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Comment: Re:Super-capitalism (Score 3, Interesting) 516

by RenHoek (#48465655) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

1) Espionage is anything but cost-effective. But cost isn't the primary (or even secondary) concern there for those who want to do the spying. (It's (technical) feasibility)

2) Running cable above ground is _always_ more cost-effective then running cable underground. So if you:
- don't give a shit about your customers
- don't have a lot of competition because you can gain a monopoly by buying senators
- and if you do a bare minimum of maintenance because you want more money (more so if you _do_ run cables underground)
then even in a city, local power stability is going to be shit.

Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 2) 284

by RenHoek (#48465567) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

If you think 250TB of backup is a lot, then you don't need tape.

I currently backup about 1PB and data storage is growing exponentially here (gene sequencing data). Tape is the only cost effective solution for us.

I do agree though that tapedrives are ridiculously expensive but it's a sellers market. Tapedrives don't sell in massive quantities so the price stays up, mainly because there just aren't that many suppliers.

On the other hand. I called a shop a while ago to see what they'd give for our 5x LTO4 tapedrives since we upgraded to LTO6 and they only offered us 30 euros per drive. So if you don't need the latest drive out there, you can save a lot of money by buying second-hand.

Comment: Re:You need more nuclear and less renewables (Score 2) 516

by RenHoek (#48465511) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

It's true that renewable power levels like wind-power rise and fall, but once you look at a larger area then it pretty much evens out.

Of course you can back it up with other types of renewable that have a more stable output like hydro-electric of geothermal.

Comment: Super-capitalism (Score 1, Insightful) 516

by RenHoek (#48465493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

For one, the US is big.. really big.. So it's not cost-effective to run power cables and alike underground. So that makes them more vulnerable.

Also, the US enjoys a form of super-capitalism, where the almighty dollar stands above things like quality of service and stability. So companies do the bare minimum of maintenance, also worsening outages.

Comment: Never useful info given with patches (Score 5, Insightful) 140

by RenHoek (#47783347) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

What pisses me off as a consumer is that Microsoft patches never come with any kind of useful information.

"There are X patches available", and when you click a specific patch you get "This is a stability patch for Windows 8" or something generic like that.

How can a consumer make an informed decision to go ahead and install patches or not without hours of looking up KB numbers?

I'd like more info, so that unless a patch specifically fixes a security bug, I'd rather leave the rest of the patches uninstalled as long as my system runs ok.

Cellphones

The First Phone You Can Actually Bend: LG's G Flex 92

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-in-case-you-want-to-use-your-phone-as-a-slingshot dept.
iONiUM writes "As a follow up to LG's announcement of mass flexible OLED production, and as a competitor to the limited Samsung Round trial which was only available in Korea on SK Telecom, LG has released the G Flex phone which is curved vertically (instead of the Round's horizontal bend, which many thought was the 'wrong way'). In addition, the G Flex can actually be flexed, as shown in the video in the article."

Comment: No credibility (Score 3, Insightful) 433

by RenHoek (#44779713) Attached to: US Intercepts Iranian Order For Attack On US Embassy In Iraq

I think the US has lost all its credibility in the world since it became known where all of the 'credible documents' about Iraq came from. I'll believe there were chemical weapons used but most likely it was the rebels, trying to get other countries involved in their war.

Also, as a European, I'm getting ever so tired of hearing how 'America is the policeman of the world'. Why not let the Middle East countries clean up their own mess for once? The added bonus being a lot less angry Muslims giving the US the stinkeye.

Comment: Simpsons did it! (Score 4, Funny) 183

by RenHoek (#44616007) Attached to: Uncle Sam Finally Wants To Hear From Us On Digital Copyright Law?

Homer: “Don't worry, baby, the tube'll know what to do.”

He takes her form, puts it into a canister, and sends it through the pneumatic tube system. The canister takes a wild ride through the tube system, eventually being deposited... outside, where a nearby beaver collects it and adds it to a dam built entirely of message canisters.

Comment: Re:Their loss (Score 0) 410

It's racism to exaggerate undue fears that the Chinese are installing backdoors everywhere. They undoubtedly do install backdoors though..

However if the Chinese are ever coming for the USA, it will be through the courts with a small army of debt collectors.

So it's more about have realistic fears..

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz

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