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Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 1) 274

by jellomizer (#48466011) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Digital data needs to move.
Tape is analog thinking. Get your data write it down and hide it somewhere.
Digital data needs to move. To have the data properly backed up it constantly needs to move. So if you have ssd drives only. Just as long as you are taking the data and moving it to an other drive and that is moving to an other drive your data is being saved for the long run.
Once digital data stops moving it is open to threats from the environment.
Tapes go bad, ssd go bad, any storage medium has issues. To keep your data safe it needs to move.
That is RAID storage is popular. If a drive fails you can identify it swap it and resync it before the other device fails.

Comment: Re:Hide your cables (Score 0) 497

by jellomizer (#48465917) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

All well and good for most countries. However the U.S. has the distinction as being the third most populous country, as well as the third largest in geographical size, but 50th in density.
Which means any infrastructure project is expensive. More so then in other nations.

For the U.S. we need to get off the grid and start using more local energy sources.
Small hydroelectric generators, solar, wind. Especially for the less dense areas.
However there are so many stupid laws saying your power needs to be on the grid.

Comment: Re:Scam's Already Been Stopped (Score 1) 284

You could do that...
However if they do check out the forgery they will probably treat you like a shoplifter.

I have no love for Walmart. But part of the reason why companies treat the customer like they are criminals is because too many are.

It is one thing to steal food to feed your family if you can't afford it. But a play station?

And no Fat Tony defense.

Comment: Re:Hindsight is 20:20 (Score 1) 519

by jellomizer (#48428075) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

A massive megaton explosion (As we found out that comets are harder then we thought) Blasting a gigantic creator wiping out thousands if not millions of people. You are worried about a little bit of radioactive waste?

I would have been more, if we only used Nuclear energy so we knew more about this object so we know what type of danger it poses if it actually hit the earth.

Comment: Re:Here's the deal (Score 1) 215

by jellomizer (#48410677) Attached to: Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

However the company will be willing to pay a bit more to cover the agent cost to cover the risk of hiring a new employee.

Really the difference between an Agent and a head hunting firm, is that the agent should be having some credibility behind his name for offering quality workers.
So even if you are good at negotiating say you think you should be getting 250k a year. However most business will not be willing to hire you because, while your resume looks good with glowing references. You are still a risk. If there is an agent and he may get 50k for your job. The company may be happy to pay that amount if they know they will actually get a good worker.

Comment: Re:Can someone expolain what's so great about HTML (Score 2) 133

by jellomizer (#48409657) Attached to: HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

Back in the good old days. We had a data format that was in essence a memory dump of the system. So the data will only work with one application and sometimes on the same OS and hardware (Endianness).
Then we started to get some open format solutions such as Postscript, LaTex which allowed for cross platform and software sharing of data. HTML got popular mostly due to it compatibility with flat text. Simple commands and the fact that you could link to an other document. This linking feature ment you could dig further in a document.
They added more features including images more formatting then JavaScript was a bit of a hack added in for client side processing.
So now we have apps that we access online and we really don't care if you are using windows, macs, tablets, phones, or plan9. The browser follows the standard and gives you the output.

Java was an attempt at this concept too, hovever many apps that we call webpages today would be too much work to code in Java.

Comment: Re:Too Little, Too Late (Score 2) 30

by jellomizer (#48387277) Attached to: Researchers Develop $60 Sonar Watch To Aid the Visually Impaired

Echo location isn't about removing the blind persons need for a cane, even with people who are good at it are still recommended to use a cane because things like grates, poles, or holes do not work well with echo location. As the sound passed threw it and back.
What it does mean is with the aid of a cane and the watch they will be able to move more quickly with more assurance that there isn't something big going to be in the way.

Comment: Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (Score 1) 320

by jellomizer (#48379505) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Yes it would be.
However if the point was teaching nested loops and you gave the simple loop answer. You may have gotten points for being clever. However the actual point was about teaching how to use loops.

An other example is a program to say power a number. This can be done via a loop or really small with recursion.

Those who do not understand Unix are condemned to reinvent it, poorly. - Henry Spencer, University of Toronto Unix hack