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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

putaro Re:Doubt it (199 comments)

I remember hearing that back in the mid-80's. May I introduce you to bubble memory?

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

putaro Re:Hide your cables (509 comments)

Hmmm...here in Tokyo a lot of the power is coming in through overhead lines. Our building gets fed off a pole and we haven't had an outage in years. That includes during the multiple typhoons that come through every year. They tend to insulate the wires and wrap them with steel cable here, though, so maybe that's a big difference.

2 days ago
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Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba

putaro Re:writer doesn't get jeopardy, or much of anythin (447 comments)

Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. At 1:35 A.M. Eastern time it runs out of disk space and crashes horribly

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

putaro It depends (176 comments)

Most of the answers to your questions are "it depends" I don't understand what you mean by a "software shop" - is this a consulting company, a company that produces a large scale product, a company that produces a small product, an online service or what?

Your ratio of junior to senior developers depends on the kind of product you're producing. If you have an application that has a big, overarching architecture and then lots of relatively simple modules for specific cases, you want many junior developers to pound out those simple modules (e.g. different types of data entry screens).

Coding standards and standardization are always good. For a small shop you're best off looking around for one that you like and adopting it rather than trying to make your own from scratch because it is not a revenue producer and you can burn endless hours in meetings arguing about spacing, comment style, etc. Make an executive decision and move forward.

Tools and languages, again, it depends. Use the right tool for the job.

Since you don't know any of these things or how to make the tradeoffs, what you need is to hire a director of engineering who does because if you try to hire some developers and apply the vast depth of wisdom that you've acquired from this thread on Slashdot you're probably going to fail miserably.

5 days ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

putaro Re:What's it good for? (235 comments)

And there's nothing in North America except trees and savages. What a short-sighted view you have.

about a week ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

putaro Re:What's it good for? (235 comments)

There's a lot of value in having humans along. Currently, launch costs are so high that the costs of bringing along the life support for humans is prohibitive, but if it got cheaper many things would work better.

Consider Philae - if it had landed a few meters in another direction it would still be working. If it had been a manned expedition, that wouldn't have been an issue.

Or look at the Mars rovers. Great stuff, but there's little ability to improvise. Think up a different experiment you want done? Well, it'll have to wait for the next rover because that one can't do it.

about a week ago
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A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

putaro Re:Memory mapping? (200 comments)

That's such bullshit. We didn't understand the atom until a little over a century ago. Quantum mechanics even later. Just because it's been thousands of years and we haven't figured something out doesn't mean that it's unknowable.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

putaro Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

The difference being that you could have coded it from scratch - and you don't learn how to do that just by copy/pasting code.

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

putaro Re:Home storage (488 comments)

Because nobody is making that many batteries yet and they're quite expensive? The whole Tesla "gigafactory" is so they can produce 500,000 cars per year. That's a drop in the bucket for supplying homes with batteries.

about two weeks ago
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German Spy Agency Seeks Millions To Monitor Social Networks

putaro So much for Angela Merkel's commitment to privacy (59 comments)

Yeah, Angela Merkel was upset the NSA was spying on her (and she's actually a legitimate target as a head of state and has her own security forces who are supposed to be securing her communications) but wants to return the favor to the rest of the world. They're all the same.

about two weeks ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

putaro Re:It's a scam (246 comments)

There's one barrier in front of space exploration - high launch costs. Everything else is surmountable or ignorable.

We've been sending people to Antarctica for a while. Many of the early explorers died. Tourists have died in Antarctica. Some space explorers will die because of shoddy equipment. We may even send people places with equipment known to be substandard. I wouldn't go but there seem to be plenty who would.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

putaro Re:Smaller scale? (200 comments)

Nope - I haven't given up on my US citizenship yet.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

putaro Re:Tax = NSA, the national raisin reserve, etc, et (200 comments)

And personal tax is a myth for the same reason because I just ask for a higher salary to offset my tax burden. By that logic you can't tax ANYTHING because the cost will get shifted somewhere else.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

putaro Re:Cool (200 comments)

What makes you think that companies don't want and lobby for this complex tax code that is full of loopholes they can explot?

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

putaro Re:Tax collection for hire (200 comments)

Don't like it? Move.

What Amazon is doing here is eating their cake and keeping it too. They get the advantage of using the infrastructure and then skip out on paying the taxes that fund the infrastructure. If they don't want to pay for it, don't use it.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

putaro Re:Tax collection for hire (200 comments)

Well, considering that you're NOT paying taxes in a tax haven, tax "heaven" seems reasonable.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

putaro Re:Smaller scale? (200 comments)

Actually, it doesn't matter how long you reside outside of the US they still want their bite.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

putaro Re:Smaller scale? (200 comments)

Well, as a normal US citizen (I'm an ex-pat so I have to deal with this crap) the US wants to tax you on your worldwide income. The only legal way to avoid that is to give up your US citizenship. Currently, I think the US is the only country that tries to tax you on your worldwide income so pretty much if you shift your citizenship to any other country you can then go reside in whatever low tax locale you can and only pay the local taxes. The US has come up with an "exit tax" though, so if you have a substantial amount of assets and want to give up your US citizenship they want you to pay for the privilege of leaving.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

putaro Re:Tax collection for hire (200 comments)

If it was only shielding non-US profits from US tax collection I'd be inclined to agree, but I think they're evading taxes in every country they're doing business in.

Luxembourg can afford to offer low tax rates because there's no cost to them. Amazon is using the infrastructure in other countries (e.g. roads, airports, etc.) to make money without paying for it. If they actually based their entire business in Luxembourg and then shipped worldwide I'd say it made sense. This is not competition on tax rates, this is just a scam.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

putaro Re:You heard it hear (129 comments)

I don't think it will work without a pretty wide-open connection to Amazon. All of those queries that we saw were not being satisfied by the local box. The shopping list was internet connected. That thing is not going in my house.

about three weeks ago

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"not even worth mentioning"

putaro putaro writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Bastards. Idiots with spreadsheets pretending to be engineers. Who would need a repair kit for a shuttle? No, that foam strike is no problem at all. Nosiree. Trust me

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putaro putaro writes  |  more than 11 years ago

OK, who was the retard who decided to map entire PARTITIONS into memory and that therefore PARTITIONS (not files, file systems!) could only be a max of 2GB under HURD? Oy vey. Yah, you betcha GNU's not Unix. Maybe some SCO code would help.

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putaro putaro writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So I thought I'd try installing GNU Hurd and messing with it. "Try the Debian CD image" beckons the GNU Hurd page. My, that's nice I thought. Who needs to read the instructions page - that's what the installer is for, right? Why bother making an installer if it's not going to at least install the boot loader? And then I'm supposed to type this at the GRUB prompt:

grub> module (hd0,0)/hurd/ext2fs.static \ --multiboot-command-line=${kernel-command-line} \ --host-priv-port=${host-port} \ --device-master-port=${device-port} \ --exec-server-task=${exec-task} -T typed ${root} \ $(task-create) $(task-resume)

Ya know, I don't mind doing the extra work since it's a development system - but why go to the effort of making a CD image and an installer and not do the last two fricking steps? A kernel comment comes to mind: This was hard to write, it should be hard to understand.

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