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Is Our Infrastructure Ready For Rising Temperatures?

MartijnL It's just poor infrastructure planning (416 comments)

The people responsible for specifying the environmental constraints for the asphalt mixture messed up. Plain and simple. Polymer reinforced bitumen binder can be made to wildly varying environmental specs to make sure that this sort of thing does not happen.

about 2 years ago

The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

MartijnL Re:America is a BIG Country (1205 comments)

The problem is not the distance but the fuel required to cover that distance. My diesel family car takes >10s to get to 62mph but delivers 45 mpg in real world driving. It is an average size family car (Peugeot 308SW). An average size family car in the US will be much quicker (which is useless while commuting) and will be much less economical because of it.

more than 2 years ago

Email Offline At the Home of Sendmail

MartijnL Re:Hate Being First .... (179 comments)

A SPOC is never a good idea. So putting everything on one SAN isn't either. Why would you purposely introduce so much fragmentation in your data when you could just build a proper SAN environment which had high availability built in?

more than 2 years ago

What Is the Best Way To Build a Virtual Team?

MartijnL Tools/Hints (175 comments)

Use tools like Webex/GoToMeeting/OCS where you can have an integrated A/V meeting and use local telco numbers to control costs. Be aware about the telco plan of the vendor (included or not and at what cost per minute). Webex used to charge for the telco minutes but I don't know what they do these days. GoToMeeting is free as far as I know but check to make sure.

Set up a collaboration environment like BaseCamp (if it's for Project Management) or MS Team Studio, Atlassian JIRA/Confluence if it's for development work.

If possible implement a way to easily work on documents together (either in-house or externally with something like Google Docs/Office 365 depending on what's allowed by company security policy).

Heavily promote the use of these tools and train people in effectively using them. Some people have difficulty starting up with these tools and end up not using them to initiate anything.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Won't Stop World of StarCraft Mod

MartijnL Re:So basically... (129 comments)

Doing your due diligence as an attorney could also mean backchecking this with Blizzard first and *then* firing off the C&D if it is still wanted. I'm sure Legal would have the means to check this quickly with someone like Pardo or Metzen or even Morhaime.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Won't Stop World of StarCraft Mod

MartijnL Re:So basically... (129 comments)

Blizzard first gets you intimidated by their figurative muscle, before the Don walks up to you, making you an offer you can't refuse?

Basically Activision Legal fires off the first shot before people with real brains realize the potential for something like this. The people with the brains probably did not know this existed before the C&D became news.

more than 3 years ago

Medical Researcher Rediscovers Integration

MartijnL Re:Google the topic? (473 comments)

Not if he had 1.21 Gigawatts first.

more than 3 years ago

Dutch ISP Demos Symmetric 100Mbps DOCSIS3

MartijnL Re:So some Dutch people now have 100Mbps connectio (159 comments)

It's Symmetric 100Mbps over Cable. And a sizeable number already have 100Mbps (like with UPC Fiber) but that still is asymmetric. Yes that is news.

more than 3 years ago

The Placebo Effect Not Just On Drugs

MartijnL Elevator without buttons (824 comments)

I was recently in an office building where the elevators had no buttons at all. In front of the elevator was a keypad where you typed which floor you needed to go to, the system assigned you an elevator and you could only get on and be delivered to your earlier chosen floor.

more than 3 years ago

Ryanair's CEO Suggests Eliminating Co-Pilots

MartijnL Re:Waste (553 comments)

Slight difference: when locomotive driver fails the deadman's switch kicks in and the train stops. Or in an extreme case: part of the tracks are powered down so the train will cruise to a halt.

There 's no deadman's switch in a plane and where would it go if it did? Trains are riding on terra firma. Plane's will crash either way.

Same with the discussion about bus drivers. Bus driver fails --> passenger takes over --> stops bus in controlled fashion. Pilot fails --> passenger has 0 skills --> plane goes down.

more than 3 years ago

Blizzard Sues Private Server Company, Awarded $88M

MartijnL Re:Blizzard? (356 comments)

They probably still don't mind just as long as the host doesn't start a commercial business out of it. And in this case, whichever way you look at it, $ 3 million is well beyond the "hobby" stage.

more than 3 years ago

Arlington National Cemetery's Many IT Flaws

MartijnL Re:How Sad... (191 comments)

You have got to be kidding me. Any decent storage system can do synchronous offsite data replication nowadays and for cemetary data I'm guessing the I/O requirement is pretty low....... Add a decent tape library at both ends with secure storage in some DoD extra secure vault somewhere (hell, put it at NORAD for all I care) and you're done. First order of business for them is to get an electronic backup of the physical records which can be done in frigging Excel 2010 if need be. Then start thinking about fancy features like GPS tagging etc. And those features are not even reaching the boundaries of current IT capabilities either.

more than 4 years ago

Tethering Is Exhilarating (With the Nexus One)

MartijnL Re:Welcome to 2006 Android Users (211 comments)

+1 Wow, tethering. Been doing that with my Windows Mobile 6 phone for two years now. That may be considered dancing with the devil but actually it is one of the things that on WM6 actually works, works very well and right out of the box. Speeds on Vodafone have been great too.

more than 4 years ago

SETI@Home Install Leads To School Tech Supervisor's Resignation

MartijnL Re:5,000 machines, US$1M (621 comments)

Yes, because those CPU's are now running 100% load all the time. So no speedstepping down to a couple of hundred Mhz and saving power that way (which can be a lot). Plus he probably left them running 24x7.

more than 4 years ago

Are There Affordable Low-DPI Large-Screen LCD Monitors?

MartijnL Re:Fire the dead weight (549 comments)

Go tell that to the CEO who usually also falls in the same user/age group with regards to this particular issue.

more than 4 years ago

Are There Affordable Low-DPI Large-Screen LCD Monitors?

MartijnL Re:Why reduce the DPI instead of using larger font (549 comments)

And all sorts of business critical applications that use unscalable texts in the UI. Now you can blame the application for not scaling but usually just buying a bigger screen for the user is a lot cheaper than having the application fixed (if it is even fixable at all).

more than 4 years ago

Computers Key To Air France Crash

MartijnL Battle tested, uhuh (911 comments)

rather than the battle-tested pilot sitting up front

Yeah right, been watching Aircrash Investigations lately? How many crashes are from pilot error like the one near Amsterdam where not two but three of those "battle tested" pilots plowed their plane into the ground because one (of five!) altimeters was broken.

more than 5 years ago

First Look At VMware's vSphere "Cloud OS"

MartijnL Re:FT (86 comments)

FT only supports a single vCPU from my understanding... Not too many people running single CPU VM's, at least in my experience...

You should be running single vCPU machines by default and only scale CPU's if absolutely necessary and if the app is fully SMP aware and functional.

more than 5 years ago


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