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Comment Re: Duh (Score 0) 117

Power8, plus all F/OSS. Clearly designed for the software developer who has convinced their boss that 95% of their time should be dedicated to reinventing the wheel rather than the customary 25-50% most developers spend rolling their own bad implementations of known solutions.

The only plus side is the generous RAM. I think there is plenty of room in the x86-64 space for that amount of RAM at that price point.

If one is so paranoid as to need some special rig certified like this, one should a) not be using computing devices and b) realize much like encrypted traffic (e.g. VPN) owning and using such a computer lights you up like a Christmas tree to security services.

Comment Re:Batteries just don't store enough energy... (Score 2) 345

JP-8 Actually has a little less specific energy than automotive gasoline; however, the diesel cycle for ICEs (JP-8 is more or less kerosene, closer to diesel than gasoline) and Carnot for turbines turns the efficiency for certain specific load tasks in favor of these safer, lower energy fuels.

The bigger issue for a battery powered plane though is the fact that the batteries don't get substantially lighter and have mass going out the tailpipe. This is very important in fuel economy calculations for aircraft, you generally don't carry a full tank for continental flight. Just like the classic rocket equation, this is a sharp sword of adding more fuel, means much of the fuel is there just to carry the fuel needed to carry the cargo to the destination.

For shorter flights, as well as the turn around times typical for airliners, the battery pack would need to be entirely modular, both in size and swapping out between flights. This brings about a variety of new concerns structurally as well as for the the storage method for the battery. One can make it very modular, with solid electrical connections at the cost of yet more weight. The goals are largely counterproductive.

I suspect what Musk is really looking at though, might just be the low capacity private corporate jet industry. Gulf Stream certainly has nice enough margins to compete with, and the restrictions of electric power will just be a conversation piece for C-levels at cocktail parties.

Comment Re:Sexual Assault (Score 1) 513

Anything that helps stem the growing tide of selfish, entitled, assholes taking all of the wealth and resources of the rest of humanity is probably a good thing. Heck, I'm a US citizen, generally capitalist about most economic things, and I can't stand the degree to which those most willing to abuse others and grab all the cash they can touch are being glorified as winners.

This goes along with the "If a person is nice to you, but not nice to the waiter, they're not a nice person" logic that I wish more people used when dating.

Also, starting with small things like Cortana, it better preps the way for utilitarian assistants of a wide variety of personality. You want your submissive sex-kitten synth sex-bot, the behavioral response patterns need development as early as possible. Need a construction robot that points out dumb ideas to the foreman while maintaining "3 laws compliance", you're going to need a surly "f-you that's stupid" every now and then.

Comment Re:Nothing revolutionary (Score 1) 33

Besides the non-computer infrastructure, I have yet to see a colocation facility where customers didn't need small physical tasks on a daily basis. If these are just template setups where identical compute, storage, and networking gear are deployed cabinet after cabinet, then maybe. It takes either a lot of SDN and unified storage fabric or some very specific target workloads (they mention Netflix caching for ISPs, so meh).

Amazon is getting killed having to deal with multiple generations of very cookie cutter hardware and customers with varying demands leading to the incredible complexity in AWS offerings, all at highly elevated prices compared to just buying your own hardware and paying colocation costs (unless instance needs are way below 8x5, much less 24x7).

They would be almost better off with robotic / remote controlled site techs to cover 80% or so of physical needs and the same robot controllers sent on-site when the robot falls short. If they are doing the absolutely stupidest thing in field tech dispatch, 3rd party contractors who hire a Bob, it will be a giant shit show.

With respect to outsourcing, I wish someone would compile a comprehensive report on the productivity and hidden costs of a) highly motivated and skilled in-house workers vs. b) lackadaisical paycheck collectors vs. c) offshore contractor incompetence vs. d) onshore contractor dice rolling. I know my employer can hire 5 guys in India for what they pay me, but having to ask 3-5 times for a task to get done before it gets done correctly has to incur some costs besides employee time burned and latency for completion, like iteration #4 where you've yelled at them finally to do it right, and they cause an outage.

Comment Re:MailStore Home is the Answer (Score 1) 177

I was going to suggest running a pirate copy of Exchange in a VM so he could get the online functionality.

As for the remarks about the PST corrupting... rarely happens in Outlook 2010+, never if the PST is static / not connected to Exchange (OSTs have issues on Outlook 2013 with repeated network adapter handoffs between wired and wifi). He needs one golden backup of the PST and it will be solid.

Frankly, the most robust, mobile, inexpensive, and secure solution is an account used as an archive + index. Free, minimal data mining compared to GMail, plenty of space, accessible from browser or any client. If he wants absolutely zero data mining, go paid with O365 and add the legal/compliance archive to have a second paid backup.

Comment Re:Duh... (Score 1) 109

A class action needs to smack Kickstarter hard.

Besides the representation of investment as a long lead order fulfillment system, I can't imagine where they aren't violating some investment laws whether it be because they aren't providing investors with shares or not accounting for fulfillment as capital gains.

As for people trying to tout their anecdotally high success rates (e.g. 33%) compared to traditional investing, they seem to missing the fact that almost no Kickstarter has approached a novel problem. Everything they deal with is in the realm of known solution, can we produce in volume that people with the solution in hand won't touch because in the given industry, the business isn't there (from a volume perspective).

The average Kickstarter is essentially this: I know the components to make this product cost this much. Manufacturing by skilled labor adds this much. I can't make it myself or obtain those parts because I only want one. Essentially it's acting as an end around for the fact that all the parts are held hostage by the warehousing model and building a lot of simple things is 10-100x more than what manufacturers are able to directly assemble them at due to volume. A fine example is kit cars from mostly off the shelf parts from other automobiles. The rest of the Kickstarters are generally charlatans, especially including the ones with a good idea on a napkin. Those guys are just happy to have gotten 3 years of stable employment out of other people's wishes.

Comment Re:typical marketing horseshit (Score 1) 154

Also, screw starting a website or social media. Rural towns need to band together and hold the faces of big telecom to the f---ing fire.

It's reached the point where it would not be unreasonable for a violent mob to show up with torches and pitchforks at any telecom C-level executive's doorstep. Alas, we've become a society so violence averse that I think the U.S. is relatively easily conquered at this point. We've reached the pacifism which the Japanese attributed to us in the 1940s and then some.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 220

You're too late. Her message isn't for the technology elite and knowledgeable implementers. It's meant for the technologically moderately literate and illiterate CIOs and CTOs who have enough ethics still to question outsourcing to South-East Asia and Cloud hosting.

It doesn't matter how good the network security team at Amazon is when management is actively designing around the use case of the most security compromising end users: Software Developers.

The funny thing I can't believe is that the smaller, more ethical, higher performance, and higher cost Cloud hosts aren't bundling pentesting and remediation with those ASAv's, Check Point open servers, and Juniper olives. It's a no-brainer upsell where remediation and compliance can be part of the monthly fee or an hourly / fixed fee post-scan offering. Security is ALWAYS an easy sell after you hand the CIO the results.

Comment Re:How useful is this? (Score 1) 66

Owner of an Asus Zenfone 2 here. Stellar device for the sub $300 price point. Good screen, 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, micro-SD, and probably the only non-vanilla Android UI I have ever liked well enough to keep around.

It's only weak point is the camera is closer in performance to a Galaxy S4 than the last year and current flagships with laser assisted focus and 4K video (LG G3/G4, Galaxy S5/S6, Nexus 6/6x). I am actually waiting for the Zenfone Zoom and probably going to jump straight to getting it should the shooter prove a big enough leap.

I recommend the Asus Zenfone 2 to friends over the OnePlus 1 and 2 both now due overall better value and consistent execution. A few friends with OnePlus 1s had to deal with some of the common quality issues of a new comer to the field as well as the pile of poo that Cyanogen was becoming at the time.

Comment Re:Black Boxes??? (Score 1) 247

Today's level of anonymity is a recent and generally unhealthy for society development. Before the last 100 years or so of transit, most of your daily habits and movements would be well known to your neighbors and the idea of reputation and place in a given society was kind of a big deal.

If you were a "bad person" or just had a difficult past, you might move to another scarp of civilization with a fairly long multi-year curve before being accepted.

The whole idea that people should not be judged on each decision they make is silly. It benefits the most charismatic, pathological, and selfish in society.

Better to live in the days of being married off to someone you know than to be choosing someone based on 6-12 months of romantic intrigue. The same applies to most business and personal relationships.

Comment Re:Use-case? (Score 1) 165

Except the part where socially, we should shun unrepentant criminals. Being allowed to continue contributing allowed Kip to belong to a community and likely gave a lot of solace and sense to him that he wasn't a "bad guy".

One of the key points of prison time is being removed from community, much more so than lacking freedom.

Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 3, Interesting) 456

One other important bit. All of the legitimate biological research shows that humans don't really multitask. We do very well at high speed time sharing. Your analogy is biologically false.

It's important and completely lacking in the psychology field to actually validate behavior models and such analogies against physiology. It doesn't happen, and is specifically why your false analogy can seep through the cracks as useful.

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