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Comment Re:dban followed by smartctl (Score 1) 348

dd does a block copy from input to output, /dev/zero is a device in linux that will always read zeros. smartctl is a cmdline utility (part of smartmontools package) that can be used to read error logs and counters from hard drives. So he uses dd to write a bunch of zeros to a new drive in blocks of 8MB and then checks to see if the smart firmware reported any errors.

The zpool/scrub bits are specific to running a zfs pool but could be useful to check a batch of drives at once.

Comment Re:Don't put the s/hip/young/ in charge (Score 1) 322

I think this could be replaced with just "Don't put the young/new person in charge of spicing things up". Hipster is a bit of a charged word, and I think there are plenty that others wouldn't think of as hipsters who would still make this sort of mistake (e.g. recently-graduated frat-bros who used to set up skits that pushed the edge of racism).

Comment Metal with incomprehensible vocals is best for me (Score 1) 405

I find the more recognizable words there are or the more focus on the vocals the harder it is to tune out and use as background music. Growly metal with good drums/guitars is my favorite but I also like some electronica as well. If the task doesn't take much concentration I may switch to rock. Hip-hop is the hardest to tune out and I've heard many with the same opinion.
Note that I enjoy hip-hop it is just very much a language/vocal-centric genre much like pop and I think that is the key (for me at least).

Comment Re:Now these guys have some balls (Score 2) 663

Dick Cheney has criticized Obama's handling of this incident, saying that he should have ordered an airstrike immediately to prevent the tech from falling into Iranian hands. Sounds pretty crazy to me.
Also, upon further reading it sounds like the designers may have purposely avoided sensitive cutting-edge technology due to the high probability of a single-engined UAV failing over enemy territory.

Comment Re:why no self-destruct? (Score 4, Insightful) 663

These drones do have a self-destruct as well as other "things are going wrong" modes. One of them is to just circle waiting for control communications to be re-established. Another one is an automatic safe landing mode. Some people suspect that this drone may have gone into auto landing mode which would explain why it appears undamaged. For such a sensitive device leading to such horrible PR if captured, I feel perhaps the self-destruct should be the default failure mode :)
However, having it just blow up in some civilian household would probably not be good PR either.

Comment Re:When I was a kid we didn't have peanut allergie (Score 1) 327

All this proves is that more parents are reporting to daycare providers that their children deathly allergic to peanuts. I've heard it before. The question is whether the incidents of children who are truly that allergic to peanuts (to the point of coma) has increased or parents whose children have mild peanut allergies have been led to believe they are OMGDEATHLYSERIOUS or at least tell other people it is that severe.


IBM's Plans For the Cell Processor 124

angry tapir writes "Development around the original Cell processor hasn't stalled, and IBM will continue to develop chips and supply hardware for future gaming consoles, a company executive said. IBM is working with gaming machine vendors including Nintendo and Sony, said Jai Menon, CTO of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, during an interview Thursday. 'We want to stay in the business, we intend to stay in the business,' he said. IBM confirmed in a statement that it continues to manufacture the Cell processor for use by Sony in its PlayStation 3. IBM also will continue to invest in Cell as part of its hybrid and multicore chip strategy, Menon said."

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