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Hewlett-Packard Pleads Guilty To Bribing Officials in Russia, Poland, and Mexico

sshir Standard operating procedure (110 comments)

for western companies operating in Russia is to hire "logistics consultants" among locals who do all the actual bribing. It provides a degree of separation - a plausible deniability.

5 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

sshir Re:Which Filesystem? (316 comments)

I would recommend explicit checksumming in data backup scenario. Main advantage is that this way your data is "multi-modal" (in shipping industry lingo). I.e. you can move your data between different computers, different filesystems and all the checksums move along. So when it's time to move your data to a newer disk you just copy it and you're not tied up with the choice of file system you made before. Scrubbing is easy too.

Plus you will not lose any files without noticing the fact - even when file is deleted it's still in your md5 file.

And you don't even need any scripts to handle your data - all decent filemanagers (e.g. "Total Commander" / "Double Commander" etc.) can do md5/sha/whatever on selected files on the click of a button.

about three weeks ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

sshir Nope. (166 comments)

Moron does not know what's he talking about. There are plenty of places in government where proper geeks work. Examples: NSA and NIH. All what it takes is the ability of the agency in question to pay market rates, e.g. "title 42" and such (both big Ns can do that).

about a month ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

sshir Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

How is this any different from you going to the police right now and saying you watched your neighbour murder someone?

...on a web cam you secretly installed in her bedroom?

about a month and a half ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

sshir Re:minutes to midnight (252 comments)

That's bullshit. There were no bread lines in 80's (lines, indeed, were everywhere, but not for basic stuff). And Gulag for dissidents was practically over too (for casual rumblings anyway). Sure, it was a shitty place to live, but not for reasons you stated. Stop trivializing.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

sshir Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

I'm in a scientific field, so here is my anecdotal take on it. Yes, I use Mac. No, I don't give a shit that it's a unix. No actual development happening with Mac as a target - everything is running on Linux servers (desktops are too puny). The only reason - Mac has better xserver comparing to what we have for windows. And IT guys refuse to support any kind of Linux on desktops.

about a month and a half ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

sshir Re:Not surprised. (570 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.

about a month and a half 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 3 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

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Martin Eberhard Out as Tesla CEO

sshir sshir writes  |  more than 7 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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