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Comment: Re:collateral (Score 2) 494

by Lookin4Trouble (#36217296) Attached to: Corporate Mac Sales Surge 66%

As someone who doesn't work in a datacenter, is the rackmount absolutely necessary? Apple offers the Mac Pro in a server configuration.

Yes. Rack-mounting 2U Servers in a 42U cabinet means I can fit 16 comfortably with room to breathe, plus have my cable management solution, and room for a Power Distribution device.
Trying to shoehorn server towers into the same rack means I can fit 6 servers, with each pair sitting on a heavy-duty shelf. My cable management is screwed because I'm putting power, data, and control all bundled together up both sides of the rack, and if I need to perform hardware replacement/addition/maintenance, the server has to be removed, surgery done, and then hauled back into place.

Let's not forget the whole density thing - if I can fit 6 quad-CPU xServes in one cabinet, or 16 quad-CPU PowerEdge Servers, which one gives me the best bang for my (ridiculously expensive) pay-by-the-square-foot-per-month footprint dollar?

Comment: 1000 more datacenters? (Score 3, Informative) 246

by Lookin4Trouble (#33883116) Attached to: Feds Discover 1,000 More Government Data Centers
Yes, OMB changed what they consider a "datacenter" - previous Datacall regarded anywhere that had 5 servers, a switch, and a router as a datacenter. Now they've lowered the bar to (3 Servers) -or- (1 server + 1 switch) -or- (1 switch + 1 router) -or- (1 server + 1 router). Frankly, I'm surprised the number only roughly doubled, I would've thought there were a LOT more sites with a server, switch, router setup...

Comment: While not directly a suit (Score 1) 175

by Lookin4Trouble (#33798648) Attached to: Visual Depiction of Who Is Suing Who in Mobile
Another thing to consider is who's charging exorbitant licensing fees from whom. Example: RIM is charging Microsoft a per-seat licensing fee for any Blackberry user whose account resides on a Microsoft-hosted email solution. I'm sure there are other examples, but my google-fu is weak.

Comment: Maybe if they paid closer to industry standard... (Score 3, Interesting) 156

by Lookin4Trouble (#33745760) Attached to: Cyber Command Will Miss Friday's Operational Deadline
Having seriously considered the positions in question from their open job postings, qualified applicants stand to make somewhere in the mid-$100k range in the private sector anywhere in the country, and closer to the $200k mark in the DC Metropolitan area (the 2nd highest cost of living allowance area in the country, right behind Denver, CO). Salary ranges offered are in the $60-83k starting mark. Offer a competitive wage, and you may just get qualified applicants.

Comment: Re:The wrong market (Score 1) 257

by Lookin4Trouble (#31429164) Attached to: Unboxing the Fake Intel Core i7-920

"The failure on the part of the manufacturer of these fakes is that they shipped them to precisely the wrong market. Thousands of these puppies could have ended up in desktop computers and nobody would ever have known. The average consumer has no idea what's inside the case. Instead, though, the fakes end up at Newegg, where they get purchased by exactly the kind of people who can recognize them for what they are. It's almost like they were trying to get caught."

Subtle troll is subtle... Either that or you didn't even bother to RTFS and figure out that these things are not just fake, but totally non-functional. In which case, Obvious troll is obvious...

Comment: Not another "pull Cat5 via Coax" Post (Score 1) 608

by Lookin4Trouble (#31187572) Attached to: Suggestions For a Coax-To-Ethernet Solution?
Would not recommend using the coax as a solder hack-job to RJ45 connectors. Running all new cabling is easy provided you have the proper tools (flashlight, fish tape/rod, box of cable, cordless drill, long drill bit 3/8-1/2" head, box of draw-string, and a helper)

Do yourself a big favor, and when you pull in your shiny new ethernet, tie in some drawstrings so you never have to repeat the process.

Comment: Dropping mod rights to comment... (Score 1) 229

by Lookin4Trouble (#30948148) Attached to: RIAA Confusion In Tenenbaum & Thomas Cases?
Just had to comment on this - quoting "I don't care a fat rat's ass about that track having some DRM on it. It plays ... on my iPod...) - so what happens when Company X puts out their iPod killer with all the features (patented and copyrighted of course) that you've GOT to have? You going to re-re-re-re-re-purchase all that music you have locked up in iTunes? When do you stop paying the distribution and racketeering arm to be able to play the same progression of tunes in slightly different formay Y?

Comment: Alternatively... (Score 1) 226

by Lookin4Trouble (#30917404) Attached to: Antarctica Needs a Network Engineer
If you can handle working for a US-based company, you can make the same amount on a 6-month engagement with Raytheon Polar division. Bonus for the US-ians out there, the pay is tax-free since you're in international space for 20 weeks and you spend 3 weeks on each side of that in Sunny New Zealand. Good luck to the Aussie gov't filling this position, though!

The less time planning, the more time programming.