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Comment Re:ironically (Score 1) 320

However, given what you thought happened does really put it into perspective and I likely would have felt the same. I never had to live with the fear of nuclear war, so it's hard to imagine the kind of stress and fear that could cause.

Indeed. It's a long story but a strange combination of events, a bizarre phone message, and hearing the wrong excerpt of a radio broadcast on 9/11 initially led me to believe that it was likely that thermonuclear devices had been detonated over major U.S. cities. For a minute or more, I was trying to figure out who might be lobbing ICBMs at us, where the nearest major cities were to me, likely direction of prevailing winds and fallout clouds, etc. After turning on the TV and finally hearing it was about a few plane crashes and thousands were dead instead of tens of millions that I was imagining... yeah, I breathed a sigh of relief too. Believe me, you never was to go through a period where you seriously believe that a nuclear war has begun.

The problem with nuclear war breaking out and you finding out about it is that you're at the wrong location then.
You really want to be near a primary target, like a strategically significant military base or a government building. Otherwise, you might even survive the first strike and slowly die of hunger, thirst and radiation.

Comment Corporations run OSS (Score 2) 129

It's the same everywhere.
Also happens in FreeBSD-land: company coughs-up code that solves a problem that is relevant to other users (includes companies that turn "FreeBSD" into a part of their product) - code get's into the source-tree (which review, of course)
I wouldn't even say that's a bad thing. After all, that's how we ended-up with ultra-stable releases recently:
Netflix doesn't want their delivery/cache boxes to crash.
Customers pay top-dollar to EMC so that their Isilon-devices are stable
etc.pp. You just have to put things into perspective.
OSS isn't a hippie love-fest anymore. Hasn't been for a while.
Best thing is to get over it quickly and move on.

Comment Hey, idea! (Score 1) 366

We've got a volunteer who has agreed to store nuclear waste in his backyard.
Reactors can be made safer, but the problem of nuclear waste remains - and nobody wants that shit in their backyard.
If it was technically feasible (and safe to do), people would send it to the moon or into the sun.

Reducing energy consumption of devices and appliances, improving energy storage capacities - and re-evaluating settlement areas, that's the way to go.
Cities like Las Vegas (practically uninhabitable without air-conditioning) are probably a thing of the past.
New York may turn out the same, though.

Comment Re:Smearing? (Score 4, Insightful) 298

Turns out, the head of the group who ran the Paris attacks even gave an interview to a radical Islamic publication back in February, where he got as close to announcing the attacks as you can get without giving a date.

Back in the day, before this sig-int shit got so big that everything else suffocates under it, back in the day, people in intelligence agencies had to read (and understand) newspapers, compile reports about articles, people, developments.
That also required a certain level of "intelligence", of course. Which means "able to think".

These days, it looks like that is actually a disqualification...

Why is this worrysome?
Because ISIS is real. And currently, the strategy to defeat them seems to be to get more brutal, more ruthless, more lethal with them. It's a "race to the bottom" we can't win - or only, if we turn ourselves into something that looks very similar to the enemy we want to win over.

Comment Re: Sounds like a psycopath. (Score 1) 486

I bet the various three-letter agencies (and part of the military) secretly envies IS.
They sure would like to have soldiers as motivated and brainless as them.
Of course, you can't win a war with soldiers like that - but as it has always been, the right people start profiting from war the minute it starts, not when it's over.

Comment Re:Thanks Bush/Cheney (Score 1) 728

Actually, a lot of this is because former French President Sarkozy wanted to get rid of Gaddafi in Libya.
That succeeded, but as usual, there was no plan for what should happen after him and IS + AQ thankfully took over.
Also, a lot of weapons "disappeared" from that country during and after the Gaddafi regime came down. Some of them have now reappeared again...
The sad truth is that in the Near East, there's no one but hard-nosed, merciless dictators who can hold IS+AQ in check. For now.

Comment Re:There's some other things they should focus on! (Score 0) 85

Settings -> iTunes & App Stores (on your iDevice)

There's setting for
"Automatic updates"

You can enable it for Music, Apps, Books and Updates.
It doesn't work by default if you're not on WiFi - but you can enable it, if you don't have bandwidth limitation.

I didn't know where this setting was, so I searched for "App" in the settings.

Comment Dear Americans (Score 1) 342

If you didn't know: Your infrastructure crumbles. Most of is is from the 30s, some was built in the 50s and 60s and that's it. The rest is sometimes a hundred years old or even older. Because you don't want to fund it with higher taxes, that's not going to change.
Public projects like these are going to have cost overruns. The Swiss NEAT (Trans-Alp-Tunnel) is about 65% over budget right now.
You can't have a State, a Country without investing in its infrastructure.
In another decade or two, you'll be just another emerging nation, but with nukes.
You're just proving you're nation as such is not a sustainable model.

Comment Hey let's be an Azure and AWS-Reseller (Score 1) 89

You can literally see the slide:

(1) shut down own public cloud
(2) be a azure+aws reseller
(3) PROFIT!!!

I have no idea how complicated AWS is, but can you honestly provide any value to the customer just managing AWS?
Scott McNeal once compared, x86-retailing to putting "bruises on bananas". These days, it's Rackspace + HP who look they are doing the very same thing in a different market.

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