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Comment Re:News for Facebook employees (Score 1) 109

Because -- given the tech talent crunch -- tech companies are competing for talent. One way they do that is by providing more aggressive benefits. This means that as large name-brand companies change their benefits (such as parental leave) for the better, other companies are likely to follow.

And I speak here as someone who works at Netflix, which went public with "do what makes sense for you and we'll cover you for a year after your child's birth or adoption" a few months ago.

In short: Facebook doing it will have a positive impact on the benefits arms race which non-Facebook employees will benefit from.

Comment Re:Burning the candle at both ends. (Score 2) 89

At least in the case of Netflix, it's probably because Netflix has for a while now had a public offer to large ISPs where it will place caches of its servers in the ISP, resulting in a huge amount of Netflix streaming activity happening within the ISP's network rather than required to go over peering links.

Comment Re:It's not a bug, it's a feature (Score 3, Interesting) 150

You've got to log in as enabled in order to be able to use 'config' or 'write', which of course means you can't use either to recover from a lost enable password (of course, that's what starting up and interrupting the boot sequence and 0x2102 (which, BTW, I last used about 18 years ago and could still remember -- scary) are for.

Comment Re:Most people who say (Score 3, Informative) 157

I don't keep up with Harlan's schedule these days, but I worked with him briefly back when he was at Netflix. At the time, he didn't strike me as much of a braggart or prone to exaggeration. And his work ethic was ... not high on work/life balance.

I wouldn't bet against him working that hard on NTP -- I've never before met anyone who loved a protocol as much as Harlan loves NTP :)

Comment Re:Unlimited for one year (Score 1) 418

Netflix does not, has not, and would nto frown on asking for a full year off for maternity or paternity. To the best of my knowledge, there are at least three people who have in the last week indicated they're planning to take a full year off. I think it's pretty exciting and if any of them were reporting to me (I'm a manager at Netflix), I'd do nothing to get in their way.

Christ, people. It's just work. Family is forever.

Comment Re:Unlimited for one year (Score 2) 418

It's a year per 'event' (so you don't get two years if you have twins, but if you have another kid you can have another year). There's obviously a potential for abuse of the system, given that it takes less than a year to hatch a kid, but the odds of that happening are probably lower than the odds of people abusing the existing unlimited vacation policy, or the likely harm from people abusing the lax expense policy, etc.

Comment Re:Pure marketing jargon (Score 1) 33

I disagree.

Firstly, there's a difference between "public cloud" and "private cloud," where 'public' implies "someone else's computer," but given this, and given that you can do private clouds, clearly the ownership of the hardware is not the defining characteristic for "cloud."

Rather, I'd argue the definition for "cloud" has to include -- perhaps more importantly than any other part of the definition -- the ability to request a resource from the system via an API and get it automatically (barring resource constraint issues or artificial limits) without human involvement. THAT is what makes it "cloud," irrespective of whether you're making that API call against the systems your own IT folks set up to get a resource within your datacenter or you're making that call against AWS.

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