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Comment: birthdays (Score 1) 698

In addition to your other videos, you might consider making a short video wishing her happy birthday each year. Think about the things you want to say to her at those stages of life.

More generally: Tell her it's ok to fail. Don't spend her life doing things to make other people happy. Also: Don't spend her entire life in front of a computer screen.

Comment: Re:Another Reason Businesses prefer BSD (Score 2) 264

by Nite_Hawk (#49111037) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

"Hurr durr I'ma sheep."

(setq sarcasm 'on) Well, that will certainly help me convince the boss to upgrade our infrastructure. (setq sarcasm nil)

I wish people in Open Source realized that Open source means you are living in a fishbowl, and everyone can see your shit. In a closed system you can call your work anything you like, the marketers will take care of the image. Yet open source, for good or ill, is visible to all, including this kind of nonsense. Juvenile stuff just doesn't work with people who have the authority to make major decisions. You would think that there would be a natural sense of shame in trying to practice marketing when you are really an engineer. Stick to coding guys!

One reason we use a lot of BSD here instead of linux a few years ago, is that not only is it open source but also there is a very simple release cycle and no one feels the need to name each release some sort of catchy name. The version numbers also actually mean something. It is an engineered solution, not a marketing project for high school nerds.

Linux will always remain a toy until the people coding it learn to grow up and actually promote its true abilities as an industrial strength tool for doing real work. Hurr durr just doesn't give that message. Even Red Hat has learned this and stuck to a very predictable release numbering which is what the bean counters like. Predictability is what makes risk management possible, and that is why people will invest money in it. Sheep do not get to play that game.

But well, it's just the kernel, so one could just use the number, but damn this sort of stuff is exactly why linux will never be taken that seriously, even if it is free. /rant off

Linux not taken seriously? Are you insane? It's the most widely distributed kernel on the planet.

First look at:

Notice how smart phones and tablets are far outselling PCs? Now look at the distribution of phone operating systems being sold:

The kernel is shipping in every single one of those android phones. If you guys are basing your decision on whether or not to use Linux vs BSD servers based on whether or not the releases are named, I think Linux can probaly do ok without you.

Comment: Re:That's like ... (Score 3, Insightful) 779

by Nite_Hawk (#48961187) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes

I think on some level it is right. I suspect girls are predisposed to making a better cost-benefit decision on whether or not to get into it. Except for the very lucky (which I thankfully consider myself), much of the programming world is dull: connect 1 peice of complicated, poorly written code to another peice of complicated, poorly written code. There's just enough time budgeted to make it "work" before moving on and doing the same thing over again. Invariably any time not spent doing that is spent in long (often pointless) meetings discussing the changes. Assuming you are actually good at what you do, you will have a flock of managers and coworkers trying coopt you to do their work for them.

If you win the lottery and are lucky enough to end up working on something you love, the lifestyle still takes a toll. The constant computer time is tough on your body, even if you exercise regualrly and mix sitting/standing. Unless you are gifted, you'll be spending a lot of free time just trying to keep up with the folks who are (and technology changes in general). It's pretty tough to balance work and home life if you have a young family. Later on in life, there's a very real threat that if you haven't moved up into management by the time you are in your 40s you'll be seen as a liability vs younger and cheaper labor.

It's not all bad (pay is good, chance at interesting work, probably won't get skin cancer, etc). I suspect the reality though is that women have a pretty good idea of what the tech world entails (beyond the misogyny) and simply decide it's not worth it.

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 5, Insightful) 430

by Nite_Hawk (#48934025) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

My reading of the orignal author's point is that indvidiually most of us can buy very little influence with our contributions (Maybe $100 or so each), while extremely wealthy folks like the Koch Brothers can buy extraordinary influence with theirs. You're reply enitrely ignores that point and instead focuses on making this partisan (both sides do it! Liberals are even worse! etc). Ultimatly none of that matters in the long run. The important point is that a very small number of people in the world hold tremendous influence over the direction of the planet, and that power is becoming more and more concentrated (the top 0.01%'s share of the world's wealth has quadrupled in the last quarter century). Regardless if you think those folks are on your side of a particular issue, the truth is that ultimately they are all on their own side.

This isn't a Conservative vs. Liberal issue, this is a society vs top 0.01% issue.

Comment: Re:Malware (Score 5, Interesting) 181

by Nite_Hawk (#48753693) Attached to: Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

Malware could be a lot worse than even this. Why it isn't yet, I haven't figured out - I presume because money-making is at the heart of it now rather than actually malintent with your data. But that won't last forever.

I suspect it's because the powerful people in the world largely care little about computers, virsuses, downtime, etc. To them it's all just mysterious technical mumbo jumbo that is of little interest to them. Extortion is a little more clear though. Someone is trying to fuck them, and that tends to get people riled up. Riling up folks like us is one thing, but statistically speaking sooner or later malware like this will inadvertantly fuck someone who's capable of things like armed abduction, torture, and death. You have to have a lot of faith in the anononimity of bit torrent that you won't be found by one of these kinds of people.

Comment: Re:Cloud-Based, Data Intensive,Super Computer? (Score 1) 29

by Nite_Hawk (#48467003) Attached to: NSF Commits $16M To Build Cloud-Based and Data-Intensive Supercomputers

Amazon is a possibility for some research (and there are PIs who haven gone that route). There are a couple of problems:

1) If you use EC2 24/7 and need a ton of data storage and fast data transfer capabilities it's no longer that cheap.

2) Sending potentially sensitive data off to amazon servers isn't a great idea. Even if you have data that is supposed to be de-identified, there are PIs who will intentionally or unintentionally screw up and put sensitive data on your cluster. It's one thing if this is inside an academic lab. It's another thing entirely if it's beamed over the internet to uncontrolled machines.

3) The amount of data being collected these days is mind-bogglingly huge. Even a couple of years ago when I was more directly involved in HPC, data sets for things like genomics data where gigantic. They could collect several TB of data per day and it was rapidly increasing. Transferring all of that off to amazon takes a lot of bandwidth and time. Keeping the cluster closer to the data collectors can be a win.

Comment: Re:What about long-term data integrity? (Score 1) 438

by Nite_Hawk (#48462079) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

It really depends what you are going to use it for. If it's your desktop PC, consumer grade drives are fine. If you are going to use the SSDs for scratch storage on a supercomputer or the journal devices for Ceph, you probably are going to want high write endurance drives.

Comment: Re:demography & culture (Score 4, Interesting) 579

by Nite_Hawk (#47784345) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Interesting read! After reading through all of the comments here, my take on this has been that relative to something like facebook, neither men nor women in general like editing wikipedia. I'm pulling statistics from different years, but I think this is roughly in the right ballpark:

World Population (2010):
Female: ~3.42 Billion
Male: ~3.48 Billion
Total: ~6.9 Billion

Active facebook users (2009,2014):
Female/Male ratio: ~1:1.35
Total: ~1.28 Billion
Female: ~0.74 Billion
Male: ~0.54 Billion
% of all females actively using facebook: ~22%
% of all males actively using facebook: ~16%

Active wikipedia users (2014):
Female/Male ratio: ~12:100 (rough center of survey according to article)
Total: 0.000131 Billion
Female: 0.0000157 Billion
Male: 0.00011528 Billion
% of all females actively editing wikipedia: 0.0004%
% of all males actively editing wikipedia: 0.0033%

So when you get down to it, there just happens to be a very slightly larger fraction of the male population that is willing to invest their time in Wikipedia. When by and large, people in general don't do it, I think it's hard to make any kind of generalization about whether or not there are specific barriers for either men or women. The bigger trend imho is that there are barriers for everyone.

Comment: Re:Who to believe? (Score 3, Informative) 39

by Nite_Hawk (#47780947) Attached to: Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

I work for Red Hat as of the Inktank (Ceph) acquisition, so I haven't been with RH very long. As far as I know he really is leaving for another position. It's entirely possible that there are other reasons, but figure the guy has been with RH for what, like 10 or 12 years? That's a long time in this day and age. I'm as curious as everyone else where he's going though.

Comment: Re:Paving to the road to hell (Score 1) 135

by Nite_Hawk (#47676881) Attached to: The Man Responsible For Pop-Up Ads On Building a Better Web

I disagree, though only to a limited extent. There is a legitimate net good that can be accomplished by connecting people who need goods and people who make goods. What form this takes has changed dramatically over the years, but it's important that people ultimately know where they can go to get something they want/need to improve their lives (be that medicine, food, entertainment, etc).

Having said this, I generally agree with you that advertising has numerous dark sides and often manipulation is involved. There is some spectrum where providing information turns into attempting to manipulate people's minds. You run into the same problem everywhere though including places like Wikipedia (which I think is a fantastic benefit for society), so it's not unique to advertising. I think the best you can do is try to teach people to understand when they are being manipulated and hopefully it will some day cease to be profitable enough for folks to continue doing (one can always hope).

Comment: Re:detroit vs SV? (Score 3, Interesting) 236

by Nite_Hawk (#47351883) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

I have to disagree. We bought a 2012 volt and other than the terrible central console interface absolutely love it. Of all of the cars we've owned over the years (A mix of domestic and imports) it's by far the best. I imagine if we owned a tesla model S we would love that even more, but our Volt cost us roughly what a nicely appointed Camry or similar vehicle would have cost. Chevy did a really good job.

Comment: Re:hahaha! (Score 1) 932

by Nite_Hawk (#47218077) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

What I really want is for both parties to split and maybe even get some kind of runoff voting scheme in place. Looks like the tea party has a non-zero chance on the republican side. Now we just need a credible progressive group to come forward and do it on the democratic side.

The positions matter less than ending the corruption.

"If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?" -- Lily Tomlin