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Comment: Graphene products - where to dump them?? (Score 2) 88

by bmullan (#46698295) Attached to: Samsung Claims Breakthrough In Graphene Chip Design
Computer/Electronic waste is already such a huge problem that whole companies exist whose existance is to ship that waste to 3rd world countries where they are more or less dumped to contaminate water & soils.
Since from everything I've read Graphene is nearly indestructable.... "It would take an elephant, balanced on a pencil, to break through a sheet of graphene the thickness of Saran Wrap [cling film]." - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/pro...

Before it becomes the next asbestos or coal-ash.. that no one "wants in their town"... anyone heard how Graphene based waste would be handled??

Comment: SSDs and MTBF - important to know B4 buying SSDs (Score 1) 353

SSDs are great but some vendors are experiencing a very low MTBF rating in some of their products. If you are going to rely on one for your system then I'd spend a few minutes comparing reported failure rates among your selected choices for an SSD vendor & the specific product you have in mind. Some of these SSDs are failing at a higher rate than even the mechanically based spinning platter drives.

Comment: Re:HyperDuo (Score 1) 353

The dual drives I have seen (assuming this is what the vendors/stores call Hybrid drives) seem to me to be a shill. The do embed an SSD but they also make the platter HD piece a 5600 rpm drive instead of a 7200 rpm drive. So its faster with the SSD component but much slower with the platter side of the unit. Not sure I'd pay for that when I could just add an SSD to my system and leave my 7200rpm drives in situ.

Comment: Excuses (Score 4, Interesting) 123

by bmullan (#46201905) Attached to: AOL Reverses Course On 401K Match; CEO Apologizes
I believe there are companies that are using the excuse of the Affordable Care Act to lower benefits and thus save costs. If AOL hadn't used the excuse of the AFA then it would have been some other excuse. I don't suppose anyone saw the interview withe AOL CEO? Jeez that was an aweful looking work environment. There must have been a thousand people all sitting in from of keyboards on row after row of very long tables. The only interaction a person seems to have are to the person left or right of themself. I also noticed nearly everyone seemed to have their lunch in front of them (evidenced by take-out bags, a dish etc in view). Many tech workers any more are being asked to work like senseless drones at their jobs. I don't know where AOL employee satisfaction ranks but I see that AOL is NOT listed in the top 100 companies to work for in 2014: http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2...

Comment: Elon Musk's SolarCity - great deal if u can get it (Score 1) 1030

by bmullan (#45500311) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP
SolarCity installs solar panels on your house for free and then you pay them for your electricity at a greatly reduced rate from what you used to pay your local electric company. Solarcity tho' is not licensed to do business in every state yet but it is in a lot of States... check if yours is. http://www.solarcity.com/

Comment: IaaS clouds will charge for storage & I/O $$ (Score 1) 121

by bmullan (#44861927) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Cloud Service On a Budget?
You might be able to utilize something like AWS S3 storage which is low cost for the storage but AWS will also charge you for I/O to/from S3. This can become very costly if you transfer alot of data into/out-of AWS S3.

Remember with a Cloud provider you have to pay to transfer the data IN and to transfer the data OUT.

Have you priced what a faster internet connection would cost you?
Or a 2nd Internet connection just for this video traffic?
Look beyond the Cable MSO's also, what is a FIOS based service's top speed?

You mention you BMP images being ~5MBytes (I assume mb = Meg Bytes and not Meg bits). Your current Internet is 100Mbps so one of your images takes 40% of your entire internet connection when being transfered (5MB x 8 bits = 40Mbits).

It takes an image every 3 to 5 seconds.

It seems to me that your problem may be more the bursti-ness of this traffic that cause you problems not necessarily the amount of data. Your internel "work" network is being hit every 3-5 seconds. Assuming your internal lans are 1Gbps ethernet this still shouldn't be a problem unless its your co-workers complaining that their "internet" access is too slow when 40% of the BW goes away every 3-5 seconds while transferring the image.

Lastly, you might want to make sure that your network Routers are not dropping pkts during those bursts because that will just be retransmitted packets which will only exacerbate your problem.

+ - Canonical's Edge phone is still the first attempt to get Mobile carrier's attn->

Submitted by bmullan
bmullan (1425023) writes "There are a LOT of linux users that have a beef with Canonical over Ubuntu. Some of those folks have technical reasons and some are just PO'd at Unity or whatever is the soup-d-jour complaint.

Ubuntu Edge is the first attempt I've seen to get some serious looks by the Mobile Carriers at ANY Linux implementation on a Phone .. and yes I know Android is related to Linux but Ubuntu Edge could really open a door for Linux in general here. Opening opportunities for future mobile phones that the Mobile Carriers will allow to have Ubuntu or "other" Linux implementations on them.

I am an ubuntu user and I have bought one of the Edge devices. My hope was that enough of the non-Ubuntu ... Linux community would see this as an "opening" for linux that everyone should try to support whether they are an Ubuntu user or not ... we are all Linux users... just sayin'"

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Comment: Couldn't get Splashtop v2 to work (Score 1) 96

by bmullan (#42192867) Attached to: Splashtop's Cliff Miller Talks About Their New Linux App (Video)
I installed Splashtop on Ubuntu
then
installed splashtop clients on my Windows 7 and my 2 Android tablets and on my Samsung Skyrocket android phone.

I could not get the connection to work. I'm technical but there is little to no documentation available online other than
a few FAQs. If you need help you have to submit a ticket online and I suppose you wait until someone gets back to you via
email...

I guess I'll wait 6 months and let it bake and then try it again.
Ubuntu

+ - Seamless Windows Apps use on Linux Desktop->

Submitted by
bmullan
bmullan writes "I put a 10 min video on YouTube showing how to enable seamless Windows App use on a Linux desktop using:
1) Linux (I use Ubuntu) and KVM
2) a Win7 Ultimate/Enterprise VM dedicating only a single cpu core to the Windows VM
3) Microsoft's RemoteApp protocol
4) FreeRDP — a Linux CLI tool implementing support for the RemoteApp & RemoteFX Protocols
5) WinConn — a linux GUI front-end to FreeRDP

Pros:
1) will run ANY windows app so no Wine limitation
2) unlike using Rdesktop you don't have to see the entire Windows Desktop environment
3) only need to "publish" on Windows a single RemoteApp ... to enable all Win Apps on the Win7 VM to be run on Linux
4) file share to/from your Linux filesystem/apps and the Windows filesystem/apps
5) FreeRDP does support Sound Redirection
6) FreeRDP does printer redirection
7) FreeRDP does support Microsoft RemoteFX
8) FreeRDP does compression but not needed here.

Cons:
1) you do have to keep the Windows 7 VM running but minimized on your system
2) FreeRDP has not yet implemented ClipBoard
      redirection to/from or from/tom Linux/WIndows
      although the Developer has that targeted soon."

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Moon

+ - Space Elevator idea - rev 2.0 - why not twist the concept a bit-> 1

Submitted by
bmullan
bmullan writes ""I am aware of many people having looked at implementation of a "Space Elevator" concept tied to the Earth and reaching to a counter-balanced, geo-synchronized base station in orbit.

However, the earth's gravity and especially atmospheric conditions create huge engineering problems.

WHAT IF... the concept were done from the Moon's perspective?

There are estimates of enormous mineral deposits on the Moon. There is NO atmosphere and less gravity. If a Space Elevator were anchored to the Moon and extended 3/4 of the way to Earth then minerals could be mined there, shipped up via the Space Elevator, picked up at the end-point way-station by earth launched spacecraft/barges which then deliver the minerals to Earth.

This would save enormous amounts of time/fuel etc and provide Earth with a vast new repository of mineral wealth that could eleviate alot of Environmental destruction here on Earth where we all live?

Has anyone thought of this approach?"

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Space

+ - Space Elevator idea - rev 2.0->

Submitted by
bmullan
bmullan writes "I am aware of many people having looked at implementation of a "Space Elevator" concept tied to the Earth and reaching to a counter-balanced, geo-synchronized base station in orbit. However, the earth's gravity and especially atmospheric conditions create huge engineering problems.
      WHAT IF... the concept were done from the Moon's perspective? There are estimates of enormous mineral deposits on the Moon. There is NO atmosphere and less gravity. If a Space Elevator were anchored to the Moon and extended 3/4 of the way to Earth then minerals could be mined there, shipped up via the Space Elevator, picked up at the end-point way-station by earth launched spacecraft/barges which then deliver the minerals to Earth. This would save enormous amounts of time/fuel etc and provide Earth with a vast new repository of mineral wealth that could eleviate alot of Environmental destruction here on Earth where we all live?
      I just sent this idea to Elon Musk since he seems to think out of the box to see what he thinks."

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Comment: I can top orig post - Just don't drive to Canada (Score 3, Informative) 545

by bmullan (#39984983) Attached to: Connecticut Resident Stopped By State Police For Radioactivity
Hahaha... this made me laugh.
My father-in-law had undergone a medical treatment for colon cancer where they implanted a dozen small pellets of radioactive material around his tumor.

Well he & his wife drove to Canada on a trip and crossing the border INTO Canada was no problem.

However, upon trying to re-enter the U.S. at the Border some radioactive detection system went off, an automatic barrier went up in front of their car and soon a dozen armed police were surrounding their car.

Needless to say a 78 yr old man and his wife were a bit shaken by the experience and my father-in-law was questioned for an hour and their car searched/scanned before they were permitted to continue.

I am grateful that our Border can detect this kind of stuff down to the microscopic levels because a terrorist would certainly have more on them than what was in my relative's butt...

Good thing my father-in-law is a totally funny guy and his retelling of the incident had me in stitches for hours.

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