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Comment: Re:Someone doesn't understand devops. (Score 2) 226

by mortonda (#46763563) Attached to: How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Devops is even more than this, it also means applying common change management that is common in source code development to operational configuration, using tools like chef or puppet. It's scary how much "cowboy configuration" there is out there, and yet in the programming world, "cowboy coding" is frowned upon.

Comment: Tandy 1000SX (Score 1) 587

by mortonda (#44329589) Attached to: Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

I had a similar one, but now that you mention it, I'm not sure how much it had. I know the video card had a graphics mode that could handle 16 colors in a higher resolution graphics modes, as opposed to most pc's that had only 4 colors and "palettes" at the time. Could they do HIMEM stuff, or am I confusing that with my first 386?

Comment: Re:36 million units sold in 2011 (Score 1) 528

by mortonda (#44097595) Attached to: The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

Oh, Also, a friend of mine who actually read the proposed agreement, said the union contract was written in such a way that management could essentially rewrite it or walk - it was a horrible contract. It didn't do any favors for the union workers.

I usually don't like unions, but in this case, I think there was cancer all over the system and it just needed to be put down.

Comment: Re:36 million units sold in 2011 (Score 1) 528

by mortonda (#44097585) Attached to: The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

I live in a town affected by this - in fact, we are now the main hostess factory to begin production and our city is looking forward to the 250 to 300 jobs returning. The big point I always heard from the actual workers here, is that a lot of pension money was diverted, and most of the workers lost all of their retirement money. The striking unions figured it was better to just kill the company and hope for better management.

Of course, the new management is pretty much the same old people.. and they aren't hiring anyone who actually went on strike. Nice move there.

The best I can hope is that the silly union rules mentioned elsewhere in this thread are no longer there, which may allow for a more profitable business. I don't have any info on what the new job salaries are, or benefits, though. I would not be surprised if it is lower than before. Well, except for management.

Comment: Re:If two people lock down a major city.... (Score 1) 604

by mortonda (#43505233) Attached to: Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

If two people with makeshift bombs can cause a major city to go on lockdown, isn't the message to terrorists that a multi-city disruption -- say, shutting down from Boston to Philly -- wouldn't take very many people or that much coordination?

Well, the other major message could also be that the entire population of said city is going track you down, cooperate with law enforcement when needed, and when you are either dead or captured, go back to business as usual.

It's hard to think of you as the end result of millions of years of evolution.