top New 'Academic Redshirt' For Engineering Undergrads at UW
WTF?!?! Are we here to get an education or be weeded out?
Yes, college is so totally about smoking weed, man.
about a year and a half ago
top SpaceX Awarded First Military Contract
I thought it was called MASA now.
top Black Hole Found That Takes Up 14% of Its Galaxy's Mass
Somebody sure stashed a lot of weed in that Black Hole. I'm hungry man, let's eat a couple stars.
top FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn
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.
top What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?
They're still trying to figure out how to explain the fact that Martians really enjoyed hardcore porn.
top Hurricane Sandy Damages Space Shuttle Enterprise
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.
top Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm,
Star Wars Episode 7 Due In 2015
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".
top DEA Lack of Data Storage Results In Dismissed Drug Case
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.
top ISPs Throttling BitTorrent Traffic, Study Finds
I'd like to torrent me some Chronic.
top Could a Category 5 Hurricane Take Down East Coast Data Centers?
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.
top Defcon Researchers Build Tool To Track the Planes of the Rich and Famous
I understand extradition from South America's complicated.
top Arsenic-Friendly Microbe Now Seems Unlikely
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.
top Space Shuttle Collides With Bridge In New York
I'd think the wreckage from Columbia would be cooler to have than Atlantis.
top NASA Gets Two Military Spy Telescopes For Astronomy
If NRO can pull a couple hubble class telescopes out of petty cash, why are we so certain there isn't a Shuttle or the functional equivalent stashed somewhere?
Not exactly a functional equivalent, but...
top What Struck Earth in 775?
It's true. Everyone knows the methane in God's farts contains exclusively carbon-14.
top Milky Way's Black Hole Wasn't Always Such a Wimp
> 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.
top Russia To Establish Bases On the Moon
Or even one that's 1:4:9.
top Wozniak Calls For Open Apple
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.