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Comment: Who wants to bet (Score 3, Insightful) 281

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48216817) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour
There will be about 40,000 dollars in unpaid overtime being worked in India over the next few months to make this all back. At this point the workers are back in India where the US Department of Labor can't do anything about it...
Outsourcing companies are almost the definition of evil.

Comment: You have slashdotted an inbox (Score 5, Funny) 172

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48205417) Attached to: Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization
The error that the other server returned was:
550-5.2.1 The user you are trying to contact is receiving mail at a rate that
550-5.2.1 prevents additional messages from being delivered. For more
550-5.2.1 information, please visit
550 5.2.1 dy7si138331wib.0 - gsmtp

And at google's scale - impressive

Comment: Smallest area??? (Score 2, Informative) 118

by MerlynEmrys67 (#48015861) Attached to: World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet
Quick Google search for 3G shows Intel has a chip that is 300 mm^2 which is about 17.33 sq mm which is a lot smaller than this chip which measures over 400 mm^2.
I guess it all depends on how you define a 3G modem (maybe Intel's doesn't have a feature), or how you define area (maybe it matters how small the one dimension is). Who knows - either way this appears to be some unsubstantiated marketing fluff that was republished on Slashdot as normal.

Comment: 2/3 of the power based on counting turbines (Score 1) 260

by MerlynEmrys67 (#47853925) Attached to: Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone
So 1800 of the 2900 MWh of power is based on the ability to count the number of wind turbines shown in the marking picture of the factory? And we are taking this as truth of the number that are deploy-able in the area. This based on the fact that they are building the building Magnetic north aligned to help with GPS? Wow - lets grab Tesla's marketing materials and just swallow what comes out.

Comment: Re:Is this all necessary? (Score 4, Interesting) 98

This is hilarious. So was in College several decades ago. Large computer labs and lots of SSH/X forwarding to do work. The only time I remember getting in "trouble" was when we were on a LISP module as a freshman. Their resource management only allowed a few LISP interpreters on the machine - otherwise it would deny them for resource reasons. I quickly got sick of typing $lisp and waiting for my session to actually start - so I created a shell script that ran an infinite loop asking for a lisp interpreter...
15 minutes later, someone tapped on my shoulder and asked me what I was doing - I had taken the full processing capabilities for a while. I showed my script - gasp horror, and a 1 second pause was added to the script and I was good to go. Learned a lesson too.
The year before I got there - enough people were learning how to hack the system to crash it that they were having trouble keeping the system up. Their solution - install a button next to each keyboard that when pushed would crash the system. No work was accomplished for a week - then it didn't go down again. We were told about the button, it was rough for a couple days - and then the systems were rock solid.
Kids will be kids - good kids will create a nightmare for you - work to focus that energy in a positive way and good things will result.

Comment: Re:Fire all the marketing, and reduce to 4 levels (Score 1) 272

by MerlynEmrys67 (#47483553) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?
You understand that for a balanced organization EVERY manager would need 18-19 direct reports. That is crazy. I don't want the CEO having 18 direct reports, and I certainly don't want my boss having 18 direct reports. Doesn't work
Frankly, if you think 3 is a good idea - I would have you fired as most engineering departments NEED outside input - otherwise you end up with Linux/OSS in general where they think the best idea for a leading editor is either VI or EMACS. I don't even know why that is a debate.

Comment: Some back of the envelope calculations (Score 1) 83

2.2TBit/sec is just under 40 ports which is just over 2 switches...
It will only take one extra management processor (8 cores) to manage two switches... Get back to me when you can drive 100TBit/sec with one core
PS - is there extra compute needed on the management plane of the edge switches here? I don't think so but it is hard to tell

Comment: Re:Because IRS has never heard of exchange servers (Score 2) 372

Just like you can say that there has never been a oil pipeline that has been rejected either. By not quickly approving simple applications and letting them linger for years - you effectively reject the application, without the political backlash of having to actually do it. I would assume it was a simple progressive organization that didn't qualify for the tax break - it was quickly rejected so they can fix their problem, or get back to doing what they should be doing.

Comment: Assume the unemployment rate for programmers is 5% (Score 1) 466

Only slightly under the 6.3% average for the whole US. Given that - there are 1/2 of all of the 1/10 programmers getting jobs somewhere.
I am going for a fairly static distribution, in reality - I am betting there are very VERY few 9-10/10 programmers (well under the 10% that they represent) and a lot more 3-7 programmers and then a tailing edge of people that just haven't gotten down the path.

Comment: Re:The simpler the better (Score 2) 1374

by MerlynEmrys67 (#46891089) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention
Kids should be taught how to safely use tools. In my grandfathers day it wasn't unusual for the boys to bring their 22 rifles to school to put into the back wall of the classroom so they could shoot squirrel/rabbit/??? on the way home from school.
Contrast that with my daughter where if I accidentally pack a butter knife into her school lunchbox, she would get expelled from school. Frankly there were a lot fewer school shootings in my grandfather's day. Go figure.

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long