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Comment: No, they have no passion for software! (Score 1) 249

by micron (#45851139) Attached to: Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

I have never met a successful manager of a software development team who did not have a technical background. I have even met a few liberal arts majors who learned to develop software on their own. They had passion, they achieved a technical background on their own.
I have met plenty of unsuccessful software development managers that do not have a technical background.
I waste 6 hours of my day, on average, dealing with non technical managers of technical teams. Much time wasted explaining the technical aspects of their own teams to them so I can get them to do what they should have known to do in the first place.
I do not understand how someone can be passionate about a technology construction, and not be technical. These folks should chase their passions somewhere else.
The best managers that I have had, and that I deal with now, are former EE's, CE's, CS types with development experience that went on into higher management ranks.
You spend more time figuring out strategy, and less time bogged down on trivial matters that are obvious to the greenest of college hires.

Comment: If Dell doesn't make $$$, they don't do it again.. (Score 1) 403

by micron (#42132911) Attached to: Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

A more important reason to pay for this SKU is so that the bean counters at Dell see that there is money in selling computers with open source software.
Dell is a spreadsheet run organization. If the SKU doesn't do the volume, or make money, they don't do another version of the SKU.

Getting the Windows version and loading your own build is shooting the movement in the foot.

Comment: Have you tried Windows 8? (Score 1, Informative) 488

by micron (#41986585) Attached to: The Empire In Decline?

I see a lot of criticism of Windows 8, but I don't see a lot of folks that have actually tried to use it with a touch screen device.
I have played with the all in ones and touch screen tablets at the Microsoft store. As much as a cringe when a co-worker touches my monitor, I think there is something to this adaption of the tablet interface. I actually like the live data features of the icons, I get information without going into the apps. I get that this is a new take on the old widget concept.

I would not count Microsoft out.

Comment: Reviews are biased, get over it. (Score 2) 557

by micron (#39152633) Attached to: NYC To Release Teacher Evaluation Data Over Union Protests

I don't expect public sector reviews to be any less unbiased than they are in the private sector. If your boss doesn't like you / writes a bad review, it is in your best interested to find a boss that does. Public sector employees are not exempt from this workplace reality.

Comment: Two components to this arguement (Score 5, Insightful) 1055

by micron (#38731346) Attached to: Is Climate Change the New Evolution?

The climate science debate has two important components to it. This issue focuses on one component, and that is the anti-science attack on climate science. This has the same source of ignorance and zealotry that has challenged teaching evolution in the classroom. This is a stand of religious based ignorance against science. I have not met anyone who understands the scientific process who challenges the theory of evolution. I am using the scientific definition of theory, which is an operating model, and not the "theory is not a fact" arguement that my religious friends pick up.

The second component to climate science is that there are some great issues of modern science and society that can be taught here. To not teach this in the classroom is missing out on a real opportunity to teach critical thinking that children can get passionate about.

You can teach about data collection, and how this can be a source for controversy.
You can teach about computer modeling and statistical analysis. What these tools are great for, and where they fall short.
Plenty to teach about weather vs. climate, and what the climate means for other systems on the planet.
Lab experiements on basic components of the atmosphere, and why they don't always translate to the actual model of the world.
You can teach the ethics of how to prioritze science against society and economic concerns.

Lots more stuff that I am not getting in to.

My point being, this is another area where zealotry is screwing up a great opportunity to train the next generation of scientists.

Comment: Legal Issue - can company erase YOUR machine? (Score 2) 232

by micron (#38424176) Attached to: Businesses Now Driving "Bring Your Own Device" Trend

There is an interesting legal issue here.. IANAL though..
When the company owns the machine, there is a much clearer line as to who owns the applications and data on that machine. When an employee leaves the company, the company can "brick" the system with minimal problems. They own the hardware, they own the software licenses, and the company probably has a policy about no personal applications or data on the machine.
When the employee owns the machine, the rights of the company to erase data get really murky, fast. Does the employee have to agree to allow the company to inspect their (the employee's owned system) to remove company assets from the system? I don't see how that is going to work. My employer does not have the right to search my car after I quit, even though I called into conference calls in it, and used it for work related trips quite a bit.

I know of several companies that completely prohibit employee owned devices in the workplace for exactly the reasons I mentioned above.

Comment: Re:your calculation is flawed (Score 1) 42

by micron (#36428262) Attached to: Inside Amazon's Data Centers

They pay the per 1,000's price (or close to it), which is not list price. These numbers are published. This is the quantity in which they purchase the processors, so it makes sense. The number you can't see is the negotiated power deals.
The price for a quad processor capable system is still 4x to 10x what a single socket processor costs.

Comment: Re:your calculation is flawed (Score 1) 42

by micron (#36428226) Attached to: Inside Amazon's Data Centers

Your points are exactly why these large data centers are locating in areas with access to cheap power. I used $0.10 as an example, however, that is extremely HIGH when factoring in the deals that large data centers strike with regional power providers that are giving cheap access to hydro power. This is the exact reason folks are not putting large data centers in Europe and the Bay Area. Power has to be cheap for the economics to work out.
Also, read the papers published by Google and Facebook. These guys are pushing PUE below 1.2, whereas a typical data center is 2.0 or higher!

Comment: Re:any reason they don't buy larger servers? (Score 5, Informative) 42

by micron (#36425466) Attached to: Inside Amazon's Data Centers

Looking at a 3-5 years TCO, and power costs where these data centers are located, power costs are noise in the equation.
Taking advantage of commodity pricing in the lower tiers is where the savings is at. Example, single socket systems are a lot cheaper on the procs and mainboards than dual sockets. Quad socket processors are significantly more expensive per proc..
At $0.10 per KwH, a 400W server is $350/year to power. Quad socket processors (Intel I7) can be as high as $4500 each!

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George Washington Racks Up 220 Years of Late Fees At Library 146

Posted by samzenpus
from the at-least-he-read dept.
Everyone knows that George Washington couldn't tell a lie. What you probably didn't know is that he couldn't return a library book on time. From the article: "New York City's oldest library says one of its ledgers shows that the president has racked up 220 years' worth of late fees on two books he borrowed, but never returned. One of the books was the 'Law of Nations,' which deals with international relations. The other was a volume of debates from Britain's House of Commons. Both books were due on Nov. 2, 1789."

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