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Comment Is smoking Pot really mean you're a slacker? (Score 3, Insightful) 1116

I write software and smoke Pot, I make over $200K/year, maybe this view that if you smoke Pot, then you're a a slacker should be thrown out. Also, I live in Southern California, I don't think of myself as "Rich". I kinda of laugh when I see people get upset over $15/hour basic wage since you're definitely way below the poverty line in Southern California at $30K/year.

Comment Re:"NAS" hard drives? (Score 4, Informative) 190

The main difference is the WD RED drives will error out quickly from an unrecoverable read error where as a typical desktop drive will retry the read, up to a minute, yes, a minute worth of retries which will confuse most RAID controllers into thinking the drive is bad (i.e. gone offline) and forcing an array rebuild. The idea being if you're not running RAID, it is okay to go through heroic efforts trying to trace difference paths over the track to get one good read out of the data before marking the sector bad.
Of course, if you're running RAID, the best thing is to fail the read quickly and rebuild the sector from parity.

Submission + - People Quickly Find Alternatives to The Pirate Bay (

An anonymous reader writes: The Pirate Bay raid is still sending shockwaves through the warez community, but despite TPB going into hibernation, people haven't stopped sharing. TorrentFreak reached out to the operator of Demonii, the tracker that was used behind the scenes for all Pirate Bay torrents. "Not much is happening differently on our side due to the TPB downtime. I cannot see any anomalies or differences", the operator told. He mentions KickassTorrents and Torrentz being a couple of popular sites where the visitors from TPB have moved to. The connections per minute to the Demonii tracker remain relatively stable, hovering around the 25 million mark, with a peak during the weekends.

Submission + - Researchers accidentally discover how to turn off skin aging gene

BarbaraHudson writes: While exploring the effects of the protein-degrading enzyme Granzyme B on blood vessels during heart attacks, professor David Granville and other researchers at the University of British Columbia couldn’t help noticing that mice engineered to lack the enzyme had beautiful skin at the end of the experiment, while normal mice showed signs of age. The discovery pushed Granville’s research in an unexpected new direction.

The researchers built a mechanized rodent tanning salon and exposed mice engineered to lack the enzyme and normal mice to UV light three times a week for 20 weeks, enough to cause redness, but not to burn. At the end of the experiment, the engineered mice still had smooth, unblemished skin, while the normal mice were deeply wrinkled.

Granville is also continuing to examine the effects of Granzyme B on aneurysms, especially of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the human body. "When we inhibit Granzyme B in that model we can affect the collagen organization and strength of collagen in the aorta and prevent rupturing".

Comment Heads should roll (Score 1) 207

This shows how incredible out of control the CIA is.
I could almost accept that the CIA keeps this data to help with "foreign intelligence" in mind but if this data is available to both the FBI and DEA it is a clear violation of the CIA charter and should result with the director's head on the chopping block.

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