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No Longer "Noble"; Argon Compound Found In Space

gstrickler Re:What does the comment about "Noble" mean? (110 comments)

You mean my plans to build an Argon bomb and take over the world aren't going to work?

You'll just have to use 39Ar or 42Ar, and probably need a H-fusion reaction to detonate it.

1 year,7 days
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No Longer "Noble"; Argon Compound Found In Space

gstrickler Re:What does the comment about "Noble" mean? (110 comments)

The fact that argon hydride was found in space implies that krypton, xenon, and radon hydride can also be found in space.

Probably, but since the quantities of those elements will be dramatically lower than argon, detecting them will likely be much more difficult.

1 year,7 days
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For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

gstrickler Re:You're buying an extended warranty (270 comments)

I got the warranty info directly from WD's site and spec sheets. RPM is NOT the primary factor in determining seek time, that only affects rotational latency, which is one of at least 4 components of access time, the other three being track seek time, head settling time, and head select time. Seek time is generally the largest of those, rotational latency second largest, and the others are minor by comparison.

Amount of ECC is not only dependent upon 512/4k (AF) drive, that's one factor, but most "enterprise" drives from most manufacturers have greater ECC and most use lower track densities to allow faster positioning (faster seek). For instance, compare the data sheets for the 7200RPM desktop and Enterprise (Constellation ES) drives from Seagate. Note the "enhanced error correction" and better "non-recoverable read error" rates (which are directly related to ECC recoverablity) on the ES (enterprise) drive, and that's comparing a 512b sector ES drive to a 4K/AF desktop drive.

As I said, you analysis was generally good, you just missed a the 3 items I noted.

1 year,17 days
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For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

gstrickler Re:You're buying an extended warranty (270 comments)

Good analysis, with two issues:

1. Both of the specific drives you mentioned above have 5 yr warranties, so your specific example doesn't work for costs, but in general, your analysis is valid.

2. You don't address performance differences. WD doesn't specify seek times on these, so I can't compare them. But in general, "Enterprise" drives have faster seek and/or transfer rates. This may make the enterprise drive superior for certain environments.

One final difference, many/most "enterprise" drives have higher levels of error correction, so even if the drive failure rate is the same, they're more likely to be able to read/recover data from a given sector.

1 year,17 days
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For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

gstrickler Re:But but but (270 comments)

"...a good bulk storage array uses spinning rust,..."

I don't allow rust in my storage arrays. Aluminum, magnesium, and glass don't rust.

1 year,17 days
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For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

gstrickler Re:Common knowledge (270 comments)

No, from TFA:

... the company's usage of the drives is different, with enterprise drives being used more heavily than their consumer counterparts.

, so the comparison is indeed pointless (more accurately, it's baseless).

1 year,17 days
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Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

gstrickler Re:Atari would be proud (408 comments)

While one designer was common to both, USB as far more in common with Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) than with SIO. ADB supported hot plugging, dynamic device driver loading, same power specifications as USB 1.1, simple cabling, very low cost, etc. ADB was much slower than USB (even low-speed), but it's design has more in common with USB than does SIO, even though it's from a completely different group of designers. SIO might be the grandfather design, with ADB more of a parent or uncle.

1 year,18 days
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Lead Contractor On Health-Care Web Site Led By Execs From Troubled IT Company

gstrickler Government... (227 comments)

...where failure is rewarded, as long as you can talk a good game.

about a year ago
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Delta Replacing Flight Manuals with Surface Tablets

gstrickler And the #1 reason is... (244 comments)

...they don't have to worry about anyone stealing them, since there is almost no market for them.

about a year ago
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Google Argues Against Net Neutrality

gstrickler Re:Another failure of "unlimited" bandwidth (555 comments)

GP is correct, this isn't a "net neutrality" issue. It's a class of service issue. They offered a service with terms that you can't run your own server for a specific amount of money. The don't limit what devices you connect, what sites you access, what protocols you can run, etc. They don't give priority to their own services, or limit access to competitors, etc. You bought "consumer" access, not "provider" access, and the terms say you can't operate a publicly accessible server. If you want to operate a server and be a provider, get the correct type of account. That's not "net neutrality", it's a contractual issue.

about a year ago
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Apple Faces New China Worker Abuse Claims

gstrickler Apple supplier, better than a union (158 comments)

In China, workers don't need unions, they just need to be an Apple supplier, and get China Labor Watch to give them a poor report on workplace conditions. Then, the world will force Apple to force the supplier to address the issues (or hide them better).

about a year ago
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Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft

gstrickler Bingo overflow... (387 comments)

My Buzzword Bingo card was completed in the first 3 paragraphs of Ballmer's memo. By the end, I only had a few unmarked spaces on each card.

about a year and a half ago
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How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?

gstrickler Re:Follow up (205 comments)

Maybe, the user didn't want to confuse you by sending in multiple problem reports at once. Or maybe the user's manager thought that would overload IT, or make it appear they were just complaining too much. :)

I had users who just ignored, or worked around errors, errors that had never been reported. Some were user errors (resolved by both program changes to prevent those errors and user training), some were UI errors that didn't impact the results, and some were program errors with actual consequences or impact on the data or utility of the software. I found out about these errors by watching the users, or as a side issue when they were having some other problem that they did report. I explained that reporting all errors ASAP gives the developers a broader view of the potential problem, and allows all errors to be fixed faster and more completely. I trained them to report every problem, no matter how small, and made a point of addressing those errors as quickly as practical to reinforce the behavior of reporting them. And, of course, I explained that unreported errors were very unlikely to be fixed, ever.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Reveals Its 3D Printing Strategy For Windows 8.1

gstrickler Re:Be much happier if they fixed the 2d printing f (103 comments)

And the drivers should be happy to work when your system default is A4 paper. Rather than trying to insist on going (back) to Letter.

What? You think there is a world outside North America? Which planet are you from?

about a year and a half ago
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Banker Offers $1M To Solve Beal Conjecture

gstrickler FLT constrains this slightly. (216 comments)

BEAL'S CONJECTURE: If Ax + By = Cz, where A, B, C, x, y and z are positive integers and x, y and z are all greater than 2, then A, B and C must have a common prime factor

Fermat's Last Theorem is a subset problem, where x=y=z, Since FLT has been proven (that no such solution exists), then we can say that:

  • - x, y, and z must all be greater than 2 (as specified in the original conjecture)
  • - and x, y, and z cannot all be equal (because then FLT would be wrong)

about a year and a half ago
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Banker Offers $1M To Solve Beal Conjecture

gstrickler Re:Common Factor? (216 comments)

Even if A,B,C,X,Y and Z are prime, they all have a common factor of one. Does one not count?

From the link in the sumary: BEAL'S CONJECTURE: If Ax + By = Cz, where A, B, C, x, y and z are positive integers and x, y and z are all greater than 2, then A, B and C must have a common prime factor

And one is not considered a prime.

about a year and a half ago
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EPA Makes a Rad Decision

gstrickler Re:Oblig xkcd (167 comments)

Well, you apparently don't read very well. Inhaled radiation is definitely more dangerous. However, ingested radiation depends upon the type of radiation emitted and the specific element. Ingested uranium or plutonium will pass right through the body without being absorbed, so the exposure is very time limited. We ingest radioactive potassium every single day, in fact, our lives depend upon it, and >99% of all potassium on earth is radioactive.

about a year and a half ago
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Newegg Defeats Alcatel-Lucent in Third Patent Win This Year

gstrickler Re:Seriously? (143 comments)

Processes are patentable. Ideas aren't, but a specific idea that is implemented as a process may be patentable. It's still not the software that is being patented, it's the implementation of a specific method/process, not the math involved.

Claiming that software is just math, therefore, nothing written is software can be patented is an absurd claim. All machines are "just engineering" in their implementation, and engineering is just math, therefore, no object would ever be patentable using that absurd logic.

about a year and a half ago
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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

gstrickler Short yellow lights are a safety hazard (507 comments)

There must be sufficient time for a fully loaded semi-trailer to react to the change, and safely come to a stop, or proceed through the intersection, from at least 5mph under to 5mph over the posted speed limit, in wet road conditions, or it's not safe. These cities are risking your safety to raise more money from bogus fines.

about a year and a half ago
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Newegg Defeats Alcatel-Lucent in Third Patent Win This Year

gstrickler Re:Seriously? (143 comments)

Exactly. That is what everyone who rails that "software is just math" completely misses. It's not the implementation in software that is eligible for patent protection, it's the idea/process that the software is an implementation of that is eligible for patent protection.

about a year and a half ago

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US vetoes ITC ban on iPhones

gstrickler gstrickler writes  |  about a year ago

gstrickler (920733) writes "US trade representative vetoes ITC ban on certain iPhones. The United States International Trade Commission in June ordered a ban of older-model Apple products, including the iPhone 4 and 3GS, after determining that Apple had violated a patent that Samsung owned related to transmission of data over cellular networks.

Michael Froman, US trade representative, wrote in his decision issued on Saturday that it was based in part on the “effect on competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers.” A weak claim given that only Apple's oldest iPhone models would have been affected. Mr. Froman said his decision did not mean that Samsung was “not entitled to a remedy. Officials said Mr. Froman’s decision was made without involvement by Mr. Obama or his senior aides in the White House.

Apple had significant support in opposing the commission’s ban. Randal Milch, the general counsel of Verizon Communications, which was not involved in the exclusion order, wrote an editorial in The Wall Street Journal urging the administration to veto the ban. Microsoft, Oracle and Intel also publicly supported Apple."
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Massachussetes town decriminalizes cussing in public, now it's a $20 fine.

gstrickler gstrickler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gstrickler writes "In Middleborough, MA, it's been illegal to use "profane or obscene" language in public since 1968, however, due to 1st Amendment "Freedom of speech" concerns and the cost of prosecution, it has almost never been enforced. Now, they've decriminalized it, but you can be issued a citation and fined $20. I don't see that this addresses the free speech concerns, it appears to me to simply be a way to raise revenue and harass the public because someone in authority disagrees with what is being said."
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Pioneer Anomaly Solved

gstrickler gstrickler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gstrickler (920733) writes "After years of work recovering and analyzing old mission data and vehicle schematics, a just published analysis provides strong evidence for anisotropic thermal radiation being the source of the slowing of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft. The theory isn't new, but the recovered data and new analysis provide solid evidence that at least 80% of the deceleration is accounted for by anisotropic thermal radiation. Members of The Planetary Society were instrumental in recovering the data and helping fund the analysis.

The lesson is, in space, it matters what direction your heat radiating surfaces point."

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