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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

sysrammer Re:It's official. They voted. (666 comments)

Passed 98-1. I wonder which clown *doesn't* believe that climate changes?

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

sysrammer Post-vote update (666 comments)

From ABC: "The Republican-controlled Senate acknowledged Wednesday that climate change is real but refused to say humans are to blame."

Votes are in. Most agree to the fact of climate change. Whether it is significantly man-made or not is contentious.

Bill A: "It passed 98-1 and read simply that "Climate change is real and not a hoax.""
Bill B: "that said human beings contributed to the problem fell one vote short of the 60 needed for it to be adopted". I believe this one had the poison pill attached to it.
Bill C: "The Senate was divided, 50-49, on another measure from Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, that claimed human activities "significantly" altered the climate."

about a week ago
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Best Cube?

sysrammer Re:Robert Heinlein's Story (266 comments)

Ah, yes, I remember that one. Good times. The game Portal gives me a feel for a tessaract house. H Bosch comes to mind, too.

about a week ago
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Best Cube?

sysrammer Re:The BORG! (266 comments)

TV: A rare medium that's done well

about a week ago
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Best Cube?

sysrammer Re:The BORG! (266 comments)

Hmmm what would you call an organization with a fleet of battleships capable of destroying planets ?

Anything it wants.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

sysrammer Re:Yep it is a scam (666 comments)

I got it.

about a week ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

sysrammer Re:Disposable Employees also in turn create.... (263 comments)

We had one once. I haven't been to it in years, so I dropped by fuckedcompany.com and got this...

Fuckedcompany is... fucked.
R.I.P. 2000-2007. If you're just now seeing this website for the first time,
ask someone who was in the internet business during "round 1" to tell you all about it.

about a week ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

sysrammer Re:qwerty? (197 comments)

Good one. Or should I say Gud1?

I had a consultant that would frequently forget his password. I finally set it to "I forgot" and gave it to him. Three weeks later, sure enough, he drops by because he can't get in. I ask him "What's your password?" and he says "I forgot". So I just looked at him. Finally he got it. No issues since then.

about two weeks ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

sysrammer Re: What's wrong with Europe nowdays? (174 comments)

Stupid Americans. They didn't realize that they too could have gotten rid of most of their "social problems" by throwing them into the meat-blender. And don't get me started on that whole democracy thing they have to waste so much time on...

about two weeks ago
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Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

sysrammer Re:Riiiiight. (170 comments)

...and for all the GN's out there, a protuberance is a special case of a perturbation.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

sysrammer Re:Gains? (496 comments)

Perhaps because the House controls the purse strings?

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

sysrammer Re:Geeks don't get it (496 comments)

Shoot 'em all to Mars, let John Carter sort them out.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

sysrammer Re:Way to Elevate the Debate.... (496 comments)

And we are in uncharted waters because someone decided to cut taxes while still waging a couple of wars "off the books".

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

sysrammer Re:WTF (496 comments)

We need a government program to fix that.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

sysrammer Re:WTF (496 comments)

Group affiliation has always been more important than...just about everything. Groups. Tribes. Territory. It's what mammals do.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Plans To Build World First DNA Databank of All Living Things

sysrammer Re:They won't build shit (83 comments)

In Soviet Russia, government pilfers you. Seems like a trend.

about 1 month ago
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Belize's "Blue Hole" Reveals Clues To Maya's Demise

sysrammer Re:Hello California (80 comments)

No, no, I'm sure we're due to slip off in the ocean any time now.

about 1 month ago
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FBI Allegedly Investigating Lizard Squad Member Over Xbox Live, PSN Attacks

sysrammer Re:Hacker Group? (78 comments)

Good joke. As a nerd, of course, you already know that "gop" means "Guardians of Peace" in this context.

about 1 month 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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