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Comment: old != bad (Score 5, Informative) 189

My money is on this VME system being around for another 20 years while the mess of Java and Oracle(you know they're going to use Oracle). It'll be overpriced, late and won't actually work.

Just because something is old, doesn't mean it needs replaced. In short, why not just upgrade the mainframe?

Comment: text is easier to give addresses (Score 4, Informative) 80

by AndroSyn (#47636837) Attached to: FCC Mandates Text-to-911 From All US Wireless Carriers

I think in some regards being able to send an SMS in an emergency, with important details like the exact address(including quadrant in cities like Washington DC). There are often cases in DC where they send an ambulance or something to the correct street address but the wrong quadrant and end up being 5 miles away from where they need to be.

Comment: All they got was the money to do the research... (Score 1) 172

by AndroSyn (#47218575) Attached to: Human Blood Substitute Could Help Meet Donor Blood Shortfall

It sounds like they just got awarded funding to do the research, which is nice and all. If money was the solution to all of the world's medical problems, surely we would have solved all sorts of issues by now, but science just doesn't work that way. Now don't get me wrong, I hope they succeed in producing a blood substitute, but I'll get excited when they have an available product.

Comment: Re:On behalf of all network specialists, (Score 4, Informative) 197

by AndroSyn (#47215521) Attached to: Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

His point is, slashdot doesn't even have an IPv6 address, he's using 6to4 NAT and can still reach the site. The IPv4 address for slashdot is embedded in the IPv6 address.

$ ping6 slashdot.org
PING6(56=40+8+8 bytes) 2001:8b0:ca12:3193:7dc2:1078:67fb:31f4 --> 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d
16 bytes from 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d, icmp_seq=0 hlim=241 time=165.418 ms
16 bytes from 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d, icmp_seq=1 hlim=241 time=121.267 ms

The IPv6 address he was pinging was as follows: 2001:8b0:6464::666:616:d822:b52d

The d822:b52d in the IPv6 address, is actually the IPv4 address for slashdot:

d8 = 216
22 = 34
b5 = 181
2d = 45

$ host -t a slashdot.org
slashdot.org has address 216.34.181.45

Make sense? ;)

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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