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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

goarilla Expectations (290 comments)

Science has always been mostly incremental improvements. For every world changing paper
there have been thousands of minor ones.I guess it's just time for the nobel committee to stop expecting grandiose stuff.

about a week ago

Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

goarilla Selfphone insurance (218 comments)

Why ? This is ridiculous. Why insure a 300 $ device ?

about two weeks ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

goarilla Friend with room (983 comments)

What I would do is build a second NAS.
Do an initial backup of it and move it to a friends basement/rack and sync it up every week or so.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Online, Free Equivalent To a CompSci BS?

goarilla Re:Donald Knuth (197 comments)

Why type bufPtr when p will do.

about a month ago

Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

goarilla Re:So (373 comments)

No it does not, most vm software implement a virtual network card at a low level.

about 2 months ago

The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

goarilla Captain obvious (267 comments)

In a Russian experiment in 2010 and 2011, six men agreed to be sealed up in a mock spaceship simulating a 17-month Mars mission. Four of the six developed disorders, and the crew became less active as the experiment progressed. 'I think that's just an example of what could potentially happen during a Mars mission, but with much greater consequence,' says Dr. Beven. 'Those subtle changes in group cohesion could cause major problems.'"

That happens on earth as well, it's why you have vacations or risk a burn-out.

about 3 months ago

AMD Announces First ARM Processor

goarilla Re:Why ARM? (168 comments)

Fair(er) pricing.

about 3 months ago

AMD Announces First ARM Processor

goarilla Re:Despite it's name (168 comments)

IIRC Ibm's power 6 architecture outperformed intel's then current offering.

about 3 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

goarilla Re:Amazing how times change. (444 comments)

So Hard-drive water cooling ? Isn't condensation always an issue when you freeze ?
You're not filling the baggy with silicagel or something like that, so frozen crystals inside will melt when taken out.
What about putting tape on the electronics (pcb) and condoms/hoodies for the connectors ?

about 3 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

goarilla Re:Amazing how times change. (444 comments)

They also have an "encrypting circuit boad" that fails very easily, leaving your data encrypted. Don't buy the MyBooks !

about 3 months ago

Japan To Create a Nuclear Meltdown

goarilla Gojira (222 comments)

Is this the birth of Godzilla ?

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

goarilla Re:What is this? (383 comments)

It's also hard to gauge the opponent's level, especially since expertise isn't a stepped ladder but more of a gradient.
We don't know how high up we are and we don't know how low the others are.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Effective, Reasonably Priced Conferencing Speech-to-Text?

goarilla Re:"Listnote" for android (81 comments)

And then your brother marries a Chinese woman.
Now you've got to learn Mandarin or Cantonese or shunt her out of your "loved-ones-group".

about 4 months ago

Iowa State AIDS Researcher Admits To Falsifying Findings

goarilla Re:Poor Han (141 comments)

Compared to Iraq, Libya was a big success.

about 4 months ago

X.Org Server 1.15 Brings DRI3, Lacks XWayland Support

goarilla Re: Good! (340 comments)

You're not discussing, you're bullying.

about 4 months ago

PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

goarilla Re:Yeah right. (564 comments)

Google's play store ! And the "guarantee" up to some point that apps will work on their machine now and the next one.

about 4 months ago

Power-Loss-Protected SSDs Tested: Only Intel S3500 Passes

goarilla Re:UPS (293 comments)

The bigger question, though, is WHY THE FUCK can't we either disable whole-drive encryption, or at least set it to a key WE control, with some means to read the bits from even a drive that's totally nonfunctional SATA-wise (JTAG, SPI, whatever) and reconstruct it offline?

Can we do that with mechanical drives ? As someone who has to do quite a lot of data recovery recently (thank you WD 3TB Green)
I'm very interested in knowing how, also the WD Mybooks come with a hardware encryption PCB.
Has anyone had success of bypassing/cracking those, since they fail fairly often and the data on the disk is "scrambled" without them.

about 4 months ago

What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

goarilla Re:Hard to believe (804 comments)

How do you really know what you need? Which specs are really relevant?

The easies method: You open a taskmanager and have the user recreate its troubled session.
Then you look at what is starved (memory, cpu, IO) and by whom and you upgrade hardware
and tweak/replace the software if possible.

Sometimes you need to do this over a longer period then it's time to write some scripts to poll /proc, performance counters via WMI.

about 4 months ago

What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

goarilla Re: Hard to believe (804 comments)

Oh no it's the "We want a stable ABI" crowd again.

about 4 months ago


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