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Comment Re: Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 571 571

Yes because total control of the commons worked SOOO well for the Soviet Union and their satellites. Governments with total common ownership are responsible for the worst ecological catastrophies in history. Even today, China, with total control of their energy industry, has the worst air pollution in the world.

Face it, the idea that command and control is the only way is a total lie. An open and free market for technological innovation will save the environment, not mimicking failed God damned central planning from last century.

Comment Lots of options (Score 1) 217 217

You could look into Lustre, although it would change your hardware configuration a bit (its not a SAN) Depending on your configuration and desired redundancy, this will affect costs a bit (i.e.. more luster nodes).

You could by a traditional SAN and tie it all together with fibre, though you'd need a clustered file system like Stornext, or another commercial CFS, or even GFS if you prefer open source. This would help solve your traversal of the system as a regular directory structure issue.

Best bet for backup would be to a robot tape library of some sort. There is some work being done on dynamic backup of data in Luster systems in the HPC space, but its not very mature. CFS systems like Sternest have methods in place for automatically backing up data on the filesystem.

Comment Re:Phase out fossil-fueled power plants by midcent (Score 5, Insightful) 308 308

Followed the link, searched for nuclear, didn't find it in the story. Closed the page.

If you are espousing 0 emission energy in the next 35 years, and you don't mention nuclear as a necessary component, then you are lying.

Comment Re:Only Two Futures? (Score 3, Insightful) 609 609

One can only hope. But we face the long hard task of the individualistic libertarians out there coming together in large enough numbers to begin to make a difference.

The irony is that the one thing too many of the Republicans and Democrats agree on is that the citizens have too much liberty.

I do sense a growing swell of "leave us the fuck alone" coming from the citizenry in many aspects of life. It is a message neither the Dems or Reps will acknowledge.

Perhaps libertarians can rise, but I worry it won't happen.

Comment Not sure what to worry about here (Score 3, Insightful) 615 615

I can't imagine that even with trucks driving themselves, that we wouldn't want or need someone being with the truck. For interactions with people for delivery, to handle mechanical problems or unexpected issues that would arise.

I just don't think it'll be the employment collapse everyone is imagining, I just think we'll move from truck driver to truck manager.

Comment Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284 284

Of course at this point I should point out how much of a staunch conservative Governor Cuomo is....

As a parent I don't view this (especially at the local level) as a conservative vs. liberal issue. I think that detracts from the issue.

I personally think that charters are an interesting way to set up schools, a friend of mine (quite liberal himself BTW) raves about the charter school that his daughter is going to. Although I agree that we haven't figured out how to best utilize them and arrange them.

I know a key crux of the matter is parental involvement, its a HUGE thing which is why my wife and I have been heavily involved in the PTA from the point our children started school.

Comment Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284 284

Yes, but if you get rid of tenure first you can start increasing teacher pay for the BEST teachers instead of the ones who have been there the longest.

That said, I have seen instances where the oldest teachers are the best, my son's 2nd grade teacher was IMHO literally worth her weight in gold, but has since retired. However, his pre-calculus teacher in high school was the worst teacher I'd ever seen at any level, and also had the most seniority, thankfully he finally retired too.

1.79 x 10^12 furlongs per fortnight -- it's not just a good idea, it's the law!