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Comment Re: SAVING (Score 1) 228

I would actually agree that how much sense DST makes is very dependent on the latitude at which you live. To clarify, I would also agree DST does nothing to help with the winter and I wasn't saying it did, you simply couldn't shift the clock enough to make any substantial difference when it gets dark at 4:30.

In the summer if it's light where you live until 10pm it doesn't make much sense to have it be light until 11pm. A little further south though and it would be dark at 8pm standard time at the solstice, an extra hour would be nice. It's really the Spring and Fall which benefit the most in the northern US though, when whether is nice and you appreciate having that extra hour of daylight. For example, tonight it got dark at about 6pm. Tomorrow it will be very nice to have daylight until 7pm...

Comment Re:More Useful Daylight in Summer (Score 1) 228

I assume you're being sarcastic, but just to clarify if you live in a norther latitude you get over this idea pretty quickly. No matter how much the clock gets adjusted it's going to either be dark when the children leave or when the get home (maybe both!) and there's nothing you can do about it. You may as well try to get as much evening daylight as possible, which is why I like DST.

Comment Re: Could have mentioned the other two (Score 1) 228

IIRC there used to be a difference in observing DST as well so a few counties were always on central time, most were on Eastern time, but in the summer most of them did not observe DST so they were in sync with the central time zone counties that DID observe DST, effectively changing the timezone of the state from the perspective of those of us who do observe DST..

Comment Re:SAVING (Score 0, Troll) 228

Yes. I know DST is incredibly unpopular on Slashdot and I can certainly understand why changing clocks is inconvenient and seems antiquated to the /. crowd. I don't care whether the sun is out while I'm at work/meetings/appointments but when I have free time in the evenings I would very much like it to still be light outside for as much of the year and as long as possible. If you hide in your house or never interact with others you may not care but for those of us who do need to interact with others it's nice to have off time when it's light out. This is especially important for those of us in northern latitudes in the spring and fall...

Comment Flawed Study (Score 4, Insightful) 244

This study is so obviously flawed in methodology it's laughable. Clearly this is just a bunch of propaganda. First, if you're surveying people around the world you also need to determine what licensed streaming services the person has access to as not all (or even any) services are available in all countries. Second, you need to consider the differences in the catalogs of licensed services from country to country. Because of antiquated business practices and agreements the catalog of Netflix (for example) varies greatly from place to place. In most places it's much worse than the US, which isn't even that great. Third, the study makes the assumption that simply viewing pirated content is in fact illegal (and they report about this with a leading statement, Did not know that simply watching....). While this may be true in some regions globally there is certainly some disagreement about whether only distribution is unlawful or whether consumption is also unlawful. This really smells like media industry propaganda to me.

Comment Re:In What Language? (Score 1) 553

Perhaps then you would like to explain how to force X Windows/Debian Linux to output over HDMI regardless of the CEC and EDID data (or lack thereof) coming back over the link?

Two of the banes of my existence are 1) that if I power off an HDMI TV attached to a Linux box and then power it back on some hours later (e.g. for use with MythTV) I am unable to get any output from X unless I reboot the system and 2) that if I power up a Linux box without an attached and powered on HDMI TV (e.g. digital signage which is off during non-business hours and there is a reboot of the box) I am unable to get any output from X unless I reboot the system.

Comment Re:So why use these large cloud services? (Score 0) 161

Your question is unclear. Are you asking why Google is an also-ran or why AWS/Azure split the way I suggested. I'm going to assume the former. It's got nothing to do with the infrastructure, it's about the business, offerings, service/support, and wherewithal. Simply put Google doesn't have 1) the cloud services customer base that either of the other two do, and 2) the cloud product variety/maturity that the others do. Google also has shown no serious interest in improving their cloud services and/or doing a better job of selling them and competing with the others. Google has pretty much zero track record of selling services (other than ads) to businesses. About the only thing you can come up with is "Google Apps for Business". Compared to other offerings like Office365 that is a joke. Their customer support in all products is terrible. Need I go on? There's just no evidence that they will be a player in outside cloud services, sure they run a huge amazing infrastructure internally but they just don't play well with others.

Comment Re:So why use these large cloud services? (Score 0) 161

Google is pretty much an also-ran at this point so the question is AWS vs. Azure (or of course self-hosting but we'll assume you really want to do cloud and I can't talk you out of it). In my experience the answer depends on your application. If you're building a new from the ground up web-based application AWS is probably the front-runner. If you're migrating an existing in-house system and want to do things more incrementally, do something hybrid with your in-house stuff, etc. Azure is far simpler to get that going with. Azure feels designed to be familiar and comfortable for traditional enterprise IT people, AWS feels designed by/for the Silicon Valley startup crowd.

Comment Re:So why use these large cloud services? (Score 1) 161

That's easier said than done though. See for example the Amazon AWS status portal which stated things were just fine for far longer than they were because Amazon couldn't update it. Doing cloud based applications right is neither as inexpensive or as simple as a lot of people were led to believe/preached.

Comment Re: Not a complete outage (Score 2) 161

This. Clearly a lot of people jumped into cloud "to save boatloads of money" (same reason so many jumped into outsourcing. Saving tons of money is not often a good reason to do something. Usually you can make incremental savings but it's never what the salespeople or service promises because those prices ignore things like redundancy, etc. In the end doing it right ends up costing about the same as you were paying before, maybe a little less or a little more and maybe you gain some more features, but it's also probably more complex.

Comment Re:Wow AWS Goes down also? (Score 2) 161

I caught that too and thought it was interesting. One other interesting thing about an application that really uses cloud services to their full potential (rather than just as an expensive VM/VPS) is that since the services are not commoditized/standardized there is a lot of cloud vendor lock-in. E.g. if you build a huge web app around AWS you're going to have a lot of rework to do (to some extent depending on how well you modularized your code) to migrate to another cloud provider.

Comment Re: Nice. (Score 3, Informative) 183

If you stick to Prime eligible products, you don't have to deal with the fraud as you're dealing with Amazon and not a third party.

Depends how you define "dealing with" Amazon is not always the seller, they are increasingly a logistics/fulfillment company and not the seller. While it being Prime does mean they have the product in one of their warehouses it absolutely does not mean you are buying it from Amazon. In many cases they are just warehousing products for someone else and they send you the product which has been barcoded by the actual seller when you purchase it. If you have a problem with the product you might soon learn that it isn't Amazon you bought it from, prime or not.

Comment Re:RS-485 (Score 1) 615

I'll assume you're not kidding and answer your question. Yes, of course people still use RS-485. It's not RS-232 over longer connections though, it's just a different type of serial driver for a UART interface (i.e. it is equal to RS-232 but handles the line driving differently). One such difference is the use of balanced A/B communication lines instead of +/- lines used in RS-232, which yes, gives it better reliability over longer distances.

Specifically the popular Modbus protocol runs over RS-485 and it's used extensively in industrial control systems. DMX, which is still used extensively in the theatrical/concert lighting world is also based on RS-422/485, though there are some differences.

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