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+ - Karjisatsu: Is the culture around IT causing us to burnout or worse...->

Submitted by HockeyPuck
HockeyPuck (141947) writes "A blog by John Willis explores the story of one industry peer, Carlo Flores, and his battle against Karoshi or "Death from Overwork". All-night, holiday work, excessive hours, excessive sales efforts, bullying, fear of losing one’s job, and of course screwed up management. Most of the modern day startups have all kinds of tales of employees and ex-employees telling stories related to these stresses., whom can we turn to when we're burning and stressing out? We can turn to each other."
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+ - IBM launches first new mainframe in 3 years->

Submitted by HockeyPuck
HockeyPuck (141947) writes "IBM has just launched their newest mainframe, the first in 3 years. The z13 powered by up to 12 Z CPUs each having with 12 cores and each core managing 8 threads simultaneously accessing 10TB of RAM. Additionally, there are 11 Level-3 caches on chip and a custom chipset called Centaur that provides a level 4 cache with 410 GB/s memory bandwidth. It includes hardware engines dedicated to encryption and providing analytics of transactions in real-time, all while being able to support 8,000 virtual machines."
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+ - The Mainframe is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe! 1

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "The death of the mainframe has been predicted many times over the years but it has prevailed because it has been overhauled time and again. Now Steve Lohr reports that IBM has just released the z13, a new mainframe engineered to cope with the huge volume of data and transactions generated by people using smartphones and tablets. “This is a mainframe for the mobile digital economy,” says Tom Rosamilia. “It’s a computer for the bow wave of mobile transactions coming our way.” IBM claims the z13 mainframe is the first system able to process 2.5 billion transactions a day and has a host of technical improvements over its predecessor, including three times the memory, faster processing and greater data-handling capability. IBM spent $1 billion to develop the z13, and that research generated 500 new patents, including some for encryption intended to improve the security of mobile computing. Much of the new technology is designed for real-time analysis in business. For example, the mainframe system can allow automated fraud prevention while a purchase is being made on a smartphone. Another example would be providing shoppers with personalized offers while they are in a store, by tracking their locations and tapping data on their preferences, mainly from their previous buying patterns at that retailer.

IBM brings out a new mainframe about every three years, and the success of this one is critical to the company’s business. Mainframes alone account for only about 3 percent of IBM’s sales. But when mainframe-related software, services and storage are included, the business as a whole contributes 25 percent of IBM’s revenue and 35 percent of its operating profit. Ronald J. Peri, chief executive of Radixx International was an early advocate in the 1980s of moving off mainframes and onto networks of personal computers. Today Peri is shifting the back-end computing engine in the Radixx data center from a cluster of industry-standard servers to a new IBM mainframe and estimates the total cost of ownership including hardware, software and labor will be 50 percent less with a mainframe. “We kind of rediscovered the mainframe,” says Peri."

Comment: General Counsel's Blog (Score 3, Informative) 96

Cisco's General Counsel has a blog on the subject.

From another article:

Arista was founded by former Cisco employees, many of whom are named inventors on Cisco's networking patents. Among others, Arista's: 1) founders, 2) President and CEO, 3) Chief Development Officer, 4) Chief Technology Officer, 5) Senior Vice President for Customer Engineering, 6) Vice President of Business Alliances, 7) former Vice President for Global Operations and Marketing, 8) Vice President of Systems Engineering and Technology Marketing, 9) Vice President of Hardware Engineering, 10) Vice President of Software Engineering, and 11) Vice President of Manufacturing and Platform Engineering all were employed by Cisco prior to joining Arista. Moreover, four out of the seven members of Arista's Board of Directors were previously employed by Cisco.

Comment: Drop test (Score 3, Insightful) 375

by HockeyPuck (#48502859) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Take your wallet, with whatever it is, and throw it down the stairs. Pick a nice long flight of stairs.

Now, take your smart phone with whatever protective cover you typically use and toss the phone down the same flight of stairs.

I'm guessing the wallet is a bit dirty, maybe a tad scuffed up, but the cash inside is still good and worst case a credit card is cracked, but I would bet that all the numbers on it are still perfectly legible.

I wouldn't make the same bet for the phone.

Bottom line: Wallets will always do better in a "drop test" than a smart phone.

Comment: The Brutal Diesel Tax... (Score 1) 395

by HockeyPuck (#48485841) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

I'm in California where gas is finally getting down to the $3.06/gal range for regular unleaded. Diesel though is still hovering around almost $.60 more per gal.

What burns me is that it isn't just the $.24/gal tax that's the difference but that you can find two Diesel providing stations that have wildly different prices, they could be different by $.20-.30...

Comment: Similar Apps? (Score 1) 145

by HockeyPuck (#48243081) Attached to: Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

Repeated Submission of Similar Apps
Submitting several apps that are essentially the same ties up the App Review process and risks the rejection of your apps. Improve your review experience â" and the experience of your future users â" by thoughtfully combining your apps into one.

This would explain why there's 500 flashlight/text-scrolling/mirror apps.

Comment: It's yelp's "recommended reviews" (Score 4, Insightful) 63

by HockeyPuck (#47816115) Attached to: Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

My neighbor runs a small mom/pop type restaurant and he gets called about once a month by a yelp representative. He's got plenty of positive reviews on Yelp, but what they tell him is that if he pays yelp, they'll move the negative ones to the "not recommended reviews" list. Normally the only way to see this list is to scroll to the bottom and see a light grey link.

How is this any different from what the mafia did with it's "Pay for protection" schemes...?

Comment: tests and coverage? (Score 1) 312

by HockeyPuck (#47808727) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

the relevant tests and having the appropriate insurance coverage

While I've never used Uber/Lyft, I'm hoping some of you have and can shed some light on it.

Have any of you actually asked for proof of insurance or a valid registration before getting into the car? Does Uber/Lyft do any checking to make sure that stuff hasn't expired?

One other question: If I'm getting a ride via Uber and we get in an accident, and I get hurt, regardless of who's fault it is, do I go after the Uber driver, Uber company or do I have to file my insurance claims against the other driver? I would hope that Uber would handle this form me so I can deal with a corporation and not two individuals (my driver and the other driver).

Comment: Get ready to submit an itemized cell phone bill... (Score 4, Interesting) 161

by HockeyPuck (#47719679) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

I've seen this before at a company in California. My company would only reimburse for work related calls.
You couldn't just submit the entire bill for reimbursement, as if you called your wife and kids 50% of the time you couldn't get reimbursed for that.

We were required to take the physical bill and cross out those calls which were personal so you could demonstrate what % of the bill was work related vs. personal. Doing this for what could be hundreds of calls per month caused people to just not reimburse their usage as it was too much of a pain to do.

Comment: V2V like the "baby on board" sticker (Score 1) 475

by HockeyPuck (#47706107) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

We've all seen those "baby on board" stickers/signs, with the intention being that you should keep your distance or take extra caution.

If I've got V2V enabled, I'd want to broadcast that my vehicle that is bigger than it really is. Or you could screw with people and spoof their car to tell other cars that the semi-truck is really a miata.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.

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