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Comment: Re:Competition (Score 1) 71

by Trailer Trash (#49546461) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

Given that Microsoft seems to be investing heavily in Azure, I'd wonder exactly how they plan to beat AWS. AWS had some new machine learning algorithm added a month ago; Azure doesn't have that. Either way, however, is a win. If Microsoft's making some fatal mistake with their new business model, then maybe they'd go bankrupt and help the industry by going open-source before death. If Azure stays where it is or ranks up in usage with its SaaS model, then there'll probably be some interesting competition between them two and Google with large user bases. Either way, there's competition, which will (almost) forever spiral downward prices and upward capabilities.

The scary thing about Microsoft is that they have at least 10s of billions of dollars in the bank. They will likely never go bankrupt, but I'm not sure they'll ever make money in computers again if the Windows/Office gravy train ever comes to a halt.

Comment: Re:It is a cycle. (Score 1) 71

by Trailer Trash (#49546449) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

Back when IBM executive predicted "the world will probably need six computers", the main computing model was a mainframe at a distant location and time share on it via (overpriced) telephone lines and VT-100 terminals. Eventually workstations appeared and the move was to get off the mainframe and do local computing. Then came along Sun, "The network is *the* computer" and diskless workstations that would boot into an X-11 display terminal off a distant server. Well, PCs came along and desktop became powerful enough to run even fluid mechanics simulations. Then came high performance computing, and now the cloud.

A bigger machine in a far away place always had the cost advantages of the economy of scale. Everytime there is a jump in connection speeds and bandwidth some customers found it cheaper to "out source" computing to a remote machine. But eventually the advantages of local storage and local computation adds up. So let us see how long this iteration lasts.

The difference is that we still have really strong clients now and use the back end mainly for storage and some computation. It's not very comparable.

The other difference is that the technologies in use today make the "cloud" pretty much infinitely expandable, unlike a mainframe. Amazon has petabytes of storage and adds more continuously.

Comment: Re:"Full responsibilty?" (Score 1) 326

by NewtonsLaw (#49540055) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

But if you listen to the FAA... drones *could* kill people and therefore we must fine their operators huge sums (Raphael Pirker for example) and we must enact new regulations that says they can't be used by terrorist organisations such as or DHL without expensive and difficult to get permissions. What do you mean that's a different type of drone? You mean the ones that kill can be used by the US government with impunity against the evil and the innocent alike -- while the ones that don't kill are increasingly restricted and constrained by regulation?

Good work America! (NOT).

Comment: Re:So.... line of sight only? (Score 1) 96

by haruchai (#49533535) Attached to: Optical Tech Can Boost Wi-Fi Systems' Capacity With LEDs

802.11ac is pretty darn awesome if you design it well.
I was at Cisco Live in SanFran last year where the only connectivity anywhere was through wireless and during a breakout session attended by over 300 people, i updated 2 Android devices to Ice Cream in under 20 min while using my Windows laptop to VPN back to my company's network to troubleshoot some an outage.

Comment: Re:Ok.... Here's the thing, though ..... (Score 1) 533

by haruchai (#49515601) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

I can't speak for every situation but I can tell you that in the last 2 places I lived, the major utilities weren't telling the truth about how they were spending the money or what they were doing for upgrades / maintenance. They did do a pretty good job of rewarding upper management, not entirely sure for what.

Things only started to improve when they were essentially taken over by the gov't, split up and subject to greater oversight. Grid reliability is much better although there's room for improvement.

Comment: Re:Ok.... Here's the thing, though ..... (Score 1) 533

by haruchai (#49505839) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

I'm not fooled. I know the grid could be better but it functions quite well despite its age and increasing demand.
And the fact that it's NOT better, is the fault of the utilities. What they should have their feet held to the fire on is WHY isn't the grid in better shape.

But I expect we'll hear nothing but more lame, timeworn excuses.

Comment: Re:Ok.... Here's the thing, though ..... (Score 2) 533

by haruchai (#49505823) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

"This is despite the fact that residential power prices have risen 70 per cent since the Barnett government came to power in 2008"

If prices rose this much in any of the Freedom-lovin' states in America, there would be a vast exercise of 2nd amendment rights. This hurts the poor FAR more than any perceived subsidising of the "rich", really the middle class.
I have quite a few friends in Australia who have solar PV. NONE of them - ZERO - are wealthy, mostly all working couples in modest homes with 1-3 kids, usually only one car.

Comment: Re:Ok.... Here's the thing, though ..... (Score 4, Informative) 533

by haruchai (#49505149) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

Just more lame excuses.
Australia, a giant country that's almost as large as America but with only 1/15th the population went from nearly ZERO rooftop PV in 2009 to over 4GW by the end of 2015. It's true that the utilities there have been whining about voltage surges since 2011 but the amount of rooftop installations have increased 10x since that time and the grid hasn't melted down.

In other words, if the utilities in the USA are only as marginally as competent as the ones down under, they should be able to deal with a 5-10x increase in solar across the same population / geographic area.

You can't take damsel here now.