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Comment Re:Lots more from AS400/OS400 (Score 1) 484 484

DB/2. Not the best, but it's inbuilt, and accessible with system utilities/calls, using any language on the system, including control language.

Say what you will but DB/2 on IBM i is the most SQL compliant database of any. It scales well and being built into the system means tuning it is not often needed. In addition there is near zero database administrative effort required for most IBM i systems. Since all disk space is typically viewed as a single store, space for tables and collections is automatically drawn from and returned to that space.

Comment Re:Lots more from AS400/OS400 (Score 1) 484 484

Because of the object oriented nature IBM i (the modern version of OS/400) a thing is either a program or its not. Creating programs from source generates an intermediate level code. This code is then compiled into lower level code that differs by O/S version and by the underlying hardware (e.g. POWER8 or POWER7). Because the object is a program you may only perform actions allowed on programs. Execute it, rename it, save it, restore it, move it, delete it, change it's owner or authority. That's it. You cannot change it's type to say 'File' and then edit it and then change it back to 'program'. The O/S blocks that which is beautiful and it's why there are no anti-virus products for IBM i! You also cannot execute something that is not a program. So that avenue of attack is also unavailable.

Comment Re:Please insert Multics subthread here. (Score 1) 484 484

Yes! IBM i (The current generation of the AS/400) with its 128 bit address space would work well in a computer with only memory, no disk! In fact it was envisioned that way at its inception. Additionally the abstraction that it brings allows program objects going all the way back to the System/38 to run on current POWER8 hardware unchanged. That's software investment protection! Of course why you would want to run 30 year old software is a valid question but you could if it was valid and needed. The second benefit of the abstraction layer is that new hardware is easily introduced and over it's history OS/400 (the O/S that ran on the AS/400) and now IBM i have hit many first in the industry points. These include memory and storage technologies such as the first SAS based SSDs. Oft overlooked except by sysadmins the command line of IBM i is also second to none being very intuitive, very consistent, and easy to learn. One example is vfytcpcmn which does the same thing as ping. (Yes ping works too!).

Comment Re:Some notes... (Score 1) 190 190

Clearly not the first if this type of harassment. Check out Chip Rosenthal's nightmare. He registered unicom.com the first day registrations were available and used it as his company web site. Years later a very annoying man started a company named Unicom systems and then spent thousands trying to get the name from Mr Rosenthal. Eventually the courts finally settled it in Mr Rosenthal's favor. http://rightwingnews.com/speci...

Comment Re: Storage (Score 1) 516 516

We have a co-op rather than a private utility. They trim every year and if you don't allow that they add a cutoff switch to your leg so that when branches/trees/etc fall on the lines you get cut off and the rest of customers still have power. They then only repair your leg when the weather improves enough for it to be safe for their linemen to work there. The system isn't perfect of course as not every tree can be trimmed far enough back to make the lines immune to damage but our power rarely goes out even in high winds, storms etc and we're out in the boonies.

Comment And the extra heat goes where? (Score 1) 216 216

As an IT guy I know it's easy to know how much cooling a data center requires, just look at the input power and do the math. 3,413 BTU out per kWh in. But once extracted to keep the servers cool, where does it go? Mostly it gets dumped outside. If you're in Texas that probably makes sense. Here in the Midwest of the U.S. we had a brutal winter with lows approaching -20F (-29C) yet most DC heat went right out the window while the furnace worked overtime. Am I the only one that thinks this is stupid? I don't care what your stance on Global Warming/Climate Change/etc where's the economics in buying all that heat twice?

Comment Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 798 798

At my high school this was also the norm in the late 70s. You could have armed a decent size militia from our student parking lot. Then add various other items like axes, chain-saws, knives etc to the mix as well. Likely 75% of all students had a pocket knife with them at all times and it was normally very sharp. There were exactly zero stabbings, shootings, or other injuries from weapons in my three years there. There was never a concern spoken about any of this because parents taught their children to respect others and any student who got in trouble at school was in BIGGER trouble at home. Today it's nearly automatic for the parent to take the student's side even when the student IS in the wrong.

Comment Re:Won't work (Score 1) 342 342

If you simply change everyone's temporal frame of reference by the exact same amount, you have done nothing, really. Everyone will simply account for the 500ms delay, and trades will still execute in the same order.

Exactly. So look up IEX. Their solution is to 'position' themselves electronically to be *EXACTLY the same number of ms away from all the major exchanges in the U.S. So when they execute trades across 5 exchanges they all happen at EXACTLY the same time on all the exchanges. Thus those HFT guys react too late, all the needed buys for the specific transaction have already occurred. HFT Guys loose. Bummer.

It's not all about speed it's about timing.

Comment Re:In a society that has destroyed all adventure (Score 1) 364 364

I ask you to show me a single law that says coasting is illegal because you're makin' that sh** up. Sure I suppose kicking your car out of drive so you can roll 1/4 mile at 10 to 15 might be frowned on. However there is no way you're going to get me to stay at the speed limit until I have to lay on the brakes lurching to a stop like a bad bus driver just so you can hit the slip lane 4 seconds sooner.

That said around here you would be one of the 10% that know what a signal is for. If I see the vehicle behind me with a signal on and I can make way for it to turn I will always accommodate that if it means moving up, moving over a bit or even speeding up on occasion. I will NOT do that if the vehicle is flashing it's lights, sounding it's horn or tail-gaiting.

Additionally 90% of my driving is two lane rural roads where slip lanes simply don't exist and stop signs are the norm. If I roll up to the car ahead of me as it rolls away taking it's place at the stop sign I have perfectly executed that intersection. Even if there are 50 cars behind me I am hurting exactly nobody.

I also think you need better brakes! My vehicle has 145,000 miles and is 8 years old and still has the factory brakes, inspected just last month. 6 months? Really???

Comment Re:In a society that has destroyed all adventure (Score 1) 364 364

And coasting is a problem why? If I get there before the light changes or shortly thereafter thus NOT turning kinetic energy into heat by means of friction, that is a good thing all around. Less fuel burned. Less brake wear. Less damage to roads due to lower speeds. Improved safety as I have no need to wonder if the coefficient of static friction between my tires and the road, or snow, or ice is sufficient to slow my vehicle before it impacts the vehicle ahead of me. When a tailgaiter blows past met just to get to the red light before it changes I think to myself: "Yep rather have a poor driver like that ahead of me where I can see them, rather than behind me where they have the ability to do me harm." In 38 years of driving, in Michigan where it rains, sleets, snows, and freezes, I have rear-ended exactly one car (at less than 5 MPH) and been rear-ended exactly once. Safe driving works.

Comment Re:Understandable, but... (Score 1) 378 378

Yes I do and our stuff WAS on time but knowing the roads and massive number of trees down around here that WAS impressive. The trucks were spending extra time and miles figuring out how to get to various addresses but not everyone was even accessible. We were told as many as 6 days to get power on but it was only 2. Yes it went off a few more times and our generator got a workout but as you say, live where we live and be prepared! Fedex called me to meet them down the road so they would not get stuck having to back a 53 footer away from a downed or 'low hanging' tree.

Comment Re:Understandable, but... (Score 1) 378 378

The logic is good BUT said drivers, being retired, are not likely to want to work Christmas or New Years. Also they need to maintain their endorsements and physicals etc which many choose not to do. On a fabulously smaller scale my wife hires drivers and prefers that most of them be part time. This gives her maximum flexibility to scale up and down easily week by week as routes vary. This week every driver is working maximum daily hours because they got Christmas Even and Christmas off but the job is getting done. Her methodology doesn't work as well for a massive truck fleet.

Comment Re:Understandable, but... (Score 1) 378 378

But you need drivers. And as it works out in the Midwest of the U.S. Christmas happens when the weather is often 'quite frightful'. I do work for trucking firms and know that getting GOOD drivers is a full time challenge. Need to staff up at Christmas and you're not going to get the best drivers. Then put them in old trucks. Now put the poor drivers in old trucks on sloppy slippery icy roads and you can imagine that incremental capacity is no where near as cheap as you think it might be.

Comment Re:Understandable, but... (Score 1) 378 378

Then you balance out my excellent UPS Service. We live in a rural area that was CLOBBERED with Ice on Dec 22, over 75% of our county had no electricity. My UPS packages still arrived on time. Speaking to the driver he admitted some did not because he could not reach the homes due to downed trees and blocked roads. Six days later, power is STILL out in areas around here (mine is out now in fact) so a delay in delivery is not at all unexpected.

Comment Re: There must be a very good reason... (Score 1) 579 579

Ludington MI has had a pumped storage for more than 40 years on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its a 2.1 GW facility that draws water from the big lake during low electric usage and lets it flow down generating power when needed. The concept is simple as was previously mentioned but the cost to build is not. Additionally special care must be taken not to pump fish through the system. This is the sort of thing we would need a LOT more of to support huge increases in Solar or Wind energy on the grid. And they would need to be located 'closer' to the generation point. THAT is a hard thing to do!

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark