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Comment: Re:For some values of secretly (Score 2) 271

by Monoman (#48339965) Attached to: Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

"Buy here, pay here" are for high risk customers usually. I wouldn't be surprised if the repo rate is significantly higher and if multiple sales of the same vehicle are part of the business model. I also wouldn't be surprised if their financing terms are a "Lease to buy" type thing just to keep ownership of the vehicle in their hands as much as possible.

Comment: Why? (Score 3, Interesting) 232

by Monoman (#48292599) Attached to: Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

If people buy these simply based on price then most are likely to be disappointed. My guess is they will be marketing these towards students which is probably the best angle. Assuming they sell an acceptable number of them then only time will tell us if these keep customers happy for a reasonable amount of time. They'll need to make the upgrade to Windows 10 (and Office ?) free AND easy. They'll need to "just work" and stay that way. If these things things get easily infected with malware, spyware, or something more costly like Cryptowall then all money saved will be lost and then some. Windows has a reputation to fix and I'm just glad it isn't my job to try to fix it.

Comment: Re:Blade servers blow (Score 1) 56

by Monoman (#48170163) Attached to: Making Best Use of Data Center Space: Density Vs. Isolation

Blade severs should only be considered when you have space, power, or cooling constraints. They are more expensive and create their own specific issues like you said.

As far as scaling up vs scaling out in a VM cluster. I prefer more smaller nodes over fewer larger nodes. In a two node VM cluster you can't exceed 50% of any resource unless you are willing to deal with oversubscribed resources during a node failure. Well that isn't a very efficient use of equipment. As you add nodes there you can increase the usable percentage of a resources.

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