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Comment ///M is for Motorsport (Score 1) 181

but in general, yes, it means Performance. :)

I agree, at this point the i for injected is somewhat a leftover. They have a pretty long history at making cars, and have stuck with it.
I actually haven't kept up with their model for the past 10 years or so. I've had a few BMWs. A 1988 528e sedan (5 series, e = efficient instead of performance), a 1997 318i sedan (3 series, 1.8 liter), and a 1988 M3. -- that one is special. :)

Yes, they haven't always strictly held to the naming convention, but you know basically what you are getting. If you say a BMW 3-series, you have a general idea what it is. The years for a model are designated by a generation you may hear about... e.g. E30 (3-series from 1982-1994) or E28 (5-series from 1981-1988). It's a pretty good system, and scales much easier than names do. But it can get pretty abstract. I have never heard of the model you mentioned.... but I would guess it is a 2-series (smaller than the 3 series, so likely a coupe - whereas the 3 is either coupe or sedan), not sure about the engine but you covered that... and xdrive I would guess is all-wheel-drive. They used to put an x in the badge for that back in the 80s.

Comment Same as it ever was (Score 3, Insightful) 125

Flashback to the 80s: Worker productivity temporarily increased when they took away copies of "PC Week" tabloids and stopped people from running "Tetris". Workers eventually found other ways to kill time.

Flashback to the 90s: Worker productivity temporarily increased when they didn't let people access the World Wide Web and stopped people from running "Doom". Workers eventually found other ways to kill time.

Flashback to the 00s: Worker productivity temporarily increased when they didn't let people access Napster and stopped people from running "Quake III". Workers eventually found other ways to kill time.

Submission + - Grumpy Cat Wants $600k From 'Pirating' Coffee Maker (

Eloking writes: Grumpy Cat is not pleased, yet. Her owners have asked a California federal court to issue a $600,000 judgment against a coffee maker which allegedly exploited their copyrights. In addition, they want damages for trademark and contract breach, and a ban on the company in question from selling any associated Grumpy Cat merchandise.

grumpcatThere are dozens of celebrity cats on the Internet, but Grumpy Cat probably tops them all.

The cat’s owners have made millions thanks to their pet’s unique facial expression, which turned her into an overnight Internet star.

Part of this revenue comes from successful merchandise lines, including the Grumpy Cat “Grumppuccino” iced coffee beverage, sold by the California company Grenade Beverage.

The company licensed the copyright and trademarks to sell the iced coffee, but is otherwise not affiliated with the cat and its owners. Initially this partnership went well, but after the coffee maker started to sell other “Grumpy Cat” products, things turned bad.

Submission + - Proposed "Startup Visa" to Allow Entrepreneurs to Stay in US for 5 Years (

speedplane writes: New York Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security has proposed a new visa that would would permit startup entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. for up to five years. The new regulation requires entrepreneurs to have a 15% stake in a company founded in the last 3 years and at least $345k investment from an established U.S. investor (so your rich uncle can't just buy you a visa). While clearly targeted towards the tech industry, the proposed regulation is not limited to tech. The regulation also does not require congressional approval, so after a 45 day comment period, this piece of immigration policy is expected to be implemented.

Comment Re:AV only helps if you are bad (Score 2) 206

Precisely. It's like the idiot light on your car for gas/overheating/whatever. If you failed to note the problem, it might warn you. Find a lightweight program and suck it up. I ran without AV from the late 80s to about 2011, and then I gave in based on the more subtle threats that were becoming common. Just not running scripts and untrusted attachments wasn't feeling entirely safe in an age of hidden filesystems that could get past air gaps.

For the record, i'd never gotten anything I knew about and no AV was ever able to find malware on my personal systems. No guarantees, but it was a pretty good record.

Submission + - Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggest (

An anonymous reader writes: A Mediterranean diet could be better than statins at reducing the risk of an early death for millions of Britons, research suggests.

Leading heart experts said patients should be prescribed the diet — rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and olive oil — before being put on drugs.

In the first major study to look at the impact of the Med diet on survival of heart patients, experts found it cut the chances of early death by 37 per cent.

Previous research has found just taking statins cuts mortality by 18 per cent. Experts said the figures were not directly comparable, and that many heart patients could get maximum benefit by doing both.

Comment Air Gap a Copy to Prevent Ransom-ware attacks (Score 1) 356

My backup strategy is simple:

1. 8TB RAID 1 NAS for everyday use
2. Periodic backups of the NAS using rsync to a backup disk I keep offsite
3. Encrypted backups to Google Drive (slow, but FREE)

The problem with NAS is that if you ever get hit by a disaster or ransomware attack, you lose it all. You need a backup of your NAS data offsite and offline.

I am currently running the Western Digital Mirror Gen 2 which let's you plug in a USB 3.0 device, then use SSH to access the device, then use rsync to update your backup. Always, unmap the NAS from any systems before hand to prevent a ransom-ware attack.

rsync -aHAX source_dir dest_dir

The trick to keeping data safe if making lots and lots of copies. This is what cloud providers rely on.

After that, you could use near line storage like archival quality Blu-Rays 50GB or get an LTO3 tape drive and write 800GB (almost 1 TB).

I've always wondered about USB3.0 to UltraSCSI converters. Do these work?

That could be a good solution.

Comment Re: The problem with GPL (Score 1) 236

The GPL is a free licence in the same way that the USA is designed to be a free country: it doesn't remove all impositions from those who use it, but the few impositions that it carries are intended to protect the overall independency of its users, so that no single group can impose a non-free version of the whole thing.

Comment Re: Logic Says It Should Be Legal (Score 1) 389

I've been injecting insulin and other drugs for 16 years now. No fuckups. No reactions. Nothing, and i'm no one special in this regard. It sounds like epinephrine is less stable than insulin in storage, but I could work with that - I used to carry my drugs in a sealed metal thermos on travel. Deployed to Iraq and back that way in 07-08.

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