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Comment Re:I used to work at vmware. Criminal engineering. (Score 1) 33

No, I was referring to specific situations where you find yourself needing to make a change in vCenter to support a vCenter recovery step.

IMHO, vCenter is a real house of cards for VMware environments. There are kind of workarounds, like running multiple clusters with vCenter running in the "other" cluster, frequent cloning/replication, etc, but none of them really solve the core problem that vCenter is 8 gallons of shit in a 4 gallon pail.

I like the fact that host installs are pretty lightweight (ie for install to flash, etc), but at the same time I think some of the self-imposed limitations on built in native host functionality this requires can be kind of frustrating.

Too much functionality relies on vCenter and it has proved too fragile on too many occasions. I'd kind of hope for something more clever at this point that involved some of it moved back into the host and vCenter streamlined a bit to only be larger scale functionality and larger database elements.

Comment Re:I used to work at vmware. Criminal engineering. (Score 1) 33

I can't comment on the internals of VMware, but as a longtime user and vendor I feel like VMware went off the rails a few years ago. I think once they had a lot of SMB penetration the MBA geniuses knew growth was going to stall and they moved into the "tools and extensions" mode where they pushed all the add-ons...which maybe only bigger customers buy.

The few we installed always sucked, a weird mix of appliance VMs, Windows services, etc, and much of it was a mish-mash of configuration in vCenter web and Windows.

And while we're talking about vCenter -- jeezus, can we make the fucking web interface work worth a damn? It's been a trainwreck forever and still is IMHO, and got help you if it gets fucked up AND you need to do some kind of vCenter-only action...to recover vCenter! Which you will have to do since they make stupid mistakes like chronically undersizing vCenter disk partitions which then fill up and crash the Jenga structure of 1001 processes that make up vCenter.

It's high time base vCenter functionality like VM migration (including storage migration) was built into the base host install.

IMHO, for basic virtualization it's still a shitload better than Hyper-V. I keep waiting for 3rd party KVM-based products (like Nutanix) to catch up to Vmware. When they do, VMware's strategy of relying on bolt-ons and big license fees will drain them.

Comment Re:I am 62 and a computer programmer (Score 1) 275

And I'll accept Google's liability when it comes in a minimum of 5 bundles of cash with "$10,000" wrappers around each one and I can take that cash and put it in my bank account.

Until then, Google's liability means a ream of paperwork that covers nothing and most likely will not cover any individual losses I might incur.

Comment Re:Web 3.0 is a pile of shit (Score 1) 113

Nobody misses Java applets or Flash blobs. IMHO, the hope was that when Flash expired those sites would be forced to migrate to less obnoxious interfaces. Unfortunately the Black Mirror like outcome was that all those dumb Flash and Java applets waited until HTML5 matured enough that they could basically just produce the same shit as HTML5.

I almost wonder if there were tools made that allowed for cross-compiling (translating?) a Flash project as HTML5 directly.

Comment Re:Remember Slashdot beta? (Score 1) 113

Have you noticed how it's not really gotten any *better*, though?

Unlike many other web sites, Amazon seems to use a product description keyword based categorization system. If you're searching for a widget in a broad category (eg, "headphones"), it's nearly impossible to use Amazon to filter the search accurately by attributes because the filter categories are based on production descriptions, not actual specifications.

I always seem to end up with a bunch of junk, accessories, etc, only tangentially related to the actual thing I'm shopping for because the seller have spammed their description with keywords.

I sure wish Amazon had a detailed advanced search like NewEgg, where you can really drill down accurately.

Comment Is this the beginning of the end? (Score 4, Interesting) 95

I started using Facebook about 2009 and until the last couple of years found it a fairly entertaining way to waste time and keep up with old friends and family. I was bothered by Facebook's occasional lapses in privacy control, but not overly so.

I've quit using it for the last six months and what really drove me away was the relentless partisan bitching. Gone were the random food snapshots, the ephemera of people's daily lives and humorous observations. In their place was a relentless sharing of political memes, "news" articles and sociopolitical scolding and partisanship.

And I mean by both sides -- lunatic right AND left wing bullshit. I live in a liberal community and by default know more liberal people, so it was worse from that side of the equation but there wasn't a shortage of right wing bullshit either.

My sense is that the turning point was the ability to re-share unoriginal content. Somebody taking the effort to cut and paste a link and hopefully comment is mostly fine, but too much is low-effort resharing and not enough original content. I think this nicely set the stage for partisan ranting and bitching.

I also think it creates a false social dynamic. While it seemed great to keep in touch with people I didn't get to see too often, the reality is I don't see those people or stay in touch "manually" for all kinds practical and probably social reasons. FB lets you stay in touch, but to what end? I didn't actually end up seeing 90% of those people.

Comment People look like apes, black people more so (Score 4, Insightful) 306

Why is this so hard to accept as not only true, but also a giant image recognition/computer vision challenge?

You go to nearly any zoo with large primates and you're bound to hear someone say "They look so human!" Well of course they do, humans are primates.

Which means that it works in reverse, too, primates look like humans. And it's not surprising that blacks look more like gorillas. I mean, there is the whole black coloration to begin with, but also the flatter nose and other facial features of gorillas which are shared with black more than Caucasians.

Of course no reasonable human would think that a black *is* a gorilla or vice versa. But computer vision? It's like version 0.01 alpha and the similarities are strong enough that it's not surprising at all that it would misidentify blacks as gorillas or vice versa.

Comment Nobody here has been to the Villages in FL (Score 4, Informative) 137

Reading these comments, it seems nobody has actually been to the Villages in Florida.

The summary is right, it's huge -- it goes on and on and on. What it leaves out, though, is that the entire place is meant to be navigable on foot but mostly via golf cart. Everybody there has a customized golf cart, and you can go anywhere in the Villages via golf cart and everyone does. There's almost no automobile traffic.

The place is split up into "towns" with each one having a little town square and often its own recreational features (pools, community centers, golf courses, etc). They're all open to all Villages residents, too, and the little squares have businesses that are unique.

It's also pretty affluent -- the newer parts of the Villages are pretty luxurious and I think they get a lot of money for the homes/townhouses. The older parts are more similar to small prefab houses, but I think the whole place is in demand and while parts are cheaper, none are cheap. (Side fact: very high STD incidence in the Villages).

Anyway, it seems like a reasonable place to test self-driving cars due to the limited traffic. The downside is you'll never pull these people out of their golf carts. I'd wager that there are people who can't drive a car but still drive their golf cart. Plus, most of the residents are still in a pretty mobile/independent stage of living. If you already can't drive at all, you probably have other problems that make living in your own home a challenge, limiting the audience for self-driving cars.

Comment Re:what an incredible waste of taxpayer money (Score 1) 169

This is the real problem -- if it was a feature, why wasn't it advertised or even made switchable/adjustable?

It's hard not to see it as deliberate obsolescence at worst or just crummy software engineering at best (ie, not producing builds with battery sucking features handled more efficiently in newer hardware).

But when you find it they were slowing phones deliberately, it makes the whole thing seem like excuse making.

Comment Re:It may be lost .. it may be not (Score 1) 171

I've thought that rods of god would be the best way to deal with DPRK.

The total absence of any missile trajectory, radar signature or aircraft flight path could give the US plausible deniability, possibly even a way to argue it was meteor fragments and not a man made object, especially since there would be no explosive residue or radiological signature.

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