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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

sysrammer Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (441 comments)

Hah! Good reply. But I understand where the OP is coming from. Unfortunately, that seems to be the way humans work. Nobody paid much attention to the previous 20-30 years of work on climate. It wasn't until things passed a certain point, then everybody started jumping on the bandwagon. Politicians follow people. And then they swing the pendulum too far in the opposite direction.

about a week ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

sysrammer Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (441 comments)

What a great explanation! I try to explain what science is sometimes, albeit not so eloquently; I'm not sure elegance would help with some people anyways.

I have a relative that was shocked when I mentioned scientific research about the parting the Red Sea in the bible. I tried to boil it down to "science is about what, and religion is about why". Not sure it helped. Maybe I'll try your spiel.

about a week ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

sysrammer Re:OT: this stuff was solved in the 90's (138 comments)

Thx, I checked it out, saw this immediately "Jerry Jeff Walker 'LET OUR MIKE GO'". An interesting poem, I thought, then finally got it that it was to the tune of Mr. Bojangles. I may have found a new home.

about two weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

sysrammer Re:Its teams do though (216 comments)

Well, in my case, I resolved to not go to any games. If enough people do that to hurt ticket sales, then it's a win. If they see tic sales go up because people can't see it on TV, they win. And the Dodgers will look brilliant and become a case study at business colleges.

about two weeks ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

sysrammer Re:in other words (194 comments)

Reality is that any and all methods were and are being used to kill Obamacare. Dems can't trust Pubs with any legislation regarding Obamacare, lest it be a trap. All big systems have problems; they get fixed eventually. It will take a couple of years to fully stabilize. Reality.

about two weeks ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

sysrammer Re:in other words (194 comments)

Sorry, the 'pubs have tried to kill Obamacare dozens of times. When faced with a relentless enemy one has to put up a relentless defense. Yeah, the 'pubs were right; anyone with an IT background would have known the same. But delay was also a political move, defended by another political move.

So, yeah, sucks, but any big IT project has major problems. It had to be rolled out everywhere at once else there would be charges of political favoritism.

about two weeks ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

sysrammer Re:Use the force (98 comments)

Why don't they just put another building in the way? Maybe one designed to channel the wind up?

For the daily mini-tornado.

about two weeks ago
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Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

sysrammer Re:A long time ago in a land not so far away ... (81 comments)

Good post, valid points. I do want to comment on "would we go around praising the merits of pencil based learning?" because it's nice turn of phrase.

Yes.

I remember reading something about the history of pencils, and there were benefactors out there singing the praises of pencils, and producing funding to provide "a pencil for every child", or something about that.

I have to get to work now, else I'd look it up myself for the details in the Font of All Knowledge.

This of course, takes nothing away from your comment, as eventually, every child did have a pencil, and they had to move along to using them effectively.

sr

about two weeks ago
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China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Apologizes For Unauthorized Data Access

sysrammer Re:Apologies not accepted (64 comments)

My SO likes to play online games. The app-driven ones tend to ask for a lot of access. If this Cyanogenmod works, I'll be forever in your debt. You may have my first-born.

thx, sr

PS: Don't tell my SO about the first-born thing.

about two weeks ago
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Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects

sysrammer Re:Not Free (91 comments)

Can you explain it to me like I'm five? GimmeGimmeGimme!

about three weeks ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

sysrammer Re:And yet (268 comments)

Interesting suggestion. It would solve some problems. Of course, it seems every time we solve a problem we create a problem.

Junglee has a point in his reply. Governments can be just as perverted as corporations, just as can be people.

Business owners won't be happy because they won't be able to pay less-than-minimum wage. To them, this will be the evil govt taking their rights (profits) away from them.

Unless the workers were somehow subsidized. Maybe they can work out some kind of business welfare system like the corporations and farmers get.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

sysrammer Re:And yet (268 comments)

Lobbies are people.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

sysrammer Re:many companies exist to hire people (268 comments)

I pay lots for a PPO. I have to wait weeks for non-emergency appointments. I live in America.

about three weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

sysrammer Re:Opt Out (216 comments)

Good solution, don't blame you. OTOH, I'd love the opportunity to watch the Dodgers in LA, and am willing to pay the fee. Unfortunately I don't have the option.

Yeah, there's a lot of shit out there. I can't believe what some people want to watch. And, some would have the same opinion of some of the things I watch. I have a DVR, and it's always stuffed full of things that I like and generally don't have time to get to, but it's there when I want it. And there's the skip button for when the commercials become annoying.

If I could get the things that I like to watch off of the net, I would consider dropping the cable and upgrading my networking infrastructure to handle it.

about three weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

sysrammer Re:Its teams do though (216 comments)

Yeah, I was going to mention this too. Taxing the league then taxing the owners would be double-taxation. A popular notion the world over, but not exactly fair.

Eh, they charge what the market will bear. Don't like it? Vote w/ your pocket-book.

Here in LA, the Dodgers made a great deal w/ Time-Warner for TV rights. Time-Warner overpaid, and the end result is 2/3 of the audience is unable to watch it, for any price. I'm pissed, so I resolved to go to no games this year. I don't like it, but I'm putting my money where my mouth is.

That is all. I've used up my quota of aphorisms today.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Dinosaurs "Shrank" Regularly To Become Birds

sysrammer OT: this stuff was solved in the 90's (138 comments)

How is it a tech site can't produce a decent news reader? Come on, this stuff was solved in the 90's or so. I write up a nice posting, I see that all the lines between paragraphs are missing. Let's see, should I manually go and add a "br" between each? Ok, easy enough, but my entire living has been about making computers to the simple boring stuff for me. So I innocently click "options", make the correct selection, and "save". Well, it saved alright. Everything except the posting I had just spent 15 minutes on. Then the web site oh-so-helpfully folded up all the articles so I could see the same lame five that I started with. So, 20 or 30 years after stuff like this was fixed and perfected, we have a site that considers itself a premium tech site making the same damn mistakes one after the other. Here come your fucking "br's", Lamedot...

...happy? Anyways, I've seen people post what they consider a better tech web blog. I ignored them back then because I still was "loyal" to the posters here, but I think it's time to move on. Where are most Slashdotters moving to?

thanks, sr

about three weeks ago

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sysrammer sysrammer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sysrammer writes "Computerworld has an article on disk drive failures from the 5th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies in San Jose, showing, among other things, "no evidence that Fibre Channel (FC) drives are any more reliable than less expensive but slower performing Serial ATA (SATA) drives", and that "that temperature seems to have little effect on drive reliability" (it looks like they're talking about temps closer to the upper operational limit, not catastrophic a/c failures, etc.). FTA: "About 100,000 disks are covered by this data, some for an entire lifetime of five years. The data include drives with SCSI and FC, as well as SATA interfaces. The mean time to failure (MTTF) of those drives, as specified in their datasheets, ranges from 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 hours, suggesting a nominal annual failure rate of at most 0.88%. We find that in the field, annual disk replacement rates typically exceed 1%, with 2-4% common and up to 13% observed on some systems. This suggests that field replacement is a fairly different process than one might predict based on datasheet MTTF." The authors did not identify particular vendors vs. the drive stats...their goal "is not choosing the best and the worst vendors but to help them to improve drive design and testing". Another note is that the study shows disk replacement rates, not necessarily actual failure. The article is at... http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9012066&source=NLT _AM&nlid=1 ...and the Usenix site is here... http://www.usenix.org/events/fast07/tech/schroeder .html mp"

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