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Comment: Re:My what impressive sources you have! (Score 1) 318

by s.petry (#48621951) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS
First, you stated that "The hackers" are "IRL terrorists". The hackers did not threaten anyone, these "threats" according to any other (credible) source were allegedly from the DPRK. Perhaps you need to clarify? Second, if you really believe that the DPRK is going to launch attacks against US theaters you should purchase a globe. If you think that somehow we will have massive amounts of fake pilots storming planes to fly them into Star Theater, you should have your head examined by a professional.

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 73

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Comment: Re:Meaningless (Score 2) 132

by blahplusplus (#48619761) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

I work at Backblaze.

Then you boys should make an app that every computer enthusiast can use that tracks smart stats/drive failures and collects them at your servers. It'd be great to monitor drives across the internet with an application that you could just have minimized to the taskbar, maybe you could kickstart the funds for one? Many of us would gladly pitch in to get reliable drive data on a massive scale. Many of us are on the net anyway it would be great to report drive usage/characteristics in realtime across the internet.

I've been using stuff like below to "wing" whether a drive needs to be replaced or not, but usually drives start clicking before they go.

Comment: Re:My what impressive sources you have! (Score 1) 318

by s.petry (#48619333) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Unpopular? How about committing illegal acts and getting away with it, and acting as a vigilante squad on their own as I demonstrated above (and TFA discusses). This has nothing to do with "popularity", it has everything to do with a company that is behaving as a cartel.

If you want to be delusional that is fine by me, but at least be honest about your intent to remain in the dark.

Comment: Re:This needs to stop ... (Score 1) 318

by blahplusplus (#48619235) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

The MPAA et al feel they have the right to undermine every bit of technology to server their purposes. They want veto over all new technology to ensure that it aligns with their goals, and makes sure their rent seeking is entrenched in law.

They've been winning for the last 200 years. In terms of a game: After the publics defeat 6-0. Why exactly would they give up? The criminals of the corporate class have been used to getting there way for 200 years already.

Comment: Re:My what impressive sources you have! (Score 2) 318

by s.petry (#48618685) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

In this case? With regards to an industry that could be killed tomorrow if enough people simply voted with their wallet? Yes, I do think it's wrong.

This indicates that you really don't know how the world works, especially in terms of "entertainment". Perhaps 50 years ago this point would have some merit, but not within the last couple of decades at least. Actually investigate how the industry works, then we will talk.

To give you a hint, Sony in this case is a target because it's a single entity who has repeatedly screwed over consumers. They knowingly installed malware on people's computers and faced a class action lawsuit for it, though consumers received nothing from the damages. For higher profits they have sacrificed customers again and again, all to their benefit and consumer detriment. This part I am guessing you would agree with.

To the voting with your wallet, how big is Sony and how many tentacles do they have into virtually everything from hardware to software? Monopolization has ensured that you can't destroy a company that easily, it takes Government intervention to break up a company of this size. Since there are at least several Governments that pay Sony for all kinds of things from hardware to software, that won't happen any time soon. The breach and theft of a movie won't hurt them, it generates propaganda (those evil bastards just want our freedom) and PR for the movie. Are you daft enough to believe that Kim Jong-un can't figure out a comedy? Do you still believe that the Benghazi raid was because of a class E youtube movie too?

The point here is really that the only way to harm a company like Sony is with vigilantism. I don't agree with hackers releasing Sony customer data because that harms the consumers more than Sony. If they can force Sony to change, all the better. Exposing the MPAA/RIAA for their bullshit tactics may actually reduce some of the nonsense they do on a daily basis.

Comment: My what impressive sources you have! (Score 1) 318

by s.petry (#48618125) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Will you also be quoting the National Enquirer in your quest to demonize anyone questioning the MPAA and/or Sony's behavior?

Do you believe that vigilantism is always wrong? Robin Hood was criminal stealing from "rich" who used criminal means of gaining wealth, and the peasants he was giving money to should have lynched him on the spot? (I realize this one is a fable, but a well known one and high on moral fabric).

If you don't believe vigilantism is always wrong, where do you think the line should be? Big companies are fine to do anything they want, as long as they pay the Governments to get away with it? Do the Governments have to be the actual robbers? (see next)

For posterity, the MPAA and RIAA have already targeted domains though requests to Government agencies. In this case, the MPAA is specifically considering acting as a vigilante and bypassing the Government. Can you attack a vigilante as a vigilante? Seriously, provide a rational perspective instead of gossip rags and OPED pieces. If you can't base your opinion on reason, don't bother.

And lets take out the BS regarding the DPRK launching a massive attack on the US. If you spent a few minutes contemplating the logistics you would see that this is not valid.

Comment: Take advantage of the system (Score 1) 259

by tlambert (#48613891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Take advantage of the system

(1) Find the best college or community college that'll have you as an English teacher
(2) Teach English for small $
(3) Take advantage of the perquisite that you get to take some amount of free classes because you are faculty
(4) Finish an associates in a STEM field. An associates is transferrable, even if credits are not (I suggest microbiology)
(5) Either transfer as a student, or, if it's a good college, finish your bachelors degree there
(6) ...While still teaching, if you can; 1-2 years experience teaching at a college level puts you higher on the hire list

NB: "Good college" is relative; you will generally get out of any program what you put into it.

Comment: People without degrees tend to lack the vocabulary (Score 2) 259

by tlambert (#48613807) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

People without CS degrees tend to lack the vocabulary necessary to communicate efficiently with their peers about CS topics in situations where they are required to work on a team. Big "O" notation, names of algorithms, breadth of algorithmic knowledge, etc..

If you are not going to be working on a team (and it's the rare company who does not believe they will become larger in the future), then a portfolio of previous work is generally acceptable.

Because companies believe they will grow, you are most suited to being a consultant, or, alternately, working for a consulting firm.

I've frequently considered creating a "vocabulary test", along the lines of those multiple choice test games passed around on Facebook; the problem with doing that, however, is people would "learn to the test"; and while it would be a form of education for them, as a result they would successfully get their foot inside the door of place where they would ultimately not be successful. This would not be a service to either them, or the places which hire them. To be effective, it would have to end up growing to the point that it might as well be a certification exam. And still, people would learn to the test, instead of having any depth of knowledge necessary to communicate with those who do.

Comment: Linking Drought and Los Angeles: Easy To Do (Score 1) 181

by tlambert (#48607563) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Linking Drought and Los Angeles: Easy To Do

Northern California sends most of their water south to Los Angeles so that they can grow water intensive crops like walnuts, rice, avocados, etc., when other crops would take hugely less water (but not be as profitable). Sadly, agribusiness pays a deeply discounted price than the rest of us, so we're effectively subsidizing their shrinking water bills with our ballooning ones.

If Los Angeles would just *catch* their run-off, instead of dumping it into the ocean using their huge drainage system you tend to see in Terminator movie car chases, and walked down at the end of Buckaroo Banzai, they wouldn't need to take all the water from Northern California, or most of the water from the Colorado river.

How much of the recent torrential rains in California that happened to land in the Los Angeles area do you think ended up in storage systems, vs. the ocean? I'll give you a hint: not a lot.

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar