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Comment: One sentient speicies per galaxy ? (Score 1) 686

by klek (#47222993) Attached to: Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

Given the size of the Universe (that we understand so far), and the over 400,000 galaxies strung, web-like, across it, perhaps there is plenty o' Life out there, but each sentient species is isolated on it's own remote galactic island, unable to travel to any other galaxy, let alone cross it's own...

New 3-D Map of Massive Galaxies

Or maybe it's simply that all other sentient life is approximately the same age as us -- given the age of the Universe and how long it took *us* to show up and start questioning everything. If so, then they likely have similar technological capabilities as we do. Ergo, if we can't visit --let alone find-- them, they can't visit or find us either.

Strangers, passing like blind ships in an infinitely vast, inky night...

Comment: Satellite Flybys app available for Android & i (Score 1) 59

Which also tells you about loads of other object floating above your head, plus has audible alerts (if you want them) for any particular object.
  As so many other bits of software previous mentioned also do.
Why acquire a piece of not-practically-portable hardware to do what you can set the mobe in your pocket to do?

Comment: Internet = Information Utility (Score 1) 338

by klek (#46870607) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

Just like the rest of our utility bills: water, sewer, gas, electric.... internet.
This has been functionally true since the 1990's, just the private companies don't want to give up their cash cow and hand it over to an accountable organization. Oh, and the FCC wants to enrich their friends and ensure private-NSA spying relationships.

What will municipal Internet mean for government surveillance?

There's really no good ending to this story.

Comment: Re:Buggy whips? (Score 1) 769

by klek (#46861987) Attached to: The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

This is one of the key problems with capitalism in general: Every industry is backed by SOMEbody's personal (economic) interests to maintain that industry as long as possible, no matter how damaging, polluting, or just plain wrongheaded it is. Because of that, entrenched industries react slowly and move like a lumbering juggernaut, following only profit, and changing course only under the whip of government regulation. They don't react to morality, only to economic pressures. This is a major problem.

Logging is an another excellent example: We could be making paper from industrial hemp 20 years ago (better, cheaper, less polluting, more durable, etc.), but commercial forestry groups have little interest in changing that portion of their business, despite clear science on the issue decades ago.

If energy production were run in the public interest instead of private profit, for example, we would have the ability to alter industry practices very quickly, or simply do the right thing at any moment, changing courses nimbly --- such as rapidly & cheaply disseminating solar power. Instead we have private interests hamstringing the transition to a renewable energy, ensuring that it takes as long as possible & is as expensive as possible.

In this case, capitalism actually inhibits progress and change.
And it offers no solution to this problem.

Comment: "They"? Who is this "they" you refer to? (Score 1) 273

by klek (#46663895) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

Dear Sir,

  It has come to my attention that you appear to be asking other people to do the work that you, yourself, have imagined as a solution to a certain alleged "problem" you claim to have witnessed.

  Without any disrespect to either "you" or "they", I would humbly suggest that you cease offering suggestions of what *other people* *might* do, and join the Exodus team yourself, roll up your sleeves, and get to the very work that you propose being done. You ought be volunteering to make the event happen anyway, like the rest of us do, and you seem to have an affinity for Exodus, so this pairing seems like a natural confluence that can only benefit yourself and the masses at TEITD.

  Good luck.

  With respect.
  Yours in God,
  (a Burner)

PS. If you want more hand-sanitizer, I would like to suggest that you simply bring some for yourself & carry it with you (& share it) when you go to the potties, like I do. Or alternately, raise some money, purchase more group sanitizer dispensers, and affix them to the posts yourself.
    Why do you prefer to depend on --and use up-- the communal resources that are placed there for the simple-minded fools and sparkleponies who are so wrapped up in their own minds and "experience" that they didn't think bring any of their own? Additionally, why are you complaining to *other* people to do more work, when you can simply fix the problem directly yourself. Direct action, as they say, gets the goods.
    DIY. Problem solved.

Comment: "Erased"?? o_O (Score 1) 983

by klek (#46466975) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Wait, he "erased" his 20TB RAID array? What, with a giant electro-magnet or something? Did he Select-All > Delete and then go to bed thinking all was chugging along ok? Run a script that secretly had rm -rf * tucked away in it that he left running overnight? Cripes. Well,.. bum luck to that then.

Yeah, LTO5 or 6 cassettes are your best option, really, since you can additionally get those off-site, avoiding the catastrophe of a fire or flooding taking our your next 20TB array.

Better, though, is to PRIORITIZE: Identify which 5-8TB of data is "most critical" and make sure at least *that* is backed up, (onto removable HDs?). You can get to the other 12-15TB as time and expenses allow, or just let it be at risk.

Of course at this point he has 0TB of data, so he could start small with a cloudy services, and then scale the backup as his hoarding expands again and takes over his life.

I guess this proves the maxim: "If your data is not in two places, it's already gone."

Comment: New Strategy: Make them save EVERYTHING! (Score 1) 59

by klek (#46370115) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuits Over NSA Spying Force Retention of Metadata

They have only x amount of storage, they can't keep everything they have and continue to monitor at the same volume/rate they are doing. So make them keep EVERYTHING they collect, and we'll fill their storage up and stop functional operations. They want our data? Let 'em have ALL of it and then some.

Comment: Don't forget about Dying.. and your progeny. (Score 1) 381

by klek (#45902303) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

As others have mentioned, password security should be commensurate with the risks you face.

But in the unfortunate event of your untimely death, your progeny, spouse, other relatives, or (god forbid) state-appointed lawyer may be tasked with the job of closing down your online presence. Access to your Email account, Farcebook, G+/-, WoW, Eve, etc. etc., may be critical for those you leave behind so that they can: close the accounts gracefully, make the announcement of your passing, track down *your* friends to tell them the news, or pick up your armed & high-level characters and continue their quests.

Consider a method whereby access to those passwords will be granted to those managing your estate, what of it that there is.

Comment: It's the Darkness... also, try RH recruiting (Score 1) 506

by klek (#45614137) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?
The rainy, drizzly weather here is bad enough, but what most visitors don't realize is that the days from Halloween through the equinox in March are just long DARK days... in addition to grey. We're above the 47th parallel, and we go to work in the dark, and come home in the dark all winter long. If you are out in the "daytime", the clouds minimize the sunlight. Months of this wear on the soul and drive the depression rates in people not habituated or born into this environment. There's a reason the Aurora Bridge was the 2nd most jumped-off bridge in the country (until they constructed the anti-suicide fence two years ago). Sunny SoCal? Good luck, friend. As to getting an interview: I work at a mid-sized, well-funded non-profit here and we find that it's hard to even *find* good tech people, because they get snapped up by even higher-paying large corpos. We're no slouch outfit, but the good candidates usually have a few other interviews lined up already with Aerospace, MS, Amazon, Isilon, any of the biomed facilities, or biomed startups. Also, Amazon chews through it's tech force rapidly, so ex-Amazonians are constantly re-flooding the market. Lasting 3 years there makes you an 'old timer'. I'm not kidding. It's a tough market here on both sides of the fence. Lower your standards, or raise your skillset. Try getting picked up by Robert Half International, the recruiting/staffing-services group. If they like your resume, skills, ethics and story, they will take you on and "present" you to their list of qualified clients. No cost to you; their corporate clients fund them. If you can't get in with Robert Half, ask them for advice. You may need to do more work to flesh out your experience.

Comment: Eat Plants. (Score 1) 635

by klek (#43174073) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
Great suggestions. -- I personally love bicycling to work, and I don't like gyms at all. (except for the eye-candy, fortunately I pass by one every day ;) -- Always taking the stairs especially in a 4+ story building helps. -- If you commute by transit, get off a stop before or after yours and walk the rest of the way. -- If you have a private office, stop and do 20 PUSHUPS five times a day at random times (whenever you need a break), --adding muscle speeds up the metabolism--, then take a quick walk around the office. My coworker has lost 30 lbs doing that, plus: -- He also changed his eating patterns to eat mostly plants -- staying away from grains and meat whenever he could. Made a HUGE difference. -- Drink more water, water helps the metabolism as well as digestion. Green tea is beneficial in similar ways, plus helps reduce the chance of alzheimers... But ultimately, you'll only do it if you have arrived in that place where you feel you truly have no choice but to do it. good luck.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."