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Comment: Not so high tech... (Score 1) 557 557

A central vacuum...

A whole house fan. The one I put in uses server fans and has motorized baffle to seal off the vent in the winter (to keep warm air from going into the attic). It uses less power than my TV and is amazingly quiet. Most of us remember the attic fans that sound like helicopters. I have a 1700sqft house and if it's cooler outside than inside, like in the summer evenings, I can cool down the whole house in about 10minutes. Just remember to open up a few windows, otherwise you could be pulling dirt in through any cracks or ash from the fireplace.

Comment: Linfa Wang... (Score 2) 186 186

âoeIt will certainly lead to boring names and a lot of confusion,â predicts Linfa Wang, an expert on emerging infectious diseases at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong.

Now that sounds like a bad disease.... I'd hate to tell my wife that I've been diagnosed with a Linfa Wang...

Comment: Happened in the Silicon Valley as well... (Score 1) 296 296

Nothing new here...

Silicon Valley used to be farmland in the 70s/80s. HighTech and then the dotcoms appeared and the small 1500sqft homes were mowed down and larger homes were built. A starter home (3bd/2bath), built in 1965, in what used to be "sleepy Sunnyvale/Cupertino" is now $1.5m

Even looking at the demographics... when I went to grade school out here in the 80s my classes were all white/hispanic kids. Now those same classes have 10% caucasian and 90% Asian/Indian. No hispanic/black kids. And the average income of their parents is easily in the $300k/yr and up.

Comment: Re:Offsite storage (Score 1) 446 446

Btw, if you use the S3 calculator and look at the Glacier storage, it costs $0.01 per GB per month. Stick it in two regions and it rises to a whopping $0.02 per GB per month.

A fireproof safe is up in the hundreds of dollars. Though you could buy a fireproof HD... for a few hundred as well.

I have a home NAS and back the NAS up to the cloud just in case there's a fire in my house. If I was really paranoid I'd back it up to 2 different cloud providers (Amzn, Google, Azure, Rackspace).

Comment: Offsite storage (Score 2) 446 446

There's quite a few companies who've built their business around safe records storage.

Iron Mountain

These guys will store almost anything you want to pay them to. Documents, Hard drives, Tapes, paintings.... etc They can send an armored vehicle/courier to your source location to pick up the content.

Though if you have only a few HD, a safety deposit box at your local bank should suffice.

Lastly, encrypt it and upload it to Amazon S3's Glacier service. Heck you could upload it to a bunch of different Regions in case all of East Coast region is nuked.

+ - Karjisatsu: Is the culture around IT causing us to burnout or worse...->

HockeyPuck writes: A blog by John Willis explores the story of one industry peer, Carlo Flores, and his battle against Karoshi or "Death from Overwork". All-night, holiday work, excessive hours, excessive sales efforts, bullying, fear of losing one’s job, and of course screwed up management. Most of the modern day startups have all kinds of tales of employees and ex-employees telling stories related to these stresses., whom can we turn to when we're burning and stressing out? We can turn to each other.
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+ - IBM launches first new mainframe in 3 years->

HockeyPuck writes: IBM has just launched their newest mainframe, the first in 3 years. The z13 powered by up to 12 Z CPUs each having with 12 cores and each core managing 8 threads simultaneously accessing 10TB of RAM. Additionally, there are 11 Level-3 caches on chip and a custom chipset called Centaur that provides a level 4 cache with 410 GB/s memory bandwidth. It includes hardware engines dedicated to encryption and providing analytics of transactions in real-time, all while being able to support 8,000 virtual machines.
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+ - The Mainframe is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe! 1 1 writes: The death of the mainframe has been predicted many times over the years but it has prevailed because it has been overhauled time and again. Now Steve Lohr reports that IBM has just released the z13, a new mainframe engineered to cope with the huge volume of data and transactions generated by people using smartphones and tablets. “This is a mainframe for the mobile digital economy,” says Tom Rosamilia. “It’s a computer for the bow wave of mobile transactions coming our way.” IBM claims the z13 mainframe is the first system able to process 2.5 billion transactions a day and has a host of technical improvements over its predecessor, including three times the memory, faster processing and greater data-handling capability. IBM spent $1 billion to develop the z13, and that research generated 500 new patents, including some for encryption intended to improve the security of mobile computing. Much of the new technology is designed for real-time analysis in business. For example, the mainframe system can allow automated fraud prevention while a purchase is being made on a smartphone. Another example would be providing shoppers with personalized offers while they are in a store, by tracking their locations and tapping data on their preferences, mainly from their previous buying patterns at that retailer.

IBM brings out a new mainframe about every three years, and the success of this one is critical to the company’s business. Mainframes alone account for only about 3 percent of IBM’s sales. But when mainframe-related software, services and storage are included, the business as a whole contributes 25 percent of IBM’s revenue and 35 percent of its operating profit. Ronald J. Peri, chief executive of Radixx International was an early advocate in the 1980s of moving off mainframes and onto networks of personal computers. Today Peri is shifting the back-end computing engine in the Radixx data center from a cluster of industry-standard servers to a new IBM mainframe and estimates the total cost of ownership including hardware, software and labor will be 50 percent less with a mainframe. “We kind of rediscovered the mainframe,” says Peri.

Comment: General Counsel's Blog (Score 3, Informative) 96 96

Cisco's General Counsel has a blog on the subject.

From another article:

Arista was founded by former Cisco employees, many of whom are named inventors on Cisco's networking patents. Among others, Arista's: 1) founders, 2) President and CEO, 3) Chief Development Officer, 4) Chief Technology Officer, 5) Senior Vice President for Customer Engineering, 6) Vice President of Business Alliances, 7) former Vice President for Global Operations and Marketing, 8) Vice President of Systems Engineering and Technology Marketing, 9) Vice President of Hardware Engineering, 10) Vice President of Software Engineering, and 11) Vice President of Manufacturing and Platform Engineering all were employed by Cisco prior to joining Arista. Moreover, four out of the seven members of Arista's Board of Directors were previously employed by Cisco.

Comment: Employees at Google having kinds? (Score 0) 52 52

he big motivator inside the company is everyone is having kids,

Yeah right.

The average age of an employee is still in the mid to late 20s. Those that start having families and kids leave and are replaced by new employees who don't yet have kids.

Comment: Drop test (Score 3, Insightful) 375 375

Take your wallet, with whatever it is, and throw it down the stairs. Pick a nice long flight of stairs.

Now, take your smart phone with whatever protective cover you typically use and toss the phone down the same flight of stairs.

I'm guessing the wallet is a bit dirty, maybe a tad scuffed up, but the cash inside is still good and worst case a credit card is cracked, but I would bet that all the numbers on it are still perfectly legible.

I wouldn't make the same bet for the phone.

Bottom line: Wallets will always do better in a "drop test" than a smart phone.

Comment: The Brutal Diesel Tax... (Score 1) 395 395

I'm in California where gas is finally getting down to the $3.06/gal range for regular unleaded. Diesel though is still hovering around almost $.60 more per gal.

What burns me is that it isn't just the $.24/gal tax that's the difference but that you can find two Diesel providing stations that have wildly different prices, they could be different by $.20-.30...

Comment: Similar Apps? (Score 1) 145 145

Repeated Submission of Similar Apps
Submitting several apps that are essentially the same ties up the App Review process and risks the rejection of your apps. Improve your review experience â" and the experience of your future users â" by thoughtfully combining your apps into one.

This would explain why there's 500 flashlight/text-scrolling/mirror apps.

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban