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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

bferrell Re:I've been toying with rolling my own distro (533 comments)

... and the idea that they are pure poison is why I want away from distro packagers who think that way.

As any decent toxicologist will tell you, the poison is in the dose.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

bferrell Re:I've been toying with rolling my own distro (533 comments)

I started in '93 with Yggdrasil and slack. Ygg was a non-starter. slack is OK, but difficult to deal with even if I do like like and admire Patrick

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

bferrell I've been toying with rolling my own distro (533 comments)

I've also been considered insane from time to time.

What I want:

1.) rpm/zypper/yum based package management. This allows rpm dependency resolution and installed package verification by the package manager.
2.) SysV init. It's clean and it "just" works.

I think those two are a good start. Being able to use an established automated build system is probably a good idea too.

    Any other thoughts?

about 3 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

bferrell Re:elections are bought (465 comments)

...Actually, I THINK we may be able to give 'em a run for the money

about 3 months ago
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OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture

bferrell "but... but... but..." (113 comments)

It's a best practice... how can it be wrong?

about 3 months ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

bferrell Unfortunately IT has become checklists (306 comments)

and my favorite dirty phrase "best practices"... Meaning "tell me what to do, I have no clue what the theory of operation is"

It's sad and in my opinion, from over 30 years experience, the product of testing and certification programs.... And manager/HR people who look for exactly those properties.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

bferrell Aren't these the same people... (390 comments)

Who will come to sneer about how others have made choice's that make them poor?

I'm just askin'

about 3 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

Yeah, like that... And while it seems a whole different issue, it's really not. It's ultimately all about the power of money and do we really want to feed and help grow corporations?

about 4 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

Not rent. Mortgage. The additional lien/contract can make the home more difficult to sell.

*might* is an interesting word. I *might* win the lottery... It's unlikely, but it *might* happen.

In the mean time, we have an unregulated corporation with their hand in the consumers pocket for the lifetime of the rooftop lease (20 years).

The equipment, if purchased outright with all the incentives available, is paid off in 7 years or less... At which time, the energy would be truly free to the consumer and the installation becomes a powerful asset when it comes time to sell the property vs a contractual liability to be navigated and re-negotiated. Generally speaking, property improvement loans are paid off at the time a property sells and the new owner is now running without an electric utility bill. How's THAT for a selling point even at a 5 to 6 year occupancy estimate?.

Someone mentioned greed. The first scenario looks like corporate greed to me (and swapping one corporate "master" for another). The second looks like independence to me. Both are debatable as to how green (what IS the carbon/environmental footprint of panel/battery manufacture anyway?)

about 4 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

There is the letter of the law and there is what is right.

There are a lot of things people CAN do... They just shouldn't

about 4 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

NOT zero outlay. you still pay just about what you'd have payed the utility anyway... And they get to build an indistrial plat in and about your property

about 4 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

Uhhh... it's unfair in that solarcity uses the tax benefit/subsidies due the homeowner AND has the homeowner's roof locked up under a 20 year lease? I've calculated that at retail levels, equipment costs and installation is paid off in 10 years. That's before the tax benefits/subsidies are applied.

Now, let's add a peculiar California spin on this (my state). The utilities have been required by law to add storage capacity to the grid for something known as regulation... Fill in. This means regulating the grid up and down. When they regulate the grid up... They feed energy to the grid. Regulating down means absorbing from the grid. These activities are extraordinarily lucrative and the property owner get's none of that but it uses the "plant" they have effectively paid for.

This is also why the utilities are crying foul over the lack of grid maintenance fees by the entities with this type of operation (there are only a few, but they're all big, pretending to be small). They get to act like an energy provider with few, if any of the responsibilities. And home owners shoulder most of the burden. I consider it a scam. The operation is new, mildly more complicated than just plugging in a blender so there is confusion. And "they" are taking advantage of the confusion, back by lawyers.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla: A Carmaker Or Grid-Storage Company?

bferrell Re:There is already a Tesla home battery pack (151 comments)

Having investigated this scenario, here's how it works:

Solarcity installs a system (panels, storage, chargers/inverters) on your premises at zero cost to you. They get the tax subsidy offered for the installation. You roof is now occupied by solarcity. They sell you electricity AND what you don't use, they sell to your local utility. You have now switched energy providers and are STILL paying power bills.

I fully recognize they they take on what maintenance there is on this plant... But there isn't much and they are completely unregulated. They charge the home owner whatever they please, just so it's below the regulated utility.

It doesn't sit well with me and I won't do business that way.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

bferrell Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

This same sort of thinking is what brought about the interstate commerce commission rules for railroads.

They though that if you made more the carrier should too.

The government slapped the carriers once before (railroads). It's time to slap the telecom carriers too

about 4 months ago
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Endeavor Launch Pad Being Rebuilt Piece By Piece

bferrell When I see this... (48 comments)

And I think about the semi-snarky comment "If we build buildings like we build software, the first woodpecker would destroy civilization", I find myself wondering how anything get's accomplished for real. It seems the really BIG stuff, is a huge one-off and not replicable

about 4 months ago
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Navy Won't Investigate Nuclear Pollution At San Francisco's Treasure Island

bferrell The CIR doesn't exactly have the best track record (121 comments)

Look into their recent Richmond CA HUD reporting. They sort of chose to ignore huge chunks of stuff in favor of sensationalism

about 5 months ago

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bferrell bferrell writes  |  more than 10 years ago

It may seem odd to some, but until just a few weeks ago, I was completely unaware of the meaning of "cruise at -1".

Now that I know, I still don't use the filter.

Am I odd?

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