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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

itzdandy Re:god dammit. (459 comments)

true!

And are we talking about a full BBQ, or just a singe? I'm not too concerned that 28,000 birds a year get a suntan!

I suspect that if fully cooked meals are dropping out of the sky at an alarming rate, there would be an issue with coyotes and other scavengers hanging out at the Sizzler. Maybe the the solution is to just add some ADA parking and a Coke Freestyle machine.

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

itzdandy Re:god dammit. (459 comments)

ok, so 28,000 per year, lets break that down.

with about 8 hours per day of operational time, it's 10 each hour. That's the high number. 1 every 2 minutes is 30 an hour, so you've already exaggerated 3x the exaggeration in the post.

80 birds a day? who is cleaning up the bodies? show me 1 picture of 80 dead birds at one of these facilities.

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

itzdandy Re:god dammit. (459 comments)

on the surface, 77 seems an unlikely high number.... I'd like to see the evidence of this claim. 77 birds fly through a narrow killzone in the middle of the desert each day? not the forest, the desert. show me the evidence, can't be that hard to put up a camera or two.

yesterday
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

itzdandy Re:god dammit. (459 comments)

~3 birds each day seems like a lot of KFC for a power plant....

anyway, seems like the environmental impact is quite less than mining of coal etc etc, and more easily solved....audible chirps, clicks, etc to scare the birds away? Or maybe a little metal eagle or hawk statue on the roof..

yesterday
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

itzdandy Re:Will computers ever be as smart as us? Briefly. (189 comments)

absolutely agreed. Though I don't have direct evidence to support this statement, I would guess that a neuron fires at a similar enough speed as a transistor. Consciousness is a very complex computation from billions of neurons *written in assembly* essentially. If/when we make an AI, it's likely to be compiled code running on a chip with less transistors than we have neurons, 100 Billion neurons vs 1.4Billion transistors in an i7 for instance.

That said, this is assuming that we limit consciousness to what humans perceive, the computer may have a somewhat different version of it. I suspect that we will try to build a human type consciousness into the machine though.

about 3 months ago
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Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

itzdandy Re:Cheap Labor (164 comments)

DUDE! Shut UP! There's no Indian food, no Thai food, no Sushi, no Lucky's or natural Grocers, no buildings over 2 stories, no stadium, the beer is really expensive, we have to look up wine in a book made from papyrus, and it's illegal to wear anything but a cowboy hat. seriously, it sucks here, don't come.

about 3 months ago
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Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

itzdandy Re:Monwhere? (164 comments)

yes, it's miserable here. maybe the worst place in the entire world. I'd leave, but that's the thing, you can't leave. It's like prison.

about 3 months ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

itzdandy Re:Sunk Costs (288 comments)

This is really the point. The $40K+ prosthetic is simply over engineered. It's a poor argument saying that we should support engineers, their families, their companies, etc so that they can charge a disabled person $40K when we could have a single developer make a much simpler product that can be produced at a local 3D fab shop or in the garage of an enterprising neighbor.

Clearly this is an early version, though fully functional. Improving aesthetics can certainly be an optional component. Today, a black or clear acrylic prosthetic would be of very little concern to many people and I only see that as becoming more of a non-issue.

The other interesting part of this is that someone in need of such a device could invest in the tech to customize and produce a device specific to their needs. maybe they have a palm, or less to work with. Customizing the device to suit them at their own pace with rapid prototyping changes their disability. The thriving makers movement can facilitate the sharing of schematics so you might find a near-ready model that you can alter to fit. maybe even spawn a boutique prosthetic shop in your town.

   

about 4 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

itzdandy options... (983 comments)

really, there are 3 options
1) a second array
2) tape (biggest are 5TB right now...)
3) online

1* RAID6 (or raid5+hot spare) would be 7x 4TB drives and could be built for about $1200 using a cheap workstation and external drives w/ freenas
2* tapes would be expensive and cumbersome IMHO. Also expensive!
3* I say this is an option but it's not realistic. if you have a typical 4Mbps upload from Cox/Charter/etc then the initial seed would something like 2 year!

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

itzdandy terrible request/idea (478 comments)

Don't be a jerk! This is an absurd request. You get to record but your 'clients' cannot? I'm guessing the owners don't actually want to be in business. Even a no-camera policy is completely ridiculous for a fore-hire limo service.

How did this post get pass the sniff test?

Any self respecting geek will reject this and refuse to post anything helpful. troll away friends, troll away.

about 6 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

itzdandy common carrier (424 comments)

This is where I'd like too see the defacto monopoly of cable companies broken by making them common carriers. Basically, do what the gov' did to telecos creating the iLEC and cLEC system. This way other carriers can buy fiber and get on the wire.

for many cities, the cable lines are actually owned by the municipality and managed by the cable company, so this would be a somewhat simple transition. DOCSIS already has the ability to allow this explicitly in the standard.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

itzdandy Re:Bittorrent Sync + NAS-of-some-kind (168 comments)

I'm using btsync as well. I have about 20 sites with various synced folders. I have two primary nodes at my office and at my home that have all folders synced, they are essentially where I create all folders. People each get their own folders (actually zfs volumes). I run ubuntu w/ zfs and dedup the storage pool.

When I create a small NAS, I use a refurb computer with ubuntu, zfs even for a single disk (for compression, dedup, snapshots), and samba to share the files at the site.

I use apache w/ webdav and a link for the .zfs/snaphosts directory to a history directory and to once daily snapshots. Can access the files through webdav AND access historical copies..

about 6 months ago
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HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins

itzdandy Re:given its failure out of the gate. (243 comments)

Nope. itanic eliminated PA-RISC and Alpha, because both those architectures were owned by HP, and HP wanted to work with intel to make the itanic and replace those older architectures, and that's exactly what happened. Alpha was canned immediately after HP bought out the remnants of DEC in Compaq, and moved all the Alpha engineers to HP and Intel to work on itanic. (Remember, itanic was a joint venture between HP and Intel.) PA-RISC was eliminated sometime later after itanic got good enough to do so. Price/performance was not that much of a factor here; HP management wanted to move to itanic for various pie-in-the-sky reasons, and they couldn't simply backtrack and dump the itanic after pouring so much money into its development, since that would make HP management look stupid.

MIPS was indeed wiped out by x86-64.

That may have been HP's motivation, but the market did not care and Itanium did not displace non-x86* servers, rather the availability of commodity hardware with ECC RAM and other 'server' type options. It's really a give and take of hardware getting a bit better, vendors offering server solutions on that improving hardware, and hardware vendors upping the ante again etc etc.

In other words, had Itanium never been drempt up, the server market would look basically like it does today but with HP dropping support for HPPA right now instead of Itanium. Actually, the environment might look much different in that Oracle may have never purchased sun because sparc may have survived(as in maintained market share) having that little itanium slice of the market and butterfly effect that out to MariaDB not existing and java being less controversial.

MIPS really killed itself IMHO. x86 certainly kavorkianed it along, but nothing came out of the MIPS architecture to compete in a timely manner. MIPS is actually quite good, but like Alpha it had the wrong gameplan. Alpha was a trendsetter and Alpha boxes were amazing (formerly admin of a cluster of ES45 machines, Digital Unix) but digital/compaq got bought by HP and lost the war.

Not to say that x86 actually won though, the only thing x86 about and x86 CPU is that it happens to have some x86 decoders on effectively RISC core(s), so in the end RISC wins and gets no credit. MIPS (a RISC) owns the embedded router market today, ARM owns mobile, and x86 is very RISCy. Heck, the 'R' in arm used to mean RISC (still applies but the name is now just 'ARM')

about 9 months ago
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HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins

itzdandy Re:given its failure out of the gate. (243 comments)

It kind of did the latter

That's not even a stretch, it's completely false. Commodity x86/x86-64 clearly did the overwhelming bulk of eliminating other architectures by offering drastically better price/performance or maybe even more importantly, bringing the minimum server configuration down sub-$1000. Before the 'Xeon' and X86-64, servers were very much over powered and over engineered for many businesses.

Placing a $20,000 HP-UX/HPPA server in a small business and getting a baseline of 3% usage put these systems out of reach for obvious reasons. A $1000 Xeon box that performed similarly was the obvious choice. Itanium was never in the discussion and had effectively nothing to do with the decline of the MIPS and RISC server market.

--IMHO

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Staff Handovers -- How To Take Over From an Outgoing Sys Admin?

itzdandy Re: There is only one way... (195 comments)

As a poorly paid IT admin that manages thousands of devices across every province in Canada

purhaps your willingness to do so is causation for your poor pay....

1 year,18 days
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Narrowing Down When Humans Began Hurling Spears

itzdandy Re:Damascus steel was lost for centuries (208 comments)

skill is an extreme advantage. go to a local SCA event. Though they use blunt stick weapons, they can demonstrate that the first effective* strike drastically reduces the opponents ability to strike back.

The sharp edge matters for sure, but skill outweighs it by an order of magnitude.

about a year ago
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Narrowing Down When Humans Began Hurling Spears

itzdandy Re:Damascus steel was lost for centuries (208 comments)

"Adding a serrated edge would probably be even more effective against soft targets because it tears out chunks and causes more trauma"
not really the case, the serration causes a lot of surface damage but doesn't drive deep because it gets bound on fleshy parts, a smooth, moderate bevel with good weight will go deeper and cause a quicker death (typically). Keep in mind that an opponent might only have enough blood pressure to handle a single half-strength swing after a major arterial cut where a serrated tear could leave the other arm able to strike quite effectively even if they would die within minutes.

about a year ago
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Narrowing Down When Humans Began Hurling Spears

itzdandy Re:Brains are a funny thing (208 comments)

earthquake resistant then. They way they formed the top of each stone and the bottom formed a type of 'copy' so the rocks would stay in place instead of slide around on the stone below. Obviously this would wear on the stones to some degree and a really powerful earthquake would overcome the cope, but as time has shown, they put enough cope on the stones to handle the earthquakes in the region for a good long time.

about a year ago
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Can Any Smartphone Platform Overcome the Android/iOS Duopoly?

itzdandy Re:firefox or ubuntu (404 comments)

hmmm, can the debian chroot let you update your system to current? nope. stuck on ICS? JB not support your hardware? how can JB not support your hardware?!? oh, because it's not using drivers written for linux, it's stuff written for dalvik.

In contrast, ubuntu is just linux. you can update the system to current anytime. You can disable eyecandy if your phone is a bit too slow and keep it modern. It puts the user back in control.

I can appreciate canonical's efforts here. ubuntu can be used as-is for users that wont mess with things, or can be tinkered with by those who want too. You can launch an X session to run X apps, or an X session on an external display. QML is pretty straight forward and well documented.

I don't know how well it will be received, but I for one am willing to try it out. I'm a long time iOS user and haven't been completely satisfied with android (orig droid owner) and lack of ability to update the system without a TON of effort by cyanogen etc etc.

about a year and a half ago

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