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Comment Re:Self directed/managed teams are not new ... (Score 1) 325

this. There are a lot of people in the world who just want a paycheck, as opposed to trying to accomplish something and overcome a challenge. I work with mostly the later, and it's made all the difference. Sometimes it gets weird, but for the most part we enjoy tackling each goal set before us. Sometimes your the visionary, other times your the drone just pushing someone else's idea through.

Comment Re:"What's the matter with your eyes, boy?" (Score 1) 112

Although your comment made me laugh, sometimes it's not that far from the truth. Trying to drive a car after an hour plus run can be a little dangerous sometimes. You can be all sorts of buzzy and distracted for well over an hour after it. From dehydration to exhaustion, there are all sorts of reasons driving can be a bad idea.

Comment Well, that was insulting (Score 2) 616

Just because I can change my break pads, or replace the vacuum assist for them, doesn't make me a mechanic. I found that article to be insulting to programmers, men, and women. I can't believe I just read an article that said the only reason math and CS are linked is because they are full of men. Really?!?!

Comment Re:Is there a site maintaining a list of "bad" SSD (Score 1) 182

We have Crucial/Micron SSD's in RAID 10 configurations. We of course by them in batch. There's nothing like watching 16 of them all go "bad" at the same time, and not having a clue WTF is going on. Fixed via firmware, but glorious hell, it made my heart sink watching every drive just die in a 20 second window. Randomly and repeatedly over a period of a couple weeks. They all work like a charm now...

Comment Re:A lawyer's perspective (Score 1) 183

As a coder in illinois who's currently trying to implement/ implemented a PACER like system for 70 of the 102 counties. Cost is really not a problem. Who pays the cost is, and most attorneys at this time are not big fans of tech. We're starting to get some success in the state, but it's slow coming. We have better luck with out of county Attorneys than local ones, since they can't just walk across the street to file something. In the last 5 years, a large number of our courts have started scanning everything, and in the last year or so, we've had a good amount of success at getting them to put all of the documents online. Currently it's only the attorneys of record who can see those documents though due to IL supreme court rules.

Your calendar thing cracks me up though, we implemented and ical feed for all of our courts 10+ years ago. This is per attorney or judge, or police officer btw.
Of the 70 counties where this is available, we have 1 user of it..... out of 74692 attorneys. I keep hoping that the younger generation of attorneys, and their secretaries) coming into office in the last few years will have higher technical expectations than the old farts who are leaving, but only time will tell.

I guess my point is that the tech is there, the courts have put it into place and paid for it, but the attorneys just don't have the desire to use it, much less share the cost.

Comment Re:Blade servers blow (Score 1) 56

We're actually moving away from blade servers to standalone servers. You can get so many cores on a chip now that each set of 8 blades can be replaced by 1 2U server. Each server has a number of raided 2.5" drives that we use with glusterfs for redundancy between servers which we then re-export over Fiber channel so that we can get rid of our dedicated FC arrays, yet continue to use the FC infrastructure we have in place.

Comment Re:Answer: You can't. Even wired (Score 1) 279

I have fiber in my house as well; not Google, but got an opportunity and took it. It's a new house and we ran cat 5e everywhere. Maybe some day I'll regret not running cat 6, but I doubt it. I just recently put the ends on the cables, and stopped using wireless for everything. It's made a huge difference, and well worth it. It's not uncommon for 5 people to be streaming something different at the same time, and the wireless just couldn't handle it. Depending, you might be able to replace all of you phone lines with ethernet. You can always use an RJ11 in an RJ45 jack and just decide at the patch panel what it's going to be, phone or ethernet. If this isn't a new house, chances are you have a bunch of unused phone jacks just taking up wall space. And depending, you might just be able to pull the ethernet using the old phone line.

good luck

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