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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

hawk Re:Yay! (219 comments)

>Seriously. I just went through a stack of 5 Seagate
>HDDs, from different customers, with a sledge
>hammer. They all died with S.M.A.R.T. failures.

I've got to admire a firmware that can report

Error 215: Struck with sledge hammer.

hawk

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

hawk Re:Ok, let's hear all the stories how Seagate suck (219 comments)

That's why modern drives use helium instead of protons . . .

That sequel went straight to video. Other than watching him become Darth Squeaky after it got torpedoed, there was really nothing worth watching.

hawk

about a week ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

hawk Re:Don't foget (186 comments)

>Don't forget the original Hack on which Nethack is based - (basically) the same game, but on ASCII terminals (yes, I'm that old).

"tiles" is not nethack . . .

*proper* nethack is ascii only.

It was too easy to escape a two-doored shop in hack . . .

(and to this day, the "graphical" variants on nethack are gaming the ascii-based underpinnings)

hawk

about two weeks ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

hawk Re:Don't foget (186 comments)

Yeah, but you fell for a troll.

"one of the . . ."

who would fall for that???

nethack is the *only* game that *matters*

hawk

about two weeks ago
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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

hawk Re:A thousand KBOs discovered, not dwarf planets (77 comments)

Not only that, but as the probe has approached, it discovered . . .

They're right. That's no planet . . . it's a fully armed battle station!

Get us out of here . . .

Unfortunately, the minimal fuel reserves are no match for a tractor beams, and our little friends are going to die . . .

hawk

about two weeks ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

hawk Re:Subject, object, schmubject, schmobject (141 comments)

machines are more like people than we thought . . .

next, someone needs to write, Of iPod Bondage.

hawk

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

hawk Re:The word "powerfull" is rather missleading (197 comments)

I had a couple of those, first a 35" or 45" sony, iirc and then my father in law's 55" (?) monster.

Especially on the first one, the hardware handled an insufficient number of simultaneous colors (think back to 8 bit video cards).

So watching football, most of the colors would get used on the first couple of lines. After that, it needed to use the nearest available green for any more it hit. So I would end up with huge lines separating patches of monochromatic green, looking like a video game rather than a real picture.

(still a good enough picture that my cat would sit and watch, wanting to pounce one of the players . . .)

Much better on the later television, but it had a 700 line screen, so it had to extrapolate from the 450 or so out of the 525 that are actually broadcast with picture, and the jaggies were more pronounced than the mere color artifacts . . .

hawk

about two weeks ago
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Why Pluto Still Matters

hawk Re:Not worth reading (91 comments)

>I must say TFA certainly doesn't reach qualities to be posted on slashdot.

>The approver must have been drunk or what

You must be new here . . .

hawk, who doesn't see the inconsistency

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

hawk Re:What is next? (341 comments)

That was tried.

The judge ordered the bailiff to stamp the plaintiffs, which led to dismissal.

hawk, esq.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

hawk Re:Free from captivity... for how long? (341 comments)

>If it came to that, youâ(TM)d have to appoint an attorney to stand for the critterâ(TM)s interests who would argue
>diminished capacity and no ability for form mens rea.

Nah, that's for homo sapiens..

For other primates, you appoint a a babboon to argue mens rheus.

(this is complicated lawyer stuff. Don't try it at home!)

And in related news, Disney is again making a fortune from rentals of The Monkey's Uncle.

hawk, esq.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

hawk OSEC (327 comments)

>Great. So once solar installations start producing more total power than is consumed during peak
>production hours we should consider intentionally reducing their total output in order to better align
>production with consumption.

Exactly.

We form OSEC, the Organization of Solar Exporting Consumers, and limit our production to keep prices up.

hawk

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

hawk Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

You guys still all have the wrong approach.

You're talking about moving hundreds of millions of panels to track the sun.

Clearly, the better approach is to use fixed panels, and just move the sun to a better location . . .

hawk

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

hawk Re:Already been there done that (525 comments)

>Montana used to have no speed limit during the daytime

A common myth about Montana & Nevada before the 55, and Montana after the repeal of the 65.

While there was no posted speed, the "Basic Speed Law" applied in both states, and speeding tickets issued in both.

I have an older friend here that was a passenger in a car pulled over years ago. The NHP officer accused him of running away, stating that it had taken however many minutes to catch him.

"No I wasn't, and I can prove it."

'How can you possibly prove that?'

He got out, lifted the hood, and showed the 6 barrel carburetor.

The officer sent him on his way. He had been, after all, just driving over 100 in a car in good condition.

hawk

about three weeks ago
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Ability To Consume Alcohol May Have Shaped Human Evolution

hawk Re:Of course it did (89 comments)

Not quite.

If ethanol was lethal, it would be undesirable, and avoided. There would be an inclination away from the fermenting fruit on the ground.

For those who could digest the food that is poisonous to their competitors, a desire for such things would lead to going to consume them more often.

It's not the ones without,, but rather with the tolerance gene that would benefit from being drawn to the fermenting fruit.

hawk

about three weeks ago
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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

hawk Re:Nevada, not Utah (138 comments)

>The anti Yucca plan was based on ignoring science.

???

Did you really write that?

The anti-Yucca in Nevada is *not* anti-nuclear; it's not even NIMBY.

The law to choose a dump specified that every site on the list was to be evaluated, and that the dump *shall* be built at the safest site on the list.

Not built if a site is safe, but at the *safest* of the sites to be considered.

Guess how many sites were on the list. (if you guess 2 or more, you have no idea what you're talking about.

So after being told that the site was coming here whether it was safe or not, some people got upset.

I have no problem with a long term nuclear storage facility that close to me. I *do* have a problem with the gang of idiots running that site running anything with chemicals more dangerous than bubble soap.

Over a million dollars of damage in an earthquake . . . to their on-site building studying earthquake safety.

And how does the 100 year water level compare to the proposed location of the material? (known for 20 or 30 years).

A site there is welcome. A site run by those morons under Senator Bennet's rules is another matter.

hawk

about three weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

hawk Star Wars was never never SF (390 comments)

Star Wars was never science fiction by genre.

It's Space Opera. Which in turn was descended from Western Opera.

Space opera and science fiction have some overlap, but they're different creatures.

hawk

about three weeks ago
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Debian Forked Over Systemd

hawk Re:Wow... (647 comments)

Yes, Lord Vader.

about three weeks ago
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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

hawk Re:Nevada, not Utah (138 comments)

So?

The entire Yucca Mountain plan was based on ignoring science. Why not ignore Cartography, too? :)

hawk

about three weeks ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

hawk Re:Bullshit Stats. (496 comments)

There are lots of reasons, ranging from education requited, ease of rentry/exit, flexibility, working conditions, schedule, and many more.

But when you actually control for choices made by worker, experience, education and specialization, and so forth, something like 99% of the difference is explained.

But that makes for boring press releases . . .

hawk, economics professor

about a month ago

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So? I'm a professor--I can make change them!

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