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Comment: Re:Future Concern? What Future? (Score 2) 62 62

If it's fixed, launch it. Why worry about future concerns? There won't be anymore Space Shuttle.

This is the last flight for the Discovery shuttle but there's still two other launches. One for each of the other shuttles. But I believe they use a new tank for each launch so I'm not sure where the future concerns are coming from.

Comment: Shirts with logos might not be so bad.... (Score 2, Interesting) 837 837

I work at helpdesk for a smallish technical college. We have about 15-20 total in the IT office and our CIO buys us these nice dress shirts with the college logo and "Information Technology" above the pocket. His dress code for us is no jeans and look professional. We can choose to wear a tie or even our own shirts. But we also regularly get comments from other people about how nice our shirts look and how professional it makes our office look when we show up to a meeting in similar styled dress shirts. On days when there's a lot of dirty work involved we can come in with what's appropriate but overall I think the shirts add to the job instead of being an annoyance.

Comment: Re:Very Useful Software (Score 1) 166 166

We're also very happy with it. I have a RAIS array of two servers each with RAID1. So our Postgres database is configured on a quadruple-backup setup thus:

Postgres /var/lib/postgresql /dev/drbd1
primary server --- secondary server
raid 1 raid 1
2 x X25-E SSD 2 x X25-E SSD

The servers are connected back to back by a direct gigabit ethernet link, and we use DRBD in protocol B (memory synchronous).
Thus all transactions are guaranteed to hit the disk, we get fast performance, and excellent reliability.
Cutover from one machine to the other is really easy, and takes 2 minutes. The docs for DRBD are also very good.

There are 2 things to note:
  * Write bandwidth this way is about half what it could be with a single server.
  * Avoid the risk of "split-brain" at all costs. For us, this means a manual failover process: dataloss is very bad, but a few minutes of downtime is acceptable.

Comment: Re:EMP Testing (Score 2, Insightful) 884 884

There's a vast difference between our reaction to accidental deaths and intentional deaths. 9/11 was a lot of intentional deaths in a single location by some crazed lunatics. Car accidents are definitely regrettable but aren't considered murder because in the end they are just accidents.

Role Playing (Games)

Fallout 3 Launches Amidst Controversy 397 397

Earlier this week, Bethesda released Fallout 3 after a long campaign of defending and protecting the game's reputation from claims that it contained inappropriate content. Ads for the game in Washington DC's subway system were pulled after they upset some touchy travelers over the depiction of post-apocalyptic Washington landmarks. Shortly before the game's release, early trailers were removed as well. Earlier this year, the game was banned in Australia for its in-game use of morphine, causing the drug's name to be changed to Med-X. On the issue of sensitive content, Bethesda's Emil Pagliarulo wrote in Edge Magazine about the design decision to disallow the killing of children in the game. Gamasutra ran an opinion piece on the same subject, and the Washington Post discusses the role of Washington DC in Fallout 3. On the DRM front, the game does come with SecuROM, but Bethesda says it's only used for a disc check. Reviews for the game have been overwhelmingly positive so far, despite reports of bugs with the save system and occasional lock-ups.

Comment: Re:Microprose (Score 1) 476 476

oooo... I remember doing that mission over and over. I thought it was dropping some supplies to some rebels at some secret airstrip in the mideast somewhere. On the way back you might get some fighters that show up but the gun took them out pretty easily. The copy protection on that game was pretty nice though. After flipping throught the book enough you memorized the outlines of all the planes. Copy protection that taught you something... those were the good ole days. :P

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