top NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere
Bad music. Wish they had a front facing camera. Why not get a go pro sponsorship?
top The Joys and Hype of Hadoop
I remember Cloudera saying that most people use hadoop for ETL. Not sure if you've checked, but hadoop is like the ne plus ultra of ETL tools. It's worth a look if you have to transform lots and lots of data.
top Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off
Yeah, I remember when 1mhz was fast.
top Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die
Look on eBay for parts; you can upgrade your device to 240GB. It's pretty easy to do, for the most part.
top Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?
"I'm going to sit here and drink my coffee."
top Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans
Great, my data is protected by federal laws.
So what happens when there's an "unauthorized release" of your data by a federal agency?
That's why the laws on "unauthorized release" are bogus when you're talking about the government. No penalty = no enforcement = no care.
The TLA agencies care about your data when they need to ensure your cooperation with an ongoing investigation.
top CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations
Where's the oversight? Oh, it was by the same people that oversee the NSA, never mind.
top How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon
This is totally not a story about unintended consequences. If you read all three parts (which is a great read), you'll see that the cycle went like this:
Native fish taken out by alweifes
Alewifes taken out by Salmon Salmon taken out by too few alewives (overfeeding) Native species recover, because of no alewifes
The original guy did exactly what he set out to do: destroy alewives with salmon and build a fishing economy. That was pretty successful. After that population crashed they eventually discovered that the original fish came back, due to the lack of alewives.
The unintended consequences in this case are positive - marine biologists were able to learn something totally unexpected by doing experiments on a large scale.
The original goal was never to get the native species back; it was to make the lakes back into a commercial fishery. Is the state today "better" because the native species are back? Who knows. Just because things are status quo ante doesn't mean it's better. That population is just as vulnerable to a die off as it used to be.
That's why it's better to read the article instead of skimming it.
top CoreOS Announces Competitor To Docker
So, Rocket for Android would be called Pocket Rocket?
top Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
Government purports to represent voters, but it's unclear whether that's the best solution. In the US, the government represent the concerns of people in a particular area, and that area happens to have voters in it.
The US Senate is designed to give equal representation to states, no matter how big or small. Puny states like MD or RI have as much voting power as NY and CA. Fair? No, if you count "fairness" by "representative based on population."
However, the Senate is fair if you count them as representatives of the States.
Likewise for Congressional districts. A Rep represents a district, and by extension the voters in a district.
By representing by straight vote count you will over-represent urban voters, which is exactly what's happening in most of the states today. That's bad for a number of reasons, the first being that concerns of urban voters are different than concerns of rural voters; the urban voters will always win on a straight up-and-down vote.
While this may seem great to the urbanistas, a bit of reflection should enlighten you as to why this would be a bad idea.
top How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa
What are the possible choices for farmers?
1. grow crappy crops with free seeds and lots of expensive water,
2. grow good groups with seeds that you need to pay for but use less water?
#2 will make you more money, so the cost of the seeds is a non-factor. #1 will make you poor, because when it doesn't rain your crops die.
So, what exactly is the issue?
top Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites
I wonder if they're doing their tracking by just sending traffic the servers in question from multiple places and with control over a few exit nodes. They'd basically be sending seismic waves through Tor and timing the responses. After a while and with enough exit nodes you could start figuring out where the other nodes are. With enough traffic analysis from ISPs or whatever you could find out where the TOR nodes actually are. At that point it becomes easier to figure out physically where they are.
This is theoretical, but it would be fun to try.
top UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault
Hey, where'd the hiatus go? You know, the one they said didn't exist, then it did?
about a month and a half ago
top New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation
That's about when the Igigi created mankind. How about that?
top How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking
Back in the day, you didn't need to charge your phone every day. Now you do. Big deal?
about a month and a half ago
top Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux
Who controls the system, the system administrator or software developers?
How many packages come with init scripts that actually work?
How many packages have dependencies that aren't documented?
How many packages work only on a narrow subset of environments that are tested by the developers?
The answer, of course, is "all of them."
Today, the competent administrator can control startup, dependencies, etc on a granular basis. With systemd, that control has gone - somewhere else.
Who gets called when stuff fucks up because some bozo fucked up their package's systemd configuration? It won't be the package developer, that's for sure.
top Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion
The Jedi were, in the end, a bunch of idiots who were so blind that they (1) didn't notice they were spending billions of credits a year building a clone army, (2) didn't realize, even after some kid mentioned it to yoda, that all their systems were compromised, and (3) were so bad at tactics that they dropped 100% of their forces into - some dumb arena to fight someone.
Their last practitioner, Obi-Wan, left his best friend to die after cutting off both of his arms and his legs, and spent the rest of his life as a trapdoor spider waiting to turn his best friend's son into a weapon pointed at his old friend.
Why would anyone want to be like these yo-yos?
top Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?
If you want a process for fostering creativity, read something like this:
Ad agencies have to come up with ideas all the time, and their processes for doing so have worked for over a century. Each agency is different, but all of them have to be creative on demand.
top The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real
When I read this, I remember "the humors" and imagine someone ranting about the lack validity of a competing theory because they can't account of the lack of black bile in the solution.
top Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More
Dell's equipment service life is 3 years. The difference between your XPS is the Black Macbook is that the guy was still using the macbook for daily tasks. Your XPS is probably on a shelf somewhere.
My late 2009 i7 iMac is unfortunately still going strong, with 16gb of ram and a 4TB fusion drive. It'll last for another few years. I have a mac mini 2009 that's been cranking away in a colo 24x7 for the last 4-5 years with no issues.
You can see the difference between Apple products on eBay every day. I've been trying to pick up a old Mac Pro, and Mac Pros from 2009 are going for $1k+. It's unreal and sort of ridiculous.
Even the prices for iDevices are crazy. Look on glyde.com: the 3GS is still $48, $100+ for a 4s. These phones are ancient. You can't give old cellphones away that aren't iPhones.
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