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Comment: $290M not nearly enough (Score 0) 226

by scsirob (#49179477) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

Wind energy is a scam. They don't run on wind, they run on taxpayers money.

If wind farms elsewhere are any indication, then that $290M will do nothing to build a decent size wind farm. In comparison, the Gemini wind farm park in the North Sea costs €2.8 Billion to build, for just 150 turbines. On top of that, this farm needs to be subsidized with €4.4 Billion in the next 15 years to become 'profitable'. See:

So with 150 turbines for €7 Billion, how many turbines will that get you for $290M?

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 1, Troll) 523

Simple. Because political correctness and spineless coward politicians prevents European countries from doing anything that would in anyway inconvenience the islam enemy that is already heavily infiltrated in many European societies and upper establishment. Those brave enough to stand up and speak out are quickly labeled racist, compared to Hitler or otherwise framed so their worries don't count. Muslims have made it an art to label themselves 'victim' of every attempt to stop their sick ideology. They even go as far as trying to change the laws so criticism on their fascist ideology will be made illegal.

Europe is lost. I tell my kids to move to another country as far away as they can, and if they find a place that isn't infested with islam, set up defenses.

Ask me how I really feel..

Comment: Re:That is what VM's are for (Score 4, Interesting) 166

by scsirob (#49055303) Attached to: Vint Cerf Warns Against 'Digital Dark Age'

I actually bought a license for VMWare 1.0 when it came out, dates back to 1/7/1999. My V2.0 license is from 2000. I also still have the executables from back then. Hmmm. Wonder if I can get them to run on today's Linux kernels.

Which actually shows a prime issue with modern data and executables. There are a growing number of external dependencies. Stuff that is only accessible if DRM keys are available online, or when license activation servers are up and running. I have some stuff that only runs on Windows-XP. Even though I have a valid license, I may not be able to re-install it in 2025 or beyond, even in a backward compatible VM environment.

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..

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.