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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

hodet Re:Wow, I'd be pretty angry (159 comments)

I wonder how big an organization would have to be to actually make a private cloud useful. As you say, part of the benefit is having access to infrastructure that you don't have to pay for unless you need it. If you own the cloud than you have paid for every last piece of iron that is sucking up power in your datacentre. Does dynamic provisioning offset this cost? Would governments be the only clients that private clouds truly make sense for?

2 days ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

hodet Re:Yawn ... (159 comments)

Excactly, that is the key here. It does have its purpose and all too often these discussions focus on the 'Cloud vs Inhouse'. It's not that simple. You have weighed the pros and cons and have determined that cloud computing is more advantageous for you and probably a whole lot more cost effective. But its not a fit for everyone and I suspect cloud services over promise to some clients for which it is not a good fit.

2 days ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

hodet Re:Was impressed until.. (142 comments)

With the conservatives sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some. The minute it becomes politically advantageous to harm the internet in the country you can bet they would. This is not a government that is concerned with doing the right thing. They want to get re-elected first and foremost. This time it worked in our favour. The other two major political parties are no better. The article makes it sound like Canada has it all figured out. I was chuckling when I read it. I guess if your frame of reference is the US political system then Canada looks great.

4 days ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

hodet Re:huh? (186 comments)

Exactly, it takes away from the most important question. Would it be tasty.

4 days ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

hodet Re:huh? (186 comments)

you know when you crack an egg in the pan and there is a little spec of blood. Quite common right? Well that is a fertilized egg. More common with free range chickens, because when chickens and roosters run around loose then...chickens gonna be chickens. Fertilized chicken egg, just as delicious and I don't lay awake at night thinking about it.

4 days ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

hodet Re:End of netflix on PS (130 comments)

I don't own a PS but they seriously disabled connecting to a home media server? Why people suffer these locked in solutions is beyond me.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

hodet Re:Cut to the chase... (219 comments)

I fully agree with this. The part I liked about this article is that they encourage students to install software, run webservers etc etc. You simply cannot do that in a Windows environment. As for IPads, I shake my head. Yes they are useful for some special needs kids, no argument there, but for teaching about computers and sparking their interest and creativity a Linux laptop or Raspberry Pi's in a lab would make for a far more vibrant learning environment.

about a week ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

hodet Re:Oh no (297 comments)

This is a tired old debate. The "Stop stuffing your face" vs "Thyroid Problems" discussion. Fact is some people can burn calories quicker than others so there are differences. If you are one of those people that can consume 5000 calories a day then a the more power to you. If you can't you really shouldn't be stuffing your face and drinking a dozen sodas a day. Just logic man. For those who eat a healthy diet, exercise and still have weight issues it can be tough no doubt. Feel good about who you are and to hell with it.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

hodet Re:Fascinating (109 comments)

Next up, Slashdot introduces inline pictures in comments, so we can post WTF gifs.

about two weeks ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

hodet Re:Wonder if their time hasn't already passed... (167 comments)

Most people don't give a crap about Facebook's privacy policies. I personally don't touch facebook with a 10 ft pole but that is my choice and understand why others keep going there. That makes me about the only person in my family and social circle that does not use it. Stay in touch with the people you care about and you can always connect with them, it just takes effort. I don't know anybody who would move from facebook because people are there already. It's a noble thing to try and create something better. However, if you have ever seen the Personal Power Grid, any company would be in the Ceaselessly Striving box, they are taking action and have no control over the outcome. Most users just do not give a crap and are in the Acceptance (Let It Go) corner.

about a month ago
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Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

hodet Re:What for? (164 comments)

Hopefully they will use those skills in other vocations. You don't have to be a full time coder humping a cublicle to benefit from programming skills.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

hodet Re:I can already see it (172 comments)

And you will be able run Office on it. This will be huge.

about a month ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

hodet Re:CipherShed (220 comments)

The first line of the article.

"If you're reluctant to continue using TrueCrypt now that the open source encryption project has been abandoned, and you don't want to wait for the CipherShed fork to mature..."

about a month ago
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

hodet Re:Bad idea! (68 comments)

This right here. It is worse to access the internet under the illusion of anonymity than anything else. If you need anonymity then take responsibility for your requirements. Do not farm it out to others. I think the intent is noble with this device, but I just don't see how this improves on Tor Browser, or even better on Tails.

about a month ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

hodet Re:OTOH (179 comments)

There is hard time to serve by selling proper crypto solutions. FTFY

about a month and a half ago

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Joining the Canadian Arctic with the world through

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hodet (620484) writes ""Toronto businessman Doug Cunningham hopes to lay 15,000 km of fibre optic cable from the eastern Arctic all the way to Asia, connecting remote areas of Canada's north to the rest of the world with high speed, modern telecommunications.""
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Microsoft's server boss talks Azure and more (Q&am

hodet hodet writes  |  about 4 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "Interview with Bob Muglia on Windows Azure

From TFA:
After two years of building Windows Azure, Server and Tools President Bob Muglia said yesterday that the cloud operating system is ready for business customers of all sizes to give it a try. At its annual Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft announced several new Azure features including the ability to move existing applications and virtual machines into Microsoft's hosted service.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-20021119-56.html#ixzz13ksHQSMa"

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Quantum computing may lead to a quantum Canadian l

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "From the TFA: .."D-Wave is pioneering a new high-performance computer that uses the laws of quantum mechanics. In theory, one can dramatically reduce the time and memory requirements for computation by harnessing and leveraging the mysterious properties around quantum physics.""
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Ottawa killed cellphone cost calculator

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "The Canadian Government has killed what could have been a very helpful application for Canadian consumers amidst some lobbying by the the Telcos.

From TFA....

"After spending tens of thousands of dollars creating and testing an online calculator designed to help consumers select their ideal wireless plan, Industry Minister Tony Clement killed the project weeks before it was scheduled to launch. Government records suggest intense lobbying this spring by Canada's wireless companies, who feared the service would promote lower-cost plans, played a key role in the decision.""

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Police find dope farm using Google Earth

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "Swiss police use Google Earth to find marijuana growing in a farmer's corn field. I have heard of dope being grown this way before and that many farmers don't even know what's happening. Those who do, know to just keep their mouth shut about it. The stuff gets harvested at night without their knowledge."
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The Great Leader peddles limited capitalism

hodet hodet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hodet (620484) writes "Interesting article on the North Korean attempt to dip its toe into capitalism. They figure they can do it without giving anyone access to the Internet or the use of cell phones. Just makes me so grateful to live in the free world."
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