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Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 1) 522

by ScentCone (#48218081) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Actually, we are sending several fighter jets to bomb ISIS, right now. Odds are that's what is precipitating these attacks.

No, nutballs who decide to kill soldiers on the street because they are part of an organization that is taking some modest steps to help stop other nutballs from killing more innocents as those nutballs attempt to institute a medieval Islamic thugocracy in as many places as possible ... that's what precipitated these attacks.

If the crazies weren't mad at the concept of having their Islamist wet dream torn down, then their followers in places like Canada wouldn't be getting the message to go out and kill soldiers in the street. None of that would happen without theocratic wackadoos deciding to kill those who are trying to stop their tactics. The attacks in Canada were precipitated by religion, not by Canada's involvement in trying to stop any army of tens of thousands of religious murders.

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 4, Funny) 522

by ScentCone (#48208119) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

About 6 billion of the world population are muslims, that's around 23% of the world population.

I'm going to bet that even some of the most jihad-obsessed radicals, fresh from what passes for school Taliban-land, are better at math than you are.

If there are 6 billion Muslims, and they make up 23% of the world population, that means the world as a population of over 26 billion people.

Do you know some secret place on the planet where we're hiding almost 20 billion extra, previously unknown people?

Comment: Re:DOS version? (Score 3, Informative) 101

by Just Some Guy (#48200915) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

The current firmware update ships as a bootable ISO. Burn it to a CD/DVD (or a flash drive if you can work it out), hold down "option" at boot, and you'll be looking at a DOS prompt in no time. I verified this two days ago when I misread the firmware version on the website and downloaded an updater for the version I already had.

Comment: Re:If it works, leave it alone. (Score 1) 243

by Just Some Guy (#48190703) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime
The problem is that you're building more and more tooling on top of a painfully decrepit system. Every time you spend more than zero seconds dealing with renaming a file, you've lost money on the deal. Every time you work off HEAD because it's too painful to branch, you're spending developer salaries. I get that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but CVS it utterly and fundamentally broke. You're throwing good money after bad trying to keep it alive.

Comment: This is why they made the cloud (Score 1) 243

by Just Some Guy (#48190611) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Hosting Git is dirt cheap. Converting from ${old_terrible_system} to Git is the painful one-time expense. Here's how you do it:

1. Fire up a suitably bit AWS cloud server.
2. Copy your repo to it.
3. Run the command to convert your old repo to Git.
4. Download the new Git repo.
5. Shut down the instance.

You don't buy expensive, power-hungry software that's going to cost an arm and a leg to store, power, and cool for the next year when you only need its brute force for a few hours. The Cloud isn't a magical cure-all, but it's a perfect fit for things like this.

Comment: Re:'Regardless of... income and education level' ? (Score -1, Offtopic) 422

by ScentCone (#48182021) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

My bullshit meter always starts kicking into life when the hyperbole starts flowing, like the reading comprehension or random amount of payment received having a causative effect on the function of an organic process.

For me, it's my Political Correctness Meter. You know how it works.

Headline: "Huge Comet To Smash Into Earth, Instantly Ending All Life On The Planet! Activists Say Women and Minorites Unfairly Impacted."

Comment: Re: Apple Pay (Score 2) 354

by Just Some Guy (#48163271) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

Do you have a cite for this? I'm pretty familiar with how Google Wallet (with and without a hardware Secure Element) works, and I *know* that CC info is presented to the POS in order to make the transaction.

Any of the hundreds of articles about how Apple Pay works. Here's one that explains that the device gives the credit card terminal a 16-digit randomized token and a unique one-time-use CCV. Payment processors use the pair to identify the credit account to bill.

In short, your actual credit card numbers never leave your device. Google for "apple pay token" if you'd like to dive into further detail.

Comment: Re:what about (Score 1) 72

by devnullkac (#48154745) Attached to: Designing Tomorrow's Air Traffic Control Systems

They do have redundant backups: enough spare capacity exists in the other centers to carry the load the Chicago center dropped. Switchover to operations at alternate facilities was accomplished (and reversed) without incident. Yes, it took some time and there were substantial flight delays, but this is a once-in-a-great-while type of failure.

Or are you talking about backups so expansive that in the event of a problem, no one need ever know anything ever happened, whether we're talking about the failure of a single chip or the destruction of an entire facility? I agree it could be done, but at what cost? As a taxpayer and occasional traveler, I'm satisfied with the level of redundancy they have now.

Comment: Re:No WMD's...Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 376

by demachina (#48153565) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Its no secret Iraq had chemical weapons. They used them liberally against Iranian human wave attacks during the Iran Iraq war.

The reason they were hushed up is because they were provided by western countries. You do know the U.S. and Europe backed Saddam in the Iran Iraq war and most probably encouraged the use of chemical weapons against Iranian teenagers right? Iran had a huge population advantage, Iraqi Shias weren't that keen on fighting Iranian Shia, so Iraq needed technology to level the field and the West helped with that edge.

The West was really happy about a lengthy, bloody stalemate in that war bleeding both countries white.

Comment: Remote Backups (Score 1) 150

by Just Some Guy (#48150653) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

I find that cloud backups are an excellent complement to local backups. I have a 6TB Synology unit at home that stores all our family photos, Time Machine backups, scans of all our important docs, etc. I love and trust that little server. I also have it configured to ship nightly backups to Amazon Glacier so that if my house burns down and takes the Synology with it, I can restore it all and have my digital life back.

I guess I could buy a second unit and keep it at work, but that's a lot more effort than setting up a scheduled job to sync everything up to a remote server without my manual intervention.

Put no trust in cryptic comments.