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Comment Re:Do they self destruct like other Greens? (Score 1) 313

I will respond to your dickish tone with my own:

Ever here of a log file?

How about if you are monitoring the S.M.A.R.T. data to watch for signs of drive failure? You will destroy the drive instead. (Especially if using Munin, because it doesn't show Load_Cycle_Count by default so you won't see it take off.)

How about when your OS is clever and tries to reduce disk use by only flushing the OS block cache intermittently, and that interval is slightly greater than the park timer? Your machine under continuous use parks and unparks continuously.

So there is this little computer in the drive making park decisions. Shouldn't it notice that the drive is parking too often? WD knows how many parks it built the drive to survive, it knows how frequently it is parking. Cap the park rate! Problem solved.

Comment Location does work (Score 1) 750

My iPad has correctly found me in all four locations I've tried by triangulating WIFI access points.

Apparently mobile users with GPS have tagged my access points.

Comment So? (Score 4, Interesting) 497

If you really have secure passwords, the random guessers aren't going to get them. Log it and move on.

I get thousands of Chinese hackers attempting to break into the battery monitor in my tool shed, big deal. I don't know why my battery voltage and solar current is so important to them, but they can knock themselves out all day.

If the logs bother you then install fail2ban and configure it to lock people out after a few bad guesses. (Then be ready to unlock yourself from an alternate IP when you inevitably lock yourself out.)

Comment Re:Use the Coax to pull CAT 5e cable (Score 1) 608

Ethernet coax was 50ohm, the stuff in your walls is probably 75ohm. They are not interchangeable.

Might I suggest you join us in the 21st century and just use 802.11n? USB dongles can be had for about the cost of a cat5 patch cable and 802.11n is as fast as 100mbps ethernet.

Plus you gain some nice lightning damage protection by eliminating the second electrical path.

Comment Re:Green ? (Score 1) 356

In general large power plants are more efficient than small point of use engines, this is traded off against transmission losses and can end up either a win or a loss for total input energy.

For cleanliness, power plants run much cleaner than small point of use engines and they don't concentrate the adverse effects in close proximity with people. (You may need to pee, but don't do it in the pool.)


Dad Delivers Baby Using Wiki 249

sonamchauhan writes "A Londoner helped his wife deliver their baby by Googling 'how to deliver a baby' on his mobile phone. From the article: 'Today proud Mr Smith said: "The midwife had checked Emma earlier in the day but contractions started up again at about 8pm so we called the midwife to come back. But then everything happened so quickly I realized Emma was going to give birth. I wasn't sure what I was going to do so I just looked up the instructions on the internet using my BlackBerry."'"

Comment Re:Atom 330 Desktop/Server - second this (Score 1) 697

I use a few of these in different place. It won't get you to the 10 watt range of the reflashed routers, but you save much time in wrestling fringe distributions in to working the way you want them to. (I have wrtsl54gs boxes running OpenWRT too, Atoms are more convenient.)

Do replace the motherboard fan if you get the intel motherboard. It will probably fail soon and cause your CPU to start thermal throttling. I just took it off and placed a full sized fan on the case vents over the motherboard blowing down. It runs cooler, quieter, and longer.

Comment There is no chip. (Score 5, Informative) 227

They have made a material which could if you designed a suitable chip and associated circuitry, and figured out how to manufacture it at large scale, would let you store a terabyte of data on a fingernail sized chip.

The whoever wrote the article title should be embarrassed, as should timothy for propagating it.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 270

No, but Adobe is. They have a long history of doing stupid things, then waiting until the actual consumer release to "discover" that their product has a problem and not fixing it until the next major release thereby preventing their users from upgrading OS.

In this case CS3 may actually work, they just aren't going to promise it so people will pay to upgrade and Adobe doesn't have to do any support on CS3.

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