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Comment: Creativity vs Common Sense (Score 0) 41

by Taco Cowboy (#48200995) Attached to: Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

What is Creativity?

Is it like that haiku comment

"To be creative - you must resist common sense .... "

at the TFA at the TR page ?

The dude who invented the round wheel didn't invent the wheel by "resist common sense", or did he?

Does one really have to resist common sense in order to "get out of the box"?

Comment: Re:Windows only; NTFS only (Score 1) 70

by TheGratefulNet (#48200935) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

short answer: yes.

I would not trust their 'fix' if they actually work at the filesystem level.

you'd think this was a sector based issue. you'd think!

even if there is a dos bootable for this, unless it understands ext2/3/4 (and maybe others; jfs, reiser, xfs) then linux guys ARE screwed by this.

Comment: Re:Classic Samsung... (Score 1) 70

by TheGratefulNet (#48200929) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

I don't trust samsung. but sadly, I did buy a bunch of 840 evo drives over the last year or 2. damn.

samsung is known as the company that makes things last 'the warranty period + 1 day'. almost literally. almost to an art form.

samsung lcd's also are built like crap. one after another, their electrolytics die (fake china caps; like so many others). buying japanese (nichicon, panasonic, etc) low ESR caps usually brings the monitors back to life. I've fished several out of the trash cans and restored them via simple psu cap replacements.

but dammit samsung, why do you have to be SO cheap??

guess I should start avoiding all samsung things, now. I'm tired of their crap.

Comment: It may not be a *significant* factor ... (Score 1) 187

The _actual_ infectivity rate of ebola strongly suggests that it isn't airborne at all, and even droplet spread is not a very significant factor

While you are correct that the airborne vector isn't significant need I remind you that Ebola is not a disease whereby the person infected with it gets a mild fever and minor headache and the cure is two aspirin tablets?

The droplet spread may not be significant but when we consider the outcome --- in the case of Ebola, even something that is NOT supposed to be significant must be accounted for - or people die

Comment: Re:Government Dictionary (Score 1) 213

by TapeCutter (#48199997) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals
Words have multiple definitions in dictionaries and in ordinary speech, which definition is assigned depends entirely on context. For example "feet smell and noses run". Scientists and lawyers have one thing in common, they are very careful about definitions, they tell others which definition they are using upfront, it doesn't have to be interpreted through context. It's an exacting and fully transparent tradition in Science and Law. Clinton's lawyer debating the definition of "is" for 15min is a fine example. The quantum property of "colour" is another one from the Scientific world.

Using the same rules for a state and a person ignores the basic nature of political power and leaves brute force as the only method of arbitration. The existing state would lose any and all authority and instantaneously collapse (re: looting of Iraq after US sacked entire public service), the power vacuum left behind would very likely be filled by the kind of people you fear most, heavily armed 18-25yo males who have just one rule for everyone - "might is right". Like Humpty Dumpty, they have no use for dictionaries, to them a word means whatever they say it means, and they will execute and torture as many people as it takes to demonstrate their point.

Aside from that the very thing you suggest happened on a smaller scale when I was at HS. The largest internal migration in US history was in the early 70's when hippies left cities in droves and started up communes on shared private land, a similar social phenomena occurred here in Oz. They had the same "no one is in charge" ideology, rules were simply "discussed" by the group rather than defined and enforced by the group. Very few of these communes survived more that 2yrs.

The most common cause of commune collapse was not financial woes or lack of soap, in almost every case the commune collapsed when the "natural leader" in the group filled the power vacuum and basically bullied everyone else out of their legal share of the land. By the mid seventies the migration had gone full circle and the hippies were mostly back in the cities, albeit older, poorer, but a lot wiser about human nature.

Comment: Ebola requires not an "Ebola Czar" ... (Score 1) 187

TFA is right. Ebola requires not an "Ebola Czar" but a team of people who are well trained with comprehensive strategy to tackle / combat / defeat Ebola

Right now, as it is, the fight against Ebola has been a sham --- this disease was not a new phenomenon, Ebola has been known since the 1970's, but because it had always been confined in the African continent, the continent in which the "low class people lives" (to the uninitiated that ain't my opinion but it has been the opinion of the colonial elites) nobody takes Ebola seriously other than very few cases of vaccine experimentation sponsored by military of various countries

The fact that WHO has to resort to collect the blood of those who survived Ebola to make a "serum" trying to cure Ebola tells us how unprepared the world is against this disease

Until now the establishment still insists that Ebola is not airborne but at least one experiment in Canada has indicated that Ebola could spread through air ( see these links --- )

If the establishment until now still does not want to tell us the truth, who can we trust ?

Comment: Re:This is why they made the cloud (Score 1) 233

by Rich0 (#48196915) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

You don't buy expensive, power-hungry [hard]ware that's going to cost an arm and a leg to store, power, and cool for the next year when you only need its brute force for a few hours.

But he is planning to do conversions over and over, one after another, handling problems as they occur. As such, one of his goals is that the conversion be as speedy as possible, and he specifically said that he doesn't want to share a CPU with other cloud users. He wants one fast CPU devoted 100% to his project.

It would make sense to at least test the whole concept in the cloud before buying hardware. That costs almost nothing to do, and then it can point you to just what you need in a server.

It seems like most of the proposals on that website are MORE MORE MORE of everything. What about RAM? 64GB, ECC! What about disk? 4 250GB SSDs in RAID10! What about multi-thread? Gotta have 16 cores! What about single-thread? Better make that dual Xeons so that we can use the ECC RAM and since those are the best! Does it need fancy graphics? Nope, so we better build a second system to use as a console for the big one so that it can be put in another room so that you don't hear the hurricane of fans! Wait, noise? Ok, scratch that, let's buy some big fancy cooling rigs even though we aren't overclocking so that it is as quiet as a mouse, but let's still build that second console!

Why not at least profile the thing in the cloud and figure out what you really need?

Comment: Re:CapEx vs OpEx (Score 1) 233

by Rich0 (#48196813) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Because he's looking to open it as a conversion server for pretty much anyone that wants to use it on an ongoing basis - which means that CapEx is a much better solution.

Let's assume that a conversion takes 5 hours on EC2 at 25 cents/hour. Do we really think that there are 2000 repositories out there that need to be converted?

And if there are, then wouldn't it be nice to be able to convert them 10 at a time instead of doing them sequentially?

This is really a model case for a cloud solution.

Our business in life is not to succeed but to continue to fail in high spirits. -- Robert Louis Stevenson