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Comment: Re:Shocker... (Score 1) 166 166

Though I think it should be said that there are times when "weasel" words like "most" or "some" are absolutely appropriate; to not use such a qualifier is to see everything in black and white, and assume a statement is all inclusive when real life is rarely that cut and dried.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 166 166

I'm just surprised that only 54% of democrats apparently believe in evolution, if I get the gist of this article right.
I know that doesn't translate to claiming that 46% are creationists, but still, that's hardly grounds for all the stone throwing at conservatives over it.
FWIW, I identify as a very moderate conservative, (with several things on the right I don't agree with) and even I don't dispute evolution.. nor for that matter, believe in the Biblical god except as a complex mythology, like so many mythologies before it.. most of which are rather fascinating as such.

Comment: Re:blu ray? (Score 1) 106 106

How is using blu ray cheaper than hard drives?

3 TB will fit on 120 25-GB BD-Rs. At 40 cents each, that's $48 in media costs. If you do like I do and reserve 20% for dvdisaster error-recovery data, you're still only looking at $60.

A 3 TB WD Green will set you back $95. (Want to spring for the NAS-rated Red drives instead? That'll be $119. Their absolute cheapest 3 TB hard drives are a couple of models from Seagate and Toshiba at $90 each.)

Comment: Re:FB hardware may be lucrative... (Score 1) 106 106

The trick is getting BD media into the terabytes and getting it at a price point where it is decently affordable. For example, a 100 GB BDXL disk is $65, but it should be about 10% of that price in order to be a viable backup medium.

My last spindle of 25 GB BD-Rs cost me maybe $0.60 each or so. I could drive down to Fry's right now and pick up a spindle for about $0.80 each. A 4x increase in storage density isn't worth a two-order-of-magnitude increase in price. I would be surprised if Farcebook didn't arrive at the same conclusion.

Going by the numbers from the video in TFA, they're getting over 10k BD-Rs in a rack. While the basic concept isn't new, they appear to have developed it to a considerably higher density.

Comment: Re:Base Stickers??? (Score 1) 742 742

ALL AF bases and the majority of the the other services did away with base stickers several years ago and now everyone in the vehicle over the age of 16 has to display a valid Government issued ID to get on base.

All? I'd swear last time I accompanied my father (retired AF) on base at either Nellis or Wright-Patterson, the skycop just asked for his ID, not mine. It might be different overseas, and it's been different here at various times in the past, but unless they've changed things yet again since this past December, they most likely only care about the driver's ID.

Comment: Re:"as a means to raise awareness ..." (Score 1) 75 75

I'd say yes, we do. We've seen at least one major asteroid impact before that precipitated an extinction event, or at the very least, greatly contributed to it. Statistically, it's likely enough to happen again, even if it's hundreds, thousands, or millions of years from now... or it could happen in our lifetime. Space is large, even in our own solar system, but there are also a lot of asteroids out there.

Comment: Re:Evidence? (Score 1) 293 293

Granted they've got a weird way of wording it, but essentially it means your workstation will begin downloading it early, or at least a portion of it, so that their servers don't get quite so hammered on the official release date, and you don't have to wait with disconnects or incredibly slow download speeds on July 29 and the days immediately following it. The earlier you reserve, ostensibly, the sooner you get the last bit downloaded so that come July 29, you can just run the install and be off and running.

Comment: Re:But Google Code? (Score 1) 44 44

any project or developer that uses it is going to need that backup repository at github anyway

You should have backups of all your projects to media that you control in any case. Google has a track record of winding down stuff it doesn't want to continue (Reader, anyone?), but if you're betting on any source-code repo to (1) not go tits-up (as Google Code might) and (2) not jump the shark (as SourceForge has), you're putting your code at risk. Git, in particular, makes it dead simple to clone a repo and all its history in a relatively compact form, so spare a few GB on a server you control for a mirror of everything you put on GitHub (or whatever).

Comment: Re:Shades of Methuselah's Children (Score 1) 57 57

He might not have trolling, just relating how he stopped donating to the American red cross when they made those requirements. Frankly though, it's just about impossible, realistically, to "live off the grid' anymore, not without being a hermit in a hidden cabin in the mountains in the wilderness, so, he'd have to not do much of anything then.
Anyway, why so quick to label as an, "American troll"? --sounds like an axe to grind there.

-Your partner in hell, ;)

Comment: Re:TrueCrypt (Score 1) 69 69

....and not a word about TrueCrypt? is there any commonly used alternative or people just don't care?

I migrated to FreeOTFE right around the time that the TrueCrypt developers said people should stop using it, about a year ago. I haven't had much reason to migrate back (though TrueCrypt's hidden volume feature was nice to have).

Real computer scientists don't program in assembler. They don't write in anything less portable than a number two pencil.