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Comment Re:How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 1) 464

Actually, you've pretty much always been able to get better (newer) hardware in the windows market, for the same dollar. Apple is invariably one to two generations behind on processors, graphics chips, and (non-"retina") displays. Of course, almost all modern displays are just f'ing TV's these days (1920x1080)

Comment Re:Never Down (Score 1) 234

My favorite failure comes courtesy of the local power company (CP&L) installation of backup power systems. A pair of 1.2MW generators with a make-before-break "glitchless" transfer between them. The day they tested it they turned that transfer switch into a puddle of copper and aluminum in a fraction of a second.

Comment Re:Never Down (Score 1) 234

99.99% per week is much cheaper than 99.99% per year

No it isn't. 99.99% over a week is 60.48s, over a year is ~52x that. It's much harder to ensure a network has less than one minute of downtime over any given week than one hour over a year. Just because you didn't have an downtime last week doesn't mean you get to have 2 minutes this week.

SLAs tend to be much more specific, detailing exactly what "outside events" are beyond the contract -- the usual "acts of God" clause, and include maintenance periods. There may be sufficient room in one's contract to have 2 hours of downtime per month and still be called "five nines".

Comment Re:Never Down (Score 1) 234

"UCARP" and "well thought out"??? Holy shit, what are you smoking!

All redundancy protocols are horrible. They're either old and full of holes (eg. STP), or new and designed by people who didn't learn shit from the old full-of-holes mechanisms. I guess you've never seen Cisco gear with "split brain" syndrome -- where both controllers are in active mode because they each think the other is dead and end up fighting over line cards (rebooting them)

Comment Re:I don't hate on systemd but this is really bad (Score 1) 508

I've seen a design like this before in, oh I don't know, every init system under the sun I think it was.

Incorrect. SysV init (and even more so, BSD) are basically a one-shot "run a bunch of things" (which amounts to a shell script that runs other shell scripts). Once booted, init does next to nothing. 99.999999% of it's life is spent monitoring the exit of a bunch getty's. It's not eating all logs (journalD). It's not managing networking. It's not passing messages around. In fact, it's listening for exactly ONE message: change runlevel, which only root can send.

Things like upstart and systemD are problems looking for problems. I ran linux as my desktop for years, LONG before Pottering learned to spell systemD. It worked just fucking fine. And I didn't have to constantly login as root to start and stop things. If I wanted a local webserver on the machine, it was set to start at boot. I didn't need systemD to sit there listening on port 80 waiting to start apache. (a function -- starting network services on demand, for the record, that was quite adequately served by inetd) In fact, I ran entire labs of linux desktops where the users could not login as root.

Comment Re:I'm unclear why this is considered 0 day (Score 1) 100

Because of the specific device they have (5505 can't run 9.6, for example.) Or because their "certified configuration" requires a specific version.

Also, as others have mentioned (and will CONTINUE to mention), 8.3+ significantly fucked up the NAT configuration language. I will switch vendors before I use that fucked up shit.

Comment Non-flamable lithium? (Score 1) 53

The issue is not one of liquid or gel construction -- which is an issue, to be sure... leaks, evaporation, boiling, etc. The issue with such technology is spelled:

Lithium based batteries react rather poorly to being exposed to the atmosphere. Unless they've created a non-reactive lithium electrolyte, there's really nothing new here. (hint: that's not new, either.) So they've brought "AGM" to li-po technology.

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

And the cost of electricity is about 70 to 80% less than the equivalent cost of a gasoline car per mile.

Except it isn't. Everyone who's ever said that has ignored the real world effect their shiny new EV has had on their power bill. It can be a marginal cost savings, but in my experience (focus ev vs tdi wagon) they come out fairly even. (it's even worse given the cheapness of an old tdi wagon, esp. today.)

(And in reality, given today's gas and electric prices, the focus is costing more to operate than my ES300h. $113/yr more. To date, it's been cheaper as gas prices were higher.)

Comment Re:Driving yes, but charging? (Score 1) 990

Ok, so you take ~30s to connect/disconnect the charger. You do that every day. Possibly more than once a day -- charging at work, the mall, etc. So, just one attach-detach cycle per day is 5+ min per week. It takes me ~5min to fill my car once every 2-3 weeks. And that 5min fill up gets me 550-700 miles without any worry . There are gas stations "everywhere", and they are trivial to find. Charging stations are rare, and difficult to find. I don't need an "app" to find a gas station; I do to find chargers. And seeing how it take hours to charge (30min 80% "fast charge") and there are typically only a token pair of stations per location, don't bet on being able to charge your car at any random location. People plug in and walk away for extended periods -- no one leaves their movie to unplug and re-park their car so someone else can charge.

I love the idea of EVs. But the technology is still lacking. They're still highly impractical.

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