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Comment: Re:And? (Score 2) 294

by Fwipp (#49761395) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

Have you noticed that anything seen as "women's work" is devalued?

Secretaries used to be paid better before it was seen as a "woman's job" - same with teaching. Nursing is seen as "easy" compared to being a doctor, and the pay very definitely reflects that. Programming used to be a ladies job - once dudes started realizing it was important, it was reframed as a dude's thing and the pay went up.

So yeah, perceptions and stereotypes matter.

Comment: Re:Spot Instances? (Score 5, Informative) 59

by Fwipp (#49730949) Attached to: Google Offers Cheap Cloud Computing For Low-Priority Tasks

They do give you 30 seconds of warning:

Compute Engine performs the following steps to preempt an instance:

Compute Engine sends a preemption notice to the instance in the form of an ACPI G2 Soft Off signal.
If the instance does not stop after 30 seconds, Compute Engine sends an ACPI G3 Mechanical Off signal to the operating system.
Compute Engine transitions the instance to a TERMINATED state.

So if you're able to persist your state in less than 30 seconds, just watch for SIGTERM and you should be golden. Otherwise, checkpoint frequently.

Comment: Re:That'll Show 'Em (Score 5, Insightful) 66

Total revenue from cramming: $X
Total fees: $X * 0.65
Revenue after getting caught doing an illegal thing: $X * 0.35

With penalties like these, there's not even a risk/reward calculation. If you break the law and don't get caught, you're way ahead. But if you break the law and get caught, you're still ahead. There's literally no reason *not* to be evil.

Comment: Re:"long distance" (Score 1) 234

Also, monitoring for this kind of accident is paying a lot more attention to individual customer bills and usage than I necessarily want AT&T monitoring. AT&T has already established that they cooperate extensively with monitoring US communications at NSA request, especially with the notorious "Room 641A". DO we want them collecting and acting on this kind of data?

Do I want AT&T keeping a record of the bills they've sent me? I sure damn hope they are.

"Hmm this bill is 24000% as much as their previous maximum bill, yeah there's no way this could have been auto-detected!" Your dad could code that after a week's intro to programming.

You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming