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Comment: I decided against this phone AFTER pre-ordering (Score 3, Insightful) 69

by colin_faber (#48488151) Attached to: A Rift In OnePlus, Cyanogen Relationship
With all the constant trouble I, and many others had with the pre order system, I decided to ditch these guys. Their customer service was not great, and to screw up the most basic part of any business (taking peoples money), I decided my best bet was to just get raped by one of the big 4, and buy a contract phone. Sadly, I was looking forward to this phone for quite a while, but I'm tired of the mistakes and gimmicks for what amounts to last years phone.

Comment: Re:Now if they could only fix... (Score 2) 278

by colin_faber (#48058173) Attached to: Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots
Sometimes they're just too many people and too much traffic. As a member of the HPC community I attend the annual super computing trade shows hosted in various cities each year. Each year the SCinet network infrastructure team does everything they can to build out and improve the hardware and software infrastructure at these venues. Mind you, these are extremely well funded and talented people who "know how to get it done right". Yet every year within the 3 blocks of the convention centers you barely get a functional cell phone link, let alone functional wireless or even wired connection to the intertubes.

+ - Sketch Factor is successfully tested by D.C. news crew->

Submitted by colin_faber
colin_faber (1083673) writes "A D.C. news crew robbed of thousands of dollars of cameras, laptops and other equipment was set to report on a so-called racist locality app called “Sketch Factor.” Using consolidated crime stats and firsthand reports, the app lists areas within U.S. neighborhoods that are at high risk for crime. The app evidently proved itself true, at least in this instance. The news crew found exactly what they were reporting on – firsthand proof of crime."
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Comment: Why is this news? (Score 1) 145

As someone who helped build this machine, I'm surprised that this is even news worthy. What did people think happened when older machines were replaced with newer technology? It's not like the older machine is tossed in the recycling bin. They're always sold off, sometimes parted out to scrappers (who resell the parts through various channels) as well as complete systems which go to smaller HPC facilities. This has been happening since the first days of mainframe systems. The only cases where this is the exception is when you look at highly secure sites (usually government) which tend to run the machines through shredders "just to be sure" they're not leaking sensitive information.

+ - NOAA implicated in global temperature data fabrication->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Christopher Booker writes in The Telegraph

Uncovered by Steven Goddard, and published in his blog Real Science. Mr. Goddard demonstrates how shamelessly manipulated one of the world’s most influential climate records has been, the graph of US surface temperature records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Goddard shows how, in recent years, NOAA’s US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been “adjusting” its record by replacing real temperatures with data “fabricated” by computer models. The effect of this has been to downgrade earlier temperatures and to exaggerate those from recent decades, to give the impression that the Earth has been warming up much more than is justified by the actual data.


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