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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

colin_faber What a deal! (144 comments)

At least it's considerably cheaper than the stupid PPACA exchanges.

about 2 months ago

States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

colin_faber Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

He's no blaming poor people. It's clear that he's blaming failure of government policy.

about 2 months ago

How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

colin_faber Why is this news? (145 comments)

As someone who helped build this machine, I'm surprised that this is even news worthy. What did people think happened when older machines were replaced with newer technology? It's not like the older machine is tossed in the recycling bin. They're always sold off, sometimes parted out to scrappers (who resell the parts through various channels) as well as complete systems which go to smaller HPC facilities. This has been happening since the first days of mainframe systems. The only cases where this is the exception is when you look at highly secure sites (usually government) which tend to run the machines through shredders "just to be sure" they're not leaking sensitive information.

about 2 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

colin_faber Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

But still enough to maintain control of it? Your logic makes no sense.

about 3 months ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

colin_faber Re:Oh yeah it's "workaholism" (710 comments)

What numbers are you looking at? As of today, -2.9% GDP and getting worse.

about 3 months ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

colin_faber Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Mod parent insightful!

about 3 months ago

Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

colin_faber Market entry (182 comments)

Such abuses of government are common place amongst the top dogs in any industry. This guy, is undoubtedly seeking government assistance is making it harder for smaller operators to enter the market. By raising taxes he effectively makes it harder for anyone but the biggest companies in the market to succeed. It's despicable and is one problem with our form of capitalism, where government is used as a tool to keep others out of the market.

about 4 months ago

Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

colin_faber Re:Polution tax (158 comments)

Except that

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

about 5 months ago

The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

colin_faber Re:I honestly believe (107 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.

about 5 months ago

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 6 months ago

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:

about 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

Pirate Bay Block Lifted In the Netherlands

colin_faber Um.. (118 comments) an interesting.use of this summery

about 8 months ago



Sketch Factor is successfully tested by D.C. news crew

colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  about a month ago

colin_faber (1083673) writes "A D.C. news crew robbed of thousands of dollars of cameras, laptops and other equipment was set to report on a so-called racist locality app called “Sketch Factor.” Using consolidated crime stats and firsthand reports, the app lists areas within U.S. neighborhoods that are at high risk for crime. The app evidently proved itself true, at least in this instance. The news crew found exactly what they were reporting on – firsthand proof of crime."
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Malaria Vaccine nearing reality

colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  about a year 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  |  more than 2 years 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 4 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! =)"

Eddie Davidson 'Spam King' escapes from prison

colin_faber colin_faber writes  |  more than 6 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  |  more than 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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