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Comment Geography (Score 1) 214

I'm not sure if there is a firm grasp on the geography of these states. Virginia and NC are medium sized states, that yes, touch the ocean where a large Cat 5 hurricane might launch itself upon their beaches. It's never ever happened before, but hey it might. Now, I'm willing to bet that these large data centers are NOT on the beaches of these states, but perhaps just a wee bit farther inland. Perhaps even as far as the mountainous areas that run through the western portion of these. I don't know. I didn't look these things up, but if so a hurricane would die a fairly quick death as it moved inland in either area. Now this does not include the possibility of a hurricane coming up the Chesapeake bay and into Baltimore or Washington DC. However if that happened, and DC was flattened on the way to hitting the Amazon data center in Northern Virginia, I think we'd have a few other problems than lost data.

Comment Re:Malnutrition (Score 2) 487

That's silly. The only reason the cow produces milk is because it's had a calf. When the calf is weaning off its mother's milk the cow's milk production drops in response. If you decide to milk the cow twice a day to maintain that production and then abruptly stop; yes the cow would be in some pain and complain about it. If you weaned it off the automated milker slowly, it would exist perfectly happy to not produce milk. Also, it would not be a few days before the cow was complaining (it would probably be almost done producing milk at that point), it would complain loudly at the first missed milking (morning or evening).

Comment Tivo is not failing because of collusion (Score 2, Interesting) 490

Come on, really? Tivo is losing subscribers for a few reasons: 1) Cable companies now offer their own DVRs -- Tivo used to be the only game in town 2) You don't have to buy a new DVR if your cable company's DVR fails; you just trade in your old one -- with Tivo...if it's outside the warranty period you have to buy a new one (yes, I know the cable company charges you a monthly rental fee) 3) Cable companies don't charge anything for the privilege of recording onto a DVR (Tivo makes you buy the box AND charges you a monthly fee). I used to have Tivo, and I liked it, but not enough to buy a third new box after my first two failed. Especially considering the above.

Comment Re:AF cyberspace command is a joke... (Score 1) 148

Most people in the military will not be serving in this command. Only the qualified will. A few years ago we could have said that most people in the military are severely lacking in the kind of skills needed to operate UAVs, and yet that particular foray into technology seems to be going okay. Fighter pilots are going away...techies are up and coming. Even the military adapts.

Comment Re:Crap HD Quality (Score 1) 412

For what it's worth, today's movies do not involve changing reels. The reels are all spliced together by a projectionist when the movie arrives at a theater. During this process the film becomes one giant "reel" that sits on a rotating platter and feeds through the projector to an identical platter that sits below the first one. I know that it's off topic, but it's also a neat process!
Censorship

Submission + - New law makes it a crime to film violence.

majorbytesrulz writes: "From CNN.com "A new law in France makes it a crime — punishable by up to five years in prison — for anyone who is not a professional journalist to film real-world violence and distribute the images on the Internet." http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/03/08/france. violence.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories What the hell are they thinking? Our freedom of expression and information is going away folks. Can we say 1984?"

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