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Comment: Benefits and LESS complexity ? (Score 1) 262

by thatDBA (#46598821) Attached to: Prototype Volvo Flywheel Tech Uses Car's Wasted Brake Energy
As Volvo has laid out the implementation the KERS powering the rear axle allows effective AWD without the need for a "propeller shaft" to send power to the rear of the vehicle. AWD additional complexity happens no matter whether a car is electric or petroleum power. What about maintaining a set temperature range for a battery pack and shielding large battery packs that may stretch a significant length of the car from debris/crashes?. All the wiring needed to connect the cells that make up the battery pack? Charging infrastructure that has to deployed ? That IS complexity compared to Volvo's KERS system augmenting an internal combustion engine.

Comment: Confirmed (Score 1) 397

by thatDBA (#45984019) Attached to: Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year In the US
I visited my sister's family over the Holidays and my Electrical Engineer brother-in-law is a manager for an aircraft company. His group designs Electronic Counter Measures for military aircraft. He stated that he was going to have to lay off people from his team after the Holiday break. I would think many of these people could transition into positions of Data Center Engineers, Database Administrators or perhaps Network Engineers. At my previous employer, a large well known global website, I was the only DBA without an engineering degree (B.S. Business Admin - MIS major)- engineers apparently make great DBAs. The director over the DBA group at the website has a Masters in Electrical Engineering.

Comment: Re:no (Score 1) 588

by thatDBA (#44775631) Attached to: Lowell Observatory Pushes To Name an Asteroid "Trayvon"
There is no actual proof that Trayvon initiated that fight - for all we know Zimmerman shoved him first and Trayvon responded by punching him; Also less you forget Zimmerman was the one with an arrest record for shoving an ARMED Police Officer. If you are willing to shove an Armed Police Officer I have no doubt you could shove a "punk" who you believed didn't belong.

Comment: As big as I need -Tablet Size (Score 4, Insightful) 320

by thatDBA (#43032569) Attached to: Smartphone Screen Real Estate: How Big Is Big Enough?
Those are some of the dumbest, most arbitrary reasons to tell someone their phone is too large - is he/she being paid by Apple? I want a phone with a screen large enough for me to read web pages comfortably and not need a tablet. I would be fine with a 7 inch phone - not everyone has the hand size and lifting strength of a teenage girl.

Comment: Public Technical College can be rewarding (Score 2) 309

by thatDBA (#41759727) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Going To a Technical College Worth It?
I can't imagine a Public Technical School being that expensive. I have friends that earn 90K+ (Senior SQL Server DBA) and 115K+ (Senior Network Engineer) that both attended an inexpensive Technical College for Associate Degrees in I.T. specific areas. Both had technical certificates (MCDBA at one point, A+,Network+ for the DBA/Cisco for the Network Engineer) prior to obtaining Associates Degrees. The Network Engineer's employers have paid for additional vendor specific certificates for him. I attended an inexpensive Public University in Alabama and have a B.S. in Business Admin (M.I.S major) and earn 90K+ as a Senior SQL Server DBA. We all live in areas of the Southeast U.S. where the cost of living isn't that expensive. I worked for a very large global website where at least 2 of the Directors was a self-trained programmers that had no formal education prior to joining the company as programmers. The easiest route is to attend a traditional University and an accredited public one to keep cost down if you have no experience otherwise in a career field. However some of the best and brightest I have worked with developed an urge to teach themselves more about information technology and talked their way into entry level positions (often Help Desk) at I.T. companies before pursuing any formal education.

Make headway at work. Continue to let things deteriorate at home.