Very few need "massive scaling on demand". They need reasonable scaling with easy hosting vendor swappability. If the cloud can't deliver that, it's a niche thing for blue moon projects.
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.
There are other space games except EVE?
My net connection is lame and I don't like time dilation so EVE is right out for me. If a game doesn't have single-player, I won't spend any significant amount of money on it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use LAMP as your "cloud" platform and tell IBM to shove their patent where their the lamps don't shine.
Looks like you got lucky on that one.
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.
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?
What was the thing about suckers, birth rates and minutes?
I'm assuming the same idiots who watch Kim Kartrashian
Your ideas are intriguing. I would like to subscribe to your magazine...
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.
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.