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  • New photos show depths of Apple's expanding Mesa, Ariz. data center

    GeorgeBMac said:
    One of the things you missed is redundancy:   What happens to all that data when somebody drops a bomb on it?   Is it stored somewhere else?   And,  if so, how current is it and how quickly can it be accessed?
    Sort of depends, but that is what this data center is supposed to be doing. Global data command is the principle function which involves copying data to a completely different backup location in almost realtime. All the major data centers do this. Usually every data center has a matching backup location in a different but reasonably close region. For example a primary data center in France may have a backup location in Germany. If something happens to the primary location, the backup location can be enabled within a minute or two, although it could take quite a bit longer for slower DNS caches to make the switch. DNS is distributed, some refresh quickly, some slower, so not everyone will see the backup instantly even though it can happen very fast at the primary DNS servers.
  • New photos show depths of Apple's expanding Mesa, Ariz. data center

    randominternetperson said:

    Presumably a lot of labor was involved in building the data center, but long-term jobs?  Not so much.
    Based on my experience with data centers, servers, routers, switches, firewalls, electrical upgrades, UPS batteries and software have at most about a 3-4 year lifespan. Not that they couldn't last maybe 10 years but the technology becomes obsolete very quickly. So fairly soon an ongoing replacement cycle will begin which involves many more people than just a couple technicians sitting in the NOC watching a green LED flash. When they say "staffed" by a handful of people I don't think they are counting the numerous contractors that are constantly on site doing maintenance and upgrades to the building mechanicals. Even with a relatively small data center, the parking lot is usually full during the day.
  • McDonald's in Chicago is the latest Apple Store copycat - but not the first by far

     but it is really dick behavior to say that there is no genetic factor here or that causes out of a persons control are not an issue.
    Perfectly explains how starving populations of humans or other species exhibit  examples of obesity even when exposed to prolonged deprivation of nutrition. Not ever!

    if medication is causing obesity I’d suggest stop taking the medication.
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  • McDonald's in Chicago is the latest Apple Store copycat - but not the first by far

    cpsro said:
    Oh, yes, we really can pin the blame on the food industry, along with a complicit government. 
    Personally I have very healthy eating habits. My blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and blood sugar all smack dab in the middle of normal. I almost never eat processed foods. I walk about a mile to the market nearly everyday and buy fresh produce and fish. I also grow a lot of things in my back yard including avocados, limes, oranges, plums, as well as vegetables and herbs. The key to a healthy diet, as with everything else, is moderation. Obese people usually consume quite a few thousand more calories than they burn off each day. That is a decision that they make for themselves, but they are often in denial about their obesity with excuses like hormone imbalance or genetics. Both usually false. Eating smaller portions, more vegetables and getting more exercise is the way to go in my opinion.

    You can't expect the US government to ban foods for lack of nutrition. They can regulate which foods are served in the cafeteria at public schools but that is about it. You're not likely to get lawmakers to declare sugar, carbohydrates and alcohol are poisons. In the US at least, people have the right to eat whatever they want, if they can afford it. 

    I always fly first class and I never see any obese people up there, but I pity the person who has to sit next to an obese person in coach. The airlines should make them buy two seats rather than let their blubber overflow onto another passenger.
  • McDonald's in Chicago is the latest Apple Store copycat - but not the first by far

    cpsro said:
    There really is no way to gloss over the fact that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is a root cause of nearly half of U.S. healthcare costs. Just as cigarets should cost $25/pack to cover the associated healthcare burden, a Big Mac should cost $25 a pop, too. Slow poison is what McDonald's sells.
    You really can't blame American fast food chains for the poor dietary choices Americans make. There is nothing particularly unhealthy about a Big Mac. The problem starts when a person eats three per day, everyday, along with sodas and fries. If you only ate one McDonald's meal a week and the rest of the time fresh fruits and vegetables, you'd be fine. Obesity, is for the most part, a personal choice.

    As far as cigarette usage is concerned, America is much lower than Eastern Europe and Russia. Nicotine is a difficult addiction to break but at least in the US there are programs that work, so again it is a personal choice. As long as you are talking about unhealthy habits, I would rank alcohol use right up there with the others and the worst countries are again Eastern Europe and Russia.