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Comment: Online Learning (Score 4, Funny) 393

by bacon volcano (#33181634) Attached to: Forget University — Use the Web For Education, Says Gates
I admit, I attended a brick and mortar school, but there are simply some things that you learn online that aren't covered in college:

- Cats have horrible spelling and grammar skills
- There are hot and lonely singles in my area that I wasn't even aware of
- My great grandfather was a wealthy Nigerian businessman
- Acai berries cure everything
- Baby Pandas sneeze, and yes, it's amazing
- People that I thought had few friends, actually have many, many hundreds (per Facebook)
- Clock spiders are the scariest ones

Comment: Re:If this would allow us to get rid of... (Score 5, Informative) 249

by bacon volcano (#33028710) Attached to: Facebook Adds Delete Account Option
There was a good article in the New York Times about this a week or so ago. It's actually a bit of an issue for the site. Turns out they do have a way of handling it, but it's far from perfect.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/18/technology/18death.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=facebook%20dead&st=cse

Comment: 34 - Way more than I thought (Score 1) 394

by bacon volcano (#31716916) Attached to: # of wireless APs (w/ SSID shown) in range now:
Using my desktop's antenna I can see 34, only 1 of which is unprotected. Plus I suspect there are more that aren't broadcasting the SSID. On my laptop I'm only seeing around 15.

Some of the best names are "*Infected*", "TonyShaloub", "Morning Calm", and "Room 1230 Ask 4 Password". I guess the resident in 1230 is trying to meet people. Maybe I'll go ask for the password.

Comment: Re:And who's going to buy the pansy version? (Score 1) 219

by bacon volcano (#26852439) Attached to: Study Finds Gamers Prefer Control, Competence Over Violence
Holy crap, is Chainsaw Arena Football 2009 out already?? I totally missed it!

In all seriousness though, my favorite sports games were the old "Mutant League" series for the Sega Genesis. There was something very fulfilling about having the option for your team to kill the referee

Comment: Re:Only a few considerations (Score 1) 58

by bacon volcano (#26852069) Attached to: UC Berkeley Lab Examines Cloud Computing Obstacles
I certainly agree with you when it comes to small and midsize companies.

However, where I really see a potential advantage to cloud computing is very large companies that operate multiple data centers for their own business use. If these companies were able to start using cloud computing for their internal needs, I could see a huge potential for hardware, software, and energy savings. I have seen large companies run tons of servers, all far under their capacity out of a reluctance to run multiple applications on a single box. Virtualization helps with this a lot, yes, but operating with all of the company's computing load balanced across an entire data center would certainly improve the overall utilization of resources.

I think the larger companies would certainly have more trouble getting their infrastructure to a point where this idea would be feasible though.

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