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Comment: Re:Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (Score 1) 136

by bill_mcgonigle (#47769755) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

The whole point was that developers influence the choice of distro on the server

There must be cases where this is true. However, it's really unclear to me why most developers would care and why they would feel themselves qualified if they have competent sysadmins to work with.

When I've got my sysadmin hat on, most of the developers I work with are developing on Macs. They have no hangups about their code being deployed on EL systems in a big data center. Nobody is clamoring for a shelf full of MacPro tubes to deploy on.

When I've got my developer hat on, I usually write on a Fedora machine. But I'm not daft enough to try to run Fedora on a server and have to worry about the maintenance cycle. I put my configs in a puppet module that pushes the code out to whichever VM I'm going to run it on, regardless of the OS, hypervisor, hardware, or country that code is bound for.

If my code doesn't run on a particular distro, then my code is probably broken (or my devops is hosed).

Maybe there are some startups with a bunch of kids and one third-careeer CEO and they all tell him what's going to happen. Good for them, I guess. Someday a sysadmin might come in and help them fix their stack. Let's not speak of the failwhale.

Comment: Re: As a statisticians (Score 1) 99

by bill_mcgonigle (#47766781) Attached to: Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

what's funny is that CS nerds and stats nerds work very hard together to enable hard drive firmwares that permit the very dense and cheap storage that scientists and statisticians need. Not to mention the broad applicability of coding theory to every other discipline. TFA might have a point on the margins but by and large he's trolling academia (which is working to bring attention to his issue).

Comment: Re:Hello, it is 2014 (Score 1) 96

Why even bother with 32 bit builds?

Especially if one of the claims is that the 64-bit renderer is "twice as stable"?

Frankly, that's not a claim that I was expecting to hear. People looking at cashing in on Google security bug bounties should probably be looking at datatypes that are not being properly used and are overflowing and crashing on 32-bit.

Comment: Re:Is it going anywhere? (Score 4, Insightful) 397

by bill_mcgonigle (#47765631) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Is this one expected to actually have a shot in hell at passing?

No, it's just clickbait. There are thousands of stupid bills introduced in State legislatures every year. Slashdot sure doesn't have time to cover them all, but I guess one once in a while is good for revenue.

Comment: Re:Can we get a tape drive to back this up? (Score 1) 280

by bill_mcgonigle (#47762779) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Just wanted to say, really good analysis - fair and on the mark. Tape has a very good home in the high end.

It's remarkable how amazing the low-end of hard-drive backup has become. I can set up a small business with a simple ZFS mirror (with or without SSD cache) and by running the default auto-snapshot scripts they can have a year's worth of data retention, on and off-site copies, encrypted even, for well under a grand, and the whole thing is random-access retrievable, online.

I think in real terms my QIC-80 drive from the early 90's was more expensive. And the DLT's we used at work were just astronomically expensive.

Comment: Re:Seagate failures (Score 1) 280

by bill_mcgonigle (#47762725) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

They used to be so good, but (wouldn't you know) it was when I bought a set of 24 of them (staggered lots) for a big ZFS NAS was the time their quality took a dive. Every drive failed within three years - yeah, there was a warranty but I'd trade not dealing with that on 24 drives, one at a time (failed about every 2 weeks)! And this was in an always-on well-cooled data center with clean power.

I switched over to Hitachi and have been much happier with the reliability. I'm hoping that the WD acquisition doesn't destroy them but they're the best bet right now. I did find that some of their big drives are 'green' and frankly the slowest drives I've used since the 90's. The trick is to use the NAS drives, and those perform how you'd expect a drive built anytime in the aughts or later to perform. And their power consumption is really trivially more - you can save far more energy by fronting your disk pool with SSD's (ZFS log/cache or dm-cache) than by buying the very slow 'green' drives anyway. Not moving heads is the ultimate power savings!

Comment: Re:Bets on first use (Score 1) 232

by bill_mcgonigle (#47758547) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

There are, but the feature doesn't work as a theft deterrent unless almost everybody has it.

Every iPhone in use has this feature. iPhones are still the most-stolen phones.

Are you saying Android phones all have to have the feature to protect iPhone users? Because my understanding is that iPhone thieves turn off the phones immediately and keep them in RF-shielded bags/rooms until they're reprogrammed for the illicit market.

And I still don't get how you validate this feature if you're going to rely on it for security.

Comment: Re:Worldwide reach (Score 1) 232

by bill_mcgonigle (#47758471) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

Yet I have not heard of a pandemic of hacker-led mass bricking of iPhones.

There are some psychopathic blackhats who just destroy for the sake of destroying. Fortunately these are few - evidenced by the near total lack of PC malware that destroys the computer.

Then there are hacktivists who would do something like bricking a million phones at once the first month after this bill's required new phones are on the market to prove the point that government mandates come with unintended consequences.

It will be interesting to see if they do that. It would be very unfortunate for the owners of those phones. They would argue that society will be better off for it in the long run. Not satyagraha enough for me, but I can see the thought process.

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 2, Insightful) 484

a libertarian country would be 100% toll roads

Uh, every road in America is a toll road. Have you ever heard about gasoline taxes? Does pre-paying your road fees at the pump make you happier for some reason (would love to hear what that reason could be) than paying the fees as you use the roads (ala EZPass et. al. - let's assume you can use them anonymously).

The difference is that now the gas taxes are not all spent on the roads (they get diverted to police pensions and political cronies' boondoggles) and the money that is spent on the roads does not go through a true competitive bidding process (again with the cronies), making the costs higher and quality lower than they ought to be.

I abandoned that stupid philosophy that day.

It sounds like you did so without understanding how roads are paid for. Look, it's hard to know how everything works, but the more people do know how things work the more likely they are to be libertarians. Because people suck, especially those who seek power.

I don't want to live in an ideologically pure world; I want to live in a good world, and libertarianism wouldn't lead to a good world.

It's an ideologically-driven stance to accept more expensive, lower quality roads and political corruption and waste for the sake of a particular revenue model. Also one that necessarily supports a worse world.

Comment: 30 days out? No mystery OS. (Score 1) 246

by bill_mcgonigle (#47758071) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

The whole premise is stupid. If they're 30 days from being in stores, then the media have already gone to press and the boxes are being loaded and shrink-wrapped and loaded onto cargo ships as I type this.

There's no mystery entry of a new operating system that's also going to be released at the same time. Microsoft doesn't do that. Heck, even Apple doesn't do that.

Somebody could speculate that Microsoft will be releasing Windows 9 with a free AI-enhanced Teddy Ruxpin, and find a Chinese leaker to "confirm" it, but that's also a stupid premise for anybody to accept.

Comment: "2-socket system" (Score 1) 109

by bill_mcgonigle (#47757963) Attached to: IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

Seeing the headline I almost skipped this one since IBM has such a tendency to build expectation and then under-deliver.

But since x86 is gone to Lenovo, I figured this one might be interesting. They might finally put out something I might need to know about - they might leverage their non-IBM-PC-encumbered mainboard designs to make something really compelling for disposable cloud computing and hire a few guys to make sure, say CentOS 7, is easy to deploy on it. I was reminded of the talk c. 1999 when IBM was going to setup Linux as an 'LPAR' (IIRC) and you could run 256 instances on one of their big-iron machines (this was when nobody was virtualizing anything and VMWare was still at Cornell).

I thought, "they might actually be coming out with a 4-U box with sixteen processors in it that a cloud provider could cost-justify vs. whitebox x86 pizza boxes and offer management advantages, or maybe a blade system that would make it easy to deploy a compute cluster with 96 processors on a shelf and a tuned-assembly library for HPC." IBM has the means to do all of those things and there's a tremendous market for them. Finally, without the x86 albatross, it's POWER's time to shine.

"2-socket system".

IBM POWER - disappointing the industry since 1989.

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