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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

sjames Re:110 or 240v (228 comments)

Actually, we generate 3 phase just like everyone else. We just don't run all three to each house. Industrial and commercial users do commonly get 3 phase.

yesterday
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

sjames Re:110 or 240v (228 comments)

220v is mostly in single or duplex residential settings. Otherwise, it's often 208v (convieniantly available by connecting to two phases of 3 phase power).

yesterday
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

sjames Re:Duh (87 comments)

Nice way to toss in an insult just to prove what a bright light you aren't.

Were you a brighter bulb, you would realize that PS rating and actual consumption often have little to do with each other. In fact it doesn't draw half of what you think it does and electricity doesn't cost as much as you think where I have the box.

Meanwhile, who said my usage was typical? Certainly not me.

yesterday
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

sjames Re:Duh (87 comments)

It is used only for administration, serial console for a few devices, crunch some log files, etc. It used to be a backup mail server as well. All well within it's capabilities. It isn't likely to run at high load very often. The run like a tank feature is it's primary reason to be. Since it is the machine used to diagnose problems, it's helpful that it is unlikely to be the machine with a problem.

Sometimes, old used equipment is exactly the right answer, sometimes it's a terrible idea. The production servers are much newer machines.

yesterday
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

sjames Re:Duh (87 comments)

I picked up a Sunfire v20 for $20. I would have to run it for 8 years non-stop for the electricity cost to add up to the cost of a new more efficient machine of equivalent capability.

yesterday
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

sjames Re:Wait, wait... (129 comments)

Doesn't that put them dangerously close to criminal like the guys that sell zero days to the Russian mob?

I'm thinking yes but it will be ignored because their customers include bad guys within the U.S. government.

yesterday
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

sjames Political (548 comments)

The proper conclusion is that SOME combination of rampant surveillance by the government, totalitarianism, socialism, and poverty in East Germany lead to a greater willingness to lie and cheat. They have not even attempted to control for the confounding factors sufficiently to pin it on socialism.

Honestly, were I to make a guess, I would rank socialism as the least likely among those conditions to be the actual cause of the measured difference. I would place the fact that the Stasi employed a full third of the population to tattle on the other two thirds near the top of the list. Why not lie to someone who is 33% likely to report you to the authorities if you tell the truth?

If they really want to draw a solid conclusion, they need to compare with other populations as well.

yesterday
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

sjames Re:Identical devices (179 comments)

they don't care who you are.........They also salt the site with "Free" offers that all you need to claim them is to input your contact information. Once you do that they link that contact information to your browsing history and shoot it over to a salesman and/or send you a personally designed advertisement to your email.

So in other words, they very much care who I am.

Getting targeted ads is creepy. It's like having my own 24/7 personal stalker. I notice the advertisers often aren't that anxious to share their own details with me. Too often, they can't even manage to be honest about the products they're advertising.

I would rather get ads for irrelevant products and services. Or just ads that are relevant in a generic sort of way based on a few demographic observations.

yesterday
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

sjames Re:Economists (770 comments)

That makes no sense. Minimum wage labor is only a portion of the actual cost of anything. That is the only part that went up due to minimum wage increases. Any other rise in price would have happened anyway. So unless businesses illegally collude to raise prices in a big FU to the state, it won't absorb all of the increase in income.

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

sjames Re:Crazy (770 comments)

And those corporations are also welfare recipients. As for sources, take your pick. Forbes is probably good.

2 days ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

sjames Re:Really? (125 comments)

I never admitted such a thing. I dared them to sue [insert name they called for].

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

sjames Re:As the old song goes (150 comments)

That's just it. Slippery slope is often NOT a fallacy. Anywhere where precedent is followed, such as law, permits a logical argument behind the slippery slope. Anything involving human psychology (boiling the frog) likewise.

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

sjames Re:" and particularly describing" (150 comments)

So now it just needs to describe particular things to be to be seized. Everything is too broad.

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

sjames Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

You also need to describe what you are searching for. It needn't be an EXACT description, but should be as narrowly constrained as possible. For example, you might search for 'the object that bludgeoned john doe", a bloody baseball bat, a handgun, etc.

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

sjames Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

That would be fine, but what they actually asked for was the email account. Item to search for: Every email ever sent or received.

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

sjames Re:Local testing works? (770 comments)

That doesn't even make sense. Setting a minimum wage isn't at all a new thing. No new power was necessary, just the exercise of an old one.

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

sjames Re:Local testing works? (770 comments)

So why all the angst if it had no effect at all on anything?

2 days ago
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EPA Mulling Relaxed Radiation Protections For Nuclear Power

sjames Re:About time (223 comments)

Perhaps, but it has nothing to do with permitted radiation. Fukushima well exceeded it's permitted limits. Setting them lower wouldn't have prevented anything. Setting them higher wouldn't have made a tsunami hit it sooner.

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

sjames Re:Local testing works? (770 comments)

Many of those states have been raising the minimum wage every year to keep it pegged to inflation. Where's the gloom and doom? The rhetoric has claimed there would be an instant and devastating downturn. Where's the long line of businesses leaving those states? Where's the pictures of the ghost McDonald's

2 days ago

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