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Comment: Re:Perception of Necessity (Score 1) 265

by bengoerz (#47433301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
My point is not that you should never automate things. Rather, when you automate things, you should make sure your managers know (1) that you were smart enough to improve processes and are therefore valuable to future projects and (2) that the things you automate could one day break (process changes, etc.).

At very least, the poster should be able to articulate a better reason for automation than "I wanted to sleep in".

Comment: What is the value? (Score 3, Interesting) 53

Other than the sentimentality, what are the real benefit of bringing ISEE-3 home? If the benefit is the data, what is the evidence that the "data that ISEE-3 could generate would have real value"? If the benefit is educational, which institutions have committed to taking part?

Comment: Re:So Netflix wants to change how it connects (Score 1) 328

by bengoerz (#46758987) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
Bullshit. This wasn't a business decision about improving service. This was extortion. Comcast got all the upside (gained revenue from Netflix, plus reduced peering traffic) and Netflix almost broke even (loses payments to Comcast, saves on hosting costs elsewhere).

Customers pay Comcast to be connected to the internet at a given speed. They deserve to get the speed they pay for, regardless of where the traffic comes from.

1 + 1 = 3, for large values of 1.