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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Amouth Re:What's next, Debtor's Prison? (631 comments)

hummm,, that is one way of getting a day off...

about two weeks ago

First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Amouth Re:video of the road (187 comments)

For the temperature, it depends on where you live. If they are covered with snow & Ice then it is obvious, and if the temp is below 0C then it's obvious. but where i live we have a lot of humid wind and bridges. This means you can have black ice when it is 40F or below. funny thing about black ice is it doesn't cover up the road, unless you can catch a glare off of it you can't tell it's there till you hit it.

I think it would be nice to have a color change at least on bridges to show that the surface is below freezing, to warn drivers that there is a strong possibility of black ice.

wouldn't work for most places, but would be really useful for where i live.

about two weeks ago

First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Amouth Re:video of the road (187 comments)

Wish i had mod points, first useful example of the actual thing.

They do look quite nice, and i'd love to have them where i live, and if they can get rid of the light pollution by reducing the number of street lights i'd be all for them (and willing to pay extra for it too).

Personally i see more value in the temperature sensitive idea, i'd love to see coloration showing up on roads and bridges when the surface temps get down to freezing. Where i live we don't get a lot of snow and ice, but when we do it shuts the place down because people don't know how to spot, avoid, and/or handle it. Giving a visual indication that conditions are right for ice/black ice would be wonderful.

about two weeks ago

FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

Amouth Re:A simple solution (97 comments)

I remember a few years ago when they did the black out of the world cup in the US. we had a computer setup back in my area streaming the World Cup in ASCII. It was actually quite good and you could follow the game fairly easily.. At one point we had 3-4 of us standing around watching it..


about three weeks ago

Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

Amouth Re:Does everything need to be smart? (128 comments)

I will say i bought and installed their thermostats, and i do like them. especially the remote control, with my travel schedule..

But i fully agree that things that are safety devices (like fire/smoke detectors) should be as simple as possible.

I highly doubt that they have applied/executed a RAM analysis on their smoke detectors (either do to ignorance or complexity), but my bet is their reliability would be much lower than they believe them to be if they did. and then you have to ask your self. do you want 10-20% risk of failure in a lifesaving device? not a chance.

Personally i think their protect product is pointless, and more of a liability for them and the user than anyone needs.

about three weeks ago

100-Year-Old Photo Negatives Discovered In Antarctica

Amouth Re: (114 comments)

Thanks, that is one amazing view. i can only dream of visiting it one day.

about 4 months ago

For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

Amouth Re:You're buying an extended warranty (270 comments)

The other main point i see between consumer drives and enterprise is the behavior. Especially when the drive encounters a bad sector.

Consumer drive encounters a bad sector, it retries for a long time and then eventual remaps it. In the mean time it has stopped talking to the raid controler and gets dropped from the array as a failed drive.

Enterprise drive encounters a bad sector, it relays the write fail and bad sector to the raid controller who then remaps and reissues a write command. Drive never becomes unresponsive and never gets dropped from the array.

In one case you have a degraded raid array and the overhead of a rebuild putting data at risk, on the other you have a log entry/notification of a drive starting to degrade and very limited risk.

Enterprise drives allow you to manage your storage arrays and handle small failures on your time, consumer drives force you to do it when ever even the smallest errors occur.

This matters a lot when you get to larger arrays where rebuild times can be in the days and not hours..

Sure it's just a firmware/behavior difference, but until they allow you to control that on consumer drives, or allow you to flash consumer drives with raid friendly firmwares, it would be unwise to use consumer drives in hardware driven arrays.

This firm can get away with it because they don't use normal raid striping, they use a mixture of software raid distribution logic (reminding me of something akin to ZFS) where you have better separation and control over how things react to minor failures and behavioral differences.

But for most people, we use hardware driven arrays, and in that world enterprise drives win over consumer drives.

about 5 months ago

For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

Amouth Re:Common knowledge (270 comments)

Source on the tanker claim?

Also FYI the octane requirement can be related to timing advance, where a lower-compression turbocharged engine with more advanced timing would need higher octane gas to make longer burns from each spark (higher octane gas burns longer than lower octane gas). The earlier spark sets off a longer-burn time of gas timed to the timing, needing the longer-burn ability of the 92+ octane. An old simple truck with 0 BDC timing would be happy with 87 octane, where a newer engine with 15 BDC timing advance would be better with 92+ octane.

While you are correct your numbers are off.. i haven't seen a car thats less than 10 years old with timing at 0 BDC or retard.. a naturally aspirated 90's miata runs 36 advance, and you can safely take that to 39 advance on 93oct and into the low 40's with 100oct

about 5 months ago

How Munich Abandoned Microsoft for Open Source

Amouth Re:Let me guess (294 comments)

I've only found a few with the same functionality as exchange, and i can say that they are not free. while they have "community" versions, to get full exchange functionality you end up having to pay licencing fees to access and use it, and in the end it is borderline cost effective vs exchange. (yes the licenses are cheaper but support and experienced techs aren't)

about 5 months ago

How Munich Abandoned Microsoft for Open Source

Amouth Re:Let me guess (294 comments)

I think you are thinking about the Exchange server filesystem api. for exchange server 2003 and performance reasons exchange would replace the file system io with a special customized for exchange version. A few competitors complained that this was unfair, i think the final verdict was if they wanted "fair" they where free to write their own drop in replacement for the filesystem i/o

about 5 months ago

Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

Amouth Re:Great for CC scammers (222 comments)

I don't think the issue is so much with having a skimmer. Right now if i show up with a card that doesn't look like an actual CC the person at the counter will think something is up. But if this gets going and has blessings of the CC makers, and looks official the teller will just say "hey he has that neat new card" and not care that you are no infact using a skimmer.

about 5 months ago

Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

Amouth Re:"three-pronged trailer hitch"? (526 comments)

I'm sorry but i just don't trust those things for anything above the lightest load.. the way they are made ALL of the load is on the weld from the ball to draw bar. and honestly the welds look questionable.. especially when the ball and the drawbar look to be different grades of steel..

There are so many things i see when i look at that, no way i'm towing with one..

about 5 months ago

How Elon Musk Approaches IT At Tesla

Amouth Re:25 s/w devs? (231 comments)

And if you have ever seen SAP licensing costs that is less than yearly maintenance costs alone for a 900 employee company.

With Tesla employing ~3000 people 1.25m is cheep compared to SAP, really cheap.

about 6 months ago

Fuel Cell-Powered Data Centers Could Cut Costs and Carbon

Amouth Re:Did they take into account... (108 comments)

NASA uses RTGs which are HORRID when it comes to efficiency. BUT they are extremely simple, reliable, and have a very long very predictable lifespan and usability. Also do to it being on another world they don't have to worry about it's interaction with people or even the environment.

RTG's are the exact opposite to any power problem on this little world.

about 6 months ago

Oracle Shareholders Vote Against Ellison's Compensation Package (Again)

Amouth Re:Why? (213 comments)

if he can show that the decision was made completely as an investor and zero input from his job at the company then sure.

Thats going to be hard to prove with him being CEO and all.

about 6 months ago

Leak: Almost a Third of Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatches Are Being Returned

Amouth Re:One day battery life. (365 comments)

meanwhile, some mechanical watches of decades ago *never* needed anything because they were self-winding from wrist movement. ah progress...

funny you say that, i'm currently wearing one that is a little over 40 years old.. never have to bother with it, always works..

I want my watch to tell me the time, that is what a watch is for, if i wanted it to be something else, it would be something else.

about 6 months ago

NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

Amouth Re:why? (372 comments)

Actually this is a simple math problem.

Two options:
Replace all at once
Replace as they burn out

Either way i have to physically replace each bulb.

It is more cost efficient to replace them all at once in a sequential pattern, rather than one at a time randomly, Thats because the cost to replace is the same, but i'm minimizing my travel distance & times as i'm going dispatch->pole->pole->dispatch rather than dispatch->pole-dispatch->pole->dispatch. You would be surprised but travel times are normally the highest impacting item when it comes to wrench time measurements. Also to add to it, if i wait and replace as they fail i'm paying X for electricity over that time, where if i replace it now i pay Y which is lower than X. The power savings is a fringe benefit compared to labor, but non the less it is factored in.

The biggest question that comes to mind for this type of decision is the time value of money. I can spend X now or X+1 from Now till then. which one is lower cost overall between now and then isn't always a straightforward answer.

about 6 months ago

NYC's 250,000 Street Lights To Be Replaced With LEDs By 2017

Amouth Re:This has been tried (372 comments)

The is a big difference between Traffic lights and street lights.. the one they are talking about "street lights" are the ones facing downward towards the road, if there is enough snow to block the out, i doubt anyone will care at that point that they don't have a functioning street light.

about 6 months ago



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