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

RenHoek Re:Super-capitalism (492 comments)

1) Espionage is anything but cost-effective. But cost isn't the primary (or even secondary) concern there for those who want to do the spying. (It's (technical) feasibility)

2) Running cable above ground is _always_ more cost-effective then running cable underground. So if you:
- don't give a shit about your customers
- don't have a lot of competition because you can gain a monopoly by buying senators
- and if you do a bare minimum of maintenance because you want more money (more so if you _do_ run cables underground)
then even in a city, local power stability is going to be shit.

yesterday
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

RenHoek Re:Shyeah, right. (273 comments)

If you think 250TB of backup is a lot, then you don't need tape.

I currently backup about 1PB and data storage is growing exponentially here (gene sequencing data). Tape is the only cost effective solution for us.

I do agree though that tapedrives are ridiculously expensive but it's a sellers market. Tapedrives don't sell in massive quantities so the price stays up, mainly because there just aren't that many suppliers.

On the other hand. I called a shop a while ago to see what they'd give for our 5x LTO4 tapedrives since we upgraded to LTO6 and they only offered us 30 euros per drive. So if you don't need the latest drive out there, you can save a lot of money by buying second-hand.

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

RenHoek Re:You need more nuclear and less renewables (492 comments)

It's true that renewable power levels like wind-power rise and fall, but once you look at a larger area then it pretty much evens out.

Of course you can back it up with other types of renewable that have a more stable output like hydro-electric of geothermal.

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

RenHoek Super-capitalism (492 comments)

For one, the US is big.. really big.. So it's not cost-effective to run power cables and alike underground. So that makes them more vulnerable.

Also, the US enjoys a form of super-capitalism, where the almighty dollar stands above things like quality of service and stability. So companies do the bare minimum of maintenance, also worsening outages.

yesterday
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Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

RenHoek Never useful info given with patches (140 comments)

What pisses me off as a consumer is that Microsoft patches never come with any kind of useful information.

"There are X patches available", and when you click a specific patch you get "This is a stability patch for Windows 8" or something generic like that.

How can a consumer make an informed decision to go ahead and install patches or not without hours of looking up KB numbers?

I'd like more info, so that unless a patch specifically fixes a security bug, I'd rather leave the rest of the patches uninstalled as long as my system runs ok.

about 3 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

RenHoek Seeking open source alternative (280 comments)

I use it, it's pretty popular in the Netherlands. However I am looking for an alternative.. But not Telegram (which seems to be picking up a lot of refuguees).

I would love something open source, so I'm going to have a look at Wazapp (a.ka. OpenWhatsapp). Anybody have any experience with it?

about 9 months ago
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Researchers Develop "Narrative Authentication" System

RenHoek Sounds like a plan! (117 comments)

Yes, because a site breach wasn't annoying enough yet when they take all of the passwords. Let's give them more information which to do spearphising with.

about a year ago
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US Intercepts Iranian Order For Attack On US Embassy In Iraq

RenHoek No credibility (433 comments)

I think the US has lost all its credibility in the world since it became known where all of the 'credible documents' about Iraq came from. I'll believe there were chemical weapons used but most likely it was the rebels, trying to get other countries involved in their war.

Also, as a European, I'm getting ever so tired of hearing how 'America is the policeman of the world'. Why not let the Middle East countries clean up their own mess for once? The added bonus being a lot less angry Muslims giving the US the stinkeye.

about a year ago
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Uncle Sam Finally Wants To Hear From Us On Digital Copyright Law?

RenHoek Simpsons did it! (183 comments)

Homer: “Don't worry, baby, the tube'll know what to do.”

He takes her form, puts it into a canister, and sends it through the pneumatic tube system. The canister takes a wild ride through the tube system, eventually being deposited... outside, where a nearby beaver collects it and adds it to a dam built entirely of message canisters.

about a year ago
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As AOL Prepares To Downsize Patch, CEO Fires Employee During Meeting

RenHoek /tinfoilhat on (248 comments)

What if it's a con? Guy A fires guy B in a blatantly illegal way. Guy B sues the company for a bazillion dollars. Guy A and B split the money.

about a year ago
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Other Agencies Clamor For Data NSA Compiles

RenHoek Let's chant the mantra.. (144 comments)

"We need to know who downloaded copies of 'The conjuring'. It's rated R, so imagine the horrors if a child were to download this! Do you hate children?!? THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!" -- RIAA

about a year ago
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Several Western Govts. Ban Lenovo Equipment From Sensitive Networks

RenHoek Re:Their loss (410 comments)

It's racism to exaggerate undue fears that the Chinese are installing backdoors everywhere. They undoubtedly do install backdoors though..

However if the Chinese are ever coming for the USA, it will be through the courts with a small army of debt collectors.

So it's more about have realistic fears..

about a year ago
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Several Western Govts. Ban Lenovo Equipment From Sensitive Networks

RenHoek Why do the heavy lifting yourself? (410 comments)

All the Chinese need to do is gain access to the NSA backdoors that are in all versions of Windows... That would be far more efficient.. and undoubtedly they already have..

about a year ago
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US Promises Not To Kill Or Torture Snowden

RenHoek Fool me once.. (616 comments)

Really, what are the promises of the US worth nowadays?

about a year ago
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The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

RenHoek Fallout rations (528 comments)

Ever since hearing that after a nuclear war the only two things left are cockroach and twinkies, I've been keeping 2 twinkies in my basement since the 80's. And they're still 100% good. So I guess it's pretty much true.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Online Identity Important When Searching For Technical Jobs?

RenHoek I'd say yes (358 comments)

You WILL be Googled. So I'd recommend at least having _some_ online presence. At least LinkedIn, which for technical people is pretty much a CV of what you have been doing over the past few years.

Not having a Facebook and such is actually a plus in my eyes.

about a year and a half ago
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World Press Photo Winner Accused of Photoshopping

RenHoek Re:Happens All the Time (182 comments)

Only writers are allowed to tell the story's without photos?

No, but there is a distinction.

If a news reporter writes down a story and starts adding things that didn't happen, greatly exaggerate the events or puts a subjective slant on something, then it stops being news and becomes an editorial.(See Fox 'News')

The same with journalistic pictures. You're allowed to take pictures at such a angle or with a specific technique that highlights the facts. But if you start taking pictures that misrepresents the facts or start photoshopping in post production, then it's no longer journalism but becomes expressive, i.e. art.

People who think of the World Press Photo expect journalism, not art.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Deluged By Police Demands To Decrypt iPhones

RenHoek DMCA (239 comments)

This is good right? I mean with the DMCA even trivial protections are illegal to circumvent, so you remove the people who would be capable and interested in reverse engineering from the market. Then don't be surprised then when nobody can decrypt smart phones.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Teach IT To Senior Management?

RenHoek Trust (159 comments)

Tell them to trust IT to make the right decision for them.

Just research the best option and present that. Don't give them a choice between the ideal solution and a runner up because it will just make them argue and possibly select the wrong product.

The only thing they should bring into the decision making process are the business requirements. You set the technical requirements and then find the package that covers them both.

about a year and a half ago

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EA sneaks Securom into Dragon Age II

RenHoek RenHoek writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RenHoek (101570) writes "Ars Technica reports that with the release of Dragon Age II, various users encountered the dreaded Securom DRM, even though Bioware ensured users that it wouldn't be included. Seeing that a fair few users only bought DAII thinking they could avoid the problems and other discomforts this DRM brings, it will be interesting to see what EA's next step will be."
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Universe running out of time

RenHoek RenHoek writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RenHoek (101570) writes "With heat death, the big crunch and quite a few other nasty ways in which the universe could see its demise, we can now add "running out of time" to the list. A team of scientists came up with a new theory that would solve the problem of the elusive dark energy that seems to be accelerating the expansion of the universe. They figure that the universe is not speeding up but we are, in relation to the outer regions of space, slowing down. Tests with the upcoming Large Hadron Collider will give more insight if we're going to end up frozen in time."
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