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Comment: Re:In the name of Allah ! (Score 1) 1350

by scsirob (#48755905) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

You mean a subset of people who consider themselves to be part of a religion.

It's not the subset that are the problem. It is the 1.2 Billion followers that do NOT raise their voice against these atrocities that worry me. Muslims do not stand next to non-muslims to declare these subset as idiots, *that* is what worries me.

Comment: Definitely COBOL (Score 1) 277

by scsirob (#48517637) Attached to: Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

A recent survey in the Dutch IT marketplace on confirmed that COBOL is the highest paying programming language. Not because it is hot, but because the average age of programmers with COBOL skills is so much higher. There are no COBOL programmers on a starter salary, so obviously the average is higher

Comment: Re:So how is the price... (Score 1) 284

by scsirob (#48467839) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Ask AWS for a quote to restore those 48TB. No really, please so. And then come back and tell us how the math worked out.

Some of our customers had calculated that AWS and tape were on par from a storage perspective. AWS perhaps even a bit cheaper. But any and all benefit is gone the instant they needed to restore anything substantial. Think multiples of $10K...

Comment: R&D: Only three companies left (Score 3, Informative) 284

by scsirob (#48466317) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Tape is great for archive purposes. It would be a shame if LTO dies.
The biggest threat to LTO is the lack of vendors developing drives. At this time only very few companies do R&D for tape devices. IBM, HP and Oracle are the only serious players.

Oracle develops only Enterprise class drives (T10K), not LTO. The market for those drives is quite small, which means the R&D cost needs to be recovered from a relatively low volume. That makes them bl**dy expensive.

HP develops LTO. They have to do R&D for LTO only, as they have no enterprise class drives. LTO is considered commodity so margins are too low to spend a lot on R&D. They will therefor struggle to be cost effective.

IBM develops both an enterprise class (Jaguar) and LTO tape drives. From a tech perspective, IBM are in the best position, as they can develop new technology for their enterprise drives, recoup cost in that segment, and then commoditize the technology in their LTO drives. Unfortunately IBM no longer wants to be a hardware company.

This does not bode well for tape technology in general. I've made a good living from it writing software for tape drives, but I guess all good things come to an end.

Comment: Drones will not be accepted (Score 1) 77

by scsirob (#48168101) Attached to: An Air Traffic Control System For Drones

A single helicopter already turns heads and if it hovers for too long, people will complain about the noise. How do you expect this to work when hundreds of drones are buzzing over our heads every day? People will get very aggressive and drones will be downed in any way possible.

Until there's a silent anti-gravity system (McFly, are you listening?), general use of drones will not take off..

Comment: Re:I'm sorry (Score 1) 282

by scsirob (#48127973) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

It very much is, unless you work for the Dutch government or the established taxi cartels like TCA.

Dutch people are sick and tired of being over regulated and over taxed. It is a bloody insult that you need a permit to drive someone from A to B *IN YOUR OWN PROPERTY*. And is no less than a crime that Dutch government thinks it is OK to take over HALF of your income. 52% if you make a decent living, and all that to pay for those annual 50K 'positive' immigration of people who add nothing to Dutch society. That's modern slavery for the Dutch!

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. - Edmund Burke