Maybe if you spent less time complaining about the things other people have, and more time improving your lot in life, you wouldn't be so poor?
Maybe... and maybe not. The relevant cartoon: https://imgur.com/gallery/h82v...
I have done this on a MacMini before as I tried to simulate a network for a program I wrote, and I literally had to return the MacMini for a swap with iMac having top configurations.... Still had a horrible time with 12 nodes Regardless how powerful your laptop is, I dont think it can do 16VMs at a time.
The latest MacBook Pro has an 8 core i7 with 16GB of ram and an SSD that writes at over 5 Gbps. I think you meant: "The crappy laptop they issue for upgrading firmware probably wouldn't run 16 VMs very well."
automatically encrypt your data locally and upload it to multiple locations. These locations can be public locations as only your private key can decrypt the incremental (or full) backups.
do you know you can't rollback a transaction that modifies a table?
That is incorrect. No wonder you must have had a hard time with the tools if you don't even know the difference between MyISAM and InnoDB. MyISAM is basically BerkeleyDB with a server process over it. It is blazing fast for small amounts of data with low concurrency. It uses full table locking for inserts or updates. InnoDB is the engine that makes the differences between Postgres Maria/MySQL largely inconsequential.
The main difference that I see is that Postgres fans generally have the same zeal and lack of experience that Rails fanboys exhibit. I am not sure where you fall but you are doing a disservice to our community by spouting false claims when you do not understand what you are talking about. (That sounds like a rails fanboy to me.)
They do not need to read it into the congressional record to be protected under the Speech of Debate Clause of the constitution. Listen to the first senator, Gravel, that ever exercised this right speak. He was uncertain of the legal grounds, so he intended to read it into the congressional record as part of a filibuster. This was prevented by process, so he called a subcommittee hearing and read it into the subcommittee record.
This senator now states that the supreme court ruling about his actions protects legislatures from prosecution when divulging state secrets in the interest of public debate.
Watch what he has to say here: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/12/16/former_senator_mike_gravel_on_putting
I can only find one case where a senator has tried to use this to get out of a DUI and his attorneys are asserting that the senator is protected under the Kentucky Constitution clause, not the federal constitution. The case is set to be heard May 5th of this year.
"Constutionally protected from being punished"
you are misinformed in more than just your spelling, sir. The only thing that I can think of that you may be referring to is the national defense act where party members granted themselves immunity from war crimes. LOL! I would love to see that tested in court. Where does it say in the constitution that our legislative branch is immune from the laws that they themselves make?
without the prosecution present
Did you mean without the defense present?
Everyone here is going to tell you that a human needs to be there because that is their livelihood. Any task can be automated at a cost. I am guessing that it is not your current task to automate maintenance tasks otherwise you wouldn't be asking. Somewhere up your chain they decided that for the uptime / quality of service it is more cost effective to have a human do it. That does not mean that you can not present a case showing otherwise. I highly suggest that you win approval and backing before taking time to try to automate anything.
Out of curiosity, are they VMs?
You can spin up your own Tor exit node in Austria here: http://lowendbox.com/tag/austria/
Or, if you prefer, you can just donate to people that are running nodes here: https://www.torproject.org/docs/faq#RelayDonations
There is never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.