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Comment: Re:An aid or a barrier? (Score 1) 109

Oh, you're not IT, you say. View it as an epithet, do you? Well then hope against hope that your collocation service fixes the glaring security holes you leave in the dev servers you shift into prod.

I don't view IT as an epithet I view it as a specific skillset that we don't need full time in house. IT is about being an expert at OS, Network and Database management. If we want to deploy openstack, we call our contract IT company. If our fileserver goes down, we call IT. If we are seeing a performance bottleneck in our network we call IT.

Everybody else though is focused on a completely different task, making great visual effects. To do that we write tools to assist artists, streamline workflow and automate time consuming tasks.

If I have trouble with a linux box I call a kickass IT guy who knows Linux backwards and forwards. If I need someone to streamline the workflow for managing a VFX sequence with 800 assets with evolving character rigs and ensuring that an animator can transfer their animation to a new rig I'm not going to IT I'm going to a technical artist who has deep domain knowledge on both character animation and rigging.

If that developer decides that they need a database to track animations between versions they will probably develop on a database on their local workstation. When they're happy and want to move it to production then we meet with IT, tell them "We'll have 40 users with about 10,000 requests per minute." They'll recommend hardware or say that an existing server can handle it and deploy a production ready database. They'll ensure it fits in with our existing security policies, firewalls, access rights etc and then handle maintenance and backup.

Just because someone touches a computer doesn't make them "IT". Not because IT is an insult but because it would redefine the role too broadly. Would you call a technical animator who works on developing fluid simulations an IT person? No.

Similarly someone who works on the Unreal Engine's source isn't in "IT" they are a developer. They are working on very specific problems unique to computer graphics or audio or AI or Animation etc. The person though who ensures that developer has the infrastructure they need isn't someone to be looked down on, they're just in a very different role. However when that developer says that they need 10TB of shared storage at 400MB/s to 5 users then you call IT. That's specifically *not* working two jobs that's using people where they are most productive. I see the hierarchy as such:

Physicists - Develop principles.
Fabrication Experts - User principles of physics to create better chips.
Chip Designers - Design processors which can "do work".
Fundamental Software Developers - Write the software to expose the hardware to regular developers. (OS, Drivers, File Systems, Runtimes, Networking Stacks, Compilers etc, Databases, etc.)
IT - Deploys and maintains the hardware designed by Chip Designers and software by the Systems Engineers doing the low level fundamental work necessary.
Developers - Those who write functional software to solve specific problems.
Users - People who use the software.

As I see it a fab engineer should understand physics, a chip designer should understand the limitations of fabrication, a systems engineer should understand chip design, IT should understand drivers and other low level systems engineering, Developers should know how to do limited deployments of their development environment.
Users should ideally be able to write tools to solve their problems.

But to use the obligatory car analogy, I'm not going to call a civil engineer to consult on how to tune the steering on a race car. I will call them and have them design a great race track to drive the car on, but their role is one of deploying and repairing infrastructure for cars to drive on, not to design the cars except where the two overlap by necessity.

Comment: Re:An aid or a barrier? (Score 1) 109

At our company we outsource all of our IT. All projects are run by the actual users. This works perfectly. 'IT' handles the things that we know they're good at: keeping the email up and running, maintaining servers, troubleshooting workstations etc. The users do what they're good at: solving industry specific problems.

I wouldn't bother contacting our IT before starting a project because the only requests I'll have for IT are possibly provisioning a new ______ server that we need for the project or having them integrate our development server into the network. Once we've got a project up and running we can then do a handoff meeting with IT on what they need to know to keep it running. "This service needs a _____ box with a _____ connection to the network. If the box dies, re-install ______ and configure _____ service like _____." They can then handle maintenance. For our company, IT is essentially a Colocation service.

Comment: Re:Alternate story title (Score 4, Interesting) 441

by im_thatoneguy (#49780101) Attached to: Creationists Manipulating Search Results

Bing returns the same results so unless both knowledge graphs are operating the same I would imagine it's a much simpler explanation: both sites rely on "answer" websites for answers. If you ask any question most often the results are Yahoo.Answers, and wikihow. My guess would be that "Answers in Genesis" overloads their weighting for "answers" URLs associated with "Questions" on this topic.

If they actually overloaded the Knowledge Graph it would appear in a special box at the top of the results. In this instance it's still just a link. If you search "Circumference of the earth" you'll get a knowledge graph result with an "official answer".

Comment: Re:nobody saw it coming... (Score 2) 335

by im_thatoneguy (#49720561) Attached to: Stock Market Valuation Exceeds Its Components' Actual Value

I bought Tesla Stock at a marvelous point in time for my portfolio's value. But I realized it's grossly overvalued. But... just because something is grossly overvalued doesn't mean it won't go up.. and it has, over and over and over. If I had sold it off where I thought Tesla was actually valued I would have missed out on enough of a bump that short of the stock going bankrupt and hitting $0 I can take a pretty huge bubble pop and still come out ahead of where "sensible" people would have bailed. But people aren't sensible. And I don't see people getting sensible any time soon.

Comment: Re:cover everything with mirrors (Score 1) 185

by im_thatoneguy (#49719913) Attached to: Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?

Let's take a 100kw laser system like being demonstrated. Let's say your mirror is a 90% mirror (very good mirror) free of dirt. That's still 10kw on something maybe 2" across. If you've got a polycarbonate cover for your mirror surface it's now black. If you're using polished chrome it's already been burned off down to the metal underneath which is also probably charred. Also the lasers are often in the near-infrared range not the optical range.

Comment: Re:The goal hasn't changed. (Score 1) 185

by im_thatoneguy (#49719851) Attached to: Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?

I would say the goal hasn't changed but they found applications short of the goal. The author seems to suggest that this is dishonest--it's not dishonest at all. Missile defense is/was a multi-billion dollar boondoggle but the current anti-mortar systems employed in the middle east are functional and effective. Just because we can't have megawatt class lasers yet doesn't mean that the current demonstrations of useful applications for lightweight lasers are smoke and mirror deception. His premise is completely misguided "Since these aren't megawatt lasers, these are useless." Maybe in the cold war less than megawatt lasers were useless but we aren't fighting the soviet union we're fighting guys in a rubber dingy.

Comment: Re:Mac/Linux support removed... mildly surprised (Score 1) 227

Ummm... I have no idea what you consider equivalent of a "unix workstation" but most VFX facilities are nearly exclusively linux and they just buy commodity workstations from companies like:



Comment: Re:Ungreatful Cunt (Score 2) 214

And I would rather it goes to the actor than the executives at Fox. At least he actually *is* creating the show not just profiting from the creativity and labors of artists.

$14m is nothing compared to what Murdoch is pulling in for owning the Simpsons. It's the same problem in sports, people complain about how much the athletes are making while the owners and league executives get a pass. If it's going to be highly profitable then yeah the players should get rewarded too.

Comment: Re:She deserved more money. (Score 1) 776

Being on call doesn't mean you work 24/7. I had a job, best job I've ever had where I was on call 24/7 and that translated into about 3-5 hours a week at $500/week.

If she has flexible hours and is able to work wherever her phone is she could work several jobs (and according to the story she was working two jobs) that overlap and double or triple dip.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 94

by im_thatoneguy (#49662071) Attached to: Can Earthquakes Be Predicted Algorithmically?

Except that in the case of earthquakes we're practically blind. It would be like a dog catching a ball but not being able to look up. So unless there is some sort of relationship between the average number of Buzzfeed posts in a given week to seismic activity in Brunei you can't accurately predict earthquakes from our very limited information. So far this hasn't been demonstrated.

Comment: Re:And what of false positives? (Score 2) 94

by im_thatoneguy (#49660803) Attached to: Can Earthquakes Be Predicted Algorithmically?

It's not just economics it also strikes at the heart of whether or not the system actually *works*. If I create an algorithm that predicts an earthquake every 30 days in every major earthquake prone region I'll be right every single month because there is a major earthquake in one of the regions every month. It's like putting a bet on every horse in a race. You're guaranteed to win!

Comment: Re:Adobe? (Score 1) 199

Never had CC DRM fail. Don't know anyone who has had a license problem with CC. Do you even have Creative Cloud or are you just listening to the people who heard it from someone who heard it from someone who thinks CS6 is good enough?

What I have seen is that Adobe now releases a RED SDK update on a regular schedule instead of waiting 12 months for them to support the latest R3D features.

Dynamically binding, you realize the magic. Statically binding, you see only the hierarchy.