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Comment Total Carbon? (Score 1) 105

I would like to know what the Total Carbon footprint is.
How much carbon does it take to make a solar panel, ship it, set it up.
How many trees will need to be knocked down to build the solar farm. Does the energy produced from the solar panel over its expected life actually offset the cost of implementing it, and long term maintenance.

I am not saying it is bad for the envrionment on the whole. But I would like to see the true costs.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 224

While we shouldn't dismiss problems ranging from rape to unprofessional behavior as just being prude.
Academia is very hierarchical in structure, so there is a pecking order in power there. So having men who are in a higher power position hitting on women in lower power positions puts them in a disadvantage. While they can go forward, it will still mark them as being "Miss. Woman's Lib" and isolate them from working up the power command of academia.

     

Comment Some stuff doesn't need to be smart. (Score 1) 81

As with all technology. Just because it exists doesn't always mean that it needs to be implemented.
For example the eject button on the remote control for your VCR/DVD/Blueray player. Sure it is technically possible, but what is the point. After from your chair you eject the disk, you will still need to get off your butt, to take the media out, and replace it with something else.

Some devices don't need internet connectivity. Just because when they are soo far away from you they are no longer useful.

Comment Re:Alternate title (Score 2, Insightful) 131

So you are stating in a story that a free internet meant to be given to the poor, from a For Profit Company, however being blocked by the government because it has interests in keeping the underclass out of power, and probably have ties with other telecom companies, to block competition because they are offer lower price as a key competitive advantage. Is showing the evils of capitalism. Where in this case free market is motivated to provide free infrastructure in order to increase revenue from services offered.

Stop over simplifying things. Unregulated capitalism is bad, Over regulated capitalism is just as bad too. The details is important, not the political stance.

Comment Re:That isn't trustful. (Score 1) 570

No they are stuck in the 1990s
Their rant about Linux is the same argument that was true back in the mid 1990s however Linux has matured sense then.
Some of the biggest business problems they face can be far easier fixed with a partial adoption of Linux.

I am not an open source zealot. But in terms of control, and configurability Linux is superior to Windows. That comment was to try to silence a flood of just to switch to Linux posts.

Comment That isn't trustful. (Score 4, Insightful) 570

For the enterprise version we really need it predictable so it can be managed. Even if talking to MS is harmless and overall a good thing, it means you are having your computer talk to something you may not want too.

At work we are still on Windows 7 with little chance going over to 10 because of stuff like this. (I would prefer Linux, but our management is stuck in the 1990s)

Comment Re:Well, that's pretty much a textbook violation. (Score 4, Interesting) 106

Is it?
They are not preventing Netflix or YouTube, There isn't any sign that they are slowing down their performance. It is just they are counting the data the same as any other internet download.
The only twist is that Verizon isn't charging for bandwidth for its own service.
You could say the cost of Verizon mobile is being paid from the service fee, and you are actually paying more then than the data cap fees.

Comment Re:Majority, not average. (Score 1) 127

Well I take it like a normal sales pitch. He is just happening to push Open Source software.
Do Great things, customized to your business, improve your work flow Open Source.
Do Grate things, customized to your business, improve your work flow SAS

The problem with Open source is the large projects that get all the attention and support and maintenance. Are usually the general purpose applications, not the specialized ones that people really need.

What is really needed is companies to bring back their own internal development staff with skilled developers and architects to make the workflow customized to their business and work around many of the oddities, that what vendors will say as unsupported or not best practices, or what an open source project will go that is just a stupid idea.

The normal argument would be you have the source just put your fixes yourself... Which is fine, except you are working off of someone else baggage, so the next upgrade you have to reapply your patches, and have no support. While an in-house app will do just what you want it to do.

Comment Re:You must be new here (Score 1) 1832

Agree mod as well.

Many times we get modded insightful or interesting because that is what someone else was thinking. However Insightful or Interesting should be something that they didn't think of and somehow enlightened from the comment. But for most of the time our comments are the standard dribble, not bringing anything new to the table, however you get comfort knowing that you are not alone, thus the Agree mod, or you find the common dribble against your values, however it was a decent argument, have a disagree option.

Comment Volunteering leaving is a bad thing. (Score 4, Insightful) 217

The problem with a volunteering leaving of a company is a really bad thing, almost worse than layoffs. While it makes it easier for the managers to sleep at night knowing that they don't have to let a person go, which for most humans really hate doing.
But for the company the people who are smart enough to see the writing on the wall, know to jump ship early knowing that they can get a good or better job elsewhere. The ones who stick around are often the ones who lack the experience to see the warning signs, or just don't have the skills to get another job, and gamble on not being the one who gets canned. Thus populating the company with less experience or less than ideal employees. This creates a downward spiral of less quality and causing real layoffs (as we see here) which makes allowing for growth much harder.

But when you see voluntary leaving it is a bad sign.

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