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Comment: Re:Salespeople making salespitch (Score 1) 386

by kuzb (#49741335) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

Yes, it absolutely does need to be asked, because there's a strong bias here against Microsoft in general. As for your "technology is the downfall of the next generation" speech, that's just fucking ridiculous. I'm sure your grandfather felt the same way watching you plugged in to your massive walkman that got about three hours of battery life on 4 AAs. There's significant irony in it all because, well, you're here instead of being off somewhere in the wilderness shunning all the technology and science that made your life so much better than the lives of the generation that came before you.

As someone in his early 40s, I say bring on the tech. I absolutely want to see how far it goes before I shuffle off this mortal coil. Fuck the luddites like you that can't see the writing on the wall.

Comment: Re:I weep for my country (Score 1) 202

by drsmithy (#49739561) Attached to: Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption

Every non-aboriginal inhabitant of Australia is an immigrant.

Complete bullshit, as it seems you well understand:

Even the aboriginals are fairly recent arrivals if your perspective is wide enough.

I don't understand the racist hate.

No racist hate here, simply someone who thinks immigration should be controlled and targeted in the best interests of the country.

However, successive Australian Governments for a decade or more have been running record immigration rates - mostly under the guise of "skilled immigration" and associated hangers-on - with the twin primary objectives of suppressing wages and maintaining the property bubble. Simultaneously, they have been demonising the weakest and most helpless fleeing for their lives, who account for a rounding error in our immigrant intake.

Unsurprisingly, this systemic view of people as cogs in the machine to be used and discarded on demand has led to a similar culture amongst employers, most recently exposed by the exploitation and abuse of short-term holiday visa holders (usually "backpackers") by the farming industry.

As usual, the Greens have the right idea. Knock down the skilled immigrant intake substantially and increase the humanitarian intake. The footsoldiers of economic immigration can go somewhere else, we should only be importing the best and brightest through our skilled immigration plans, maximising the national interest, and using the rest of our "quota" to help as many people threatened by starvation, torture and death as possible.

When even the dodgy headline unemployment rates are running at 5%+ (real unemployment into the teens), the idea we need to be importing even more people to fight for fewer jobs is just flat out insulting - but the political right seem to believe they've reached the endgame and they're not even trying for a facade of propriety or governance in the national interest any more.

Comment: Re:Salespeople making salespitch (Score 1) 386

by kuzb (#49727907) Attached to: Microsoft To Teachers: Using Pens and Paper Not Fair To Students

You need to ask yourself: would your opinion change if the suggested technology was all based on linux and open source software?

Do you disagree with it on the premise that you disagree with the fundamentals of it, or do you disagree with it because it's someone from Microsoft making the assertion?

Comment: You don't need a robot (Score 2) 150

by kuzb (#49687261) Attached to: World's Rudest Robot Set To Simulate the Fury of Call Center Customers

Seriously, people get pissed when you:

1) don't get what they paid for

2) get lied to

3) have to put up with clueless cue-card-reading tech support

4) have to wait inordinately long periods of time to talk to someone

Want happier customers? Don't fuck them around. If mistakes are made, own up to it and make it right. Above all, train your staff well so they actually understand what they're supporting.

Comment: Re:I call BS (Score 2) 184

by drsmithy (#49657591) Attached to: Enterprise SSDs, Powered Off, Potentially Lose Data In a Week

RAID controllers do not launch reads on all involved drives. That would be stupid.


For a RAID1, most RAID controllers (and software RAID implementations) will absolutely read from all devices so as to service the read ASAP.

For distributed parity forms of RAID, you inherently have to read from all devices.

For dedicated parity disk forms of RAID, you have to read from all devices except the parity device.

I've never tried a mixed RAID1 of SSD and magnetic disk, but with a large enough write cache the theory seems reasonable. Most controllers [with a BBU] acknowledge the write as soon as it hits cache.

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche