"Campaign Contributions", geeze. How are the politicians supposed to make a living without them?!
I was going to suggest using a box of 3.5" floppy disks as I wouldn't expect them to have the equipment to read them anymore, but then I realized this is the post office, so maybe just a DVD would be okay since they probably haven't gotten around to procuring any of those yet.
My knowledge of this comes mostly from Wikipedia and a movie I saw called Beer Wars. I took an interest some years ago when Surly Brewing had a long battle with the three tier system in MN. Mostly I just wanted to be able to buy a pint locally.
I've been trying to pay attention to the Tesla vs Dealership battle for a while. Mostly with the hopes that some day I could afford to comfortably pay $90k for a vehicle some day. Though I'd be more than happy to get the Model 3 when it becomes available.
Nice summary! Off topic, but this really reminds me of the way that alcohol industry is set up. Originally people felt like it was a good idea because the manufacturers had way too much power. But in the end the manufacturers are sorta getting screwed, and the public is really getting screwed.
I try to buy my beer from independent brewers (mmm... growlers...) because the distributors can make or break them, and I'd I'd leave dealerships in the dust if I could, too.
That would be interesting, indeed.
I've never seen a corporation spring for anything greater than the smallest HDD available, though, so the returns wouldn't be too substantial for anyone on a long-term refresh, though I have seen
Or hell, save space by dedicating a 2nd HDD in every box to distributed storage. A descent SAN will kick its ass any day, but it could potentially cost 1/10th of the price.
It's a pretty cool idea. And the algorithm would be fun to explore, but the individual overhead alone on this systems isn't worth the time or money for the minimal payout. How much could you possibly, reasonably expect to pull in? A few bucks a year? Certainly not enough to offset your new bandwidth and power requirements.
You'd be better off building a small SAN in your basement and selling cloudiness to people you know for the maintenance costs. A while ago I helped some friends set up a small mesh of Drobos and other cheap SANs where they could deposit their photos, etc, at each other's houses. Four people had four copies of their data in four physical locations. Everything was encrypted and everyone got the same space. So long as they keep everything on and plugged in...
I didn't see a reason to go into the details of this particular situation more than that which I found humorous and nerdy. I still don't. The situation was handled very professionally, as I handle all situations. But the professional part isn't as interesting in this context to me as perhaps it is to you.
If you find yourself in a situation like this and you circumvent the rules and get away with it, bully for you. If I'm your net admin and I find out about it, I'll make sure to type up a full report as to why some ass hat in accounting or something like that felt it was okay to skirt compliance and company policy so he could do whatever it is the company decided he's not supposed to do. And a week after that I'd be more than happy to submit your termination to my admins for processing. I'm more concerned about saving your company from the idiots and self righteous. Certainly DGAF about your comfort or position. You want something you ask the people that pay for it and I'd be happy to make that happen if your company decides it's something they want and can afford.
And you're right. Cisco is overpriced and over valued for the most part. But I wasn't the architect (or the owner, who had a major Cisco hard on), so it wasn't my call. Even if I was, I wouldn't be selling $60 consumer grade routers to companies with a 4 hour SLA on hardware knowing full-well that I'd have to send an agent out there 2-3 times a year to replace fried equipment and making my company look like morons. Some of them did that enough on their own...
Upside-down internet is a lot of fun. And you're right. I'm not a control freak. We set up security rules and guidelines for a reason. Some of these places have stringent compliance needs for HIPPA, PCI, and other regulations that strictly forbid the behavior I mentioned. So, yeah, I'm fucking with him but I'm also not getting him fired, either. It's my ass on the line and as long as I can keep the situation under control it's not a big deal.