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Comment: Re:Call me skeptical (Score 1) 222

by Brian Quinlan (#34274954) Attached to: Horizontal Scaling of SQL Databases?

Agreed, we have massive sites serving millions of requests a day using Open Source relational databases and yet it seems everyone wants to use NoSQL because it's the hip new thing.

Naturally I start thinking of this:

A million requests per day translates to 11.5 requests per second. That's a pretty trivial amount of traffic. A massive site like Facebook is probably serving about 4 orders-of-magnitude more requests that that.

Comment: Re:Yes, it is a very bad thing (Score 3, Insightful) 187

by Brian Quinlan (#34266228) Attached to: Want an IT Job? Add 'Cloud' To Your Buzzword List

Is that a bad thing not to want to worry about the infrastructure?

Yes, it's a VERY VERY bad thing if your business and it's reputation relies on said infrastructure.

I agree. Which is why I would assume that your company manages the following infrastructure internally:

  • Power
  • Connectivity (data and voice both mobile and wired)
  • Transportation (you'd hate for your employees not to be able to get to work because the public roads are super-congested or otherwise unavailable)
  • Water (without working toilets your business is going to be in the crapper pretty quickly)
  • ...

Comment: Re:Ok I've had it with the UI bashing (Score 1) 210

by Brian Quinlan (#33693050) Attached to: Nokia Paying $10M For Symbian Software Devs

Compare that with the hottest new Samsung Galaxy S which sometimes fails at receiving a basic phone call..

Did you read your own link? Every poster who followed-up said that the problem was resolved when they realized that they had to slide (rather than simply touch) the answer button in order to answer calls.

Comment: Re:Thankless job indeed... (Score 2, Informative) 114

by Brian Quinlan (#33596786) Attached to: Google Fixes 10 Bugs In Chrome, Pays $4000 Bounty

What "lavish" benefits are you talking about? Lunches? Lunches pay for themselves because they all of a sudden take 25-30 minutes instead of an hour or more. At $100+ (sometimes way more than that) per hour it just makes sense for a company to pay for lunches. Buses to and from work? Umm. OK, I'll give you that (even though Microsoft also has buses). On-site gym that hardly anyone goes to? What else?

  • Tuition reimbursement up to $12,000 per year.
  • Back-Up Child Care
  • Charity gift matching
  • Adoption assistance
  • On-site doctor (though dental seems more useful to me), oil change, games rooms, car wash, laundry, dry cleaning, massage, barber, fitness classes, bike repair, tech talks (by Barrack Obama, Randall Munroe, etc.)
  • Annual ski trip and other random trips e.g. one
  • 20% time (is that a benefit?)

Plus the usual as far as medical, dental, stock options, etc. And probably a bunch of other stuff that I don't know about.

Google is actually pretty bare bones on the inside.

Compared to?

Comment: Re:Nexus One vs iPhone 3Gs vs. N900 (Score 1) 189

by Brian Quinlan (#30674706) Attached to: Nexus One vs. Top 10 Phone Security Requirements

I'm not sure what your point is here.

The N900 has 45% more volume than the N1 but also has a few more features (but mostly they seems pretty similar). Is that really surprising?

In other news my desktop has a bigger HD than my laptop, my apartment has better rain protection than my tent, ...


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