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Comment Re:Not buying it (Score 1) 122

A cleaning person plugging a vacuum cleaner into the power strip on the rack instead of into the wall outlet that's on an external circuit (combined with improper power filtering in the equipment).

Even shitty chinese powersupplies filter this out to an acceptable level to make this a non issue.

Electrical noise caused by some other crappy piece of equipment in the rack (combined with improper power filtering in the equipment).

Even shitty chinese powersupplies filter this out to an acceptable level to make this a non issue.

Errors caused by higher operating temperature.

Unless the equipment has an appreciable difference in operating envrionment it would be insignificant. It's also one of the first things you do when checking failures is do a quick check of the installation equipment, especially if you're in a data centre or other envionmental controlled situation.

Errors caused by emissions from natural Uranium or other radioactive elements in the soil.

You mean just like cosmic radiation? :-)

A software bug.

Would have been picked up in the GP's tests

A hardware bug.

Would have been picked up in the GP's tests

Comment Re:Black swan events (Score 1) 167

The subsidy for solar is 1650x more expensive than cleaning up nuclear accidents. The subsidy for wind is 250x more expensive.

While most of what you say is true I find it counter-intuitive to use subsides in any argument for or against a technology. Subsidies are the result of policy favouring a technology and have little to do with the technology itself. They are temporary in nature depending on the political environment and are often used to kick-start an industry or bury another based on other factors.

E.g. subsidies for Solar have contributed to a huge increase in production to the point where if they are now removed completely the cost still won't be as high as when they were first introduced. It kickstarted it's buildup. Likewise subsidies for oil and gas are rarely based on the energy source and far more to do with the economics of keeping large numbers of people employed in oil and gas, and keeping it booming as a local industry, something that would become incredibly critical if an international war ever broke out.

Subsidies which are applied in this case specifically kill nuclear. So blaming subsidies is not intuitive as the anti-nuclear agenda was sold even before they were introduced.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 167

Ah yes, the powerful anti-nuclear lobby which has resources of thousands of dollars

Erm no. The anti-nuclear lobby is huge, backed by irrational science, a public mindset thanks to movies like the China Syndrome which came out right before three mile island, and ... wait there was another small insignificant thing ... oh yes political parties in nearly every country in the world.

Comment Re:Wouldn't need subsidies (Score 1) 167

Let it succeed or fail on it's own merits

That depends on the merits. Humans are absolutely horrible judges of the merits of technology that is better for the general population when it means they need to pay extra money for it.

We did let things run on their own merits. That's why there's dirt cheap coal power everywhere.

Comment Re:Is this worse... (Score 1) 152

We elected one person to manage foreign policy. Whereas the other guy is just some rich dude. So regardless of the actual outcome of any discussion it is far worse that a member of the rich elite get to do something that should be rightfully the reserved job of the elected government. Yes it is much worse.

Comment Re:I for one thank them (Score 1) 152

If they are behind the leaks of the DNC emails that showed Sanders was never going to be allowed to run that's something every registered Democrat had a right to know.

People don't need to be told the bleeding obvious. The only thing that's surprising is that Sanders is a democrat at all instead of an independent given his views.

Comment Re:Where do I line up? (Score 1) 172

Actually I have been and I do digital security for many. Interestingly Siemens does most definitely NOT market PLCs connected directly to the internet. That requires ignoring their installation guidelines which clearly require their approved firewalls and machine to receive one way traffic on the far end of it. Similarly most vendors follow a multi-tiered network architecture which most definitely does not include any direct connection to the internet. And remember just because you see a modem doesn't mean it's a direct internet connection.

Most PLCs I see typically are setup with some VPN.

But I do agree, there are idiots everywhere and I frequently have to tell people they are doing it wrong. Just not typically vendors.

Comment Re:Already compensated (Score 1) 172

What I'm saying is that they don't have daily in-house IT support

If you need daily in house support then you're doing it wrong.

And I'm pretty damn sure "many 15 year olds" are NOT perfectly capable of setting up a small business.

You don't sound old enough to be repeating the comments of our fathers. Though the iPhone generation may actually be the first to be less technically minded than their parents. I know a lot of people who had A+ / MCSE and one even with some Cisco certification before they left highschool. One guy didn't even leave highschool, he just walked off the graduation podium and into the system admin chair. Don't assume that technically minded nerds aren't capable of setting up something as SIMPLE as a redundant setup for a mom-n-pop store. Especially given how many modern services make this turn-key.

Point I'm making is it's not as hard or as expensive as you make it out to be, and there's no excuse for a business that relies on it's computers to prevent severe financial impact not to have some way around it.

Plus I'm still trying to figure out how these critical systems ended up on the interwebs. Maybe if you can't handle a simple thing like a windows upgrade the computer should have it's network cable unplugged and a condom wrapped around it.

Comment Re:Already compensated (Score 1) 172

Ever actually dealt with a business?

Yes I provided IT support to several. All of them were setup with redundancy and backups that mitigated the kinds of disasters we're talking about, and they were paying me school student side job rates for it.

There's lots of things that go wrong in a store.

A refrigeration system doesn't shutdown an entire store, but only spoils a few select products. If you're business depends entirely on refrigeration you'd be putting a bit of effort into that too.

I didn't say Windows 10 isn't malware. I just said companies don't deserve compensation for not having a crash plan. They deserve the financial hit. Maybe then they'll take their business seriously. Today it's a Windows 10 upgrade. Tomorrow it's your credit card details leaked by a hacker. IT should be taken seriously by all.

Comment Re:Why is Windows 10 the benchmark? (Score 1) 201

You can only justify 8bits if you have an already tested and production ready product.

An entire world of devices run from 6 pin 8bit microcontrollers which do very VERY little would disagree with you. Not every every device on the market needs a wifi IoT connection thingy and drives a 256 colour display.

Then there's developmental differences too, 8bit microcontrollers a dead simple to program compared to the ARM counterparts.

Everything has its place, even 8bit uCs, even 74 series logic, even vacuum tubes.

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