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Comment Re:Nice. (Score 1) 446

That's a legitimate way of thinking for someone with a twisted mind. The people committing terrorists attacks might be cutting down on the tax base and sending a message to the voters that elected people that made decisions to attack their countries. Of course a reasonable terrorist (oxymoron) would attack an area that voted for the people pushing the wars or attack targets that more directly related.

Comment Re:Nice. (Score 2, Informative) 446

Taxes aren't stealing - they're part of an agreement you've made with the government by continuing to live in the country.

In Solyndra's case the tax money was used to invest in a superior type of solar panel technology that ultimately turned out to cost more than the heavily subsidized Chinese solar panels. I guess the government could just stick to blowing people up, but I'd much rather prefer all the new technology and progress.

Comment Re:What are the potential savings? (Score 1) 141

Well there's the lighting costs which although are fairly small, count for something.

The datacenter can have a lot taller rooms - less pesky ceilings to install.

Presumably the robots can move faster than a human, so less time walking around locating the correct rack/server. I imagine they wouldn't be able to solve all problems, but they might be able to bring an entire server to a place where a human could be repairing it (much like robotic inventory/library systems do).

It's possible there could be some security savings. If people are restricted from entering at all, then there would be less need to secure servers individually.
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Data Center Managers Weary of Whittling Cooling Costs 198

Nerval's Lobster writes that a survey from the Uptime Institute "suggests something it calls 'green fatigue' is setting in when it comes to making data centers greener. 'Green fatigue' is exactly as it sounds: managers are getting tired of the increasingly difficult race to chop their PUE, or Power Usage Effectiveness. The PUE is a measure of a data center's efficiency. The lower the PUE, the better — and Microsoft and Google, with nearly limitless resources, have set the bar so high (or low, depending on your perspective) that it's making less-capitalized firms frustrated. Just a few years ago, the Uptime Institute estimated that the average PUE of a data center was around 2.4, which meant for every dollar of electricity to power a data center, $1.4 dollars were spent to cool it. That dropped to 1.8 recently, an improvement to be sure. But then you have companies such as Google and Microsoft building data centers next to rivers for cheap hydroelectric power in remote parts of the Pacific Northwest and reporting insanely low PUEs (below 1.1 in some cases). The Institute latest survey of data center operators shows only 50 percent of respondents in North America said they considered energy efficiency to be very important to their companies, down from 52 percent last year and 58 percent in 2011."

Comment Re: Only right use of an Executive Order I've seen (Score 4, Insightful) 94

Right...a confusing and hostile situation (which the President and staff clearly botched) that happened over an evening is comparable to a planned out and very public taking of American's rights?

It might be fun to jump on the whole government conspiracy bandwagon, but the two situations are in no way comparable. There are a lot of questions about Benghazi and some answers may seem obvious now in retrospect, but the Japanese Interment was clearly wrong.

Comment Re:It's like deja vu all over again (Score 1) 786

But the search built into the start menu is better for the general user than search previously available. It's easy to find and launch programs (what I primarily use it for), and it shows documents/music/normal files that people often look for.

For a power user or anyone that does development, it's pretty useless - many times I've stuck queries in the search and then had to tell it to try again, this time look at ALL the files.

Comment Re:Keep clear text passwords on the client (Score 1) 211

Most website won't hash your password on the client anyways because that's sort of pointless (an attacker could just replicate the process). It's perfectly possible the server has one function that hashes the password and stores it in the database, then emails the login details in a confirmation email.

Sending out password info in email raises a whole new set of security issues for the user (intercepted or email hacked).

Comment Re:Congress can Butt Out. (Score 1) 295

Slavery was the primary reason for the war - it was the reason the southern states seceded (generally thought to be illegal), in turn forcing the north into the war to preserve the union. Southerners wanted to take their slaves to Northern states where they wanted Federal law to protect them, but at the same time they also didn't want any new laws limiting slavery.

Lincoln wasn't a fan of slavery (part of the reason the south seceded), so he made abolishing it a part of the war and law. He didn't initiate the war (the south started that by attacking supply ships sent to Fort Sumter and the taking of Federal forts.

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