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Amazon EC2 May Be Experiencing Growing Pains

lawaetf1 Re:For testing, use Trinity Rescue Kit (93 comments)

When did you last spin up an EC2 instance? I wait at least 5 mins, sometimes closer to 10, for an image to launch.

Granted the EBS-backed AMIs will boot faster as the image is already boot-ready.

more than 4 years ago

Cell Phones Don't Increase Chances of Brain Cancer

lawaetf1 Re:extremes (320 comments)

Kurzweil, in his "I'm going to live forever" book, recommended using headsets and wrapping the cord through one of those ferrite donuts in order to dampen any leaking EM waves.

He didn't sell them himself, however.

Hmm.. business idea. Just need to find a good spammer.. j/k

more than 4 years ago

Average Gamer Is 35, Fat and Bummed

lawaetf1 Re:Hmm... (439 comments)

May I suggest you cancel your cable or satellite TV? You've already indicated your awareness that it is completely manufactured drivel. Mainstream media to real life is like Cramer is to investing -- not to be paid attention to and ideally not to be watched period.

Just turn the shit off and go do something outside.

about 5 years ago

Apple Tries To Gag Owner of Exploding iPod

lawaetf1 Re:iDiots... (475 comments)

And what do you propose to do with all those corporate lawyers if companies simply acted sensibly and didn't default to litigation for everything? The unemployment rate is already sky-high, we don't need a wave of unemployable, irritable suits hitting the streets.

more than 5 years ago

Virgin American In-Flight Internet Review, From In-Flight

lawaetf1 Re:May I be the first to say (198 comments)

Amen. Can you imagine an 8-hour flight with everyone yapping around you? Hideous.

"yeah.. no that's what I said!.. oh he always acts like that HAHAHA... hey are you going to that thing on saturday?....... yeah but Jim will be there!..... oh this flight is taking for-EVER... geez promise you'll come visit me!.... oh hang on, he's calling, I'll call you right back!.. no, it's ok, we don't land for another four hours.. mmkay, bye--kisses!.... hey honey!"

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

lawaetf1 Re:Weren't the earlier betas much faster? (821 comments)

Vista is not at all a "bad OS." The upgrade path from XP to Vista may involve a hardware refresh but the OS itself is solid, attractive, and pretty user friendly. I've been running it for about a year and it has yet to full-on crash on me. In fact its ability to isolate faulting apps is excellent.

My Fedora10 system, by contrast, has way more quirks. Yes, it's apples to oranges when comparing the two for all the reasons we know about.

While I don't usually stand up for Msft, this "it's a bad OS" conclusion is not fair. Which isn't to say Msft didn't fumble in so far as not doing enough to get drivers rewritten or having awful, awful marketing (The Seinfeld ad was enough to turn anyone off the OS).

What really sucks is that XP is a just-fine OS as well.. but if you try to config a system on Dell now with XP it is an EXTRA $150 (!!).

more than 5 years ago

How To Have an Online Social Life When You're Dead

lawaetf1 No e-life after death but obits are moving online (187 comments)

Sites like are popping up to make the death experience more facebook-compatible.

Online guest books, youtube videos, massive databases of the dead, etc.

It makes sense given the decline of the newspaper and the traditional paper obit.

more than 5 years ago

Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?

lawaetf1 Re:Of course we don't need running shoes (776 comments)

While that wealth - "societal fitness" correlation sounds plausible, it is not supported by any evidence I am aware of.

There is no smarts - riches connection .

More succinctly, the Chinese have a saying -- "wealth does not last three generations." Someone is going to blow it, invest poorly, etc. That would suggest no genetic component worthy of mating with someone.

more than 5 years ago

Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?

lawaetf1 Re:Of course we don't need running shoes (776 comments)

Regrettably I can't cite a source for this but I believe it was from something authoritative.. National Geographic or thereabouts.

At any rate, the bushmen of Africa do indeed perform marathon-like feats in order to catch game. Doubtful they do it in the blazing sun but I imagine there is a temperature zone where our lack of fur and sweat-cooled exertion is superior to the systems of an animal.

more than 5 years ago

Computer Spies Breach $300B Fighter-Jet Project

lawaetf1 Re:Why? (330 comments)

Which assumes there is a open wifi connection in the area. That alone is unacceptable for any building/office that houses even "sensitive" data. 802.11b/g/n should all be jammed as well as the walls/windows lined with RF blocking mesh.

The guys running the .mil networks are a bit like union folk -- not actively seeking to make things worse but not staying up late to keep the holes plugged either. They'll have some laughably lopsided security approach -- pressurized conduit piping for CAT5 but servers running NT 3.5.

Bureaucracy, bloated budgets, Friday's off, consultants/contractors everywhere, protectionist agendas..

more than 5 years ago

Goldman Sachs Tries To Shut Down Dissident Blogger

lawaetf1 blue jeans cable, anyone? (161 comments)

Wow, nobody has posted the wondrous story of Blue Jeans Cable?

Monster Cable sent this small cable co a threatening letter with a grab-bag of patents that they claim he violated. Little did they know the owner was a former lawyer himself. His reply to Monster is absolutely priceless.

more than 5 years ago

Ad Block Plus Filter Maintainer "rick752" Dies At 56

lawaetf1 Condolences.. and kudos (385 comments)

First and foremost, condolences to the family.

Second, Rich, thanks for a powerful plugin that I'm sure has kept my blood pressure down a few notches. Whenever I use a browser that doesn't have adBlock installed I am aghast at the irritating clutter that is on most web pages.

more than 5 years ago

Command Lines and the Future of Firefox

lawaetf1 Offtopic / troll -- but what about Thunderbird? (360 comments)

The project is stagnant.. yet still has a huge user base. I submitted a bug recently, it was acknowledged as valid, but there was pretty much zero traction on getting a fix despite multiple people submitting confirming logs, etc.

I guess, since it doesn't make money, it's not a priority.

more than 5 years ago

MIT To Make All Faculty Publications Open Access

lawaetf1 Re:Hats of for MIT (164 comments)

Yes, I hear at MIT they teach the difference between "off" and "of"!

\\\runs and hides.. troll me, I deserve it.

more than 5 years ago

How To Prevent Being Hacked Via Backups?

lawaetf1 Re:Easy fix (214 comments)

And if you're a bigger business you use a WORM solution. Technology - it's flexible.

more than 5 years ago

20 Years After Cold Fusion Debut, Another Team Claims Success

lawaetf1 We don't need cold fusion... (373 comments)

We have Steorn, and Blacklight Power!!

It seems the universe is plump with energy and needs only a little squeeze to send it gushing forth.

more than 5 years ago

UK Gov't May Track All Facebook Traffic

lawaetf1 Re:What if Facebook forced encryption? (204 comments)

It's bad enough that facebook results in more lost productivity than hangovers and the flu combined.. and the hundreds of megawatt hours of juice they burn. Lets not ADD to their leaching of vitality from the human race and the planet by burning more power to AES:

"Snooky Socks wrote on your wall: "lolz, last night was sooo fun! Check out this pic of Jeremy dancing with Jenn!!!11 :)"

Really.. encryption tools are plentiful and free for anyone that is planning an insurrection.

more than 5 years ago

Demo of a New "Sixth Sense" Technology

lawaetf1 Re:I already have more than five senses (187 comments)

Sure.. just like the "components" of my server costs only $5,000. Then there's the $30k database license sitting on it. And the 2A of power it draws, and the $1k/month internet connection.. and my salary.. etc. Her hardware cost reference is to promote the "why don't we have this now?" reaction.

Anyone else notice the instances of him using the device (bookstore, grovery store) were conspicuously dimly lit? Not knocking what is certainly a clever packaging of components in an experimental doodad.. but would you buy a device you couldn't use outside?

more than 5 years ago

BASH 4.0 Released

lawaetf1 Re:Screenshots? (459 comments)

Here you go..

[root@localhost ~]#

more than 5 years ago


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