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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.

Comment: Re:Joke of a comparison (Score 3, Interesting) 79

by MerlynEmrys67 (#46846875) Attached to: How the Code War Has Replaced the Cold War
He may know what he is talking about, or maybe he just doesn't understand how good Kissinger was at his job. A master of a profession makes it look so easy that even someone with mediocre grades at Yale (He was outscored by W. after all - and see what people think of him) can do it. Turns out there are a lot of subtleties that I don't think our current batch of diplomats understand.

Comment: Re:$2 Billion (Score 1) 271

I don't believe the 2Billion dollar amount for a second. 2 Billion seems like a very VERY large number. Now lets do some simple math. Divide that by 50 and that is 40million available for each state. You might be able to protect Wyoming for 40 Million, but I doubt you could protect Alaska (construction costs are too high) and I doubt you could even begin to protect a city like San Jose, New York, Dallas, or Chicago for 40 Million (not even to mention the rest of those states).
The other interesting thing to think is protect against what... Yes, you could probably protect against a low yield EMP produced by a solar flare - however, there will be no protecting against a high yield nuke detonated over an area (where the EMP is the least of your worries). EMP is only one of the things that would need to be protected against - there is blast damage, fallout, fuel supplies... Yeah - if a high yield bomb goes off over the US we are all screwed, whether we spend 0 dollars, or 100Billion.

Comment: Re:Doing CTOs job for him (Score 1) 119

Were you asked to do something or were you asked if doing something is a good idea?

If you were asked to do something then fucking do it. Any sticker shock is the CTOs problem to explain.


Time to bring Goodwin's law out.
Just because you are a guard at a prison, doesn't mean that saying "I was just following orders" is a good defense. It is YOUR job to know details and question things that come out of people's mouths to determine if they are good for YOUR company. Many times the answer is, yes it is a good idea - you don 't have to pay for upgrades, maintenance, or other things people always seem to forget about... Other times, keeping things in house is where you want to be. You should be able to find out what is correct for your organization and make sure that is what happens.

Comment: I knew they weren't scientists (Score 1) 87

by MerlynEmrys67 (#46610819) Attached to: Crows Complete Basic Aesop's Fable Task

heavy objects sink in water

I will say an aircraft carrier is very heavy - but floats on water, what the authors meant to say was Dense objects sink in water, as even light grains of sand sink to the bottom.
You can thank the college of Phycology for the misunderstanding - when you read something like that in the first paragraph of the paper, makes me doubt anything else they have to say.

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