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Comment: Re:Someone help me out. (Score 4, Informative) 54

by AdmiralAl (#36816266) Attached to: Dawn Takes First Pictures of Vesta From Orbit
It's simply because they don't know the exact mass of Vesta, and therefore don't know exactly the gravitational pull of Vesta. After they are better able to determine the mass (and gravity) of Vesta, they will begin to move Dawn into a closer orbit based upon the gravitational pull.

Comment: Always Finish (Score 1) 341

by AdmiralAl (#34281978) Attached to: Why Don't We Finish More Games?
I finish every game that I buy. Since my time is so limited these days (kids, work, etc.), I'm very particular about the games that I purchase. I know what genres I like, I know the style that suits me, so I only buy those games. Now, that being said, gone are the days when I could power through a game in a weekend, stopping only to eat and evacuate. Nowadays, it may take me a solid month to complete that same game, but I will finish it.

Comment: Re:What about the rest of us? (Score 3, Informative) 87

by AdmiralAl (#30378986) Attached to: Iron Mountain's Experimental Room 48
I currently work in one of these Kansas City area limestone caves. My company runs a datacenter/colo here and we don't run into this problem of dust playing merry hell with the drive arrays. The solution...paint the ceiling and install ceiling tiles to create a "normal" room. No rocks, no dust, just a clean and efficient datacenter.

Comment: Perspective (Score 1) 410

by AdmiralAl (#30369198) Attached to: Saying No To Promotions Away From Tech?
The answer sort of lies in what your goals are and what the position requires you to do. Personal Anecdote: I started off as a lowly PC tech in the IT industry back in the 90's. After working several years in the field, I moved on to another company doing basically the same job, but with opportunity to advance. After a few years, I was given a Tech Lead position. This was great, but the company wasn't doing so hot so I left to work at a tax company (rhymes with clock). Not soon after joining that company I was basically forced into a management position and I hated it. I didn't hate it because it was management, I hated it because the company forced me to treat my employees like dirt and my director was actually insulted by my tech knowledge and I was barred from using it. I decided to look for a new job and because of my tech and management experience I got another Tech Management position...this one I loved. The company totally embraced my knowledge and experience and allowed me to not just be a boss, but also a mentor and resource for my team. Without that previous management experience though I would never have been able to get the job. Yeah, it sucked for a while, but in the end it was totally worth it.

Comment: Orienteering (Score 1) 520

by AdmiralAl (#29067881) Attached to: My sense of direction is ...
I actually know that I have at least an above average sense of direction. In my late teens and early twenties I used to do a lot of orienteering competitions. In order to make the best time I would usually forgo stopping to use a compass and I'd simply study the map ahead of time and use landmarks, the sun, and other environmental cues to navigate. Using this strategy paid off quite well. I never placed below third, never got lost, and won a number of competitions.

+ - Team Aims to Create Pure Evil AI-> 1

Submitted by puroresu
puroresu writes: Scientific American reports on the efforts of Selmer Bringsjord and his team at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who have been attempting to develop an AI possessed of an interesting character trait: pure evil.

"To be truly evil, someone must have sought to do harm by planning to commit some morally wrong action with no prompting from others (whether this person successfully executes his or her plan is beside the point). The evil person must have tried to carry out this plan with the hope of "causing considerable harm to others," Bringsjord says. Finally, "and most importantly," he adds, if this evil person were willing to analyze his or her reasons for wanting to commit this morally wrong action, these reasons would either prove to be incoherent, or they would reveal that the evil person knew he or she was doing something wrong and regarded the harm caused as a good thing."

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+ - SATA 6G launch delayed due to faulty Marvell chips->

Submitted by Vigile
Vigile writes: More than simply a faster 6.0 Gb/s data throughput speed, the SATA 6G standard offers improved NCQ support, better power management and a new connector to support 1.8-inch drives. While modern day spindle-based hard drives struggle to keep up with SATA 3G speeds, the advent of modern SSDs are nearly saturating the existing standard and a move to SATA 6G was welcome in the hardware community. It looks like that technology will be delayed though as the only chip supporting the standard today, the Marvell 88SE9123, is having major issues. Motherboard vendors including ASUS and Gigabyte, who had planned on releasing SATA 6G technology using the chip on Intel Lynnfield platform motherboards later this summer, are having to remove the Marvell 88SE9123 and redesign their boards at the last minute due to significant speed and reliability issues.
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Comment: It's about time (Score 1) 229

I'm really glad to see that they are finally coming out with a new MechWarrior game. Being a veteran of all the previous iterations, I've been longing for a new one for quite some time. The fact that they are re-releasing 4 for free is also very good news. 4 was certainly not my favorite, but it definitely gives me an excuse to ignore my family for awhile until the new game is released.

Comment: Small Biz (Score 1) 354

by AdmiralAl (#26606953) Attached to: How Many Hours Of Work Do You Do Per Workday?
I work for a small IT/Colo/DR/BC company. Due to the nature of our business, and our rather small staff, I typically work anywhere from 10-12 hours a day. I'm also on call 24/7/365 so that number can jump at any minute. I'm not complaining, it's hard work but very worthwhile since I get to really reap the benefits of my hard work.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb