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Comment Re:When you do microservices, it isn't one project (Score 1) 281

You're very close to how I'd word it with babies. See, if you want one baby you wait 9 months. If you want 5 babies and you have one mother, you wait 55 or 60 months. If you want five babies in 9 months, you can totally have five mothers. You can't get one full-term baby any faster than 9 months by adding mothers. DevOps doesn't solve the one baby problem any faster nor the five babies by one mother problem any faster. It can solve the five babies problem if you're okay with the babies having different mothers (team leads or sub-project managers) and different DNA (team implementation styles). If the other parent (the overall project lead or the solution architect) is the same, the five babies may learn to live together as a family, although there's the possibility they won't.

Comment Re:When you do microservices, it isn't one project (Score 1) 281

This is my point. It works very well for a well-defined, well-understood, practically standardized stack to be used to write a new application. That's not the same thing as breaking new ground on a project without all that supporting code and voluminous standards documents already helping you out. The Mythical Man Month hasn't been disproven at all. It's just that in some areas it's possible to change the scope of the project. Smaller projects don't take as long.

Comment Re: America (Score 1) 399

What has Obama done about it in seven years? Well, he has the SEC forcing health tests on the banks after the collapse happened, but would he have foreseen them any better than Bush?

It's on Clinton and the Republican Congresscritters who wrote the bill.

You see, despite people calling the President the Suggester in Chief, it's not the White House that drafts most legislation. These days it's not even the legislature that drafts most legislation. Think tanks, corporations, think tanks hired by corporations, nonprofits, nonprofits who are actually industry organizations for corporations, lobbyists, and other special interest groups write "model legislation". Then legislators at the state and federal level introduce it with minor changes (usually made by their staff) to committee, who then pass whatever the ruling party on the committee wants to the floor, where there's a vote on whether or not to allow the governor or President to consider signing it.

When have Bush or Obama either one been presented a bill to sign that reverses what Clinton signed?

Comment Re:When you do microservices, it isn't one project (Score 1) 281

The thing is, many of these split points are becoming well-defined. Authentication? Just use OpenID Connect. Federated memory cache? Just use memcached. Need a database? Use an ORM that will speak to anything through JDBC, ODBC, PDO, or DBI and hides all the intricacies, then let your DevOps folks and DBAs handle those stock apps as infrastructure. Let the developers focus on the business value.

This works quite well when you're developing yet another web app. It's not the same as developing a new mainframe and its OS that just happens to need to be backwards compatible with two previous generations of mainframes from an application level and offer new features like VMs, virtual I/O, etc. like the 360.

Comment When you do microservices, it isn't one project. (Score 2) 281

The lesson here isn't that you throw five times as many people at a project. The whole idea of microservices is they are small, interchangeable projects. If you split one big project into five smaller projects, you can have a small team do each project.

This doesn't disprove anything about the Mythical Man-Month. It reinforces it. If you have multiple small, well-defined projects rather than one big, all-encompassing centralized project you can get the work done faster. If you want it all tightly integrated into a project the size of the 360, you need to wait.

Comment Re: America (Score 1) 399

You mean by repealing several laws about banks, insurance companies, and investment companies not intermingling and risking the entire banking sector? You mean signing what was basically the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 and the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956? You mean signing the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999? You mean stating publicly that protections enacted during the Great Depression to keep the financial system from collapsing again were outdated and he was happy to reach across party lines and sign Lindsey Graham's bill?

Oh, that was Bill Clinton. But thanks for playing.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 399

Exactly. More regulations born from our bought-and-paid corporate subsidiary government just stack the regulations in favor of the companies hiring the Congresscritters.

What we need is to get corporate money out of politics. The only corporate money to be handled by anyone in the government should be taxes, fines, and contracts to do things for the people. Less regulation helps the corporations. More regulation helps the corporations even more, because it favors the entrenched ones (taxi companies over Uber, cable TV monopolies over Netflix, Clearchannel over Spotify) over the ones doing the business of capitalism -- selling new, improved products that would compete better if given the chance.

Comment Re:ok, but... (Score 2) 178

You can't see the whole image if you have an 4k image on a 4k screen and zoom in. You very seriously can't see all the data from an 8k image on a 4k screen. In graphic arts, a person might be making content for a 30-foot tall video billboard. A doctor might want better resolution of a full MRI, and then zoom in even finer. There's no dichotomy here. You aren't going to lose zooming.

Comment Re:ok, but... (Score 1) 178

Real-world use for lots of people includes looking long and hard at still images. Graphic artists, medical imaging specialists, photographers, archivists, and more. Not everyone needs the highest end for their everyday use. That's okay. Not all of us drive an Indy car or fly from city to city in an F16 either.

Comment Re:I'll make sure to let me sister know (Score 1) 164

The European countries with lower overall population densities than the US are few: Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia, and Iceland.

In Finland for example according to the coverage maps I'm seeing the northern third of the country has spotty coverage if any from all the carriers. The middle third has 3G along highways and 2G elsewhere. The southern third has 4G most places, but some more rural areas are 3G. The whole country is slightly smaller than Montana. The vast majority of Finland's people live near the Baltic and its gulfs, with 20% living in Helsinki alone. The whole country has fewer than 100 towns and cities and a population density overall of about 18 people per square kilometer over a total land area of 338,424 square kilometers with a total population of under 5,500,000 people.

In 1990 about half of US states were lower than Finland in density, and half were higher. Now only 13 states are of lower density. This is because Finland's population is relatively stable. The US birth and immigration rates are higher. The total density of the US is 35 people per square kilometer.

The twenty-fifth most dense US state is Washington, with about 40.5 people per square kilometer, but in 1990 the 25th most dense was Alabama with only 30.7 people per. Alaska has 0.5 people per square kilometer. New Jersey has 467.2 per. Only 13 states have double the density of Finland or more. Fifteen have less than half.

My current state, Texas, is 696,241 square kilometers holding about 28,000,000 people. 40.8 people live per square kilometer, up from just 25 in 1990. Texas has 254 counties. There are 1,216 incorporated cities, only 246 of which are home to more than 10,000 people. Thirty-five cities are home to more than 100,000, with just six cities over half a million in population. Still, nearly one quarter of the population lives in the Houston metro area. Another quarter lives in the Dallas/Forth Worth metro area. Another quarter live in the San Antonio, El Paso, Laredo, Amarillo, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, and Austin metro areas. That means that one quarter or so of the population is spread sporadically throughout an area twice the size of Finland, with fewer in the deserts in the far west of the state. Like Finland, huge population centers are especially well served by a variety of carriers. Some are as cheap as $30 or $35 a month, like Boost Mobile. The most reliable national carriers that don't drop signal driving across the state on highways among the cattle ranches, forests, farm fields, and such are $50 or more.

When I visit friends and family in more rural areas in Missouri and Illinois, where the largest city or town in any direction for a hundred miles is about 50,000 people and my parents live 7 miles from the closest town (of 900 people) and 8 miles from a town of 16,000, I get consistent 4G at their house. I pay $50 a month. I'm okay with that.

The most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau (2007) counted 39,044 general purpose local governments, which includes 19,492 municipal governments, 16,519 township governments and 3,033 county governments. It has a total land area around 9,600,000 square kilometers. Yes, it costs money to build and operate in this kind of environment.

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