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Comment Re:Great... (Score 1) 137

The standard t-test for detecting an effect is already probabalistic. In science and medicine a 95% confidence value is commonly used, which means a 1/20 of detecting something that isn't there.

Unless things have been radically relaxed in the last decade, the standard in hard sciences and medicine remains a 99% confidence interval. It's the social sciences that allow for a 95% confidence interval. Having worked in all the different schools out there, I think I have some confidence in my assertion.

Comment Re:And it's already closed (Score 1) 81

"Throw away" ....
How naive.
The non primary sites can be sold off with preferential state ordinances and permissions intact, at a more than nominal profit.
They would also have achieved their primary goal of maximising the same same ordinances, permissions and supply lines for the primary site through competitive leveraging.

Nice chess move.

Comment Re:von Braun didn't take his place (Score 1) 165

The earliest American land barons and economists built the US economy on the backs of slave labour too.
When someone is monomaniacal they are spectacularly effective at achieving a set goal.
If their sponsors are sociopaths (Like the Nazi's first AND the US later - for von Braun), the results can be achieved breathtakingly quickly.

Neither the Nazis, nor the US had altruism as their goal when supporting von Braun. - This is known

Whether his goals where altruistic, may be up for speculation, although I think space exploration is a pretty lofty ideal.

Did the end justify the means? In either case?
Probably not, but we now enjoy the end, while others had to pay the means, never forget that.

If anyone is fundamentally horrified and appalled by the fact that he used concentration camp slave labour, and that the US only used him to advance their instruments of war, I cannot say that I disagree with your moral standpoint.
I do however have to request that you hand over all your technological goodies and advances that are a direct and indirect result of the space program, since otherwise YOU are getting reaping the rewards of an end while despising the means.

You can't have it both ways.

Comment Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1, Insightful) 739

No, the code did not write itself.
Somebody wrote a steaming pile of shit, and submitted it to one of the MOST important branches of open source development content.

Did they test it before committing?
Y) - Then why commit shit you know is shit?
N) - How can you commit without testing?

There is NO excuse for knowingly submitting code THIS broken.
There is even LESS excuse for unknowingly submitting feces instead of decent code.

If the developer of the code is actually talented, they will appreciate the enormity of their blunder, and instead of being a "modern-day oversensitive, metrosexual, lets not have any winners but give everyone a prize, oh shame but didn't he try hard, but what about his feelings?" fuckup, they'll not do it again.

If they're not talented, they can fuckoff and code for someone else.

Simple. no?

Comment Re:HyperDuo (Score 1) 353

I don't have any trouble remapping who's going where, why, and when and my setup is as you describe save a couple of misses most anyone might make. You have to make sure that the RAM disk is properly saved and restored across restart/shutdown cycles otherwise you'll see some bizarre software post-installation behaviors. The other miss is RAID 0 and SSD's. If you do a serious testing regime, you have to reduce stripe length (4K here), use more than two drives and forget using any controllers except the motherboard directly connected drives. I'm seeing all the usual SSD benefits with 5.6 GBps (yes Bytes) transfer rates. YMMV. And no, I didn't believe it either which why I tested real-world and benchmarks, cache/nocache, ....

Any unices are far easier to deal with allowing you to map the filetree as suits. Windows needs a whip hand, the right tools, and really good backups as you climb one hell of a learning curve.

Comment Beliefs (Score 2) 218

The annoying facet of this topic is the repetitious use of belief rather than actual data on whether this even works. Surely this regulation exists somewhere. I neither have, nor want, a I have no horse in this race. Ask yourself how many phones are going to be remote wiped and/or killed by silly users who "think" they have "lost" or had their phone stolen. Be interesting to see which groups are pushing, and who financing, this service. Cynical much? Why yes.

Comment Yeah! (Score 1) 76

I can totally see mounting one of these on my Intel Galileo so it has awesome storage for a serious drone AI package and a ton of capacity for recording video and sound. Whether by air or ground. Give it IR, radar (EMCON'ed of course) and LIDAR. Wrap it all up in some RAM (Radar Absorbing Material) and they'll never 'see' it coming. Yeah!

OK, so I'm not serious, still neat though! On second thought, except for the aerial vehicle (lowest price I've seen is $699.00) it really is doable.

Comment Re:no capacitors (Score 1) 76

I have ten drives here: 2 x 60 GB, 4 x 128 GB, 3 x 160 GB, all 'normal' SSD's, and one 240 GB PCIe. All of them are backed by an UPS. Oh, I forgot the ones in the portables and tablets which also count as battery backed since they also do an orderly shutdown when the batteries are nearly drained. Still I do not expect any hard drive to operate without loss of data when the power is ripped out from under the device, whatever storage device is under scrutiny. Sorry, but many operating systems cache writes and data loss happens even with journalling. You can turn that off at the cost to throughput. That's why I used device quick disconnect option on systems with no UPS elsewhere. I imagine having capacitors is nice as an added level of protection. Hell, I almost certainly have them on the PCIe at the least as defense against power-loss is a feature. Still, expecting total loss protection from just the drive, mechanical, solid-state, even tape or or optical disc is not entirely rational.

Comment Re:Annono (Score 1) 144

Properly setting up a mail-server is not for everyone and, from far too many (tens to hundreds of thousands of) examples, properly secure. Frankly, even with this audience, I wouldn't expect everyone here to be able to do so either. Sorry folks! Sure sounds nice right up to the point reality slams a blacklist on your server, even assuming your ISP hasn't blocked it or isn't on the blacklist to begin with.

"Ahead warp factor 1" - Captain Kirk