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Comment: Re:Not for Federal Customers (Score 1) 150

by kriston (#48153911) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

As far as the government is concerned, they would do the same thing they did with Conrail, Lockheed Martin, and Verizon Business (nee WorldCom) when their predecessor companies were ready to close up shop: Underwrite mergers and acquisitions by guaranteeing private sector investors with federal dollars. It usually works.

They learned a bitter lesson when New York Shipbuilding closed and are unlikely to let something like that happen in the cloud industry.

Comment: This is a very real concern (Score 0) 242

by kriston (#48015793) Attached to: At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

This is a very real concern. They don't want you to know they work for the intelligence community. They work in a submarine as much as humanly possible.

But on a more important topic: I have *never* been in a Starbucks that does anything other than call out the name of the drink ordered.

This story baffles me. I'm calling B.S.

Comment: Re:When I lived in Japan and rode trains every day (Score 1) 179

by kriston (#47966333) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

There certainly is an interlock that prevents the train from leaving the station unless all doors are closed. The automatic system takes this as a cue to release the brakes and depart the station

As built, the system was supposed to have automatic doors that would open like elevators if someone got in the way. This made operations difficult so the doors now just keep trying to close like every other system.

Comment: Re:A DC resident replies (Score 1) 179

by kriston (#47957247) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Washington DC has a very strong and proud tradition of African-American railway workers. From the old railways to the RF&P to the Metro and also operating the premier Acela Express maintenance facility in Ivy City, Washington DC has a very successful and proud heritage of railway workers.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with American drivers? (Score 1) 179

by kriston (#47957221) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

No. The old system was perfectly reliable except in certain slippery weather conditions. WMATA was in the process of replacing the old system with a new system from a different vendor. In the process they mismatched sensors with lineside equipment. The result was death and injury.

Please read the depositions. It reveals much more than most news reports say, with the possible exception of certain Washington Post articles.

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