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Comment: Re:AWS is NOT cheap (Score 2) 144

by afidel (#46756509) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Yes, I've heard of Xen, and I've even run it in production, both Xenserver and Oracle VM flavors, and both sucked horribly. Back when VMWare tried the v.Tax I contemplated switching to KVM using RHEV but Redhat took almost 30 days to even get me access to a RHEV download by which time VMWare had backed off on their pricing.

As to the crack about redundancy and scalability, I've got a better uptime metric than any cloud provider, zero unplanned downtime in the last 5 years (vmotion + svmotion makes replacing both hosts and storage a breeze) thanks to redundant generators, UPS, chillers, and internet connections.

Comment: AWS is NOT cheap (Score 5, Informative) 144

by afidel (#46756343) Attached to: How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

AWS is expensive, I can provide the equivalent of an m3.large reserved instance to my users for 1/4th the cost over 3 years, if you ammatorize my infrastructure over 5 years (which is what we've actually been doing) then it's almost 1/7th as much. The only places where AWS makes sense is if you're a quickly growing startup, have a VERY bursty workload, or you're so small that you can't justify 3 hosts for a VMWare Essentials bundle.

Comment: Re:Who makes that? Also FP (Score 1) 286

by afidel (#46747277) Attached to: Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

My total benefits put me in the top 25% of industry average for my position and region (systems engineering manager in the midwest). If you're consistently making below industry average then you are either a very poor negotiator, your skills are below average in value, or you value something else about the jobs you take more than monetary compensation.

Comment: Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (Score 1) 477

by afidel (#46714153) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Or, you know we could negotiate a salary that we are happy with given the job descriptions we are applying for. Since I make between 2 and 3 times the median wage I'm ok with answering some emails off hours or waking up to a page once every 6 months due to a system problem. Then again I'm a tech lead and hence management so I'd be exempt under just about any rules =)

Comment: Re:What a joke (Score 4, Insightful) 195

by garcia (#46700835) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Then why aren't you buying your own modem for less than $50 and saving yourself the money every month? I mean, I get it, I think Comcast is for the birds too but honestly bitching about something you can buy yourself and they'll absolutely allow you to take on all the risk for is not something to choose to complain about.

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting. -- Billy Rose