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Comment: Re:Way to prove their point! (Score 2, Insightful) 738

by niola (#33960876) Attached to: China Now Halting Shipments of Rare Earth Minerals To US

"the unions" - I love how this is where people go right away. Yes some unions have over-reached no one will deny that. But funny how no one points fingers at the big fucking huge corporations and their management who are making money hand over fist by using what amounts to near-slave labor overseas.

Let me tell you this - if you abolished every union in the US, every single regulation, and cut taxes to ZERO we still would not be able to compete with the labor costs over there. They have people that work 60 hours a week for as little as 300 a month in some Asian countries. Hell 300 dollars a month in the US would not even get you a room in most inner city ghettos.

The global free marketers and the moronic, short-sighted conservative and libertarians among you who support them will be what kills the US not any union or liberal group.

Comment: Re:Need a little more research on Article 10 (Score 1) 2044

by niola (#31539856) Attached to: Health Care Reform

The "Necessary and Proper" Clause in Article One, section 8, clause 18 was implemented to give the federal govt the ability to assume ANY powers not necessarily enumerated in the Constitution.

"The Congress shall have Power - To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof."

The intent of this was spelled out in the federalist papers - basically they understood things would come up they would not foresee and they did not want to tie down the federal govt from doing what it felt was necessary.

Comment: RAID6 with enterprise hardware is reliable (Score 2, Interesting) 444

by niola (#29464713) Attached to: RAID's Days May Be Numbered

I use RAID6 for several high-volume machines at work. Having double parity plus a hot spare means rebuild time is no worry.

But if you are not a fan you can always throw something together with ZFS's RAIDZ or RAIDZ2 which is also distributed parity but the ZFS filesystem checksums and keeps multiple (distributed) copies of every block to detect and fix data corruption before it becomes a bigger problem.

People using ZFS have been able to detect silent data corruption from a faulty power supply that other solutions would never have found just because of the checksumming process.

Comment: Re:Some info (Score 2, Informative) 624

by niola (#28807689) Attached to: Stock Market Manipulation By Millisecond Trading

Yeah from some of the stories I have been following on this, it seems some firms even co-locate their machines in the same room with the NYSE trade systems. I imagine that could be quite an advantage over other traders, especially when coupled with some extremely high performance program trade code like Goldman Sachs has been using.

http://www.reuters.com/article/fundsFundsNews/idUSN0518022220090705

Comment: Re:How many soldiers die if 187 F-22s aren't enoug (Score 1) 829

by niola (#28785681) Attached to: F-22 Raptor Cancelled

The Raptors are already irrelevant. According to this article in the LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-f-22-plane22-2009jul22,0,750816.story) they have NOT been used in Iraq or Afghanistan.

All the fighter jets in the world won't win a guerilla war against insurgent enemies.

What is going on now is our military is finally realizing this - the big obstacle to a more nimble military is not the military itself, but the massive multi-billion dollar military industrial complex that refuses to get weened off the teet.

Cellphones

Palm Announces Killer New Phone 617

Posted by kdawson
from the j-phone dept.
Barence writes "At CES, Palm announced what promises to be the product that finally matches and even betters the Apple iPhone, and certainly looks to be the most important product announced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. It's called the Palm Pre and it's based on a completely new operating system, called Palm webOS. Its key specs include a 3.1in 320x 480 touchscreen, 8GB of storage, UMTS HDSPA support (in the UK version of the phone), 802.11b/g WLAN, Bluetooth, and GPS. It also includes a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, 3.5mm headphone jack, and what Palm described as the 'fastest ever' Texas Instruments OMAP processor."
Media

+ - FCC Relaxed Media Ownership, ignores public ->

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anthrax
anthrax writes "Completely ignoring Congress and public comments, the FCC voted to relax ownership rules which prevented broadcasters from owning newspapers in the nation's 20 largest media markets. After holding several public hearings that overwhelmingly opposed the relaxation or the rules, and Congressional hearing where Democratic and Republican (even Ted "The Internet is Tubes" Stevens) voiced opposition to the move, the FCC voted 3 to 2 to change the rules. Not hard guessing the political affiliation of the votes."
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Cellphones

+ - Verizon Embraces Google's Android->

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An anonymous reader writes "BusinessWeek has an article up on Verizon deciding to support Android. After passing on the iPhone and initially missing the Anroid boat, now Verizon says they're going to open their network to more devices, move their network to GSM-based radio technology (LTE), and now support Anroid. Is Verizon actually trying to become less evil or is this all for the press?"
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Wine

+ - OS X Leopard now can natively load Windows Files.

Submitted by
Steven Edwards
Steven Edwards writes "PE Files were rejected on Tiger but now can be loaded natively on Leopard, which is interesting to me because I don't think that this is just a hold over from EFI support because the behavior is new. I think it may be a sign of future addition of a Win32 subsystem to OS X. Check the following URLs for the detailed technical information.

http://www.winehq.org/pipermail/wine-devel/2007-November/060846.html
http://www.winehq.org/pipermail/wine-devel/2007-November/060851.html

I think this behavior may be a sign of a future addition of a Win32 subsystem to OS X. I think the powers that be at apple have decided that they are missing the pie that Parallels, VMware and CodeWeavers are getting. If you combine the value of all three products, I expect its adding up to a good chunk of change they view as "lost" every month. Having a system like Wine that runs in a clunky Classic like mode would mean better user tie-in than having to reboot with BootCamp."
Television

+ - Mythbusters to test cockroaches radiation myth->

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redwoodtree
redwoodtree writes "As the article quotes so perfectly "Contrary to popular belief, not a significant amount of research goes into cockroach radiation" so the Mythbusters are going out to Hanford Site where plutonium was manufactured for the first nuclear bomb. It's the single most polluted nuclear waste site in the U.S. The Mythbusters are going to take cockroaches and other insects and apply successively higher doses of radiation in a controlled setting. One group of insects will not be exposed to any radiation of course. It turns out that the facility is used to test radiation on electronic equipment, power lines and so forth. It's comforting that all the nuclear waste is being put to some good use before it all washes down into the Columbia river."
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