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+ - Poll Idea

Submitted by vikingpower
vikingpower (768921) writes "Title: This Poll is Superfluous and Might as well be Abolished
1) Agree, nobody knows what this poll is about
2) Don't agree, through this poll we can indirectly choose another poll
3) This poll may be somewhat invisible, but deals with Important Stuff
4) It is your Democratic Duty to vote for this Poll"

Comment: So, let me get this right (Score 1) 161

by vikingpower (#49368799) Attached to: Europol Chief Warns About Computer Encryption
If yours truly and another law-abiding citizen encrypt communication, how is that going to hamper counter-terrorist work ? I pay my tax, he pays his tax, and the worst we do is getting drunk in his or my home on saturday evening, or screwing the occasional whore. Could it that Europol has been touched by the arrogance that comes from wielding too much unchecked, or at least badly checked, power for too long ?

Comment: Re:MY data in AMAZON's cloud ?? (Score 3, Interesting) 122

by vikingpower (#49353337) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans
True. I don't outsource any risk. Did you ever read "The Orange Book", on risk management ? It is a British government document, and considered rather as a classic on the topic. The TL;DR version: you only outsource risks if and when there are no new risks attached to the act of outsourcing itself. In my case, I consider there would be such extra risk: Amazon is a corporation I can't control, and it can change its policies any time. ( Please do note I do not even mention the NSA and the US state. There certainly is risk there, but I have no way of quantifying it. ) Moreover, once my data is with Amazon, getting it away from there ( if I ever want to do that ) becomes a guarantee for severe headaches, and in that case I would end up building my own cloud anyway.

Comment: Re:MY data in AMAZON's cloud ?? (Score 0) 122

by vikingpower (#49352963) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans

I only told you half the story. The other half is: a pair of Fujitsu Primergy TX 200 S7 servers, not dedicated to storage. ( Those were bought used, too, at about 1 year old they went for 1/3 of the original price. ) Each server has 2 sockets, and each socket has a Xeon E5 2420 processor with 6 cores / 12 threads. Makes 48 threads total. These little monsters run only when necessary. I am a freelance developer and software architect. Having this setup helps convincing customers that I know what I am doing, and know my way around storage and networks.

Of course it's more than € 625 / year. Electric power is part of my operationg expenses, and can be offset from taxable revenue at 100%. I currently run about € 600 / year in electricity bills related to computing. At € 0.20 / kWh, this indicates a round-the-year average of € 600 /( € 0.20 / kWh ) / 365 / 24 = 342 Watts.

Comment: Re:MY data in AMAZON's cloud ?? (Score 0) 122

by vikingpower (#49352817) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans
Fire: the data is partitioned into two categories: one I can afford to lose, and one I can't afford to lose ( source code, personal stuff, financial stuff ). The latter category is by far the smallest in size, currently about 100 Gb. I run a backup once per week, and keep those backups in another location. Break-in: very difficult in this place, but not impossible. I would, however, doubt that any burglars would take servers with them ( burglars are known to take only light and easy-to-carry stuff ). There is a cigar box with some € 100 in cash, close to the door to the room with the servers. The cash is meant as bait. IF, however, they take the servers: see above, at "Fire". Earthquake: extremely rare, here in Austria, though not unheard off. Early last year we had one that hit about 2.5 on the Richter scale. I was in bed at that moment, and was woken up by it. It felt as if a large truck drove by the house. The last earthquakes that brought down complete buildings on a large scale goes back to the 14th century. For the rest: see above, at "Fire".

Comment: Re:MY data in AMAZON's cloud ?? (Score 2) 122

by vikingpower (#49352693) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans
A used HP Microserver ( Gen 8 ), its standard, out-of the box Celeron processor replaced by a Xeon E3, needs about 50 Watts, idling, and maxes out at 75 Watts. It manages 8 TB in a RAID array. If you call that high electricity, I don't know what your mental model of "low electricity" is.

Comment: MY data in AMAZON's cloud ?? (Score 3, Interesting) 122

by vikingpower (#49352655) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans
Never. Never ever. I run a couple of servers here at home, and have my own 30 TB cloud. Pricing model: simple. I buy used servers, at about e 300 apiece, and stick in new hdds. For 30 TB and a three-year write-off, that is € 625 / year. Expensive ? Yes. But what I get is priceless: total control

Comment: Mech CM Storm (Score 1) 452

by vikingpower (#49273573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
My fingers having a very hard "hit" upon individual keys, laptop keyboards tend to not survive my hands for much more than a year. I have been using a Mech CM Storm for some time now, with the added benefit that the aluminum plate, on top, can be taken off in order to clean the insides ( you'd be amazed at what falls out of a keyboard after some months of intensive use ! ). The keyboard has Cherry MX blue switches, and is - hence - loud and very "clickety-clickety". The thing is already heavy out-of-the-box; I attached an extra strip of lead to the bottom, so the keyboard sits rock-steady in the place where I put it. Customers ( I always bring the Storm on assingments ) tend to react amazed and interested.

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