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Comment: Poor geography skills (Score 1) 529

by mveloso (#47489637) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Maybe the good Senator thinks Hungary is somewhere in Kansas and that Finland is somewhere near Alaska. He is from Alabama, so it's hard to say. As Tom Lehrer once sang about another southerner, "He's from Georgia, and doesn't speak the language very well."

There's no real relationship to Microsoft's Nokia layoffs and H-1B visas, except for those people in Seattle maybe. But the Seattle folks a be marketing people or managers, and you don't usually get H1-B visas for marketeers and managers.

Comment: Snapshots are great, for some things (Score 1) 265

by mveloso (#47432829) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Snapshots are great, but they assume all your data is on the snapshot. It's harder to roll back if your new version goes ahead and corrupts some database or something on the NAS.

It's even harder to roll back if your data stores are on some multi-clustered beast that wasn't designed to be rolled back.

Of course, you should have caught that in test, right?

Comment: Fuck dystopia (Score 0) 265

by mveloso (#47424329) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

These days, whenever someone tries to build something nice people are all "what about the poor?"

Well, what about the poor? Are the poor going on those Moon or Mars missions that /. readers love to think about? No. Are the poor gaming on i7s in their mom's basement while posting on Facebook? Are the poor worrying about how to spend their bitcoins?

Fuck worrying about the poor. They don't worry about you. Most of the poor would steal all your stuff and pawn it.

Comment: maybe that's the secret to CSNs! (Score 1) 131

by mveloso (#47377197) Attached to: Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

Maybe that's the secret to CSNs: ramification. Somehow trick the staffers into coming up and exploring new strategies via online corporate games. Like "see what happens when you fire the marketing department", or "the teamsters have gone on strike: now what?"

That would be hilarious, and might even be useful.

Comment: Kraken are eating our dark plastic? (Score 2) 304

by mveloso (#47354609) Attached to: Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

Oceanographers are at a loss to explain the lack of plastic floating in our oceans. "Where the fuck did it go?" asked Omar Roberts, head of oceanography at the Skips Institute. "We've thrown shit-tons of plastic into the ocean. Where is it?"

Omar, though, has a theory. "The Kraken ate it. We're feeding the fucking Kraken. Jeeeesus!"

Comment: Drive amazon services? (Score 3, Interesting) 61

by mveloso (#47258413) Attached to: Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

It's odd - I'm not sure if a phone would drive more amazon services. What's their motivation? They already see what I buy, when, and in many cases for whom, but they don't really seem to use that information very effectively.

I see some targeted stuff, but not as much as I would expect given my ridiculously long shopping history. A phone would allow them to know more, but they don't seem to be using the data the have...so the extra data would be pointless.

They're not like google, in that their mobile is not a stalking horse for targeted ads. They're not really like Apple, since they don't really make high-end hardware. Launching a cellphone because you're feeling left out isn't really a great business case. Amazon doesn't really need to control the experience, since you can buy anything on amazon on other platforms.

Maybe they got a good deal on bulk minutes and cheap hardware, and want to pass the savings onto the public?

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