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Comment: Re:Provide money and guidance (Score 1) 52

Provide money and guidance to the local school systems then let them buy the approved technology they need rather than what is dictated to them.

Because then all the money will go to the assistant principal's brother-in-law.

That's what oversight is supposed to be for... and if wishes were horses...

Comment: Re:Creepy (Score 1) 170

by CanHasDIY (#47434483) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

Seriously, the only way this could be spoof-proof is to modulate the laser with some type of crypto.

In practice, by the time you realize that a sniper was targeting you, it is too late to start spoofing.

Which is why you should do it all the time.

Hey, maybe this is why everyone in "futuristic" movies walks around in full-body tinfoil...

Comment: Re:Died Outside a Tesla (Score 1) 421

by CanHasDIY (#47434467) Attached to: The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

It's a new feature on the smartphone app: you could already honk the horn, open the windows and roof, and many other things. Now they added "split in half and eject driver". Very useful, I must say.

Still playing catch-up with the big boys, I see.

Ferrari is years ahead of Tesla in this regard

Comment: Re:This is why you need.. (Score 1) 251

by CanHasDIY (#47432327) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Load balanced or mirrored systems. You can upgrade part of it any time, validate it, then swap it over to the live system when you are happy.

Having someone with little or no sleep doing critical updates is not really the best strategy.

Oh my $deity, this!

I've worked in environments with test-to-live setups, and ones without, and the former is always, always a smoother running system than the latter.

Comment: Re:Schedule some days as offset days (Score 1) 251

by CanHasDIY (#47432235) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Or you can just work 16hour days like the rest of us and wear it with a badge of honor.

IMO, there is no honor in working more hours than you're actually being paid to work. Not only are you hurting yourself, you're keeping someone else from being able to take that job.

If you've got 80 hours worth of work to do at your company, and one guy with a 40-hour-a-week contract, you need to hire another person, not convince the existing guy that he should be proud to be enslaved. Morally speaking.

Comment: Re: Murphy says no. (Score 4, Insightful) 251

by CanHasDIY (#47432209) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

This guy probably is the tech but is wanting to spend more time with his family or something.

Probably settled down too fast and can't get a better job now. My advice: don't settle down and quit using your wife and children as excuses for your career failures because they'll grow to hate you for it.

OR, if you want to have a family life, don't take a job that requires you to do stuff that's not family-life-oriented.

That's the route I've taken - no on-call phone, no midnight maintenance, no work-80-hours-get-paid-for-40 bullshit. Pay doesn't seem that great, until you factor in the wage dilution of those guys working more hours than they get paid for. Turns out, hour-for-hour I make just as much as a lot of the managers around here, and don't have to deal with half the crap they do.

The rivers sure have been nice this year... and the barbecues, the lazy evenings relaxing on the porch, the weekends to myself... yea. I dig it.

Comment: Re:Surely, It Depends (Score 1) 483

No PCI slots.

Ah. Makes sense.

Yeah, which good sound card to get for Windows and Linux for gaming, music, HTPC, etc.

I'd let Amazon's peer-review system answer that; as I said, I don't have a lot of personal experience with USB sound cards that aren't geared towards pro audio.

Comment: Re:Government control of our lives... (Score 2) 152

by CanHasDIY (#47432109) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

They need to ask permission because the FAA specifically banned such behavior last month.

Gone are the days, when pursuit of happiness was understood as a natural right granted to each human being not by their government, but by the Creator.

And if my pursuit of happiness involves not having some noisy-ass quadcopter fly 50 feet over my house every time the neighbor orders a new bauble?

You forget, that whole "pursuit of happiness" meme has to be reconciled with the concept of, "unless it infringes other's right to the same."

+ - Arecibo radio telescope has confirmed the existence of fast radio pulses->

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schwit1 (797399) writes "The Arecibo radio telescope has confirmed the existence of fast radio pulses.

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are bright flashes of radio waves that last only a few thousandths of a second. Scientists using the Parkes Observatory in Australia have recorded such events for the first time, but the lack of any similar findings by other facilities led to speculation that the Australian instrument might have been picking up signals originating from sources on or near Earth. The discovery at Arecibo is the first detection of a fast radio burst using an instrument other than the Parkes radio telescope. The position of the radio burst is in the direction of the constellation Auriga in the Northern sky.

“Our result is important because it eliminates any doubt that these radio bursts are truly of cosmic origin,” continues Victoria Kaspi, an astrophysics professor at McGill University in Montreal and Principal Investigator for the pulsar-survey project that detected this fast radio burst. “The radio waves show every sign of having come from far outside our galaxy – a really exciting prospect.”

Exactly what may be causing such radio bursts represents a major new enigma for astrophysicists. Possibilities include a range of exotic astrophysical objects, such as evaporating black holes, mergers of neutron stars, or flares from magnetars — a type of neutron star with extremely powerful magnetic fields.

Be warned: All of the above theories could also be wrong. These fast radio flashes could just as easily turn out to be something entirely unpredicted."
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