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Comment Includes CPO Cars as well (Score 1) 70

Two years ago I bought a Certified Pre-Owned BMW from a dealer. It's basically a used car of a supposed "higher quality" from a dealer. Turned out that even though they do some sort of 5million point inspection, they forgot to clear the mp3 collection uploaded into the car's entertainment system, didn't clear the stored phonebook, nor the 10 recent phone numbers.

Comment Why not just skip Apple TV (Score 1) 89

I've been running Plex on a Mac Mini for about 5years now. Great software, easy interface and optimized for controlling with an apple remote control (silver 3 button, not white 2 button) or iphone app. I have it connected via HDMI directly to my receiver and GigE to my LAN. All my content I keep on a NAS array in the corner.

I actually bought the mac mini specifically for Plex as at the time windows and linux support was kinda weak. Now they've got plex running in TVs and other devices.

Submission + - HP to their Employees: Become a Contractor or Else (

HockeyPuck writes: In Hewlett-Packard's latest round of layoffs, some employees have been given a layoff ultimatum: Within 48 hours, take a new job at Ciber where HP has a contract-work agreement, and take a 50% pay cut, or be fired with no layoff package severance.

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.

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.

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