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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

pezpunk Re:Corporate America (533 comments)

well according to the supreme court corporations = people and money = free speech so at least the "people" have their "free speech"

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

pezpunk Re:hate idiotic reacitonary gotcha "studies" (710 comments)

we agree that responsible energy management is a problem and individuals acting alone won't make a difference long term? sounds like a sensible gentleman.

about three weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

pezpunk hate idiotic reacitonary gotcha "studies" (710 comments)

uhhh maybe people who are in favor of energy conservation correctly realize that an individual acting alone to conserve power is pointless and insignificant given the scale of the problem they are worried about, while political policies, protesting or speaking out might actually have a measurable positive effect.

i could go live a energy-neutral lifestyle as a hermit in the woods and it would do no good in the long run. maybe it's naive, but working for political policies that support energy conservation seems to have far more potential to address the problem than a thousand recluses.

about three weeks ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

pezpunk Re:context (164 comments)

the problem with tape is by the time you can retrieve the data you're interested in, it no longer matters.

about a month and a half ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

pezpunk Re:Sigh. (164 comments)

that reminds me ... I should do a backup ....

about a month and a half ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

pezpunk Re:Sigh. (164 comments)

hey thanks for sharing your anecdotal experience as if it carries any weight whatsoever compared to actual controlled experiments and statistics.

for comparison, I've owned 8 and no failures yet. I have a raid0 array of SSDs upstairs that has been working flawlessly since 2008. an aberration maybe. anecdotal evidence works like that.

about a month and a half ago
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Endurance Experiment Writes One Petabyte To Six Consumer SSDs

pezpunk context (164 comments)

has anyone tried this with platter drives? would it simply take too long?

it's hard for me to judge whether this is more or less data than a platter drive will typically write in its lifespan. I feel like it's probably a lot more than the average drive processing in its lifetime. and anyway, platter drive failure might be more a function of total time spent spinning or seeking or simply time spent existing for all I know.

about a month and a half ago
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New Valve Prototype VR Headset Shows Up At VR Meetup In Boston

pezpunk An Apple-Designed Programming Language (41 comments)

let me guess -- it has one generic all-purpose object type that does everything, and all classes must be submitted to the Apple Class Store, approved, and downloaded before being instantiated.

about 2 months ago
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The Rule of Three Proved By Physicists

pezpunk 3.14159265358979323846264 (80 comments)

yay! i'm going to memorize as many digits as i can of the Rule of Three!

about 2 months ago
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Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

pezpunk Re:so much for a "free" market (229 comments)

In New Jersey, you still aren't even allowed to pump your own gas, due to a successful lobby by gas station owners ... in 1949. it's all "full service". never underestimate the power of crappy special interest lobbies in New Jersey.

about 5 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Jonathan Coulton What You Will

pezpunk Re:Revenue? (48 comments)

while you're at it, would you say women are usually very impressed, somewhat impressed, or not impressed at all at your tumescence?

about 5 months ago
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The Archaeology of Beer

pezpunk Re:But ... (89 comments)

the wegmans, the giant, and the safeway near me all have dogfish head, and i'm out in the boonies (prince william county, va). it's a wonderful time to be a beer lover.

about 7 months ago
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Storing Your Encrypted Passwords Offline On a Dedicated Device

pezpunk so basically an ident-i-eeze. (107 comments)

Douglas Adams, right again.

"It was an Ident-i-Eeze, and was a very naughty and silly thing for Harl to have lying around in his wallet, though it was perfectly understandable. There were so many different ways in which you were required to provide absolute proof of your identity these days that life could easily become extremely tiresome just from that factor alone, never mind the deeper existential problems of trying to function as a coherent consciousness in an epistemologically ambiguous physical universe. Just look at cash point machines, for instance. Queues of people standing around waiting to have their fingerprints read, their retinas scanned, bits of skin scraped from the nape of the neck and undergoing instant (or nearly instant --- a good six or seven seconds in tedious reality) genetic analysis, then having to answer trick questions about members of their family they didn't even remember they had, and about their recorded preferences for tablecloth colours. And that was just to get a bit of spare cash for the weekend. If you were trying to raise a loan for a jetcar, sign a missile treaty or pay an entire restaurant bill things could get really trying.

Hence the Ident-i-Eeze. This encoded every single piece of information about you, your body and your life into one all- purpose machine-readable card that you could then carry around in your wallet, and therefore represented technology's greatest triumph to date over both itself and plain common sense. "
-Mostly Harmless, 1992

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

pezpunk Re:stop the sensationalist crap (462 comments)

tell that to the 175 cases. the attitude that "measles is not a concern in this country" will only ensure that rates triple again next year and the year after.

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

pezpunk Re:Anti-vaxxers (462 comments)

it's "entertaining" and "fun" to watch kids come down with the measles? what the fuck is wrong with you?

about 8 months ago

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