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Comment: Re:inflation embiggens numbers (Score 4, Informative) 361

by afidel (#48922029) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

No, this is really an absurd profit, Standard Oil's net profit from 1882 to 1906 was $838,783,800 equal to roughly $22B today, so on an inflation adjusted basis Apple's quarterly profit was nearly equal to the majority of the lifetime profits of one of the classic robber baron trusts.

Comment: Re:Change for change's sake (Score 4, Interesting) 162

by afidel (#48921581) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

The problem is the previous build was visually different while being MORE functional, this build is less functional if you have 19+ years of Windows experience. The previous build had the Windows 7 Start Menu with the addition of a live tiles dock area to the right, it added new useful functionality to the familiar and functional paradigm, the new build is basically a shrunk version of the Start Screen with all the crap that entails and which the majority of users have derided as being less functional on desktops (still the VAST, VAST majority of Windows machines). We had actually started plans for a Windows 10 rollout to our enterprise based on earlier tech preview builds, but those are now on hold and will be cancelled if they don't reverse the insanity. We can just keep using Windows 7 for the next 5 years.

Comment: Re:Lagrange points? (Score 1) 122

by afidel (#48916297) Attached to: Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

The other major problem I see is that this thing will have so many holes in it within months that there will be significant distortion to the image. Perhaps they'll use a self-healing material? In fact a quick google shows these students are working on testing such a material on a micro-sattelite.

Comment: Re:Trial run: Nuke that thing (Score 1) 58

by afidel (#48914363) Attached to: "Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

According to this study reentry speeds are up to 9.5km/s so keeping relative speed to something in that range should not be hard at all.

A 2km spherical asteroid of average composition will have a mass of ~1.3 x 10^13kg, the energy of the B53 is ~3.8 × 10^16 Joules which for maths purposes we can assume is delivered in 1 second so an an imparted energy of 3.8*10^6N which gives an acceleration away from the blast site of ~2.9m/s^2 which should be easily sufficient to avoid impact if it's delivered with any time lead.

Comment: Re:Trial run: Nuke that thing (Score 3, Informative) 58

by afidel (#48908231) Attached to: "Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

Delta IV Heavy + deep impact targeting system + B53 = 9MT wherever you want it on the asteroid. The B53 is already hardened for use as a bunker buster so as long as you can keep relative velocity at impact similar to the reentry speed it was designed for you don't have to worry too much about where you land it on the asteroid.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 145

by afidel (#48906675) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Which brings up an interesting point, the WH doesn't seem to have an intermediate defense against things like small aircraft, cruise missiles, or mortars (the IRA attacked #10 downing street with mortars). I wonder why they don't add CIWS to the roof as a complement to the manpads which are intended for larger aircraft?

Comment: Re:Most calls not really from Dish (Score 1) 241

by afidel (#48888963) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

To be honest he said 15 years of his life which means he may have start before Dish became spammers (not sure how long their scummier business practices have been around since I have a mental filter on snail mail spam that gets immediately recycled and my home phone is given out to noone who doesn't absolutely need it like our local schools or our doctors office).

Comment: Re:But there is no need, everyone is peaceful?! (Score 1) 148

by afidel (#48869815) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

Where Muslims dominate government, law becomes Sharia sooner or later. That is not a world in which you and I will be permitted to believe whatever we want to believe, and if we insist upon it, one in which we will not be permitted to exist.

Perhaps you missed the bit of history where Spain was controlled by Muslims for nearly eight hundred years with Jews and Christians living freely and being left to practice their own religion, and then they were kicked out and the Christian leaders that replaced them forced the Jews out under penalty of death if they did not convert or leave?

Comment: Re:Domestic war (Score 1) 148

by afidel (#48869667) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

Even if we assume that for every active terrorist there is 100 people supporting them (a high estimate, but not outside the realm of possibility at all), we're still talking about only hundreds of people.

Well, official estimates say that some 1,200+ people have left France to join jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria so I'd say your estimates are quite low in how many support the terrorists ideals, 1,200 people have been so enraptured by the same ideals that they have left their homeland to take up arms in a distant country, how many more must there be that support them but haven't been so moved yet as to actually take physical action? I think the problem is much, much larger than your musing imply, and it's something that needs to be talked about and dealt with. Is every muslim in the west a terrorist? No, of course not. Have the majority of terrorist attacks against the west in the last 2 decades been perpetrated by extremist muslims, yes.

Comment: Re:End of support, not "end of life". (Score 1) 156

by afidel (#48868275) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

There is NO software vendor that offers longer support than MS for free, not one. There are only a handful of products that even offer a supported lifetime longer than 10 years which is the MS standard, and of those the longest other than IBM's mainframe OS is 12 years. This isn't about extortion, it's about the realities of the software industry and the inability of companies to profitably support the very longest of long tails.

Just like with the AC unit, the vendor isn't telling you you may no longer use the product, they're merely telling you they will no longer offer support for it, if XP continues to work for you, then that's fine keep running it, but it won't be updated by MS just like the manufacturer will no longer offer warranty extensions or out of warranty repair parts (although for at least 3 more years MS will support 2003 if you sign a custom agreement and pay them high 6 to mid 7 figure annual support contracts). I've seen CNC machines running MSDOS in the early 2000's, many many years after MS stopped supporting the OS, so it's not like the software just dies at the EOS date.

Comment: Re:End of support, not "end of life". (Score 1) 156

by afidel (#48866185) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Imagine if you would, you have an air conditioner on top of your building. Costs a million or so dollars. Then you get a call from the company you bought it from telling you you need to buy a new air conditioner. You ask why, and they tell you its at "end of life for support"

Happens all the time, if you can't get a new compressor or control board and there are none available on the secondary market you have to scramble to find a correctly sized replacement and get a crane in to do the swap to the newer unit. We had that happen with our 15 year old building here at our HQ, luckily our roof units were installed in redundant pairs so it was without the mad scramble for a replacement unit, but we had to replace a relatively young AC unit because parts were no longer available from the manufacturer.

Comment: Re:MS FAIL (Score 1) 156

by afidel (#48865815) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

We're fairly similar, our counts are 100x 2003 boxes (almost all ready to be retired, only about 20% really have to have projects in the next 6 months to move their functions to new boxes), 304x 2008/2008R2, and 31x 2012/2012R2. Almost all of the 2012 boxes are MS stack functions, most third party vendors either don't have it certified or only on the edition released in the last few months. We actually just started our first LOB app install on 2012R2 yesterday =)

Comment: Re:With taxes you buy civilization, remember? (Score 1) 290

by afidel (#48858747) Attached to: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

An arrest warrant is NOT a search warrant, unless the weapons were in plain sight or the arrestee made some move towards them that would indicate immediate threat of harm to the officers then yes, a search warrant was needed to conduct a search, and if the marshals service wants to use these devices as a part of servicing an arrest warrant then they need to file for a concurrent search warrant.

Look, it's not like there are too many judges that are going to fail to issue a warrant for Marshalls to observe a residence before conducting a raid so this is about police following proper procedure and making sure that scope of the technology usage is limit to permitted actions under proper oversight of the courts. It's a matter of the fundamental role of the courts in reigning in the excesses of the executive.

Comment: Re:Didn't we have this discussion... (Score 1) 290

by afidel (#48858459) Attached to: Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

With some dangerous exceptions like NSLs you as the accused are to be informed of any warrants used to gather information against you at the time of arraignment as a normal part of discovery. If the police were actually obtaining warrants for the widespread use of such technology you'd think that defense attorneys would be made aware of it and would be talking to the media. We already know that with the stinger cellphone interception technology that police forces used the technology in an unconstitutional manner and covered up the use of the technology and the details behind it as a mandated cloak in the NDA from the tech company behind it (the police can not sign an NDA for something the intend to use to gather evidence as that necessarily means the defense does not have access to relevant information which is clearly against due process)

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