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Comment Re:how about (Score 1) 255 255

I think you're missing the point. The humorous article says: "there is no mention of the "moon" anywhere in literature or historical documents -- anywhere -- before 1950"

Clearly, there are lots of references, because the moon actually exists. You don't have to refute a humor piece.

Comment Link to more than one word from Clapper (Score 1) 296 296

It seems most have already made up their minds about this topic. However, I was curious about what he actually said...

I RTFA and found it lacking in that detail, only quoting the single word "erroneous" from his correction attempt.

This link has more about his rational: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/308979-clapper-apologies-for-erroneous-statement-to-congress-on-us-data-collection

Comment Re:Beware PS1, PS2 (PS3) backwards compatibility (Score 1) 129 129

Let me get this straight, you spent hundreds of bucks to repurchase games that you owned because the backwards compatibility in your PS3 didn't work for one graphically intense portion of a PS2 game?

I am in a similar situation and have not ever had a problem with PS3 rendering of PS2 games. However I have worried for a while about what will happen to my PS2 (PS1, too...although I really don't play those much anymore) collection when my PS3 inevitably reaches EOL. Recently I bought a new PC with a nice graphics card and it can emulate PS2 games at speed. This is a great option; and one you should look into for the future.

Comment Re:Nostalgia (Score 1) 270 270

That's pretty dismissive based on your experience with the platform...what, 10 years ago?

I work on a team of developers, about 35-40 of us, who do development on 32-bit Windows and our target platform is 64-bit Linux.

No problems related to Java being written once and running anywhere in the past 7 years.

Comment Geography (Score 1) 214 214

I'm not sure if there is a firm grasp on the geography of these states. Virginia and NC are medium sized states, that yes, touch the ocean where a large Cat 5 hurricane might launch itself upon their beaches. It's never ever happened before, but hey it might. Now, I'm willing to bet that these large data centers are NOT on the beaches of these states, but perhaps just a wee bit farther inland. Perhaps even as far as the mountainous areas that run through the western portion of these. I don't know. I didn't look these things up, but if so a hurricane would die a fairly quick death as it moved inland in either area. Now this does not include the possibility of a hurricane coming up the Chesapeake bay and into Baltimore or Washington DC. However if that happened, and DC was flattened on the way to hitting the Amazon data center in Northern Virginia, I think we'd have a few other problems than lost data.

Comment Re:Malnutrition (Score 2) 487 487

That's silly. The only reason the cow produces milk is because it's had a calf. When the calf is weaning off its mother's milk the cow's milk production drops in response. If you decide to milk the cow twice a day to maintain that production and then abruptly stop; yes the cow would be in some pain and complain about it. If you weaned it off the automated milker slowly, it would exist perfectly happy to not produce milk. Also, it would not be a few days before the cow was complaining (it would probably be almost done producing milk at that point), it would complain loudly at the first missed milking (morning or evening).

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