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Comment: Re:And yet (Score 5, Insightful) 268

"free market principles," collusion between competitors destroys the free market. The same is true on the other side too, iow unions. I suspect you don't support unions, right? suppressing worker's wages not through lack of demand or value, but by constraining supply through secret conspiracy, is not a free market. It's just the same as the same companies conspiring to raise prices on their goods and refuse to compete with each other, which prevents the Invisible Hand of the market from working correctly.

Comment: Re:Switch off servers? (Score 1) 54

No, they are simply letting the CPU util go to 0% (+ whatever necessary for OS etc). But the hosts are still awake and available. Another advantage is that the load can be instantly added back, whereas if they actually turned the machines off they'd have to wait for boot time, so the reaction to capacity shifts wouldn't be as fast.

Comment: Re:Arneson (Score 1) 183

by Johnny Mnemonic (#47572549) Attached to: How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D
There's something to be said about the complexity of AD&D, too. I'm still the only person that I know personally to have played Melee, from Steve Jackson before he founded Steve Jackson Games, and I really loved it. Played very smooth with an understandable magic system. Combat and damage made a lot of sense. It doesn't have the texture of AD&D, though, it's almost too hermetic. I even still have the books. ;(

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.

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