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Comment: Re:How propaganda decides wars (Score 1) 206

by swb (#49357737) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

Is it really "paranoia" (a mental disease involving ungrounded fears) if the fear is substantiated?

Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?

I'd say the number of non-threats who were actively and vigorously blackballed might call into question as to where the boundary between legitimate fear and paranoia fear is on this topic.

But, somehow, that clear and present danger of Communism no longer played the role it played during Korea War. Why?

Probably no one single answer. I don't think the early years of Viet Nam faced that much ideological opposition. I do think that the political-based mismanagement of the war led to "conventional" opposition to it. Then add in civil rights discontent, the exemptions that made it a "poor man's war" and the general social upheaval of the 1960s, shake well and pour over ice.

Comment: Re:How propaganda decides wars (Score 1) 206

by swb (#49356565) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

It was vastly different political era.

There was a lot of paranoia about Communist conspiracies. The Rosenberg trials. Joe McCarthy was making headlines "exposing" Communists. In some sense, there was some legitimate fear of Communist actions -- the Soviets had blockaded West Berlin, leading to the Berlin airlift in 1948.

Not only was the political climate dangerous for anyone opposing fighting Communist expansion in Korea, it wasn't irrational to believe that expansionist communism was a real threat, especially after recently fighting a war against two nations who started wars of imperial expansion, at least one of whom did so under the guise of a totalitarian political philosophy.

Comment: Re:MY data in AMAZON's cloud ?? (Score 1) 110

by swb (#49354071) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans

Sure, and I could also hotplug USB3 disks and cut even more power/space/complexity if I wanted to futz with turning it on and off.

Power cycling a NAS may be worthwhile if it's some kind of archive you don't use often but it doesn't make a ton of sense if you want it online more than offline.

Comment: Re:Congress is a bunch of fucking retards (Score 5, Informative) 121

by Smidge204 (#49352641) Attached to: GAO Denied Access To Webb Telescope Workers By Northrop Grumman

A really good telescope could as well be turned towards Earth to look at details on the surface.

No. For two reasons:

First, it's an IR telescope. The reason they're putting it in space is to get it away from Earth's atmosphere, which is opaque to the IR wavelengths it's designed to detect. Earth would look like a light bulb for all the IR it gives off and there is zero chance of seeing the surface.

Second, even if it could somehow be used to see through the opaque atmosphere, it couldn't make out anything. The James Webb telescope has a claimed resolution of 0.1 arc-seconds. It's going to be put into the Earth-Sun L2 Lagrangian point, about 1.5 million km from the Earth. At that distance and resolution, each pixel of the image would be ~730 meters square... just under half a mile. Useless for any kind of surveillance.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 616

by Viol8 (#49352621) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

"He's been on a concerted campaign to get rid of people like Clarkson from the BBC"

Indeed. And given his religious upbringing I smell something more than just a standard guardianista agenda.

"something tells me a token female presenter on Top Gear wouldn't go down too well with him."

To be fair they could do a lot worse than put VBH back on. And she'd be a long way from token!

Comment: Re:Tipping point? (Score 2) 84

I think major leaps of density will eliminate platters. Why bother with them at all with their ridiculously slow seek times, heat, power consumption? At high capacities they're more of a risk to data integrity due to slow array rebuild times and it takes dozens of them to equal the IOPS of flash. Even now platters are either useful for their high density as Tier 3 in a SAN or in large numbers to get IOPS.

If there was a huge leap in flash densities I think they would get cheap enough that no one would bother, even if they were "unreliable" consumer MLC technology. Vendors could just double the extra flash used for recovery of bad cells and increase the endurance.

Comment: Re:Don't blame me. (Score 2) 109

by thesupraman (#49350155) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

Well, I guess your data will be of interest then..

The 'solution' to this is of course organised poisoning of these databases through both randomised access and proxy/encryption use, which if used enough makes the data useless. Unfortunately that takes a lot of people to make it work.. and most people just dont understand the ramifications.

I wonder what it takes to be classified as a 'journalist' (but then I doubt it makes any difference, because how would they know if such rules are followed..)

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