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Comment Re:Great Filter, here we come (Score 1) 243

Well, the US military plays for keeps, and while NK is figuring out how to build / launch nukes, the US Navy is testing out its shiny new rail gun...

And that's just the stuff the military feels like showing off. We probably have some bombs, in Area 51, that do "things" that most PhD-level Physicists / Chemists would have trouble grasping, let alone the military guards laughing about a small plane dropping a single bomb like that would do any damage...

Comment Re: Goodbye Windows. (Score 1) 585

Reinstalling Gentoo tonight, and both the SAS and Ultra320 controllers are out as we try to flash them to a later version of their firmware, but here's some (horrible) shots of the hardware:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9xvo...
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7xa4...
https://www.dropbox.com/s/56zl...
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ix93...

Comment Re: Goodbye Windows. (Score 2) 585

It still is...

It's not easy getting an Alpha to boot from a SSD, but with enough patience, it can be done. It's also not easy getting said Alpha to support USB 3.0, SAS, a Radeon HD card (with HDMI output), etc....but it can be done.

God willing, I will have Half-Life up and running on this machine sometime later this year.

Comment Try Upgrading (Score 3, Insightful) 422

"In a statement, Verizon said: "Because our network is a shared resource and we need to ensure all customers have a great mobile experience with Verizon, we are notifying a very small group of customers on unlimited plans who use an extraordinary amount of data that they must move to one of the new Verizon Plans by August 31, 2016.""

Try upgrading your networks. It's what every network admin worth their salt inevitably does, because it works. Traffic spike? Sure, trace it, maybe limit it if it's questionable or unwanted, block it if it's illegal, etc., etc. However, as a general rule, taxes will rise, as must network capacity -> anyone here complaining that 10/100 network is perfectly fast enough, and Gig-E is overkill, would be laughed at for eons. In a few years, 10 Gig-E, or 100 Gig-E will be the norm.

What more, if I remember correctly, Verizon has received kickbacks, tax reductions, etc. to help them finance upgrades for their networks so that this would never be an issue. I could check Verizon's financial performance over these past ten years, then look into their book-keeping (Hollywood accounting), but me thinks they have not been running at a loss. So...in the black + gifts from the US / State / Municipal governments + not upgrading their equipment = a lot of spare dosh. Has Verizon issued some dividends, or should we be looking at embezzlement charges?

At the very least, failure to use working capital correctly (maintaining / growing the business, by buying the equipment that allows them to keep / expand their dominance in their current area) is a failure of corporate duty, and a reason for someone to be fired.

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