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Comment: Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (Score 2) 81

by rahvin112 (#47812107) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Almost everyone I've asked that has expressed hatred of SystemD hasn't actually used it. The vast majority either hate the creator or read some blog post, all but one had never used it or tried to understand it. I attribute much of the hatred to a "I hate change" attitude that is unfortunately common in the *Nix sphere.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 4, Insightful) 234

Well he drops a nuclear weapon on Ukrainian territory and he's not going to have ANY friends in that area anymore. He's already made the bulk of the Ukrainian people that used to love him hate him and that would turn to the cold stark hatred of lifetime if he were to use a nuke against Ukraine. Honestly, not only has he broke the treaty to defend Ukraine from the west he'll have attacked them instead.

Much of this war is internal politics to Russia. The west just hasn't done a good job of explaining how Putin has gained and maintained power and much of it plays into the nationalism he's exploited. The people behind all this nationalism want a big strong Russia again, a world power that everyone respects and pays homage to. To get Russian support for his intervention into Ukraine he played up the angle of NATO on Russia's borders, that it was a direct threat to Russia. Now that it looked like Ukraine might beat the Rebels instead of falling to Putin's puppet state demands he's being forced to take action by those same nationalists he inflamed. If he ignores those people his political career is over and possibly his life.

IMO Putin was using this staged "revolt" to put pressure on Ukraine to accept the puppet state status he has gotten Belarus and others to take. But Ukraines armed forces winning the battle was something they didn't think was possible. I believe they thought that it would grind to a standstill and when winter rolled around and Ukraine started freezing without gas the government would need to negotiate where Putin's demands for the customs union and such go into play and he turns them into a puppet state again. Ukraines military advances the last few months have raised the spectre that Ukraine may beat the insurgent forces before winter. Combined with Ukraine's threat to join NATO this forced Putin's hand with the nationalists. He literally doesn't have a choice here as his own ass is on the line.

Comment: Re:Would it really be worse without patents? (Score 4, Interesting) 61

by rahvin112 (#47809995) Attached to: SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech

It costs about 3 million dollars to take a patent case to court. No small business with a patent that's being violated can sue the big boys over patents because they can't afford the legal expenses. My uncle ran a business that sold a patented item to the mining business. Because the business was small they contracted with a larger company to produce the product using the small business input materials. The bigger business would routinely produce the patented item using the small business materials and was selling them in direct competition to the small business.

No matter how loud or how threatening my Uncle could be would intimidate the larger business because the lawsuit would bankrupt the smaller business and they'd just buy them out cheaper than their value (they told him as much when he was trying to stop them). There was literally nothing he could do because the value of the goods though a lot of money to the small business wasn't anywhere near the cost of the suit. The larger business made a point of producing just a small enough number of items for themselves that it would never be enough money to draw a lawyer in on contingency. Because they were pretty much the only company in the US that could produce the items he was screwed either way.

Like much of the legal system in this country it's become too expensive and too complicated for small businesses to go after larger ones. This applies especially to patents. Patents are not being used by small inventors.

Comment: Re:My weight loss diet last January (Score 2) 392

by rahvin112 (#47808487) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

That month of only a quart of water a day just sliced about 10 years off the life of your kidneys. If your urine is dark orange you are actively damaging your kidneys. There is a reason everyone (all doctors, all dieticians, everyone) says drink lots of water, the more water you push through your kidneys keeps the contaminant load lower and works the kidney's less. The less water you drink ups the contaminant load and force the kidney's to process it with less available flow. This damages the kidney's. This is basic knowledge about how the kidney's function and you shortened the life of your kidney's significantly. What you did was very very stupid.

Comment: Re:Calorific value? (Score 1) 392

by rahvin112 (#47808375) Attached to: Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

You do realize that the study is an actual scientific study to validate the low carb dieting (which includes the current paleo fad)? Without that scientific backup it's just anecdotal evidence and what atkins and others were saying was nothing but what every diet seller has said. With the scientific backup it becomes real nutritional information with real evidence backing it up.

Comment: Re: But is it reaslistic? (Score 4, Insightful) 361

Yea and it's not the middle ages either and there are no strains of plague that are anti-biotic resistant. The only Bacteria that are scary are anti-biotic resistant ones, all the rest can be cured with a dose of anti-biotic. That's why people with the real knowledge don't research bio-weapons from bacteria, they use viruses that have no effective treatment option.

This sounds like some rank amateur typing up a letter that says "we could do X" where X is some fanciful attack. What I see here is groups like the CIA playing this up as a fund raising drive even if the "plan" is stupidly simple and not even viable. This in fact sounds a lot like the yellow cake uranium crap they pushed into the media.

People need to stop falling for this BS.

Comment: I doubt it even makes it to the atmosphere (Score 3, Insightful) 273

by rahvin112 (#47749755) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

That methane dissolves into the water long before it reaches the surface and re-emerges, I would be surprised if even a small percentage of it make it to the atmosphere because bacteria would consume the dissolved methane before it can reach the surface. Even in the atmosphere where there is very little life the methane only lasts a couple decades, but in the ocean where it's teaming with life I doubt very little of it makes it to the surface.

Comment: Re:Everything old is new again. (Score 2) 193

by rahvin112 (#47739823) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

I'm willing to bet tape has a MUCH longer life span too. CD-R's start dieing in less than 10 years, I doubt blu-ray lasts any longer. Even the archival grade disks where they claim to last longer than 0 years I'm not sure I believe them. The nice thing about magnetic tape is that they tend to last forever and only go bad from wear or exposure to magnetic fields.

Comment: Re:Stupid metric system (Score 0) 140

by rahvin112 (#47739805) Attached to: 2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

Any measurement system that requires you to use decimals for reasonable accuracy in common situations is the wrong increment and if this is common when using the measurement it's just a bad system for that reason.

For example, measuring the height of a human being requires the use of feet and Inches in Imperial measurements but generally uses nice clean numbers in centimeters for the same accuracy. This occurs frequently for certain measurement cases where cm/mm are better, but there are just as many situations where foot makes a cleaner measurement than meters. Outside small measurements and between large ones the foot is a cleaner measurement in my opinion.

For temperature, centigrade is too large of a measurement, at least for temperatures humans encounter on a routine basis. Decimals in centigrade are needed to provide enough accuracy. This isn't true of Fahrenheit, daily measurements, food, etc where F is a cleaner measurement in whole numbers. Centigrade is a scientific temperature scale, it's great for that, it's lousy in daily use.

It's unfortunate that SI was based on the old French meter, it's just too big in general use, something smaller close to a foot would have been better then we wouldn't have ended up with a worthless deci/deca meter. Centigrade is the same, in looking for a cleaner measurement they used boiling water as the high end which made the unit too large for common use but great for scientific measurements.

Comment: Re:Call anything 3D printing (Score 2) 108

by rahvin112 (#47713983) Attached to: World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

Tilt up wall construction is one of the most common construction methods in the US. The concrete walls are poured on the ground in forms adjacent to their final location, once cured they are tilted up and connected, once the walls are in place the roof is added. Almost every warehouse or industrial building built these days is built with tilt up wall construction.

It's fast, it's cheap and its low labor. Don't speak of what you dont' know.

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 5, Informative) 181

by rahvin112 (#47708607) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

The lie you have bought into is that destination traffic is the same as transit traffic.

The whole point of peering agreements is to stop one provider from piggybacking on another transit providers network to reduce their costs. The agreements are structured so that to reach various end points they transit the traffic as closely as possible to the destination then hand it off to the hosting network rather than hand it off at the first available point and allow it transit the other networks system.

This whole arrangement falls flat on it's face when one of those transit providers is also the major destination route for millions of customers. ISPs that provide residential service always have unbalanced traffic arrangement because the customer almost always requests more data then they send. As long as L3 and Cogent are handing this destination traffic off to Verizon at the closest possible peering point for their subscribers then Verizon shouldn't be able to request the the traffic be balanced.

The problem is that unregulated market forces have allowed monopoly providers in local markets to combine with the very limited number of Tier 1 network operators resulting in the almost immediate abuse of monopoly by the Tier 1 portion of the network leveraging the monopoly side of the residential ISP business. There is rather simple solution to this problem. Bar any ISP that offers services directly to residential customers from owning or operating long haul national networks. If Verizon was forced to separate their Tier 1 transit business from their Residential ISP business (as in either divesting the assets or separating the company into two distinct companies) the problem would be solved almost immediately.

Businesses with monopolies will abuse them, that's the whole point of regulating free markets, because without that regulation you will end almost immediately with companies abusing market position and breaking the free market. Free markets don't stay free without regulation, particularly businesses with massive capital start up costs such as residential ISPs. Without regulation you end up with Verizon's Tier 1 network business leveraging the monopoly residential ISP traffic to extract rent from competing providers. This is a rent the market would not support without the monopoly or with regulation to prevent it's abuse.

The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation. -- Lew Mammel, Jr.