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Comment: Re:Thanks (Score 1) 23

by SgtAaron (#49135101) Attached to: 3 Million Strong RAMNIT Botnet Taken Down

In many of my posts, I have been highly critical of the seeming non-efforts by government agencies to deal with SPAM, malware, phishing etc. etc.

It is wonderful to hear this great news about good works being done for the greater good. Thank you to all the investigators for your many hours and hard work to shut this down.

Wow. You are very good troll. Heh, even getting a few mod points. The reply to this is pretty good, too.

Comment: Re: Look around you (Score 1) 95

by SgtAaron (#49109687) Attached to: Humans' Big Brains Linked To a Small Stretch of DNA

or me, "dumb" is just a label that closed-minded people apply to other people, so they can feel superior. Which seems to be fundamental to the human psyche : we need to be better than other people. It's our base drive to compete. I think this might also explain greed : possessing more resources is one way to be better than the rest.

My opinion: dumb people are those that have no idea how ignorant they are about a great many things. I don't think that opinion is new at all :-)

Comment: Re:First I heard of this (Score 1) 158

It was a big story on the front page of The Oregonian this morning. That's the first time I heard about it. If those guys are worried about having enough space they ought to put their data centers in Prineville. Tons of room out there.

Hah. Yeah well Prineville doesn't seem to be complaining too much about the Facebook center there, since the only other thing around is Les Schwab HQ. It's true however it's not supplying any jobs to a pretty depressed economy in that county. I think they're planning to expand, or are already. I've forgotten. DC's like it here though; low humidity allowed for an interesting cooling setup there, and the electricity is relatively cheap.

But really our general world-connectivity in central Oregon has improved much since a DC here required more fiber. It used to be that a backhoe or other would cut our only link to Portland, and more than once all ATMs in three counties would stop working.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile in Oregon (Score 3, Interesting) 77

by SgtAaron (#49009737) Attached to: Mystery Ash Clouds Rain In Parts of Washington, Oregon

People speculating Mexico or Guatamala are simply new to the meteorology of the region. To local sources a glance at a recent eruption map makes and it is instantly obvious there is 1 known candidate, and it would explain it perfectly.

("Just rain" in my part of Oregon, too)

Same here in Bend. It's been pretty windy, trees falling. Nowhere like the rain west of the mountains of course. But there were fires all around last summer. No dirty rain falling here. Hell, at 50+ degrees it's almost been like a spring rain. So sorry for our mountain snow pack, however.

Siberia though, makes more sense. The jet stream seems to be pushing a lot of air our way. Not just dirty Beijing air, either, it seems. Or is it... ? :)

I grew up in Spokane and was there when St. Helens erupted. That was ash fall.

Comment: Re:Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 1) 327

by SgtAaron (#49008409) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas

Then this reveals my ignorance, because I would have assumed/hoped that there is full body armour which protects the limbs while not significantly restricting movement.

Whoever your are, AC, I applaud your frankness. Admitting ignorance is kind of rare in these parts. Heh.

Anyway, unless you want to wear full plate armor, like the days of long past, no. Even then, stopping a rifle round--probably not.

Now, a Holtzman shield would work. See http://dune.wikia.com/wiki/Shi... in case you aren't familiar with them.

Comment: Re:Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 4, Interesting) 327

by SgtAaron (#49008273) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas

1. Over half of police killed by firearms WERE wearing body armor. It's not like the ancient stuff that provides whole body protection, you have a front piece and a back piece that protects your chest. A hit to the head, or in from the side, and you're still possibly dead.
2. Police body armor is drastically lighter than the stuff I wore. A rifle round will generally go right through them, as will a shotgun slug* at close enough range.

Damn straight. This reminds me of a police action in Portland, OR, they entered a house and the guy had a high-power rifle with armor-piercing bullets. One female office was killed outright, one shot just above her kevlar vest, one just below. Another female office was shot twice, they went through her vest, but she survived after surgery. It was a mess. I remember it so well because the police chief was livid about the news helicopter coverage. Apparently the guy was watching the news and knew exactly where the officers were around his house and where they were entering.

When I was in the Army in the '90's we were told our body armor was really only effective against shrapnel. Don't get hit by that big 7.62 AK round!

Comment: Re:Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 5, Informative) 327

by SgtAaron (#49007861) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas

As a non-American, I don't really understand US gun culture very well, but: if there is a likelihood of someone brandishing a deadly weapon, wtf don't police come in with full body armour?

The guy can be rushed, and if it turns out the gun's a toy / he wasn't going to use it, nobody dies - but if they're shot at, no big deal, and he faces justice.

I understand that some weapons are so powerful that body armour won't help, but how common are they?

Body armor is great at stopping shots to your chest, but come on. Sure, in Hollywood shots to a limb are shrugged off like they're bee stings, but that isn't how it is in real life. One of my favorites was in CSI: Miami, Horatio gets shot in the gut, but sticks his hand on the wound and walks around toting his pistol and saving the day.

Gunshots are no joke. One to to your leg can cause lifelong disability. Or how about to one's face? Ouch. I would never want to rush an armed opponent in the hope that his shots will only hit my body armor.

Comment: Re:Performance Mouse MX (Score 3, Informative) 431

by SgtAaron (#48895679) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

but you still have to use ctrl c and ctrl x. how does it help to have a dedicated ctrl v button? seems like a strange hill to die on to insist on a 3 button mouse. don't you think?

The middle button acts like CTRL-V. Selecting the text automatically places it in its own paste buffer, so you can CTRL-C some other text and have an entirely different selection and two paste options--I've actually done that before. After using Linux 20 plus years, I can tell you it's weird not to have that functionality when I happen to be at windows machine.

You are correct about it not replacing CTRL-X.

Comment: Re:What a nightmare (Score 1) 332

I think many of your (valid) complaints stem from weak and/or immature writers relying on "magical" things and/or super tech to achieve the desired story line. I dislike "magic" in most stories as it seems to be used mostly as a crutch for weak writing, or a writer unwilling to deal with unpleasant consequences in a story.

My understanding is that the transporter was originally used to workaround using a shuttle craft for all extra-vehicular excursions (for screen-time efficiencies) and later became a useful story device. But, you're right that this new trans-warp beaming-device is simply "plot magic". Kahn could have beamed to a near-by ship and flown to Klingon space. (Furthermore, why didn't an Enterprise retrieval party simply re-use the trans-warp transporter to beam themselves as did Kahn... saving themselves the trouble of the trip.

I've been watching Trek for like 30 years and didn't know that about TOS transporter. Thanks. I guess I need to read more Trekkie history.

The two J.J. Abrams ST films seem full of unnecessary / stupid things - like parking the Enterprise underwater to avoid being seen by natives when parking it in *orbit* would have accomplished the same thing. Granted, watching the ship rise from the ocean was a ST boner moment, but still technologically unnecessary. (JJ's signature move seems to be having the Enterprise rise up through clouds, water, etc...)

I wonder about orbit. They generally enter a moderate orbit, perhaps? A large starship streaking across the sky at regular intervals would be noticeable near sunrise/sunset. I'm nitpicking I suppose, but it reminds me of C.J. Cherryh's excellent Foreigner series, which had humans get really lost and end up finding a planet that happens to have an intelligent steam-age society. That light orbiting up there seriously got the natives thinking, "WTF?". (umm, I don't recall how much, it's been years since I read the first). But they were semi-advanced and had astronomers.

Oh, and in First Contact they *were* noticeable from orbit, and as we know at that point there were likely plenty of people around with telescopes and eyeballs and tech savvy. Nobody else noticed Enterprise up there? Well, probably I guess, but it didn't matter in that story. No more missiles to shoot it down, save Cochran's!

But I suppose the Prime Directive made an exception to being noticed as merely a light in the sky :)

Comment: Re:Top #1 Indicator That Correlates To Drive Failu (Score 1) 142

by SgtAaron (#48374465) Attached to: Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

Let's be real here. You almost never get advanced warning from SMART. Maybe one in twenty. Almost without fail you'll go from a drive running properly to a drive that won't rotate the spindle or the heads smash against the casing or you've suddenly got so many bad sectors that it's effectively unusable. Failure prediction is almost (but not quite) valueless compared to the reality of how drives fail.

Yeah, I did mention smartd in an earlier post, and I said it "can be handy" but I suppose I must agree with you based on my own life as its been lived until now. We never put a server into service without at least software raid, usually with just two disks with some exceptions. A lot of our equipment are tiny supermicro 1u's that can only hold two. But after many years we have yet to have two go at once (knock on wood) so the warning of a raid out of sync has saved us.

Comment: Re:Cool data but... (Score 1) 142

by SgtAaron (#48373811) Attached to: Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

I would like to see SMART tools built into Windows and other OS's (maybe there are some I don't know about). Especially since some of my computers are up for 6 months or more at a time, a drive could be fine 4 or 5 months ago when it was last booted, but I wont get a smart message until next reboot, maybe a month or two from now, after it's to late.

Linux smartmontools package has smartd, the "SMART Disk Monitoring Daemon", which will monitor SMART-capable drives and will log problems and send email alerts. Can be handy. Don't know about Windows.

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