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Comment Re:A perfect example of why tech is cyclical.... (Score 1) 88

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway."

That's from Andrew Tannenbaum, one of the main authors of Minix, the direct ancestor of UNIX, in his book on computer networks. It was a _very_ good book, and I recommend its latest edition to my younger colleagues today. It was first printed in 1981, and I certainly remember occassionally using that kind of solution in the 1980's myself. And physical media transport is still a useful solution today: the external disk or box of disks can be taken offsite and archived for recovery, and to prevent accidental deletion by poorly configured backup systems. Keeping your archival storage away from the possible fat fingers of your current storage maintainers is priceless protection, as is having a secondary backup system not vulnerable to the software or identical hardware failures of your primary backup system.

Comment Re:Theft waiting to happen (Score 1) 88

The presence of backdoor keys for NSA warrant free decryption seems a given. But that would seem to be a given for all major cloud storage services, so it may not even be needed for the Snowball device itself. And there are quite a few situations where local bandwidth costs or data center replication would justify transferring this material to Amazon: their AWS S3 storage has proven far more reliable, and scalable, than many local storage solutions.

Comment Re:Some facts... (Score 2) 688

In my decades, I've seen women openly and subtly refused roles or downgraded in evaluations because "they might get pregnant, or married, or follow their husband's career, or they'd be distracting to the workplace, or reduce the camarederie, etc., etc., etc.". And I've certainly seen considerable sexual harassment in the workplace.

I've also seen a less capable female colleague hired. Then everyone refused to train them, and gave them the work no one else could be bothered to do, and the results were predictably poor for all of us. _I_ trained them in the parts that interacted with my work, but wasn't in a position to take my colleagues to task for refusal to train. So their continuing poor performance was a failure, but very little of the failure was theirs.

Comment Re:Without government... (Score 1) 471

Except when they do close, I'm afraid. Hospitals don't like to publicize it, and often don't "close" the emergency but stop accepting new patients in crisis situations. The result is the same for people needing emergency treatment, or those desperate for chronic care they cannot get due to the strike.

Comment Re:incomplete sentence... (Score 3, Informative) 139

There is some uncertainty about the extinction of North American megafauna. Human migrations to North America tended to occur during climate change, so which was the cause and with the effect of human migration and of extinction is a fascinating question.

The destruction of the Nazca native American civilization due to overfarming and damming of rivers for agricultural control, coupled with unexpected floods, is very convincing.

Comment Re:Millennials and "codes of conduct". (Score 1) 247

> I have a feeling that the annoyance felt by the existing generations when they view the generations below them stems from those younger generations being not part of the established mindset of those of the older generation

And I remember this in the 1960's. The 1970's. The 1980's. The 1990's. And from Shakespeare's writing, it certainly dates back to the European Middle Ages.

Is there anything surprising about this?

Comment Re:how will you verify? (Score 2) 350

> Amazingly simple solution: the H1b they bring in has to meet the same qualifications they listed. If they are willing to accept a lesser candidate, they have to re-list and go through their US applicants first with the lowered requirements before they can hire the H1b.

You've apparently not been paying attention to just how the H1B's are hired. The wonderful presention in 2007 about how to hire a cheap H1B instead of an expensive American revealed a number of fascinating tricks, all still in use, used to avoid hiring expensive Americans.


Comment Re:O Rly? (Score 5, Insightful) 109

> I really can't argue anything else in your post, but I can't help but wonder how Cuba was supposed to be an embarrassment vis a vis political systems.

There's a lot of sources of embarrassment, from the ineffectiveness of the US embargo in collapsing their economy, to the demonstrably stable Communist regime, in the USA's back yard, one that countered the claims that the only way for Latin American nations to survive was as as US puppets, to Castro's ongoing political friendships with other Latin American countries. The living counterexample to claims of Communist enforced starvation and economic despair.

Do understand that they're quite poor, but for most of them it's still much better than it was under Batista when stunning corruption, death gangs, and US organized crime controlled the island. The revolution there was inevitable: it's amazing that it worked so well, and that they have any economy left after 50 years of murderous anger from the nearest superpower.

Comment Re:Apropos of nothing... (Score 1) 471

> And I'm simply saying: what "the population in general" believes to be right or wrong is irrelevant to my moral judgments. In particular, as an American traveling to the UK, I may decide to respect UK law for practical reasons, but otherwise the majority beliefs of UK voters are completely irrelevant to me.

So, what the population believes moral is irrelevant to your moral judgment.

> The fact that the society I grew up in influenced my moral judgments doesn't change that. And, in fact, the way the society I grew up in influenced my moral views wasn't by having me adopt the majority opinion either, but by rejecting that majority opinion in many areas.

Except that it is completely relevant to your moral judgment.

Please, I have to ask: Doesn't it _hurt_ when your logic gets reversed that fast?

"The Mets were great in 'sixty eight, The Cards were fine in 'sixty nine, But the Cubs will be heavenly in nineteen and seventy." -- Ernie Banks