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Comment: So much power waste (Score 1) 283

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#47942861) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

If you look closely at those pictures, in pretty much every rack there are redundant switches with absolutely nothing connected to them, yet they are powered on.

Really? Do you like the blinking lights? I measured my 24 port 3com superstack switch and it was 50 watts. I switched to a 8 port low power gigabit (i have 6 devices these days) and it runs at 8watts.

Calculating the cost savings of the switch, at .07 cents a kwh, 42w = cost per year savings of 25 dollars. Roughly the cost of the gigabit switch i replaced it with!

Comment: Re:Umm... WHY??? (Score 4, Informative) 368

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#47868603) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

"it is fairly apparent that Notch is not some genius game designer, he just had the right idea at the right time, and got lucky that it went viral. Minecraft was not some amazing feat of design, it was a digital lego game that struck a chord with people."

Have you even played the game for more than 5 minutes? it had more depth and FUN my first hour playing it than all the games in the last ten years of gaming combined! Plus, kids fucking LOVE it. Southpark was bang on with its observation that everyone under 16 (maybe 20 now?) has played it and enjoyed it. If he's not a "genius" in some sense, with millions of accounts (paying like $25 each), then what the fuck dude, who the hell is?
He had the right idea at the right time, just like every other inventor in history. Nothing "genius" or not "genius" about it. Minecraft is an amazingly deep and thoughtful game, that is still getting free updates years after its release!

He is actually quite humble in the interviews I have read about him such as this one:

Minecraft is THE cult game of the last 10 years. The spinoffs, youtube channels, mods, servers, real life products, halloween costumes, t shirts... the list goes on and on. Minecraft steve, a creeper or other characters are easily as recognizable as mario, or a disney character to children these days.

There is a TONNE of value with the minecraft brand. Missing that means you are not in touch with the youths! and you lose at your evaluation of the situation.

Comment: Re:The Russian bear only understands force (Score 1) 848

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#47780165) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

" It would have been possible at the time for the US to get away with a preemptive nuclear strike against Russia. With most silos and mobile launchers on Russian territory located, a counterforce preemptive nuclear attack by the US would have resulted in the only real retaliation to be from submarine launches, which would have been few enough not to overwhelm missile defense."

Yes! And we could hide our best people in some of the countries deeper mineshafts! The radioactivity would never penetrate a mine some thousands of feet deep. And in a matter of weeks, sufficient improvements in dwelling space could easily be provided. Nuclear reactors could provide power almost indefinitely. Greenhouses could maintain plantlife. Animals could be bred and slaughtered. A quick survey would have to be made of all the available mine sites in the country. But I would guess... that ah, dwelling space for several hundred thousands of our people could easily be provided.

But I also think we should look at this from the military point of view. I mean, supposing the Russkies stashes away some big bomb, see. When they come out in a hundred years they could take over... In fact, they might even try an immediate sneak attack so they could take over our mineshaft space... I think it would be extremely naive of us, Mr. Prune, to imagine that these new developments are going to cause any change in Soviet expansionist policy. I mean, we must be... increasingly on the alert to prevent them from taking over other mineshaft space, in order to breed more prodigiously than we do, thus, knocking us out in superior numbers when we emerge! Mr. Prune, we must not allow... a mine shaft gap!

Comment: Re: 2 months, but they all quit! (Score 1) 278

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#47422299) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

"spread over two different physical houses"

Well maybe your richy rich multi millionaire bulbs last a long ass time, but the normal $2-5 per bulbs are garbage. I have to replace at least one every 6 months out of aprox 15 bulbs installed in my apt. My anecdote cancels out your anecdote!!! so there

I know many people as well who have the same problems. My building manager for instance who manages a 200 suite property. The building engineers at work who swap them out all the time. The balast generally goes and then the bulb is toast. Sometimes they go grey first in the tube, but most are heavily yellowed from heat damage. I like the energy savings, and lower heat, but old ass bulbs are far more reliable.

Comment: Re:Can I have a pinch of salt with that (Score 0) 288

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#47085019) Attached to: HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

"I have tons of experience with indians"

Thats pretty racist to generalize so heavily one ethnic group across an entire industry.

"I hate saying that. I really do"

Your racism is not in any way a favour to society so like, I hope you understand that you don't have to be racist if you don't want to.

Comment: Re: Maybe not extinction... (Score 2) 608

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46838483) Attached to: Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

"Big corps are about 0.1% of the problem big governments are. Based on megadeaths in the 20th century."

Without predatory capitalistic corporations which -literally- feed their children on the human misery that is receiving healthcare in the us, america would have universal healthcare. Lobbyists. One of the reasons that the parent comment is right and that all the ills of governement are indeed caused by corporations! (paraphrasing what im sure he meant :P)

Comment: Repair and Diagnosis (Score 1) 737

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46737119) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

A diagnostic mind would be the best skill to have and be useful to society Both post and pre Apocalypse.Troubleshooting cars, computers, electronics, structures, simple machines, repairing other tools... Without the internet or manuals, being able to figure systems out and use of correct tools in diagnosis and repair.

Because you simply won't be able to get new shit in such abundance, whatever world you think we are heading into.

Comment: Only study worth quoting: BBC horizon s2013e06 (Score 4, Interesting) 459

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46404073) Attached to: Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Twin doctors, one eats nothing but fats and the other eats nothing but carbs, for a month. They document it, they work out, they do tests.

The result (spoiler alert), either is not great. Eating only fat cannibalizes your muscles, and makes you not get any enjoyment out of food. Whereas eating only carbs makes you feel hungrier all the time.

But their conclusion had a twist, the main problem is processed foods that have a 50/50 mix of fat and carbs. An excellent example is whipped cream. Your body would reject you drinking pure cream, and also pure sugar. But mix them together, and you cant stop eating it! Same with many of our favourite foods, ice cream, doughnuts. All have the 50/50 mix that vendors long ago realized was the most addictive mix. Your body basically never gets the signal to stop eating.

Anyone who is interested should check it out.

Comment: Where have I heard that before... (Score 2) 33

by n3r0.m4dski11z (#46273725) Attached to: Gracenote, Privacy, and the Rise of Metadata As a Valuable Asset

Gracenote sounds familiar, but they are the ones who commercialized CDDB! Also now they are owned by sony.

That's the problem with these for profit companies. Now everyone is selling my meta data, for lookups that I had never even considered left a footprint. Hopefully my DNS servers are not thinking of commercializing my metadata! how far can they go in search of every last scrap of profit? commercialize ntp! why the fuck not!!!! profit profit profit! stocks go up up up!!!

People are always available for work in the past tense.