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Comment Re:Because it's a small market (Score 1) 244

Wait until the cloud craze is over in 4 or 5 years...

You think? I don't think it'll be over. I think it will continue to grow. For most businesses, running a mail server is a pain in the butt and not part of their core business.

One of the problems is, going with a large hosting provider, means your company no longer gets to set the operational policies

Most people don't care.

There are of course additional security risks, and by using a hosting provider, your mailboxes may be additionally subject to NSA interception through off-the-record provider cooperation or other espionage.

(1) most people don't care and (2) even if you run your own mail server, NSA can intercept anything they want. You have to work on the assumption that the NSA can intercept all traffic it cares to, and also that it can decrypt specific chunks of that traffic if it really sets its mind to it.

Comment Because it's a small market (Score 2) 244

The anti-spam market is small, mature and shrinking as more and more companies outsource their email to Microsoft or Google. While it can be profitable, the actual numbers are way too small to interest behemoths like Intel or Google.

I happen to run a small anti-spam company. We're doing extremely well, but that's because we have low overhead and can survive quite nicely on the little slice of market share we have. But I have no illusions that my company will be the next Facebook or Google or whatever... we'll chug along steadily for as long as we want to, and we'll make a very nice living at it, but that's about it.

Comment Re:Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 1) 184

Current blades are trucked in one piece (per blade) which is impressive to see. Three of them were parked on I-5 outside of Patterson, California a few months ago. There are a lot of net videos and photos which convey the scale.

Even at the current size they can't get through many highway interchanges and local intersections. The larger ones won't be able to ship in one piece at all.

Comment Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 4, Interesting) 184

NASA Wind Turbines approached this scale in the '80's. Unfortunately, this was a previously-unexplored area of aerodynamics for NASA, and they had mechanical stress and noise problems (including subsonics) and were all demolished. I think there was one near Vallejo, CA being taken down when I got to Pixar in '87, and one in Boone, NC, which famously rattled windows and doors.

The art has since improved. I took a ride to the top of the turbine at Grouse Mountain, that was fun! That's the only one I have heard of where you can actually get to see it from the top.

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