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Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 1) 275

by phoenix_V (#48187057) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

That is correct at that location as well, the land it sits on is reclaimed via fill dirt from dredging the river and expensive to add too. The island to the south is now leased by them and could be a growth area, it was a small naval base and has facilities, but not for heavy construction. The road being a huge causeway cannot handle the heavy materals needed for that. To the east sits the old shipyard, in use from the late 30's to the 70's but it was compeletely shut down and stripped of useful construction equipment and large areas filled in because of low level but expensive to clean up radiation left over from building nuclear attack subs in the 70's

In the end it's just cheaper to stay with a steady low level production suited to the needs of really the only customer that US yards have, the US armed forces.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 1) 275

by phoenix_V (#48186299) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

I should have stated that it's multiple factors, but space is indeed one for some of the US shipyards:

This is the Ingalls Shipyard in MS https://www.google.com/maps/pl... Where some of the larger military ships are built, I can't tell, not knowing when the photo was taken, but my guess is the large ship in the river to the right is LHA-6 before being turned over to the navy. You can see there just is not space to build many at one time.

Yes, there are larger shipyards in the US, but many of them are completely surrounded by urban areas and have to room to grow. So it's not the only facter but is a real one.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 2) 275

by phoenix_V (#48185551) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

I suspect it is a space limittion more than anything that prevents most western shipyards from building multiple ships that size. While this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U... ship is about half the length is is undeniably large. Had no other ships been being constructed while she was on land the yard could have handled building a second one, and *maybe* a third, but that is unlikely. There just would not have been enough ground to fit them on. Cheap labor long ago reduced shipyards in most western countries to building military ships and some extremely spicalised or luxury ships.

Comment: Why not used? (Score 1) 381

by phoenix_V (#45212293) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

Kyocera, which I have never used seems to be winning on the new printer front here, but I was given a few slightly used HP 4xxx series printers and just upgraded one into a monster, the thing works great, is cheap to run and may outlive me.

I am sure some Ebay searching or even craigslist could turn up several of these. With cheap parts from China they should run forever.

Comment: Re:Yes, (Score 1) 614

by phoenix_V (#43668845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

Everything you have said is true, so perhaps the warehouse example was a bad one, but not entirely. There are cases where the inventory is stable, or the task never changes, such as controlling a milling machine or something similar. These are the cases I was mainly referring to, or to point to a larger market, small businesses. They are the worlds worst about putting off upgrades as is because what they have is "Good Enough"

It is not an imposable task to design a device that can be stable in the long run for these tasks, and an infrastructure to maintain it for the long term. Perhaps it's time to start SBM (Small Business Machines).

Comment: Re:Yes, (Score 2) 614

by phoenix_V (#43664057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

This actually shows that in a way *we* in the IT field have the wrong idea. At least some of the time.

Computers *are* just equipment to the end users in say a warehousing operation. Why are we not designing systems with this in mind?

In the warehousing example much used above if you avoid the latest gee whiz features and give them exactly what is needed there is no reason why the VAX of yesteryear cannot keep doing it's job other than it can't be maintained anymore. That's a failing on IT's part though, why was the machine not designed with a 20 year lifecycle? It can be done, there is no reason it can't. Yes it will be slow at the end of it's lifecycle but it will still do it's job perfectly well. Data? We have open and well documented means of storing data now, take your pick of method, so store the data in an open standards format and do the magic inside the program.

I can see where companies would not like building and selling to the maket like this, they are killing future revenues, but speciality machine manufactures have been existing like this forever, so why aren't we doing this?

Comment: Re:Not yet. (Score 3, Informative) 388

by phoenix_V (#41874133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

I may have to put up a test copy then. I suspect there are few real world test cases being run, but an RC is far enough along
for me to justify spending some cycles at work on it. There are more samba 3 + LDAP setups out there than people may realise
and all of them stand to benefit from Samba 4.

Comment: Re:Misunderstand of what SAMBA actually is...... (Score 5, Informative) 388

by phoenix_V (#41874089) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

I also commented above, Samba 4 *is* intended to be a full AD server implementation. It is using the documents Microsoft was forced to release
as a result of an EU lawsuit.

How complete an implementation it ends up being and how well it works will have to wait to be seen once it exits Alpha status and gets a few
beta releases under it's belt.

It's a whole new samba in the end.

Comment: Re:Dumb Question is Dumb (Score 5, Informative) 388

by phoenix_V (#41874067) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

Samba 4 *is* intended to be a full AD implementation. Currently it has a built in LDAP and Kerberos server set in the same daemon. That is a problem
for some, like myself, that use Samba 3 + LDAP for shared auth. When complete is *should* be a fairly complete implementation of the AD specs, all
of them. I have no idea how long this will take, or just how complete it is, but those are the design goals. All of this is a result of Microsoft releasing the
full spec due to the European Union lawsuit.

Comment: Not yet. (Score 5, Insightful) 388

by phoenix_V (#41874035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

Samba 4 is in it's Alpha release stage and is not recommended for production. That said it's a remains to be seen thing if it will be.
It also depends a great deal on how and what you use AD for. For simple authentication you can use samba 3 + LDAP for that now.
For programs that require AD not so much with either.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't work in most US markets. (Score 1) 170

by phoenix_V (#37462990) Attached to: Smart Meters Reveal What You're Watching

I finally got to the article, and reporting in every 2 seconds? That's way, way more frequently then most meters are read, once a day is the norm, once
and hour is the extreme. In fact the only devices I have seen that can read the meters I work with that frequently are in home display units, certainly not
the utilities putting the meters out there, they simply don't want that volume of data.

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