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Comment: Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 172

by Culture20 (#48620741) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

"we do not show a breakdown of drives per manufacturer, model, or vintagedue to the proprietary nature of these data". I'm not sure exactly what that means.

Perhaps part of their discount is tied to a deal to provide exclusive data of failure rates to the manufacturers? Same effect as buying silence, but seemingly more legit.

Comment: Re: Implementation not the technology. (Score 1) 153

by Culture20 (#48614747) Attached to: In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

The defining characteristic of "cloud" is "on someone else's stuff that you get a monthly bill for", sold to management as a way to be rid of those pesky IT types who insist on actually taking more than a minute and a half to do something complicated.

Well, we've removed a cost center for the company and only increased our risk by an unknowable percent. It's working so well that we're planning on outsourcing our middle management to cloud intelligent systems from the same company. Since our whole company relies on the success of this cloud provider, maybe we'll by it to reduce our risk then do the same thing with their IT cost center. We'll double the savings!

Comment: Angles? (Score 1) 190

by Culture20 (#48607099) Attached to: Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars
This could be nausea inducing if they don't know exactly where someone is looking from. What if the driver turns his head but is looking in the rear view mirror? Can the rear posts figure out that they need to project an image to the mirror and back the the driver's eyes? Do these displays look bewildering to passengers who might incorrectly warn the driver? "Look out!" It might be better to figure out how to design hollowed posts with honeycomb designs that sacrifice safety for err.. safety.

Comment: Re:Don't worry guys... (Score 1) 874

by Culture20 (#48601215) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Christianity started out violent but eventually mellowed out for the most part. Islam is just several ticks behind the times.

Excuse me? Do you really mean that? Seriously?!? Christianity started out with a jewish rabbi who got nailed to a cross. Are you suggesting that he started a violent movement that needed "mellowing"? That strikes me as crossing well over the line of victim blaming.

There was that one time that Peter cut the High Priest's slave's ear off, and Jesus was all like "Peter, chill bro!" Although Christianity didn't start until after that.

Comment: Re:Australian Gun Laws are STRICT! (Score 3, Funny) 874

by Culture20 (#48598557) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Australia doesn't have the 2nd Amendment.

Not true. The second amendment to the Australian Constitution in 1910 amended Section 105 so that it read

The Parliament may take over from the States their public debts, or a proportion thereof according to the respective numbers of their people as shown by the latest statistics of the Commonwealth, and may convert, renew, or consolidate such debts, or any part thereof; and the States shall indemnify the Commonwealth in respect of the debts taken over, and thereafter the interest payable in respect of the debts shall be deducted and retained from the portions of the surplus revenue of the Commonwealth payable to the several States, or if such surplus is insufficient, or if there is no surplus, then the deficiency or the whole amount shall be paid by the several States.

Where previously it had read

The Parliament may take over from the States their public debts as existing at the establishment of the Commonwealth , or a proportion thereof according to the respective numbers of their people as shown by the latest statistics of the Commonwealth, and may convert, renew, or consolidate such debts, or any part thereof; and the States shall indemnify the Commonwealth in respect of the debts taken over, and thereafter the interest payable in respect of the debts shall be deducted and retained from the portions of the surplus revenue of the Commonwealth payable to the several States, or if such surplus is insufficient, or if there is no surplus, then the deficiency or the whole amount shall be paid by the several States.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie

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