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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

jabuzz Re:oh wow (119 comments)

And there was me thinking the Harrier jump jet was invented in the U.K.

2 hours ago

Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

jabuzz Re:Low Power (281 comments)

Stick a couple of port multipliers on it. It is a home setup so max out is going to be a couple of 1GbE bonded so about 220MB/s, which is way less than the bandwidth of two SATA2 ports, so with port multipliers that is at least 10 disks, run a RAID6 of 8D+2P with 4TB disk and bingo 32TB of storage. Plenty of Atom boards will take 8GB of RAM which is more than enough for a NAS and the Linux software RAID is all SSE accelerated code so even an Atom has way more grunt than is required.

3 days ago

Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

jabuzz Re:More details (292 comments)

Bulking agents generally maltodextrin because it is cheap, colourless and tasteless. Even looks a bit like sugar. If you did not bulk them out you would have to add them in impractically small quantities that they would be useless for end users. A big soft drinks manufacturer on the other hand can add them neat to their products.

4 days ago

Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

jabuzz Re:sorry (195 comments)

Bingo we have a winner. High pressure steam is extremely corrosive as well.

4 days ago

Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

jabuzz Re:This isn't scaremongering. (491 comments)

E.U. laws require financial institutions to be headquartered in the country with the most customers. Over the centuries of union those Scottish banks such as RBS, Bank of Scotland etc. all now have more customers in England than in Scotland. To continue to legally operate in the remainder of the U.K. those banks will have to shift their headquarters. The end result is no banks that are headquartered in Scotland, and no local banks.

All the banks have announced/leaked plans to relocate their headquarters to England in the event of a Yes vote.

5 days ago

Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

jabuzz Re:Parallax. (424 comments)

Actually it is, because in the U.K. at least (and probably the rest of the E.U.) doctoring photos like this and then using them in advertising is highly illegal. Apple are likely to be hit hard in short order.

I have no idea if the USA allows such deceptive practices in advertising but it would not surprise me.

5 days ago

SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

jabuzz Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (210 comments)

No originally a cube 1cm square at 4 degrees Celsius was one gram. That translates to 1 litre which being a 10cm cube comes in at 1kg.

That it was all later redefined in terms of a standard prototype kilogram is not really relevant to the point about the consistency of the metric unit system.

5 days ago

The State of ZFS On Linux

jabuzz Re: Unfamiliar (366 comments)

Why would I prefer ZFS over DIF on FC and now SAS2 which does the checksumming in a far more comprehensive manner for me and is agnositic to the file system it is on?

about two weeks ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

jabuzz Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

The phantom transactions is because you end up paying for the same thing twice, once via standard chip and pin (well standard if you are not in the backwater that is the USA) and again via contactless NFC.

From memory it was down to till operator error at one particular shop (M&S to be precise) when they introduced contactless payment.

about two weeks ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

jabuzz Re:BBC is hateful and evil (363 comments)

Actually compared to Channel 4 that had John Snow using extremely offensive and inflammatory sexist language while interviewing Israeli officials the BBC coverage was far more even handed.

about two weeks ago

NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

jabuzz Re:And make video available when asked (170 comments)

If you think that 18Pb of data is a massive storage problem then I have news for you it is not, and can be done in a handful of racks these days. Of course you would probably archive anything over six months old to tape so you could easily store a few decades worth.

Really 18Pb is small beer these days.

about two weeks ago

Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

jabuzz Re:Le sigh.... (167 comments)

Clearly you have never heard of proteomics then. The idea that GMO is completely blind as to the possible effects is uneducated nonsense. Given that traditional selective breading requires no proteomic testing for unintended side effects, any sane rational person looking at the facts would conclude that GMO is in fact safer.

about two weeks ago

Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

jabuzz Re:All that work (97 comments)

The problem with detergents is that they *ARE* biodegradable. The phosphate in the detergent encourages algae to grow which causes problems in the rivers.

about two weeks ago

Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

jabuzz Re:Don't try this in Europe (63 comments)

Think again, only the government can infringe your "Human Rights", private individuals and companies cannot.

about three weeks ago

Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

jabuzz Other parts of the world? (167 comments)

That is anywhere outside the backwards North America and their rubbish NTSC colour television system and all that component rubbish. It ends up as an RGB on the screen cut the crap and send the RGB to the display device.

about three weeks ago

VMware Unveils Workplace Suite and NVIDIA Partnership For Chromebooks

jabuzz Re:Hmmm .... (60 comments)

One concludes that you have not heard of RemoteFX and multimedia redirection then because the basic premiss of your comments is factually incorrect. Now VMwares solution might be better than Microsoft's but both do the same thing.

about a month ago

Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

jabuzz Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

Not that I am a Labour voter but I would point out that while the debt at the beginning of 2008 was higher in real terms, importantly as a percentage of the GDP it was lower than it was in May 1997 when Labour came to power.

It is like getting a new job with a higher salary and using the extra income to take out a larger mortgage and buy a bigger house. Could easily be that while the total debt goes up, as a percentage of your income it has gone down. Is that a bad thing? You might argue that it is, but it is not as clear cut as you would like to make out.

about 1 month ago

Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

jabuzz Re:Working from home (161 comments)

No problem come live in my house. Some ferrous/magnetic material in the bricks that make the walls means no phone signal in the house unless you are right by a window and we can "fix" that by replacing the sealed units with ones that have "energy saving" glass. I have to use a femtocell for a reliable mobile signal :-)

about a month ago

Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

jabuzz Re:LOL (521 comments)

Except for example Israel is quite keen on solar power give that it is hot and sunny there to the point where they have deserts. Also not relying on hostile neighbours for fossil fuel is seen as being a "good" thing.

The suggestion is that Israel could meet all it's power generation using solar in the Negev. Heck the Tesla S almost has the range to drive from any point to any other point in the country. Given the hostile nature of it's neighbours, that they control much of the worlds oil sounds like an excellent place for electric vehicles using solar power for generation.

about a month ago

Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

jabuzz Re:Defeats the purpose (232 comments)

Neither is traditional postal mail, for example

I doubt that any mechanism for anything anywhere is 100% reliable as that is a hugely high barrier.

about a month ago


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