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Comment Re:What a wonderful unit! (Score 1) 332

I appreciate some of your points. I had to look up how many days it rains here (not easy to guess) and it turns out to about 30% of days (reference).

I can't give stats for everyone in the country but in my house, with 2 people, we each cycle a lot and take a shower every day with at least one bath a week. We do a couple of loads of laundry and all the normal washing/cooking/toilet flushing you expect. We collect rain for usage in the garden but importantly we have plants adapted to the local climate. We use 60L/person/day i.e. less than one sixth of a Californian. If I had a moderate pool (say 5x3x2m i.e. 30,000L, 8000 US gallons or 24 milliacre feet), that means that I could drain it and re-fill it completely every 2 months and still come in under a Californian usage. Surely most pools don't need much maintenance water provided they are covered when not used?

Comment Re:What a wonderful unit! (Score 1) 332

It's great isn't it? Google says 1 acre foot is around 1.23 megalitres (reference) or 1230 m^3.

The more astounding bit once you do the conversion is that according to TFS the average individual Californian living in a 5 person household uses well over 300 litres per person per day (reference). I'm from the UK, a place with over twice the rainfall of California, and yet our typical usage per person in a five person household is only 100L/person/day (reference). Even our "high usage" households only use 135L/person/day, only just over 1/3 of the *typical* California usage. What are they doing with it all?

I know the Californians like to blame agriculture for using the majority of the water (true) but these stats are just examples of the monumental waste of water that occurs, both industrially and residentially. If these waste problems were solved, I'd imagine there wouldn't be a shortage of water at all.

Comment It is rather ironic, isn't it? (Score 1) 1

It's bad enough that slashdot silently redirects all https connections to http.

For some extra amusement, here are some stories slashdot ran regarding expired certificates:

Submission + - Slashdot/Geeknet GeoTrust SSL certificate expired on 2013/04/22 1

An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot — the highly technical web news site — has allowed their GeoTrust-issued SSL certificate to expire on 2013/04/22. Why didn't Geeknet, Inc renew their certificate? Are they unaware that their SSL certificate has expired? And should a visitor be the one to tell Geeknet that their SSL certificate has expired?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: High availability expectation 1

An anonymous reader writes: Recently, an employer has had experience with Red Hat High Availability Add-On in a High Availability Cluster. Previous engineering left much to be desired with the old engineering not even being correctly licensed, CLVM missing basic setup options and more. Eventually, they called in the 'consultant army' to grasp at straws and eventually suggest that a High Availability NFS service can only be made with VMWare Fault Tolerant VMs. As it turns out, VMWare Fault Tolerant VMs have their own problems. NFS will be served from VMWare SCSI translated from Fiber Channel SAN and rely on a mash-up of technician responses or VMWare triggering a restart of the machine in the event of an issue.

Today, the current engineers are in a bit of a tough position. With a single consultant defining NFS service availability being a product of VMWare's HA VMs, the management has decided that the only reasonable direction is to push the NFS and PostgreSQL environment into VMWare.... permanently. This will eventually lead to a maintenance nightmare as the environment must be "Highly Available" — which includes forgoing any patching for uptime. Any advice from fellow slashdotters on explaining the misunderstanding of Guest HA and Service HA we seem to have?

Comment Re:Tagged "whocares" (Score 1) 86

It's also still there in the title tags:

  <title>Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters</title>

However, since many browsers, especially those on Windows, dropped the title bar for more viewable screen area, it's often not shown. It does flash up for a few hundred milliseconds in the tab text in FF on Windows but is rapidly replaced with "Slashdot".

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."

Comment Re:Scrap them all (Score 3, Interesting) 378

The argument Stallman uses against this is that we, as voters, have no way to know whether the code actually running on the machine in front of us is the same as the open code that we have reviewed. Ultimately there will come a time when a very select number of people are responsible for compiling the code and putting it on the machine. If those people have a vested interest in some outcome or other then they could tamper with the machine and no-one would know any better. In fact, we would all be thinking it was a secure system because of the "open" nature of it. These things aren't like our PCs, we can't just install VotingMachine From Scratch and be done with it.

Comment Re:Different Business Model (Score 4, Informative) 300

That's why most startups don't do real business anymore: their model is to hype an idea and be bought up early, by a large corporation with its own protective patent portfolio.

Topical case in point: Facebook buys Instagram photo sharing network for $1bn. Instagram was launched in 2010, has 13 employees and has just been bought out at a minimum rate of around $30 million per employee per year. That's an astonishing yield and all without actually taking the business to the full term.

Comment Re:Gotta love those quote marks (Score 1) 42

They're brilliant aren't they? They crop up everywhere now. The BBC uses them with gay abandon and whilst I'm sure that they're just using them in their traditional sense (i.e. to delineate a quote) the results can often be hilarious.

Here's another amusing example from today on the BBC: 'Cloaking' a 3-D object from all angles demonstrated. You can just hear the derisive journalist as he writes the headline...

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