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Comment Re: Windows 10 (Score 1) 242

Microsoft try very hard to retain backwards compatibility, and there are all kinds of nasty hacks for that purpose...
The problem is that many things in windows were just so poorly designed that improvements can't really be made without breaking compatibility, scroll up and look at the post about console windows for instance.

Comment Re:Pooh-Pooh all you want. This is great news! (Score 1) 242

Your losing a lot of the flexibility and security of SSH by doing it via RDP, eg if your using key based auth then your key must be stored on the rdp host, and you can't pipe stuff back and forth to your local machine..
Also, putty is pretty dated when it comes to encryption ciphers it supports, so you need to maintain a weak ssh configuration on your hosts.

Comment Re: Management structure and meritocracy (Score 2) 263

Being in an office is often not productive at all...
From my own experience of working remotely vs a city office, most of us get a LOT more done when we're at home for a variety of reasons.

The commute is unpleasant - the office is in a business district and none of us can afford to live nearby, we waste a couple of hours a day minimum travelling on crowded trains which is stressful, uncomfortable and tiring.
There's lots of distractions in the office, when someone comes up and starts talking it derails your chain of thought, and when other people are being noisy nearby it's the same. When you're remote people don't call on the phone unless its urgent, otherwise they send an email which you can read when you've time to do so.
The office environment is uncomfortable, obviously this is down to the individual company trying to be cheap and buying shitty desks/chairs and not fixing the climate control etc.

Not everyone works better at home, depending on the environment and presence of distractions there but a lot of people work much better from home. The more flexibility a company offers the better... There are many roles which simply don't need to be 9-5 in a fixed office.

Comment Re:Caller ID Blocker (Score 1) 248

I wrote a few simple scripts for Asterisk using a bunch of celebrity sound board samples (borat etc), but something with silence detection and some crude speech recognition could be a lot more amusing...
I'm surprised there isn't already something like this you can download and plug into asterisk.

Comment Re:They do, but it's stupid. (Score 1) 212

I found the location :
https://goo.gl/maps/xodNYSEfSo...

The facades are actually west and east. They'll get about 715 kWh/m2.a of insolation.
North and south facades would get about 655 kWh/m2.a
Still, a southern roof with a 30 tilt would get 1230kWh/m2.a

Considering that the 2 top rows won't produce much, if at all, the tower won't produce 30000kWh/year, even with 20% module efficiency and 90% performance ratio.

Comment Re:They do, but it's stupid. (Score 1) 212

Ew. I think I see what they're doing.

First, congrats on your analysis, which seems on point.
But it gets worse :
http://www.autohaus.de/sixcms/...
http://motor-exclusive.de/news...
http://unternehmen-heute.de/ne...
http://auto-presse.de/newssys/...
As you see on those pictures, the panels seem to be custom made with 3*18 big monocrystalline-cells.
With 9 rows and 9 columns of panels, you get 3888 cells per facade, which means 7776 for both facades (so you were right for north and south facades).
Notice something? The big fat Porsche logo has been stuck on the friggin tower, and covers about 28 out of the 81 modules.
The modules that are behind not only do not produce anything, but, depending on the way the modules are connected to one another, they might also prevent other modules to properly work. This mismatch can lead to overheating and panel damage.
Nice design, here!

Comment Re:Units (Score 2) 212

Most people get a photovoltaic installation because it generates money, not because it delivers clean(-ish) decentralized electricity to the grid.
And you get paid a given amount of c€ per kWh for this electricity.
The average power output is interesting though, because it shows that it's not even enough to power 1% of a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (521 PS = 383 kW).
What a load of greenwashing bullshit.

Comment Re:$29K is a damn good salary (Score 1) 84

Wages have to be higher because the cost of living is higher, and the cost of living is higher because companies charge more for goods and services, part of the reason why they charge more is because they have to pay their workers more.

The problem is that companies are greedy and short sighted, so they will outsource to cheaper countries to reduce their costs... This will cut costs in the short term, but long term there will no longer be anyone able to afford your products.

Comment Re:No use fighting it (Score 2) 143

Maybe in the US, in some countries there are no such services at all or the services have much less content than the US versions (while also usually costing more).

Some places have slow/unreliable internet, metered internet, or internet which is slow/metered at peak times. Streaming doesn't work well in such areas as you generally want to watch at peak times.

Some people want to download content at home so they can watch it while they're away from home where they might not have reliable internet access.

Streaming services typically employ some kind of proprietary drm which limits what devices you can use for playback.

The streaming services just don't cut it, with torrents i can download content at night when the connection is fast and have them ready by morning for me to play on any device i want. I can watch them on my way to work on phone/tablet, watch at home on my laptop or tv, i can watch on my rooted android or my linux laptop. I can transcode the video to other formats if i need to.

If a service was available which let me download drm free video files in a standard format i would pay for it, but the current crop of streaming services are unusable for me.

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