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Comment: Sort of glad my school didn't lock us down (Score 0) 96

I mean, if I had limits on how many systems I could connect to and use at once I would never have passed two of my courses.

One was a neural networking course which involved programming a computational model and then running 100,000 iterations of the model and analyzing the results. We had been given 6 weeks for it because it was going to take at least 1 week or so to run, but I could not get my model to work for the life of me, and working with the professor finally got it working the night before the results were due. He looked at me and said, I should ask for an extension, and I looked at him and said, I think I'm fine. He then gave me the are you nuts look.

I wrote a script that split up the iterations and output between approx 350 systems with the more powerful ones getting higher iteration counts than the older ones. When I handed in my report of the results to the professor he looked at them and was in disbelief that I was able to do it in time and asked me over when class was done, where I showed him all the code that spread the workload across all the systems (it helped that I was working fulltime managing a small beowulf cluster at that point so I had some experience using distributed computing resources). I got quite a few extra credit points for ingenuity on that...

Comment: Re:Free market economy (Score 1) 525

Actually, the "we paid for all that with $17 trillion in debt" is a DIRECT result of Reagan and the policies that followed deregulating everything and cutting taxes to the lowest they have ever been since the USA kept and maintained a military force, let alone arguably the more powerful in the world...

Comment: Well, perl and vim yes, but not for that reason (Score 1) 359

I use VI and VIM as my editor because as a system administrator, VI was one of 2 editors that were guaranteed to be in Solaris should the system be in a real bad state and in recovery modes. I use perl because it is installed on everything out of the box (Solaris, Red Hat, SUSE, and IRIX all of which I deal with). Python isn't on all those OS's by default (Solaris in particular), which means it might not be on all the systems I deal with. I'm not about to go and write code that I can't run universally on the systems I deal with.

Comment: Wrong diversity pools being measured... (Score 1) 265

by Fallen Kell (#47324839) Attached to: Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo
I love everyone complaining about diversity at the tech companies and comparing against the diversity of the general population. The problem is that is not the pool they can hire from. They can only hire from the pool of people graduating with degrees in things like computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or have great personal knowledge/experience in those fields. That is the diversity pool that they have to work from. I forget which company it was, but last year one company hired 50% of all the African American new graduates with a Phd in Computer Science in the entire country. They hired 1 person to do that...

Comment: Reason for fines as a % of net worth (Score 1) 150

Again, more reason for fines to be based as a % of net worth and not simply hard cap values. A fine of a year of the company's average income or 10% of their net worth will actually hurt a company and force it to pay heed to the laws. As it stands, these companies have saved more and thus made more by breaking the law than they will ever be hurt by fines....

Comment: Re:Serously? (Score 1) 398

by Fallen Kell (#47265153) Attached to: Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks
It obviously wasn't because Japan still balked at surrendering unconditionally. It wasn't until the second one exploded that they gave up, realizing that the US no longer had any intention of fighting in hand-to-hand combat against Japan's fanatical population and taking massive casualties, and instead was perfectly fine in just bombing them all off the face of the planet until they gave up...

Comment: Re:Just a prototype for development (Score 3, Informative) 41

by Fallen Kell (#47152611) Attached to: New Valve Prototype VR Headset Shows Up At VR Meetup In Boston
But portrait? It sort of makes sense, but the screens need to be really close to the eyes for it to work. The human eye has approximately 180 degrees field of view in the forward horizontal direction, while it only has 135 degrees field of view in the forward vertical direction. Of the 180 degrees horizontal, approx 120 degrees overlaps between the two eyes, leaving 50-60 degrees that only one eye can see (approx 25-30 degrees per eye) due to the nose being in the way.

The problem with using two 1080p 16:9 displays in portrait mode is that it is the wrong ratios for covering the field of vision. We should be using two 1600x1200 resolution 4:3 screens in portrait mode. Each 3:4 screen creates a similar ratio of the human eye's field of view (9:13.5) (multiplying the 3:4 screen ratio up, you get 9:12, which is much closer than 9:16 for the 1080p widescreen panels).

Comment: Re:what a crock (Score 1) 265

by Fallen Kell (#47060669) Attached to: IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System
Well, yeah. It probably cost several thousand man hours to repair the damages he caused. That is real money lost fixing the mess. As well as the actual time lost for stopping business productivity of X number of employees who could no longer perform their work and sat around twiddling thumbs while the systems were down. We are talking potentially hundreds of thousands of damage.

Comment: Too bad Samsung's XP941 is 2/3 the price (Score 2) 113

Seriously the XP941 is a native PCIe controller, not multiple SATA controllers raided together with a PCIe bridge controller. As a result, it is almost 1/2 the price, and still has similar performance (it is only a PCIe 1x device that does 1.2GBs reads/writes, vs the PCIe 4x device that only does 1.8GBs).

Comment: So conflict of interests much? (Score 1) 409

by Fallen Kell (#47012381) Attached to: Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)
Seriously a cloud service provider saying that people not using cloud service providers are holding onto old antique ideas and are not saavy enough to cut it in the existing world... Color me purple.

As others have probably said, once you replace "move your data into the cloud" with "move your data onto someone else's system" management starts to realize what a stupid a risky operation that is for anything that is not company trade secrets. Sure, use the cloud to perform a large scale test of an application you are developing to see how it works across hundreds/thousands of systems and find what breaks and when. But to actually risk your company's data by handing it over to someone else no matter how good of a usage contract you have is outright idiotic. The mere loss of control over the data could mean that you are not compliant with laws that govern your actions (privacy laws for certain kinds of data, consumer protection laws for billing information, trade secrets and NDAs you have signed with other companies, etc).

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