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Comment: Managers (Score 1) 509

Step on his feelings. This kind of thing needs to show up on their (annual) reviews, and their performance should be derated. That doesn't necessarily mean fired, but their performance evaluation should be penalized. That would generally mean a failure to get COLA increases, to say nothing of merit increases. If they have 10 year old skills, then their wages should be frozen as of 10 years ago. If you don't have annual reviews, your company has a problem. That's what managers are for. If they're not doing their job, that should show up on their reviews as well.

Are they worried about hurting this guy's feelings? This isn't a daycare. Are you worried about this guy leaving for another company and taking valuable information with him? He's not going anywhere, no one else would hire him with skills that old.

If you have a company that mature without either annual reviews or management that feels that they should manage, your company has a dire problem and you should get out of there. The way you phrase this makes it sound like it's actually a government position, and sadly that is more par for the course. Now you know why people don't like paying their taxes.

Comment: Re:Computers are Dead (Score 1) 184

by Johnny Mnemonic (#41546253) Attached to: HP Plans To Cut Product Lines; Company Turnaround In 2016

"Cloud" is just market speak for hosted service.

Well, no it's not. It also means using white-box commodity servers to serve a large software application. The savings from using commodity servers is put back into the software development to make it more robust to handle the less reliable commodity servers.

If you're large enough, you develop the software yourself; if you're even larger, you design the commodity hardware yourself, which allows you to drive out cost while increasing performance in the things you get a return on. Neither of which either Dell or HP can add any value to, so there's just no reason to use them.

Google is the 5th largest server manufacturer in the world by itself. Add in the other big cloud players: Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and a significant portion of server purchases are going to commodity hardware, whereas 10 years ago it was OEM. And it's not going to get any better. The fact is, building your own white box makes sense for more and more installations, because it's really not that hard. If you need more than about 10K cores, you can probably find it cost effective to start doing it now, and if you are any kind of software company, you already have much of the software development resources in house.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 342

by Johnny Mnemonic (#41371737) Attached to: Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is
you're doing it wrong. The cloud is meant for applications you can distribute. For those that you can't, it doesn't work nearly as well or you have to sacrifice the uptime generally associated with the cloud. I can end your "cloud" of $50K machines with a backhoe or even just a power failure when the gens don't kick in. In a real cloud, you get regional or even global DR so you can survive even the total loss of an entire DC. If you can fail your application from one $50K machine in one region to another $50K machine in another, I'd warrant you could do the same locally too, and save a lot of money doing it.

Comment: Re:Why all the butthurt? (Score 1) 503

Samsung clearly copied Apple's product, the evidence being a Samsung email that summarily described every valuable feature of the iPhone and how Samsung should implement those very same features themselves.

If Samsung were repackaging art that existed prior to Apple's use of it, they would have done so without reference to the way that Apple used it specifically.

They didn't say "hey, we should use pinch to zoom!"

They instead said "hey, we should use pinch to zoom because Apple does it and they're successful with it!"

That, I believe, as did the Jury, is credible evidence of patent infringement.

Comment: Re:Intentional vs. Unintentional (Score 3, Informative) 92

by Johnny Mnemonic (#41090677) Attached to: Google Building Privacy Red Team

c.f. the wifi sniffing debacle. I'm pretty sure that what transpired was the developers of the product downloaded a public source program, like AirSnort. And then used it, probably with the intention of just collecting unencrypted SSIDs, but accidentally left on the more intrusive features as well.

They should have noticed that it was collecting data at a rate greater than SSIDs would indicate, but I can see overlooking that as well.

Comment: Re:Funny you should ask... (Score 1) 555

by Johnny Mnemonic (#40835973) Attached to: Is Phoenix the Next Silicon Valley?
As of 10/11, Phoenix had 830K, with plans to add 160K and maybe even a million more feet later. source.

However, just one building in North Carolina has 500K of space (source), and Apple is by no means alone out there, with at least Google and others. Central Oregon and Washington are also big; Facebook has 300K in Prineville and another 300K on the way. Apple is also building in central Oregon, Google has a large facility, and yahoo and microsoft have large facilities in Central Washington.

Phoenix is a player, but by no means has "as much DC capacity as the rest of the US combined." They may have more colo space, and more individual 100k+ size units than elsewhere, to but consider all of the domestic DC capacity you are including self-builds in that statement.

Comment: Re:Arizona? No Thanks (Score 1) 555

by Johnny Mnemonic (#40835673) Attached to: Is Phoenix the Next Silicon Valley?
You can determine who's an illegal just by looking at them, and discriminate accordingly? I don't think so. The police are empowered to ask for "papers, please" of anyone that they "suspect of being illegal". Which practically means, anyone mocha colored.

I'm actually curious to know how you're supposed to "prove citizenship". Is a driver's license enough? What if you're not driving? Are you supposed to walk around with a birth certificate at all times? Do the white folks do that too, to prove that they're not illegal from Canada?

If white folks don't feel at risk enough to carry "proof of citizenship" while not driving, because they know that they won't actually be required to show citizenship at an indiscriminate time, the police are simply racial profiling. Or, by any other name, being racist.

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