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Comment Re:I call BS (Score 1) 244

A factory is nothing like a world class data center when it comes to building materials, cooling, power, networking, interior.

One billion seems high, but this is probably the cost for both centers and everything else. World class data centers are expensive to put up with a per foot charge that would terrify most people, why do you think so few companies actually build their own?

Comment Oh boy, what's that cost per crime down to? (Score 3, Informative) 280

A large proportion of the cash has been In London, where an estimated £200 million so far has been spent on the cameras. This suggests that each crime has cost £20,000 to detect.

From: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/6082530/1000-CCTV-cameras-to-solve-just-one-crime-Met-Police-admits.html (1.5 years ago)

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X-37B Robotic Space Plane Returns To Earth 55

Kozar_The_Malignant writes "The secretive X-37B robotic space plane has returned to Earth after a seven-month mission. This was the vehicle's first flight. Looking like a cross between a Predator Drone and the Space Shuttle, it landed at Vandenberg AFB in California, which was to have been the military's shuttle launch facility. Speculation is that the X-37B is an orbital spy platform."

Comment Re:Artificial Brains? (Score 1) 320

Let's continue this out even further. What if consciousness is an emergent property of a heavily quantum entangled system (ie our brain). What happens when the forces bound into our xyzt plane of existence are rendered useless to the continuation of your life, your soul, but leaves the entanglements in dimensions 5-11 proposed by m-theory?

Things gonna' get messy 'round here!

Comment Re:Pardon my language and lack of depth, but.. (Score 4, Interesting) 799

^ this a hundred times.

I have tons of trouble convincing my friends out of country that the US isn't the one portrayed on television and there are very, very, distinct differences in culture even only a few hundred miles apart. Some parts of the country actively HATE other parts and where it not for our central government would have nothing to do with each other.

I'm out in California after much time in the East and would completely love it if California where to leave the union. Those americans are crazy!

Comment slashdont. (Score 1) 291

Make the data type as precise as possible.

Now, try to make it more precise.

Indexes are like friends, you can have too many.

Don't do * querys.

If user MYSQL do everything in a view.

Comment Re:oops! (Score 1) 716

False, Android has overtaken the iPhone for one quarter.

Here's a good reality check on the size of the platforms. The OpenFeint gaming network for iPhone/iPod has more users than there are Android handsets in existence.

And in the long run open platforms do much better? How so? Huh? Look I've been using linux since kernel .96 and FreeBSD since the original PORT, but these sort of statements make no sense. They are nebulous and "weasel statements".

Comment There is a reason for leased lines... (Score 4, Insightful) 256

... and if you think it is about latency you are mildly retarded, as are the writers of this general knowledge article.

Leased lines in general have better SLAs but that isn't even much of a point anymore as they cheaper products "claim" to have similar ones. The difference here is how good is that business class dsl/fiber support at 2am? What are the odds they are actually going to be willing to send someone out to the telco closet right away if there is an issue? You buy leased lines because you need *real* support of the SLAs... not this, "well we were down for 5 hours, so how about we credit you a day off!" bullshit.

It's really scary for what passes for "good advice" these days.

Comment Re:Backup to tape? (Score 4, Insightful) 256

You sound like someone who has never been responsible for long term backup storage. Stuff isn't just thrown on a tape and stored offsite for years. Responsible DR requires you to constantly be shifting all your long term storage onto new methods, constantly. You wouldn't have MDF hard drives with valuable data on them, or even legacy data as all that data should have been MOVED and VERIFIED onto current media.

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