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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

technosaurus Why not make 5 1/4" hard drives again? (219 comments)

I bought a Quantum Bigfoot back in the day just because I happened to have more 5.25" bays open. It did help that it was cheaper than the similar capacity 3.5" drives available at the time, but I still see new computers with multiple 5.25" bays.
If they put the same technology into a larger form factor, it wouldn't be long before the petabyte is reached.

(doesn't peta stand for the People for the Eating of Tasty Animals or something?)

about two weeks ago

Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

technosaurus Violates Interstate Commerce Clause (137 comments)

The Constitution reserves to Congress the power “to regulate Commerce [...] among the several States.” Art. 1 Sec. 8 Para 3. SCOTUS interpretation: * includes the power to preempt state law (express or implied) by the enactment of federal law * denies states power to unjustifiably discriminate against or burden the interstate flow of articles of commerce even if Congress has not enacted a preemptive federal law.

about three weeks ago

A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

technosaurus Hah! Now tax it. (66 comments)

$1Billion per year for every percent of the total area not fully covered.

about three weeks ago

Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

technosaurus Interactive tiles (330 comments)

I wonder how well they stand up to mortar and grout?
Put some gorilla glass on them and sensors and Wal-Mart could pester us with ads on every step instead of just the few annoying end caps.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

technosaurus Can even be free service (107 comments)

Freedompop + ipkall + zoiper + Google voice

about 2 months ago

Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

technosaurus Re:Like Nikola Tesla... (442 comments)

Actually he figured out the frequency at which the ionosphere would reflect most of it back. Basically the wave length needs to be such that it bounces back and forth off the earth and ionosphere. Some have postulated that his experiments with it in 1908 caused the Tunguska explosion.

about 4 months ago

Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

technosaurus Like Nikola Tesla... (442 comments)

Who said the same thing 100 yrs ago (about a wireless "grid") only to be faced with the reality that energy companies are in business to make money, not supply electricity (kind of hard to do when any good hacker can tap into it freely). A fully wireless "grid" could only work in a communist/socialist society where "the people" are the suppliers.

about 4 months ago

Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

technosaurus Re:Too much surplus (264 comments)

I think he was referring to the war on school lunches, and the war on letting some children get ahead.

about 4 months ago

The Billion-Dollar Website

technosaurus Former construction/contract manager. (194 comments)

I used to work for NAVFAC, the U. S. Navy version of contract management for construction projects.  Though there was a lot of bureaucracy involved, the planning and design phase always had plenty of experts to ensure the specifications were above most commercial standards (LEED certifications, military requirements, utmost safety requirements, etc...)  Though many aspects of the process used archaic technology (lots of paper forms, area expert controlled word documents as best practices,...), the end result was that most projects ended up being completed on time and on budget (though the start sometimes got shifted so the review could be thorough ... unless October 1 was coming, but that is a different subject - or maybe not, this project had similar time deadlines).  A lot of this success was due to savvy construction managers doing appropriate "horse-trading" with contractors to avoid the lengthy change processes (which could delay anywhere from a day to 12 months).  When you have (non-technical) contract managers who don't know the reasoning behind the requirements, they have little recourse but to go through the official processes to resolve complex issues... _This_ is where you get your delays.  For the most part, a good hour spent in design/planning will yield ~10 in production, but it is important for the project manager to be intimately involved so this wisdom can actually be _useful_.  I can attest to my own anecdotal experience and my observation of others, that coming into a project at production phase is more than just a steep learning curve; some things just have weird historical issues.  Here are a few that I ran into after another CM was transferred elsewhere:
- endangered species in the area
- abandoned toxic waste in the soil
- asbestos
- this site used to be a WW2 bombing range and guess what?...We found a bunch of unexploded ordinance.
- hurricane damage
- tornado damage

about 4 months ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

technosaurus Re:diversity? (427 comments)

What, is the '++'  a replacement for 'ox'?

about 4 months ago

Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

technosaurus Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

1 example:
Rather than incorporating the typeof() extension that almost every compiler supported, Bjarn decides, nope, we'll call it decltype()

Its stupid shit like this that fucks up the whole damn language _extension_.
Use syntax that programmer's already know/use and compilers support rather than making up insane new ones.
At least we have C and Objective C.

about 4 months ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

technosaurus Easy fix: homemade faraday cage. (224 comments)

1. get an old cardboard box big enough to fit your xfinity cable modem and put it in there.

2. wrap it with a metal screen and put holes in it just big enough to fit your coax, power cord and an ethernet cable through

3. hook it up and connect the ethernet cable to your own router

4. use all your bandwidth

about 5 months ago

Sprint/T-Mobile Plan To Buy Spectrum Together May Be Blocked By FCC

technosaurus Should not be blanket banned (28 comments)

It should ban any entities with another spectrum in that location in round 1.  If no bidders then round 2 allow smaller entities with other spectrums in other areas.  ... if still no takers round 3 it should be open to all entities.

This would increase competition in rural areas where there may be no existing infrastructure, but not eliminate the possibility of allowing existing entities to provide service to those areas if no _local_ company wants it.

about 5 months ago

Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

technosaurus I noticed this a few years ago and wrote a script (113 comments)

I noticed this a few years ago and wrote a script that used curl and the wordnet dictionary to query every possible dictionary name + a random string and log the tried combinations.  Unfortunately the log ran me out of disk space before I could check to see if it worked, but hopefully it got them to register a few useless domains in the mean time.

about 5 months ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

technosaurus At least the "off workers" are getting laid (529 comments)

"Lays 18,000 Off Workers"
I think that beats Jenna Jameson's record.
What a difference a transposition makes.

about 5 months ago

Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

technosaurus 3 words (211 comments)

Open invention network.

about 6 months ago


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