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Comment: Re:Nobody wants this (Score 5, Insightful) 326

by jimhill (#47900017) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Seriously, fuck this guy. His next step since he can't get anyone to buy his product voluntarily will be to explain to some legislators over dinner (his treat) and maybe a round of golf (ditto) why it's a good idea for them to mandate it. One way or another, our boy Scotty gonna get paid.

Comment: Um, me (Score 4, Interesting) 86

by jimhill (#38872107) Attached to: Installation of Blue Waters Petaflop Supercomputer Begins

If the Cray architecture selected for Blue Waters is akin to that of Cielo then UIUC is going to rue -- RUE! -- the day they got in bed with these Cray con-men. The uptime and filesystem stability of Cielo is an absolute dog (as in, at least 2 FS rebuilds per week with data loss accompanying 2 in 5).

Comment: Re:Enough of this already (Score 5, Insightful) 433

by jimhill (#35333342) Attached to: Tolkien Estate Censors the Word "Tolkien"

The idea that a man's very name can be placed under legal protections this sweeping is utterly absurd and I think that's what has so many people in a tizzy.

I have no problem with laws allowing the Tolkien estate to prevent someone from publishing "Gutter Sluts by JRR Tolkien" and using the 4-letter symbol on the cover. Being able to deny someone the privilege of even USING the name in another context? That's wack, yo.

Comment: Time to say good night. (Score 3, Insightful) 120

by jimhill (#30799150) Attached to: Options Dwindling For Mars Spirit Rover

We have a tendency to anthropomorphize our gadgets, especially gadgets that move around and do stuff. How many times have we read about "the plucky rover" or "the rover that wouldn't quit" or "the rover that slept with my now-ex-girlfriend, the whore" ?

They're machines. They were designed to do a job for a specific period of time with the expectation that we'd continue to use them until they finally broke down. Spirit has pretty much broken down. It's been a great run and we've gotten a shit-ton of data from it, but it's time to hit the Off switch and release the staff to other projects ... like prepping for the next rover mission.

Comment: "Scoop" ? (Score 4, Insightful) 222

by jimhill (#28506035) Attached to: Has NASA Found the Lost Moon Tapes?

Apparently someone forgot to tell NASA that they're a government agency and not some kind of mass-media Nielsen-dependent agency that relies on "scoops" and "special announcements". When they find something, they should announce it immediately. Suppose they'd found these tapes on July 21...would they have thought it appropriate to sit on them until July 20, 2019, just to have something special to go with the 50th anniversary?

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