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Comment: Re:May 2015 (Score 1) 523

by fuzzywig (#48425237) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?
Actually, one of the things that was likely to limit the life of the lander, (if it had landed where it was supposed to), was heat build up. Where it has landed up now is cooler, and so the lander might last for longer.

It's already spent ten years in open space, low temperatures aren't much of a problem.

Comment: Re:Man up (Score 1) 279

Though the walls? Why bother? We just tacked ours round the walls (it's a rented house, so drilling holes was a no no). It looks pretty messy, but nobody ever seems to notice it.

Sweet, sweet GB, all round the house. Of course, our internet connection is only 150MB, but it's handy for moving files around.

Comment: Lightning is an EMP too (Score 1) 59

by fuzzywig (#47915891) Attached to: New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs
A good rule of thumb is that if your equipment is protected from a direct lightning hit, then it'll do fine against any EMP that won't destroy any reason for the equipment. ie a really close nuke could produce enough of an EMP to fry it, but would also destroy so much infrastructure there would be no point in having the equipment there in the first place.

Comment: Cacti (Score 1) 137

by fuzzywig (#47848135) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?
Cacti is a FOSS monitoring service, that can give you a big dashboard showing up/down status, and you can drill down to view graphs of pretty much anything you can monitor over SNMP. Oh, and you can have emails on up/down and reaching thresholds (eg "$host has reached threshold of 75% full on /var/" or whatever).

We have VPNs to each data centre and client site and administer them over SSH generally. Some systems (eg ones dealing with customer details like credit cards) we have a single external facing host with Yubikey authentication to reach that network, and we use SSH port tunnelling to reach other hosts.

Comment: Re:minutes to midnight (Score 2) 252

It's worth noting that Energia originally started out as OKB-1 of NII-88 and was the centre for the Soviet space program that put man into space, so it was originally part of the government.

This (presumed) takeover is actually a move back to the old days of government control, although I'd assume more as a way of establishing control rather than paying lip service to socialist ideals.

Comment: Re:i'm glad to work for free (Score 1) 418

by fuzzywig (#47501009) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'
AdBlock Plus has been blocking YouTube ads for years*, and Google don't seem to care, even though as far as I can tell, it's just blocking "ad3.swf" while allowing "watch_as3.swf", which can't be hard for Google to work around.

I can only assume that Google don't see it as much of a loss of revenue, or that whoever is in charge of the decision doesn't like adverts.

*(It wasn't until I was round at someone's house, and they showed me something on youtube which had an ad on it that I even realised they existed, apparently this was at least a year after they were introduced.)

Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"