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Comment: Velcro? (Score 1) 18 18

by Whiteox (#50000425) Attached to: Touring NASA's Space Shuttle Cockpit Trainer

My memory of Apollo 1 was that the fire had to do with teflon and not velcro. Am I mistaken?

FTA "In spite of how it burned in the Apollo 1 fire, velcro isn’t a significant fire hazard. The space shuttle kept its cabin pressurized to an Earth-normal 14.7 psia with a mix of about 80 percent nitrogen and 20 percent oxygen, and under those conditions velcro is not flammable"

Comment: Re:Pissed (Score 1) 80 80

by Whiteox (#49990715) Attached to: France, Up In Arms Over NSA Spying, Passes New Surveillance Law

Well these disclosures are attacks on them. They are losing face because they are being exposed.
Just when they think attention on them is waning, they get hit again and again. They probably do not care but their 'we're the good guys because we fight terrorists' persona is definitely crumbling.
That's not a judgement on why they do what they do. For example, they MUST find out what is happening in the world, so they crack into friendly governments. Just goes to show that the NSA operates outside of normal diplomacy and by their actions do not trust other friendly intelligence organisations or the controlling governments.
I wouldn't be surprised if they are monitoring representatives and senators of their own government. That's scary especially if they achieve self consciousness and try to become our overlords.

Comment: Unsolicited Calls (Score 1) 35 35

This may be slightly off topic but I'm very careful whom I give my number to. I do get human calls from certain businesses like car servicing/hotel/insurance surveys and I'm comfortable with that as I gave them my contact number.
What gets me is I also receive calls from charities, solar sellers, telco sellers etc, so someone is trading my ph number. I have blocked these (many are voip) and currently I get none of them. However every time I'm asked for my number, I ask why and often refuse to give it to them as there are other ways they can contact me.
So you can be proactive here and not share your number especially if it is not required. Otherwise block, block, block!

Comment: Re:Wrong question. (Score 1) 297 297

by Whiteox (#49975367) Attached to: When Will Your Hard Drive Fail?

Meh! I bought a new HP x510 just recently. It's now orphaned and WHS v1 fully updated and running 2003 server Sp2 so it should recognise >2TB drives. I got it because the hardware specs were much better than equivalent current NAS boxes. So after installing 3 x 3TB drives in it, the WHS software trashed one of the drives (set as a WHS backup and not pooled) because I copied just over 2TB of files onto it, even though RDing into the box showed the 2003 server could handle the size, WHS couldn't.
So now I've got 2 partitions on each drive. 1 at about 1.98TB and another just under 1TB. WHS still can't pool them, but I created shares that are perfectly accessible.
Before I did this, I used it as intended for backups with WHS and worked on 1 out of 3 machines. I'm still playing with it and I'll install a 2TB OS drive later on. Otherwise there's quite a few backup solutions out there that can backup to the shares I've created.
I'm not worried though as I can do a headless install Win 8.1 (it has drive pooling) or look around for another OS as long as it works OK with stock drivers.

Gravity brings me down.