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Comment Re:Sure... they're large enough... (Score 1) 123

Reducing staff is the intent, but so far I'm not sure it's being realized. At least for the handful of companies where I have some view into how they're using AWS, they have an awful lot of people who look like IT staff, but have been rebranded from "sysadmin" to "devops". Some are even doing pretty similar things as before, like building and maintaining OS and application images, keeping up on security issues, writing big piles of scripts to automate deployment, etc. The forms are new (Ansible scripts, VHD and Docker images, etc.), but a lot of the work looks familiar.

Comment Re:Both sides were harassed (Score 4, Interesting) 618

What I don't get is why SXSW didn't just provide them both some security, instead of this reaction. SXSW is a big organization and can afford it, and the amount of security needed is realistically probably not huge. This isn't like hosting a Mohammed Cartoons talk or American Nazi Party talk or something, where you might worry that you'd have a large number of possibly militant people show up to disrupt it.

Comment Re:one big barrel of worms (Score 3, Informative) 86

Charter schools are almost always legally considered governmental entities, just ones that are given a degree of organizational autonomy. Here is what this school's website says,

Liberty Common School is a charter school in Fort Collins, Colorado, operating in the Poudre School District. A charter school in Colorado is a public school operated by a group of parents, teachers, and/or community members as a semi-autonomous school of choice within a school district. The school operates under a contract or “charter” contract between the members of the charter school community and the local board of education.

I.e. It's a public school that operates as part of a public school district.

Comment Re:one big barrel of worms (Score 5, Insightful) 86

The court seems to be saying that there's no problem with Bob Schaffer's personal speech, so it doesn't seem like a free-speech problem to me. The focus was on whether the school, a governmental entity, should in its official capacity make comments for or against a candidate. Governmental entities don't really have free-speech rights.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 167

If the government could make its mind up and stop wasting time, the US could rapidly diminish and even eliminate its reliance on fossil fuels

I'm not sure about that, unless by "make its mind up" you mean the government makes a big intervention into the economics, rather than merely streamlining the regulatory process. The crash in natural-gas prices has really killed the fundamental economics of a lot of nuclear plants that were in the works. With the huge up-front capital costs of nuclear plant construction, you can't compete in a market where cheap-to-build natural-gas plants can be fed by gas that's selling wholesale for under $3/MMBtu, barely above the price of coal. I don't see that changing unless either fossil fuels get hit by a significant tax (e.g. a carbon tax), or nuclear gets much larger subsidies than the current ones (which are mostly just loan guarantees and liability limitation).

Even in politically supportive areas, a bunch of operators who had announced planned new units in the early and mid 2000s (in places like Texas and Florida), announced around 2010-2012 that projects were being put on hold due to the unfavorable market conditions.

Comment Re:Can they fix it? (Score 1) 222

That's the key question, and I think too early to say. A one-time repair under warranty is fine from an owner's perspective (even if not ideal) as long as it's really a one-time fix, and the replacement will last a long time rather than need to be replaced/repaired a second time, but this time out of warranty at the owner's expense. It's hard to really guess whether that will be the case. Tesla presumably claims that they fixed early mechanical problems, but you have to wait a few years to figure out if those fixes were really solid.

Comment Re:Argle Bargle Morble Whoosh? (Score 4, Insightful) 174

The company really seems, from the outside, to be in one of those self-powering ascents at the moment. They got some money, with which they got influential people on board, with which they got more money, etc. And it definitely helps that they signed on Walgreens as a customer, too, which makes it look like it has a real business, not entirely vaporware.

The board is really absurdly packed with political heavyweights though, to the point where it tips over from looking like "impressive board" to weird and kind of suspicious. I mean one of their directors is Henry Kissinger. Not just someone with the same name, either, the Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon's Secretary of State who is now 91 years old.

Comment Re:Going out of business ... (Score 5, Interesting) 200

It's not really about the magazine anymore, nowadays they're trying to manage it as a lifestyle/luxury brand. They have branded merchandise that's highly profitable and expanding in China, for example. They're also trying to get bigger into the "online content" thing, which was being harmed by the nudity... not having nudity makes it easier for people to share stuff on Facebook or email articles to people and whatever.

Comment not necessarily different questions (Score 1) 696

Can anything be done to shift the demographics [of open-source projects], considering the issues that even large, coordinated companies have with altering the collective mix of their employees?

Since a large portion of OSS contributors these days, especially to the bigger projects, are employees paid to contribute, the questions of demographics of the tech industry, and demographics of OSS projects, are pretty intertwined. When you have so many gcc, LLVM, Linux, etc. developers employed by the likes of Red Hat, IBM, Google, Apple, and Intel, the demographics of those projects are going to look at least somewhat similar to the demographics of developers within the companies in question.

Comment Re:Bacteria spread via the air (Score 3, Insightful) 118

The lazy people are almost certainly not personally affected in this case. Ultimately the responsible parties here are landlords who don't properly maintain their buildings, and very few of the landlords who own buildings in the South Bronx actually live in the South Bronx themselves.

Comment Re:Huh? Probability. (Score 3, Informative) 299

Finish your draft late? Publisher won't pay you.

That's more common than you think. Especially if you're not already an established name, contracts usually have terms stating that if you don't meet the deadline, the publisher has the right to cancel the contract, and demand return of the advance (if any). Whether they actually exercise this right or not varies.

Comment Re:EVEN WHEN??!!!! (Score 1) 57

It's not a terrible idea, but it takes effort and some time to get a solid and reliable implementation. The part where you do that first, before deploying them in production, seems to have been skipped with Linux. I'd trust Solaris or Illumos Zones, because they've been around for years and have had a lot of testing. IBM WPARs are probably also fine, if you can afford AIX (not that I can). But the bundle of duct tape and bailing wire that Docker has used to cobble together containers on Linux, which changes significantly with every release, leaves me less confident.

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