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Comment: Basement? Really? (Score 1) 151 151

by xs650 (#44041893) Attached to: Jon 'Maddog' Hall On Project Cauã: a Server In Every Highrise

Unless they are in a city with no chance of flooding, either natural or from infrastructure failure, a basement is dumb place to put that equipment.

Last I heard, Brazil was mostly wet and the infrastructure reliability left something to be desired.

The folly of thin servers has already been mentioned by others.

Comment: Re:Fairplay (Score 1) 587 587

by xs650 (#43365337) Attached to: Samoa Air Rolling Out "Pay As You Weigh" Fares
That would only be fair if the majority of the fuel burned by the aircraft wasn't burned to overcome the aircraft's air resistance and weight. As an example, in rough numbers a 737 weighs about 75,000 lbs without passengers or fuel and carries about 130 passengers. That is 576 lbs of aircraft per passenger. Add in maintenance and other operating costs that would still be there is they were flying with no passengers and it becomes obvious that passenger weight is a relatively small percentage of their operating cost. And, there are also costs due to carrying passengers that have nothing to do with weight. Even if a planeload of passengers weighed 0 lbs, it would still take labor hours, passenger terminal expenses etc to process the weightless passengers onto an off the aircraft.

Comment: Re:Before trolling starts... (Score 1) 46 46

by xs650 (#43304351) Attached to: $35 Indian Tablet Has Until March 31st To Ship or Be Cancelled


I really do believe "you get what you paid for," but then, I'm reminded of the story of golf ball finders a British con artist was selling as "bomb detectors" for several thousand dollars each.

A more realistic version of that old saw is "You rarely get more than you paid for."

Anyone who has been around a while realizes that you frequently get less than you paid for.

Comment: Google is doing us a service (Score 2) 164 164

by xs650 (#43253393) Attached to: Google Keep End-of-Life Date Forecasted

Google is doing us a service by reminding us that online services, data storage, etc come and go. Don't rely on any one company if a service or your data is important to you.

Reality bites and it's good to have an occasional nip like this latest one from Google to remind us of that.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."