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Comment: Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (Score 1) 203

by netsavior (#48386411) Attached to: Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach
In a professional dangerous situation, companies tend to have an E&O policy (Errors and omissions). This is different from a typical liability scenario that you are describing. In an E&O policy, in order for your rate to return back to normal after a loss, you must mitigate the scenario that caused the loss, such as replacing riggings with safer models, increasing training, etc etc.

A loss is still expensive, and it does increase rates as I described.

Source: For the last decade I have coded and run automated professional risk assessment software for E&O at a Fortune top 10 company.

Comment: Re:It seems like squeegeeing is the wrong approach (Score 1) 203

by netsavior (#48386231) Attached to: Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach
It is cheaper to hire people to do it, even if occasionally you have to pay a higher spike in insurance rates when a person dies.

Until human life is A LOT more expensive, or robot solutions are a lot cheaper, it will be cost effective to skinsource menial but complex and dangerous jobs.

We like to pay lipservice to all kinds of factors, but it all comes down to money.

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."
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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)

Things equal to nothing else are equal to each other.

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