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Comment: Re:Vertex 2 (Score 3, Interesting) 292

by edmudama (#45175683) Attached to: OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

In fairness, most vendors have this option.

You can either choose a 3/5 year warranty, and the drive will slow itself down to guarantee it lasts.

Or, you can choose to go by the "gas gauge" and your warranty may expire after 8 months or whatever of full-speed IO.

When you buy server-grade drives, they usually sell you a gas gauge model.

Comment: Re:Is it just me? (Score 5, Insightful) 101

Article doesn't have a good description.

My guess is you take a bunch of timelapse frames of the same sky.

Then you overlay them at offsets in different directions which would keep any moving objects in the same place.

Picture doing 36000 sequences of overlays:
360 degree variation in 0.1 degree increments at 10 different radial velocities

Most of those sequences will just show blurred gray washout, but if you happened to hit the right direction as a moving object at the right speed, your overlaid image sequence will effectively keep the moving object in the same spot of the frame, which will result in the average brightness for that pixel or pixles to be higher than the surrounding blurs.

Just a guess...

Comment: Re:Smart guns... (Score 1) 814

by edmudama (#44296695) Attached to: Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

The presence of guns generally signals belligerence, except in very narrowly defined circumstances - e.g. at a shooting range, in a police station or military training facility.

As a general rule - if you are in a country with generally free emigration laws and people make a habit of carrying guns, then something is terribly amiss and you need to get out of there. Two possibilities:

1. The people carrying guns have drastically overestimated the danger, in which case, you need to move away - people with bad judgement and no ability to accurately assess personal risk pose a danger to those around them.

2. The people have accurately assessed the danger and so you are in danger as well, from whatever threat they are facing. You have no good basis for staying in such a place, unless you are a war correspondent or in the military. The sensible thing to do is to leave.

Your first assertion is false. People who conceal carry do not do so because of the risk (probability of an event). They recognize the risk is incredibly small. It's the consequences of that risk (their death or the death of a member of their family) which is why they carry a gun, because that gun may save their life if used properly. The odds are tiny, but non zero.

Every concealed carry class teaches you that avoiding a confrontation is your #1 priority, and that your firearm is only for when faced with the threat of imminent bodily harm.

Comment: Re:Why you? (Score 1) 331

by edmudama (#43960493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?

Yup. "I have been asked by a medium-sized business to help them come to grips with why their IT group is ineffective, loathed by all other departments, and runs at roughly twice the budget of what the CFO has deemed appropriate for the company's size and industry."

If the manager is routinely at 2x the budget and that's acceptable, the entire company is out of control. Any of the above reasons should be sufficient on their own for management to replace them, if they're actually beliefs held by executive management.

"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers." -- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a particularly vivid fantasy)

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