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Comment: Learn financial literacy (Score 1) 167

by Roarkk (#45149347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?
We've followed similar career arcs. When I figured out, like you, that this wasn't what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I started studying money. It's essentially a new language, with variable, types, modules, classes etc. Once you understand the basic premises, it's no more difficult to make it than to write a significant application.

The cool thing about working towards a good chunk of cash is that it gives you the ability to take a step back and look around. Maybe software development IS what you want to do for the rest of your life, but you don't want to be tied to the company you're at, or to a paycheck at all. Maybe you want to do like This guy.

I'm not much for the self help genre, but try these two books. Even if they don't solve your problems, at least you'll be happier where you are.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Comment: Re:Thomas Covenant (Score 1) 1365

by Roarkk (#40914023) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?
Hate to break it to you (and contradict my last post), but while it's one of the most depressing series I"ve ever read, it's also one of the most exhilarating... you soldier on through the worst apocolyptic nightmares produced by pen, then...


One of the protagonists comes out of nowhere and just absolutely stomps the shit out of everything in his / her path, scoring 1M internets for the home team.

Admit it, ChrisKnight, you never finished the series :)

Comment: Stephen Donaldson - Thomas Covenant (Score 5, Insightful) 1365

by Roarkk (#40911859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?
What do you get when youo combine manic depression, schizophrenia, bigotry, and leprosy, then add in a little literal and figurative rape?

In the end, a pretty good series, but more than anything else I"ve read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant has the darkest, most depressing prose I've ever read.

Comment: Re:Why would this be a problem? (Score 1) 1127

by Roarkk (#40785973) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preempting Sexual Harassment In the Workplace?
There are KAJILLIONS of good-natured, smart, talented, hard-working men and women that are more than capable.

Please introduce me to just a few of these KAJILLION people. I haven't heard of the tribe, but in my experience, finding good-natured, smart, talented, hard working people (at any price), while by no means impossible, is the result of hard work in and of itself. I'd really just rather hire people from this KAJILLION place.

Comment: Re:Both Ways (Score 2) 511

by Roarkk (#40295367) Attached to: Search Tracking Purports To Show Effect of Racism On '08 Election
I think it's disingenuous in the extreme not to consider racial bias towards as well as against Obama in a study like this. In areas such as Atlanta, GA, where African Americans comprise more than 50% of the population, poliiticians are almost exclusively black .

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post recently ran an article entitled Is Farang an F-word?.

This implies bias based on racial characteristics, not only for caucasians, but for all ethnic groups. I think a study that tried to explain to what degree racial bias offset's itself would be more interesting.

Comment: Re:Hellfire. (Score 1) 1244

by Roarkk (#39271731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?
Can't see how these can be considered forgotten... Donaldson's still writing the Last Chronicles. If manic depression could be learned, this would be the textbook. Chapters and chapters of spectacularly described depression, angst, and ennui interspersed with horror, then a right hook out of nowhere with displays of beauty or realization or power. Hits like a McDonalds cheeseburger in the guts.

Comment: Re:*HOW* Much?! (Score 2) 279

by Roarkk (#34816210) Attached to: Social Security Information Systems Near Collapse
As a storage admin for a decent size (1000+ employee) company, I get this argument from management every day. We can go out and buy a terabyte for $50! How hard is it to justify 10TB for project X?

Answer: Your USB drive (or internal SATA drive, or cheap single desktop RAID solution) has neither the performance, reliability, or feature set required by a modern datacenter.

A standard (7200rpm) USB drive can get around 320 IOPS. A single application in an enterprise environment, serving multiple users, can easily require 20,000+ IOPS at the database level. An environment like the SSA could easily have dozens of apps serving the same number of users (employees, not even counting customers). How many USB drives do you plan on connecting? How are you going to maintain, monitor, and expand your 1000's of daisy chained USB drives? How many millions are you going to spend designing, implementing, and maintaining an interface to control them? How much to train people to use it?

Enterprise storage solutions from EMC, NetApp, 3Par etc. help control the issues above, but they don't come cheap. A terabyte of space for a NetApp filer, if you count licensing, training, power, cooling, disaster recovery etc., will run you easily $10,000 / TB. EMC storage can be double that.

I can't guess how much data they need to store, but knowing that they have 106,000 employees, and knowing that my company has around a thousand, even if they needed only a tenth as much storage as us, they're looking at 10 petabytes, or $100,000,000 in storage. If you budget roughly the same amount for network and server hardware, then about as much as both combined for application development, support, transition, and staff, then throw in a final $100,000,000 for government waste and bureaucracy, you're pretty much right on target.

Comment: Why not use WebMin? (Score 1) 618

by Roarkk (#31811636) Attached to: What Advice For a Single Parent As Server Admin?
WebMin is a web based GUI system admin tool great for people who are at your level; specifically, you have some build experience, a smattering of Linux knowledge, and a clear understanding of your goals.

Hope the following helps with your issues: Client / Server: Each of the workstations can be set up to "phone home". Select the "Webmin Servers Index" option

- View client computer status: "System and Server Status"

- On/off, sleeping etc.

- Deny internet access, not LAN, just the web: "Webmin Users", can schedule time

- Block access w/Squid

- Remote virus scanning of client machines, or scheduled task;

Unnecessary if you'll put a basic Linux distro on the clients

- Some kind of hardware monitor, high temp / fan speed low etc "Hardware"

- Email alerts for various log files / alarms. "Monitoring"

Hope that helps. It's not even a steep learning curve, and you get to ignore the viruses and adware they were going to pick up anyway.

Comment: Re:Fair enough (Score 1) 329

by Roarkk (#27480345) Attached to: Thai Gov't Sets Up Site For Snitching On Royals' Critics

This is exactly what needs to happen. We'll need some thai translators though to make it harder for them to sift through.

It's highly unlikely that you'll get one.

What most of the people posting here don't understand is the loyalty that Thais have towards their king. Note that this is personal loyalty, not loyalty to the monarchy in general.

King Bhumibol has brought incredible change to Thailand during his reign, including improvements from irrigation to public restrooms (my personal favorite). In the recent ousting of the Thai prime minister, supporters of the PM wore pink to support the king. The opposition wore yellow to support the king. Notice a pattern here? Good luck with your translator. Let me know how that works out for you :-)


Japan's Melody Roads Play Music as You Drive 335

Posted by samzenpus
from the someone-has-watched-stupid-human-tricks dept.
Krishna Dagli writes "The road works by using grooves, which are cut at very specific intervals in the surface. Just as traveling over small speed bumps or road markings can emit a rumbling tone throughout a vehicle, the melody road uses the spaces between to create different notes."
Hardware Hacking

+ - SanDisk introduces flash-based accerator->

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An anonymous reader writes: We all know about hybrid HDD — but SanDisk is introducing a flash-based "accelerator" PCI-express card that OEMs can add to their designs to extract the same type of performance enhancement we would expect from a hybrid HDD.

"The SanDisk Vaulter Disk's storage concept transparently speeds up data retrieval for boot and application load operations, as well as unexpected user access to new files. With SanDisk Vaulter Disk, Salomon explained, there is faster response time when a user randomly accesses many small files for repeated operations, such as opening applications, and for unexpected behavior, such as retrieving new applications or entries on the Internet."

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