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An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday, Microsoft apparently sent out a mass e-mail to developers who had previously opted out of all e-mail communication from the company. The e-mail reminds the recipient that their "current contact settings have cancelled all Microsoft email communications to your inbox." Well, aparrently not all email communication. With a violation of the CAN-SPAM act of 2003 that large (and at $16k per violation), one can only imagine the bill they may be getting from the feds."
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Comment: Re:Another thing (Score 1) 135

by niftymitch (#46775247) Attached to: U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

The Western world decided to shift from a growth system, where women bear and raise children and the able bodied population slowly increases, to a system where the women enter the work force and children are few in number. If you measure it in years, they did this quite a long time ago. If you measure it in generations, it's only been a couple.

This had the consequence of .......snip....

More accurate than most /. stuff.
With the move of women into the workforce we have seen
a growing reliance on two incomes to sustain a life style.
This has fueled the housing bubble and has removed the ability
of a second job as a possible safety net.

Two income cash flow is twice as likely to encounter a lay off
or other market driven contraction causing the family planning
to fall in the stinker.

Women I know work for status, child care, home cleaning services
and in the end get nothing but guilt and disconnected home lives
for their efforts. To say nothing about their ability to retire in
the way they would like.

This shift is a large and ugly unseen consequence of this "movement".

This will eventually sort itself out in ways I cannot predict. By keeping our
eyes open we might make a better world but it is not a given.

Comment: Sigh... (Score -1, Offtopic) 630

by niftymitch (#46752761) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Yet another reason to be Anonymous in all things.
This is really smarmy and needs to be investigated.

A more fruitful rant might be:
To leave feedback at FB:

"Auto play on mobile is just WRONG.
Mobile bandwidth is expensive and also
costs astounding amounts of battery life.
Just because google+ is worse does not make
it fine. G+ is disabled on my device FB is next."

Comment: Re:Great for learning programming, too! (Score 1) 101

I am not thrilled that this is considered a good idea. In principle I suppose you _can_ learn to program on a Chromebook, but only in a very limited way. If this is the wave of the future in education, some thought needs to go into how to design a programming curriculum that can work with these devices.

Not only can but many folk at Google do exactly that.
They interact with the cloud of compute servers and VMs to their hearts content.
It is not necessary but it is possible to set a Chromebook in developer mode
and do the rare odd bit that cannot be done in their cloud. Schools could provide
a modest cloud server set of student resources inside a school VPN and
have a lot of control.

The point is that not only can you but this is solved at Google and with some
modest education of the teachers is easy.

Comment: National Security/insecurity (Score 1) 2

by niftymitch (#46728749) Attached to: NSA has been exploiting Heartbleed for two years

Gets a big Hmmm from me.

If an agency is interested in national security and finds a flaw
that has national security implications then exploiting it seems
contrary to the primary charter.

The CIA has an intelligence charter which is slightly different
and to their net goals exploiting it makes sense.

i.e. a security guard that does not get unlocked doors locked
but chooses to slip in an out the door taking what ever is handy
is a thief and criminal.

So what agency has national security key to their charter.
It seems all the agencies have taken on this spy on all
we know what is good for you posture.

This clearly leaves the nation open to industrial espionage
and worse.

Totally wrong.

Comment: Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 102

by niftymitch (#46715665) Attached to: Intel and SGI Test Full-Immersion Cooling For Servers

Where did you see that it was Novec 649? There are a whole bunch of different 'Novec' engineered fluids... They could be referring to Novec 1230, which is a fire suppression fluid [mentioned in TFS]...that one doesn't seem very healthy to be around.

SWAG... scientific wild ass guess.
I looked at the Novec product line and picked on that I would try first.
Note I changed the comment subject to "I wonder" not "I know".

Comment: I wonder... (Score 1) 102

by niftymitch (#46711561) Attached to: Intel and SGI Test Full-Immersion Cooling For Servers

3M Novec 649 Engineered Fluid

Novec 649 fluid is an advanced heat transfer fluid, balancing customer needs for physical, thermal and electrical properties, with favorable environmental properties. Novec 649 fluid is an effective heat transfer fluid with a boiling point of 49C. Novec 649 fluid is useful in heat transfer particularly where non-flammability or environmental factors are a consideration.

Comment: I wonder if this is the magic. (Score 1) 1

by niftymitch (#46711557) Attached to: Intel and SGI Test Full-Immersion Cooling for Servers

"3M Novec 649 Engineered Fluid
"Novec 649 fluid is an advanced heat transfer fluid, balancing customer needs for physical, thermal and electrical properties, with favorable environmental properties. "Novec 649 fluid is an effective heat transfer fluid with a boiling point of 49C. Novec 649 fluid is useful in heat transfer particularly where non-flammability or environmental factors are a consideration." (from the 3m site)

Comment: Re:Aiming and targeting? (Score 1) 630

by niftymitch (#46709665) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

IIRC, the shells will have a guidance system that will allow them to be guided, which is something that they will need if they plan on hitting a moving target – it does take over a minute for the shell to travel 100+ miles – the target will not be in the place where it was when the shell was launched.

And the earth rotates too. Long range gunnery is hard.

Comment: Re:"Low Cost" (Score 2) 630

by niftymitch (#46709621) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

I'll add that I just read that 155mm rounds cost $50,000 each. So it's even cheaper than conventional artillery.

Citation please.

The new GPS radar guided Excalibur perhaps. But no a standard HE round.
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

The max range of a 155 round is a lot shorter than some are indicating.
16000 yards or about 9 miles for the howitzer. It is necessary to
not confuse naval guns with army howitzers. Since I am an Army guy
I will not worry about naval guns beyond acknowledging that "guns" have
longer range but the max is about 23 miles.

Rail guns are interesting as kinetic weapons. The projectile must be
something dense and durable. One guess would be tungsten, or tungsten carbide, depleted
uranium perhaps. Depleted uranium amo is commonly jacketed with gliding metal to protect
the barrel for sure. I wonder if U has sufficient strength as is for a rail gun acceleration profile.

There is a big gap between modern guns ~25 miles and cruise missiles, both range and cost.
Perhaps this is the true goal of a rail gun.

      http://www.g2mil.com/8inchguns...

Comment: Re:Sigh.... (Score 1) 469

There are fairy glades aplenty in my neighborhood, though I have taken to procuring my wood from a local furniture maker. It dries unromantically in my garage.

Alas, I do not own a fancy CNC router and have learned to make my fiddles by hand, the old way. I will admit to employing a drill press and a band saw in a couple of steps during the process.

Golly you have got to learn to spin a better yarn. ;)

I am told (by experts and makers) that the value of a violin goes up exponentially
with the addition of the sweet harmony contained in the story.

For goodness sake, for fiddles clean the wood or cut a varnish at one step with
a bit of Tennessee whisky or Kentucky moonshine. For a violin audition
them in on a warm summer night with a friend or two out at a nearby glenn .
Take a photograph of each print on 8.5x11" glossy paper and document the instrument
with a paragraph of writing on the back using a goose quill pen and
the most permanent india ink you can find.

Comment: Re:Times have changed (Score 1) 195

by niftymitch (#46702769) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Americans may eat a lousy bunch of fast,junk food, but at the same time we seem to be living a lot longer than my grandparents generation. .....snip....

With the existing data this does not seem to hold up. In populations where it can be measured
in the US there seems to be at best a two year advantage. That alone might be counted
by improvements in pneumonia treatment.

Now the obese generation in their 40s +/- may prove an entirely different set of
complications and medical issues. Perhaps the push to eliminate tobacco will
balance the scales but obesity is going to hammer quality of life in old age metrics.

Comment: Re:What a joke (Score 1) 195

by niftymitch (#46702705) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Then why aren't you buying your own modem for less than $ ......

Yes and note well that comcast has begun playing games and selling
WiFi connectivity to the likes of AT&T to pump up their bandwidth
failure.

Since Comcast owns the hardware they have started installing modified
software and opening up "guest" accounts that they control.

So far they seem to have taken off some endpoint bandwidth caps
and those that have identified this do not seem to suffer bandwidth losts
HOWEVER you pay for the power and they sell a service.

IMO, If they sell a service that is available 7x24 they should be paying for
AC power and physical plant data closet rates... Sure it is only ---
but worse if they also sold access to the NSA.

Comment: Re:Sigh.... (Score 1) 469

Do you know what makes a "master" violin?

The stories one tells about it.

......

In terms of substantial difference between the sounds of the ancient violin made from wood cut in
a fairy glade by the full moon,.....

(Disclaimer: I am a violin maker)

Perchance do you live near a fairy glade?

Have you soaked some spruce boards in dark tannin
rich red wine or hard cider for a season or two and then
slow dried them in open air drying barn in Humbolt county
or southern tobacco country.

If the above and if you have a precision NC Router I might
try learning the fiddle in my old age.

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