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Comment: Depends on if you want to get calls... (Score 4, Informative) 99

by aaarrrgggh (#48184741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

If you don't need to receive calls, you can control use pretty well and maybe make it work for slightly less money.

Speaking from personal experience while traveling though, it is really a pain, especially for a prolonged period of time. If you have a specific need to use multiple devices for non overlapping functions (laptop, phone, tablet) where the functions really can't be done on a single device then the MiFi is cheaper than getting three SIMs. The only time I broke down and went this route in the last 10 years was in Sydney, where the hotel charged around $25 for wifi, and I only had one Australian SIM card that would work.

Convenience or cost...

Comment: Re:You don't need the bandwidth (Score 1) 150

by aaarrrgggh (#48148703) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Lease payments, power, bandwidth are all expensive in a colo. If you are out of cash, you are in trouble. Your assets could be used to wind down operations gracefully... Or to your point to repay your creditors.

Hopefully Google, Amazon, or Microsoft would give reasonable notice of a pending cancellation of a service, but there are no guarantees.

Comment: Re:Local Backups (Score 1) 150

by aaarrrgggh (#48148669) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Removable drives work well to a point, but you need at least 3 for a proper rotation. You also have the issues of failure rate and potential for theft, which eventually drive you to the SAN/NAS route which gets expensive quickly. Cloud services for our business have a sweet spot around 4TB of live data; businesses with highly distributed workforces may nap have a much lower threshold.

Cloud services seem to make sense to me for small companies not wanting to invest in servers and to minimize consulting, or companies of any size that just don't want to bother with it, and are willing to pay more for fewer distractions. Out of sight (site) out of mind. Buyer beware...

Comment: Re:Legally binding? (Score 2) 150

by aaarrrgggh (#48148579) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Moreover, if a big cloud vendor quickly closes shop, interdependencies and network effects are likely to have an impact on your contingent vendor.

We have hosted email, and will likely move to Amazon Glacier for DR backups; we have local snapshot backups that give all the information locally that would go to Glacier; it is just the earthquake/sprinkler/sabotage scenario that offsite would protect us against, and Glacier is starting to get competitive for our needs.

Like everything, it is a scenario you need a plan for. Depending on the impact, the plan needs to be developed, tested, and re-validated as appropriate.

Comment: Re:Developer unhappiness or Marketshare loss? (Score 1) 229

by aaarrrgggh (#48146597) Attached to: The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

AutoCAD LT is $800.
I think Omni Group had something on there for $140 a while back.
Generally speaking I don't have a need for many $5 apps on my Mac; if that is all it is worth I can use a spreadsheet or something for the functionality. The impulse buys just aren't there.

Comment: Re:When drawn... (Score 3, Informative) 38

by aaarrrgggh (#48065799) Attached to: Snowflake-Shaped Networks Are Easiest To Mend

Actually, a number of analysis over the years have shown that you need to limit non-isolatable nodes in a system to a maximum of six, there is also a substantial body of evidence that N+1 redundancy only adds redundancy for less than 6 units total. It would seem their analysis also relies on the ability to limit the number of nodes post-repair.

The idea may not be new, but the expression is interesting.

Comment: Re:Largest is probably in an earthquate zone (Score 1) 65

I think largest would be The SuperNAP in Vegas in terms of power-- I think they are close to 80MW of UPS. No one facility in California compares to that. I would doubt Tokyo would have anything at that scale; it would be well outside the city.

Comment: Simple Solutions (Score 1) 1

by aaarrrgggh (#48023859) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

The issue is that the energy and distribution costs are bundled, primarily for residential customers. Un-bundle the two, and have a specific demand charge (max kW power flow, either direction). The demand charge covers distribution, and you continue to net-meter energy.

The problem today is essentially that a residential user produces 4x their peak demand for a few hours a day, which forces the utility to have 4x the distribution capacity but they end up with zero revenue.

For the end user, if you aren't happy with it, go off-grid and provide a sufficient battery to make it work. As long as the utility is charging less than about $10/kW demand charge, it is cheaper to connect to the grid than provide your own batteries. The balance stops working when the peak PV component of production exceeds some magic number, but that should be over 40%.

Comment: Re:The Government also ruined my washer and dryer (Score 1) 602

by aaarrrgggh (#48007019) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

The secret is that you have to open the door and detergent tray on the washer, and the heat exchanger and lint tray need to be removed on the dryer, also with the door open.

We had a nightmare with our washer when first installed due to bad controller boards, but it has been working reliably for several years now. Not sure if I would go Bosch again, but it does the job pretty well.

Comment: Re:Training Budget (Score 1) 182

by aaarrrgggh (#47980649) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Forcing someone to train without paying them is illegal in most states. If someone like the OP wants to go to a conference for fun, professional development, networking, etc., that is all well and good; it is a shared benefit. Threats of being fired if you don't have certification X is unacceptable, but denial of future benefits is more fuzzy.

The real problem is some people want to be life long students and milk professional development funds, and policies need to protect employers from that.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau