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Comment: it could... (Score 5, Insightful) 84 84

it could possibly offer potential as parts for machines like 3D printers, aerospace and automotive components, as well as perhaps robotics and a variety of motors.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't that much reduction be fairly pointless? Wouldn't you basically have to make it out of unobtainium (the high-torque parts, anyway... most of it, that is) in order to do useful work with it?

Comment: Re:Just in time (Score 1) 163 163

Sigh...Home gets 5 years, Pro gets 10. It has been this way since Vista and since its written into the contracts they sign with corps and governments? Isn't gonna change.

The ONLY change between 10 and Vista/7/8 is they are getting rid of SPs for a combo of rolling fixes and updated .ISOs, THAT IS ALL. And even THAT ends up being because of contractual obligations since their support agreements (many of which go on well past 2020 for the big corps) says "For 5 years after release or two years after the release of the latest service pack whichever comes latest" (or there abouts, they have changed the EOL page to a "warm and fuzzy" Win 8 style which is full of warm feeling mess) so by getting rid of the SPs they don't have to worry about the SPs throwing a snooze alarm on the EOL dates.

So its really not that hard, Home gets 5, Pro gets 10, and if they follow every single release since Vista (which there is no reason to think they won't) for 6 months to a year before and during a new release you'll be able to get it cheap if you want to upgrade your old hardware.

+ - Click-Fraud Trojan Politely Updates Flash On Compromised Computers->

jfruh writes: Kotver is in many ways a typical clickfraud trojan: it hijacks the user's browser process to create false clicks on banner ads, defrauding advertisers and ad networks. But one aspect of it is unusual: it updates the victim's installation of Flash to the most recent version, ensuring that similar malware can't get in.
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Comment: Re:So does this qualify as 'organic'? (Score 1) 177 177

What do you mean by cyclical? Do you mean the livestock/fertilizer/crop/fodder cycle?

That's the one

Just curious, since I'm not aware of either cyclical production or crop rotation being a requirement for organic farming

Yeah, that's what happens when you don't trademark something. That was the original idea. It makes the name "organic" make more sense, several senses in fact:

characterized by the systematic arrangement of parts; organized; systematic:
of or relating to the basic constitution or structure of a thing; constitutional; structural:
developing in a manner analogous to the natural growth and evolution characteristic of living organisms; arising as a natural outgrowth.
viewing or explaining something as having a growth and development analogous to that of living organisms

Actually having a cyclical system is more "organic" by senses of the word which don't mean "on the USDA approved list" or "has a scary name"

Comment: Re:Will we get up-to-date images? (Score 1) 163 163

You don't have to wait for MSFT, just use WSUS Offline. I've used it for many years, in fact I still have the WSUS Offline .ISOs for Win2K and WinXP and it works like a charm, lets you use DVDs or USB sticks, will even include .NET and Office if you like. Oh and you're welcome ;-)

Comment: Re:kernel developers on Macs - that would be me (Score 1) 344 344

I was working in some small town outside of LA County by 30 minutes (far west side of LA County, not near what most consider to be LA), so not exactly in the city, but not far from it.

AFAICT the cutoff for same-day service for most contracts is around two hours' travel. If it takes longer than that, you're just going on the calendar. If the item in question is extremely valuable, then that's not true at all, but we're just talking about PCs here, right? However fancy-pants.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 422 422

OS X users the same underlying functionality from a UNIX-like VM subsystem, but has a dameon that monitors the amount of used swap space and creates new swap files when they're required. This gives you the flexibility of the Windows model, without the complexity in kernel space.

If that daemon isn't a script, WTF. Because you could definitely do that with a very small shell script.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 422 422

But whatever difference the two approaches have between them in performance it's probably negligible compared to the penalty of using swap in the first place, in many cases anyway if not all.

This is more or less what I mostly came to say — how's that for convoluted. But to wit: Who cares whose approach to swap is "better"? Swap is crap. Most of us don't need any. We've beat this horse well beyond death here on Slashdot repeatedly. RAM is stupid cheap now. There are a few things that people do with their PCs now that take more than 8GB of RAM, like high-res video streaming from the same PC on which they're gaming or doing live video stream manipulation or whatever it is they're doing, and no amount of swap will help you do those things. All swap does it make your system thrash before it crashes.

With that said, the way windows handles paging is crap. It only lets you make one swapfile per drive, and you can't swap directly to a partition; mkswap is a lot faster than mkfs, or even an ntfs quick format, let alone the real thing. If you want more paging on the same volume with linux, you just create another swapfile and swapon to it at a lower priority than your primary file. When you no longer need more paging, you swapoff the file and you can delete it. If you let Windows manage the length of the paging file, then if that ever actually happens, you just wind up with fragmentation and that will impact system performance while swapping, for real. It will also impact your ability to defrag, since the paging file can't be moved while it's in use. You have to remove it, reboot, defrag, enable it, and reboot, since pagedefrag doesn't work after Windows XP.

TL;DR: the best way to manage paging on Windows is to disable it for all volumes. The best way to manage paging on Linux is to not create a swap partition or file. It's better to crash sooner and reboot than to crash later and reboot... later.

+ - Scientists levitate cells to search for cancer cures->

sciencehabit writes: What looks like a row of drifting gumdrops could hold a wealth of information for both clinical researchers and bench scientists. A team of bioengineers and geneticists has designed a device that can suspend a single living cell between magnets and measure its density based on how high it floats. Such measurements could be used to sort different types of cells—to distinguish cancerous cells from healthy ones, for example—or to measure how cells change when exposed to drugs.
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+ - "We screwed up," says Reddit CEO in formal apology

An anonymous reader writes: After moderators locked up some of Reddit's most popular pages in protest against the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, and an online petition asking the company to fire CEO Ellen Pao reached more than 175,000 signatures over the weekend, Pao has issued an apology. The statement reads in part: "We screwed up. Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years. We haven’t communicated well, and we have surprised moderators and the community with big changes. We have apologized and made promises to you, the moderators and the community, over many years, but time and again, we haven’t delivered on them. When you’ve had feedback or requests, we haven’t always been responsive. The mods and the community have lost trust in me and in us, the administrators of reddit. Today, we acknowledge this long history of mistakes. We are grateful for all you do for reddit, and the buck stops with me."

Comment: Re:correlation != causation (Score 1) 29 29

As always, the hard part is getting the data into the computer, which probably can't yet reliably tell the difference between an agitated warthog and an excited warthog, except under extremely controlled conditions; I bet you could do something slick just with audio signal processing if you had one warthog alone in a sound studio, but in the real world...

They said they were monitoring pigs, I'm trying to spruce it up with the warthogs

I'm all for computer dating, but I wouldn't want one to marry my sister.