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Comment OSX has a great track record (Score 1) 665

Never in the history of OSX did the operating system break compatibility with all of its existing software intentionally. In fact, when Apple shifted to a different x86 cpu, they provided tools which let someone run software from A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ARCHITECTURE TO MAINTAIN COMPATIBILITY. Last time I checked, Microsoft has never done anything like this, as their business model has been "Buy all new stuff so we can fuck you out of it in two to three years"

Comment Re: Dictionary? (Score 1) 157

Not so random. Found a FreePbX phone system that requires ssh for phone traffic to pass to the VoIP provider. VoIP provider calls once a month saying a quarter of their total bandwidth comes from one number on the clients phone system and changes the private key used to authenticate. VoIP doesn't require ssh, so after figuring out all calls are being routed to a man in the middle, ssh gets disabled and phone quality improves, VoIP provider is happy. If the hackers only knew how to maintain good call quality, they would have never been discovered.

Submission + - Windows 7 Activation Down - Buy Windows 8 1

fibrewire writes: I am getting hammered for license compliance issues due to users reporting that their copy of Windows is not genuine. When I use online actiavtion or call 1-888-725-1047 to activate my copy of Windows 7 Pro, I am told that "activation services are experiencing technical difficulties, please call back in 2 hours." Unfortunately I've been getting this message for several days now, and my clients are getting frustrated. Good news is that Windows 8 activation services are not experiencing this problem. Is this a ploy to force users to upgrade to Windows 8?

Comment Re:Source is HVAC Contractors (Score 1) 303

Water is a liquid as well, yet I'm breathing it as humidity every day

"Prior to the Montreal Protocol, large quantities of carbon tetrachloride were used to produce the chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants R-11 (trichlorofluoromethane) and R-12 (dichlorodifluoromethane). However, these refrigerants play a role in ozone depletion and have been phased out." -

Comment Source is HVAC Contractors (Score 5, Interesting) 303

I know because it's happening all over the Coachella Valley. I have seen cut rate guys NOT reclaiming or pumping down coils - jettisoning 10+ pounds each time. This occurs at least 50 times a day here in the desert that I know of. Even top paid contractors like just don't care because their commission is based on number of visits per day, and it takes an extra 15-25 minutes to pump a system down before removal. The wholesale houses even pay a couple $$$ per pound of the reclaimed stuff, but commission rates ensure blowing off straight to atmosphere every time.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 92

You are correct. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but for automated systems there seems to be a need for constant babysitting for HP equipment. Seems like HP support is always showing up to do SOMETHING to a server related to drive firmware or cooling fans, while the Dell equipment just keeps running ad infinitum. HP support has only cost $300K this quarter for the aforementioned issues, and caused downsizing in a department that could use a few more bright staff members. Cooling fans and drive firmware - is this for real?

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 92

The key is to know what the hell you're doing, and let the spectators watch the show. New or used, buy for what your customer needs - NOT for the free tickets Vendor X gives you as an incentive to buy their gear. Being a professional in this field, here are some pointers.
- Contact your power company for virtualization incentives to upgrade all that old hardware.
- Use free software that is commercially supported, like XenServer, QuantaStor, and Zimbra.
- Stick with a vendor that produces quality gear like Dell (Sorry HP, but you know why)
- Buy from wholesale vendors like Stallard, or from established eBay vendors.


Submission + - Equinix gives Japan users free 10G upgrades! (

fibrewire writes: "Equinix, the high performance datacenter company that warehouses most financial and big market business, is offering free VLANs and switching fabric to anyone in need of bandwidth for recovery efforts in Japan. Also offering anyone with existing 1G service a free upgrade to a second port or 10G for 12 months while the world gets back on its feet.


Comment Forget Moore - what about Wirth's law? (Score 2, Informative) 460

"Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster." -Wirth

Lets see - I'm building a UAV using RS-422 for fly-by-wire operation using a RTOS and embedded hardware. Do I want TCP/IP or USB buffers involved on servos that control its ability to stay in the air? I can only imagine getting a lecture from an engineer at Raytheon about keeping things simple.

I wonder if someone will make a joke about selling Toyota Motor Corp a USB accelerator control...

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