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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

thechemic Re:Solar storm EMP vs nuclear weapons (59 comments)

Also detonating a nuke would be a full fledged war

Lets ponder the stupidity of that statement for a moment...

Several different nations have detonated over a combined 2000 nukes throughout history, and none of them resulted in a "full fledged war". Furthermore, only two nukes have been detonated during wartime, however it was a "full fledged war" that resulted in the detonation of the nukes. It was not the detonation of the nukes that resulted in the full fledged war. In fact, throughout history exactly ZERO detonated nukes have ever resulted in a full fledged war. Since there is ZERO evidence to support your claim, I'd say you look pretty stupid right about now.

Before you troll around the interwebs looking for "stupidity" in other people, you should check the mirror first.

4 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

thechemic Endian Firewall (234 comments)

I absolutely love Endian firewall. Put it on an old box, a virtual machine or whatever you want. It has all the firewall features you could want, and has VPN support out of the box.

4 days ago

Shadowy Tech Brokers Deliver Data To the NSA

thechemic Pondering... (35 comments)

Wouldn't a "New Star" (Neustar) be similar to "New World". So if you place an order with Neustar, is that a New World Order?

about two weeks ago

World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

thechemic Re:Huge? (108 comments)

Huge != "larger than"

Huge: very large in size, quantity, or extent.
Synonyms: vast, immense, gigantic, very big, great, giant, massive, colossal

You could be correct by saying it's "...larger than the average home." However, the article uses the word "huge". I don't believe that adding a walk-in closet to an average sized home constitutes a "huge" home.

You may also want to look closer at the document you referenced. The average sized home for the NORTH EAST (where this supposedly huge house is located) is 2613 square feet.

2400 is less than 2613

According to your reference material, a 2400 square foot home is neither huge nor larger than the average home based on its location.

about a month ago

Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

thechemic Re:Time Shifting? (317 comments)

I'm amazed that somebody hasn't recognized all the COPYRIGHT INFRINGING animated GIFs on that website.

about a month and a half ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

thechemic Re:Can I play Descent on it? (133 comments)

Nostalgic for sure. I miss that and Command & Conquer. I just may use your tips here and give it a go.

about 2 months ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

thechemic Re:Can I play Descent on it? (133 comments)

No reason at all. I'm definitely open to suggestions, and I'll check out your suggestion for sure!

about 2 months ago

FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

thechemic Can I play Descent on it? (133 comments)

I wonder if FreeDOS can run in virtual machine. Oh Google...

about 3 months ago

AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

thechemic In Other News... An Idiot with His Cell Phone (321 comments)

How is this even news? AT&T clearly publishes their international roaming rates, their international calling rates, and their international data roaming rates. Cell phones have been in existence for 40+ years. If you can't read your own calling plan nor your own contract details, and if you can't afford the roaming rates, please turn your cell phone off, and while you're at it, please turn off your tendency to flame technology news sites when you pull a dipshit maneuver. Thank you, and please... don't come again. Have a nice day.

about 3 months ago

Astronomers Calculate How To Spot Life On an Alien Earth

thechemic Would it? (46 comments)

If a 500LB spacecraft was flying at the speed of light, could it penetrate Uranus?

about 4 months ago

DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

thechemic We already have a unit of measure for billing (347 comments)

We already have a unit of measure for billing which is referred to as "mega bits per second". Now they want to bill us by "screen size per viewing"? Every @#$%'ing time I try to go legit, they force me back to illegal downloads with their senseless bullshit.

about 5 months ago

LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

thechemic Re:Easy fix (322 comments)

According to this, they have one of the HIGHEST MISCONDUCT rates in the nation. With "excessive force" being the primary misconduct being reported. If you believe in correlations, I suppose we could assume that beating up citizens, abusing the public, and ignoring your own laws is good for the crime rate. As you pointed out, this method seems to be working for LA.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

thechemic Check Out ownCloud (146 comments)

ownCloud is a cloud solution that you have control over yourself. It can sync across multiple platforms: windows, Linux, mac, mobile, etc.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

thechemic Re:Google Plus (146 comments)

I would recommend ownCloud ( It works on multiple platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Mobile. It also syncs, slices, dices, and it's easy to use!

about 7 months ago

Gone are the days when somebody could learn to be a sys admin at home!

thechemic If the days are gone, then you gave up. (3 comments)

The days aren't gone at all. 6 years ago, I purchased a Dell PowerEdge 2900 off of ebay, stuffed it with eight 1TB drives, and installed VMware ESXi (FREE). I used it to run a domain controller, exchange server, file serer, and media server all from my home and 100% virtualized. More recently, I wanted to get more proficient with SANs, so I purchased a PowerEdge C2100 as a SAN head using Server 2012 R2 (has iSCSI targets built in). I stuffed it with twelve 2TB drives. I also purchased a PowerEdge C6200 cluster server with 4 server nodes from ebay. I stuffed it with twelve 1TB drives, 96GB of RAM, and 32 cores. With my new setup at home, I am able to run VMware ESXi on one of the cluster nodes, and I also setup a HYPER-V triple node failover cluster with the other 3 nodes. I have enough hardware horsepower to completely emulate my work environment at home. As a college student, I enrolled in the DreamSpark program, giving me licenses to any Microsoft product I could ever want or need (FREE). I also started my own consulting firm. As a result, I was illegible for the Microsoft BizSpark program which also gave me licenses to any Microsoft product I could ever want or need (FREE). I also use CentOS (Free redhat clone) to learn enterprise class Linux environments.

If you think "the days are gone", then I would suggest that you look at things differently. The hardware is out there, free lab environments are out there, and even the software you need is out there whether it be 180 evaluation licenses or licenses made available through other programs. It's all within your limits; all you have to do is reach for it.

about 8 months ago

If UNIX Were a Religion

thechemic Re:If it was a religion? (392 comments)

If UNIX were a religion then Gordon Moore (Moore's Law) is clearly Charles Darwin because these operating systems have clearly evolved.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

thechemic Re: Slashdot being a prime example of bad (382 comments)

Because mobile websites are designed to have a reduced set of features. Why would a company spend thousands or millions to produce a mobile website that functioned EXACTLY like the full featured version? They wouldn't; they would just show you the full featured version on the mobile phone (as many sites already do). The problem here is that companys build a shitty ass mobile site and then force you to use it when they detect you're surfing from a mobile device.

If you want a full featured web experience on a mobile platform, get the Dolphin browser and set it to "desktop" mode.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why do mobile versions of websites suck?

thechemic Because mobile sites are supposed to be crippled (4 comments)

The purpose of a mobile site is to have a reduced core set of critical functions that allow mobile users to interact with the site without as much clutter as the full featured desktop version of the website. It is only the people that have no idea what the purpose of a mobile site is for start complaining about the lack of features (calling it crippled) as compared to the desktop version. Why would a company spend thousands or millions on a full featured mobile site when they already have a full featured site to begin with? They're crippled by design. What really pisses me off is when a company FORCES me to use their crappy mobile site. Mobile websites are a ridiculous waste of resources.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

thechemic Re:Fax machine (497 comments)

I also used a fax machine to clear out junk calls. It works amazing. After about 30-60 days of having the fax machine, we go from 10 telemarketing calls a day, to approximately 1 per month.

about 10 months ago

Leak: Almost a Third of Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatches Are Being Returned

thechemic Re:Galaxy Gear is great. Usage model misunderstood (365 comments)

You and I are in nearly identical scenarios. I bought a Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear watch together. I agree with everything you've said, and I also run my own exchange server. To build on your helpful assessment of Galaxy Gear (on of the only helpful ones here), and to give other people an idea of how the device is helpful, I'd like to add:

The device is extremely convenient in settings where having your phone out is considered rude. This is because you can continue to stay informed by using the watch without giving the appearance that you're playing/working on your phone. This is great for meetings or conferences, dinner with the wife/girlfriend, college classes, etc. As a motorcycle rider, I can tell that I will never go without a smartwatch again. It is much faster and safer to check messages, make/answer calls, and check notifications from the watch rather than taking my riding gloves off, pulling the phone out of a zipped pocket. You can safely stay informed while you ride by glancing at the notifications on your wrist. I no longer have to stop what I am doing at home/work and go pickup my phone off the charger/desk. I can answer calls, and respond to text messages without going to get my phone. As somebody that works full time for the state, runs a part time consulting business, goes to college part time, and runs a household filled with a woman and children, I can tell that TIME IS PRECIOUS to me, and the smart watch is a huge time saver.

I think most of the smart watch haters here either can't afford the $300 convenience fee for the device, or they are disappointed by the lack of "...sunshine up their butts." as you said.

about a year ago


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