can't imagine why they wouldn't monitor people with access to secret clearances. I know they polygraph them all the time and regularly perform spot checks for law enforcement violations, etc.

Don't want the government knowing everything about you? Don't request secret clearance from it.

about a month ago
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BP Finds Way To Bypass US Crude Export Ban

colin_faber Re:Yes, but... (247 comments)

The easiest way to reduce demand is to just tax fuel

Sorry no, there is no easy way to reduce demand of OIL. If you want to truly reduce demand of OIL you need to find a VIABLE alternative fuel, electricity and NG are not VIABLE alternative fuels

about a month ago
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Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

colin_faber FTFA (317 comments)

It seems this guy could careless about the fracking operation it self. He's more concerned about the huge blight that a massive ugly ass water tower will bring. There's no reason (other than cost) the well owners can't just truck water in. Honestly I don't blame the guy, I wouldn't want this ugly ass water tower in my back yard either, however a well generating millions of dollars of gas for me to spend on more computers? No problem at all.

about 2 months ago
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Fishing Line As Artificial "Muscle"

colin_faber Re:so they invented the spring (111 comments)

Then the average spring yes, but a nitinol spring will do just that, with much more retraction force when heated.

about 2 months ago
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Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

colin_faber Re:Another mobile operating system (75 comments)

Agreed, such as being in the "It's not google" and "It's not apple" niche, which is very attractive to someone like me.

about 2 months ago
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Jolla Announces Sailfish OS 1.0

colin_faber Re:TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST AND NO ONE IS THERE !! (75 comments)

I care. I'm actually pretty excited in both the phone (HW) as well as the OS. Personally I really like the idea of being able to ditch Android for another, possibly better software platform which doesn't have all the google hooks.

about 2 months ago
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Pirate Bay Block Lifted In the Netherlands

colin_faber Um.. (118 comments)

There.is an interesting.use of periods.in. this summery

about 3 months ago
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Building an Open Source Nest

colin_faber What article? (195 comments)

Am I missing something here? Where's the link to the article referenced by Mr. AC.

about 2 months ago
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Incandescent Bulbs Get a Reprieve

colin_faber Cold weather climates (767 comments)

So, I've always wondered, in cold weather climates where you're already heating your house, in most cases 24/7, how inefficient are incandescent bulbs really? I mean, if you think about it, the wasted energy here is being turned into heat, which is, heating your home, albeit inefficiently -- but really who cares? You're after the light.

about 3 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

colin_faber FTFA (934 comments)

"Chicago's ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms,"

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

colin_faber Re:Moved from Lenovo to Dell XPS 13 (Sputnik) (477 comments)

Do you have one of the 4th gen laptops already? I thought they didn't ship until Dec 20th. If you do, what's the battery life like with the new processor?

about 5 months ago
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

colin_faber Re:America is fucked ... (455 comments)

*Sigh*

  If only there was some other amendment that protected medical records and other private / personal information

Don't be part of the problem, be part of the solution man.

about 7 months ago
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Edward Snowden Still Stuck At Airport, May Be Permitted Entry Into Russia Soon

colin_faber Re:and a change of clothes (205 comments)

Seems like a nice airport, maybe he's bathing in the fountains near the strip club.

about 9 months ago
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Adapteva Parallella Supercomputing Boards Start Shipping

colin_faber Tiny but useful? (98 comments)

So it's interesting, a light weight ARM processor, without anything better than micro USB and micro HDMI. Neat yes, but really? Useful? Maybe as a wireless router, or some other PoE like device but as a useful processing system? Um...

Even linking many of these together - neat, but again, the world of MPI is based on completely different processor designs and interconnects, you're talking huge amount of time and effort to replicate something on a unique platform which may or may not ever see wide spread acceptance by the developer base.

about 9 months ago
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NSA Data Center Brings Concerns Over Security and Privacy and Jobs

colin_faber Re:5 Zettabytes? (138 comments)

I question this number as well, even considering decades of tapes, we're still off by factors of 100 or more here. I think what this is called more than anything is sensationalizing, your average layperson probably has never even heard the word Zettabyte. In fact I know this, when describing what I do for a living (HPC storage engineering) to my friends and family I have to constantly explain what a Petabyte is, let along anything larger than that.

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Malaria Vaccine nearing reality

colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  about 8 months ago

colin_faber (1083673) writes "Right on the heals of Bill Gates business week article discussing the importance of disease prevention and cure over technological deployment is news from CNN that U.S. researchers may have a viable vaccine for Malaria. If true this could change the lives of up to 3.3 billion people living in Malaria danger zones and allow us to do away with this disease; which kills hundreds of thousands of people."
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Could data homogenization be the cause of at least half of global warming?

colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  about a year and a half ago

colin_faber writes "Steirou and Koutsoyiannis recently presented a paper at the European Geosciences Union which takes into account tempature homogenization errors. They've concluded that global warming over the past century was only about half [0.42C] of that stated by the IPCC [0.7-0.8C]. From the article
“[tempature] homogenation practices used until today are mainly statistical, not well justified by experiments, and are rarely supported by metadata. It can be argued that they often lead to false results: natural features of hydroclimatic times series are regarded as errors and are adjusted.”"

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Adobe responds to Apple's flash snub

colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  more than 3 years ago

colin_faber (1083673) writes "Adobe has finally issued a response to Apple's snub of flash on their mobile platforms. Kevin Lynch (Adobe CTO) writes on his blog Thursday evening:
"... Given the legal terms Apple has imposed on developers, we have already decided to shift our focus away from Apple devices for both Flash Player and AIR. We are working to bring Flash Player and AIR to all the other major participants in the mobile ecosystem, including Google, RIM, Palm (soon to be HP), Microsoft, Nokia and others,". To the submitter this sounds like Apple users will be left out in the cold and yet another reason to avoid Apple mobile devices all together."

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Prius problems possibly a hoax

colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  more than 4 years ago

colin_faber (1083673) writes "After last weeks exciting news that there might actually be a verified case of a Toyota Prius going out of control due to the mysterious accelerator control problems discussed here many times. It appears that the drive may have faked the incident. In the recent investigation of the Toyota Prius involved in a dramatic incident federal officials along with engineers from Toyota Motor Corp. found a particular pattern of wear on the car's brakes that doesn't seem consistent with the driver's story.

This does not surprise the submitter at all, as these types of cases have been going on for years now, especially when you factor in the driver being 61 years young."

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Lost Nazi uranium found in Dutch scrapyard

colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  more than 4 years ago

colin_faber (1083673) writes "Lewis Page of the Register is reporting that forensic nuclear scientists at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) traced the two pieces of metal — described as a cube and a plate — back to their exact origins and dates. Apparently both came from ores extracted at the "Joachimsthal" mine in what is now the Czech Republic from the former Nazi nuclear-weapons programme of the 1940s"
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Most reliable old-timey disc drives

colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  more than 5 years ago

colin_faber writes "Hello Slashdot community,

I'm hoping that some of you can help me answer the question of hard drive reliability. Now I realize that some of you might being thinking that it depends on many factors, such as how it was used, who built it, how much space it has, and what kind of environment the disk operated in. These are are extremely valid points, however I care for none of them. I'm only strictly interesting in which drives are still around, how long they've run, and what hasn't failed. The only way I can think of doing this is to query the community and find what a few simple questions from all of you.

1) What type and size of disk are you using?
2) How long have you had the disk?
3) When was it manufactured?
4) Who built it?
5) What problems have you had with it if any?

If you're like me, you have a whole slew of various types, styles sizes and speeds when it comes to disks. However I consider my most reliable drives (at least to date) as being the ones which have run forever in various environments.

An example would be the 13GB (thats right 13GB) Western Digital Spartan drive I just yanked out of an old server. This bad boy has been spinning reliably since 2000. After allowing the drive to cool I stuck it into an old USB drive caddy plugged it into my laptop and proceeded to punish it with various IO tests — No errors no problems to date the drive is operating just like it did almost a decade ago.

So I ask again, what is your most reliable drive?

Oh, and for those of you who are wondering — No sector errors, and a massive throughput of 16.5 megabytes a second — fear! =)"
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Eddie Davidson 'Spam King' escapes from prison

colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  more than 5 years ago

colin_faber writes "DENVER — U.S. Marshals, along with FBI agents and members of the Safe Streets Task Force, are searching for a notorious "spam king" who walked away from a federal prison camp over the weekend.

Edward "Eddie" Davidson, 35, was serving 21 months in the minimum security facility in Florence, Colo., for sending hundreds of thousands of spam e-mails. He had pleaded guilty to tax evasion and falsifying e-mail headers.

He escaped on Sunday and was last seen in Lakewood, said Jeffrey Dorschner, with the Justice Department."

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colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  about 7 years ago

colin_faber writes "As I find my self yet again wasting the first part of my day reviewing emails, I find my self asking; why hasn't Macromedia gone forward with 64bit support for their flash player yet. Almost a year ago the same question was raised, and many of you had very logical and valid arguments. Most of which revolved around the fact that the overall 64bit community was very tiny.

Well a year later the prominence of 64bit based personal computers has grown dramatically. With the release of Intel's Core2 Duo mobile chips and AMD's mobile offerings, 64bit is within reach of the common user.

Additionally larger companies such as Microsoft are actively working to roll out 64bit versions of their operating systems into the main stream. So I ask again, what is Macromedia waiting for?"

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