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Comment Re:As a US based programmer (Score 1) 219

I'm a libertarian. Not a "neo-con" I can't stand the neo-cons and more than I can stand the neo-communists of the left.

I can assure you, that I opposed the patriot act, and still do, for exactly the reason we find in the NSA scandal of today. Those who give up liberties for securities.... and all that.

Comment Re:Not seeing a problem with that. (Score 1) 219

No meat? Code speak for "we don't want to look". and " There is no scandal. Who cares it is just those evil teabaggers"

Posted AC because like many on the left, they don't have the balls to put their name to their views, and cower in the shadows.

You do realize that Lois Learner did use private email for official purposes? Right? You do know that is illegal, right? No wonder she cried the 5th, which btw, I'm going to do next April 15th, when I sign my tax forms, and they are blank. "I refuse to answer these questions on the grounds that it might incriminate me"

Comment Re:Is anybody surprised? (Score 2) 147

Why couldn't there be a "washing bank", where coins are co-mingled and exchanged for equal amounts, minus transaction fee?

What I imagine is that on a periodic or regular basis, you trade your serialized bit coins to a "wash bank" for a "bit coin count" and then withdraw the equal value of new coins (some of which may be yours returned), to spend. If you have enough people washing their coins in such a bank, the bank could then be an anonomizing service.

I "deposit" 100BTC into the wash bank, get a notice of a 99 BTC deposit. When I need it, I go to the bank, trade in my 99 BTC deposit slip, receive a new set of 99 BTC. Especially useful if I have one time wallets.

Comment Re:No way (Score 1) 168

Having sold cars for a brief time, I can assure you, that people do not WANT a nice car salesman. They expect the stereotype and respond awkwardly to a "nice, friendly" person.

I recall one day, I was particularly in a Pissed off mood, and was rude, belligerent, condescending as only I can be. That day, I sold four cars. By far, the best day I ever had. Coincidence? Perhaps, however, the grumpier the sales person, the more cars they sold.

The problem with selling cars, is that most people are ill equipped to deal with the sales person. I've helped people buy cars, having some experience on the other side. Having ALL the information is key to a quick and painless experience. You have to know exactly how much profit in a car a dealer needs to make, and how much they are making. If you have this information, and know the car you want, you can be done in less than 2 hours.

If you don't know anything, need special financing, are making a trade in as part of the purchase, each of those items increases the amount of time you have to wait for the "manager" to approve the deal.

Comment Re:Uh huh (Score 1) 570

What you propose, is completely possible within VMware as well. All you have to do is snapshot your machines to the tolerance you need. But then again, how does one know which snapshot is the last good one? There is a risk in ever action you take, you're just minimizing that risk. How much risk you can afford is the line you spend mitigating against the damage done.

And since we are talking blade chassis, the blades themselves do not have fans. The Chassis has fans, and fan redundancy, so you can lose a fan and not have issues with airflow. And if you're that mission critical, you have enough chassis' to handle one being offline while you perform maintenance. And you have redundancies for network, air conditioning, power, and a duplicate "disaster recovery site" for when an airplane crashes into your building, in a different geographic location.

Disaster planning is not difficult, it is expensive. And if you're doing it on a shoestring, you're going to screw up somewhere on something you overlooked, so don't; you're not qualified to do disaster planning.

Comment Re:Uh huh (Score 3, Insightful) 570

All of the redundancy you just mentioned, is now available in VMWARE, abstracted away so that the Hardware practically doesn't matter any longer (as long as it is x86/x64). A failed CPU on a VMWARE box would cause the machines to migrate over to a standby, and be up and running before anyone even knew. And I would get a notification and swap out the blade out of the chassis and be ready for the next "fail over".

As for the upgrading of hardware without ever downing a system, that is easy. VMWARE already handles that by migrading the virtualized box off the affected machine, you upgrade (add ram, CPU etc), reconfigure the VMWARE stack and migrate back. I can migrate the data stores with live data as well. I've replaced both Hardware(CPU, RAM) and Drives Systems(Equalogic to Nimble) while machines were running. This has nothing to do with "Linux" being able to handle it, since VMWARE does it without "Linux" (or Free BSD, Windows ...) ever knowing.

I won't install Server on bare metal ever again. It is more expensive to install on bare metal, but only if you value your time.

Comment Re:How many people don't know a 2nd search engine? (Score 1) 352

I have Microsoft accounts as backup to my google accounts. I can do anything on them, other than G+, that I can do on Google. The problem is, I don't use them ...ever. A one to five minute outage, might disrupt me long enough to get a cup of coffee, or stop Hacking Portals long enough to actually look at what it actually is IRL.

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