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Comment: Re:On behalf of all network specialists, (Score 1) 197

by JoeSchmoe007 (#47217785) Attached to: Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

Yes, they do. I used to have Verizon 3G phone and it had public IPv4 address. At the same time later Verizon phones (LTE) would only have IPv6 (maybe also NAT-ted IPv4 , I am not sure).

I am now on AT&T and my LTE phone only has NAT-ed IPv4 address.

On both of these carriers you can have static IPv4 IP for one-time fee of about $500 if I remember correctly.


Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops 363

Posted by timothy
from the that's-just-the-solar-cover-charge dept.
mdsolar writes with this excerpt from Bloomberg News: "Arizona will permit the state's largest utility to charge a monthly fee to customers who install photovoltaic panels on their roofs, in a closely watched hearing that drew about 1,000 protesters and may threaten the surging residential solar market. The Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates utilities in the state, agreed in a 3-to-2 vote at a meeting [Thursday] in Phoenix that Arizona Public Service Co. may collect about $4.90 a month from customers with solar systems. Arizona Public is required to buy solar power from customers with rooftop panels, and the commission agreed with its argument that the policy unfairly shifts some of the utility's costs to people without panels. Imposing a fee designed to address this issue may prompt power companies in other states to follow suit, and will discourage some people from installing new systems, according to the Sierra Club."

Comment: Different purpose for different sources of info. (Score 1) 418

I think one should consider that there are 3 distinctive source of help/information serving somewhat different but overlapping goals:

1) Comprehensive books on the subject - especially useful when learning new technology from scratch to get a general overview of the whole environment/functionality/language/tools and how all pieces work together to create real life application. They often contain fairly comprehensive API description overlapping with:

2) Official online documentation (MSDN and alike) - complete API/technology reference with some of how-tos

3) Crowd sources - MSDN forum, Stack Overflow and other forums. Mostly geared towards giving answers to specific real-world question that cannot be answered by 1) and 2). Extremely useful because nobody can predict all possible real life scenarios and this is where the strength of the crowd knowledge really shines through because more often then not - whatever you problem is there is a good chance someone already experienced it and possibly found solution.

Comment: You are asking wrong question (Score 2) 210

by JoeSchmoe007 (#42136395) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best File System For Web Hosting?

If you are concerned about performance and expect constant email stream you should host mail, database and web-servers on separate computers. There is a reason any reputable host does it this way. Plus increased load on one component doesn't affect others.

I think file picking system should be the least of your worries.

Comment: Verizon 3G phone on Page Plus (Score 1) 294

by JoeSchmoe007 (#39141691) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Mobile Phone Solution With No Data Plan?

Someone else already mentioned 3G Android phone. I recommend (prepaid Verizon reseller). They have monthly plans and pay-as-you go plans. I use $80 card that gives you 2000 minutes and lasts a year. Data on this plan is $1/MB but it is still viable if you use rarely and limit background data usage with Droidwall app (your phone needs to be rooted)

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle