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Comment: Watch out americans.... (Score 1) 4

by mysidia (#48045135) Attached to: Robot Arm Will Install New Earth-Facing Cameras On Space Station

Canada's robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station

Google Earth 10.0 coming. Pretty soon, you'll be able to just type the name of whoever you want into Google search, proprietary backend systems will identify their GPS coordinates using the Android secret location tracking feature, then the Earthcam will be pointed and zoom in on their current position, until their head is visible, and put them on a map with real-time position updating

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 1) 398

by mysidia (#48044663) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Most vendors seriously over estimate their minimum requirements for servers. 40 GB is plenty for a 2008 R2 server, 60 if you're feeling generous.

You don't get to say "They overstated their requirements," and, when the software actually needs to use as much resource as was stated to be required "Oh look, they're using too many resources". And no... 40GB is not "plenty" for a 2008 R2 boot drive; it is pretty much the absolute minimum for a couple years worth of service, with a likely space exhaustion, eventually.

An extra 20 GB for 40 servers is 800 GB on tier 0 storage (and yes, for these 40 servers they are required to be on SSD).

This is because of your broken deployment choices, and bad assumptions about OS space usage, not an issue with the software. Attempting to Micromanage microsoft operating system storage requirements will cost you more time in man-hours, than 1TB of SSDs ever would.

And you're accusing vendors of overstating requirements, while you're suggesting servers require SSD storage for just the boot drive?

Don't you see the irony in that? Of course servers don't need SSDs for the boot drive. Bloody SATA RAID5 is the most popular storage solution for Windows server system boot volume.

It's simply not true that SSD is needed for system boot drives.

Install the applications or databases requiring performance on SSD, not the OS.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 2) 398

by mysidia (#48043311) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Which is plenty for a server and expensive on Tier 0 SSD's

Microsoft's guidance on this is pretty clear last I checked; 32 gigabytes is the absolute minimum disk size for installing 64-bit versions of Windows server, and they wind up recommending a minimum of 80gb storage for most deployments, and their docs go on to state, you need to take into account the roles that will be installed, lifetime of the server and constant growth of the boot drive an additional 20gb per year due to updates. You do not need to install your C:\ drive on a SSD; there is no document recommending or stating that it is cost-effective and worth placing your boot disk on size limited high cost devices.

My recommendation would be that on servers you use the enterprise SSD devices for additional caching purposes or storing small files, such as SQL server tempdb, or your system paging file.

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 1, Informative) 398

by mysidia (#48042283) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

This means that a WinSxS folder that is 6GB costs around .90 Cents, and uses slightly more than 1 Percent of the drive.

I think you just don't understand what WinSxS is, how it works, and what the problem is that it is designed to address, suggest you start reading a bit more.

The reason the old Sxs assemblies need to be kept, is that installed software may require the usage of an old assembly.

Just because an update has superceded a certain library version, does not mean that all applications that still rely on it should be broken.

The SxS assembly backups have a vital role, and they don't actually use as much disk space as you think, due to hard linking --- Windows Explorer gives you an impression that more disk space is consumed by this folder than actually is.

The reason is... various installed files throughout the system will be hardlinked here, causing an appearance that a lot of space is in use here, but in reality --- these hard links are just a second Zero-usage copy of files that are installed elsewhere.

Only a couple gigabytes worth of files that have been updated and no longer have other hard links here, should actually be considered usage of the SxS system.

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 247

by mysidia (#48040979) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

It's unlikely there's any significant "self reporting bias," as you seem to be implying

The question will be.... what are the circumstances surrounding most insurance quotes with these sites.

Are people obtaining new vehicles, or needing new insurance for existing vehicles, because the rates are too high?

Is a greater portion of the people applying for insurance SURVIVORS of an accident they were responsible for, therefore more likely to have gotten a ticket than a totalled vehicle ?

These are some of the questions that come to mind

Comment: Re:Clipper Chip Anyone? (Score 1) 464

by mysidia (#48040713) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Who remembers the failed Clipper chip pushed during the Clinton administration and advocated by VP Gore?

Who remembers why it failed?

Who remembers CALEA? Who remembers why it didn't fail, and why the feds can now snoop on VoIP traffic?

Wann bet on a CALEA Version 2.0 coming out, which will dictate the manufacture of consumer devices and software, requiring a federally approved backdoor or key escrow system?

Comment: Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 449

by mysidia (#48031759) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

I imagine a person who is not intending on doing ill will with the disease could self monitor and quarantine himself if needed.

Could in theory, but they are not likely to do so, not only because they might miss the symptoms or be in denial about them, BUT self-quarantining would seriously inconvenience them, and it would be against human nature and not what the average person would do, to decide you're sick and impose this on yourself.

Most people would just rationalize it internally to themselves "It's probably just a cold," or "I'm just tired." "It's stress-related"

Comment: Re: Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 449

by mysidia (#48031747) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

None. Just add a quarantine user fee to their ticket.

Try again. Enstating a quarantine policy would drastically reduce the number of travelers until the policy was over. Or it would likely increase the number of travelers using various tactics of avoiding the airplane quarantine, such as travelling to an intermediary country first, and then crossing in through the land border.

Comment: Re:static versus dynamic, access & post proces (Score 1) 179

by mysidia (#48022355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

The CEO may not, but you're boss's boss might; or your boss might condense that 100 page report to 50 pages for his boss who might make it 5 pages for their boss

My direct boss is at the top and doesn't have any bosses, and while there is information about IT disseminated, I believe it is mostly all financial in nature, or related to the performance of individual workers and the performance of networks with regards to uptime and usage. There are no "Reports" gathered directly from any IT central logging systems, which are mostly applicable for troubleshooting issues anyways --- summary information from a central logging system, simply has nothing to do with running IT or the company, other than maintaining the logging system itself.

In other words... it's probably a report nobody needs anyways.

But if you do, your department should probably be writing custom scripts to gather and report on the data, just as they apparently have.

Comment: Re:static versus dynamic, access & post proces (Score 1) 179

by mysidia (#48014777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Even the manager above you wants a report they can easily edit, merge, and send up the chain; it makes reporting on multiple projects a lot easier to do.

Just open the region selection tool, draw a rectangle around the parts of the data you want, Control + X, and then Control +V the picture into your report... . easy as pie ^_^

Or print it out, and they can grab scissors and cut out the data and paste it onto their report.

There are a lot of legit ways to handle this one.

Comment: Re:I can't quite decide (Score 1) 82

by mysidia (#48007451) Attached to: How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

In general self-funding government agencies are terrible idea-- that's why running the government "like a business" sounds good but is a lousy idea. Government agencies should serve the public, they shouldn't be profit centers.

Even in businesses..... a department cannot do other things on the side that generate lots of extra revenue and keep the proceeds within the department -- all inflows have to go to receivables accounting, and use of moneys to fund a department is at the discretion of management; just because department X generated an extra $1 million in revenue this year, does not mean all the extra cash coming in will be allocated to that department; it may be used to fund a new project, or it might be returned to shareholders ([taxpayers]) instead.

Comment: Re:Slightly different take on that. (Score 1) 82

by mysidia (#48007427) Attached to: How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

The NSA is developing X and licensing it to selected corporations. So, 100% wrong to be licensing it and 100% wrong to be doing so to non-government entities and 100% to be doing so selectively.

And if the NSA IS generating any revenue, then all that revenue should be going to the treasury slush fund.

The purpose of government departments is NOT to create a profit for the department.

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