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Comment Re: MapReduce is great (Score 1) 150

Removable media (e.g. tape and WORM optical disk) libraries were typical for petabyte+ storage arrays back in the late 90s. I remember the Subaru telescope facility in Hawaii had a petabyte storage facility which was primarily an automated tape library (plus a large section of wall occupied by a physically massive ~40gb RAM array) when I very briefly interned* there in the late 90s.

That was large, but not uniquely or ridiculously large. My WAG is that, globally, there were probably on the order of 1k installations of similar or greater magnitude at the time. Certainly some of the DOD projects at LLNL would easily have been at the scale your parent poster claims.

*I.e. assisted with workstation builds & linux installs.

Comment Re:This is ridiculous... (Score 1) 337

What you say is perhaps the way it should be, but not precisely true either. The reality is that the DOJ has an absolutely incredible degree of leeway and discretion in terms of its enforcement agenda and priorities.

This is nothing nefarious, just the inevitable outcome of the confluence of the following factors:

  • The sheer number of laws on the books
  • The overwhelming number of potential law enforcement actions possible as a result of the above
  • The limited resources of the DOJ
  • The reasonable expectation that the DOJ exercise judgment in enforcement actions (e.g. murder cases are higher priority than shoplifting cases, which might not even be pursued at all) and not use a totally unbiased but stupid approach like a strictly ordered queue ordered by filing date

Note that the DOJ having discretion is not the same as a single, all-seeing mastermind at the DOJ directing traffic on all possible investigations and enforcement actions. In many cases it is the emergent outcome of policies developed to translate law into rules, discretion exercised by bureaucrats at various points in the process, etc. that ultimately decides the path of a case.

It might also be the result of purely political policy decisions by the members of the executive branch or others with the ability to influence enforcement policy. Many people are only now beginning to understand the extent and magnitude of this factor as you see the absolutely stark contrast between the Obama administration's policies and those of the Trump administration. Policy decisions by the executive branch can decide whether or not you get deported, whether or not states condoning recreational marijuana sales get busted by the FBI/DEA/ATF etc., and how aggressively (if at all) DOJ pursues certain types of potential violations (e.g. ADA & IDEA violations) through very direct and transparent means like executive orders, or more indirectly through methods like withholding funding or authorizations required to staff an enforcement division.

"What the DOJ cares about is irrelevant" might be the way it should work in theory, but not how it works in practice. There was nothing inevitable about the DOJ handling the case the way it did (indeed, nothing inevitable about them handling the case at all--if not outright de-prioritizing the case, many of these issues are resolved differently based on the highly variable inclination and ability of DOJ personnel to convince parties to go through ADR/mediation rather than issuing an order or proceeding through litigation). To be clear, I'm not necessarily saying the DOJ mishandled the issue or made misjudgments, I'm just pointing out that they did in fact exercise judgment (it's just the way these things work in practice).

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 238

It seems like you're assuming that the sphere is pumped full of air when the water is drained out, but that is not a necessity. In fact, doing so would needlessly complicate the design significantly as it is scaled to greater depths while simultaneously compromising its power generation potential by reducing the pressure differential between the interior and exterior of the sphere.

What your're looking at is more like an implosion of a ~14,000m^3 vacuum chamber which might not even be obviously noticeable from the surface when the sphere is placed at greater depths.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Re:Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial jud (Score 1) 23

Actually whoever the new guy is, I don't find the site to be "improved" at all; seems a little crummy. The story was butchered and incorrectly interpreted, and the all important software for interaction seems less interactive.

But what do I know?

As to my absence I've been a bit overwhelmed by work stuff, sorry about that, it's no excuse :)

Comment Actually 3rd point was agreement with trial judge (Score 4, Informative) 23

The story as published implies that the ruling overruled the lower court on the 3 issues. In fact, it was agreeing with the trial court on the third issue -- that the sporadic instances of Vimeo employees making light of copyright law did not amount to adopting a "policy of willful blindness".

Submission + - Appeals court slams record companies on DMCA in Vimeo case

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the long-simmering appeal in Capitol Records v. Vimeo, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld Vimeo's positions on many points regarding the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. In its 55 page decision (PDF) the Court ruled that (a) the Copyright Office was dead wrong in concluding that pre-1972 sound recordings aren't covered by the DMCA, (b) the judge was wrong to think that Vimeo employees' merely viewing infringing videos was sufficient evidence of "red flag knowledge", and (c) a few sporadic instances of employees being cavalier about copyright law did not amount to a "policy of willful blindness" on the part of the company. The Court seemed to take particular pleasure in eviscerating the Copyright Office's rationales. Amicus curiae briefs in support of Vimeo had been submitted by a host of companies and organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, Public Knowledge, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Fraud Detected In Science Research That Suggested GMO Crops Were Harmful (nature.com) 357

An anonymous reader writes: Three science papers that had suggested that genetically modified crops were harmful to animals and have been used by activist groups to argue for their ban have been found to contain manipulated and possibly falsified data. Nature reports: "Papers that describe harmful effects to animals fed genetically modified (GM) crops are under scrutiny for alleged data manipulation. The leaked findings of an ongoing investigation at the University of Naples in Italy suggest that images in the papers may have been intentionally altered. The leader of the lab that carried out the work there says that there is no substance to this claim. The papers' findings run counter to those of numerous safety tests carried out by food and drug agencies around the world, which indicate that there are no dangers associated with eating GM food. But the work has been widely cited on anti-GM websites — and results of the experiments that the papers describe were referenced in an Italian Senate hearing last July on whether the country should allow cultivation of safety-approved GM crops. 'The case is very important also because these papers have been used politically in the debate on GM crops,' says Italian senator Elena Cattaneo, a neuroscientist at the University of Milan whose concerns about the work triggered the investigation.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 55

No, there really isn't any excuse for using raw inline SQL given the existence and ubiquity of parameterized query APIs. They provide all of the flexibility of raw SQL but with guaranteed proper escaping of value text and thus no SQL injection vulnerability (bugs in the API implementation notwithstanding).

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 67

What is right wing about filing a lawsuit to unmask a doe, suing that person, then settling for a much smaller amount. It seems this is used by many different trolls, and likely doesn't have any political ideology behind it. It is sleazy though. Filing a lawsuit with the intention of settling just to get a payout is wrong. It is short circuiting the justice system for personal profit.

Yeah that's neither right nor left, it's the universal language of greedy bloodsuckers.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 3, Interesting) 67

What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans.

The fact that Democrats support something doesn't negate the possibility of something being right wing. The Democrats are not ideologically pure, or ideologically homogenous, and very few of them can be considered "left".

To me, pretending that copyright is only about property rights, and ignoring the fact that copyright was also supposed to be about free speech and about making material available for free to the public after a limited time, is definitely "right wing".

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