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Comment Re:About that 911 thing.... (Score 1) 284

I work at Intel at one of their major fabs in the Arizona desert.

Our emergency procedures are virtually identical to Amazon's, and our corporate health services explains why: Our facility is huge (the campus is probably a square mile in size, and the buildings are around 100,000 to 200,000 ft^2 each), and the nearest fire station or ambulance station is about a mile away. As a result it will take the local paramedics a long time to arrive and render aid. It is much faster to call our internal emergency response team (ERT) -- they will dispatch ERT parametics to render first aid and call 911 as necessary, and will direct local paramedics. Our ERT routinely trains how to get to any point on the campus within a couple minutes; our ERT is also composed of ordinary people doing non-ERT jobs throughout the campus, who are trained to respond to an ERT callout at a moment's notice.

A few years ago we had a worker literally drop dead somewhere in our fab; it was never released exactly what killed him, but they ruled it was not an industrial accident (likely a heart attack or heat stroke). What they learned from the investigation is that this individual wandered off to do something without telling anybody, and no one knew he was missing until he had already died. If you know anything about large factories, you know how easy it can be to disappear and no one notice you missing; this is exactly what happened in this case. Its why, for your own personal safety, you should always make sure someone knows where you are at all times, and have a means of contact you and you to contact others for help (whether its two-way radio, cell phone, or some other means).

As much flack as Amazon gets and often deserves, this is not one of those times they deserve it.

Comment Re: Get a real mail account (Score 1) 388

I've used my own domain for 9 years with paid hosting thru a major host. Personally I can't stand webmail and stick to traditional POP3 email and for that purpose it suits me. But it is easy enough to set up domain forwarding to services like gmail if you choose (most likely for a fee).

The nice thing about buying a domain is you can pretty much set up unlimited email addresses under the domain for any purpose you choose, or use a single email address as a "catch-all" for said domain. Web services like Facebook won't know and won't care.

As for specific hosting recommendations, they are all about the same in terms of terrible service and support, but I encourage you to research and decide for yourself.

Comment Reviving the bit wars? (Score 4, Interesting) 773

The one thing that struck me as odd is how much Apple is trumpeting 64-bit.

On a desktop or laptop computer I can see why you would care about 32-bit vs 64-bit; being able to address more than 4 gigs of ram is a huge selling point for 64-bit. But for a smartphone with only 1 gigabyte of ram, why should anyone (outside of developers) even care?

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 79

They are claiming that their coolers are suitable for CPUs with a TDP of 400W, at least that is how I interpret it. Which would mean that something that generates less heat than 400W (like pretty much every AMD and Intel CPU) would benefit from the additional cooling headroom.

Comment Use your own domain and host (Score 3, Informative) 410

Domain names are relatively cheap, and hosting is relatively cheap. I go that route myself. The only people that have access to my server is the hosting company (which is no worse than Google to be honest)

if you have the means, the very best solution is to run an email server out of your home or place of business.

Comment Didn't Canonical try/do this with Ubuntu? (Score 1) 608

I seem to recall something very similar happening with Ubuntu last year with Ubuntu 12.10. Canonical received all sorts of flack for it, and rightly so. But at least with Ubuntu, you can at least disable that "feature" without much effort.

Makes me wonder if Microsoft is going to get a free pass because, well, Microsoft.

Comment Re: OK,here it is good luck with the encryption (Score 2) 397

In Texas, and I suspect other states, refusal to blow into a breathalyzer is grounds for arrest and then forcible draw of blood. The probable cause for this is that you refused to breathe into a breathalyzer.

True in Arizona. Plus refusing to take a sobriety test (they give you a list of options, so you have to refuse all of them) is an automatic 1 year license suspension even if you are not convicted of a DUI. And then they can still arrest you and/or a judge will issue a warrant for your blood.

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