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+ - Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese Dead at 70->

Submitted by frost_knight
frost_knight (885804) writes "Edgar Froese, founding member and keyboardist of the long-running band Tangerine Dream and an electronic music pioneer, passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism on January 20th. Froese was 70. He played a pivotal role in the development of krautrock, new age, and electronic dance music."
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+ - Beware the Internet

Submitted by frost_knight
frost_knight (885804) writes "Washington Post opinion writer Robert J. Samuelson writes "If I could, I would repeal the Internet. It is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not — as most people imagine — a symbol of progress. Just the opposite. We would be better off without it." It is his belief that the dangers of the Internet outweigh its benefits."

Comment: Re:Bogus argument (Score 5, Informative) 311

by frost_knight (#44064061) Attached to: Are You Sure This Is the Source Code?

For true malice there's also The Underhanded C Contest.

From their home page: "The goal of the contest is to write code that is as readable, clear, innocent and straightforward as possible, and yet it must fail to perform at its apparent function. To be more specific, it should do something subtly evil."

Comment: Re:The most human side of scifi... (Score 1) 315

by frost_knight (#40243767) Attached to: Ray Bradbury Has Died

Humans are storytelling creatures.

For many moons we've sat around campfires, hearths, lamps, and glowing rectangles telling each other stories -- about the hunt, the weather, myths, fables, our neighbours, ourselves, the day's work, and even math problems. Sometimes we stick to the facts, but often the teller exagerrates, embellishes, or flat out lies. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, or so it goes.

Fiction is part of the human condition.

Comment: Re:Busy databases (Score 1) 464

by frost_knight (#40181531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Type of Asset Would You Not Virtualize?

The VMware vCenter Server is not required for a VM cluster to function.

It provides a handy interface from which to view your entire cluster and provides tools to make administration and initial setup easier, but the cluster will run just fine without it. High availability and load balancing continue to function. You can always log in to each VM host server directly as well.

If you've installed VMware License Server on the same VM as vCenter then you won't be able to add any new licenses and some ESX features expire in 14 days. However, one would hope that you've been able to bring your Licensing/vCenter VM back online by then.

The failure case is an annoyance that should be dealt with, but it is not a disaster by any means.

Comment: Re:I'd start by shooting the Captain.... (Score 1) 416

by frost_knight (#38794217) Attached to: What To Do With a 1,000 Foot Wrecked Cruise Ship?

"Forget the drunken skipper fable. At the helm, the third mate would never have collided with Bligh Reef had he looked at his Raycas radar. But the radar was not turned on. In fact, the tanker's radar was left broken and disabled for more than a year before the disaster, and Exxon management knew it. It was [in Exxon's view] just too expensive to fix and operate." -- Greg Palast, BBC

At the time of impact with Bligh Reef, Captain Hazelwood was asleep in his quarters, having left Third Mate Gregory Cousins in charge of the navigation bridge and Able Seaman Robert Kagan at the helm.

Captain Hazelwood was accused of being drunk at the time of the accident, though at trial he was cleared of this charge.

Exxon used him as a fall guy.

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin