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Comment Upgrade from older TVs? (Score 3, Interesting) 164

I know when I upgraded from pre-digital capable TVs to the new HD TVs... I went way down in TV ownership. I disposed of 5 older TVs, and replaced it with one new TV. Once the last 5 years, I've since upgraded that new TV, and put the older one in a second room.

My parents, and many of my friends are the same way. They went from a TV in every room, to one main one... and as the main one was upgraded the others have slowly moved to other living spaces.

Comment required items (Score 3, Informative) 422

Security for the infrastructure room.. (I don't care if it's a closet or a multimillion dollar server room..) Solid core, fire rated doors with appropriate locks. (Amazing how many businesses don't have the minimum there!)

As someone else said, conduit and wiring ability to expand over time. If someone wants to run 1" conduit, double it to 2" or 3". In the future there will be some new technology and it's almost impossible to ever remove old wiring, but adding new will be much easier.

Climate control -- note I didn't say air conditioning. For the best results, the room should have the ability to have it's own climate control. This may mean air cleaners (if fresh air is used for heating/cooling), air conditioning unit, etc. Don't rely on the building system, because as technology changes the heating/cooling requirements of the technology will change.

A space twice the size you need.. Equipment is always changing in size.. both bigger and smaller, as are the company needs.. room to grow is a good thing!

Finally power.. the room should have it's own dedicated power feed, that can easily be managed by a generator, power backup unit, etc.. even if you don't need those things today, planning ahead for them makes it a whole lot cheaper if you do ever need them. Again relying on building wide power is fine for a while.. but it's much better to have the ability for dedicated stuff in the IT room.

Emulation (Games)

Nintendo Upset Over Nokia Game Emulation Video 189

An anonymous reader writes "Nintendo is investigating potential copyright infringement by Nokia during some video demos of their N900 phone, which can be seen emulating Nintendo games. Nintendo spokesman Robert Saunders says: 'We take rigorous steps to protect our IP and our legal team will examine this to determine if any infringement has taken place.' In the video, Nokia says, 'Most publishers allow individual title usage, provided that the user is in possession of the original title.'"

Comment Re:Lexis and Westlaw? (Score 3, Informative) 98

I agree.. Westlaw/Lexis information includes history context, legal analysis, links to secondary (court cases) sources that interpret the law, and as well as if the law is in the process of being appealed as unconstitutional or whatever.

This is what Westlaw and Lexis sell to lawyers, the actual content of the law itself is something required in order for the money making part to exist.

Comment Re:Bills are patches (Score 3, Insightful) 98

I have worked on systems in the past (for West specifically) that perform automated primary law patching.

The key thing is to understand the standard language and breakdown of the code. In some jurisdiction, it's by section, others it is by subsection, others, paragraph, and others sentence or sentence fragment.

The laws themselves need to be organized in a fashion they can be searched, patched, and retrieved (verified) based on offical versions.

One thing people have ignored is that generally speaking is there are two types of legal codes. Codified sections and Articles/Laws/Uncodified. The Codified sections are of the type mentioned above.. Title 17, section 237, subsection (a) is amended to read... vs Articles -- Act 236 of the 85th congress is amended as follows.. This is MUCH harder to patch.. because in essence you are patching a patch. (Note, most Tax and Social Security related rules are non-codified. This is because the only way to change from non-codified to codified is to repeal and then re-enact the legislation with an official title. And absolutely no congressman wants to be know as someone who voted to repeal social security, or know as someone who voted in all of these taxes...)

Comment Had a college Sci-Fi Lit course.. (Score 1) 1021

I attended a college with a wonderful Sci-Fi lit course. As others have indicated forcing students to see Lit through the eyes of the teacher is going to kill any interest in the course. Instead the class was focused on discussion of the topics, background into the reason why various facets of the material were generated, i.e. Parallelism to time and events, etc.

Also focusing a Lit class specifically on reading books is IMHO a mistake often made in course like this. Doing things like bringing in movies such as "When the Earth Stood Still" (the original not the WHOA! version).. Even reading books like Jurassic Park (which I hated), and then paralleling it to the movie (which was worse then the books) and what trade-offs had to be done. It was very informative and a good way to introduce people who are not into Sci-Fi (and Fantasy) into the genre, and give additional background to people who may have been reading it for years.

Start with short stories, and move toward more mainstream novels and authors. During half a year you should be able to go through at least 5 books and numerous short stories and at least 2 or 3 movies adaptations.

Comment Re:EFI? (Score 4, Informative) 207

EFI is useful in the same way Open Firmware on PowerPC and Sparc is useful. It gives you an extensable system that can do different things with devices. This is great on a system where you don't know what the hardware may be (i.e. Workstations).. but starts to fall down when you get to servers, blades or embedded systems.

On most systems these days BIOS or any type takes between 3 and 30 seconds to boot to the OS. This is simply not acceptable to many blade and embedded system designs.. (Even some server designs this isn't acceptable.)

I can boot a system with coreboot in a second or less to the OS. This is really the most important part of coreboot. (For embedded systems, most of the time our target is in the .2 to .5 range from power on to OS start... this almost all but excludes ia32 from many embedded applications today.)

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