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Comment Re:... with government funds and subsidized chargi (Score 5, Informative) 311 311

Third, fast charges are very inefficient by comparison to level 2 chargers-- there's a lot of waste energy.

As much waste energy as carting around an inefficient internal combustion engine, that gets at best 30% efficiency? I think not.

Comment Re:Do not buy from Synology! (Score 1) 227 227

Forgot to mention, when we started having issues we created an entry in our timesheet system so that if we were having issues we would log our time against it. We're now up to 80 hours of lost productivity due to this device.

It's cost us around $10,000 in lost productivity.

Don't go there.

Comment Do not buy from Synology! (Score 1) 227 227

My company bought a Synology DS 1511+ about four months ago due to our aging Thecus NAS starting to show some signs of giving up. Note that we had been using this Thecus unit for many years, and the only problem we were having was that we would occasionally get warning messages about the disks being on their last legs. All our file operations were fine.

The Synology unit has had issues from day 1, mostly to do with file locking. After several weeks of random "This file could not be saved", or "Too many open files" messages, we started to ask Synology for help. They were useless. It took over a month for them to even acknowledge our increasingly desperate pleas for help, and several times we would arrange a time for them to log into our system only for them to forget to turn up.

Eventually we started fiddling around in the system ourselves, bumping up inode limits, stuffing around with everything to try to stop the system from falling over constantly. It doesn't help that when you turn logging on, the device suffers from a memory leak that after a couple of days renders it useless. It also doesn't help that they're using a version of Samba from 3 years ago.

We're waiting delivery of a QNap device as I type this, and I seriously can't wait to see the end of the piece of shoddy crap from Synology.

Please, do not buy a synology NAS. You'll regret it later.

Submission + - 'Stacked' Space Station Photos Highlight Star Trails

oxide7 writes: A scientist aboard the International Space Station took extraordinary photos of the start scape from aboard the vessel, using a special technique that highlights their movement.

"Modern digital cameras, 30 seconds is about the longest exposure possible, due to electronic detector noise effectively snowing out the image," Pettit explained.

"To achieve the longer exposures I do what many amateur astronomers do. I take multiple 30-second exposures, then ‘stack’ them using imaging software, thus producing the longer exposure.”

Submission + - Australian Aborigines the first 'astronomers'?->

brindafella writes: Look out, Stonehenge, here come the Wurdi Youang rocks in the Australian state of Victoria. A semi-circle of stones as been checked by an astrophysicist from Australia's premier research group, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), who says this arrangement of rocks is a carefully aligned solar observatory that may be 10,000 years old. It would have been created by local Aborigines, the Wathaurong people, who have occupied the area for some 25,000 years.
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Worst Working Conditions You Had To Write Code In? 1127 1127

sausaw writes "I recently had to write code in a hot dusty room for 20 days with temperatures near 107F (~41C); having nothing to sit on; a 64 Kbps inconsistent internet connection; warm water for drinking and a lot of distractions and interruptions. I am sure many people have been in similar situations and would like to know your experiences."
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US Forgets How To Make Trident Missiles 922 922

Hugh Pickens writes "The US and the UK are trying to refurbish the aging W76 warheads that tip Trident missiles to prolong their life and ensure they are safe and reliable but plans have been put on hold because US scientists have forgotten how to manufacture a mysterious but very hazardous component of the warhead codenamed Fogbank. 'NNSA had lost knowledge of how to manufacture the material because it had kept few records of the process when the material was made in the 1980s, and almost all staff with expertise on production had retired or left the agency,' says the report by a US congressional committee. Fogbank is thought by some weapons experts to be a foam used between the fission and fusion stages of the thermonuclear bomb on the Trident Missile and US officials say that manufacturing Fogbank requires a solvent cleaning agent which is 'extremely flammable' and 'explosive,' and that the process involves dealing with 'toxic materials' hazardous to workers. 'This is like James Bond destroying his instructions as soon as he has read them,' says John Ainslie, the co-ordinator of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, adding that 'perhaps the plans for making Fogbank were so secret that no copies were kept.' Thomas D'Agostino, administrator or the US National Nuclear Security Administration, told a congressional committee that the administration was spending 'a lot of money' trying to make 'Fogbank' at Y-12, but 'we're not out of the woods yet.'"

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