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Comment: Help me out here a little... (Score 4, Interesting) 533

by NecroPuppy (#49504803) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

IT's early (for me) and my standard disclaimer of "the caffeine hasn't kicked in yet" applies, but "a power grid designed to carry it in the other direction" doesn't make a huge amount of sense to me.

I admit that circuits was a long time ago, and I never took (or had to take) the high power courses... But what does that even mean? The system is still AC, isn't it? So it's been handling carrying things in both directions forever.

Is this industry BS, or is there something to this claim?

Comment: So, dumb question(s)... (Score 4, Interesting) 342

by NecroPuppy (#49283929) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

But is the 25% tax lower than what they'd pay if they hadn't diverted profits? Equal? More?

To actually discourage diversion of profit, wouldn't the penalty have to be higher, or at least equal to, what they're avoiding?

And does anyone not think that this will lead to tech companies having field trips to Hollywood to learn their style of creative accounting?

Comment: What about those of us who aren't sure anymore? (Score 4, Informative) 174

by NecroPuppy (#47522585) Attached to: For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

My degree is in Computer Engineering, with some Master's work in Comp Sci...

And these days I mostly work system accreditation. That is, certifying that a given system is secure. I do relatively little of the tech work, but push a lot of paper.

Comment: The ones I really hate... (Score 3, Insightful) 199

by NecroPuppy (#46516143) Attached to: A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

Are the updates where the hardware requirements have changed so much that you effectively have to buy new hardware. Obviously, not an issue for phones, but annoying as hell on PCs.

Or the company that comes out with an (non-free) upgrade ~every~ year, necessary or not, and immediately stops supporting the previous version. "Yeah, we know about that rare bug. It's fixed in the latest version, which will only cost you $150k, across your user base, to upgrade to."

Comment: Why it's was being reported as suicide.... (Score 1) 126

Aside from lazy reporting, of course...

Is because there have been what conspiracy theoriests are calling an unusual number of banker (though they usually use bankster) suicides and mysterious deaths, since the start of the year.

So they're trying to make this death fit a pattern that may not actually exist.

Comment: Re:!able, unwilling (Score 3, Informative) 95

I'm (sorta) one of those admins.

It's not that local sites are refusing to go along with the data center consolidation, as we have to justify anything that stays here instead of moving to the data center 400 miles away, it's that in a lot of cases the data center people are saying, "You have to move", and then not understanding the reasons why we can't.

Whether or not this lack of understanding is deliberate or not, I'm not sure. We lowered our explanation to about a 6th grade comprehension level, and they finally seemed to get it, at least while they were on site.

Stuff like:

"These are the daily and weekly tasks we must perform with this system - you will have to sign an MOU/MOA (Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement) where you will accomplish these tasks how we tell you to." (Often, they didn't have the trained personnel to do it.)

"You will have to provide 24/7/365 uptime, with at least three 9s reliability (yes, I know that's low, but we couldn't justify higher), including the ability to do file level restoration." (They really balked at the file level restoration.)

"You have to have trained support personnel with OS experience." Their response was, "We can upgrade that to ." Our rebuttal, "No you can't, it has to stay in that exact configuration until changes are tested and approved by Echelon II."

We got to keep most of our stuff, at least so far.

"When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest." -- Bullwinkle Moose