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Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 85

by Shotgun (#43915519) Attached to: Cometary Impacts May Have Provided Key Elements of Life

But, wouldn't those same pressures and temperatures be involved in a volcanic eruption? "We came here from another world" sounds more like an episode from Enterprise:TNG than a valid scientific theory. There is no practical implication, and no possible way to test it until we can get to other planets and find some samples that haven't been corrupted by being on this planet.

Comment: Re:remote hands on (Score 2) 141

by Shotgun (#43795823) Attached to: Will Robots Take Over the Data Center?

We had someone accidentally turn off the AC in our datacenter for a day. (Please! Don't ask how this could ever be allowed to happen!!) Six months later, we had one hard drive after another needing replacement. I wouldn't have thought anything of it, except that the veteran admin I was working with predicted at the time of the cooling outage that it would happen, and then reminded us all of it when the drives started dying.

The cooling system is there because temp rated components are EXPENSIVE!!

Comment: Re:Untrue (Score 1) 64

by Shotgun (#43741691) Attached to: Inside One of the World's Largest Data Brokers

Simple logic would tell you that she is lying.

How can the get any idea of what your household is like, unless they collect the data? You can't.

How would you determine algorithmically which data is "general" and which data is "specific"? It isn't possible, because there is no acceptable line between general and specific data.

Ipso facto, they're collecting ALL the data, and her statement is absurd.

Comment: Re:too bad its not precedential (Score 3, Insightful) 143

by Shotgun (#43741595) Attached to: Newegg Defeats Alcatel-Lucent in Third Patent Win This Year

Maybe not a 'legal' precedent, but most certainly a 'social' precedent.

It tells everyone that the trolls can be taken down. Notice how the trolls are backing off of Newegg. The trolls know Newegg will fight back. The trolls know that Newegg will take out their best moneymakers. Better to go pick on somebody that won't put up a fight. Well, when the rest of the playground sees that the bully will back down if you punch him in the nose, the bully's control is greatly curtailed.

Comment: Re:Fuck Yeah! (Score 2, Interesting) 143

by Shotgun (#43741529) Attached to: Newegg Defeats Alcatel-Lucent in Third Patent Win This Year

BTW, on a sad note, does anyone remember when Lucent actually innovated stuff?

I was working for them in the early 90's when they broke off from AT&T. No. I don't remember when they ever innovated anything. Even at that time, they were milking the telephone cow.

Then I worked for Alcatel in the 2000-2002 timeframe. They were also a huge rent seeking corporation, intent on riding their old technology wagon for as long as possible.

Comment: Re:that's how a 15 years old teenager (Score 1) 342

by Shotgun (#43582827) Attached to: Lawyer Loses It In Letter To Patent Office

And that Clinton gave us 8 years of peace and prosperity,

Unless you count Bosnia, or that ugly little thing going on in Somalia. Must admit, there were plenty of jobs under Clinton. Remember the running joke, "I know there are lots of jobs. I have three of them."

Now, please stop learning your history from Rachel Maddow. It irritates those of us that actually lived through it sober enough to remember it.

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)