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Comment Re: Nonsense (Score 1) 343

And what do you think the hydroelectric plant was doing with that power before the data center showed up? Dumping it in the ocean?

Of course not. It was going to homes and industries. Every watt of smug power that Google uses for their datacenters is a watt of hydrocarbon or nuclear generated power next door.

A datacenter with 10,000 servers may be more efficient because of scale than 10,000 homes with one server each. But if you are on grid power, each watt that you use comes from a combination of coal, nuclear and smug sources, in the ratio of your grid and the grids your grid is tied to.

Just because your local power utility company is willing to sell you the fiction that you are exclusively on one source or another doesn't make it so.

Comment While it might make conspiracy nuts sad (Score 3, Interesting) 45

That is actually how it works. The FBI it not, by and large, dumb about investigations. They are arguably one of the best in the business. Part of that is they know that you can't always get the evidence you want. So they'll subpoena records, but so long as you make a good faith effort to comply, they tend to be happy.

At work (a university) we get FBI subpoenas once and awhile. Quite often it is for shit that we don't have, like someone's e-mail from a long time ago. We look, see if we have a backup, and if not let them know. They are then on their way.

When people get in trouble is when they try to jam them up or break their own rules. Like if you have a company rule that says you keep all documents of X type for Y years, and they are asking for something that is Y-3 years old, they may well get miffed and go after you if you don't have it. However if you do not retain document type X, and there is no law requiring it, simply letting them know that will make them happy.

This isn't to say nobody ever gets a bad/vindictive/whatever agent that tries to create problems, but if you were to do a study, I bet you'd find that most of the interactions are very professional and they are perfectly understanding if you don't have the information they want. In the cases where a hissing match started it was because someone had the information and refused (or made it sound like that) or otherwise jammed them up.

Comment Re:The Firefox OS project needs to be terminated. (Score 1) 102

Thank you for perfectly illustrating my point as you can't name a single thing a consumer would care about and keep having to harp on and on (even slumming in FUDLand for a bit) about "free and open", thus proving my point better than I ever could that FXOS is a dead man walking, thanks.

As others have said if you believe what you are saying? Put up or shut up, name some features that a consumer would care about that have absolutely NOTHING to do with, or depend on, the words "free" or "open". If you can't or don't respond? You have perfectly proven my point yet again, thx in advance.

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 1) 178

What good would opening up Symbian have done? It would have been like opening Windows 3.11 in 2005, it was a dead end arch that could never be made to compete.

What killed Nokia is the same thing that killed Palm and so many others, what I call "sat on ass" syndrome, in that when they were on top they sat on ass instead of looking forward and by the time they realized they needed to think ahead? They did like 90s Apple pre Jobs and just threw shit at the wall hoping something would work. They ended up with something like 3 different OSes at one point, Symbian, Meego (which needed a good 2 years to be able to compete with what Apple and Google had out then, if the devs are to be believed) and the Java one, all fighting and headhunting and backstabbing...yeah they were fucked long before Elop showed up.

Comment Re:"public standards"? (Score 1) 58

Cloud has no real definition. I consider a "cloud" application to be an application that is relatively easy to pick up and move to a different hosting vendor.

The "vendor" definition of "cloud" is YOU paying a subscription for proprietary or difficult-to-migrate resources instead of buying a box.

Comment They better not mess with existing sharing setup (Score 0) 49

If Amazon breaks my sharing setup, then I will cancel my Prime mebership and take my approximately $7,000 a year worth of business with them to another retailer and drop Kindle in favor of a competing eBook service. I hear there is a competing thing called ShopRunner.... sounds interesting.

Comment efficiency... (Score 1) 121

didn't we just have an article posted on here where someone pointed out that the efficiency from end-to-end of charging a mobile phone is something like *16* percent? ... so why is bill gates investing in an area of least efficiency? it makes me wonder, y'know - when people get a lot of money (like google throwing money at project ara to help create and entrench existing monopoly positions around the UniPro standard), they often don't think "how can this problem be solved in a way that *doesn't* need a lot of money?" not so as to be stingy, but so that creativity is applied instead of brute force, if you know what i mean. just because you *can* solve the *production* of energy doesn't mean that you shouldn't be looking at solving the reduction of energy *consumption*.

Comment Nah (Score 1) 343

They just co-exist. He's wrong about efficiency of AC/DC conversion. Even inefficient devices are usually 80% or better these days and the good stuff s 95% or more. So it gets converted back and forth as needed.

There are HVDC distribution lines in the US power grid (and of course other grids). They just get converted back to AC. Often they are converted from AC as well, since most generators are AC. There is some loss, but not a ton, and everything has loss, that's just life.

Likewise there are data centers that are DC powered. No magic, they just have big AC/DC power supplies (generally the bigger you go the more efficient they are) and then run DC power to the servers, often with DC-DC voltage conversion at various points.

So no current wars, we'll just have both, and they can be interconnected as needed. The tech isn't a big deal these days, and isn't all that expensive.

Comment Laser's The Way To Go (Score 1) 191

Injkjet output has always looked like crap to me, and for a long time there I was printing so rarely that I'd buy an inkjet, print one crappy looking page with it and the next time I needed to print something the cartridges would be all dried out. Recently I had an uptick in stuff that needed printing, so I bought a Xerox color laser printer. It can do a color image on glossy paper quite nicely and its blacks are crisp and clear. I'm not printing out a ton of stuff, but so far it's proven perfect for my needs. The print-outs also won't bleed if they get a little water on them.

Funnily enough I was dreading setting it up on Linux, even though I'd specifically purchased a printer with PostScript capabilities. As it turns out, its Linux driver seems to work better than the windows one -- it's picked up different addresses from DHCP a couple of times now, and the Windows driver had some trouble finding it again. It just kept working on the Linux side. I mostly use it with LaTeX to print documents and envelopes (The LaTeX envelope style is awesome!) and some occasional pictures with the Gimp. I almost never actually print from Windows.

"What people have been reduced to are mere 3-D representations of their own data." -- Arthur Miller