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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

vajrabum Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (169 comments)

We have it here too, but it's enforced by the courts not by the police.

about 8 months ago
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Will Japan's New Government Restart the Nuclear Power Program?

vajrabum Re:Hopefully (177 comments)

If you manufactured viciously poisonous equipment that was fundamentally unsafe "at any speed" you would disagree too.

about 2 years ago
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New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

vajrabum Re:Unauthorized export resale? (936 comments)

Sounds fishy to me. I'd be interested in a source for this. Especially where they were manufactured.

about 2 years ago
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Brazilian Newspapers Leave Google News En Masse

vajrabum Re:They want money, that's what they want (223 comments)

I don't disbelieve but I went and looked for the usual ads from their regular and didn't find them. I may have overlooked them.

about 2 years ago
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Brazilian Newspapers Leave Google News En Masse

vajrabum Re:They want money, that's what they want (223 comments)

I'm curious, how does Google make money from this service? I don't see any advertising on front or any other page when I use Google News.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage

vajrabum Re:Well... (891 comments)

It's only presumed in your mind because you haven't gone to look. There's a ton of very telling economic research on the costs of smoking to society and it doesn't take a degree in rocket science or even economics to understand why. End of life care is expensive and end of life care for smokers is often even more expensive. Also are you asserting the federal and state govts lack the power to levy an excise tax for whatever purposes congress and the legislature deem fit? You can say that but just saying doesn't make it so. There is a *very* long history of those kind of taxes and plenty of jurisprudence on the subject.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting a Grip On an Inherited IT Mess?

vajrabum Re:Configuration management (424 comments)

It may not just be a reliability problem. It may also be a time problem. The time to restore 10TB for example may be prohibitive for many applications. That used to be a big enterprise problem, but now everybody can afford such things. In other words make sure you have a data protection plan and not a backup plan and that you've tested the system and your assumptions.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting a Grip On an Inherited IT Mess?

vajrabum Re:Configuration management (424 comments)

Lots of folks here have talked about backups but if you're company is really successful then restores could be more of a problem than backups. Large databases and system configuration can take a loooong time. Develop a plan for restore and execute it regularly as a test. Make sure management understands the time for restoration. Two other things--virtualize (that reduces the coefficient of friction for moving things considerably) and consider using Amazon or some other cloud provider in your restore plan to in case your cage/server room/whatever burns. Some of those services are low or no cost until you start loading things up. If you go the cloud route be sure to get a read on your traffic, storage and other billable numbers. If that's the disaster plan then if the numbers are of any size at all you need to run the cost by the CFO to make sure that it's sustainable.

about 3 years ago
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Ron Paul Suggests Axing 5 U.S. Federal Departments (and Budgets)

vajrabum Re:I like his IRS plan! (2247 comments)

I like how libertarians and teahadists if that's the particular stripe of know-nothings just boldly stuff up. This is an oversimplification but early on it was mostly funded by ARPA and was looked at least initially as a strategic investment in network technologies that could be used for military command and control. The IMPs (routers) which tied together the early ARPAnet sites were built by BB&N under contract to the federal government and yes the universities were involved from the beginning. That's where the ideas but not the $$ came from. Go read the Wikipedia article on the History of the Internet. It's the 2nd unpaid article that shows up for a google search on Internet.

more than 3 years ago
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Linus Thinks Virtualization Is 'Evil'

vajrabum Um no (330 comments)

VMware's devices emulate standard devices that are included with the OS distributions unless you choose otherwise.

more than 3 years ago
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New Drug Could Cure Nearly Any Viral Infection

vajrabum Re:It's called Kalocin. (414 comments)

I wouldn't start planning that spree just yet, I understand that we also have drug resistant gonorrhea to worry about.

more than 3 years ago
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Science Fair Entry Shuts Down Airport Terminal

vajrabum Don't Be An Idiot (380 comments)

The last time somebody seriously tried this (1861) about 500K Americans were dead back when the population was around 31M total. Most of them in the area that was in favor of the idea. Today the result would much likely be worse. Don't be a dead idiot. Even if you did win, you'll lose so much financially and otherwise you'll likely wish you'd died instead *and* the likely result in terms of rights will be you will have less.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Convention Hall Wi-Fi Interference?

vajrabum Get A Tinfoil Hat! (251 comments)

That will block out all the crazies. In this case it needs to be a little bigger than the traditional one. More seriously, I'm guessing that putting your router in an aluminum foil dunce cap above your booth would be sufficient to allow the clients below to connect. Put another router underneath for decoration. You'll have to experiment with how to make it look good but I'm thinking that you could take a cone or hemisphere made with standard lightweight tradeshow construction and cover it with aluminum foil from the grocery store and save yourself the cost of the copper.

more than 3 years ago
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China's 5-Year Cyberwar Met With Western Silence

vajrabum McAfee Has A History... (185 comments)

They're like fire extinguisher salesman who rave about the dangers of fire. They sell FUD. There's I'm sure some truth to this, but let's not accept whole the idea that what's good for McAfee is good for the nation.

more than 3 years ago
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What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?

vajrabum Re:Ad infinitum (339 comments)

If they prove true to form, in the low part of the cycle resulting from shoveling too much of the same tripe for too long, I'm guessing they'll focus on having the MPAA after all their customers.

more than 3 years ago
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Could the KGB Infiltrate LulzSec?

vajrabum Re:NuclearCognitive Winter valid concept. (162 comments)

So if I read your post then I'd know that the western agencies (CIA, FBI or maybe the John Birch society, hmm?) invented the whole idea of the KGB inventing the whole idea of nuclear winter that was fed to Carl Sagan because everybody knows that famous physicists with PHDs are likely dupes of communist agencies?

more than 3 years ago
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Could the KGB Infiltrate LulzSec?

vajrabum Re:Outdated Headline (162 comments)

C'mon Communist infiltrators? Really? I can see sophmoric but you seem to think the Lulzsec people are stupid or something. This is cointel PR bs like we saw in the 60s. Your clue, if you decide to accept it, is that the TFA didn't refer to the current foreign intelligence organizations but rather to the great boogie man of the cold war, the KGB.

more than 3 years ago

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