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Poetry For Sysadmins: Shall I Compare Thee To a Lumbering Bear?

SuricouRaven Re:Speaking as a sysadmin (30 comments)

Smaller organisations have not enough servers or users to justify separate staff, so it's not uncommon to see a sysadmin who also does support, or support staff who also admin the couple of servers the office needs.

13 hours ago
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How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

SuricouRaven Re:Packet radio (59 comments)

To be effective it really needs to be deployed in advance. Packet radio is good, but it still needs some semi-trained operators. By the time rescuers get in with the equipment, it's already too late. The IoT proposal is to use existing devices to form the network. If you're already going to install solar-powered mesh nodes in every bus stop to track arrival times, it doesn't take a great deal of modification for that network to also handle disaster communications. The hardware is much the same. Any phone with a bluetooth interface could serve as a point of access into the network. It wouldn't replace old-fashioned handheld radios, but rather supplement them - allowing coordinators to track in real time the positions of rescuers, and to transmit instructions to survivors via their own phones.

yesterday
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

SuricouRaven Re:240V is fairly common (255 comments)

So the voltage drop is so rubbish, the utilities have to overcompensate...

The country really should have just gone for 220-240 when they had the chance. It's too late now.

yesterday
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

SuricouRaven Re:Why ODF? (163 comments)

It's a simple translation table, and in the unlikely event every copy of the table is somehow destroyed anyone who knows the language can recreate it through frequency analysis.

2 days ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

SuricouRaven Re:240V is fairly common (255 comments)

I thought north america is 110/220. A little googling clears up the confusion: It's 120V now. It used to be 110V, long ago, and although it has now been raised to 120V many people continued to use 110V labels. It doesn't help that with such a low voltage, resistance loss is a serious issue even for the short runs within a building - so you may still see 110V at the socket, even if it's supposed to be 120V.

2 days ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

SuricouRaven Re:Why ODF? (163 comments)

Future-proofing. It means that if the digital archaeologists of the year 3000 dig up the old british archives from underneath the remains of old London, they have a decent chance of figuring out how to read it. ODF uses a zip container, but within that the actual text is in a format that can be figured our from scratch even if the spec is lost.

2 days ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

SuricouRaven Re:240V is fairly common (255 comments)

No-one uses 240V.

The UK used to use 240V. We dropped down to 230 when the EU standardized voltage across member states.

2 days ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

SuricouRaven Re:it's 240V in USA/Canada (255 comments)

You get ish-voltages anyway. The grid doesn't always run exactly on spec, so you need equipment that can handle a considerable variation in input voltage.

2 days ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

SuricouRaven Re:Solar power? (255 comments)

Low-power inverters used to be common in laptops to drive the backlight. You still see them sometimes, but most new laptops use LED backlights now. No need for inverters on those. That's a good part of the appeal.

2 days ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

SuricouRaven Re:Why? (255 comments)

It could work if you're only going from bottom of rack UPS to rack equipment. It's already done in some datacenters, though usually at 24 or 48V rather than 12V.

2 days ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

SuricouRaven Re:110 or 240v (255 comments)

The US does run 220(ish)V 60Hz for heavy loads. Really big appliances and light industrial.

2 days ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

SuricouRaven Re:Illigal or not? (143 comments)

Not if you can demonstrate that some of those pirates consume so much bandwidth they actually cost more than their subscription fee.

2 days ago
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UK Users Overwhelmingly Spurn Broadband Filters

SuricouRaven Re:Logically (115 comments)

The usual approach of the anti-porn brigade is selection bias. They just have to pick out a couple of people who really did get messed up by porn (Easily done: If you've got a billion people looking at it, of course someone is going to get carried away). Then make these the examples, and show off how terrible porn is. Of course, I could show church to be equally damaging by the same approach.

3 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

SuricouRaven Re:About christian values (609 comments)

My issue is more with those who claim that fairly common-sense rules going back to prehistory are somehow 'Christian values' - taking credit for ideas that predate their religion by millenia in order to appear morally superior.

3 days ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

SuricouRaven Re:Illigal or not? (143 comments)

If I was in the position of a copyright-dependent industry body right now, I'd be looking into ways to apply ISPs into doing some of the enforcing. There should be some common ground to work on: Pirates suck up a ridiculous amount of bandwidth.

3 days ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

SuricouRaven Re:Illigal or not? (143 comments)

It means it's still illegal, but the government has no interest in enforcing that law. It's going back to just a civil matter, between the copyright holders and the copyright infringers.

3 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

SuricouRaven Commence distortion. (609 comments)

Run this through some biased right-wing news sites or blogs. You know how it'll turn out. I give it two days before we start seeing "Scientists show liberals more prone to lying" or "Science shows a free market makes people honest." Give it a week and someone will find a way to tie it into 'judeo-christian values' too.

3 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

SuricouRaven Re:Correlation is not causation (609 comments)

It doesn't matter what the study says - give it two days to pass through the blogosphere and some right-wing news sites, and you'll see this presented as the proof that all liberals are lying scum.

3 days ago
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

SuricouRaven Re:"Develop" or "Instigate the development of"? (129 comments)

Or an equally good brag: "I wrote a program that's illegal in China."

All I've written are two programs illegal in the US - but that's because one infringes on a software patent, and the other is a circumvention device under the DMCA. It's also a trivial program consisting of about five lines of C, but that doesn't really matter.

4 days ago

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