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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The REALITY of Virtual Flight and Other Simulators (Not Just For Simmers) on: August 12, 2014, 06:54:21 AM
I think it really depends on your level of investment

Sims will never duplicate the IRL experience because they can't duplicate the physical feedback (like shocks, noise, or the abject terror of knowing that you're plunging to a fiery death from 30000 feet, or about to plow into a concrete wall at 240kmh)

Very nicely put, and precisely what I was thinking.


That said they can teach you routines and habits though, like the use of controls without looking at them, monitoring of instruments and the ability to understand what they're telling you while still concentrating on whatever it is your trying to do (fly a plane, drive a car, etc), emergency procedures.  They can also teach you different skills like navigating or prepare you for unfamiliar situations (emergencies, instrument ratings, a new race track etc).

And that adds sufficient value to make it worth doing as an initial step. Other bits like the above eluding to the necessity of a  more visceral understanding of the craft can wait until the basics are firmly grasped. The experience needed to perceive and understand the dynamic loads that come into play during a tricky maneuver can wait until one isn't distracted with trying to remember where all the buttons are.
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: R.I.P. Robin Williams on: August 11, 2014, 08:12:37 PM
Holy Crap!

One of the few genuinely funny comedians. And even better in his serious roles.

+10
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest way to get files off a damaged RAID Mirror drive onto a new drive on: August 11, 2014, 12:03:03 PM
On a side note: the last time I XCopy'ed half a TB of files to preserve permissions (which was a week ago), it took about 15 hours to complete. And that was running between to VMs both of which were sitting on the same blazingly fast 8 disk RAID array.
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest way to get files off a damaged RAID Mirror drive onto a new drive on: August 11, 2014, 11:53:52 AM
Okay, so one drive in a mirrored set failed. Under ideal circumstances...that's what supposed to happen. One drive is mirrored (e.g. imaged) on the fly to another drive so if one fails, you still have a copy. Given the panicked - fire drill - tone, are we to assume there are no backups?

Personally, I would just go for the RAID rebuild...because it's just going to take a low level image of the source drive and lay it on the target drive. Doing a 3rd party image isn't going to gain or save anything at this stage, it's just going to add steps to the process. If the now - presumably - last copy/drive is going to fail during the imaging process...then it's going to fail during the imaging process ... How the imaging is done isn't the deciding factor.

If you have a hardware RAID controller, it should start doing the rebuild without needing to boot the OS. So letting it idle at a boot prompt (like F8) will take some of the IO "pressure" off the drive while it's rebuilding. But this assumes this isn't a mission critical system that a whole horde of people aren't waiting to get back into. Note, not all systems do this so check the documentation for your RAID first - Might not have hurt if you'd mentioned what you had above.

Go over the documentation for your RAID twice before initiating anything...then read it one more time to be sure. After that you just gotta grit your teeth and pick a button. First time I did a RAID rebuild I smoked half a pack of cigarettes in an hour ... Second time wasn't so bad.
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 11, 2014, 06:48:39 AM
Doesn't seem to have any meaning to make a statement that "...And we have done it.", knowing that it cannot be substantiated in any event. A marketing puff.

They can't put it on a billboard, true. But as the saying goes "People Talk". And historically word of mouth has been a reliable form of advertising. So I'd file it under pay attention to the mummer on the street and see which way the rumors go.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: EFF's "Stupid Patent of the Month" raises awareness, shames patent trolls on: August 11, 2014, 06:42:18 AM
Here's one classic patent:

https://encrypted.google.com/patents/US6360693

A stick. For a dog.

Found this is the patent:
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. The animal toy of claim 1 wherein said main section includes a wood.

How is "making" a wooden stick out of a piece of wood considered a creation?
32  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: SharewareOnSale newsletter on: August 10, 2014, 01:01:37 PM
Okay, ^that was funny.

Interesting site, I'll have to keep an eye on it.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikimedia refuses to remove animal selfie because monkey ‘owns’ the photo on: August 10, 2014, 12:52:02 PM
It's almost like that same short-sighted venture capital goal of an early "cash-out" has come to the art and creative world. That mindset has hurt business. Because there's no longer a long-term goal to actually build sustainable business. Just to get them to where they can be sold. Then, take the money and move on.

This!

To my mind, our biggest problem with IP is that, in order to have a fair and workable copyright law, we need to apply common sense. And laws and the legal system generally aren't about common sense. They're about complex definitions and tortuous semantic arguments. And an entire professional industry and branch of the government has been built upon it. And they employ tens of thousands of clever well-heeled individuals whose very livelihood is dependent upon things remaining the way they are.

And This IMO is why the now archaic practice of trying to make a truly quality product has been replaced with the inane quest to rush to market with something "Good Enough".

Good enough to me is a road side repair in the middle of nowhere at midnight. It's just a Band-Aid to limp home on. A quality product OTOH is when you are willing without hesitation to toss the product of your work into a hairpin corner at 100+MPH and bet your life on the outcome.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 10, 2014, 12:33:13 PM
"If we find anyone -- doesn't matter if it's hackers or governments -- involved in any of our customer environments anywhere in the world, we tell our customers, period," Chambers said[/b]. "And we do that in the U.S., in Europe and China and India. And we have done it."

Yeah, right. Sounds great. So what? Proof to substantiate that statement? None so far, it seems. But wait...where did I put that proof...?
(Sound of crickets chirping.)

It's in the same place as that proof of WMDs...

No. The proof that the NSA et al are only gathering information on real terrorist threats is in the same place as the proof of WMDs. Especially when the DoHS has free time to get involved in a local BS drug bust. Now how do you recon they found out about that action... Hm...

Cisco is just doing damage control after a badly placed photo took a chunk out of their bottom line. Corporate whores tend to react badly when cash flow is impeded ... So I think it's a front worth watching. But expecting Cisco to just rattle off a list of clients that have been breached in some way, kind, sort, form, or fashion is a bit silly...as that would be even more bad exposure for all parties involved.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 10, 2014, 09:16:30 AM
I wonder what logic caused them to draw the line at IE v3.0 ... Was that even a Windows program, or did DOS have a browser??
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any Ideas whats causing the Kernelbase.dll error? on: August 08, 2014, 03:59:05 PM
1,087 / 1024 = 1.0615234375

37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 08, 2014, 02:31:40 PM
While only tangentially related, I didn't want to start another thread for this.

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"We are going to make [Cisco] equipment very difficult to tamper with," Chambers said in a recent interview with CRN. "We are going to ship it with a lot of information on it, and we are going to say 'How do we do this better than anyone else?'"

Cisco will alert customers at any sign of their Cisco equipment having been compromised, Chambers added.

"If we find anyone -- doesn't matter if it's hackers or governments -- involved in any of our customer environments anywhere in the world, we tell our customers, period," Chambers said. "And we do that in the U.S., in Europe and China and India. And we have done it."

Full Article

Perhaps only posturing, but it makes a nice line in the sand for the moment.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikimedia refuses to remove animal selfie because monkey ‘owns’ the photo on: August 08, 2014, 01:57:56 PM
@Edward - I was typing my post when yours came in (so hadn't seen it), but it looks like we went to the same place with this. Thmbsup
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikimedia refuses to remove animal selfie because monkey ‘owns’ the photo on: August 08, 2014, 01:54:48 PM
Or what if in 3-5 years, one of the subjects became a famous celebrity? Or the photographer did?

So what, It doesn't retroactively make everything they ever touched gold. And trying to have a legal strategy in place for every possible outcome, of every possible situation is just foolish. People should just work things out on their own instead of constantly running crying to (the legal system) mommy to sort out their messes.

There are frequent stories of lottery winners that have gone back and given the clerk that sold them the winning ticket a nice pile of cash...because they felt it was the right thing to do. Others - probably most - didn't. But trying to get a "tip" requirement enforced by the legal system would be foolish. Just as foolish as the fighting over the rights to a picture snapped for a stranger.

What if someone's camera was stolen, and the thief took some incredible photos that were worth a fortune before getting busted. Then cops return the camera - yeah I know far fetched...but just work with me - to the rightful owner. Does the thief then deserve a piece of the action??

As a rule...I would say no. Because there is no reason the court should be wasting its time on that sort of crap. However as an individual...depending on the circumstances...there is a possibility I may be inclined to toss them a piece of the action.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords on: August 08, 2014, 01:24:10 PM
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In total, more than 420,000 web and FTP sites were robbed.

Robbed? huh

We really have to come up with a better word to describe digital "theft" that leaves the original unharmed and intact. If someone stole my refrigerator by making an exact copy of it and leaving me with my own copy... would I really care? Would I consider it theft?

We should do a wanted poster for it: It could be an old western cowboy silhouette on a Matrix style background. Have you seen the 3D printed pistol waving binary bandit 10011001? Dial 1-800-NarkBoy to report sightings.
41  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: ProjectSend on: August 08, 2014, 11:57:37 AM
Okay, now that looks incredibly interesting. If I have time this weekend I'll find out how well it runs on IIS ... Because I do have a use for something like this.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New "censorship" technique on Youtube on: August 08, 2014, 07:24:59 AM
Now that is an interesting method of equitable hair splitting.
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dual Boot questions on: August 08, 2014, 07:10:20 AM
Dual boot was fun to play with back in the day, but it eventually ends up being a real hassle when you need to get something from the old OS...when you're already in the middle of something on the new OS.

Few months back when I made the jump to Win8, I just virtualized my old Win7 install so I could keep it handy incase something I forgot to move was needed. Sysinternals Disk2vhd makes doing this as close to idiot proof as anything I've ever seen. I've used it to virtualize dozens of production systems and haven't lost one yet.

Also if you're really paranoid, you can always pull and save the old drive.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes self-start problem on: August 07, 2014, 03:44:16 PM
They're both free........... woin't hoit to try!

He's got a point there..
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikimedia refuses to remove animal selfie because monkey ‘owns’ the photo on: August 07, 2014, 12:00:08 PM
And yeah, this stuff is utter nonsense and really needs to be fixed. I've already seen a few new sysadmin hires who wanted to talk about arranging licensing for the entry-level shell script they just wrote - for the client who is paying their wages  - because ad hoc administrative scripting wasn't specifically mentioned in their job description.

I wonder just what blog or irc channel they got that idea from? undecided

And here I thought I was a BOFH...

Oh don't worry, we still are ... That bar isn't to be trifled with....ever. This new breed of self entitled sniveling millennials is just the type that gets sent down an elevator shaft riding a custom high output cattle prod.

I don't know what ring of hell produces people stupid enough to think that they can administer anything from GUI land ... But if they started whinging about doing a little script coding (and yes wanting a license qualifies) in the first 90 days... I'll happily kick them through the door myself.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikimedia refuses to remove animal selfie because monkey ‘owns’ the photo on: August 07, 2014, 06:33:25 AM
Great, now the new poster child for IP law really is a monkey with a loaded weapon.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 06, 2014, 05:26:28 PM
Man, do I ever know the pain of the last panel in that comic.

+1 - I just had a poorly timed interruption cost me 2 hours of putting Humpty-Dumpty's ass back together last week.

Yup! Happens to me from time to time. Usually during a server configuration. 15 second interruption for something stupid. One hour plus getting the big picture back in your head. Then another 30 minutes getting fully back into the zone...

Oh it wasn't so much that the big picture went out of focus. It was more a case of applying it to the wrong target...
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes self-start problem on: August 06, 2014, 01:54:36 PM
Hmm, one way...just divide up the whole drive into multiple partitions, say 10 of them (10% per partition), then run speed tests on each partition until you find the fastest one.

You can only create 4 partitions on a hard drive, unless you switch to (old school) logical drives, or (new school) dynamic disk. DD has performance issues (e.g. overhead) of its own...and I've just never trusted the logical drive thing.
49  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR's launch history cleared on full shutdown (win8.1) on: August 06, 2014, 12:02:54 PM
Using /t 0 implies the /f (force) switch for shutdown, that may probably be why it doesn't send the pre-shutdown event to all active applications?

That didn't sound right to me, so I did a shutdown /? and found this.

/t xxx     Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
           The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a default of 30.
           If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is
           implied.
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 06, 2014, 11:46:38 AM
Man, do I ever know the pain of the last panel in that comic.

+1 - I just had a poorly timed interruption cost me 2 hours of putting Humpty-Dumpty's ass back together last week.
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