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Comment Re:You simply don't have home automation.. (Score 1) 183

Of course you CAN do automation without the internet. You can even do automation without any "real" computers.

Heck, an old friend did some pretty cool stuff in the late 70s basically with electromechanical relays when he completely rewired his flat. Basically all lights, thermostats, radiator valves, electrical sun-blinds, etc... where wired directly into one central cabinet. And instead of normal light switches beside the doors he had 1-3 panels of 12 little sci-fi looking push buttons that even lighted up.

So in the filing cabinet he cold "re-program" each of the little buttons to activate something or other pretty quickly. Add a few timers, and light sensors, and aside from "being controlled it from some place far away" it pretty much did everything all those new-fangled solutions can do.

Comment Re:this is different from Goog or MS... how, again (Score 1) 68

That sounds a terrible lot like the behaviour of both Google and Microsoft, which people seem to accept without a problem. How exactly is this any different, except whereas Google also tries to gather other things like the contents of your emails and your social contacts?

To be fair, both Microsoft and Google will probably use better encryption while stealing your data, so that it is not discovered that easily.

Comment Re:Preview Already Available (Score 1) 95

Are there any promising browsers in the works? One that isn't developed by complete fucktards?

I like PaleMoon. Basically a "pre-Australis" fork of Firefox, where the developer pledged to leave the UI alone as much as possible ( And also to keep the existing extension model working. )

Have a read through the release notes to check the "level of fucktardness", which I personally would place at "very low" ;-) :

Comment Well, if you worry about "The Platform", ... (Score 1) 337

... you might as well worry about the AI replacing you. I switched platforms a few dozen times, depending on the job. Heck, I even switched from "electro-mechanical hard-wired logic" to do stuff to "software" and saw that most of the problem solving skills that a developer needs apply to both in the same way.

Comment Re:The realy SNAFU ist another one. (Score 1) 115

No, not if the system handles something really important (and/or highly visible like this). A system will occationally break, so you use sufficient redundancy. RAID avoids loss from disk breakage. Backups avoid loss from destruction of complete systems (fire) or griveous admin mistakes. (delete wrong database...) Logging transactions on another server makes sure you don't loose what happened between the last backup and the disaster.

I do all that. But in the event that a plane crashes right between our two server rooms which are ~500 metres apart (thus loosing all the RAID and Online-replication backups) I might still have to go back to an off-site backup, where the transaction log replication happens only every 10 minutes, so the backup might be "10 minutes old" in that case.

Which would prompt me to start up the system (that is, after I somehow got hold of new hardware, and if me and my co-workers didn't go up in the same ball of fire that the server rooms did, which would make it "someone else's problem") , and "have a look what the state of the system is" before activating any sort of batch-jobs.

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