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Comment: Re:"beofuels from corn" is not just stupid (Score 3, Insightful) 92

They claim that ethanol has 3% less energy than gasoline. But I have measured that I get AT LEAST 10% less millage in my 2013 Mazda on gasoline diluted with alcohol than I do with pure gasoline. What that means for me is that I effectively get ZERO energy from the alcohol mixed with my gas. I would be better off just buying the 90% gas and letting them keep the 10% alcohol, at least that way I wouldn't have to haul around the useless alcohol and/or I would have more space for gas in the tank. When I can find it I sometimes buy pure gas at a premium price, but it isn't available close to my home, isn't easy to buy when on the road, and usually costs more that the difference in the mileage justifies.

Comment: Re:Oh please... (Score 1) 225

by Dastardly (#46774931) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer


I run into this similar mentality when explaining Agile team members and full stack development. Usually, the objection I get is "Well, if people are jumping around how are they going to learn anything really well, and not screw up that part of the application." It is people who think we are going to be stupid about assigning work. People and teams specialize, but they have capabilities outside the specialty, but at a lesser effectiveness. Generally, we will assign people work in their specialty. But, if the most important work does not fall into the available team's specialty, then we might give them that work if it is sufficiently more important than the less important work that might fall into their specialty.

Comment: Re:Nothing new here (Score 1) 225

by Dastardly (#46774051) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

I think it misses the point of DevOps. My reading of DevOps is not that developers do operations. It is that operations applies development style processes to their job and works closely if not within the development organizations to make sure the application is designed for operational ease from the beginning. A DevOps specialists will be operations focused with a high degree of skill in the scripting to automate deployment and configuration. They will use version control in order to version the deployment and configurations with the application. That way when a version of the application is deployed to a development environment, testing, or production the exact same software not just for the application but the deployment and configuration is used. The goal is so that when things go wrong it is not due to some untraceable human error, but a fixable automation error.

And, DevOps doesn't mean operations goes away. I think it let's operations focus on delivering a stable platform for applications. i.e. servers, disks, networks, OS, and perhaps the software repository that DevOps can use to configure the platform and deploy applications. In infrastructure as a service cloud situations, servers, disks, networks, and OS become a DevOps responsibility, also.

As far as a DevOps role, I think this falls into the same mistake I get into in my company when trying to explain the concept of Agile team members and feature teams. Just because everyone on an Agile team should be able to take on any task to deliver the software doesn't mean you don't have specialists in Dev, Test, and Analysis. It also doesn't mean that you assign tasks stupidly to those least capable. Most of the time people will be working in their specialty, but they have secondary skills that allow them to take on other types of tasks when over flow occurs in those tasks. A DevOps specialist is focused on the deployment and configuration process and they primarily get that kind of work, but can help with other types of tasks when necessary. Similarly, just because teams are capable of working on any part of the application doesn't mean they don't specialize or that you assign work to teams outside their specialty willy nilly. But, if it looks like there is a long term need for another team in some application area, it is possible to have a team move to that specialty and ramp up their capability there with the help of the existing specialists. It might make sense to have a DevOps specialized team with multiple specialties (SA, DBA, scripting, support) represented in that team, but with flexibility to handle work in other areas, but perhaps at a lower capability that a team specialized in that area.

Comment: confirmation of the conspiracy (Score 4, Interesting) 325

by frovingslosh (#46730483) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

'Unless you have the I.D. in hand when (not if) I stop you,' says one cop, 'no love will be shown.'

It is a shame that they didn't name that cop. This is pretty much confirmation that everything accused is going on. Goes on in other states too, often with metal "Sheriff's Association Donor" badges that are attached to cars. What a shock that there is little respect for law enforcement any more.

Comment: What is nothing? Re:Its not nothing (Score 1) 607

I think more physicists need to work on the physics of "nothing". I don't think we really understand "nothing". In addition there are different kinds of "nothing".

We have the "nothing" of empty space-time where particle and energy pop in and out of existence. What happens when there is a lot of nothing? 1 atom per cubic meter, per cubic kilometer over millions of light years?

Even then there is still space-time. What happens when there "nothing" means no matter, no energy, and no space-time?

Or, what happens when the universe expands to the extent that the visible universe contains no matter, and the CMB has cooled to a hundred negative powers of 10 or more. Does space-time lose meaning?

The impression I get from current physics is that "nothing" is unstable. Has anyone studied "nothing" sufficiently to show that there is not some effect proportional to the amount of "nothing". Of course, how do you even talk about a quantity of "nothing"? But, what if the more "nothing" there is, the greater the so called quantum fluctuations, such that something is inevitable.

Comment: I believe Kate (Score 4, Interesting) 641

I believe her. I fell that Kate is totally capable of being tricked into making a movie with such claims. I'm not sure that she has much of an argument though. She was paid to do something really really stupid and she did something really really stupid, and likely something that she even believed at the time until someone else explained it to her. By her argument she seems to be claiming that she shouldn't be permitted to make any films (which I completely support). If she finds out that there really isn't any "Starfleet" will she go after the Trek franchise too?

Comment: only a 1st year fix (Score 1) 240

by frovingslosh (#46685037) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

The providers that you mentioned will sell you a cheap domain name, but only for the first year. Then they want to jack up the price if you want to keep it. If you're only using the name yourself then I guess just changing domains every year might be acceptable, but in my case I have a number of friends who all connect through my Teamspeak server for gaming and it is disruptive to try to get all of them to change their settings (some are extremely non-technical and don't respond to instructions to change an address well).

Looks like I'll try switching to an alternative free provider, at least until Dyndns buys them out or convinces them to start charging too.

Comment: Yes, all in one (Score 1) 117

by frovingslosh (#46674029) Attached to: The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

It's kind of silly how you can't really get all things you'd want on any one device.

Not only HBO, but you fail to mention Hulu (not Hulu Plus) and the major networks. (And I'm not going to count some overpriced rip-off app that wants you to pay dearly for access to content that they don't own or provide.) But there is one device that seems to provide me access to all of the on-line sources that I want, as well as letting me do local streaming in a wide variety of formats. That's a PC. I have a laptop with HDMI out that does pretty much everything that I need. Roku might be slicker and handier, but without Hulu and the networks I have no real use for it.

Comment: Re:Kickstarter? NO! (Score 1) 67

by frovingslosh (#46644835) Attached to: Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions
Exactly. Backers were promised DRM free copies of the movie (for already paying $35 or more if I remember right, which I seldom do.) Once they had paid the studio decided not to honor the promise. What better way to encourage piracy than to cheat the people who already paid? Running Kickstarter campaigns for rich fat cats with deep pockets is a chumps game.

"Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning." -- Marlo Thomas