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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Ksevio Re:Super-capitalism (486 comments)

I live in one of the few US towns with municipal power and we have great reliability because they do all the maintenance needed. The only time in the past 5 years we lost power was during a hurricane when something took out the substation (and it was fixed in hours, unlike the surrounding areas that were still out the next day). A lot of lines are underground, but I think the maintenance with cutting back trees and replacing bad sections also has a big part to play.

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Ksevio Re:What about long-term data integrity? (426 comments)

But that's not the case - there is actually a duplicate of all the data on a second drive. It's only one period of time (the most recent), but it allows you to recover the data in the event of a hard drive failure (and the loss of data on that drive).

yesterday
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Ksevio Re:What about long-term data integrity? (426 comments)

A computer with a RAID 1 has a full backup to protect it in the event of a hardware failure. Sure there are lots of ways for that backup to fail, but you can find problems with any backup system.

2 days ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Ksevio Re:What about long-term data integrity? (426 comments)

That's exactly how I use my light bulbs...well maybe not exactly 3 hours - usually more in the winter and less in the summer.

The previous comment seemed pretty clear about the usage though I don't think Samsung was able to actually verify that claim.

2 days ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

Ksevio Re:UPS (233 comments)

I had my computer plugged into a UPS, but the battery started failing and shutting down my computer.

That's right, rather than keep my computer running through power outages, it was shutting my computer off during stable power.

It has a build in surge protector, so now it's just plugged into that side.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Ksevio Re:What am I not getting? (167 comments)

Yeah! Exactly why I generate my own electricity and produce my own food. I'm also my own ISP - not connected to that so called "Internet" beyond my control.

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

Ksevio Re:They WILL FIght Back (516 comments)

It lasted six years dude. The effects were even more obnoxious than I listed; I remember dusting the house every bloody day because they were stirring up that much dust and dirt. They destroyed our local roads and paid nothing towards the repair of them. I moved out of that area a full year after they completed construction and the streams still weren't clear. That's what happens when you clear cut thousands of acres of forest. The out-of-towners they trucked in for the job showed no respect to the local community. The complaints ranged from the trivial (speeding, ignoring stop signs) to the obnoxious (unnecessary jake braking at 3am, sexual innuendo on their CB radios) to the criminal (assault and rapes tripled in Wyoming County during this project).

Sounds like something to take up with your town council/police

. My preferred method of acting out was to fuck with the 18 wheelers that tailgated me. "Hmm, 60 in the 45 isn't fast enough for you?" [sets cruise control for 30] "Oh, you're going to pass me?" [floors it] "Yeah, how'd that work out for you? Get back there bitch. That's right." [back to 30, rinse and repeat for 15 mile

Sounds like a mature way of sticking it to the man (or the truck driver).

141 megawatts and for that we destroyed 9,000 acres of formerly pristine wilderness

That's quite a bit of power! That's also a suspiciously round number of acres. Judging by the satellite view you posted, the wilderness is still there with a few access roads.

Incidentally, it fails from an economics standpoint just as badly (if not more so) as it fails from an environmental one. That wind farm produced the staggering total of ten permanent jobs. A conventional power plant employs hundreds of people and doesn't require thousands of acres of wilderness. Heck, even the small businesses around here that install solar panels usually employ more than ten people.

Modern power plants don't employ that many people - it usually takes around 3 people to run a power plant so with shifts that's around 10.

about a week ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

Ksevio Re:That pretty much sums up my opinion on it as we (133 comments)

Sure that may be the case with what HTML 3.0 was designed for, but remember how people actually used it?

Designers wanted their minimum width columns so there were tables inside tables everywhere!

about two weeks ago
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Preview Jaunt's Made-for-VR 360 Degree, 3D Short Films

Ksevio Re:360 3D (26 comments)

You know Google street view where you can rotate around 360 degrees? Well it's like that but shot with 2 cameras for 3D effect.

Or to be more exact, it's like Google street view when you right click and enable 3D mode

about two weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Ksevio Re:Is it worth it? (698 comments)

Not even to stop a very small number of deaths - it just notifies the police faster than someone calling them when they hear gunfire.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Ksevio Re:Fine Line (320 comments)

Often the first step I take for non-trivial problems is to think "has anyone does this before" and "did they share how they did it". You can often find a block of code on stackoverflow or someone's blog that does the trick. You should of course cite your source if it's a longer section or complicated one (this helps you later or others figure out what's going on), and licensing has to be kept in mind, but there's no point in redesigning the wheel every time.

about two weeks ago
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New Facebook Update Lets You Choose News Feed Content

Ksevio Re:Silly question -- but... (54 comments)

The "News feed" is not general news, it's a feed of "new" stuff your friends post. Could be that they're hosting a party or a picture from dinner or even a news article on a recent event. Really only is useful if you have friends who post on it.

about two weeks ago
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More Tor .Onion Sites May Get Digital Certificates Soon

Ksevio Re:Why not use Verizon as your ISP as well (52 comments)

What about people in repressive countries that don't have open access to these sites? It would be good to be able to access Facebook or Twitter and know the connection is secure.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Ksevio Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

Remember back in 2008, when Obama got elected with a safe majority in both houses?

No, because the senate was still dysfunctional due to the filibuster requiring 60 votes. The dems only had 59 votes while Franken's race was being resolved, then 60 for a short time before Kennedy died.

In a functional government, one party wouldn't attempt to block all legislation at all costs (even bills that were their idea!). With a super majority, not everyone in the party should even need to be in agreement, but that's how it was because the gop preferred gridlock.

about three weeks ago
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Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

Ksevio Re:More than a misunderstanding, it's a fake (105 comments)

DVRs can only play back videos recorded in the past, not videos that will be recorded in the future.

about three weeks ago
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Remote Vision Through a Virtual Reality Headset (Video)

Ksevio Let me just get one.. (44 comments)

That sounds great! I guess I'll just go down to my local BestBuy and pick up one of these Oculus Rifts....oh wait.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Ksevio Re:Good for them (558 comments)

No financial data travels from your phone either until you enter the PIN or scan your fingerprint.

about 1 month ago

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