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New 'Academic Redshirt' For Engineering Undergrads at UW

geoffball Re:College isn't for education. (147 comments)

WTF?!?! Are we here to get an education or be weeded out?

Weeded out.

Yes, college is so totally about smoking weed, man.

about a year ago

SpaceX Awarded First Military Contract

geoffball Re:NASA (140 comments)

I thought it was called MASA now.

about 2 years ago

Black Hole Found That Takes Up 14% of Its Galaxy's Mass

geoffball Wow, man (65 comments)

Somebody sure stashed a lot of weed in that Black Hole. I'm hungry man, let's eat a couple stars.

about 2 years ago

FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

geoffball ToS Violation (346 comments)

I wonder if by installing the software on the school's computer assigned to his son, the father was in violation of some ToS or school rule. I guess it depends on what the ToS is, but it could be technically illegal even by a private citizen. This would be not unlike installing unauthorized software on a work computer and getting canned for it. Maybe?

about 2 years ago

What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

geoffball Re:I really hope... (544 comments)

They're still trying to figure out how to explain the fact that Martians really enjoyed hardcore porn.

about a year ago
top Earth's Biggest Wine Cellar?

geoffball Re:Seriously? (118 comments)

You put your weed in it.

about 2 years ago

Hurricane Sandy Damages Space Shuttle Enterprise

geoffball Re:SO what!!! (126 comments)

New York can have our sloppy seconds. Come see Discovery in Virginia. Admission is free...well parking is $15 or $20, or you can get someone to drop you off. She actually went into LEO and has the skid, I mean, burn marks to prove it.

about 2 years ago

Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm, Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015

geoffball Re:Irony (816 comments)

There were a couple other movies raking in the $$$ in the late 70s to justify jumping on the "sci-fi" bandwagon. Close Encounters and Alien both jump to mind. There was money to be made in that "genre".

about 2 years ago

Seafood Raised on Animal Feces Approved for Consumers

geoffball Eat Shit... (386 comments)

and die!

about 2 years ago

DEA Lack of Data Storage Results In Dismissed Drug Case

geoffball Re:It smells, like yesterday's fish! (242 comments)

There's more to this than a couple disk drives. You need RAID. An enterprise level datastore: EMC, Hitachi, etc. Replication and/or backup. Probably encryption and other security software to protect the data. Chain of evidence handling data. Network and backup resources. The database and application software itself. Support contracts for all of the above hardware and software. The compensation package of the workers (or payments to the contractors) who operate all of this equipment and software. The DEA like many non-IT businesses probably doesn't have the money to put into IT that it should and/or can. It's probably had to spend time and resources moving data around as the Federal government has consolidated its data center footprint. Yeah to my division of my company 5 TB is a drop in the bucket. We piss that kind of money a couple times a week. We don't notice most of these incremental expenses, because we do all this stuff at serious scale and volume. We have a couple million bucks a year for storage capital expenditures.

about 2 years ago

ISPs Throttling BitTorrent Traffic, Study Finds

geoffball Re:Good (228 comments)

I'd like to torrent me some Chronic.

more than 2 years ago

Could a Category 5 Hurricane Take Down East Coast Data Centers?

geoffball Re:Quite a large range of safe... (214 comments)

A lot of Virginia and North Carolina's power supplied by Dominion power comes from other cheap sources like nuclear and natural gas...Dominon's full list of power generataing stations: The North Anna Nuclear Power Station is about 40-50 miles from Ashburn, VA home to data centers for Amazon, Google, Verizon, and AOL. All of these DCs have complicated sets of diesel generators (even if Amazon's took it's DC down during maintenance). I'd be most worried if the availability of diesel became scarce. When I worked at a big DC, a transfer switch broke that disconnected a room from the Dominion feed. Batteries took over and the generators came online seamlessly. The room ran exclusively on redundant generators for 90 days and each had to be serviced every 30 days days of use. No down time. Many of these even move exclusively to generator power on high demand days at the request of Dominion. Hurricanes that have struck the Northern Virginia area have generally degraded to tropical storm strength. Isabel, now almost 9 years ago was a 3 or 4 as it came ashore at the NC/VA border and was a TS and nearly a TD by the time the eye moved through DC Metro. Most of the power loss was residential in nature from downed trees (I lost mine for 6.5--worse than the recent derecho). There are few trees around them and they have underground feeds.

more than 2 years ago

Defcon Researchers Build Tool To Track the Planes of the Rich and Famous

geoffball Re:Why (125 comments)

I understand extradition from South America's complicated.

more than 2 years ago

Arsenic-Friendly Microbe Now Seems Unlikely

geoffball Re:A sad day for hot scientists (122 comments)

Well, she apparently can't do the Science for crap, so she needs something to fall back on.

According to wikipedia, she plays woodwinds. So she's got that going for her...which is nice.

Wolfe-Simon did her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College and completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry and a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance and Ethnomusicology at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

more than 2 years ago

Space Shuttle Collides With Bridge In New York

geoffball Re:Should of sent it (157 comments)

I'd think the wreckage from Columbia would be cooler to have than Atlantis.

more than 2 years ago

What Struck Earth in 775?

geoffball Re:Quite Obvious, Even to Me (344 comments)

Wrong. God farted.

It's true. Everyone knows the methane in God's farts contains exclusively carbon-14.

more than 2 years ago

Milky Way's Black Hole Wasn't Always Such a Wimp

geoffball Re:Weight of a teaspoon amount (83 comments)

> The singularity itself? A teaspoon of singularities would have infinite weight.

No, it wouldn't. Black holes have a finite weight.

Singularities consume no space, so you can fit an infinite number of finite weight singularities in a teaspoon. Hence infinite weight

The mass is finite. The volume is 0. D=M/V. The density is infinite.

more than 2 years ago

Wozniak Calls For Open Apple

geoffball Re:No one at Apple listens to that Steve anymore (330 comments)

Apple employees and fans, you would think that Jobs created Apple single-handedly, perhaps with divine powers.

Jobs did create Apple single-handedly. He used Woz's hands.

more than 2 years ago


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