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Comment Re:ADA? (Score 1) 267

I currently work for a refrigerated shipping and warehousing company. The in-house warehouse management system is all in COBOL. One of my responsiblities is the care and feeding of the WMS system and the database cluster back-end.

This WMS chugs along and weathers everything that gets thrown at it. It really is the most bulletproof system I've ever worked on.

Comment It depends where I am (Score 1) 301

One of the primary uses for my laptop is as an audio workstation. If I'm at home I connect an external keyboard and mouse directly to 2 of the ports. The third port connects to a powered hub that connects a 61-key synth, a 25-key midi controller, a contoller pad, an external track controller, an audio interface, and a secondary audio interface that allows me to use tablets and smartphones as additional controllers/input devices. And a large external backup drive that I don't leave connected all the time.

Grand total of 10 devices if you include the usb hub itself as a device. 12 devices if you include a tablet and phone connected to the special interface.

On the road I'll just plug in a mouse and maybe the 25-key controller if I want to do any music work at the hotel as a break from the grind. My actual job is in security, the music is a very serious hobby.

Submission + - Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese Dead at 70 (

frost_knight writes: Edgar Froese, founding member and keyboardist of the long-running band Tangerine Dream and an electronic music pioneer, passed away after suffering a pulmonary embolism on January 20th. Froese was 70. He played a pivotal role in the development of krautrock, new age, and electronic dance music.

Submission + - Beware the Internet

frost_knight writes: Washington Post opinion writer Robert J. Samuelson writes "If I could, I would repeal the Internet. It is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not — as most people imagine — a symbol of progress. Just the opposite. We would be better off without it." It is his belief that the dangers of the Internet outweigh its benefits.

Comment Re:The most human side of scifi... (Score 1) 315

Humans are storytelling creatures.

For many moons we've sat around campfires, hearths, lamps, and glowing rectangles telling each other stories -- about the hunt, the weather, myths, fables, our neighbours, ourselves, the day's work, and even math problems. Sometimes we stick to the facts, but often the teller exagerrates, embellishes, or flat out lies. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, or so it goes.

Fiction is part of the human condition.

Comment Re:Busy databases (Score 1) 464

The VMware vCenter Server is not required for a VM cluster to function.

It provides a handy interface from which to view your entire cluster and provides tools to make administration and initial setup easier, but the cluster will run just fine without it. High availability and load balancing continue to function. You can always log in to each VM host server directly as well.

If you've installed VMware License Server on the same VM as vCenter then you won't be able to add any new licenses and some ESX features expire in 14 days. However, one would hope that you've been able to bring your Licensing/vCenter VM back online by then.

The failure case is an annoyance that should be dealt with, but it is not a disaster by any means.

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