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Comment: Re:Anti-worker would mean against, not for... (Score 1) 323

by Kobun (#48499217) Attached to: DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github
In my opinion, it really isn't at all positive or a success. I commented earlier about the vast cultural differences between German (& Danish & Scandinavian) unions and American unions; the Hostess story is a good example. Compare what happened with Hostess to this explanation (that does a much better job than I would do): http://www.remappingdebate.org... Given the political situation in the US, I think that to see the American system shift the US unions need to buy the companies that they staff.

Comment: Re:Cars got made (Score 1) 323

by Kobun (#48494685) Attached to: DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github
Ford, Chrysler and GM's management obviously thought (and by most indications, still think) that they've got the US Government wrapped around their little finger. Why improve quality or reduce unneeded costs when you don't believe that lack of competitive offerings will ever truly be the end of you? Their testimony in Congress at the time of this article was ... impressive. http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/11/...

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 2) 167

by Kobun (#48418739) Attached to: Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe
Surprisingly enough, I've got those failure calculations (estimated using prior internal failures rates) included in my own measurements. The SLA thing is where things really turned south - for the expense cloud providers who would guarantee uptime the way you describe AND reimburse for outages outside of the SLA, I could have doubled my staff size.

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 3, Informative) 167

by Kobun (#48417831) Attached to: Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe
I'd like to take your question "Is it really a good trade off?" and toss out an example set of numbers to summarize it. Let's say there are 250 business days in a year. Operations run from 8am until 6pm, not counting after-hours processing and maintenance. Revenue is $100 million. Gross profit percentage is 20%. This gives per hour revenue of $40,000, per hour profit is $8,000. A day of lost revenue is $400,000, or a loss of $80,000 of profit opportunity (assuming that opportunity costs are not recoverable). My own calculations for my department are somewhat similar, except I've also included the additional benefit my employees bring in for the work they do when they aren't working on maintaining/improving uptime. Avoiding the cloud is almost a no-brainer in our circumstances, except for very specific & limited services.

Comment: Re:Affected Student Here (Score 1) 320

by Kobun (#48368539) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday
Answering your post got me thinking about another point of curiosity - the whole Lacrosse thing from a few years ago appeared to me as if Duke has a faculty full of people who think the worst of their students and/or hate them. In this CS incident, if they don't have any actual proof here this would seem to be in keeping with my prior perception. Are witch hunts common at Duke?

Comment: Re:Affected Student Here (Score 1) 320

by Kobun (#48368329) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday
Just saying ... if the relevant professor is reading here, and then you turn around and do what you say you're going to do (and are unique in your meticulous development) the fact that you posted as AC really isn't going to matter. I'm guessing that 2 + 2 will equal 4.

Comment: replaygain or something similar (Score 1) 625

by Kobun (#33758332) Attached to: Senate Votes To Turn Down Volume On TV Commercials
As for the technical side of this, it seems to me something like Replaygain would work well. Especially since commercials are known before hand (no live broadcasting) - the program establishes a baseline sound level that audio is measured against. Depending on track or album gain settings, I think that this would be made to work.

http://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Replaygain

As far as congress goes? I'm so glad they can get this bill passed, when everything else is punted down the road until the lame duck session or beyond. Lord knows we don't pay them nearly enough to think about anything harder than freakin' TVs being too loud ...

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