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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

silas_moeckel Re:could be blueray (142 comments)

LTO6 drives at 2500 bucks the cards that connect them about 200. Break even is about 55 tapes worth aka 55 3tb drives worth or 110 50 packs of disks.

9 hours ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

silas_moeckel Re:could be blueray (142 comments)

Nor is it ever cheaper and it's rarely faster. A LTO 6 tape is 2.5 TB uncompressed at about 60 bucks A 50 pack of 25GB BD-R's is also about 60 bucks and writes at what 30MBs? You need 5 running in parallel to get nearly as fast as a single LTO drive. DB-R's are about the same price as a sata drive per GB your better off plugging them in as needed though neither is as reliable as tape in the long term.

yesterday
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

silas_moeckel Re:Over 18 (608 comments)

Seems rather odd, The whole point of putting an estate through the courts is to find all debts and invalidate anything that does not show up. It's specifically meant to stop this sort of years later oh they owned me money and nobody can realistically dispute it.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

silas_moeckel Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

There are lots of ways to generate electricity, hell there are how many millions of solar powered walkway lights each with a small rechargeable battery and solar sell.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

silas_moeckel Re:Medical doctor (723 comments)

No electricity means your failing at basic engineering. A coil and a moving magnet is not that hard to come by.

3 days ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

silas_moeckel Re:Aiming and targeting? (630 comments)

They have much much bigger ballistic weapons to shore bombardment, they throw several ton's a pretty good distance. On the other hand trowing something where you expect something to be when it gets there is doable. If it can make slight course corrections even better. They do not talk about cyclic rates but they do say as a replacement for missiles. So you talking about other navel vessels so under 60 mph without any warning.

about a week ago
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DOJ Pushes to Expand Hacking Abilities Against Cyber-Criminals

silas_moeckel Re:Well SURE! (49 comments)

If they do not know where it is how can they know they have jurisdiction?? How can the judge? There are reasons why some places elect judges so they can be held responsible. This is an end run around any local authority.

For your analogy should the DOJ be allowed to search a car in Mexico? Nope they could ask Mexico to do it. Other countries have different standards.

about three weeks ago
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Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

silas_moeckel Re:At the very least, make it read-only (106 comments)

Sane limits and limits outside of software are important. Take the same oven, if it's gas it should have some sort of interlock that turns off the gas if burner did not light. That is not something that should ever be controlled by software or remotely. So sure software could turn on the gas and not set off the spark but the gas would shut off in short order. I probably need a few more cases to take care off like repeatedly trying to light it etc etc. But you get the point the safety bit has to respond in a sane and safe manner, be as simple as possible, and be immune from software control/tampering.

It's actually fairly hard to setup protocols that are consumer friendly and secure. Look at WPS it's supposed to do this generally works sorta. Bluetooth pairing should need a button to activate and a code. Code turned into 0000 or 1234 because making something unique is problematic on cheap consumer bits. Sure maybe this stuff will all have a touchscreen but I doubt it as that is still a major expense.

Look at a boiler, your thermostats never actually turn it on. It maintains an internal temp and the thermostats start a circulation pump to push hot water through radiators, cooling it down and thus cooling down the boiler so it kicks on. So you smart thermostat can call for all the heat it wants, it will never exceed that internal temp. Great but it's inefficient it needs more data like it's 70f outside, the alarm is set to away, all the family cell phones are out of range, the car is out of range, whats the expected forecast etc etc. That little controller needs to last decades without replacement or upgrades. So making it a lot smarter is futile. It needs to be just smart enough to say talk an external well defined will work for decades protocol, that's secure and not require rewiring everything. A shim controller just enough to get to the cloud or a local one for the DIY set can get the logic integrate various sensors. It can also gather historical data to make better decisions.

about three weeks ago
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Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

silas_moeckel Re:At the very least, make it read-only (106 comments)

Because you might want to have an oven that doubles as a fridge. Put dinner in keep cold all day and start when you leave work.

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

silas_moeckel Re:not really sales, just the first sale (490 comments)

The simple explanation is they can not stop netflix from buying the DVD's at retail and renting them. Congress tried multiple times to force renters to have to negotiate to do this and each time it failed.

about three weeks ago
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Level 3 Wants To Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue

silas_moeckel It's all the same thing (182 comments)

They have been playing the oh were not throttling were just over saturated to this peer we don't like for awhile. Sure it's not as targeted as they would like but it gets them there.

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

silas_moeckel Tinker with there brains (914 comments)

Lets not ever, forced medical procedures are wrong at the deepest levels. The UK has a history of offing things like this, chemical castration of Allen Turning and other gays (I know it was "voluntary" as in do this or got to jail) and it's frankly abdominal.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

silas_moeckel Re:Big Labor's transparent motive (409 comments)

Lets see there are no reasons to pay for MS office in K-12. Google docs works, OpenOffice works, they are have similar enough interfaces to not matter.

about a month ago
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OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards For an Open, Programmable Web

silas_moeckel Re:I'm not clear.... (68 comments)

TCP is for reliable in order transmission/reception of octects.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

silas_moeckel Re:Estate Taxes (300 comments)

It very much differs by where you live. http://blog.ctnews.com/trendin... When a middle class income is about 250k and entry level houses start at 1m it's a lot different than the midwest.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Billionaire Takes Out $201 Million Life Insurance Policy

silas_moeckel Re:Estate Taxes (300 comments)

Because they are just that death taxes, people think they screw over the rich but it's more the middle that can not afford to prep like this.

about a month ago
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EU Project Aims To Switch Data Centers To Second Hand Car Batteries

silas_moeckel Re:Why at datacenters? (87 comments)

Because they already are buying new every 5-7 years. Big data-centers use big UPS plants and those require big battery farms.

about a month ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

silas_moeckel Re:I envy the religious (529 comments)

So pretty much being blissfully unaware in large packs is good for the brain. It's good to be sheeple?

about a month ago

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