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Comment Re:electric power tools (Score 1) 295 295

Technically, I could. Thanks to the widespread availability of (free) CAD software and associated calculators and the availability of the information about bridge making, I could make a bridge or a sky scraper. It would be horribly over-engineered but it would meet current code and probably be both the most expensive, least maintainable although most reliable bridge in the world. It would also take me a few years.

I actually just engineered a fire sprinkler system in my home, totally up to code as verified by our city's architects and fire engineers. It's also horribly over-engineered (too many sprinkler heads, bigger pipes, unnecessary valves and gauges, plenty of leftover capacity) and it took me several weeks just to get the drawings and calculations out but it saved me personally $7000 (a professional install was quoted at ~$8k, I did it for less than $1k).

If you want horribly slow software that is very expensive to maintain but also very robust, you can give the tools to a newbie with the willpower to do it and you would get something, eventually.

Comment Hack or feature? (Score 3, Interesting) 69 69

The thing has an entire API unauthenticated to whoever is able to connect to it (https:///system_http_api/).

It's well documented that the point is not to have these things port-forwarded on your router but to be controlled through their proprietary gateway which comes with a monthly fee. Sure you can surf to it on your local network but that's more of a convenience and a lot of features the API exposes are not in the GUI.

Comment Re: Wow, end of an era. (Score 1) 147 147

There possibly IS a host of other problems besides the kernel. We still ran(run) OpenSSL/OpenSSH and Apache on those boxes so the automatic exploits that run against them may be numerous however they are typically very well sandboxed (better than some current *NIX'es) so although you won't get access to any data, they make for a great bot.

I actually have two different-era SPARC we are still supporting (the latest I believe runs Solaris 5, the first one still has an early IBM Token Ring card bridged by a very dusty device to Ethernet).

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 1) 559 559

I understand there are some tracks in the US that allow you to take advanced college-level classes but those seem to be elected rather than mandatory. I'm not talking AP-courses that prep a (rich) kid for college. I am talking about 'basic, mandatory by the state education'.

I went to one of the worst schools in my area, inner-city (positioned next to a red light district) only because they were the only one with an electrical/electronics track education in the area. They closed a few years after my graduation due to an increasing crime problem amongst students. My elected classes were an additional 8-12h/week on top of the regular school hours (no course replacement)

Comment Re:Or let us keep our hard-earned money (Score 2, Interesting) 559 559

If you don't mind making most foods and fuel unaffordable for the poorest. If you do decide to end all federal subsidies, you include immense amounts of farming and oil subsidies which the 'visible' subsidies between farming and oil are ~$500/person in the US.

If you don't raise wages, a family of 4 would suddenly have to spend $2000/year more on foods and fuel alone (~$160/month). That is not even including the $6000/year that the US government gives away to other big business such as banks and tech companies, retirement funding etc just to keep these companies from destroying either the environment or the workforce.

I would love to see our money go to 'better' companies but then you also need to stimulate a workforce that works 15-20h/week at double the current wages.

There is simply not enough work left in the US to keep everyone employed and things have gotten way too expensive to keep anything but farming here. The US is also lagging massively behind in education starting all the way at first grade and it will take at least 20 years before the first students capable of doing a proper job will graduate IF you reform the education system. As a comparison, I graduated from a "foreign" school at 18 (basically high school) with mathematics and science at a level of a second year bachelor's student in the US (some things I learned in the last year mathematics classes were multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, differential equations and geometry and an introduction to chaos theory).

Comment Re:Whats left unsaid... (Score 1) 118 118

Copper as in either cable or DSL has been paid for under FCC Title II. Verizon FiOS has classified itself as Title II to get the subsidies and tax breaks for it's rollout. ISP's have been collecting and permitted to keep federal and state "taxes" on every bill to implement higher bandwidth services since at least the nineties.

Comment Re:Whats left unsaid... (Score 1) 118 118

If TWC/Comcast threatens to pull out, I would let them and give the copper to the newcomers. The copper in your street (cable, phone, even fiber) has been paid several times over by the taxpayers from federal, state and/or local funds. Give it back already or charge a reasonable price.

Comment Re:84 US ISPs offer ***RESIDENTIAL*** gigabit acce (Score 1) 118 118

You think there is no oversell on business-grade or even carrier-grade bandwidth? Even in a datacenter, the bandwidth is oversold easily at 100:1, unless you're actively peering with someone (at which the point is moot) you're being oversold to an extent. If you want dedicated bandwidth between 2 points, you can typically get that at a 10x price point but that will still be on the same network but at the cost of someone else's bandwidth (residential or business-grade).

Business-grade is typically just residential-grade (same bandwidth, same connections) but with some extra services (better tech-support, fewer limits, phone lines, dedicated IP's etc).

Comment That's it? (Score 4, Informative) 215 215

500TB is nothing these days. You can easily buy any system and it will support it. Look at FreeBSD/FreeNAS with ZFS (or their commercial counterpart by iXSystems). If you want to have an extremely comfortable, commercial setup, go Nexenta or with a bit of elbow grease, use the open/free counterpart OpenIndiana (Solaris based).

You can build 2 systems (I personally have 3, 1 with SAS in Striped-Mirrors, 1 with Enterprise-SATA in RAIDZ2 and 1 with Desktop-SATA in RAIDZ2) and have ZFS snapshots every minute/hour/day replicated across the network for backups, both Nexenta and FreeNAS have that right in the GUI. The primary system also has a mirrored head node which can take over in less than 10s. As far as sharing out the data: AFP/SMB/NFS/iSCSI/WebDAV etc. whatever you need to build up on it.

My system is continuously snapshotted to it's primary backup so that in case of extreme failure (which has not happened in the 7 years since I've built this system) I can run from the primary backup until the primary has been restored with perhaps a few seconds of data loss (don't know if that's acceptable to you but in my case it's not a problem in case we do have a full meltdown)

Where are those systems limited to 16TB? I wouldn't touch them with a 10-foot pole because they're running behind (within a few years a single hard drive will surpass that limit).

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