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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

sshir Re:Not surprised. (565 comments)

Ha!

Happened to me too! Had to call Comcast several times until got through drones to a supervisor. He confirmed that account was properly closed, said "what's the fuck?" and faxed me a letter to send to collectors. Also, it seems, he did something on his side too - issue got resolved without any blemishes to my credit history.

3 days ago
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Despite Project's Demise, Amazon Web Services Continues To Use TrueCrypt

sshir Re:TCnext - the TrueCrypt fork (75 comments)

Actually ( and surprisingly) Swiss have bad reputation when it comes to all things crypto. Google "Crypto AG"...

about a month and a half ago
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Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

sshir Re:No, not even the 50ies (686 comments)

Technically, the fact that a signal is below noise level does not forbid it's reception. GPS, for example, is below noise floor.

about 1 month ago
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$3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2

sshir Should we start worrying about nVidia? (151 comments)

I know that this is not a purely gaming card bla bla bla. But here is another ping: in this month's graphics card review at Tom's hardware AMD totally dominated... in all categories. I mean a clean sweep! What's going on? Or is it just bad timing?

about 2 months ago
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$3000 GeForce GTX TITAN Z Tested, Less Performance Than $1500 R9 295X2

sshir Re:Wrong tests (151 comments)

Result of Nvidia's crippling DP floating point performance on mainstream graphic cards is people started to look for ways around this bullshit.

Case in point: linear algebra libraries (like 80% of scientific computing). Basically people are modifying algorithms so that bulk of computation is done in single precision and then cleaned up in double. Those mixed mode algorithms often outperform pure DP ones even on non crippled cards (for example MAGMA library).

People don't like to be screwed with...

about 2 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

sshir Is it really censorship? (166 comments)

I suspect it's more like a form of protectionism. They can't slap some serious tariffs due to WTO or whatever. So in order to protect fledgling local production they do a form of bang-bang control: now you can watch that and now you can't.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

sshir DDR4? (173 comments)

Am I is the only one concerned about amount of RAM?

I mean, everybody is so excited about DDR4... But do people understand that instead of 8 dimm slots we'll get only 4 (1 dimm per channel instead of 2-3)? So while keeping costs on this side of reasonable, we're getting only half the amount of memory?

WTF?!!

about 4 months ago
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US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

sshir Re:Arcs are a lie (145 comments)

Well, am an engeneer and a scientist.
And considering that arcs (as presented) do not have error brackets on them is a dead giveaway that qualifications of people who did the calculations are highly suspect.

about 5 months ago
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US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

sshir Re:Arcs are a lie (145 comments)

How many satellites heard the pings?

Considering that the arcs are, well, arcs, I'll take a wild guess and say that they had data from only one satellite...
Some spy birds might help, but they tend to focus on land areas.

about 5 months ago
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US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

sshir Re:Arcs are a lie (145 comments)

Data from other planes will not help much - mostly only to set error brackets. The ill-conditioness of the problem does not go away.

about 5 months ago
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US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

sshir Re:Arcs are a lie (145 comments)

And what if the sphere does not intersect earth? :)

about 5 months ago
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US Navy Strategists Have a Long History of Finding the Lost

sshir Arcs are a lie (145 comments)

Navy guys will need more data.

Those much hyped arcs from Inmarsat are pretty much bogus. The trouble is that the problem is badly conditioned - because satellite is way too far (geosynchonous orbit - not your friendly neighborhood gps) and it's right on top of the search area. In other words - small errors in time/distance measurements, satellite position, etc. produce huge errors in estimation. They're lucky they placed the airplane on earth.

about 5 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

sshir Re:It could have been just an elaborate heist (436 comments)

Maybe D.B. Cooper style heist? That would explain weird altitude behavior: need to lower pressure difference to open doors, set on autopilot, and then jump while westward crossing over Malaysia.

about 5 months ago
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Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

sshir Re:does it add up? (436 comments)

Are you sure about this? I mean, if you're not planning for subsequent take-off then your runway may be much - much shorter. Remember, a few months ago, Boeing transport landed in a wrong airport.

about 5 months ago
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The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden

sshir Remember general Petraeus? (354 comments)

For all those morons calling Snowden a traitor: consider this scenario.

Reviewing circumstances of that Petraeus scandal in the light of Snowden's revelations, it's pretty clear that NSA knew about CIA director affair, and more importantly kept the fact to itself (if, of course it wasn't a parallel construction by FBI, which is easy for them to check)

Now what we have? We have that NSA had dirt on a top CIA official, a popular political figure, with very probable presidential candidacy on the horizon. And what it did with that info? It kept it's chips to itself to cash-in at the most opportune moment! And the whole infrastructure at the NSA is built in such a way (intentionally!) that unless NSA wants to, nobody can say with absolute certainty what they knew and when they knew that.

In my books that is a direct threat to the republic.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

sshir Re:advice on Linux alternatives? (829 comments)

My T41 runs lubuntu 13.04 just fine. So yes, you can! :) Google for "fake-pae"

about 7 months ago
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Out-of-the-Box, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS To Support TRIM On SSDs

sshir Re:TRIM? who needs it! (133 comments)

I tend to write a lot between the lines. Here's the one of the lines I skipped: in COW setups, in stable state you write at exactly same rate as you free blocks. I.e. by writing 1 gig, you're freeing 1 gig. And so on to the end of block space, then you wrap and repeat. Wear leveling is additional side effect.

about 7 months ago
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Out-of-the-Box, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS To Support TRIM On SSDs

sshir Re:TRIM? who needs it! (133 comments)

Sure, ZFS is alright too, but where's the excitement in that? :)

about 7 months ago
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Out-of-the-Box, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS To Support TRIM On SSDs

sshir TRIM? who needs it! (133 comments)

Well, if you don't do random writes, you don't need TRIM.

How to get away from random writes you ask? Simple! Just use BTRFS.

"But my database!" you say. Well, the answer is simple - time to move away from 50 year old technology and to a modern database engine, the kind that doesn't do random writes either (fractal tree based, for example).

Disclaimer: All of the above is not written for stodgy "enterprise level" types.

about 7 months ago

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Martin Eberhard Out as Tesla CEO

sshir sshir writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sshir (623215) writes "News on geeks favorite (at the moment) car: Tesla Motors CEO Martin Eberhard has been replaced.
It seems that electric car is more car than computer. Or development CEOs have skill sets incompatible with needs of companies in production stage."

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