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Comment: Re:I believe in Darwin (Score 1) 170

by hawkinspeter (#48615625) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene
It's quite likely that it would have some consequences (our bodies are very complicated systems), but it wouldn't have been subject to selective pressure if it only has a major affect after child-bearing age. There's no advantage (in terms of gene replication) in a 60 year old having perfect skin if they're not going to be having any more offspring.

Comment: Re:Mixed Feelings (Score 1) 186

If Sony were at all concerned about the safety of their employees' private data then they would have taken steps to protect it BEFORE they were hacked. Sony have an abysmal history of computer security and this latest travesty is them trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted in an attempt to stop their chickens coming home to roost.

Comment: Re:Insulator, Isolator (Score 4, Informative) 56

by hawkinspeter (#48541875) Attached to: 45-Year Physics Mystery Shows a Path To Quantum Transistors
I think you're confused about isolator/insulator. Wires are commonly wrapped in insulation (e.g. rubber) to prevent them conducting. You can also put insulation into your walls to reduce heat loss.

An isolator is typically a mechanical switch that would completely disconnect an electrical circuit.

Comment: Re:Over what time interval? (Score 2) 528

by hawkinspeter (#48529577) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought
If the disks were members of a RAID set, then you'd have to steal them all at the same time otherwise you'd have inconsistent filesystems. With a bit of skill, you could probably read some data, but you'd be better off transferring data over a network as that wouldn't involve physical access to a server room (which typically have some kind of monitoring cameras installed).

+ - Microsoft Azure fails across the globe->

Submitted by hawkinspeter
hawkinspeter (831501) writes "The BBC has reported that Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform has taken down many third-party sites that rely on it in addition to disrupting Microsoft's own products. Office 365 (maybe they were optimistic with choosing that name) and Xbox Live services were affected.

This has happened at a particularly inopportune time as Microsoft has recently been pushing its Azure services in an effort to catch up with other providers such as Amazon, IBM and Google. Just a couple of hours previously, Microsoft had screened an Azure advert in the UK during the Scotland v England soccer match."

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Comment: Re: full-body upgrade at this point? (Score 1) 15

by hawkinspeter (#48409939) Attached to: Interviews: Warren Ellis Answers Your Questions
I think it depends on your specific situation. Some people learn to use/take care of their body more when they are older, so they can "improve" with age (although they would have improved more if they had learnt that earlier). I personally started doing a lot of road cycling a few years ago and I'd say my heart/lungs are in way better shape now (45) than when I was in my 20s and just drinking and partying.

Anyway, middle-age is the best time to be delusional about aging. It's when some things start to go south, but you've got more disposable income to compensate for them. I don't think it's necessarily true that geeks are anti-aging at all - I'd be perfectly happy to take some age-reversing drugs if they worked. I think Warren Ellis just has a very good handle on what is bullshit and what isn't (that's why he's one of my favourite authors).

I was a bit disappointed that Warren didn't plump for any cybernetic laser implants, but I think he took the question too seriously.

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.