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Comment Re:It's discomfort at working alongside older peop (Score 1) 634 634

Highlight name in the story, right click, Search for "%name%", read down results page, find Amazon review, read review. Took probably 3 minutes.

I do this for almost everyone in the news I have never heard of before, even other websites, no matter the context.

And trust me, almost every person who hires people will do a web search for the person's name these days as well.

Don't like that people will judge you for what you post publicly? Then don't post your opinion publicly (using your real name).

Comment Re:This shoudn't even really be a debate (Score 3, Interesting) 174 174

I never really took the situation that serious either after looking at the long term data for hives. The right time to freak out was in the 90s with the big drop, not recently.

When the "crisis" first hit the news and kept being repeated, I suggested the issue might be Ultraviolet Irradiance. Bees see in the UV range and the sun's UV levels vary fairly drastically over the sun cycle.

The 90s was an low UV irradiance period. Compare this to the world-wide hive population graphs.


I wish I could find another UV irradiance data source besides UARS. Data seems to end in 2005.

Comment Re:It's discomfort at working alongside older peop (Score 1) 634 634

My bet, the twentysomethings Googled her, found her Amazon reviews and noticed how she seems to be a bitter, unforgiving person and figured the brain wasn't worth the drama.

People need to be careful about what you share publicly.

Someone at Chicago might disagree, but his opinion is irrelevant.


Comment They are not alone (Score 3) 288 288

Hell, I'm not even 40 yet and I would like to see some of the websites I regularly use to stop changing UIs for the sake of change.

Progress I will accept it, but if I need to spend the better part of a morning trying to figure out how to do something that only took 3 clicks before the update, that's not progress in my book.

Comment Re:It's like Venezuela but without all the gun cri (Score 4, Informative) 431 431

Norway has massive natural resource exports accounting for nearly 33% of GPD, imports half of what it exports and only 3 million people in the labor force. Sweden's GPD is also nearly 33% exports, slight trade imbalance in favor of exports and 5 million people in the labor force.

Greece has 12% GPD from exports, imports twice as much as it exports and has only 5 million in the workforce.

For perspective, the USA makes only 9% of GPD from exports (that includes the recent massive increase in gas and oil exports), imports 50% more than it exports and has 156 million people in the workforce.

Norway and Sweden's success has nothing to do with political models and entirely to do with geography. If the Aegean had oil fields, Greece would be a socialist paradise too.

Comment Re:Sounds Like A Scumbag Company (Score 1) 190 190

Thanks for the link. Read the guy's blog, he doesn't know how to clone a hard drive and blames "Windows", he pats himself on the back for using Outlook to transfer emails between Exchange servers (instead of free ExMerge) and spews crazy Apple rumors.

If I was on the jury, I'd side with the plaintiff.

Comment Re:The loans are not the only university scandal (Score 1) 1032 1032

This has been an issue for thousands of years, even remarked on back in ancient Chinese, Greek and Roman times (hell, even Babylonian I believe).

Everyone's brains are tuned in different ways. Some people's brains are tuned to memorize and regurgitate, whereas others are more geared to problem solving but terrible at memorizing. The former seem to do great in most schools because the average educational testing process relies more on memorization, while the later often do very poorly in school but have plenty of imagination or drive to build careers.

While these are two over-generalized extremes, there are a multitude of elements inside each person's brain, personality, etc., that affects not only their ability to learn but what concepts they can learn. Education (and indeed career paths) should be geared towards these elements, otherwise a particular type gets too much attention and entire society loses out on an important resource not being supported properly.

Comment Music Industry Exists because of Technology (Score 1) 158 158

The current model for the music industry based on recorded media exists literally because of technology. Before recorded music, music artists did not make much money at all without a wealthy patron and today they make massive amounts of money (literally becoming wealthy patrons).

The industry itself needs to realize that the era of printed media recordings (LPs, tape, CDs) is over and those record profits will never happen again. The era of digital purchases was also brief and now we're moving into the era of streaming music.

Each time, consumers have followed the trend into the method that gives them the most for their money and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The industry as a whole needs to adapt, again, and stop bitching about the fact consumers don't want to pay tons of money for music.

Comment Re:dreams over, the manifesto is dead. (Score 1) 371 371

Two sides to the coin, the majority of the Internet exists because there is money to be made from the content being shared.

If a particular type of content cannot be monetized, then it will not exist on the Internet because the Internet is not "free" as in costs $0.

Sometimes I think people equate freedom with the ability to take from others as much as they want and not the true meaning that you have all options available to you and offered equally to all.

Comment Re:I'm shocked ... (Score 1) 249 249

One must also consider that in some communities witnesses will often intentionally lie or make conflicted statements against the police as well. So, the body cameras would protect both sides from false allegations.

From a privacy standpoint, though, we must also consider adjusting the law so that recordings of unrelated crimes cannot be prosecuted outside of a certain time frame or context. Otherwise, you will have police departments scanning footage, either by eye or software, looking for misdemeanors and using it as a way to generate fines.

Comment Re:MS is a "distant" #2? (Score 2) 83 83

Microsoft, though, also includes revenue from different online applications into that figure. Its revenue from a cloud business called Azure, which is more directly comparable to Amazon’s cloud services, was recently estimated by Deutsche Bank to be as little as one-tenth of that from AWS.



Microsoft's numbers include Office 365 and other service revenue, not just straight Azure services. Where are you getting the $1.57 billion number for Google?

Comment Re:Personal Anecdote (Score 1) 83 83

Anon stated: "I eventually gave up and started a new AWS account which is now billing me $30/month for a Windows Server 2008 "Workspaces" instance I NEVER use." I assumed he setup the Workspace since he said he never used it, instead of saying he never set one up.

In my four years of using AWS, attending Amazon events, webinars and participating in cloud computing forums, I have never seen a billing issue that was not caused by the user or a user sharing the account.

The only billing issue I have ever seen Amazon cause was two years ago when their billing process sometimes skipped a day and so the second day included the previous day's usage. That ruffled a few feathers and was attributed to a maintenance window being mis-scheduled on their end or something.

I am, however, incredibly pissed at them for losing my email addresses in one of their big data breaches. I get tons of spam now on several of the AWS account email addresses starting literally the week after the breach.

Comment Re:Personal Anecdote (Score 3, Insightful) 83 83

OpenMPI is a messaging system designed for massive cluster supercomputers on private high-speed networks, why would you think running a test would be cheap using cloud resources which already have a significant premium?

And it sounds like you need to spend some time looking through the AWS console. If something shows up on your bill in AWS, it is running somewhere and you most certainly set it up. The entire process is completely automated so the only human error is your own.

I help run six AWS accounts, ranging in monthly expenses of $400 to over $12,000, and never had a billing issue. In fact, on that bigger account we were leery of the costs as well so we setup an auditing system to keep an eye on transfer costs and S3 usage on the servers themselves. The numbers our auditing system provided matched what Amazon was telling us down to the tenth of a cent. Many transactions differ by a tenth of a cent because I imagine our auditing system was tracking at a faster pace and Amazon rounded up somewhere in the difference.

We do not use their Workspaces service but I am pretty sure the moment you create a Workspace, there is a box sitting there running for you at all times so it doesn't matter if you use it or not. The service is meant for people who work remotely constantly. If you want to be billed only when you are using a box, you can setup an EC2 instance and only turn it on when you need to use it.

I think there are even apps for desktop or smartphones that can do that for you (turn the EC2 instance on when you want to connect).

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