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Comment Scalable b/c it's stateless (Score 3, Informative) 66

One of the great advantages that allows object storage to be scalable is that it's completely stateless. A single command has no dependency on the previous or next command. There's no modification of existing objects, no "seek then write" commands either. This allows object storage to maintain one of the key tenants of being a cloud storage, it's not to provide high availability of a given instance, but to guarantee that the "retry" or the "allocation of a new resource" always succeeds. For example, VMs can go down at anytime, but there should never be an instance whereby you cannot create a new VM to replace the one that just died. While VMs can die at anytime, the VM service (EC2, Nova) can never go down.

With this crap like "seek", "open" then "read" that the author proposes you now have commands that are dependent on each other and thus create state. Something we want to avoid.

Comment For Unclassified is Fed IT diff from Corp IT? (Score 5, Insightful) 676

I'm not a Federal employee and I work in "Corporate America" and I know that if I told people to not use my but instead send it to or, I would be terminated pretty fast. Regardless if the content I was reading was marked as public, classified or highly classified. Even when we have new employees who do not yet have a corp ID/email address yet and want to use their own laptop for the first week, we cannot send them email to their personal accounts.

How did she get away with this basic violation regardless if there are classified or non-classified emails.

How did she get people to send email to her personal server? Did she just set up her federal account to forward it to her automatically or did she start also telling people (lots of people), "Please send it to

Submission + - Herbalife wants Twitter to unmask troll->

HockeyPuck writes: Herbalife filed a “discovery before suit” petition this week in Illinois court asking Twitter to provide information that would help identify the Twitter user @AfueraHerbaLIES. That user joined the service in January of this year and has tweeted fewer than 2,000 times, exclusively about the negative practices, news and products of Herbalife.
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Comment Safety Hazard... (Score 3, Informative) 67

I worked with a company that did a proof of concept for these "oil bath systems" It was just like in the photo, a rack on its' back immersed in a tank of oil.

From a cooling standpoint, it was great, from a parts replacement, it's a disaster waiting to happen. It's not how hard it is to replace the part. We installed a small crane above the rack to make it easier to lift the server up out of the bath, so we could lay it down and replace mem/cards/SSD etc. A 1RU server can weigh anywhere between 30-40lbs, and a 2RU server can weigh almost 70lbs.

We had to surround the bath will a perforated rubber mat, as oil+typical datacenter floor is a huge slip hazard.

You've also got to install pumps and a heat-exchanger. Reminds me of the old water cooled mainframes. Just with way more plumbing.

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

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

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

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

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.

Submission + - 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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Karl's version of Parkinson's Law: Work expands to exceed the time alloted it.