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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

MachineShedFred Re:Implementation not the technology. (153 comments)

Why the hell would I want to tell an organization that is more focused on their actual business that they need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to build up a datacenter over weeks / months worth of time when I can literally do it myself using Chef / Puppet and Amazon EC2 in a few days, and we're not on the hook for any hardware maintenance or replacement in the future?

The business gets to keep focus on the business without the overhead of running a whole datacenter including power, cooling, wiring, real estate, countless admins, service contracts for hardware and network gear, construction costs, built-in costs for future hardware replacement and scaling, etc. etc.

There's a reason why lots of people are following Amazon into this space. It's possible to do things right, and to do it cheaper. And you are far more agile in needs should you be successful by pairing their load balancing services with something like Chef or Puppet. Oh, and just do your offsite backup out of "the cloud" to a box at your office, and an off-site at a regional or whatever.

Yes, there's some risk associated with the "Amazon / Microsoft / RackSpace / Whoever fucked up", but it's far more likely they'll figure it out and get it back up and running far faster than if the same fuckup occurs within your private datacenter, because datacenter is their business while the company I'm working for cannot say the same.

2 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

MachineShedFred Re:Confuzzling! (114 comments)

The good news is that Apple isn't selling their A-series chip to anybody else, and the only people that will even know there is an "A9" branding issue will be the 0.1% of the market that actually pays any attention to what the SoC in their phone is named.

2 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

MachineShedFred Re:this is something Google does a bit better (593 comments)

Google Maps still cannot locate my house, where every other map service has no problem. And this house has been in this neighborhood since 1978, so it's not like they haven't had a chance to figure it out, or that it's way out in the middle of nowhere.

2 days ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

MachineShedFred Re:sync unintuitive (232 comments)

It is Microsoft, so what works well in this version will stop working well in the next.

5 days ago
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FreeNAS 9.3 Released

MachineShedFred Re:Could be a great update! (115 comments)

I'm still running 8.3.2 because all 9.x versions have had a nasty kernel panic bug in the 3Ware 9660 drivers that apparently I'm the only one experiencing. So I'll stick with it until I need to rebuild and import the ZFS pool. The hardware is a bit old anyway (and was super cheap when obtained off eBay), so it's probably almost time.

Yes, the same bug exists in FreeBSD - I tried that too.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

MachineShedFred Re:One good turn... (234 comments)

Yeah, what a shithead for donating some of his resources to charity.

He gives more money than you'll see in your life in one day, and you're shitting on him because he didn't give more? Ingrate.

about a week ago
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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

MachineShedFred Re:At that rate ... (209 comments)

Someone want to tell me how this doesn't run foul of HIPAA?

I don't remember signing a release form...

about a week ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

MachineShedFred Re:Drop? (73 comments)

I've not heard it used for a production release, but in QA-speak, a "code drop" is whenever a new build comes into the lab for it's shakedown from development.

I think I may have heard it used in this way in the hip hop circles, and it should remain there.

about a week ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

MachineShedFred Re:Better OpenGL compliance please (73 comments)

The FireGL brand took a HUGE step back when it was purchased by AMD / ATI. I remember when they were the best OpenGL performers you could buy...

about a week ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

MachineShedFred Re:Babble (73 comments)

And isn't the GPU doing WAY more work than it needs to, if it first renders everything at 4k and then scales it to some crap $120 1600x900 display?

No thanks, I'll take the framerate increase of rendering in the resolution I'm actually displaying.

about a week ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

MachineShedFred Re:Compared to Catalyst 13.12? (73 comments)

I always see it the other way 'round - "Look how rubbish our drivers were!"

Of course, anyone but the absolute most stalwart AMD fan already knew their drivers were rubbish, so I guess this is an improvement.

about a week ago
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China Plans Superheavy Rocket, Ups Reliability

MachineShedFred Re:2028? (86 comments)

We also had a government that *wanted* to go from first orbit to the moon in a decade. Not the case today.

Today we have a government that just wants NASA to not screw up.

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

MachineShedFred Re:The back slapping on this mission... (197 comments)

Yeah, who cares that it is completely new hardware. We already did this under vaguely similar circumstances on Apollo 7, so clearly Orion doesn't require testing in high orbit to make sure that it was safe to stuff 4 people inside, and return without them being baked to a crisp from a radiation shield not being adequate, or the heat shield failing and causing the whole thing to turn into a rapidly expanding fireball.

Because it worked on a spacecraft that we're not operating anymore, therefore we never need to do it again!

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

MachineShedFred Re:Woohoo, let's explore (140 comments)

They are making sure that their spacecraft actually works before putting people in it. Not that hard to suss out.

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

MachineShedFred Re:Tablet fad is finally over (193 comments)

People said that about Apple in 1998. Don't be one of those people.

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

MachineShedFred Re:Tablet fad is finally over (193 comments)

You do realize there are hundreds of thousands of Linux-based "thin clients" sold every year into enterprise markets, which are effectively the "network computer" right?

about two weeks ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

MachineShedFred Re: Seems like more marketing nonsense (216 comments)

No, the market wants improved backhaul. But the telco's don't like actually building telecommunications networks, so they institute caps instead.

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

MachineShedFred Re:Not illegal everywhere (525 comments)

Passing on the right is legal on a 2-lane road, if the person being passed is making a left turn and waiting for oncoming traffic, and the passing vehicle doesn't leave pavement.

Those are not conditions you see on a road with multiple lanes in the same direction, and never on a freeway where there is limited access and exit ramps. If this guy is really doing 45 in the right lane on a multi-lane highway, he should NEVER be passed on the right unless someone is illegally passing on the shoulder.

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

MachineShedFred Re:German cars (525 comments)

shit - The suspension ISN'T just there to make the ride more comfortable.

Typos are apparently infectious.

about two weeks ago

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Microsoft launches FUD campaign against iPad

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "ZDnet has posted an article containing a PowerPoint slide deck that Microsoft is shopping around to Windows-based tablet manufacturers showing how the iPad is horrible for the enterprise. Never mind that half of the things on the slides are incorrect, or are solved using Microsoft's own Exchange / ActiveSync technologies. The more things change, the more they stay the same."
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NTP Sues World + Dog Over Wireless Email Patents

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many other tech companies have been named in a lawsuit being brought forth by NTP, the company that settled a lawsuit against Blackberry-maker Research in Motion for over $600M. I would imagine that this is going to be vigorously defended, as the entire tech industry stands to lose on this one. Also, it's fairly obvious what NTP is about when even CNN calls them a 'Patent Troll.'"
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Oregon speech law challenged in court

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "A lawsuit has been filed against all the county District Attorneys, as well as the Attorney General of Oregon to block enforcement of a new law that restricts the sale of "sexually explicit" material to people under the age of 18. Powell's Books (who claims to be the largest independant new and used bookstore in the world) as well as Dark Horse Comics (publisher of Frank Miller graphic novels) as well as many other bookstores claim that the new law would be impossible for these businesses to comply with. In an affidavit, Michael Powell had to say "Powell's has in stock over 2 million volumes constituting over 1 million titles," Powell said in his affidavit. "We receive on an average over 5,000 new titles per week. Obviously we cannot read each new title to determine whether there are any sexual explicit portions and if so whether such portions 'serve some purpose other than titillation' (even if I knew what that meant).""
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Supreme Court to hear FCC indecency case

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "The Supreme Court of the United States has announced that it will be hearing the FCC's appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that the FCC has changed it's policy on fleeting expletives without adequate explanation. It's now on the FCC to explain to the Supreme Court why it's policy has changed.

This is also the first time the Supreme Court has heard a major "broadcast indecency" case in 30 years."
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MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "El Reg is reporting that MIT scientists have found a way to reduce the heat load on your standard Nuclear Pressurized Water Reactor from ~1800 C to ~700 C. They found that reshaping the fuel pellets as tubes rather than cylinders that are manufactured for the reactors can greatly increase the amount of heat transfer from the fuel pile to the coolant. This would make for a safer reactor system because you much farther below the melting point of Uranium (2840 C)."

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Clackamas Sucks!!!

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Arrgh.

Stuck out in CLK in the broken ring closet.

PowerBook... barely... has... connection... !

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