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Comment: Re:Do the Math (Score 1) 567

by MachineShedFred (#49563565) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

When the profit is $0.70 per can, you're still looking at being +$7M at the same volume. And, if this change does what they're hoping, which is to preserve sell-through and maybe increase market share against competition that is still using aspartame due to whatever consumer belief may exist, $200k is a tiny investment for growth.

Comment: Re:artificial sweeteners spike insulin (Score 1) 567

by MachineShedFred (#49561979) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Unless you're soaking in a hot tub that is:

A. actually using chlorine (most use bromine because it's much more stable at hot tub temperatures, doesn't cause people's eyes to burn, and doesn't fade bathing suits) and
B. being Dichlor-shocked while you're sitting in it,

you're talking about a concentration of 3-6 parts per million if the maintenance is being done properly. It's enough to kill off single-celled organisms, but not enough to do jack shit to your skin.

Comment: Re:Curse you, Entropy! (Score 1) 435

It doesn't completely solve the problem, but it allows for some recycling where there is no solution today.

Pull burned carbon from air > make diesel > burn diesel > go to step 1.

How is this not preferable to:
Drill miles into the ground > inject god-knows-what fracking liquids > extract oil > flare off natural gas found with oil > ship oil to refinery > refine oil > burn diesel > go to step 1.

I don't understand the mentality of "It doesn't solve every aspect of every problem neatly and completely, so it's shit and shouldn't be pursued."

Comment: Re:Karma (Score 1) 107

Oh noes, don't read my unclassified email that is likely to be public record after a FOIA request!

These are either the shittiest spies ever, or someone is trying to drum up nationalistic sentiment. I'll get worried when they're reading secure diplomatic cables that haven't already been posted to Wikileaks.

Comment: Re:And it's gonna rain (Score 1) 83

by MachineShedFred (#49559579) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

If you use CloudFormation, you get auto-scaling. In fact, if you write your own CloudFormation template, you can get easy drop-down menus of minimum / maximum instances, and how many to scale at a time.

No, Amazon doesn't have direct publishing from Visual Studio, but we've worked around that by using a Jenkins continuous integration environment and Chef. Jenkins automatically builds any code merged into watched Git branches, and if the build succeeds, drops it into an S3 bucket. In 15 - n minutes, the dev / stage servers will run Chef, which sees the new version and deploys it per the app's recipe. It all happens as soon as someone code reviews and merges the branch back.

With RDS, you've got so many options for backup it's not even funny. You can have read replicas in different availability zones. You can have snapshots. You can use Cloud Protection Manager to automatically snapshot. You can use replication to pull data out of RDS to a database running on an EC2 instance for ETLs, or to ship it somewhere else. You can use that same replication to have it sit on an instance where you are running a database backup daemon of some type, which offloads that work from your production database. The only thing you don't get with RDS is access to the OS image it's running on, or the filesystem. Anything else is fair game.

As the other guy said, Azure holds your hand more, and is much more Microsoft-centric. But the offerings are not nearly as deep, or as wide. Especially in networking - with AWS I create multiple private clouds that are walled off from each other and geographically separated, and only allow the traffic that I want across a VPN tunnel for DR purposes. I can peer together AWS virtual private clouds to allow network access between the all the instances, but retain security for departments to only manage instances in their account, in a web form that takes two minutes to set up. Also, because of some luck, we're leasing space in a datacenter where Amazon has a DirectConnect node, so we can physically peer our company's network with a few VLAN tags, a fiber pair, and setting up some BGP neighbors; which also saves money on the network data because it's no longer going out through the Internet to get back to our datacenter.

Comment: Re:And it's gonna rain (Score 2) 83

by MachineShedFred (#49546781) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

In addition to EC2, there are lots of other services that are encompassed under AWS that compliment EC2 nicely - RDS is their service for standing up easy database instances that take care of most of the configuration headache associated with the big relational databases out there (pgsql, mysql, mssql, oracle). Route53 is a scriptable DNS service. CloudFormation gives you tools to automate standing up entire application stacks including DNS records, load balancers, application servers spread across availability zones for redundancy, etc. OpsWorks gives you a Chef-esque service for managing software deployments. IAM roles allow you to grant servers access to other AWS services without having to deal with certificates / passwords / keys in an atomic fashion. There are numerous other services that I'm not even using right now, but exist as replacements for things we've already wired up in EC2 previously to Amazon announcing them.

It's a hell of a package that makes things like Microsoft Azure look like a joke in comparison, and is cost competitive with building out your own datacenter as long as you use it properly, and think about what you're doing a little - make sure you back your shit up out of AWS so that you always have an "off-site" copy, for example. And if you use something like Chef / OpsWorks, you can recover from a disaster practically anywhere if you have your cookbooks, source code, and data backed up.

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