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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

otis wildflower Re:Cheaper drives (183 comments)

Samsung's 840 EVO 500GB dipped below $0.5/GB unformatted on Newegg a couple weeks ago, with coupon.. IIRC the Crucial M550 512GB at newegg is below $0.5/GB without coupon..

about two weeks ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

otis wildflower Haven't cared in 5 years, don't care now (108 comments)

Meh, KDE really fucked me over in the 3.5->4 transition, getting rid of a bunch of features that I really liked.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

otis wildflower Stunt ship (238 comments)

Time for Disaster Area to build a stunt ship out of it...

about a month and a half ago
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

otis wildflower English is fun (649 comments)

With just one little comma...

"Teaching Creationism, As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools"

about 2 months ago
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US Nuclear Plants Expanding Long-Term Waste Storage Facilities

otis wildflower PRISM, LFTR (187 comments)

Consume spent fuel and waste, and turn it into power:

http://gehitachiprism.com/what...

Though I think avoiding sodium (in a LFTR, for example) is a safer choice, given its behavior when wet..

about 3 months ago
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Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

otis wildflower Tweaking the Greentards (213 comments)

He's doing it for the lulz, to tweak the particularly strident greentards that infect Australia.

That said, if Australia went full-bore into PRISM and LFTR development (by, perhaps, providing some funding but mostly just expediting red tape and silencing greenies/NIMBYs) they could very well build a 11- or 12-figure industry around it instead of leaving it to China or India.

about 3 months ago
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Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

otis wildflower Re:You call this science? (323 comments)

If, as the best estimate suggests, the water rises about 8 inches by the year 2100, do we still plan on running 1970's reactors?

I doubt they'd PLAN for it, but with greenies and NIMBYs it would not be beyond the realm of possibility.

about 3 months ago
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Rising Sea Level Could Put East Coast Nuclear Plants At Risk

otis wildflower Replace them all with LFTRs (323 comments)

LFTRs would take up less space, be more efficient, and rather than consuming water for cooling they could use low-grade leftover process heat to desalinate water. So, instead of being a massive freshwater sink it would be a freshwater source for piping inland (or, depending on the site, a river could be reversed for that task?)

about 3 months ago
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Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

otis wildflower Re:Okay, Fusion is cool but... (280 comments)

Indeed, between PRISM to burn existing nuclear waste, and LFTR, the world can have centuries if not millennia of linear energy growth, and by which time fusion may even be practical.

about 3 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

otis wildflower H2 fuel cells are a nonstarter, SOFCs may not be (659 comments)

No nation is going to build an entire network of H2-dedicated pipelines and other infrastructure, so any sort of mass fueling of H2 will come from electrolysis (consumes freshwater and is expensive for power) or (most likely) reformation of natural gas piggybacking on the already-existing NG infrastructure.

So, how efficient would an H2 fuel cell vehicle be per mpg equivalent worth of reformed H2 from natural gas? How much is the net fuel cost per mile?

Now, IMO a more promising path would be using solid-oxide fuel cells that accept hydrocarbons directly, but IFF they can get at least 16-20kWh out of a gallon of gasoline, its volume and mass are comparable to an I4 or V6 engine, and the cost comes down to 5-10 cents per Watt.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

otis wildflower Re:Ion Audio (201 comments)

That's been discontinued, and AFAIK only has PC drivers. Their replacement is just a composite -> USB box, but it does have OS X drivers.

Dunno if either has OSS support, alas.

I like the VCR2DVD deck idea, assuming one can be found that does a quality job. I reckon finding a higher-end (S) VHS deck (with 4+ heads, stereo, auto tracking, maybe jog/shuttle knob) and testing it with a few sacrificable tapes is the way to go for OP. For 8mm video I'd recommend finding a Digital8 deck or camera, since it internally converts analog 8mm/Hi8 to digital before sending it up the firewire link.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

otis wildflower Billing by the hour? (294 comments)

If you're billing by the hour, this should be a GODSEND.

Otherwise, start updating your resume..

about 4 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

otis wildflower Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (276 comments)

I'd buy the crap out of this, but IIRC the CGI would have to be redone from scratch with little-to-no access to original digital assets.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

otis wildflower Re:Take a look at Synology's DSM (114 comments)

Synology is busybox-based, with md/lvm tools etc., and for the most part behaves properly. The GUI is handy for remote access and management (with self-signed cert), and is pretty functional for all but the corneriest of corner cases.

This past week I needed to ssh in in order to e2fsck my storage prior to lvextending it. Kinda disappointed I had to do that, but the fact is that I could and did. Also, since the RAID is in software, in theory I could pull my 7 drive RAID out and stick it in another linux box and vg(im|ex)port it.

My 1812+ has adequate power for pushing ~100+MB/s with its dual-core Atom and 3GB (it took a spare laptop SO-DIMM), and runs at a pretty low wattage rate vs. a handbuild mid tower. It can't transcode, but I have WDTV Live boxes that support most codecs fairly well for that.

about 5 months ago
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White House Reportedly Dismissing Key Healthcare.gov Contractor

otis wildflower CGI? 1994 called... (284 comments)

WTF they writing stuff in CGI at this point anyways? /sarc

about 8 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Endorses a "Truly Free" Laptop

otis wildflower No Hurd option? (340 comments)

Is there a Hurd installer?

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

otis wildflower Is there an OSS player that will do iTunes libs? (317 comments)

At one point, one of the OSS iTunes replacements could actually properly handle an iTunes Library XML file, assuming you regex replaced the pathing appropriately, but at a certain point it became an unsupported feature. I think it was in early builds of Songbird with iTunes plugin.

Are there any OSS apps that play nice with a live iTunes Library file with playlists, count, rating, etc. support? I currently migrated my iTunes repo to my home NAS and repointed my Macs to it by option-starting iTunes. I'd like to be able to point an OSS app on Linux (or even Windows!) to that same NAS repo and have it Just Work Properly.

Any recommendations on something that actually works well and isn't some buggy pre-beta kludgefest?

about 9 months ago

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