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Comment: Re:Online news (Score 1) 167

by shri (#48511361) Attached to: Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

May I suggest that you go back in time (or go into the future) and look for a video called "EPIC" or "Googlezon".

A lot of this is possible with crowdsourcing, but use machine driven processes for the basics - far too many agendas out there once your site / service becomes popular. Look at text / sentiment analysis engines and mashups with larger public databases to drive facts.

Comment: Re:(Mg,Fe)SiO3 (Score 3, Informative) 128

by shri (#48504607) Attached to: Scientists Have Finally Sampled the Most Abundant Material On Earth

Not just "sounds like"... they've got nothing other than speculation which confirms earlier speculation.

Tschauner’s description of bridgmanite gives us no such insights about the inside of the Earth, other than to confirm what scientists believed to have been true for quite some time: The mineral exists, and it can occur naturally under highly pressurized conditions.

Comment: Re:Keep It Ready (Score 1) 208

by shri (#47546941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

I seriously recommend this blog from Rackspace to those who are so caught up in cloudy-cluster-off-premises-corporate talk.

This rising complexity and cost on the multi-tenant cloud is hitting customers in four main ways:
- They spend more on engineering time and talent to architect for failure on the multi-tenant cloud, which is complex and hard.
- They also spend more on engineering to deal with inconsistent performance, which is even harder.
- They spend more on infrastructure, because over-provisioning is one of the major ways to compensate for inconsistent performance.
- They spend more through the virtualization tax, which can diminish disk and network performance by 5 percent to 20 percent.

KEEP your existing hardware as a live back up for when it starts raining in the cloud. Better yet, build in cost for new hardware on your rack over the next year to lower costs / maintenance and get some experience in building and operating your own in-house cloudy thing.

Comment: Re:Quite the anti-climax..... (Score 1) 90

by shri (#47014923) Attached to: IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers

Thank you. Now that summary would have given me a lot more incentive to read the linked article. Was a bit put of by the nail polish bit -- simply because as much as I know that IBM maintains a very diverse range of research teams, nail polish would not have been something their geeks or PR department would have highlighted. :)

Comment: Builder = Business != Individual (Score 4, Insightful) 716

by shri (#46223149) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

The analogy is incorrect. The builder is often the business owner and it is the business that is paying to remedy the defects. If the mechanic at a car dealer got something wrong, it would be the car dealership's problem, not the employee's problem (he could get fired .. but he would not have to pay for the replacement - assuming this was a sanely run business).

Costs of bugs / fixes etc are built into the product development cycle.

Would be another story if you came into office drunk and added a whole lot of code that then needed to get fixed. i.e. You were personally negligent and should be held liable for your actions (in my opinion).

Comment: Re:Resurrecting (Score 1) 2219

by shri (#46182361) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Developing a community will take time. It is a percentages game .... 100% will visit, 1% of that will contribute, 1% of the contributors will submit articles.

So do the math and see if it is worth it.

You've got the star power to pull together a few hundred people. That is a better starting point than most people would have.

Quite happy to help with the stack and hosting, and other issues you may have, although I suspect you will not need help.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 2219

by shri (#46181857) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

>> I may not have a 4 digit id, but I have a 5 digit one. Please listen to the voices of experience here.

4 or 5 does not matter. What matters is that there is a core group of contributors ("Audience") that does not like what they see.

I am all for good design, good typography and have no problems with Javascript. What I have a problem with is that there is a design issue which I wish I could look at and go ... "fix this".

Something just does not feel right with the new site ... too much white space, specially on large screen iMac / 4K type monitors. The white space is distracting, the scrolling is tedious, the fact that I cannot see comment summaries is a problem - these comments often have hidden gems which add to the experience as a reader.

I'm not saying design for Lynx or Amiga ... design for the user. I wish they had put in some analytics which they could share .... "0.01% of our users browse on Lynx ... 0.0001% of the users who browse on Lynx contribute" type justifications. Right now, it seems like a design team that never really used the site, which was not a part of the community went out and wordpressed / huffpo'ed the site. (saw this comment on another thread and loved it...)

The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it.