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Comment: Two servers (Score 1) 281

by Trogre (#47961951) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Standard LAMP server for my environment monitoring, shared Calendar (davical, sync'd to Android gadgets, desktops, etc), data storage, web applications, email (getmail, postfix, dovecot, roundcube), etc.

Backup server (in another room from the first server), switched on by WoL each day, slurps data from server with rsync w/archival backup, waits a few minutes then shuts down.

10/100/1000 Mbps switch
ADSL modem
802.11n Access Point

That's about it from the top of my head. The server is over 12 years old and still going strong. And it draws about 50 watts. The backup server is a much more modern machine, but its power draw is negligible since it's only on for about 20 minutes per day.

Comment: Re:I have a phone in my pocket (Score 1) 130

What you say may well be correct, but not necessarily relevant. You always have a choice to turn off your phone, or at least turn off GPS and other location services.

These insidious "connected" vehicles will not give a choice. Want to travel by car? Get tracked or get out.

No thanks.

Comment: A massive toupee (Score 1) 708

by Trogre (#47850505) Attached to: Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

We could somewhat control the effects of global warming with a large array of satellites that unfolded large solar panels like big umbrellas to divert sunlight otherwise destined for Earth, controlled to keep the Earth within a desired temperature range.

I'm not saying it's practical at all, but it is within our means.

Comment: Re: A fool and their money (Score 1) 266

I guess to test it you would do just what you described, but with an added control - three points chosen randomly (on a map, preferably by a computer RNG). After enough repetitions you could build up a confidence interval to determine whether you could reject the null hypothesis (that the spots marked by dowsing lead to no more water than the random ones).

Comment: Re:Move a broken down vehicle? (Score 1) 506

by Trogre (#47771637) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Car carrier? Were they like buggy whips?

The cars will be manufactured with a full tank and when you order one with your credit card online it will drive itself into a shipping container and then over roads to outside your house, stopping to refuel as needed.

I'm only half joking.

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