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Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 564

by im_thatoneguy (#47715793) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Yeah, I just can't see the OS being too large of a financial drain. You can get a pro version of Windows for $90 bulk. So let's say you have 10,000 employees and you're spending $1m on licenses. You have to remember that you only upgrade OSes probably once every 4-5 years at best. So that's $200k per year. So for the price of Windows licensing you could only really hire one IT person to manage your Linux Distro. For $200k per year though you might be able to push some municipal management software far enough to get a few other cities contributing. As it improves then you would have more and more people working.

The problem with this theory of even just biting off chunks is that now you're a software company and a city. You have to find and hire and manage teams of people. There will also be tons of moochers. At some point if a bunch of cities are pooling their resources to build an application... how is that different from paying a company for a license? And then you're REALLY locked into a vendor if you spend $10m over 10 years on an in house product that isn't as good as someone else's new shiny thing.

The argument to develop in-house software always comes up at every company when they are looking at a large software licensing purchase order. But unless you need something very specific that off-the-shelf software just doesn't do--it rarely is worth the investment to rebuild it.

Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 4, Insightful) 366

by hairyfeet (#47715259) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Actually Google is taking a page from MSFT and is going EEE on Android and if the rumors are true Win 9 will either be free or insanely cheap so...good luck with that.

BTW what Torvalds SHOULD have said was "I want the desktop....but not enough to give up my shitty 1970s throwback driver model" because you look at the forums and a good 90% of what the problems in linux get boiled down to is that shitstorm of a driver model, it'd be like MSFT trying to build Windows 9 on top of the old DOS .INI drivers because when you have such a fundamental thing old and shitty it makes all the new stuff on top just new and shitty. BTW this is NOT a FOSS thing, its a LINUX thing, as nobody in the FOSS world besides Linux uses his shitty driver model, not BSD, not Android, NOBODY.

Comment: Re:Question of Reliability (Score 1) 221

by im_thatoneguy (#47714763) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

No it sounds more like an Uber App but instead of being locked into one transportation vendor they allow you to price compare and shop between multiple competing transportation solutions whether that's municipal bus, car2go, zip car and uber in one hub.

"The city wants to build a framework for an open market where companies can operate and offer their services in different combinations. The City doesn't want to decree what services are offered, but help to facilitate the establishment of an ecosystem that enables private companies to produce a variety of them," Heikkilà says. "There would be several commercial [transport] operators offering these services, in the same way as in telecommunications today. The customers could choose the operator and the service package they want."

Comment: Re:Huge bird and fish kills (Score 1) 434

by LWATCDR (#47713699) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

I saw no proof limited data provided that proves it was radiation. In fact that difference between Chernobyl and Fukushima seems to indicate it is not the radiation.
Even if it is you are comparing the damaged caused by a massive natural disaster vs a normally operating solar plant. Also that failure mod is impossible with a modern 4g reactor.

Comment: Re:Huge bird and fish kills (Score 1) 434

by LWATCDR (#47713035) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Sigh... No the fish kills are from all power plants. The riverkeeper post never mentions nuclear at all.

As to the bird population drop... It actually does not make any sense that it is from radiation. It says the number of birds counted is down. Massive flooding of the habitat by salt water could very well be the reason. The paper is behind a paywall so their is no way for me to read it but it seems to just count the number of birds in the area. If radiation was the cause then it would make more sense for Chernobyl to have a lower bird count since it had and has a much higher level of radiation. It does not.
So a human researcher goes to a location with elevated radiation and suffered massive flooding to count birds. The count is lower and the researcher has a hypothesis that radiation would decrease the bird count... Conclusion it is the radiation.

Comment: Good story to have on slashdot. (Score 3, Interesting) 24

I would love to see Slashdot cover more FOSS end user apps "Besides, and LibreOffice" releases. It would also be interesting to see some "cool projects just starting" stories to get developers interested in contributing.
I would love to see sections for dev tools, libraries, and frameworks but I am not sure that their is enough interest in those on Slashdot.

Comment: Re:NIMBYs? Crackpots? (Score 1) 434

by Lumpy (#47711121) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Black tanks in greenhouses are used as thermal storage to heat the greenhouse during cold days. 55 gallons of water in a black tank that the sun hits all day long, holds enough heat to keep a small greenhouse at or above 40 degrees for almost an entire winter day where it is bitter cold outside. IT will actually keep it above freezing for over 3 days.

We used to fill 55 gallon drums full of water and paint them black to hold up shelving, we had a small 10X20 greenhouse and 4 barrels of water kept the greenhouse warm for a week during a bitter cold snap. Water is an awesome heat storage medium.

Comment: Re:Drop solar heat for direct conversion (Score 1) 434

by Lumpy (#47711087) Attached to: Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

"Photovoltaic has still many recent discoveries for great efficiency improvements, and more are likely to come."

Except you can not exceed the solar power that hits the surface of the planet from the sun. Sorry kids but once again that damned law of physics get's tin the way.

Solar has a Maximum you can not exceed and that is if the sky is clear on a low humidity day and not pollution in the sun belt. Everywhere else is drops off drastically. Solar is awesome for a supplemental power source or to offset consumption. On homes that are grid tied and allowed to back-feed it can do a lot to offset Air conditioning power, but on cloudy days or in winter solar is worthless so you need other sources as your main power supply.

Yes you CAN go 100% solar, but that means oversize installations. 5X the solar needed to capture and store as much power as possible for the longest historical 10 year no sunlight stretch. in some places that is 2 months, so you also need battery storage to handle 2 months plus 15% and a solar installation that can charge up that 2 month supply within a few days.

So no, Photovoltaic will not be the answer, too low of energy density even if it was at 100% efficiency.

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