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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

jabuzz Re:Prison population (407 comments)

The rise in crime since WWII is a historical blip in a long term (on the scale of centuries) downward trend.

Why it is dropping is the million dollar question and nobody knows for sure. It is commonly known as the "Crime Conundrum" and it is unlikely that prison has anything to do with it because the same drop in crime is being seen across the developed world with countries that have wildly different incarceration policies.

4 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

jabuzz Re:Data centers? (407 comments)

Just use chilled doors on the racks have lower air con costs anyway and not have all that issue with trying to blow air around efficiently. Basically hot air exhausts through the back of the servers and immediately hits a gigantic radiator which has chilled water flowing through it and out the back of the rack comes cool air. Works a treat.

4 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

jabuzz Re:WMDs? Chemical weapons? Wait, what? (376 comments)

Except the MOAB is 11 tonnes of TNT equivalent and the Russian FAB 44 tonnes of TNT equivalent. That is they are three orders of magnitude smaller than the Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

5 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

jabuzz Re:A better link for the story (564 comments)

Really reading your link looks like Reagan era budget cuts resulted in the Mirror Fusion Test Facility being shut down on the day it opened with no experiments ever taking place. Quite how this proves it does not work is an exercise left to the reader.

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

jabuzz Re:a couple of things... (405 comments)

In Europe it is now standard for the passengers to be told not to inflate the life jacket till they leave the plain..

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

jabuzz Re:It's the passenger choise to listen or not (405 comments)

The moment you stop caring about your safety is the moment you put *MY* safety at risk. A simple one would be total brainless morons who inflate their life-jacket inside the aircraft because they where not listening and as a consequence impede my exit. Yes this does happen there are a number of well documented cases of aircraft ditching and people inflating life-jackets inside the aircraft and people needlessly ending up drowned.

about a week ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

jabuzz Re:No, that's not the problem (279 comments)

Given obesity is the biggest public health crisis facing the U.S.A. that the Center for Disease Control (and many people consider it a disease) is spending a small amount of money looking into unexplained differing rates of obesity in different sections of the population is surely a sensible and prudent decision.

about a week ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

jabuzz Re:Gallons per mile? (403 comments)

Lotus Elise is a 1.4l four cylinder engine and does 150mph.

about two weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

jabuzz Re:As one of the few people here... (208 comments)

My only beef with red light cameras is the only driving offence I have is going though a red light so an ambulance barrelling down the road behind me with blues and twos going would not have too slow down ended up with me having a fine and points on my license. Won't be doing that again.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

jabuzz Re:How can you (171 comments)

The low temperature manufacturing was for the CIGS panels you numpty. In theory that should lead to lower manufacturing costs. The Chinese where able to lower the price (mostly through polluting the planet) of silicon ingots enough to offset this advantage.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

jabuzz Re:Samsung should just work to invalidate them... (93 comments)

Is it worth it in the case of the vFAT/FAT32 patents? They must be due for expiry any time now. Windows 95 is nearly 20 years old. On the other hand I would want to try and get any patents on exFAT invalidated because they still have a long time to run.

Even the MP3 patents are expiring real soon now, if they are not already expired in your jurisdiction.

about two weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

jabuzz Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

No person in the United Kingdom has ever been prosecuted for selling in pounds and ounces. If you believe that then I have a bridge to sell you.

If you knew your facts you would know that people have been prosecuted for selling goods using scales that don't have an official calibration certificate; which is something completely different.

Now it might be the case that you can only get scales calibrated using the metric system these days. However there is nothing stopping you going up to a trader asking for a pound of apples and the trader selling weighing out 454g of apples and selling you those.

Personally I have no recollection of ever being taught British Imperial units at school and I was born in 1970. I some times revert to inches and feet when measuring something that was clearly built using these measurements (like my house for example) but otherwise good riddance. The idea that they need teaching in schools in 2014 is complete nonsense.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

jabuzz Re:Idiot (942 comments)

Especially given that in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the SNP only polled 45% of the popular vote, which interestingly is pretty much the same proportion of the vote they got in the referendum. They didn't have a democratic mandate for the referendum in 2011 and giving them one was stupid. Even stupider was allowing to drag on for years, should have been quick and in say 2012.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

jabuzz Re:I don't blame China for not giving a crap (261 comments)

May be but the per capita COâ for China has now surpassed that of the E.U. so at least those of us in Europe can sit point fingers and demand action from both the USA and China. Australia's per capita COâ is also bad but there not many of them to begin with.

about a month ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

jabuzz Re:The best-case scenario is out. (280 comments)

Actually you would be wrong on that account. There a a couple of viruses that are vulnerable to antibiotics. It is however the exception that proves the rule, and they are not disease causing viruses anyway from memory.

about a month ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

jabuzz Re:MAD (342 comments)

Right so those 1000kg war head V2 rockets with a 320km/200mile range that he was lobbing all over the place (Wikipedia tells me 3172 where fired in anger) could not possibly have been used to deliver the nerve gas that the Nazi's had.

about a month ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

jabuzz Re:min install (221 comments)

Try a CentOS 7 minimal install, does not even have ifconfig, lspci or a bunch of other what I would consider basic stuff.

about a month ago
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

jabuzz Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (275 comments)

Point of note, a retroreflector does not have to be oriented at the earth. Any incident light is reflected back down the path it came. The Soviet reflectors have a noticeably weaker signal because they are physically smaller. This is important because the laser beam by the time it gets to the moons surface is no longer a thin pencil beam, so the physically smaller retoreflectors of the Soviet Lunokhod rovers reflect less light than the Apollo ones. It is also possible that the Apollo retroreflectors are better than the Soviet ones, aka they reflect more of the incident radiation, but I am speculating on the that point.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

jabuzz Re:oh wow (129 comments)

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

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

jabuzz Re:Low Power (287 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.

about a month ago

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