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Comment: The middle manager's job is... (Score 5, Insightful) 179

by netsavior (#47995163) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?
The middle manager's job is to prove to his boss that all of his employees are actually doing something. The Emailed pdf serves as a daily reminder that "we are doing stuff."

Emailed PDF: "Just a quick reminder from the server that your employees are busy working hard, feel free to not read this."
Dashboard: "Do my employees even do anything?? I guess I will go look that up."

strip everything down to "why do I still get a paycheck" and you will get to the answer, you never want to allow the big boss to think "do they even do anything?" Email is a preemptive strike against your boss's boss having to seek out that answer

Comment: distributed setup plus 4TB mirrored filestore (Score 1) 287

by netsavior (#47945097) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?
I have all our media files on 2 fileservers (old desktops with big hard drives), then I have a distributed webserver with metadata stored on a cassandra cluster. All 6 desktops/laptops are members, so any of them can serve up a request for file lists/images/"channel" listings. This replaced a perfectly working setup with static xml files for metadata, but I wanted to learn cassandra.

I am trying to "embrace" the cloud so my eventual setup will be to have no dedicated servers at all, but to have the ragtag collection of active desktops and laptops in my house and have server type stuff I do now be more or less distributed (7 people live and use computers in my house)

Comment: Re:Study evaluated sacharin vs glucose (Score 1) 294

by netsavior (#47939101) Attached to: Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance
it is amazingly impossible to find the ingredients online. the coke owned 'beverage institute' defends saccharin and lists a few example drinks that contain it.

It is hearsay at this point, but the DietCoke website used to list the ingredients... now they appear completely scrubbed from the internets.

Comment: 50-80k is an insane estimate (Score 4, Insightful) 393

by netsavior (#47930145) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
Tesla Model S is 69k, the model 3 is going to be less expensive and be less "premium" for lack of a better word. If your back of the napkin estimates don't TOP out at 69k then you have no basis in reality. The article sort of points this out and says an 80k price is "pessimistic" I am going to argue that it is psychotic, and invalidates everything else this soothsayer had to say.

Comment: Re:The holders of the Keen IP are stupid.... (Score 4, Funny) 72

by netsavior (#47927497) Attached to: Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released
Bean with bacon megarocket paint-job DLC
Officially licensed NFL team helmets, 1.99 each
Sugar rush boosters, 5 for 99 cents
Tag your friends on facebook to send Keen a free life!!
You are out of lives, please wait 15 minutes for a new one to generate

You're right... Commander Keen would be great on mobile.

Comment: Re:Bad definitions of series & parallel hybrid (Score 2) 51

by netsavior (#47866075) Attached to: Toyota and Tesla May Work Together Again
Parallel = electric motor and gas motor are both connected to the drive train.
Series = only the electric motor is connected to the drive train.
Prius is a "power split" or a "series parallel" hybrid, which is a bullshit term that means "we are special and not just a parallel hybrid"

In the modern colloquial terminology, slang usage seems to to be
"Series" = "range extended electric vehicle" or "generater in the trunk"
"Parallel" = "doesn't work without gasoline"

In general, people don't care HOW a series/parallel/power split/monkeyass hybrid works... they just care about the "doesn't work without gasoline" part, which is the tough pill to swallow with modern "totally not parallel" hybrids.

Comment: Re:Musk worship (Score 5, Interesting) 260

by netsavior (#47853695) Attached to: Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone
I get it, I really do, but the romanticism of the electric car is far more justified than the romanticism of the Prius. The Prius is a gasoline car that is good at using gasoline. An electric car is a replacement for gasoline, a Prius is an iteration on gasoline. If you believe gasoline production/use is bad, you have to believe that electric = good, while Prius = less bad.

as far as creating an affordable electric car, everybody agrees Teslas are too expensive, even Musk.... well, that is the POINT of this factory. Batteries suck, and our best batteries are horribly expensive, the only way to make them cheaper is to make more, faster. They have a 3 year plan for a $35,000 sedan. To go from $128,000 to $69,000 to $35,000 in 8 years is amazing, and that is where the "Musk Worship" comes from. Some of the first cars were electric, and since then incredibly wealthy auto manufacturers around the world have been telling us it is all but impossible.

Comment: MSSQL (Score 3, Interesting) 729

I love the various different parsers MSSQL uses, and how very wrong things can go. Run this in SQL management studio and it will work fine... run it from the command line and it will give the below error. It will find \r\nGO\r\n and treat it as a block terminator... even if it appears in comments. This is the only command that it will find and execute within comments.

declare @var as int
set @var = 10
print @var
this is totally in the comments
print @var
output -
Msg 137, Level 15, State 2, Line 1 Must declare the scalar variable "@var".

Comment: Learning has nothing to do with "degree" (Score 1) 546

by netsavior (#47819669) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
If getting a degree is part of your career plan, it is probably worth it. If you expect to "learn a trade" or "see where you land" or "get an education" you are in for a huge sea of debt and disappointment.

If you are going to college to learn to be a computer programmer, that might be possible, but it will be NP hard, and I have never seen it done successfully.

There is this kind of false dichotomy that ignores the benefit of a degree because everyone confuses a college education with "learning."

The day I showed up for freshman orientation, I had all the skill I needed for an entry level programming job... I know because I started both at the same time. The people in my classes who were ALREADY coders were the only ones who did not drop the classes. You go there to learn what everyone else calls that one cool trick you saw that one time (recursion, or tree-sort, or adaptors or injection or bitwise and or whatever). You go so you can commiserate in your peer interviews about "towers of hanoi" and "9 queens." You go so you can prove to an employer that you can do something hard for 4 years. You go so you can get past the HR desk monkeys. You go so Mister CEO won't feel bad paying you 100k for doing 'puter stuff.

Learning to code is a completely different thing from getting a degree in computer science. They are married in people's heads, but they are oranges and orangutans. You don't go to the SAT to learn to do math. You don't go to the DMV to learn to drive. You go to PROVE you can do something roughly equivalent to the thing that future employers want. As bad as the comparison is, there is nothing else (and no Certifications don't do anything).

Comment: Re:little known trick for ATT (Score 2) 355

by netsavior (#47771771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?
Ever since "digital cable" showed up years ago, people have steadily gone complacent to bullshit TV problems.

channel change lag (change the channel, count to 10, picture materialized out of pixelated garbage) - This is bullshit, VHF/netflix/hulu/hell even youtube kicks the shit out of this, it is a horrible experience
Fluxuating sound and lag when local commercial overlays are pumped into the service you already pay for, not just advertising, but also making your experience much worse, -- This is bullshit
Rebooting this bullshit machine takes 5 minutes.
What did we gain from putting up with a piece of shit hardware box to decode cable signals? A buggy as hell, Ad stuffed "guide"

This isn't unique to ATT, although their turd definitely does suck. When held to any kind of UI standard, Direct TV, Time warner, comcast, sudden-link, every single cable solution I have seen since "Digital cable" came out has been pure garbage. Bottom line, if you aren't interested in sports you are a masochist if you use Cable, and I am not convinced sports fans are anything less than masochistic, perhaps signal noise and digital picture artifacts are their fetish.

Assembly language experience is [important] for the maturity and understanding of how computers work that it provides. -- D. Gries