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Spamalot / Re: Cat ear hematoma
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:54:27 AM »
cats actually do tend to heal differently. they tend to abscess more. Depending on size you may want to take it in. I never did see one on a cat though. For bigger ones, on dogs, the vet I worked at would stitch in a pressure bandage after drainage to prevent its return. If not, scarring can happen and ruin the conformation of the ear, leading to worse problems; once again that was dogs, not cats.

Tech Heads / Re: PCI Compliance SAQ
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:07:33 PM »
no, sorry

General Disconation / Re: Need to try to walk again but ima chickensh*t
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:41:46 PM »
being scared is going to happen no matter what you do to recuperate. Start slow and small like Pal suggested and build confidence.

Tech Heads / Re: Internet Connection at SKEWL
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:34:46 PM »
You need to go to your IT office before spending any money. It's probably on their end.

This is probably true. Since you already updated drivers, about the only other thing I would expect them to put you off with is antivirus. Make sure you run a scan and are fully windows updated. Then go to them and explain the issue. Either APs can't support the number of connections, or they have an artificial cap on number of connections.

Also, do you always sit in the same spot? If so, try another desk, if possible.

Tech Heads / Re: Internet Connection at SKEWL
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:14:15 AM »
does that password ever change?

Tech Heads / Re: Internet Connection at SKEWL
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:03:13 PM »
oh, also PM me if you decide to post it, so I'll have a notification, otherwise I may forget.

Tech Heads / Re: Internet Connection at SKEWL
« on: September 10, 2014, 04:02:27 PM »
How do you sign on to this network? From your description it sounds like this is an open school network, but is there any authentication (like a sign in page or a registration form you use for personal machines on their network)? If you have a link to your school's IT services, particularly with wireless information page, post or send to me in PM, and I'll try to take a look. Don't hold your breath or furiously refresh this page as I am extremely busy these days, but I'll try.

Spamalot / Re: Lux (diet question)
« on: September 08, 2014, 07:32:38 PM »
down 7lbs weight wise and my abs are peaking through.  I have roughly another 15-20lbs to go but I think my LBM is increasing so I'll probably end up at 2:05.  Endurance is through the roof now.  I really like this diet because mentally I feel very clear, and I'm never hungry.

And that's really all that matters. The one that works for you is the one to do.

General Disconation / Re: CFB Week 1 Thread..
« on: September 02, 2014, 02:06:32 PM »
Young team that, while it didn't have me screaming (more than normal) during the first half, did have me pondering a less than stellar season. I think it's going to be 2-3 more game before we see how things will pan out. I was a bit ticked with the "let's go another season with 2 QB's" approach, but once our starter got settled he did pretty well. He's got a decent arm, but his adrenaline was causing fastballs on screens and his accuracy was a bit off, early. I've got  shit ton on my mind these days, so even while I watched the whole game, I didn't get a feel for things like defensive line, or secondary, which is where I normally look.

Spamalot / Re: Lux (diet question)
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:36:17 PM »
yeah why did you even make this thread? you're training wrong for a dude who wants a 6 pack and you refuse to do the simplest thing which includes logging your diet. its not hard to weigh meats and veggie and if there isnt fructose in them you can assume you can have infinite veggies. its pretty easy. do you think checking labels for carbs is easier?

cardio makes you fat. sorry dude but you'r training like an endurance athlete and you're eating like someone who shouldnt be doing any cardio. recipe for failure.

Didn't say I wouldn't change my routine OR my diet.  I said I'm not logging my food. 

Fair enough, but you need the data to make the right choices. Commit to two weeks and see if you really are eating what you think you are.

I know it's fucking hard. I'll probably have to do it off and on the rest of my fat ass life. Sucks, but if you're serious, it's the only way to be sure.

Tech Heads / Re: Time to take a minute and reflect...
« on: August 29, 2014, 12:06:23 AM »
in other awesome news, my boss, who I will be sharing duty with, was just told he will be running 2 main projects over the next 4 months, minimum: New ADP system for HR (with consolidation/elimination of other systems currently doing the various jobs), and migrating our accounting/finance suite (Deltek) to the cloud, to be maintained/managed by a 3rd party. When he (and Director if IT) said "no way, you need to spend some consultant dollars" he was told "no, you will not be doing helpdesk work" so I am now literally responsible for everything. Even things I don't know exist.

So this is either the best opportunity in my life, or the worst disaster that will ever happen.

Tech Heads / Re: Altiris 7?
« on: August 28, 2014, 11:44:25 PM »
Some successes. I have (on its own subnet) the site server running deployment tasks. I can PXE and NetBoot; I can even NetBoot to DeployStudio so that I can phase in tasks/jobs in Altiris, that mimic our current DeployStudio processes.

That said, I used the SIM to update to the latest hotfix, to support the agent on my Win 8.1 Update 1 VM. It was kind of a whim and I didn't think things through, nor read the release notes on how you are supposed to do a real upgrade. I fucked up a few agent versions. Tomorrow I will try to unfuck myself. Looking back on the fuckup, it makes sense how they describe the order of operations.

Spamalot / Re: Lux (diet question)
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:09:09 PM »
You know what you sound like? Every fucking fatty that was in my fat camp classes. "I really am active." "I really eat pretty healthy." You can eat yourself to death with the "right foods" too.

If you want to see a 6 pack, that's what you have to do. So, either get with the program or realize that you don't want it bad enough. It really is that simple. If you are doing everything so correctly, than why is it still there? It ain't magic. Sorry Tucc, but you've reduced yourself to the tough love approach since everyone has told you the same thing. So keep the fat or do the work.

General Disconation / Re: Opinions on the Zoe Quinn stuff?
« on: August 26, 2014, 07:55:06 PM »
I'm certainly not heartless. I do have empathy for them, but once again, no one made you send the pics. Stay in control of your stuff. Once they leave your person, they are out of your control. Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you should. And if an SO cajoles you into doing it, it's still your fault for giving in (and they would be an asshole for forcing you to do something you don't want to do). I don't see why this is such a crazy idea.

In case it needs to be said, but was certainly implied, this is strictly for private photos leaked by an SO. Someone stealing your shit is different. It's preventable, once again by not taking the pics, and also through using cell phone locks due to encryption, but I have more empathy for that. If you take photos for money, like in the OP, expect it to come back and haunt you later.

In all cases though, the person that leaks them is an asshole; unless the pics-for-money situation for a website, as I don't see that as a leak.

General Disconation / Re: Opinions on the Zoe Quinn stuff?
« on: August 26, 2014, 03:15:52 PM »
I believe what Iven said, though with the caveat that it would be mostly for young people. Don't send no nudes, won't be no nudes.

General Disconation / Re: Kill Utumno
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:46:11 PM »
As a person who went through Katrina, no one is ready for any major outage and you should not depend on your government to get to you for a week, for planning. I'm pretty fucking dumb about it too, considering my experience. My wife has started the whole "keep a half tank of gas" but I need to get onboard as well. I have researched emergency rations, but haven't purchased any yet. I do have a camping water filter pump, that could be used in emergencies. I also have a Red Cross solar and crank radio/flashlight/USB charger. I also keep a backup propane tank for the gas grill that could be used for a bit. Oh and basic first aid pack. I also got the opportunity to take a BERT class, based off of CERT:

that gives you some training on initial recovery, triage, first aid, and organization - beyond a typical first aid class, which I also have with AED training - so have have put some work into it.

Tech Heads / Re: Altiris 7?
« on: August 26, 2014, 12:32:33 AM »
when I was hired, he was the Linux Team lead. He has been promoted a couple of times to manager, Sr Manager, and now director. As a senior manager, he started the VMware project and grew it to VDI. He's kind of the topic expert. The senior Admin on my team that is leaving was the other one, to a lesser extent. We also don't have a lot of people. We support something like 250 people with 750 machines with 11 people: 5 (now 4) Windows admins, 3 Linux admins (including web admins and grid), and 2 DBAs; plus Director of IT. Add in one Graphics/Web Dev guy, one CCNP for networking/phones/video teleconferencing, and one NetSec guy who also does network work and you have our whole IT dept.

General Disconation / Re: Kill Utumno
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:45:45 PM »
Glad to hear you are alright.  Never experienced one, I hear you never forget your first.

*Your first real one

Your first usually feels like a big truck passing on the street and you have to ask yourself if it even was an earthquake until you verify via google.

6.0/6.1 for 10-20s and there's no doubt and you wonder if this is the one, or if it will ever stop, or get bigger; I'm still an earthquake n00b though. I'm sure there are Californians who don't get flustered until over a 6.5 (remembering this is a base 10 logarithmic scale)

Getting Fat with TZT / Re: Zucchini Muffins
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:57:59 PM »
the eternal debate!

(shut the fuck up dave holy shit)


Tech Heads / Re: Altiris 7?
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:57:01 PM »
I was secretly hoping that our licenses were so screwed up that we'd have to drop support due to it being too expensive to true up. I would then be looking into Puppet for Macs and the new Desired State Configuration (DSC) for windows; very puppet-like and native Microsoft product.

Since Altiris has been on my mind for a few years now, I have to say I hear nothing but trouble on all cross platform solutions: KACE, Altiris, LanDESK. And that's really the deal here, I am on the Windows support team, who also support OSX server/desktops. I'm pretty sure the Linux team has been using puppet for a while now - at least in testing. Those guys don't open up about much though and probably feel like they would have to pickup desktop support if they took on Puppet for Windows, which they successfully dumped on us years ago - even Linux desktops. Our Director of IT came from that side and still does a lot of those tasks all the time, in addition to running our VMware infrastructure, so that might be another hurdle. So, whatever I do, will involve working around that. 

My near term goal was to get Altiris all the way working for Macs and Windows (maybe convince them to deploy to Linux desktops, as well), to prove we are finally getting our money's worth from the maintenance agreement, then get into testing the above solutions, to show that, "OK, we are paying $XXXX dollars/yr on this complicated mess, but I can do just as well - for free - using these tools, which are open-sourced, industry standards. This would allow me to get some experience in  SQL and PKI, in non-business critical areas, that would help when I picked up support of Exchange or our HR and/or Accounting apps.

Spamalot / Re: As promised
« on: August 23, 2014, 02:28:22 PM »
great picture

Tech Heads / Re: Altiris 7?
« on: August 22, 2014, 07:31:19 PM »
After cooling down a day, and getting a forum response that says everything should work as I implemented them (plus adding NFS services which makes sense), it was the fucking firewall. I don't know why, because application-wise, Altiris had already added itself, but turning it off did the trick. N00b.

Spamalot / Re: Wireless Keyboard/Mouse?
« on: August 22, 2014, 02:26:35 PM »
hold on to your wired components. nothing sucks worse than dead batteries.

wireless used to be significantly slower and heavier. I think the response caught up, but not sure about the weight. I just prefer wired components.

Tech Heads / Re: new rig critique
« on: August 22, 2014, 02:24:20 PM »
Uh, that's a picture in a foreign language, so I don't recognize much.

General Disconation / Re: Fermi Paradox breakdown
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:57:35 PM »
Seems sort of related:

How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home

The national power grid could someday become the backup to custom solar systems for businesses and homes

By Lucas Mearian

August 20, 2014 04:34 PM ET



Computerworld - Tesla Motors and other manufacturers have set their sites on achieving lower lithium-ion battery costs through economies of scale, which should enable power storage systems for solar energy.

By Tesla's own estimates, a project to build a battery factory called the "Gigafactory" is expected to drive down the per-kilowatt cost of its own lithium-ion batteries by more than 30% in its first year of production. The factory is expected to open in 2017.

By 2020, Tesla believes its Gigafactory will produce more lithium-ion batteries in one year than were produced worldwide in 2013.

"We're planning to build a large scale factory that will allow us to achieve economies of scale and minimize costs through innovative manufacturing, reduction of logistics waste, optimization of co-located processes and reduced overhead," according to Tesla's blog earlier this year.

Liquid batteries with a 20-plus year lifespan

Tesla's not alone in pursuing a cheaper, more efficient battery. Start-up Ambri is developing a liquid metal battery that it claims is less expensive and longer-lasting than lithium-ion batteries; the Massachusetts-based company also has the backing of Bill Gates and Total S.A., a multinational energy company.


Ambri's 200 kWh prototype battery core (Source: Ambri).

Kristin Brief, vice president of corporate development at Ambri, said the company is initially targeting the utility market, and next year plans to deploy five prototype systems with 35 kilowatt hours (kWh) of capacity to five customers to test.

"Following those successful pilots, we'll be ramping up a manufacturing facility to accommodate full-scale deliveries in late 2016 or early 2017," Brief said.

Ambri's cells are made of three components: a salt (electrolyte) which separates two metal layer electrodes. The cells operate at elevated temperature and, upon melting, the three layers self-segregate and float on top one of another due to their different densities and levels of immiscibility (they can't blend together, like oil and water), according to Ambri.

Ambri's full-scale commercial systems are modular in design. Ambri's base system will be two megawatt hours (MWh) and one megawatt of peak capacity; additional capacity can be added as needed.

Ambri hasn't released information on pricing, but Brief said the company "feels very good" about where it expects prices to be compared with more common lithium-ion or lead-acid batteries.

The liquid batteries are also expected to last at least 20 years. Internal testing has shown that after more than 2,000 cycles (powering and draining), the batteries retain their same capacity.

"Our results are fantastic," Brief said. "Lithium-ion, lead-acid and other types of batteries do see degradation in performance over time, but you really don't see that in our technology."

Today, battery systems for solar and wind power are too expensive, according to Jonathan Fishman, an analyst with PTT Research. A battery backup system typically consists of vehicle-style batteries and costs as much as $400 per kWh, Fishman said.

As battery technology evolves, it could pave the way to cost effectively store both wind and solar-generated energy and connect into electrical power grids. The technology also could used by businesses and homes, which could virtually remain off the grid except in emergencies.

Mass production will drive down the price through economies of scale, Fishman said. A battery backup system for a house would be about the size of a refrigerator and would cost about $3,000.

"That's a good cost," he said. "That's something I could see happening in solar systems across systems."

Economies of scale

Tesla plans on producing an electric vehicle for the "mass market," called the Model 3 sedan, in about three years, leveraging its and other manufacturers' demand for lithium-ion batteries in the process.

But the availability of less expensive electrical storage could also fuel the growth of utility and business-grade solar farms, which act like a conventional power plant by feeding electricity to the grid, and providing power at night as well.

Even consumers could benefit from inexpensive batteries that could store the average 35 kilowatts of power needed each day for a home to operate lights, appliances and other needs.

Fishman said that without adequate reserve power storage, solar systems face an uphill adoption battle because of their inability to supply power when the sun is down or covered by inclement weather.

"With cost reductions from the Gigafactory& , we may see lower-cost batteries trickle down to the [solar power] storage industry and see storage devices through SolarCity start to offer energy storage systems alongside their solar systems. In that case, a house could potentially be 100% off the grid," Fishman said. SolarCity is one of the largest solar power companies in the U.S.

A complete solar system with battery backup will likely sell for about $1.30 per watt by 2020, according to Fishman.

Today, solar systems for homes or businesses sell for around $2.5 per watt. A typical house needs a 6 to 7 kilowatt solar system, meaning installation costs more than $15,000. In other countries, such as China, the systems sell for as little as $1.15 per watt.

Panasonic has signed a deal with Tesla Motors to help build the Gigafactory, which it hopes will produce half a million electric-vehicle batteries per year.

The overall cost of constructing a utility-scale solar project came down 56% from 2010 to 2014 and now stands at $1.85 per watt on average, according to GTM research.

A look at the average power purchase agreement (PPA) price shows an average electricity price of 8 cents per kWh, down almost 40% since 2010, according to GTM.

By comparison, coal-fired electricity costs about 5 cents per kWh, "so solar is not cost competitive yet," Fishman said. "But if trends continue, it will be cost competitive."

Solar will continue to be a hot topic as companies increasingly find ways to make power more efficient and the industry enters a rapid capacity expansion phase.

"Even by 2020 or 2030, I don't think we'll see a house not connected to the grid, but what will happen is the grid will become a backup system," Fishman said.


Ambri's liquid battery technology
Ambri's liquid battery technology comes in consumer and industrial grade versions (source: Ambri).

Read more about Sustainable IT in Computerworld's Sustainable IT Topic Center.

General Disconation / Re: Opinions on the Zoe Quinn stuff?
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:06:47 AM »
The internet misogynistic lynchmobbing is lame and there is a lot of that going on here (on 4chan/reddit for sure), but I hate overcompensating for that by giving someone a free pass for their own behavior. There's some white knighting going strong, too.

I don't care who she slept with, or how many people. I don't think she deserves this much public shaming, either.

But sleeping/cheating to get unfair advantages in the industry absolutely sucks, and she does deserve to be judged on that. While I don't fully agree with the crowd saying she is a professional victim, I do think the shameless self-promotion and reticence to her personal affairs being taken public lend some credence to that. And if this is true regarding her professional conduct, it's hard to be particularly sympathetic.

Tech Heads / Re: Time to take a minute and reflect...
« on: August 21, 2014, 11:24:21 PM »
We've also hired in the last 8 months, 2 Director level Scientists (which is fine if they produce some funding), a director of Development, and now a COO; the salary outlay on that alone pisses me off. We've lost a Level II Sys Admin in December, and now a Senior level that they probably won't back fill. I was just starting to enjoy work again after a year of busting ass for the site move. So now for Windows support (~75% of the company 0f 250ppl) is 2 of us in California and 2 in Maryland.

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