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Comment: Re:Muon detector (Score 2, Insightful) 364 364

Are you aware that there are hundreds of legitimate fission power reactors operating around the world that are indistinguishable from plutonium production reactors using your "$10 billion" network of neutrino detectors? I'm also wondering if you realize that building primitive `atom' bombs (such as the one that destroyed Hiroshima) won't emit neutrinos because it doesn't involve nuclear fission.

so gee I wonder why nobody is funding it

It's not funded because — despite what the group-think malcontents around here have been trained to believe — the world isn't actually run by drooling idiots.

+ - SpaceX launch failure->

Tailhook writes: A much needed ISS resupply mission failed today when a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated during launch. A robotic Dragon capsule with more than two and a half tons of supplies, equipment were lost. The failure occurred prior to separation of the first and second stage just after the launch vehicle went supersonic. This is the second consecutive ISS resupply mission failure after the Russian Progress capsule was lost in April.
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Comment: Re:FreeNAS (Score 4, Informative) 209 209

Yes, FreeNAS will get you there. Since versioning is a key requirement you will want to use ZFS. The thing you need for that is a plenty of RAM. It's not just a performance concern. ZFS can be unstable if not fed enough RAM.

So budget for something with a lot of installed RAM on day one, and some room to grow as you add more storage.

Yes, FreeNAS isn't Linux. The simple fact is that Linux has so far failed to achieve parity with other systems, both contemporary and historical, that provide advanced file system features. BTRFS might get there one day. ZFS is persona non grata. LVM can serve some of your expectations, but not all.

So look beyond Linux. In addition to FreeNAS there is proprietary stuff; they still make NetApps and they still work as good as ever. Dell has EqualLogic boxes that will snapshot volumes all day long. If you have the dosh there are all sort of solutions. If you're dosh-challenged then look to FreeNAS.

Comment: Re:Not me (Score 3, Informative) 152 152

coming from your IP

You know the public hotspot traffic is segregated to a separate IP addresses, right?

At least that's how Comcast does it. Can't imagine there rest aren't also doing the perfectly obvious.

There are entirely legitimate reasons to object to this stuff, but being held liable for public hotspot traffic due to conflated IP addresses isn't one of them.

Comment: Why We Need.... (Score 1) 175 175

We need "rules" because a huge fraction of our population are clinical knuckleheads and somehow don't automatically know better than to harass women, buzz sporting events, disturb fire fighters, interfere with airports, etc. with their store-bought drones. One thing has become very obvious as these now daily incidents have appeared; the vast majority of these idiots are using DJI Phantoms. People with the wit and motivation to build their own drones are usually not the culprits of this silly shit.

But yeah, the knuckleheads are on the loose now with their blister pack drones and Feinstein is on the case, so if you have any interest in UAVs you should probably fuck off now; by the time these statists are done you'll need 50 acres of private land and a license to fly one; it will be criminal everywhere else.

Walk your doggie and ride your bicycle. Everything else is a crime.

Comment: Re:Speeds up claims (Score 2) 54 54

No. The sellout will continue until you live in a subsidized trailer. Anything else is injustice and racism.

Insurance companies already use satellites to deal with claims. I know from recent experience that Travelers settles roof damage claims based on satellite imagery in an automated estimate system, and the results are so reliable that contractors take these jobs at face value. The 'adjuster' looks around for 15 minutes, pencil whips the claim and it's over.

Comment: Re:passive insubordination (Score 3, Funny) 162 162

can the average North Korean pay the price ... ?

North Korea provides free health care, which they can afford because they also carefully regulate caloric intake, so there are no fat North Koreans with chronic health problems. Also, no nation on Earth does more to combat climate change; wasteful night-time lighting, for instance, is basically not used outside Pyongyang, and North Koreans citizens don't drive gas guzzling SUVs. Finally, North Korea has achieved extremely uniform income equality; except for North Korea's benevolent rulers there are effectively no rich people in North Korea at all.

It's a liberal paradise, now with free a AIDs cure.

Comment: Re:Store the hardware (Score 4, Informative) 257 257

Better plan: pick something that is currently and widely used in aerospace and military applications and the world will preserve working systems for you.

I have personal experience with this. 15 years ago, just before I left an employer I had worked for for some time, I took a number of Digital Alpha workstations off their hands; they just gave them away after about five years of use and replaced them with newer workstations.

It turns out there is a thriving market for this hardware because aerospace and military outfits used it for their work and today they still have drawings and material they need to deal with in original form. They have migrated the original material to newer systems, but they also still maintain the equipment and software needed to get at the material in its original form.

They pay through the nose to get replacement parts and complete systems in working condition, so a salvage market has emerged and people prowl around trying to find caches of ancient workstations. Doubtless this will be ongoing for at least another ten years, and the prices will escalate accordingly.

So if you need to ensure there will be spare parts and systems at your disposal a quarter century from now, find out what Lockheed and Boeing are designing today's jets with and use that stuff. It's built well and people pay dearly for it when new, so it tends to be carefully preserved; it's hard to trash something that cost $20k, even if it is wildly obsolete.

Comment: Re:Russia can't win (Score 2, Interesting) 127 127

Russia probably could shut down all trade and be self-sufficient

They tried that. They couldn't feed themselves reliably.

After 70 years of misery and decline they stopped and embarked on a new era of misery and decline, eased substantially by limited trade with the West.

They have the resources to be self sufficient. They even have the knowledge. Unfortunately, that's not enough.

To close the loop you need a functioning market of industry and ideas where property rights are respected and investors and entrepreneurs can flourish. Russians don't do that. Their culture is rotten right to the core with corruption. It's been that way since the czars, it was that way right through the commie era and it remains that way today, and any honest Russian will tell you exactly that.

So no, they can't be self sufficient. They'd be starving again inside 10 years. The grain haulers would be corralled in the switch yard of some apparatchik gang while Russians boil grass in the dark.

The best thing we can do for ourselves and the rest of the species is keep our foot firmly on their neck until they stop using force in Europe. Or until they end up under China's thumb. Which ever comes first.

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