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Comment Re:Peanuts (Score 1) 263

I love science, but I'd rather see 10 billion dropped into fusion or thorium reactor technology...yesterday! We have cheaper oil now, but I believe that to be the exception to the rule for now. Wars are fought over resources. A known fact! We should act now before our money is spent on more conflicts.

Comment Re:SHA1? insecure? (Score 1) 92

But SHA1? right now, according to wikipedia, a full collision attack requires something like $2.77M of computing power on the cloud...

Let's say Merck has a new drug in phase 3 clinical trials, it seems to cure cancer and the common cold. They plan to publish the results of the trials tomorrow, and everyone expects great success

If you can crack RC4, you can MitM the private session between Lead Researcher Fred and the board. Whoah, this miracle drug works as advertised, except it causes permanent impotence.

Time to short Merck, and go all-in on Pfizer, and a few million up front amounts to chump-change compared to what you'll make tomorrow when the news breaks.

Comment Why? (Score 4, Interesting) 263

Make no mistake, I don't mean my subject as anti-science - From my point of view, I'd gladly give one of these to every university in the world before I'd pay for one more bullet fired from one more drone to kill one more Arab in a desert far away.

But in planning for a future desired collision energy, they really should have some actual goal in mind to justify that design. Do they hope to find dark matter? Black holes? Do they actually think they can make the Higgs break down into something else at that energy? So... Why?

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 702

Yep. Looters gonna loot.

They sure looked happy ransacking the place in the video I've seen, just like the LA rioters. I don't think they're going to be too happy when they run out of things to steal, though.

-jcr

Comment Re:It's good to be the king. (Score 1) 151

While I don't doubt you, to be honest I've never ran across any business that didn't value data protection. Then again, I do work for a MSP (Managed Service Provider) that works with 50+ SMBs on a yearly bases. About a quarter of those are monthly regulars. In any case, all of them prefer having a local D2D copy of the server with incremental backups ran nightly and an off-site replica of core user share data via MozyPro. Regardless of the product and methodology, every single client of ours values backups. If it's not smash-n-grab thieves, it's hurricane season, bursting pipes, or general hardware failure that can literally fold a company. Honestly and sincerely, any competent business owner will understand the value of backups if you explain how it will protect his business. They could give two shits about the technology behind it; rather what will it do to protect his/her company! Frame the discussion around that and you will be prompted with a "shut the hell up and take my money" look of horror!!!

Comment Not typical use. (Score 1) 277

Backblaze, an unlimited online backup company that keeps 25,000 hard drives spinning at all time,

Drives take far more wear and tear if they're power-cycled on a daily basis, and allowed to spin down when a machine is idle. I'd like to see the figures from an organization that services a large number of desktop machines.

-jcr

Comment Towel for that egg, Barry? (Score 1, Insightful) 499

Unlike Healthcare.gov, our site doesn't connect to the IRS, DHS, and various state exchanges and authorities. Furthermore, we're using the government's data, so our site is only possible because of the hard work that the Healthcare.gov team has done.

Translation: "We accomplished something in a few weeks that the wastes of flesh in charge of this boondoggle couldn't do in two years and with vastly better access to internal information".

Fire CGI Federal with prejudice (no more government contracts, ever, and no pay for their failures so far). Imprison their CEO for fraud against the American people. And give the 100+ million to these three guys. Give 'em the resources they need to finish their version of the project, and a year to repair this whole massive clusterfuck.

You want a good portal design, hire hungry young geeks, not old-guard defense contractors who still consider ADA an edgy new language.

Comment Re:And this ladies and gents, is why I'm a sociali (Score 1) 241

Socialism is an attempt to address the societal symptoms, and not the cause. The cause being an authoritative statist form of tyranny and oppression. Ironically, the idealism of socialism quickly turns into the disease that it was set out to nullify in the first place.

The solution is capitalism. What we have now in the US is anything but. However, you can blame the ignorant masses for letting the system degenerate over time. Adam Smith must be turning over in his grave by now.

Comment Re:Wonder about the mileage (Score 1) 241

Assuming the drivers could physically handle it.

Fatigue sets in after awhile and thus becomes a safety issue for them and others on the track. So I'm not surprised at the restrictions put into place as the technology becomes more advanced. Now imagine for a moment a new class of "F1-Drone" series. Technology unleashed for all the spectators of the world to see!!! Now that I would love to see in person at the track.

Comment Re:PR crapapalooza (Score 1) 254

The "south-bridge" equivalent has been superseded by the PCH (Platform Controller Hub) which controls USB and SATA connectivity. The "north-bridge" no longer exists as it's function is already on CPU die. For example the memory controller and on-board video.

So while technically you are correct, the old 'Intel Hub Architecture' no longer exists as a north and south bridge chipset, effectively there is a "south bridge" still in existance in that a separate chipset is required to provide SATA connectivity. SATA is not part of the CPU die.

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