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Comment Re:stupid (Score 3, Informative) 305

You're doctor probably does know what is right for you, so when you ask a reasonable doctor will say she is familiar with the drug, but that another drug will fewer side effects or less chance of addiction might be better to try first. At which point a person who wants the drug will find another doctor, which is what all this is about. The promotion of the drug culture. While the drug dealers and users of the 80's and 90's were on the street being shot down by cops, the drug dealers now are sitting in nice offices and the users are being treated like victims. Local agencies are paying up to $500 to treat people who voluntarily overdose on heroin while there are not enough services to help actual victims.

Comment Re:Austin? (Score 1) 464

Austin has always been a crap place to live unless you have a trust fund, are white, and young. It grew for a while because it became a tech hub for the well paid young mostly white people, but that just lead to it becoming more elitist and expensive. When people complain that Austin is in Texas usually take it to mean that while Texas is like only 40% white non-Hispanic, Austin is closer to 50%, so like, you don't have deal with as many Hispanic people there. In any case, as is mentioned, Houston is not a bad place to find tech work and live, if you make enough to live in the city. If you need a gentrified neighborhood, it is $500,000K and up for a house just like anywhere else in the US. If you can live with real diverse people then you can live minutes from downtown for $200K, and be against traffic going to work.

Comment Re:Seems like a much better business model (Score 1) 163

Apple users with too much money also have real time incremental backup in terms of time machine, have money to buy space on Dropbox, and have music backed up on Apple and Amazon. It might be worth $100 to some to buy the password and save the few hours it might take to restore a computer, but for many of us we simply will switch to our second or third Mac for use while the ransomed machine is restoring. I mean if you have a huge project that has to be completed that day and you are going to lose $1000 for every hour it is late, sure pay the ransom. But for most us, wipe the machine, restore, go about out lives, and laugh one again at the PC users that are too dumb to have an integrated backup solution.

Comment Usually it's the other way.. (Score 1) 622

Usually I keep paying more and more while getting less and less. Woo my Internet worked half the time this month at a fraction of the speed I'm paying for.. I must be the lucky customer. Networking is very cheap to deliver when done right. Disk space also is very cheap and by removing duplicates it quickly reaches a point where expansion needs slow. All these things are dropping in price constantly. Unlimited might be unrealistic but very cheap wouldn't be. By treating it as virtually unlimited you remove the cost of bookkeeping, explaining the bookkeeping, etc which can easily come to be a bigger expense than the actual product.

Comment Re:Political bullshit that has nothing to do with (Score 5, Informative) 369

A couple actual facts, and yes, to begin, this has nothing to do with the environment. Over the past few years US crude productions has risen sharply and imports have fallen dramatically. This has caused the price of crude to fall to level where exploration cannot be supported. All the oil companies are cutting back on exploration, some are exiting all together selling their leases. Politics, for instance, had nothing to do with shell pulling out of the arctic. It was that the arctic is still very expensive, and at $40 a barrel, no one is making money. Second, the pipeline is a conservative nightmare on many levels. Primarily it requires the US federal governement to take land from US citizens and give it to a foreign corporations. Many citizen land owners in Texas and other very conservative states have sued for their right to keep their land and not have it annexed to a foreign country, but the conservative courts have said that the landowners do not have the right. Finally there is the simple matter of production. The US has enough crude to refine. The pipeline made some sense when oil was high as there was going to be money to be made so investing in infrastructure made sense. Now, again, with crude at 40, there is no money to be made. However there is money to be lost. Oil refining has a lot of external costs in terms of health care costs, falling property values around the refinery, and yes, environmental destruction. The Canadians know this which is why they are outsourcing refining to their hick neighbors to the south instead of building infrastructure themselves and reaping the rewards of the alleged profit that comes with it.

Comment Terminology is not the problem. (Score 1) 568

The problem is less with terminology than with expectation. To often management doesn't want programmers to spend the time to correctly write the software. Not doing a shitty job can get you fired. Worrying about little things like not destroying users data, bricking machines, etc is considered a waste of time by the people calling the shots. Beyond that, users frequently don't care about such things until after they have a problem. They don't want to spend more or wait longer. Easier to get it cheap and sue when something goes wrong. I know more math, science, engineering practice, etc as any Engineer but getting to use it in any practical way is rare.

Comment Re:Consistency? (Score 1) 233

I won't buy an AppleTV because I need a device that supports Plex. As a disclaimer, I do have pretty much everything else that Apple makes. Likewise, I don't buy videos from any service because each is locked in to a specific service. Since I am not going to buy Apple video content, that is another reason to buy an Apple TV. Amazon streams video for free, and the Amazon device supports Plex, Hulu, Netflix, et al, so I do have a Amazon Fire TV. I think the best thing Apple could do is make the AppleTV and iOS device, so that the Apps can run on it.
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Twitch Viewers Will Try To Collaboratively Install Arch Linux (twitchinstalls.com) 103

An anonymous reader writes: Early last year, an anonymous developer had the idea to try to crowd-source a game of Pokemon using Twitch.tv. 16 days of continuous play later, they were victorious, with an estimated 1.17 million people participating. A new experiment is now trying to ramp up the complexity: the goal is to install Arch Linux. "Every ten seconds, the most popular keystroke in Twitch chat will be entered into an Arch Linux virtual machine." The launch page recommends taking a look at the Arch Linux Wiki, beginner's guide, and a list of bash commands. People in the video stream chat are already discussing strategy.

Comment Re:they serve a purpose (Score 1) 439

The point is that if I want a Tesla Model X, I have to pay at least 69,900. There is no way to negotiate, which is called price fixing. The reason the 'fake' sticker price is fake is because price fixing in the US is generally frowned upon, so we have suggested retail prices, offer prices, or the like. The only reason buying a car is such a hassle in the US is because we have decided that the most efficient way to buy, and in the US we are buyers of any piece of junk(just look at TV infomercials), not shoppers, is to have locally fixed prices for most items.

Also, if one have to drive all around town to buy a car, one must live in a pretty desolate area. I generally go to one place and see Honda, Toyota, Kia, etc. Then I go to another place and see Mercedes, Volvo, Lotus.

Honestly, if we were all willing to payer the suggested retail price for cars, as Tesla wants us to, then dealers would not be necessary. But as the art of the deal for the automobile is ingrained in the current US culture, we have dealers.

Comment Re:MST3K (Score 4, Interesting) 134

Well not exactly. In the book explains that the HAB had excellent CO2->O2 converters. Mars Atmosphere is 95% CO2. It just requires energy, which comes from solar panels. So he had near infinite O2.
The chemical conversion he does involved turning O2 and Hydrogen into H2O, which basically just involves burning Hydrogen. But burning hydrogen is very dangerous, so he puts on his spacesuit and empties the room of all the O2 (which requires a good bit of tricking the computer system). And slowing feeding the system just enough O2 and H to burn into water.
Unfortunately he forgot that his spacesuit slowly leaks out O2 when he breaths out. So the room slowly filled with O2 until it reached a critical point and the entire room exploded. Much bigger explosion than in the movie apparently.

Comment Re:Will there ever be self-storage type datacenter (Score 1) 39

This was typical several years ago. Maybe 40 or 50 hot swappable servers with a load balancer in front. I remember when the load balancers became very good and affordable. Two different high bandwidth internet connections. Even a liquid fuel generator that would in principle keep everything up for as long as there was fuel. I built a simpler version of this back in the late 90's.

The problem was this is expensive. In particular you generally have one or more very expensive persons who main duty it is to keep up the computers, which was not normally a full time job, except if computers started failing in bulk, when there was enough people to get it fixed quickly.

Back then there was no standard solution. I recall when the first compaq adaptive load balancer was installed. It seemed a competitive advantage could be gained with the right combination of hardware and custom software. Now there does not appear to be any advantage at small scales. These types of servers are routine and we know what works and doesn't. There is no reason to run hardware when software or sales is the business. Even, for the most part, people used canned software unless their business is software.

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