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Comment: Re:AWS is NOT cheap (Score 2) 143

by afidel (#46756509) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Yes, I've heard of Xen, and I've even run it in production, both Xenserver and Oracle VM flavors, and both sucked horribly. Back when VMWare tried the v.Tax I contemplated switching to KVM using RHEV but Redhat took almost 30 days to even get me access to a RHEV download by which time VMWare had backed off on their pricing.

As to the crack about redundancy and scalability, I've got a better uptime metric than any cloud provider, zero unplanned downtime in the last 5 years (vmotion + svmotion makes replacing both hosts and storage a breeze) thanks to redundant generators, UPS, chillers, and internet connections.

Comment: AWS is NOT cheap (Score 5, Informative) 143

by afidel (#46756343) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

AWS is expensive, I can provide the equivalent of an m3.large reserved instance to my users for 1/4th the cost over 3 years, if you ammatorize my infrastructure over 5 years (which is what we've actually been doing) then it's almost 1/7th as much. The only places where AWS makes sense is if you're a quickly growing startup, have a VERY bursty workload, or you're so small that you can't justify 3 hosts for a VMWare Essentials bundle.

Comment: Re:Who makes that? Also FP (Score 1) 286

by afidel (#46747277) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

My total benefits put me in the top 25% of industry average for my position and region (systems engineering manager in the midwest). If you're consistently making below industry average then you are either a very poor negotiator, your skills are below average in value, or you value something else about the jobs you take more than monetary compensation.

Comment: Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (Score 1) 476

by afidel (#46714153) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Or, you know we could negotiate a salary that we are happy with given the job descriptions we are applying for. Since I make between 2 and 3 times the median wage I'm ok with answering some emails off hours or waking up to a page once every 6 months due to a system problem. Then again I'm a tech lead and hence management so I'd be exempt under just about any rules =)

Comment: SVLTE/SVDO? (Score 4, Interesting) 47

by afidel (#46691007) Attached to: Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs

So does this finally mean we'll get Simultaneous voice and LTE/SVDO back? Because all the current generation Qualcomm processors lack dual radio paths for some reason, this despite the fact that the previous generation had it. I have to assume it's because they used so much power/transistor budget on 'more cores!!!!' that they didn't have room for an RF design to accommodate features that are actually useful.

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