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New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

afidel Re:Why? (90 comments)

So you use a VM, marginal cost is near zero for a 4GB VM in todays world.

4 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

afidel Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (168 comments)

AWS started as a way to gain revenue from the spare capacity they had for cyber monday, but it's now ~200x the size of Amazon's actual needs and is its own revenue and profit center. If a new CEO wanted to at this point he could spin it off into a separate company with contracts to host services for Amazon. I'm honestly not sure what it would gain you other than access to a pile of capital to use elsewhere, but for the time being Amazon doesn't seem to be hurting for access to capital.

4 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

afidel Re:surpising (168 comments)

They're not selling goods below cost for the most part, it's just that their expenses eclipse their earnings from sales. This is largely due to capital investments in projects and shipping centers.

4 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

afidel Re:surpising (168 comments)

Lol, they're less than 1.7% of the retail market, a quarter the size of Walmart and only twice the size of the flailing Sears. Heck, as a percentage of the market they're significantly smaller than the old Sears catalog business used to be.

4 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

afidel Re:Good (223 comments)

You don't have to login to use a Chromebook, you can browse as a guest. As to your comment about compilers, MS offers Visual Studio Online Basic for free.

5 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

afidel Re:Good (223 comments)

Except Google doesn't track apps for education users.

5 days ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

afidel Good (223 comments)

That's probably a good thing since students shouldn't be static consumers of information and tablets are really subpar for most kinds of content creation. Add in the fact that a Chromebook costs half as much as even an ipad mini and overall the schools are probably making the rational choice.

5 days ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

afidel Re:Coming to a plane journey (167 comments)

Wasn't that the incident where they pressure washed the cages of the deceased animals thus flinging infected fluids all over the area?

5 days ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

afidel Re:I wonder how long it would've taken NASA? (49 comments)

Reducing cost through optimization of manufacturing can be more important than lots of original research, for instance the recent boom in photo-voltaic solar has much more to do with the plummeting $/W for panels made with decades old technology then it does with the constant stream of announcements that some group has eeked out .5% better efficiency out of cells made of unobtanium. I'm not saying that basic science research or materials science research should be halted, just that people who poo poo people making a better/cheaper widget just because it's not new and sparkly are missing the forest for the trees.

about a week ago
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UK Cabinet Office Adopts ODF As Exclusive Standard For Sharable Documents

afidel Re:Why ODF? (164 comments)

ASCII is more than 30 years old, it's 51 years old, and I'd bet $10,000 that it will be readable by nearly every computer in another 51 years. UTF-8 and UTF-16 are also highly unlikely to be unreadable anytime during my lifetime since they've been in use for 21 years and are open standards with many real world implementations.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

afidel Re:From their official page (49 comments)

You're probably thinking of floating platform as something that moves around like a boat, more likely it's going to be a converted deep sea oil platform like Broglio Space Centre or Sea Launch.

about a week ago
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SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

afidel Re:I wonder how long it would've taken NASA? (49 comments)

which we keep buying/making to prop up the ICBM industry with civilian dollars.

More like to feed dollars to Utah as demanded by their powerful senior senator. (ATK's Thiokol unit is based on Utah and Hatch has been seated since 1977 and his predecessor served from 59-77)

about a week ago
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Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

afidel Re:a question.... (64 comments)

River birch survives just fine in my climate here in Northeastern Ohio, we average 1.5m of snowfall and regularly see -23C temperatures with dips about once a decade down to around -35C. We're at the extreme northern end of their range though so it would probably be a crap shoot as to whether it would grow.

about a week ago
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Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

afidel Re:a question.... (64 comments)

You could try river birch if you're subarctic.

about a week ago
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Oso Disaster Had Its Roots In Earlier Landslides

afidel Re:a question.... (64 comments)

Actually the group worst hit WAS in an area where they weren't supposed to be, but they had the attitude of damn gubmint can't tell me what to do. source (among many). If you think these folks would have been worried about higher insurance rates you're almost as loony as they are =)

about a week ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

afidel Re:Similar argument for desktops (175 comments)

Especially in Windows 8 where you just assign the connection as a metered connection and most of the background stuff gets turned off without diving any further into the system. (Yes I know tech sites like to bag on Win8, and in many cases deservedly so, but there are genuine innovations that are useful contained in it)

about a week ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

afidel Re:ads (175 comments)

Better to just turn off background mobile data, that way only apps you're actually interacting with will be able to access the mobile data network and you won't have to toggle something every time you want to actually use your plan.

about a week ago
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Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

afidel Re:ads (175 comments)

Ads aren't harming you, you trade bandwidth and eyeball time to receive free stuff, and unlike cable tv most apps are either ad supported or paid, precious few require you to pay in both ways.

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

afidel Re:I've heard this one... (260 comments)

If you can provide 2kva for 100 hours from 40in^3 you'll have a lot now than $1m coming your way! Heck the Nobel committee alone will give you $2m, $1m each in physics and chemistry.

about a week ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

afidel Re:Slashvertisement? (92 comments)

Amen to this, we run ~400 VM's on 14 hosts, using less than 1/3rd the power we did when we ran 160-180 physical boxes and everything is easier to manage, new deployments take minutes instead of weeks. We've saved a few million by not needing to grow our datacenter, probably over a million on Microsoft licensing, and made both my staff and my customers happier. There's no way I'd run things on old physical boxes just to save a few dollars on capital expenses.

about a week ago

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afidel afidel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

afidel (530433) writes "Dell announced a somewhat shocking development at Oracle World, they are shipping two lines of AMD Opteron based servers! The article mentions this being a break from Dell's longtime Intel exclusive partnership. Is the love afair over, is Dell throwing Intel a bone to help them with their antitrust lawsuit and has no real plans to push the Opteron servers, or has customer demand finally forced their hand?"

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