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Comment Re:Open source SCO (Score 1) 158

so it could run Exchange 5.0

Yes, back when you had to stop all services just to do a full backup of the mail stores - yet it was version 5.0 and not pre-release beta software!
What that meant was that no mail could go in or out for the duration of the real backup which would typically take hours, sometimes most of non-work hours if you had early risers. Most people either lived dangerously doing partial backups or had adult supervision of a *nix box as a gateway doing spam filtering and catching all ingoing and outgoing mail so that it could be backed up. A lot of mail was just lost in those days with no real backup.

Comment Re:Open source SCO (Score 3, Interesting) 158

With all the money Darl and his brother sucked out of that company they never need to work again. His "business model" was to start a case that could not be won, give the legal work to his brother's firm, string it out for max legal fees then take a golden parachute.
Not a nice guy.
I've got no idea why anyone other than a crony would every employ him.

Comment Re:systemd has done more harm to Linux than SCO di (Score 1, Offtopic) 158

However the difference between the "flusterfuck dyslexic script hackery" and the new thing is if portions failed to work the old way the system would still come up with whatever it has.
This shit of hanging with no log available and then finding that just unplugging an RF mouse dongle is the secret to the booting or not is not what we are looking for in a modern system. Lots of things writing in parallel to a binary log? The 1960s called and said something about obvious failures wait to happen due to race conditions that Lennart has somehow not heard about.

Comment Re:systemd has done more harm to Linux than SCO di (Score 1) 158

Only true because SCO had nothing but lies and used the "but Amityville horror is true" journalist as a PR hack - thus just about anything else was more of a danger.

Still, Lennart's latest attempt at linux domination is flawed in many ways and still not ready for release yet but we are stuck with either using it or using old distros. Notice how many commercial operations are doing the latter and still stuck on RHEL6 to avoid systemd? Doing anything with Fedora outside of the norm (eg. running ZFS or using odd bits of hardware) means a risk of the thing just not starting - what an utter failure of something that began as an init system!

Comment Simple car analogy (Score 4, Insightful) 158

Darl McBride drove the public company that he'd been allowed to run into the brick wall that is IBM and took it to his brother's panel shop (legal firm). Both made a fortune out of the destruction. Massive legal fees and a golden parachute draining all value out of the company before bankruptcy.

Linux was just the distraction for an old fashioned two man scam.

Comment Re:that would be nice, but weather systems are big (Score 1) 154

Lastly, wind farms are NOT spread evenly around the country. They are located in specific areas where it makes sense to have them.

Specific areas spread around the country then.

and can't without save a complete redesign of the technology and replacing billions in infrastructure

That has already been happening incrementally ever since electricity transmission became popular, and it will continue to happen incrementally short of disaster. Also major clue that I'm somewhat amazed you don't know - if grids don't match you don't throw one away, you do something with the interconnection. Exactly what is beyond me because I was never that sort of engineer but I have worked with several. Apparently transistors made a lot of the problems go away.

Comment Re:if "flexible" means uncontrollable 100X variati (Score 1) 154

To put things in perspective they had fires due to hurricane Sandy wetting some gear where local transmission lines were nailed directly into wood! No insulators! "Third world" doesn't cover how bad some stuff that has been "grandfathered" in and there are transmission losses in some bits of the US network that defy reason.
However, if they stick wind power units out on a remote and rocky cost they can run lines that lose hardly anything over 100km.

Comment Re:Energy mix indeed (Score 1) 154

With respect variable demand is a pretty huge reason for a mixture of small unit sizes and large before you go anywhere near the features of energy types.

It seems like _maybe_ you don't care for math

I used to work with applied mathematicians for the extremely nasty stuff and have had to resort to numerical solutions instead of analytical for some stuff, but I think you are getting the wrong idea maybe due to some things I have written about extremely simple concepts. After an argument erupted here over braindead simple orbital mechanics that any kid over ten paying attention to the space program would have been able to work out I've been trying to dumb things down as much as possible without changing meaning.
The paper looks interesting at a quick glance. A very old transmission engineer put it to me very simply years ago however. If you have lots of mountains and snow hydro solves everything, if you don't it's a tradeoff with whatever you have lying around. Civilian nuclear fits the description of what is lying around because the infrastructure and training costs can be offset by military expenditure. No military nukes? Then starting from zero requires insane effort. I have not worked directly in electricity generation and transmission since 1997 but things have changed depressingly slowly in those fields since then. Take a look at the Westinghouse AP1000 for an example - what is there about it that would look new in 1988?

Comment Re:My understanding of cubed. Your journal entry i (Score 1) 154

Yes you can do high school mathematics and more wind is better - but if a windmill can't get it's bearings moving with an airspeed of four metres per second it's a pretty fucked up design and is never going to be built. There's still a serious amount of energy to be gained when the air is moving at that speed especially considering the length of the vanes.
That's the difference between high school level and possibly first year undergraduate engineering, but definitely by second year - a bit of awareness about what bearings actually do.

I'm intrigued why it's hard for you to understand that Y = X^3

Suggesting that I'm answering a different question to the one that I am answering is either the act of someone confused or pretending to be for nefarious reasons - so no - I do not find it hard to understand at all.

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