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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

n3r0.m4dski11z So much power waste (286 comments)

If you look closely at those pictures, in pretty much every rack there are redundant switches with absolutely nothing connected to them, yet they are powered on.

Really? Do you like the blinking lights? I measured my 24 port 3com superstack switch and it was 50 watts. I switched to a 8 port low power gigabit (i have 6 devices these days) and it runs at 8watts.

Calculating the cost savings of the switch, at .07 cents a kwh, 42w = cost per year savings of 25 dollars. Roughly the cost of the gigabit switch i replaced it with!

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

n3r0.m4dski11z Re:A non-UNIX OS in a UNIX world? (545 comments)

Ah comeon now, who wants a monoculture?

All you need is one jeff goldbloom and your fucking hosed!

about two weeks ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

n3r0.m4dski11z Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

"it is fairly apparent that Notch is not some genius game designer, he just had the right idea at the right time, and got lucky that it went viral. Minecraft was not some amazing feat of design, it was a digital lego game that struck a chord with people."

Have you even played the game for more than 5 minutes? it had more depth and FUN my first hour playing it than all the games in the last ten years of gaming combined! Plus, kids fucking LOVE it. Southpark was bang on with its observation that everyone under 16 (maybe 20 now?) has played it and enjoyed it. If he's not a "genius" in some sense, with millions of accounts (paying like $25 each), then what the fuck dude, who the hell is?
He had the right idea at the right time, just like every other inventor in history. Nothing "genius" or not "genius" about it. Minecraft is an amazingly deep and thoughtful game, that is still getting free updates years after its release!

He is actually quite humble in the interviews I have read about him such as this one:
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/...

Minecraft is THE cult game of the last 10 years. The spinoffs, youtube channels, mods, servers, real life products, halloween costumes, t shirts... the list goes on and on. Minecraft steve, a creeper or other characters are easily as recognizable as mario, or a disney character to children these days.

There is a TONNE of value with the minecraft brand. Missing that means you are not in touch with the youths! and you lose at your evaluation of the situation.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

n3r0.m4dski11z Re:The Russian bear only understands force (848 comments)

" It would have been possible at the time for the US to get away with a preemptive nuclear strike against Russia. With most silos and mobile launchers on Russian territory located, a counterforce preemptive nuclear attack by the US would have resulted in the only real retaliation to be from submarine launches, which would have been few enough not to overwhelm missile defense."

Yes! And we could hide our best people in some of the countries deeper mineshafts! The radioactivity would never penetrate a mine some thousands of feet deep. And in a matter of weeks, sufficient improvements in dwelling space could easily be provided. Nuclear reactors could provide power almost indefinitely. Greenhouses could maintain plantlife. Animals could be bred and slaughtered. A quick survey would have to be made of all the available mine sites in the country. But I would guess... that ah, dwelling space for several hundred thousands of our people could easily be provided.

But I also think we should look at this from the military point of view. I mean, supposing the Russkies stashes away some big bomb, see. When they come out in a hundred years they could take over... In fact, they might even try an immediate sneak attack so they could take over our mineshaft space... I think it would be extremely naive of us, Mr. Prune, to imagine that these new developments are going to cause any change in Soviet expansionist policy. I mean, we must be... increasingly on the alert to prevent them from taking over other mineshaft space, in order to breed more prodigiously than we do, thus, knocking us out in superior numbers when we emerge! Mr. Prune, we must not allow... a mine shaft gap!

about a month ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

n3r0.m4dski11z Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Yeah it appears they hacked the account too. That account hasn't posted anything in 4 years...

about a month ago
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Exhibit On Real Johnny Appleseed To Hit the Road

n3r0.m4dski11z Johnny Weedyseed (71 comments)

How about a modern day guy who roams the countryside with marijuana clones. I have often dreamt about scattering seeds in all the ditches of the land.

about 2 months ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

n3r0.m4dski11z Re: 2 months, but they all quit! (278 comments)

"spread over two different physical houses"

Well maybe your richy rich multi millionaire bulbs last a long ass time, but the normal $2-5 per bulbs are garbage. I have to replace at least one every 6 months out of aprox 15 bulbs installed in my apt. My anecdote cancels out your anecdote!!! so there

I know many people as well who have the same problems. My building manager for instance who manages a 200 suite property. The building engineers at work who swap them out all the time. The balast generally goes and then the bulb is toast. Sometimes they go grey first in the tube, but most are heavily yellowed from heat damage. I like the energy savings, and lower heat, but old ass bulbs are far more reliable.

about 3 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

n3r0.m4dski11z Re:Can I have a pinch of salt with that (288 comments)

"I have tons of experience with indians"

Thats pretty racist to generalize so heavily one ethnic group across an entire industry.

"I hate saying that. I really do"

Your racism is not in any way a favour to society so like, I hope you understand that you don't have to be racist if you don't want to.

about 4 months ago
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Finally, Hi-Def Streaming Video of the ISS's View of Earth

n3r0.m4dski11z Re:Useless (97 comments)

well, I for one welcome our new 2d grey square overlords

about 5 months ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

n3r0.m4dski11z Re: Maybe not extinction... (608 comments)

"Big corps are about 0.1% of the problem big governments are. Based on megadeaths in the 20th century."

Without predatory capitalistic corporations which -literally- feed their children on the human misery that is receiving healthcare in the us, america would have universal healthcare. Lobbyists. One of the reasons that the parent comment is right and that all the ills of governement are indeed caused by corporations! (paraphrasing what im sure he meant :P)

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

n3r0.m4dski11z Repair and Diagnosis (737 comments)

A diagnostic mind would be the best skill to have and be useful to society Both post and pre Apocalypse.Troubleshooting cars, computers, electronics, structures, simple machines, repairing other tools... Without the internet or manuals, being able to figure systems out and use of correct tools in diagnosis and repair.

Because you simply won't be able to get new shit in such abundance, whatever world you think we are heading into.

about 6 months ago
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Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

n3r0.m4dski11z Only study worth quoting: BBC horizon s2013e06 (459 comments)

Twin doctors, one eats nothing but fats and the other eats nothing but carbs, for a month. They document it, they work out, they do tests.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programme...

The result (spoiler alert), either is not great. Eating only fat cannibalizes your muscles, and makes you not get any enjoyment out of food. Whereas eating only carbs makes you feel hungrier all the time.

But their conclusion had a twist, the main problem is processed foods that have a 50/50 mix of fat and carbs. An excellent example is whipped cream. Your body would reject you drinking pure cream, and also pure sugar. But mix them together, and you cant stop eating it! Same with many of our favourite foods, ice cream, doughnuts. All have the 50/50 mix that vendors long ago realized was the most addictive mix. Your body basically never gets the signal to stop eating.

Anyone who is interested should check it out.
http://kickass.to/usearch/hori...

about 7 months ago
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Gracenote, Privacy, and the Rise of Metadata As a Valuable Asset

n3r0.m4dski11z Where have I heard that before... (33 comments)

Gracenote sounds familiar, but they are the ones who commercialized CDDB! Also now they are owned by sony.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

That's the problem with these for profit companies. Now everyone is selling my meta data, for lookups that I had never even considered left a footprint. Hopefully my DNS servers are not thinking of commercializing my metadata! how far can they go in search of every last scrap of profit? commercialize ntp! why the fuck not!!!! profit profit profit! stocks go up up up!!!

about 7 months ago
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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

n3r0.m4dski11z Most likely they are pwned by NSA (299 comments)

Kaspersky is a horrid software. Hard to uninstall, lots of problems in a domain environment. We thankfull ditched it this year after multiple screwups last year including when client updates caused a significant precentange of machines to slow down or not talk to the network. Took them two months to fix that.

So I am not surprised if he is admitting in a round-a-bout way, that they are hacked by the NSA. You load spyware into products, it causes problems - more bugs. I wouldn't be surprised.

about 8 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

n3r0.m4dski11z Re:Cinema speakers can be damaged too (526 comments)

You really don't see the difference between a 4 watt laptop speaker and a 10,000 watt cinema quality surround sound system?

It's possible that the speaker was overdriven on the laptop, but then thats the laptops fault clearly. With high wattage audio gear, the amplifier can often put out more power than the speakers can take. One would think dell would easily make sure that did not happen in their simple, low power, controlled environment.

I've had to deal with dell tech support. Its all outsourced and awful. If 99% of people are fooled by "you broke it stupid" I am not surprised that they would try that and even stick to their guns until the bitter end.

about 8 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

n3r0.m4dski11z Re:CBC (578 comments)

Maybe its banned in the USA. You are the only suggestion to mention cbc, which one would think would be popular and is completely free. Or americans don't want to watch pro canada propaganda during a patriotic time.

can some american confirm if you can watch cbc stream? its about .5mbps
http://olympics.cbc.ca/videos/...

Except they are saying its live right now but its not as I watched it at 8am. Which is false advertising.

about 8 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

n3r0.m4dski11z Re:Last about five years? (237 comments)

"I've either personally owned or purchased for companies I've worked for dozens of hard drives "

Bwahaha... no offence mr low uid, but "dozens" does not make you an expert. I have had thousands of bad drives in my 15 or so years in the business. out of tens to hundreds of thousands of machines. Right now I see about 50-100 bad drives a year supporting a medium sized company as well as the occasional home computer.

Hard drives power supplies and capacitors are the number 1 2 and 3 things that fail on all computers first. Any other failure is an oddity.

3-5 years is most certainly correct as the AVERAGE lifetime of a drive. I have come to my own conclusions about that particular number based on experience, and reading about hard drive failures for many years. Sure many drives last longer, and many many fail by simply getting slower with age. But the main point is that dozens is merely a hobbyist and if you are basing your opinion on such a small sample size, you may not be correct.

As I said before, seagate screwed themselves over bad firmwares a few years ago which is why people hate them so much now (me included). However I am sure WD will fuck up eventually too and ill have to switch back to seagates.

The most important thing for drives is proper cooling and avoiding manufacturing defects (bad batch).

The best tool to use for hard drive diagnosis is 1) your ear and 2) hdtune

about 8 months ago
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Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships

n3r0.m4dski11z i beg to disagree (463 comments)

"When you are 30 light-seconds out, the laser will always be aimed at where you were 30 seconds ago. "..."What range are you presuming these space battles take place?"

Way to pull a number out of thin air. Eve online battles generally occur less than 120km from targets and frequently within 30km. Considering 30 light seconds is 9 million km, I think your space physics needs some work.

about 8 months ago

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n3r0.m4dski11z n3r0.m4dski11z writes  |  more than 11 years ago

As a side note, Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world, was hosting an unpublicized charity benefit inside the high security Offutt military base at 8:00 a.m. With him were business leaders and several executives from the World Trade Center, including Anne Tatlock of Fiduciary Trust Co. International, who likely would have died had it not been for the meeting. [San Francisco Business Times, 2/1/02] They watched a lot of the television coverage that morning, but it's unknown if any of these people were still at Offutt by the time Bush arrived in the afternoon.

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n3r0.m4dski11z n3r0.m4dski11z writes  |  more than 11 years ago

You can't have peace WHEN YOU GO AROUND KILLING AND MAKING WAR

you can't critize countries for having NUCLEAR WEAPONS when your own country HAS THE MOST NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE WORLD

you can't have ultimate "truth" when all you do is lie

you cant have love when all you believe in is hate and yes casual indeference IS hate

you cant have FREEDOM while some are still in chains

there IS NO SUCH THING AS GOOD AND EVIL it is a human creation, created by catholosism. they are blanket terms to hide actual reality. reality is the will to power.

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