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Magician Suing For Copyright Over Magic Trick

ryanvm What bullshit (296 comments)

I'd like to see them cover copyright law on their show...

more than 2 years ago

Rogue Satellite Shuts Down US Weather Services

ryanvm So *that's* what that was... (202 comments)

This is personally amusing to me because I spent half of Sunday trying to track down reports of my Android Live Wallpaper app not working properly. I guess in hindsight, it's pretty cool. I mean, it's not often that you get to lament that a rogue satellite ruined your afternoon.

Oh, and in case you were wondering why I didn't take the opportunity to shamlessly plug my app.

It's a live wallpaper for Android phones that shows the nearest NWS radar imagery.

more than 3 years ago

Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom

ryanvm Re:Really? (242 comments)

You sure? I thought the satnav app downloaded the basic map data for the entire calculated route for just this scenario. If not, they should...

more than 4 years ago

Website Sells Pubic Lice

ryanvm Re:this isnt the 70's (319 comments)

Gah. I do not get this at all. I can dig a little grooming, but what is the point of mimicking prepubescent hair growth patterns?

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Clears MechWarrior4 Free Launch

ryanvm Re:Microsoft !=evil? (131 comments)

Are you guys *still* doing the "Microsoft is Evil" bit? Man, get with the times. Microsoft is harmlessly wandering in the desert. Now, Apple is evil. Facebook is evil. And Google is under evaluation...

more than 4 years ago

NHTSA Has No Software Engineers To Analyze Toyota

ryanvm Re:With all the recent US layoffs ... (459 comments)

Not in the auto industry - it's mostly union. There is no correlation between ability and likelihood of employment.

more than 4 years ago

What Knowledge Gaps Do Self-Taught Programmers Generally Have?

ryanvm Re:Algorithms (396 comments)

Seconded. As a self taught programmer, classic algorithms are always my weakest link when I do an interview. Unfortunately, it's also the most glaring, since they usually teach that kind of stuff early on in COMP SCI. I had an interview with Amazon a while back and in preparation bought the book "Programming Interviews Exposed". It's a pretty good resource for getting your hands dirty with all the algorithms that a general programmer should know.

more than 4 years ago

Universe Closer To Heat Death Than Once Thought

ryanvm Re:Entropy increasing, Slashdot-style (237 comments)


[Grrr. Have to thwart the anti-caps filter. Thx Slashdot - Destroyer of Jokes.]

more than 4 years ago

Martian Microbe Fossils, Not So Debunked Anymore

ryanvm Re:My psychic prediction (306 comments)

Actually - it would be less amazing than you think. There's a good chance that if there had been life on Mars, it made it's way here hitchhiking on meteorites. The gravity trip from Mars to Earth is pretty easy and there have been a number of Martian meteorites discovered on Earth.

more than 4 years ago

Response To California's Large-Screen TV Regulation

ryanvm Re:Simple solution (619 comments)

Ah, so it's doing things against the public will that we're after. Glad that we cleared that up.

more than 4 years ago

Google Releases Source To Chromium OS

ryanvm Re:Who would use this? (664 comments)

Uh, anyone that has a netbook that they use for absolutely nothing but web browsing? Which, if everyone else is as disappointed with their netbooks as I am, should be a lot of people. Basically, if you have a computer that you do nothing but web browsing on - Chrome OS is for you.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released

ryanvm Re:It says: 256MB RAM... (744 comments)

Yeah right. I fell for the netbook craze. It is the Nintendo Wii of computers. An over-hyped paper weight.

more than 4 years ago

Google Voice Now Works WIth Existing Mobile Numbers

ryanvm Re:How it works (164 comments)

Actually, hamburgers are significantly better than fishing poles.

more than 4 years ago

The Kindle Killer Arrives

ryanvm Re:The OS would only matter if the device is open (542 comments)

Yes. Why do the iPhone and netbook people not get this. Every time an ebook story comes out I have to hear the same ill advice about how sitting in a hammock with an LCD screen that I can't read outside is a better alternative.

more than 4 years ago

A Tour of Taser HQ

ryanvm Re:and all I can think (334 comments)

How exactly would you make a device that electrocutes you into submission more humanitarian? Of all the things an unhinged cop might want to do to someone, getting tasered is probably one of the safest. Getting bonked on the head with a nightstick is certainly no picnic.

about 5 years ago

NASA Scientists Levitate Mice

ryanvm Obligatory jokes (237 comments)

Can I get a shark/laser joke here?

about 5 years ago

GMail Experiences Serious Outage

ryanvm Re:Depend on something... pay for admin (408 comments)


I have been the full time sysadmin responsible for the mail server. I have had the job of keeping the mail service up. It's not cheap. You need redundant networking, redundant servers, redundant storage, redundant staff, and the glue to make sure it all works. For anyone spending less than a couple hundred thousand a year on IT, it's damn near impossible to beat Google's uptime for hosted mail.

As for your other concern about getting the data out of Gmail - you use the same protocols the rest of the Internet uses - IMAP/POP and SMTP. Not rocket science.

about 5 years ago



Amazon Introduces Bidding for EC2 Compute Time

ryanvm ryanvm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ryanvm (247662) writes "It seems Amazon is introducing the concept of bidding for CPU time on EC2. They call these "Spot Instances" and as far as I can tell, the only documentation on it exists in the help content of the Amazon Web Console."
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