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Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 3, Interesting) 44

What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans.

The fact that Democrats support something doesn't negate the possibility of something being right wing. The Democrats are not ideologically pure, or ideologically homogenous, and very few of them can be considered "left".

To me, pretending that copyright is only about property rights, and ignoring the fact that copyright was also supposed to be about free speech and about making material available for free to the public after a limited time, is definitely "right wing".

Comment Re:DMCA needs to die (Score 1) 44

This has nothing to do with the DMCA, this is a straight out copyright infringement lawsuit being filed. The real problem is that the methods the copyright holders (or the copyright enforcement goons acting on their behalf) are using to identify torrent users aren't good enough and its good to see at least one judge willing to call these enforcers out on it.

Exactly. Would have been nice for judges to start doing this 11 years ago, but glad they've come around.

Comment Re:Reason why it's cheaper (Score 2) 218

Physics gets in the way and thermal power generation is at its best when large. Nukes are a special case where all that exotic stuff required needs to be done in bulk to justify the infrastructure needed to get any of it at all. While a large nuclear plant theoretically gets a vastly better value of $ per MW than any of the other alternative energies the need for a lot of capital at once and the need to sell the electricity in large volumes makes it unattractive to investors which is why so few have been built since the 1980s.
So while it would be nice to have a magic cheap little nuke we only get two out of the four since magic doesn't exist to give us the other three - cheap or little, where cheap is per MW and not for the enormous thing cheapskates do not want to pay for even if it's going to deliver a very good value of $/MW when it gets completed in a decade. More expensive per MW windmills are available far sooner and so much easier to pay for that popular short term voodoo economics judges them cheaper than something with a better return in the long run.

Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 1, Informative) 218

Ah - the guy with not even a high school level understanding that pretended to be an electrical engineer is back! You can make up for that lack by looking at a weather map and trying to identify a day when there is no wind at all over a region large enough to be covered by a national grid - or pretty close to continental in the case of the USA. Ask a small child to help if you like to get an answer about "unreliability of wind".
It's always blowing somewhere and not just out of your rear to provide misinformation like the post above.

Submission + - All Malibu Media subpoenas in Eastern District NY put on hold

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: A federal Magistrate Judge in Central Islip, New York, has just placed all Malibu Media subpoenas in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Staten Island on hold indefinitely, due to "serious questions" raised by a motion to quash (PDF) filed in one of them. Judge Steven Locke's 4-page Order and Decision (PDF) cited the defendant's arguments that "(i) the common approach for identifying allegedly infringing BitTorrent users, and thus the Doe Defendant, is inconclusive; (ii) copyright actions, especially those involving the adult film industry, are susceptible to abusive litigation practices; and (iii) Malibu Media in particular has engaged in abusive litigation practices" as being among the reasons for his issuance of the stay.

Comment Re:Win 10 (Score 1) 194

By default Vista did things very, very wrong initially. It couldn't even log into an MS domain without downloading and running a fix from the command line. That was very amusing at a time when MS fanboys were blasting linux for having a command line at all.
After a while and a lot of updates it settled down, using far less memory, doing file copies at full speed and so on. There's still a couple of Vista systems in my workplace used by some people that did an end run around IT to get them - they are sort of usable but make Win7 look like a work of wonder in comparison.

Comment Now here is why it may be relevant to you (Score 4, Informative) 194

Now here is why the above example may be relevant to you - several popular image editing programs do a lot of operations on the working data from your current image on disk instead of in memory no matter how much memory you have. Put it's cache on ramdisk and some operations speed up by an order of magnitude or more and let other operations happen.
I've seen a machine lock up for twenty minutes rotating a large TIF file despite having a lot of free memory because it was thrashing the disk flat out.

Comment Re:Cheap you say? (Score 1) 194

In my workplace there is a rather braindead application that sorts a lot of data on disk instead of in memory (closed source - otherwise would have been fixed ten years ago), even when the dataset is a lot smaller than memory. So we fed it a striped set of disks. Then we fed it an SSD. Then we fed it a couple of striped SSDs. Now it's using a RAM disk and it's an order of magnitude faster than even striped SSDs. Instead of going through a controller and other bottlenecks - bang - in and out almost as quick as sorting in memory. Several hours down to a few minutes.
The RAM disk is 200GB of 512GB of onboard memory though :)

Comment Re: America (Score 1) 394

but would he have foreseen them any better than Bush

He turns up for work, so yes, most definitely - just as any other President before baby Bush would have.

You see, despite people calling the President ...

You see, despite people calling the CEO of GM the carmaker in chief, he doesn't actually weld up those chassis. Does that inform you of how idiotic some of the things written above are? It's not your fault since a lot has been spent on PR about how some sort of superhero at the top is needed instead of the head of a vast org, but without a working head the vast org gets manipulated just as it did under Clinton and baby Bush, under which it all fell apart eight years after Clinton had left the building.
If Clinton alone was responsible why didn't it happen earlier and why didn't baby Bush take steps to deal with it on those days when he was not on vacation?

Comment We are talking drops in the ocean not seawater (Score 1) 118

With respect, I was teaching engineering students about corrosion before this site even started so unlike you I am not making shit up. The tiny amounts of chlorine required (wikipedia says 0.5 ppm to 2 ppm you utterly lazy creature), as there is in the drinking water in some places, fail to do measurable damage to stainless steel fittings that they come in contact with when used as drinking water. It's nothing remotely close to the amount of chlorine that is in seawater which attacks many different types of stainless steel. It's nothing remotely close to the concentration in a swimming pool. Look it up instead of making it up - that's what I did but I looked it up first in 1990 and have read a bit since. Now it only takes seconds to look it up - wikipedia has it FFS.
So why do you wish to spread such misinformation? Does it give you some sense of power over the kiddies to make them believe something you just made up? They should look for themselves instead of falling for shit from you or taking my word for granted.

Another megabytes the dust.