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OCZ IBIS Introduces High Speed Data Link SSDs

darkwhite Re:Serial-Attached SCSI (76 comments)

I like your scare quotes while referring to what is at the moment the fastest single storage device on the planet. (really just a raid in an unusual package, but still)

about 4 years ago
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OCZ IBIS Introduces High Speed Data Link SSDs

darkwhite Re:Bad hardware design. (76 comments)

It looks like just scaremongering from this "pc perspective" outlet. They never say they tried it, and I'd be willing to bet that nothing would happen if I plugged it into the wrong port.

about 4 years ago
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Time Denies Issuing DMCA Over Obama Joker Image

darkwhite Chilling Effects Clearinghouse (324 comments)

Where's the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse when you need it? Google claims to submit all DMCA requests to the CEC, why doesn't Yahoo?

more than 5 years ago
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Production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner Delayed Again

darkwhite Re:I would rather have a Boeing that is late... (334 comments)

Yes, I have done aviation safety studies. Can you tell?

No, actually I can't. As far as I know there are two estimators of aircraft type and airline safety... fatalities per passenger-mile and fatalities per passenger flight, and you mention neither of these.

more than 5 years ago
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Study Highlights Gap Between Views of Scientists and the Public

darkwhite Re:Define "scientist" (670 comments)

Please explain how Science has a liberal bias.

more than 5 years ago
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Staying In Shape vs. a Busy IT Job Schedule?

darkwhite Re:It's all in what you eat (865 comments)

Cut out sugar, flour, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes from your diet. They spike your insulin and give you that gnawing hunger.

What?

I don't even know where to start. This is horrible advice. Sugar, yes. Every other item you listed? I'm speechless.

more than 5 years ago
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Protecting the Apollo Landing Sites From Later Landings

darkwhite Re:That's retarded (339 comments)

I can't believe your attitude regarding this story. This is archaeology at its worst. The lunar module, the plaque, the flag, whatever else should be preserved. To prevent people from visiting the site because it is somehow sacred as an archaeological artifact is bullshit. This person would have us never set foot on any site of historical significance and preserve every smallest thing associated with it.

more than 5 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

darkwhite Re:depends (1137 comments)

For fuck's sake dude, it's not that people think you're lying, it's that $650/month + $450/month insurance with a clean driving record means you were driving a disgustingly, outrageously overpriced luxury car. In most places you can finance at least three cars for this money.

more than 5 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

darkwhite Re:depends (1137 comments)

That's pretty awesome, congrats. Cycling FTW. I started commuting by bike 3 years ago and don't intend to ever quit.

more than 5 years ago
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When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

darkwhite Re:How do you explain this (604 comments)

I'm also relying on my understanding that gene swapping, and not mutations, is responsible for the new virus variants

HGT ("gene swapping") IS mutation. You could split hairs and say that plasmid accessorizing is not mutation, but in the case of viruses that is moot because they don't have plasmids and so must mutate their genome in order to swap genes.

more than 5 years ago
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When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

darkwhite Re:How do you explain this (604 comments)

Gene transfer in unicellular organisms is well-appreicated. Gene transfer in multicellular eukaryotes is virus- and symbiont- mediated, tremendously rare compared to prokaryotes, and much less characterized because very few examples are known.

Evolution of bacteria and viruses is dominated by fundamentally different processes than that of higher eukaryotes. The "trait swapping" that you refer to is driven by HGT in prokaryotes and by sex and regulation in eukaryotes.

more than 5 years ago
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When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

darkwhite Re:A bit concerned... (604 comments)

It is my understanding that the better your immune system, the more dangerous swine flu is.

That sounds like a contradiction of terms. If your immune system goes autoimmune too easily, then it's not very good.

more than 5 years ago
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To What Age Do You Expect To Live?

darkwhite Re:And proper flying cars too... (575 comments)

Finally, airplanes simply use too much energy for them to be a viable alternative to cars

Fusion

(yes, I'm serious)

more than 5 years ago
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To What Age Do You Expect To Live?

darkwhite Re:And proper flying cars too... (575 comments)

Depends on what you mean by human-controllable... I'm sure it's possible to have a mandatory TCAS equivalent which will take control if a vehicle is on a collision course with traffic or terrain, or at excess speed, or about to enter a spin. The rest of the time, you could have full control of it.

more than 5 years ago
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AMD Overclocks New Phenom II X4 To 7 GHz

darkwhite Re:Has to be better than my other stock picks. (288 comments)

I don't think AMD has ever been a good investment. They are the little energizer bunny from hell to keep Intel execs awake at night, they're one of the best things to ever happen to technological progress, but the flipside is that their financials are always somewhere between "underperforming" and "imminent bankruptcy". It's pretty amazing actually. If every company was driven the way AMD was driven, humanity would be a lot farther along by now and, well, let's just say wealth distribution would be a bit different on this planet.

more than 5 years ago
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Intel Cache Poisoning Is Dangerously Easy On Linux

darkwhite *facepalm* (393 comments)

There are at this time about a bazillion comments here pointing out that a privilege escalation that requires root access is not a privilege escalation.

I don't know what the authors of those comments were doing for the past 5 years, because they should really consider whether they are qualified to talk on the subject. AMD and Intel have been incorporating virtualization and paravirtualization support into their CPUs for a long time, and there is a massive market for these solutions. For an equal amount of time security researchers have been messing around finding exploits like this one in the hardware. Privilege escalation from domain to hypervisor/cross-domain level is a breach of the virtualization security model, and you can bet your ass it's a serious security issue. And if your favorite virtualization solution doesn't consider this a root exploit, then that solution is broken. Because there's no way anyone in their right mind running something like 50 domains on some 24-core beast - made specifically to virtualize the crap out of everything - will consider those domains being able to get root in all other domains to be anything short of a huge problem.

tl;dr: root is not root if you are in a guest domain. (cue inane Matrix reference to taste)

more than 5 years ago
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Multiple Fiber Cuts In San Francisco Area

darkwhite Re:Story is a troll? (368 comments)

In this case, it sounds like someone knew exactly what they were doing, and they knew there was nothing they could steal, and brought along serious equipment. This was certainly sabotage, the question is by whom.

more than 5 years ago
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CFLs Causing Utility Woes

darkwhite Re:Still... (859 comments)

Power conditioning in your house may suck. I have a similar problem in one of the places I live and I attribute it to bad power.

more than 5 years ago

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