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Comment: Re:Why do people use internal TLDs? (Score 1) 101

by Strider- (#47692593) Attached to: ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

For an intranet site that employees will be using hundreds of times per day, putting it on an internal petname TLD is much quicker to type.

This is why man invented search domains. Yeah, they don't support multiple levels of DNS, but if you're running something that does that, you're doing it wrong(tm)

Comment: Re:She quit because... (Score 4, Interesting) 186

by Strider- (#47667773) Attached to: Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

She was afraid of heights!

I've actually sat around and gotten drunk with a couple of astronauts, both of whom have spacewalked. Apparently you don't get vertigo looking down towards the earth, it's when you look into the void. (Note that the helmets are designed so that as long as you're looking ahead, it's not within your field of view.

Comment: Re:If you know you need a NAS, why buy it? (Score 1) 150

by Strider- (#47608301) Attached to: Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

There's plenty of free options out there, if you really need that much storage, you need to care how it works and how well.

Sure, but the free options generally don't come in something the size of a shoe-box, with nearly silent fans, and 8 hot-swappable drive bays. Besides, as others have said, I've got better thigns to do with my time than futz around with mass storage.

Comment: Re:Pretty sure it wasn't the heat tiles. (Score 3, Informative) 171

by Strider- (#47568093) Attached to: Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

The tiles on the shuttle's belly were the complete opposite. The main tiles on the belly of the shuttle were roughly 10% silica fibers, 90% air. Think very low density styrofoam, except that it can be heated to glowing temperatures without losing its properties. This was actually the really cool demo that I saw. The person giving the demo heated it with a torch until it was glowing yellow/white, then picked it up with his bare finger tips. Because the thermal conductivity of it was so low, it could be handled (with care) with bare hands.

For the OP, the point of the thermal protection system was precisely the opposite of being a heat sink. It's entire purpose was to insulate the shuttle against the heat that the belly was exposed to during re-entry. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of heating during re-entry was due to compressive heat (think diesel engines, boyles law and all that), Not friction. Basically the shuttle would compress the air in front of it, causing it to heat up to plasma type temperatures, which was then transferred to the body of the shuttle through convective heating. As such, the best way to deal with it was just to insulate yourself, and wait for the high temperatures to pass.

Comment: Re:Everyone loves car dealers! (Score 1) 455

by Strider- (#47269433) Attached to: NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

My god, have these new-car dealers ever had the experience of trying to buy a new car from a dealer? It's an extremely complicated thing, ranking up there with doing calculus with stone and chisel. This is one main reason people loved the dealers with fixed prices or with internet sales where they can get a quote without talking to a huckster in person. If NADA thinks the public will be swayed by such a claim then they're seriously out of touch with the public.

Buying my car took more paperwork than buying my home, which is ludicrous given the order of magnitude difference in price. In the end, I bought my condo by faxing back a piece of paper with one signature on it, while on a trip in Europe. Buying my car? I had to sign a dozen different pieces of paper, and it took far longer.

Comment: Re:A bit of a red herring.... (Score 2) 431

by Strider- (#47257657) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

What astounds me is that Chevy can build a fantastic car like the Corvette and yet nearly everything else is sub par. Ok, the new Malibu is a big improvement...I'll give them that. Ford? Well, the Mustang finally got rid of the live rear axle suspension. Now they are only about 10 years behind every other sports car on the road. Chrysler? They have some innovative designs but the quality continues to be horrible on balance.

I've driven the Ford Mondeo and the European Focus... both were just as good or better than any european vehicle I've rented (though the BMW 1 series was pretty nice).

Comment: Re:Slippery slope (Score 1) 431

by Strider- (#47256115) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Consumers can tell the difference between VW made in Mexico and VW made in Germany, and VW is not owned by Chinese. Whoever thinks that Volvos made in China would be (in the near future) as good as Volvos made in Sweden is just delusional. Although, they'd still likely be much better than American cars (GM, Crysler, Ford).

Eh, my '06 Jetta TDI was manufactured in Mexico, and has been a solid and reliable piece of equipment. VW seems to have solved most of their manufacturing issues when they moved to the MKV chassis (2005.5 through 2011 or so). Now someone will probably point out how wrong I am, but to the best of my knowledge there haven't been any significant manfacturing issues with these cars, despite being built in Mexico.

Hell, the only recalls there have been on my vehicle was to put in plastic caps so that you can't adjust the aim of the low and high beams independently (which is illegal in north america for some stupid reason... I pulled the caps right back off again after the mod) and a minor issue with the wiring harness to the passenger seat.

Comment: Re:The difference is obvious (Score 1) 431

by Strider- (#47256017) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

I can tell the difference quite easily. Americans buying european cars improves european economies. Americans buying chinese cars improves chinese economies. What I can't figure out is what would happen if Americans were to buy american cars. hmmm.

Ok, I'm Canadian but this theoretically holds true as well. The problem is that back in 2006 when I was looking to buy a car, the domestics weren't building anything I was interested in. I was looking for a reasonably sized sedan that had a diesel engine in it. Guess what, the only car on the market with that feature was the VW Jetta (Manufactured in Mexico from German parts). Had any of the domestics built something similar, I'd have considered it, but they were all on the huge "HEMI RWAWWWR POWAH" bandwagon.

When my Jetta eventually wears out (8 years old now, and still going strong), I'll probably replace the sedan with a wagon. Guess what, none of the domestics produce a real station wagon any more... You either have to go with those stupid crossovers or something larger. Now, if the domestics would import some of their european models into the North American market, I'd strongly consider them. Over the years, I've had a wide variety of european Fords and other vehicles that I would love to buy, but they just won't sell them to us.

Comment: Re:DirecTV is a major problem, potential solution. (Score 1) 394

by Strider- (#47253913) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Oh, and one last thing... How the fuck do some of your boxes have the "Energy Star" logo??? Is it because the boxes themselves are efficient & you choose not to implement those efficiencies?

Remember, the EnergyStar logo is pretty much meaningless. Heck, a few years ago a (fake) gasoline powered alarm clock received the EnergyStar logo as part of an audit.

Comment: Re:Democrats voted (Score 1) 932

by Strider- (#47218137) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Open primaries allow this sort of thing to happen. If you think about it, it isn't really fair, but we allow it in a lot of states, so this sort of thing should be expected.

Why are counties and states involved in party politics at all? The parties should pay for the selection process of their candidates out of their own funds, and run their selection process themselves. Want to vote to select the republican candidate? Pay your $15 membership fee to the republican party. Want to vote to select the democratic party's candidate? Pay your $15 there.

States should not be subsidizing the parties in any way, shape, or form.

Comment: Re:hahaha! (Score 1) 932

by Strider- (#47218085) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

So, you may define the Tea Party as radical right, and in some ways it is, but the Republican party is not even close to being far right. Why? Everybody tries to capture the center, who are the people who really decide many of the elections anyway...

All depends on the origin of the spectrum you're viewing it through. From a Canadian perspective, the Democrats are radically to the right, and the
Tea Party is somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun or Mussolini.

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