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Comment: Robert A. Heinlein (Score 2, Interesting) 341

by Archfeld (#49294815) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades

He wrote about teens jumping in front of convoys of automated big rigs a long time ago, out of sheer boredom and an innate desire to cause chaos. Even in Methuselah's Children the long lived had methods of switching off auto drive to avoid being tracked everywhere at all times. It has been pointed out previously what about people on farms driving completely off the grid, not to mention the totally unresolved issue of whose at fault when my auto drive car is involved in an accident, or the choice HAS to be made between saving MY life, the driver or some stranger on the side of the road who wants to commit suicide by being run over...

+ - Ask Slashdot: Presentation to the elderly - any suggestions?

Submitted by Kittenman
Kittenman writes: After reading in the local press of yet another 80-year-old being fooled out of his money by some phone scammers, I've contacted the local 'Grey Power' and offered to give a talk on how to keep safe from phishing, phone scams, attempts to install malware... This has been accepted (me and my big mouth). I've some thoughts on what to present — of course — but I wonder what other slashdotters would choose?

+ - Tony Stark Delivers Real 3D-Printed Bionic Arm To 7-Year Old Iron Man Fan-> 1

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid writes: Here's your feel-good story for Thursday afternoon. Albert Manero, who has a degree in Aerospace engineering from the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, has made it a point to serve others. He helped found Limbitless Solutions, a volunteer foundation that uses 3D printer technology to build bionic arms for children that have either lost a limb, or were born with partially developed limbs. Seven-year-old Alex fits into the latter category and Manero, with the help of the Microsoft OneNote Collective Project, has been hard at work to develop a new 3D-printed bionic arm for him. And once the project was finished, Microsoft and Manero were able to find the most "qualified" person on the planet to deliver the arm to Alex: Tony Stark AKA Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. Awesomeness ensues, of course.
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+ - NTP's Fate Hinges On 'Father Time'

Submitted by Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler writes: In April, one of the open source code movement's first and biggest success stories, the Network Time Protocol, will reach a decision point, writes Charlie Babcock. At 30 years old, will NTP continue as the preeminent time synchronization system for Macs, Windows, and Linux computers and most servers on networks?

Or will this protocol go into a decline marked by drastically slowed development, fewer bug fixes, and greater security risks for the computers that use it? The question hinges to a surprising degree on the personal finances of a 59-year-old technologist in Talent, Ore., named Harlan Stenn.

+ - Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions->

Submitted by MightyMartian
MightyMartian writes: It should prove to be no surprise for most rational people, but a group of Australian researchers have determined that homeopathy is completely useless at treating medical conditions. Researchers sifted through 1,800 research papers on homeopathy and found no reliable report that showed homeopathic remedies had any better results than placebos.
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Comment: WOW my experience has been the opposite (Score 1) 342

by Archfeld (#48063725) Attached to: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

I worked in an R&D email implementation unit for a very large financial institution, staff was about 20 employees, 9 of which were female. We did a large amount of project driven interaction with many other groups and the women seemed to do better than men in that area. The only area that I never saw a woman working in was M$ contractors, and they were all but one low caste East Indians, their mouth piece was the stereo type Oxford English sounding East Indian who spoke for them most of the time.

Comment: US trade deficit (Score 1) 191

by Archfeld (#47952273) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

People will flock to buy stuff and invest in this company which markets and sells goods manufactured almost exclusively in China and then have the nerve to complain about the US foreign trade deficit. We the stupid, blind and thoughtless Americans, brought it upon ourselves, and continue to do so, all the while blaming it on Obama, Congress or whatever other fool is in office. We get what we deserve I guess...

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 1) 268

by Archfeld (#47928449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

STK at the enterprise level agrees to pay the fines levied by the feds if data written to their tapes inside their silos, while under their high end service contract fail within 12 months of writing, provided they are stored by a certified off-site storage company, such as Iron Mountain. While that is not a data guarantee it comes as close as you can get. That is why critical application data gets a full backup, as well as incrementals every day come hell or high water. The cost is enormous but is part of doing business...

Comment: Re:Offsite. (Score 1) 268

by Archfeld (#47913863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Actually yes I have but, perhaps I phrased it poorly, many types media are guaranteed for up to 7 years, but none that I've ever dealt with will guarantee the data stored for more than 12 months without a rewrite.

FTA you referenced...
Disks used in the test are REQUIRED to less than 12 month old and obtained directly from the manufacturer or thru known distribution channels.

The tests spanned less than 30 days, far short of the 12 months I spoke of and much less than the 7 YEARS federal requirements for bank data storage require. Not to mention the very small, relatively speaking size of the disk compared to the VAST amount of data required to be stored.

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