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Comment: Re:A little top heavy! (Score 1) 26

I actually work with Jim Gao. His design doc was already open in another tab when I saw this article. Jim's a really smart guy. Really nice guy too.

I can't talk too much about it. You have a huge amount of electricity coming into the DC, on the order of a lightning bolt, and it has to be intelligently choreographed to make the best use of it. Then you have to carry away the heat. There is a lot of machinery to do that, and by accurately predicting where and when power is going to be needed, both for servers and for cooling, you can allocate your resource (chillers, transformers, fans, etc...) most efficiently. It's complex. It involves weather patterns and coolant flow rates and even minor things, like when the heaters turn on to keep the oil in the generators at the right viscosity in case of an emergency. You need to know all that stuff to decide where to best route (provision) the power. If you statically allocate power to cooling and other subservient systems, you lose the opportunity cost to use that power for more server machines. The more intelligently you can control things in real time, the more efficient you can be.

The coolest part is Jim had a clever idea, wrote it up, and it became reality based on its own merits. Jim is relatively new and junior at Google, but that didn't matter at all.

Comment: Re:Bad example (Score 1) 800

No, it really isn't.

First of all, homicide is not the same thing as murder. Homicide is when you kill another person. Murder is an unlawful homicide with malice aforethought. Manslaughter is an unlawful homicide. There are all sorts of legal homicides, like self defense and accidents.

Seconds of all, by driving a car on a public road, you are assuming a duty of care to those around you. Other people in the streets are reasonable relying on you to push the breaks when necessary. Watching a train hit some people... there was no duty of care there.

So, watching someone die, and not going out of your way to save them, then is not murder. Occasionally, some state of town will attempt to criminalize it, with a so-called "Bad Samaritan" law. It doesn't work in practice. There are too many thorny issues. In legal terms, such actions should be left to the courtroom of the conscience.

Comment: Wrong. There is no duty to act. (Score 1) 800

Killing someone by inaction is definitely not murder. At least, not in the United States. There is no default duty to act to save someone. You might have a duty if you are a life guard or a scuba instructor or a police officer. But, by default, there is no duty to act.

An Olympic swimmer can stand on the beach and watch a little girl drown. It's not a crime. It's not right, but it's not murder.

Comment: Re:On the subject of collusion (Score 1) 108

by Branciforte (#46846021) Attached to: Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging Hiring Conspiracy

Only, that's not what happened. No one said anything about fixing salaries. They just agreed to not go out of their way to steal employees from each other. Nothing stopped you from going to one of the ten to get whatever price the market would bear.

And you are free to have ten people sit around a table and decide what price you are willing to work for.

Comment: Re:Misleading headline (Score 1) 108

by Branciforte (#46845979) Attached to: Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging Hiring Conspiracy

The market was still free. Everyone was free to seek a better job at a competing company. Nothing was stopping them. A few companies decided not to COLD CALL each others employees. People at Apple were free to go interview at Google, and people at Google were free to go interview at Apple. Everyone was completely free to negotiate whatever price the market would bear.

It comes down to this: There was a small group of people who were willing to ditch their current company for a pay raise, and now they have the gall to complain that they have to actually call the other company. Boo fucking hoo.

Comment: Re:I'll be keeping mine (Score 2) 257

by Branciforte (#45960797) Attached to: Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

I work at Google, in the facilities automation group. Google is really good at designing warehouse-scale computers that maximize the efficiency of electrical usage and heating/cooling. I suspect that this Nest acquisition is an attempt to leverage some of their heating/cooling expertise.

I fully expect that no one will believe this and will chalk it up to an advertising opportunity.

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