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Comment SF is criminally stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 418

SF is criminally stupid, that's all there is to it. They've wasted taxpayer money over a case that should never have been brought.

Their own employees and contractors caused a ton of downtime trying to get control of the network. If they'd left things alone there wouldn't have been any downtime.

Not to mention they violated they guy's constitutional rights over something that could have been resolved amicably within 24 to 72 hours.

Instead, they acted like a totalitarian regime and threw the guy in jail to break his will to resist.

It's the people in charge of SF that should be prosecuted not this guy.

Did he act like a damn jerk? You Bettcha! Did the city act like Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili in 1936-1938? Heck yeah!

Anyone in IT should be worried about ending up like this guy if they anger the SF city government in any way, this could be one heck of a bad precedent.

Semper Fi Comrades

Comment overreaction? heck yes! is ash dangerous? ditto (Score 2, Informative) 673

This is a situation where this is definitely a major overreaction and at the same time volcanic ash is absolutely hazardous to aircraft.

Volcanic ash can foul the turbine blades, cause the engines to overheat, melt and turn into glass making repairs highly impractical and can cause the engines to flame out repeatedly. It can also clog pitot tubes resulting in loss of the instruments, can damage the environmental control systems and when it comes into contact with the windshield can cause severe damage dangerously limiting visibility. The airframe can also suffer some damage, although in most past cases this was not severe and the airframes could be repaired and placed back into service.

There have been several incidents where aircraft unknowingly flew into volcanic ash clouds and had all engines flame out, fortunately in those documented cases the aircraft were able to glide out of the ash cloud and eventually restart their engines and land safely, however the engines had to be replaced, which is very expensive.

As long as you have enough altitude and can glide out of the ash plume and restart the engines there is a very high probability that it will be a survivable event.

If you can avoid the cloud you're completely safe, the key problem is you don't know where the ash is until you fly into it, since it can't be detected on radar or other instruments currently available on passenger aircraft.

Had a system to track volcanic ash been developed to make information available to the crews in the cockpit in real time this wouldn't be a problem.

The other major problem is economics, most airlines prefer to use the established North Atlantic air routes to save money on fuel costs and reduce flying time, even though alternate routes may already exist, or could be established, that would go around the ash cloud.

Finally there's a good deal of politics in all of this which doesn't really make a lot of sense from a practical standpoint.

Comment asian counterfeits? (Score 5, Insightful) 447

These look like professionally done asian counterfeits to me. It's quite likely organized criminals are involved since it took a lot of resources to custom print the boxes and labels, and make the foam HSFs and fake cpus.

This isn't something the average joe or jane can do in his or her grandma's basement, you've got to have access to professional printing equipment at the very least.

Chances are a substantial number of real CPUs were stolen and replaced with these fakes.

Comment Re:Widenius please move on... (Score 2, Interesting) 279

Ladies and Gents please stop unfairly attacking Widenius, as TheRaven64 already mentioned, he absolutely positively did not get $1 billion for mysql he got about $16.6 million in 2008 which is nowhere near $1 billion. [ source wikipedia with 2 other sources providing confirmation ]

The whole company was bought for $1 billion and a very small portion, reportedly about 12% or less of that went to Widenius and the other mysql founder.

And keep in mind transactions like this are rarely done in cash and there are many strings attached to any stock they may have received in the deal.

Because of this Widenius cannot buy mysql back from Sun or Oracle for $1 billion because he never got $1 billion and it is highly unlikely he could raise $1 billion to buy it back.

It is obvious that the sale of mysql to Oracle would have major anti-trust implications no matter what side of the argument you're on.

You may dislike Widenius and mysql and you're free to dislike them all you want but the fact is the entire community would be affected by the purchase if it goes through.

Oracle could turn mysql into crippleware, they may go after all the users, they could kill it or do any number of things which would not be good for the community. Even if you forked mysql Oracle could shut you down any time since they already own all kinds of patents and the underlying engine.

Like it or not, millions of websites and users depend on mysql one way or the other and migrating them all to prostgresql or any other DB would be a huge undertaking, especially if it's a forced migration.

If the purchase goes through I would like to see mysql sold to an independent 3rd party or spun off so that Oracle does not end up with a virtual monopoly in that sector.

A monopoly is not good for anyone.

Note that I'm in no way advocating mysql should be given back to Widenius or anyone else, just that it become completely independent and receive a fair and reasonable license to use Oracle's engine and mutually cross-license the patents and other IP to resolve the justified anti-trust and monopoly concerns.

That's pretty fair don't you think?

Comment we need more semiconductor foundries in the US (Score 1) 1

We need more semiconductor foundries in the US, it is an economic and national security issue.

Instead of exporting our jobs and technology to Asia we need to bring manufacturing back to our own country.

We are far more responsible in our development plans than some Asian countries, which are polluting at insane levels and have no respect for human life.

It is an investment into our own economy and infrastructure.

Comment Re:It probably wouldn't be a bad thing... (Score 2, Informative) 99

The LPDs are not aircraft carriers nor do they resemble the British carriers, such as the Invincible class.

You were probably thinking of the Tarawa class LHAs and Wasp class LHDs, which do outwardly resemble the Invincible class carriers, however they also have a well deck for landing craft which the British ships do not.

The LHAs and LHDs are primarily designed for amphibious landing operations, their primary mission is to deliver a USMC battalion to shore and support the Marines in combat operations.

The British Invincible-class carriers are light aircraft carriers whose primary mission is to operate Sea Harrier fixed wing V/STOL aircraft and helicopters.

While the US ships operate the AV-8B ( the US version of the Harrier ), V-22 Ospreys and helicopters they are not light aircraft carriers.

The Tarawa class ships are almost twice as big ( about 38,900 tons ) as the British carriers (by displacement) and the Wasps ( about 40,500 tons ) have about twice the displacement of Invincible-class ( about 20,700 tons ).

The Nimitz class super carriers are entirely in a class of their own. The newest Nimitz class carriers displace more than 103,000 tons and can operate up to 90 fixed wing non-V/STOL aircraft ( vs. about 20 aircraft including Harriers and helicopters for the British carriers ).

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