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Comment $40,000 - $60,000 (Score 1) 377

A long time ago on mainframes. IBM 3083's and VAX's. I was running analysis on some waveform data, took probably about 20 reels of mag tape. Fucking marine seismic data. I sent the big deck of cards down to the floor on a Friday. 1st thing Monday, I had to go the VP's office. He explained that Monday morning, the fucking job was still running. Turns out, instead of sampling the data every 4ms, I accidentally sampled it every 2ms. Back then, you didn't own your mainframes, IBM leased it to you. The VP explained that I cost the company anywhere from $40-60k. Nice guy actually. Texas engineer, cowboy boots and a suit. He politely asked me, "Son, you probably won't be making this mistake again, will you?" I stuck around for another couple of years. Goddamn it took an army to process data back then.

Comment It is the Internet (Score 1) 216

Armenians might object to a link that offends them. Turks might object to a different link. Politicians might object to links that (in their view) promotes piracy or terrorism. For god's sake let's not argue that because a link is offensive (to someone) it shouldn't be returned by a search. I worry about Google's undue influence like everyone else, but for the moment, the commercialization of search engines is a better model that politicizing them. Don't like the first return? Click on another link. It's the fucking internet. It's big.

Submission + - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler invoking Title II? (wired.com)

GovCheese writes: Wired just put up FCC Chairman's promises for Net Neutrality. Wheeler states for the article,

" I am proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections."

"Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services."

If true, and few believed that the government would do something so rational, this is rather huge news.

Comment Re:US Datacenter hands over non US data (Score 1) 197

Privacy issues aside, continued revelations like this ultimately damages US data businesses. They ("they") don't give a shit about a lot of things but usually they care about promoting and preserving US business opportunities. Why would Europe or anyone else subscribe to a US company's data offerings now? Or US citizens for that matter?

Comment Poettering ruined my life (Score 1) 551

I made my 2 little girls, 5 and 7, compile their own code for their electric, driverless Barbie Car, and when I suggested they use systemd, they shouted at me that if they wanted a Windows box, they'd run a Windows box and then I mentioned that Poettering listens to the community they ran out into the highway screaming and then the social workers came and all I have now is this stupid Barbie Car. Poettering ruined my life and he'll ruin yours.

Comment Re:Another Annoying Dependency? (Score 1) 581

PulseAudio met an important need at the time, which was desktop adoption. It's a kludge but was a necessary one for "ordinary" users who increasingly wanted a machine that worked out of the box. It wasn't an issue for you, but "the minor trouble of setting up jackd", config files, and christ almighty, hardware compatibility lists were NOT flying with users who were attracted to linux but feared the tinkering. When the dust settled, and yeah, there was a lot of dust, it worked and the user base grew as a result. It's probably true that there were fewer considerations from the systemd crowd about the future of the back end and that was probably realistic and pragmatic - it doesn't make the back end any less stable. If it makes front end dev easier through a modular approach and accelerates user adoption, and that's where growth needs to occur, systemd will be a plus. I'm optimistic.

Comment Re:Netflix is no Saint Theresa (Score 1) 135

Either Netflix must connect via a provider that will have to pay a fee to the 1st Tier for their imbalanced peering relationship caused by the Netflix traffic, or they can directly connect with the providers that carry the content to the consumer. Either way, fees are incurred and yes, passed on to the consumer. This is an issue of "routing" and peering not an issue of neutrality. Incidentally, if they went with the former, the Tier 1 provider may incur fees themselves if they deliver more than they accept from whomever they are peering with. And that too would be passed on to the consumer via Netflix. One might suggest that anyone who believes the Tier 1 carriers are non-profit entities is uneducated. Netflix made the probably correct judgment that peering directly with Comcast would cost them less than whatever it would cost to pay the transit fee to the 1st Tier. Or would you rather the greater cost be passed onto you?

Comment Netflix is no Saint Theresa (Score 2, Insightful) 135

This is no threat to neutrality. This isn't even a neutrality issue. The carriers WERE neutral. Everyone else's traffic got the same shitty treatment, or good treatment if that was the case. But all traffic was treated equally and that is the goal of neutrality. However, peering relationships typically allow your traffic to pass if you allow my traffic to pass. But any carrier of Netflix is going to cause an imbalance and Netflix's PR wing decided to conflate the issue into one of neutrality, which is rather clever on their part. But you would be wrong to listen to them, and most of the media. Net neutrality is a laudable goal, but the core of this Netflix bru-ha-ha isn't a neutrality issue.

Comment look for fedramp compliance (Score 2) 274

You might start with looking at FEDRAMP complaint providers found here: http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/131931 I would imagine that those listed providers also have FISMA certification so you'll be able to determine if the categorization of the data you are trying to protect is met by the provider. ITAR categorized data must be stored in CONUS and I believe AWS Government Community Cloud and the USDA National Information Technology Center offered by United States Department of Agriculture supports CONUS only storage. I believe Google Apps for Government does as well. But the key thing is to ensure the FiSMA cert matches the categorization of your data.

Comment Re:Why? ~nt~ (Score 3, Insightful) 267

As a corporate overlord to well-meaning young hippie-leaning techies, Canonical has always been a bit odd. I recall their early versions came bundled with video samples of Nelson Mandela. That sort of bald-faced symbolic sales pitch to the young and idealistic was cleverly successful even if it now seems a bit easier to criticize them for their recent decisions. If it's a walled garden they're building, I suppose it'll have lots of flowers in it.

Comment just wait until you have kids... (Score 1) 572

...and the problem is multiplied like by a bazillion. Linux is a perfect solution except for all those kids games like Freddy Fish and when they get older, Call of Duty etc. I learned to fear my children much more than the People's Republic of Crafty Hackers. After awhile you pretty much get resigned to it and end up teaching them how to do the internets the right way. And you'll still have to re-image every so often.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.