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Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 4, Interesting) 260

by MightyYar (#48633447) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Funny, because the science that I learned about in college was ALL ABOUT being constantly questioned.

But surely, then, you remember that science doesn't stop at the question. You need to actually do research. In climate science, that means collecting data and building a model. I think it is noteworthy that no AGW opponent has built a model.

Comment: Re:Sure (Score 2) 260

by MightyYar (#48633381) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

You can call them anything you want, but they are following the scientific method to the extent allowed by the nature of an observational science. They self-identify as scientists. AGW opponents do not have a single model that they can point to, and as far as I know, no prominent AGW opponent is working on a model. They can self-identify as scientists if they want, but they certainly aren't sticking to "their" philosophy.

Comment: Re:Long story short (ad-less) (Score 1) 169

by MightyYar (#48620519) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

I'm thinking (hoping?) that normal disk caching would take care of stuff like that. Honestly, I'd just use the supported method unless your SSD was very, very tiny. I use the junction point method because I wipe out the C: drive from time to time to avoid Windows cruft. Every so often I apply Windows updates and re-baseline.

Comment: Re:Long story short (ad-less) (Score 2) 169

by MightyYar (#48619169) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Windows is a pain in the ass, but with some determination you can set everything up on the SSD and then use "junction points" from the rescue disk to connect to a Users directory on a big spinning drive. If you are willing to get about 90% of the way there with just conventional tools, you can just move the "My Documents, My Music, etc." type directories by right-clicking on them, selecting Properties, and then going to the Location tab. From there you can move them to the spinning disk. This is fine if you only have a few users on the PC, but can get very tedious with multiple users.

Comment: Re: Ok, looks good (Score 1) 377

by RockDoctor (#48611303) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG
What have licenses got to do with it? Unless you saw something in TFA which I didn't, it's Open Source, and Bellard has a solid history of liberal software licensing. Your images are yours. Other people's images, yes may be a problem. For user - submitted content, change your T&Cs to tell the users that all new content will be automatically converted into the new format. Make or get a tool to convert (incoming) JPEG images to the new format and tell your users to use it because the new format will load faster. Fairly rapidly - a few years there will only be a few hold outs. And they're your rump problem.

If you're running an archive site or service, then yes you've probably got a more complex problem.

Images from external tools. May be more of a question. But if this is a genuinely useful tool then your normal patching and upgrading should cover it before you're down to the rump of users.

Comment: Re:Quick question (Score 1) 56

by RockDoctor (#48610309) Attached to: Raspberry Pi In Space

For instance, many ICs are manufactured with depleted boron as a semiconductor dopant and in the borophosphosilicate glass insulating layer.

Since you're talking about isotopically purifying a material, that's going to be a damned sight more expensive than normal-isotope-mix boron. You've got the relatively large mass difference working on your side - 7.7% mass difference (borane) compared to (238+6*19)/(235+6*19) = 0.08% difference (UF6) - but you're still looking at a pretty big job. Even simple heavy water is thousands of times more expensive than normal reagent grade water (11.8% mass difference for D2O versus H2O).

I hadn't thought about the (relative) reactivity of 10B from a radiation-sensitivity point of view. But we've been using it to date the exposure of rock surfaces to the sky for a couple of decades now, and a damned useful tool for archaeological and geomorphological studies it is too. It's up there with thermoluminescence for dating fire damage.

Comment: Re:Hope he doesn't lose power (Score 1) 56

by RockDoctor (#48609891) Attached to: Raspberry Pi In Space

We have near 100 of these in the field and while I've bench-powerfailed them to no avail, out in the real world they die due to fs corruption.

Hang on, let's get that straight : if you pull the power when they're on the bench, then they don't fail, but if they suffer a power fail in the field they do suffer corruption and freeze/ hang/ fail to boot?

Obviously you've tried this, but are you sure that you're pulling the power on the bench while they're in mid-write? Because if you're doing ostensibly the same thing in two circumstances, but with different results, then I'd have to wonder if you're actually doing THE SAME THING both on the bench and in the field.

The way you've described it, it shouldn't do that.

Are the field and lab conditions - e.g. temperature - also the same. I could see temperature having a significant effect on write speeds on (flash) memory. It sounds perplexing. And quite worrying if your troubleshooting isn't replicating something that seems so simple. I know that troubleshooting can be a real time-sink, but if you're getting lots of these fails then the time to service the fialed field modules must add up too.

Are the Pis also under the same load conditions - data-logging, streaming, whatever - on the bench as in the field?

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.

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