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Jon 'Maddog' Hall On Project Cauã: a Server In Every Highrise

xs650 Basement? Really? (151 comments)

Unless they are in a city with no chance of flooding, either natural or from infrastructure failure, a basement is dumb place to put that equipment.

Last I heard, Brazil was mostly wet and the infrastructure reliability left something to be desired.

The folly of thin servers has already been mentioned by others.

about a year ago

AT&T Rolls Out iPhone Wireless Emergency Alerts

xs650 This is just a practice run (199 comments)

Once ATT gets the system worked out, they can use it to push ads to your phone

about a year ago

India To Send World's Last Telegram

xs650 Re:digital? (205 comments)

Nope, digital.

about a year ago

NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

xs650 Re:Pulling an Assange? (860 comments)

Right, instead of just disappearing after being tortured, now he will just die in some random traffic accident. Not a pleasant ending, but not the worst either.

about a year ago

Defense Distributed Has 3D-Printed an Entire Gun

xs650 Re:Liberator? (712 comments)

But I think, like the actual Liberator, I'd trust this all-plastic gun about as far as I can throw it.

Considering that it's light weight and could be thrown a considerable distance, you would trust it a lot more than I would.

about a year ago

Spain's Extremadura Starts Move To GNU/Linux, Open Source

xs650 Re:sometimes it takes a crisis (182 comments)

Users may fork code, but the vast majority can't and don't have an interest in learning how.

about a year ago

Iranians, Russians, and Chinese Hackers Are After You, Says Lawmaker

xs650 My concerns (211 comments)

As a USian, I'm more concerned about US corporations and US government agencies being after me, they are the ones that can do and are most likely to do me some harm. And, I'm not even concerned enough about them to wear a tinfoil hat.

about a year and a half ago

Samoa Air Rolling Out "Pay As You Weigh" Fares

xs650 Re:Fairplay (587 comments)

That would only be fair if the majority of the fuel burned by the aircraft wasn't burned to overcome the aircraft's air resistance and weight. As an example, in rough numbers a 737 weighs about 75,000 lbs without passengers or fuel and carries about 130 passengers. That is 576 lbs of aircraft per passenger. Add in maintenance and other operating costs that would still be there is they were flying with no passengers and it becomes obvious that passenger weight is a relatively small percentage of their operating cost. And, there are also costs due to carrying passengers that have nothing to do with weight. Even if a planeload of passengers weighed 0 lbs, it would still take labor hours, passenger terminal expenses etc to process the weightless passengers onto an off the aircraft.

about a year and a half ago

$35 Indian Tablet Has Until March 31st To Ship or Be Cancelled

xs650 Re:Before trolling starts... (46 comments)


I really do believe "you get what you paid for," but then, I'm reminded of the story of golf ball finders a British con artist was selling as "bomb detectors" for several thousand dollars each.

A more realistic version of that old saw is "You rarely get more than you paid for."

Anyone who has been around a while realizes that you frequently get less than you paid for.

about a year and a half ago

Google Keep End-of-Life Date Forecasted

xs650 Google is doing us a service (164 comments)

Google is doing us a service by reminding us that online services, data storage, etc come and go. Don't rely on any one company if a service or your data is important to you.

Reality bites and it's good to have an occasional nip like this latest one from Google to remind us of that.

about a year and a half ago

Are Lenovo's ThinkPads Getting Worse?

xs650 Re:Selling points (271 comments)

"Features" that you don't have can't fail or cause other failures

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

xs650 My previous employer had a fitness program (635 comments)

Everyone got enough exercise jumping to conclusions, flying off the handle, running down the boss, knifing friends in the back, dodging responsibility and pushing their luck.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

xs650 Re:The standards are published in English (330 comments)

As a French speaker, I can guarantee that most programmers here understand little more than the basic programming terms.

As an English speaker, I have observed the same thing here.

about a year and a half ago

US Wants Apple, Google, and Microsoft To Get a Grip On Mobile Privacy

xs650 Re:Otherwise they may stop using them... (103 comments)

Or I could encourage the government I elected to force them to play by my rules. Its not THEIR device, its MINE.

Business owns the Congress critters and you are no longer the customer, you are the product.

about a year and a half ago

NASA and CSA Begin Testing Satellite Refueling On the ISS

xs650 Re:dangerous place to practice refueling? (65 comments)

Outside the ISS is the next to the last place I would like to try it. Inside the ISS is the last place I would try it

about a year and a half ago

Scientist Seeks 'Adventurous Human Woman' For Neanderthal Baby

xs650 They are still alive (697 comments)

Having spent some time in rural Northern Germany, I believe Neanderthals are still alive.

about a year and a half ago

Windows 8 Even Less Popular Than Vista

xs650 Re:cornered animal (791 comments)

They worked their asses off,

That explains the crap UI. For Win 9 they should try working with their heads instead of their asses.

about a year and a half ago

USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

xs650 Re:Boggle (909 comments)

I have long admired the Brit beer louts for getting their system of measurements changed to Imperial to enlarge their beer pints.

about a year and a half ago

USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

xs650 Re:Boggle (909 comments)

No, we here in the Colonies aren't using the Imperial system. The Imperial system was standardized in the early 19th century. We aren't that up to date. We use a variation of the British system that preceded the Imperial system. For instance, the Imperial system uses a gallon that was defined in 1824, while the US gallon is the Queen Anne's Wine Gallon of 1707.

about a year and a half ago


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