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Comment Re:Its all in the taxes and incentives. (Score 1) 211

Experiment? The one in Ludington MI has been in operation since 1973 with a peak generation capacity of 1.8GW. It can go zero to 1.8GW in 30 minutes. It sits on the shores of Lake Michigan about 360 ft above the lake and smooths out the power here in Michigan all year long.

Comment Re: Its all in the taxes and incentives. (Score 1) 211

So far the only thing that has 'broken' any of our Toyota hybrid power trains is a tree. It was not the tree's fault. We are on our sixth Toyota hybrid with at least 750,000 total miles on them and still own four one a 2001 model. Many of these miles would be considered serious abuse like delivering newspapers 7 days a week for years in one of them. Some days that car started with the springs crushed right to the axles. We live in the snow belt of Michigan and they are excellent in the snow though the mileage does suffer in the bitter cold of mid-winter. In all those miles the non routine maintenance has included a few wheel bearings. Toyota has recalled them several times for some water pump issues, replacement fuel pumps on early models, a steering issue, and a few other things. I could not recommend Toyota's hybrids more highly.

Yes the parts are expensive they tell me but we've never had to test that theory.

Comment Re:Don't take yours in. (Score 1) 411

And should you actually RIDE one of these hybrid buses they are much smoother and quieter than their straight diesel counterparts. There is no revving engine and no lurching shifts. Due to the regenerative braking there is both less brake dust and dirt and they last far longer saving maintenance dollars. The more they build the better the cost will become and the better they will be for everyone in nearly every way.

Comment Re:I would laugh but that's too much effort (Score 1) 253

I really don't care if there is a standard or not, if nobody is utilizing it then it's just fancy documents somewhere. If Internet over Power Lines was going to take off I would expect it to already have done so since the power lines have existed for a century and already extend to effectively every home that would want Internet service.

Our power provider services many of the most rural areas of the state which translates to 'areas that don't have high speed internet'. They have been reading meters over the power lines for 15 years so they know that data can traverse the lines but in investigating providing Internet they couldn't find a solution that would work and be cost effective enough for people to purchase it.

As various wireless technologies improve they are the best bet for rural areas to get reasonable speeds at reasonable prices.

I'm not quite sure how IPV6 makes a whit of difference in the equation. Do 128 bit addresses go faster than 32 bit addresses over Power Lines somehow?

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

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

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

Clearly not the first if this type of harassment. Check out Chip Rosenthal's nightmare. He registered 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.

Comment Re: Storage (Score 1) 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

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

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

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.

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