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Comment: Re:Here's an idea... (Score 1) 301

by DirkGently (#30037968) Attached to: Reporting To Executives

And if you have lots of data, distill it to ONE graphic per paper summary. If you've got a point to make about systems availability or potential future scalability issues, add a graph. Do NOT use the cutesy 3D crap. Just a line or bar graph of valid data that backs your point. It's also important that it only BE one. Maybe two if you've got a huge agenda. Once you add multiples you begin to complicate your point and you're almost as bad off as with no pretty pictures at all.

We're doing a lot of capacity planning these days and being able to show VMware farm capacity versus workload in a simple, concise, manner makes it much easier to have that discussion about funding.

Comment: Choose a different artistic medium (Score 4, Interesting) 266

by DirkGently (#29582797) Attached to: Archiving Digital Artwork For Museum Purchase?

Two things.

I'm probably headed towards flamebait, but I think it's rather presumptuous and egotistical to assume that anyone is going to want to see your work fifty years from now. That's not your decision. As the other posters say, give the buyer one, maybe three, copies of your digital files on a convenient & prolific media like DVD-R and then let them decide if it's really worth preserving for the next century.

Second, do master ice sculptors require buyers to have refrigerated viewing galleries? If you're concerned about the longevity of your work, pick a less ephemeral medium.

Comment: I demand an itemized list! (Score 1, Interesting) 479

by DirkGently (#27535081) Attached to: Time Warner To Offer Unlimited Bandwidth For $150

If I go over, what's my recourse to dispute it? I want an itemized list of each movie I watched, icecast I streamed and stippercam to which I whacked off. Phone company does it, and we all KNOW they suck.

Also, what about roll-over gigs? Are nights and weekends free?

Personally, I have the lowest tier of TW business class through a deal my wife has at work. Wondering if I'll be affected. Hrm...

Comment: You know, it ain't hard to fight the withdrawls (Score 1) 700

by DirkGently (#27492423) Attached to: Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal

How to drop from 8 cups a day to 1 (or none)? Excedrin.

Excedrin, "the headache medicine", is a combination of aspirin, acetametaphin and caffiene. Among other things, caffiene is a vaso-diliator (which is why it's included in Excedrin in the first place). So when you stop taking it, the blood vessels in your head snap back like rubber bands and you end up writhing in agony.
There's not /much/ caffiene in Excedrin, but there's enough to take the edge off the withdrawl symptoms and the aspirin/acetametaphin do the rest.

IINAD, so use as directed.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.