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Comment Management is not the problem (Score 1) 134

The problem is not a management structure. It is having bad managers. A hierarchal structure works perfectly fine as long as the managers actually know how to manage.

The mistake most companies make is making someone a manager based on the ability to do their job. Just because you are a great developer doesn't mean you are going to be a great manager of developers. This method is doubly stupid when you consider that by promoting your best performers to a management role, you are decreasing your efficiency, since you just took one of your best performers out of the mix.

If you are looking for the best manager, you have to look beyond the performance of the job to the softer skills that actually make great managers, which could be in folks who aren't that great at coding. However, you also need to develop a non-management track to keep those great coders from topping out too quickly, but also allows them to continue to contribute.

Comment Re:BTRFS is getting there (Score 1) 235

I don't why so many in the Linux community are so hooked on ZFS. BTRFS has a feature set that is rapidly getting there,

I think you already explained it in that first sentence... ZFS has been stable, reliable, and successfully managing huge amounts of data for the past decade (2005). BTRFS is still unstable, not remotely a suitable alternative for ZFS, with only the vague promise of maybe eventually "getting there".

Comment Re:ZFS is nice... (Score 3, Insightful) 235

I don't have a serial terminal, so having video output when needed is very important

So that's three-strikes... You're 1) using a regular PC as a server (no IPMI), 2) that PC doesn't even have a serial port to be used as an OoBM console, and finally 3) you've got some issue with the video card not even displaying text-mode. With all three strikes against your server, I just can't muster any sympathy for the predicament you put yourself in, relying on an unsuitable cheap piece of crap equipment.

In fact it's probably FOUR strikes... Presumably your video problem was an issue with KMS or similar, and 4) you didn't bother to figure out how to fix/disable/bypass it, and use plan old text-mode. Instead you went with the quickest (but obviously flawed and easily breakable) option of depending on a proprietary video driver. That's just not thinking things through. Reminds me of folks who has just a switchable PDU as their sole method of OoBM... works right up until they acidentally do a clean shutdown of a remote server.

Comment Re:ZFS is nice... (Score 1) 235

And even then, IPMI is extremely limited.

I don't see how anyone can claim "IPMI is extremely limited" with a straight face. It does nearly everything you could want in an OoBM interface, except (usually) a GUI. You can do lights-out management, powering systems off and on, setting BIOS/UEFI options like boot device statelessly (not just at boot-up), it can be configured to have a dedicated NIC port, or shared with the OS whether you're bonding NICs or not, gives you a serial console (including BIOS access) over the network. etc., etc.

Comment Re:ZFS is nice... (Score 1) 235

And IPMI console typically requires java. Within a year or so NO browser will support that!

No, you can use serial-over-LAN via native utilities like ipmitool. You're talking about the idiot-friendly web interface a few OEMs happen to include. Most ipmi implementations don't even have any web/browser interface to begin with.

Comment Re:Disappointing prize (Score 1) 58

Sorry but you are wrong. The question has to be first of all interesting. I can come up with a million different rather hard to answer questions that do not deserve a Nobel Prize, and yes, particle physics is over represented among the Nobel prizes. I have no opinion if this particular batch deserves it or not, but overall you need a result twice as good outside particle physics to get the Nobel prize.

Comment Re:All but the last 15 minutes (Score 1) 239

Agreed on the ending bit. I was already perturbed when Lewis donned the suit (though I can understand the reason for the character shift), but then the Iron Man solution was completely unnecessary. The book version was quite tense as it was written.

Comment Re:Bad signs for a long time (Score 1) 55

technically Sprint was the first carrier with VoLTE (or VoIP). They inked a deal with Google several years back where your Sprint phone number became your Google Voice number

Obviously that's not VoLTE, and I expect T-Mobile's widespread deployment of VoIP on their handsets predates that, anyhow.

Even Sprint never mentioned that, in relation to their VoLTE plans:



Comment Re:No real place for it (Score 1) 309

I'm always on the hunt for ideal archival formats for digital media.

The ideal archival format has a few properties, ranging from most theoretical to most practical:

- a completely unencumbered specification and a completely unencumbered implementation
- a highly portable, f/oss reference implementation
- excellent quality vs. usability (e.g. lossless quality, but small to store and fast to decode)
- support in popular general purpose computing environments
- supported in popular dedicated hardware devices

FLAC gets the first few of those, but not the last one -- plenty of dedicated hardware audio players don't deal with FLAC.

Because of this, I use MP3 for audio - which theoretically gives up the first few points, but as a practical matter, those points are irrelevant, and MP3 completely dominates the industry on the last few points.

If Vorbis or FLAC or any of the things that get the first few points correct had ubiqoutous device support, I might be willing to re-rip everything into those formats for a great blend of long-term archival and easy-to-consume on any device convenience. But nothing is like that for audio.

Similarly, if I thought there was going to be a fantastic lossless image format that did everything well and was going to be massively supported and was completely unencumbered, i'd want to move everything over to it. I'd want my future digital cameras to start shooting it. I'd want my whole tool stream and whole life to just be about that format.

Comment Bad signs for a long time (Score 4, Interesting) 55

Anyone who has been paying attention has been scratching their head about Sprint for a long, long time. They seem to make ever technical decision WRONG... and not just wrong, but mind-bogglingly, inconceivably wrong. It seems like they are NEVER looking forward...

Of course they chose WiMax, but they also sat back and had Clearwire do all the work for them... and very poorly. And when Clearwire was failing miserably, instead of Sprint using their tenuous connection to advantage and letting their creditors take the hit, Sprint spent the money to buy them out... a useless network.

Sprint actually had great network coverage... by accident. They bought Nextel, whose 2G iDEN network was every bit as good as the big guys. Perhaps because of the lower frequency, 800Mhz spectrum, you could get a good signal EVERYWHERE. Sprint was required to keep it running under terms of the merger, and sold cheap access to it as Boost... When they were allowed to shut-off iDEN, it was a no-brainer to use the frequencies for their new LTE radios, but instead they announced they'd use them for their CDMA/3G network... Existing phones couldn't use the frequencies, and people aren't looking for good coverage on their 3G network, today. It made no sense.

Then Network Vision came along. Sprint was going to basically replace all the equipment in their entire cellular network... Awesome... Except with all that work, they were just replacing legacy equipment to keep it operating cheaper. It seems crazy they didn't include installing LTE on all their towers as part of the project. It was an obvious opportunity to get them back on a good footing, and they squandered it.

And on a similar subject, they announced they weren't interested in deploying VoLTE, yet. A perfect opportunity to get people off their legacy 3G network, so they don't have to spend money upgrading it and can focus on LTE, and they say no, folks should keep on making calls over the old 3G network.

Their pricing is insane, too. They've got rock-bottom prices for MVNOs, but sign-up for Sprint direct, and their prices are nearly as high as Verizon/AT&T, despite their horrid coverage, speeds, etc.

They're a perpetually backwards company, and mystifyingly so. Obviously always taking the wrong steps, which is why they've fallen behind tiny T-Mobile, which simply hasn't been so idiotic.

Another megabytes the dust.