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Comment Re:Amnesia? (Score 2) 56 56

You use extremes. You can learn a lot on the way through failures. If you're looking for founder-stock success on the way to your life of penthouses in Vegas, then yeah, you're stupid. If you're looking for a decent living evolving stuff, you might have success.

If you add up Apple, HP, Oracle, and other organizations that were born somewhere near Silicon Valley, and look at their market cap, it's larger than you can imagine. There is money seeking other fortune. It's how Capitalism works. Yeah, there are other tawdry forms of capitalism and elements that make you want to hurl. It's a pressure cooker of an existence for coders in an über high priced area.

Darwin wasn't wrong, just cruel.

Comment Re:Amnesia? (Score 1) 56 56

We disagree. People put their lives and karma in to trying to get a payoff, and there are certainly the charlatans and the self-deluded that believe that many/all of them could be huge.

Imitators have been rewarded, sometimes large, too. The great lie of entrepreneurship is that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will march to your door. Indeed invention plus innovation are only perhaps a third of the equation. St Steve Jobs taught us that extreme, vicious, unerring diligence can succeed, but first comes a relationship with a user, a human, that needs to feel as though they're satisfied.

VA Linux and the ascendency of Slashdot has to do with cashcow-mentality among its publishers, where Slashdot as a medium is a herd to be ridden. Look to Reddit and what happens when you don't understand your audience if you had any further questions. Slashdot is up for sale for less than the price of a good McDonald's location.

Comment Amnesia? (Score 3, Interesting) 56 56

The graveyard from Santa Cruz, San Jose, all the way to Sacramento is huge, but this isn't amnesia. This is hope, and hope sells, and occasionally, hope pays off in huge ways. On the way through the graveyard, you get to learn what worked and what didn't.

Eventually, a handful get to the Holy Gates of IPOs, and maybe things go well from there. Slashdot, financially, is a mirror of being a member of this very set, a long ago huge IPO that kept becoming sold off in hopes of future success, but now itself is on the block.

Comment Re:Look for other users of the S/W for advice (Score 1) 150 150

There's really insufficient info lent to what the app is. Canned? Scale? Lifecycle? Only HPC. Connects to what. Needs what IO.

There are fat apps that may be more than sufficient for what's needed without VM/container/walls overhead of any kind.

Many variables are unstated and someone asking for the behavioral characteristics of processor families that Intel makes vs big hulking hardware generic platforms.

I can see wanting to use scale up/out ideas, but this is far too nebulous to call this a nail, as in the kind which you can hit with a hammer. It might be a hammer, looking for a nail, instead.

Comment Re:Look for other users of the S/W for advice (Score 1) 150 150

You're right.

On on plane of the graph is CPU family. The next one is speed and cache management. IO periodicity considerations is another vector. Which freaking OS, and if it's scaled up/out or is static through its lifecycle.

Containers? One fat app? What does what talk to what, via hypervisor, container-hosting, or linear OS? How much network, how often, and with what concurrency to which apps/VMs/containers, etc? Quiet or aperiodic duty cycle? Transaction processing? Must be highly parallel/available? Talks to what, when, with what legacy infrastructure?

Is this a software question looking for hardware, or a systems question looking for efficiency, budget constraint, or just sexy buzzwords?

Comment Re:TeamViewer or LogMeIn? (Score 1) 173 173

I find it's interesting that the L2/L3 responses are so much different than the potential LogMeIn or GoToMyPC/etc ideas.

The software person's visage of new hardware is that it potentially opens up too many ports. The hardware people will look at the software VNC-like ideas as potentially untrustworthy.

VNC/RDC/RDP are super-simple for civilians to install and maintain, and all can be removed from memory when not in use, so as to reduce attack profile.

Just my 2c worth.

Comment Re:Sounds like reasonable changes to me (Score 1) 116 116

Sometimes the "version" is out of Amazon's control. Imagine all of the WiFi Router "versions" out in the field. Some will have firmware that's dreck (and complaints), and some will work well.... for a few weeks until the next crack emerges.

The biggest problem I see is that Amazon's search function is state of the art 2006. Once one finally get a user to the right product, people dash to the reviews, hoping they haven't been 'turfed, are somewhat sane, and knowledgeable, then give a user-voted credence (or not) to a product.

There are no standards to ratings, no commonality among them, and little in terms of a rational guideline to do the reviews. These changes impose a little bit of discipline, but IMHO, Amazon's search functions repel users more than the reviews attract them.

Comment Re:California (Score -1, Flamebait) 346 346

Please look beyond the trifling amount of facts within this article, and others cited with it. Yes, there's a lot of water going towards almond production. However, the citation of 1gal for 1nut is, yes, insane.

Do the math. Investigate reclamation. Look into the 11th dimension. Truly, this defies not only credulity, but physics itself.

Comment Re:California (Score 0, Flamebait) 346 346

Yes, they defy the laws of physics to cram a whole gallon of water into that single nut. None of that extra water is recovered, as it's sent into the 11th dimension, where it will join the left socks via the portal in every electric dryer I know of.

Comment Particular answer (Score 3, Insightful) 203 203

On one hand, it seems like an honorable request to establish a knowledge base that shares institutional and situational history with your successor.

For the organization, however, it represents a responsibility that they should somehow be shouldering. If indeed they sanction this, may I suggest considering transferable knowledge base software like Evernote, or the like, to feed docs, URLs, workflow information, and so forth. Email histories have legal status, and so you must be careful as to what's transferred, subject to the jurisdictions and audit/regulatory authorities involved-- in other words, a legal problem.

Comment Re:What is your solution? (Score 1) 510 510

I'm not particularly in favor of fascism. I don't also care much for the current government. This said, Capone was a murderer, among many other uncivil traits. Some people can be heroes for defying the government. Capone was a nasty guy, and particularly evil among evil men.

Libertarians appear to me to be unable or willing to take responsibility for others, and in this specific measure often exhibit the same uncivil characteristics. Rules that are for other people are also often characteristics of narcissism, another lens to look at this behavior. Where is the balance? It is, and always will be tenuous.

Comment Re:What is your solution? (Score 1) 510 510

Um, no.

I've done the report. So have any # of slashdotters. No big deal. I have to deal with at least a hundred different kinds of government forms a year-- or my CPA does. Sucks.

Catches crooks, and money launderers, and the other leeches of a civil society. Still sucks. Still needed.

Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time alloted it.