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I prefer my turkey ...

evenmoreconfused On the right day! (189 comments)

I prefer my turkey...

at about 3PM on October 12th , thank you very much!

about three weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

evenmoreconfused Re:UPS (236 comments)

Yes. We use PowerChute everywhere; it's a good product.

But, at least in a production system, you still should be doing regular "real" failover tests to ensure that what is supposed to happen does really happen. For example, a common problem is a sequence like:

- Power fails, UPS predicts 20 minutes of runtime;
- Servers are set to shut themselves down when 5 minutes of runtime remains;
- Fifteen minutes later, the servers start their shutdown sequences;
- The increased CPU and disk activity from the shutdown increase the power draw, causing the battery to empty and all power to be cut 90 seconds earlier than expected.

Another issue is that software added during a system's lifetime can cause a server that took 180 seconds to shut down last year to now require 240 seconds.

Either issue can mean you wind up with servers that powered off with a 90% completed shutdown.

The only way you'll discover these kinds of problems is to actually simulate a real power fail once in a while.

about a month ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

evenmoreconfused Re:UPS (236 comments)

Really, a $150 investment to protect your $500+ computer is more than worth it.

Don't forget to add the cost of replacing the UPS battery every year or two. Plus the time to setup and regularly test the fail-over and auto-shutdown.

FWIW I generally use a UPS on the servers and firewalls, but not on any of the clients.

about 1 month ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

evenmoreconfused Re: Ask the damn question (187 comments)

So would you prefer your V-Brain to be running on Hyper-V or VMWare? What about checkpointing your V-Brain and clone a whole farm of V-You's?

about a month and a half ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

evenmoreconfused Re:11 votes and no listings? (187 comments)

Not to mention that there are options for "a year or less" and "until about ten years from now". Kind of jarring for those of us statistically unlikely to survive another ten years -- does this mean we only have a year to live?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

evenmoreconfused Re:Why the cloak and dagger? (155 comments)

Well, for one thing, this discussion is more useful to many of us (who may be in a similar situation) if the comments are kept general. The moment the product is identified, the comments will naturally drift towards issues specific to that situation.

about a month ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

evenmoreconfused Re: Of course! (571 comments)

Better to mount them on ceiling as that way your feet don't get so hot.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

evenmoreconfused Re:If you 'speak' C (316 comments)

BALR *,13 to you, sir.

surely it was

        BALR 15,0
        USING *,15

no?

PS: I blame this to be the start of the enormous overuse of #define in subsequent decades, as most people thought it was cool to equate R15 to 15 (etcetera) and then write the above as

        BALR R15,R0
        USING *,R15

leading to the endless nested equating we get in modern C and C++.

PPS: for the worst such mess ever created, does anyone else remember the COBOL "ALTER" command?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

evenmoreconfused Re:If you 'speak' C (316 comments)

Using a text editor to write code for a device like an iOS device, that simply displays the weather or a stock price is so ... 1960s?

Well -- 1970's maybe. 1960's were more about drum storage and all that. Even in the early '70s, the 029 keypunches didn't let us correct typos -- you had to hold the "dup" key down to duplicate the bit you got right, and then carry on keying from where the mistake started. The 129's were much better, as they only punched the card after you finished the whole line.

Although come to think of it, I did write a nice simple weather app in 360/Assembler for a class in 1974.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

evenmoreconfused Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

Hello fellow pedant.

You have to extend the planes into the plane of the camera view.

When the front and back planes are extended it is entirely possible for the camera view plane to be perpendicular to both. In fact, it would be impossible for it to be perpendicular to only one since you pointed out that the front and back planes are parallel.

True. Mea culpa.

What I was objecting to was something else, implied in parent post, to the effect that the lens axis lay on the both the front and back planes of the phone at the same time. But I expressed it poorly.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

evenmoreconfused Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

It can't be at right angles to both the front and the back of the phone -- they are parallel, non-coincident planes.

about 3 months ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

evenmoreconfused Does everyone in the US drive by themselves? (326 comments)

Every discussion I've read on this issue ignores the fact that there could be passengers in the car, and there's no reason to disable their phones. Very much the opposite, in fact, because they can be looking up addresses, getting directions, etc.

if the trip starts at Junior's high school, and mom and dad's phones are at work, the driver has been identified — Junior is driving.

What if all three phones are in the car? Which one does it disable then?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

evenmoreconfused Re:+ operator for string concat? (729 comments)

Actually IIRC '+' was used for string concatenation in the version of PC-BASIC included in the firmware of all the original (1980) IBM PCs. But apparently it wasn't in the original (1973) Wang 2200 BASIC that at least some of us first learned BASIC on.

See the third example here: http://www.wang2200.org/basic_...

I was trying to look up some of my earlier languages (WATFIV and IITRAN in my case), but I can't find any detailed documentation on the web.

about 4 months ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

evenmoreconfused Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

According to TFA, there are several different sections. The statement about depending on science was from a portion designed to clarify prevailing attitudes towards science in general. It was separate from the part evaluating scientific literacy.

[The report] contains the results of a new public survey that assesses Canadians’ science attitudes, engagement, and knowledge. The report reviews data on Canadians’ science skills and the current peer-reviewed literature on science culture. It also features an inventory and analysis of the organizations and programs that support and promote science culture in Canada, particularly among youth.

However, it turns out the survey was commissioned by a number of Canadian agencies. It was performed internationally, but a Canadian report saying Canada is number one in science is at best somewhat suspect.

about 4 months ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

evenmoreconfused Re:First Vost (152 comments)

Also the only Vost, as far as I can see...

about 5 months ago
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Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

evenmoreconfused AP? (155 comments)

As Slashdot caters to an international audience, could someone please explain what AP means?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

evenmoreconfused Re:Ask Slashdot? (187 comments)

You want someone two days into a simple desktop linux system to get a consumer appliance?

Surely there should be some simple point-and-click app he can install from the desktop that will prevent basic misbehaviours. The very act of asking here shows that he does indeed have pride enough to want not to be a menace.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

evenmoreconfused Re:Astaro / Sophos (187 comments)

Totally concur. Best product I've used in decades.

That being said, it runs on a separate box and supports things like balancing multiple uplinks and fail-over, so it's a wee bit beyond the stated requirements.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

evenmoreconfused Re:Astaro / Sophos (187 comments)

Totally concur. Best product I've used in decades.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

evenmoreconfused Re:Seriously? (374 comments)

None of the things will protect against theft.

No. The only way I know to do that is what I do: forget it at home every day.

about 9 months ago

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