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Comment: Re:Breaking news (Score 1) 246

by swb (#47506475) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Usually capitalism is associated with private property which implies property rights and rights implies some kind of constitutional government which implies government rule by consent of the governed which usually implies democracy.

I think most of this is academic theory because it fails to account for consumer market economies in places like China where there are no rights per se and property ownership seems to be at the whim of the government.

Comment: Re:SCSI madness (Score 1) 176

by swb (#47499303) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

It was and it wasn't. One or two devices on a Mac SCSI bus was pretty PnP but beyond that, especially when adding non-disk devices like scanners, the Mac SCSI bus quickly could get into voodoo territory -- devices that disappeared from the chain, drives that wouldn't mount and general unreliability.

Usually over time you could get it stable, but that often meant "over time" -- re-ordering the chain physically, numerically and swapping expensive cables in and out to try to find a stable setup.

I often wonder if the 25 pin connector, which IIRC was non-standard, didn't contribute to the problem. SCSI seemed to work better on PCs which used the standard 50 pin connector.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 2) 751

by creimer (#47496095) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

How much does an unemployed person make?

My unemployment benefits was one-third of my previous income. Eight months and 60+ interviews later, I got a new job two months after exhausting my unemployment benefits. Fortunately, my credit was still good enough that I got a personal loan from my credit union to cover my rent and expenses until my first full paycheck kicks in.

Comment: What if we hadn't? (Score 1) 201

by swb (#47494349) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

I'm kind of curious what the space program would look like today if we hadn't sent people into space and had only used remote landers. About half the current Slashdot audience is critical of manned space exploration and prefers robotic exploration only. Would we be more or less down the road of space exploration if we hadn't done a manned moon mission?

It cost a lot of money to send people to the moon vs. just robotic stuff, but I wonder if there would be as much interest in it if we had never sent humans to the moon.

Comment: Re:From the "is it 2005? department" (Score 1) 157

by swb (#47493229) Attached to: Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Yeah, but how many people were editing 4k video in 2007? I'm sure the 3 people at the time weren't worrying about scheduling their Fusion ioDrives across workloads, either, just pounding them into submission. Wider adoption usually means mixed workloads where scheduling scarce resources matters more and is more complicated.

FWIW I don't know if I agree with the article premise -- it seems like most of these resource scheduling decisions/monitoring/adjustments are being made in hypervisors now (think VMware DRS, as only one example). And a lot of storage resource allocation isn't even done at the hypervisor level, it's done in the SAN which simply allocates maximum storage bandwidth to to the host and figures out on its own which storage to use.

Comment: Re: How many employees does Slashdot need? (Score 1) 271

by creimer (#47489335) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?
You need to be careful about pulling the D-ring in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Many recruiters will ask for references from your last three jobs. You don't want to burn too many bridges. Your coworker might become your future boss, your boss might become your future employee. According to LinkedIn, It's a small world.

Comment: Re:How many? Hard to say (Score 1) 271

by swb (#47483849) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

I was a network manager at a large-ish company and took a job at a smaller consulting company.

I work much harder at the small company than I did at the large company. The only time I worked harder at the large company was when doing large, time-sensitive projects (ie, get to pause/finish stage or network is broken).

The upside of the large company workload was that I think I my knowledge was much higher resolution, because I had time to focus and dig into details. At the consulting job, I have much more experiential knowledge but very little time to focus on details.

I think there's an old joke:

Q: "How many people work at Microsoft?"

a: "About 20%"

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