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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

dbIII On a similarly irrelevant note (81 comments)

On a similar note: do we use an Arabic number system or do they use a European one?
It's a bit of a trick question since it looks like it came from India.
History is not clear cut. Just because we eat fried potatoes does not mean we have a civilisation based on the Incas.

2 hours ago
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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

dbIII Why not? (81 comments)

Why not? The USA did pretty well in the 1940s despite a similar situation.

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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

dbIII Re:don't they already vent hydrocarbon gasses? (55 comments)

My understanding is that many oil wells vent large quantities of natural gas that are unprofitable to collect as a product

One astonishing example is almost all of the electricity generated in Nigeria comes from actually doing something with the heat from the flames on vented off gas. Until recently it was just burnt off - now it's generating quite a few MW.

2 hours ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

dbIII Re:Steam to extract oil that shouldn't be... (55 comments)

Just for shits and grins, how do you plan to remove the CO2 from the atmosphere

Easy, just bind it up with the lime we make from calcium carbonate :) No I'm not being serious, I'm highlighting how the "obvious" methods are like leaving the fridge door open to try to cool a house and make things worse.
Looks like we're stuck with it unless some dirt cheap energy source that does not produce as much carbon dioxide as can be removed per unit of energy becomes viable at immense scales. The "just cool down air until the carbon dioxide falls out" idiots are not considering how much energy it takes to do such a thing.

3 hours ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

dbIII Re:Renewable (55 comments)

like yeast

Several examples are yeast. One tested recently is to use modified yeast to produce a chemical originally found in oranges that can be used to make up half the volume of jet fuel.

3 hours ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

dbIII Re:I wonder if they could add geothermal. (55 comments)

There's a "shallow" geothermal energy source under an oil basin in Australia but it's still a matter of drilling some pairs of expensive holes to use it. However it may be a more viable use than running power cables from a geothermal electricity generator on site than to a city close to a couple of thousand kilometres away.

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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

dbIII Re:They are regulated as a cash cow (273 comments)

Yes but I'm discussing taxi licences and similar in general and what happens when somebody threatens the revenue stream a government gets from such things.
IMHO regulation of such things should be limited to what is needed for safety (which is this case is already handled by drivers licences and vehicle roadworthy status) instead of being a deliberate barrier of entry to new players and a profitable revenue stream for the body that is enforcing the regulation.

4 hours ago
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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

dbIII Re:Capitalism at work (273 comments)

Yes I covered that in another post. The regulation here is a consequence of a government dabbling in capitalism itself at the expense of the people it is supposed to represent - it's selling off a right to the highest bidders and nobody else gets it. IMHO governments are supposed to support people and the businesses they operate and not operate like a business itself since it has the overwhelming advantage of being able to allocate rights to some (such as itself) and not others.

5 hours ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

dbIII Re:Early days and not built for speed (236 comments)

Yes - things such as e17 instead of the proof of concept stuff you are complaining about.
As for your screenshot - context please.

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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

dbIII Re: Windows is less expensive than Red Hat (236 comments)

Well that's the MS side with a bastard child of LDAP and a few issues to work out. Stuff is a bit more mature on other platforms - entire home directories on NFS, let alone profiles, were probably pretty safe in 1990.

5 hours ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

dbIII Re:... and back again. (236 comments)

If you lost a lot of "work" with Power Point you are not using it as the simple presentation tool it is intended to be.

5 hours ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

dbIII Early days and not built for speed (236 comments)

Early days and not built for speed - so try something like e17 instead of the newer proof of concept stuff.

2 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

dbIII Re: Windows is less expensive than Red Hat (236 comments)

That's pretty well it with stuff like puppet. Welcome to the 21st century where cluster computing methods have hit the desktop.

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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

dbIII Re:... and back again. (236 comments)

Are you seriously trying to claim Office 2013 in Windows 8 is radically different?

Compared to XP users with Office2003 - most definitely in terms of workflow. Nearly a decade on I still get users bitching to me about the ribbon and asking me to find things in the UI for them.

IF you ignore the cost of shitty interoperability

That only matters if you are exchanging editable documents with outsiders. Personally I'm not fond of the idea of outsiders being able to change the terms of contracts or tweak the findings of technical reports to their own advantage.

That "interoperability" problem is overstated anyway. I've been in a mixed environment of *nix + MS for over a decade and the secretarial staff have had very few hassles over the years with documents in both openoffice format and MS formats - although incompatibilities between different versions of MS Word forced an upgrade on the MS side. That's with technical documents containing a lot of graphs, maps and other images. With typical office stuff I'm sure it would be even easier.

2 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

dbIII Just because that many hosts is a big deal in MS (236 comments)

Go price a management solution for your 8,300 'free' desktops

A few sysadmins with ssh plus puppet or one of dozens of other similar system management tools. They don't even have to be paticularly experienced since this is now a very well travelled road.
There's probably a few clusters that big being being managed by single sysadmins. Just because managing that many MS windows hosts with a bastard child of LDAP requires a lot of time doesn't mean it's going to take a long time with other platforms. With enough of a budget and a few recent graduates I could have rolled something like this out in 2004 let alone 2014 - as could have many others.

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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

dbIII Typo "age old quick revenue fix" (273 comments)

Typo "age old quick revenue fix" - the system of Royalty selling off the right of a person to operate a type of business and nobody else allowed to do so sucks. Variations of that suck less but the higher the barrier of entry the closer it resembles that royalist bullshit - a very frequent money raising tool of King John before Magna Carta and a bunch of well armed Barons established that he was not above the law.

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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

dbIII They are regulated as a cash cow (273 comments)

I'd say it's just good old conflict of interest where the State is getting money from selling the right to operate taxis (or City in this case but the dirty work is passed up the chain via party affiliations) and people are undermining the business model of those making the money from the taxis. So what's the State to choose - the people it's supposed to represent or those giving it money? That's the conflict before it even considers whether the people undermining the business model have a case or not. Donations that directly benefit representatives of the State are also adding to the conflict of interest.
Up against something like that it takes overt enough corruption to disgust a lot of people or a very compelling reason to change before anything changes the situation.

It's yet another reason why the age of quick revenue fix of selling various rights can suck when others want those rights. I wrote a long rant earlier about government sanctioned telecommunications monopolies, but deleted it off the end of this post since the message that I'm pissed off with paid for regulation is probably clear.

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California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

dbIII Capitalism at work (273 comments)

Capitalism at work - an example of a government that's been bought and paid for. Yet another example of why too much of a good thing sucks immensely and capitalism moderated by the public having an equal say is better than the richest person getting to set the rules for everyone else.

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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

dbIII Re:They do and have (431 comments)

but lets say they look like lead acid batteries internally

Let's not, that's getting as irrelevant to comparing manufacture of welding rods to sex toys.

2 days ago

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