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Comment When and if I become a hipster farmer (Score 1) 316

When and if I become a hipster farmer, I want to chill during my tractor experience. And when I call for support I want the call center to be supportive and say to me that I'm OK. The actual problem mustn't be mentioned as it is so coarse to do so.

No, I'd only want to sit in a comfy chair. On mild days wearing sun glasses. Contemplating the world. Gently stroking my Al Qaeda beard. Feeling good about how good I feel.

And when the harvest fails I'll activate the suing experience that will take care of the tractor experience provider.

But all the way I'll smile like an idiot behind my beard. Let us do farming and it suddenly becomes cool, neat and a doddle.

Comment Re:I've noticed that, but something else interesti (Score 1) 158

...If I listen to the computer, I can't remember shit. If a passenger looks at the map and does essentially the same function, I can remember everything fine and well...

Could it be a default distrust of humans performing a repetitive and error prone task? So you listen more critically and perhaps engage in a conversation instead of simply executing tasks the navigator gives you.

Perhaps a bad navigator is exactly what we need. One that gets it right roughly but where map knowledge produces a better result.

My navigator is actually not that good. It's 6 years old, hasn't all the newest addresses and roads, and therefore sometime takes a bad route. Not only do I overrule it often but I feel good (smug?) for doing so.

Then again, I'm fascinated by maps. Like reading them. Knowing roads very few people take. Understanding that geography has mostly causal dependency on geology.

Comment Re:I don't care (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Even if you do like kids, bringing them to the world we have today isn't exactly a gift to them...

My take also.

Lived through that in the 70s. Thinking "the world we have today" warrants giving up altogether is thoroughly depressing.

To cheer up people with a realistic view on life I'd say:

  • It's not all gloom an doom
  • The environment will be fixed. Even if it doesn't look that way right now.
  • Crackpot world leaders will eventually be replaced
  • Education leads to less kids that on average are brought up better
  • Kids will teach a nerd one or two things about social stuff. Much like reading a chapter in life's manual.
  • Allow your kids to decide for them selves on "the world we have today"
  • We need people concerned about the world. You seem to be one. Multiply so we have more of them!

Comment Gimme all of the content (Score 1) 244

Tried Netflix and Prime. You expect to get anything and everything. But instead you get one decent show, a load of old movies you've already seen.

Suddenly the most important thing is to remember to terminate subscription.

Let me put it this way. I can only watch so much content. There's more content around than I'll ever watch. If I'll be allowed to choose out of everything then I'll come back.

I think I might speak for one or two more.

Comment Re:Maybe you should own your hardware (Score 1) 113

I said "The more you have your stuff together".

If you run your own IT shop, you necessarily have a much smaller pool of IT staff than Amazon. That means that your risk of losing an employee who is key for keeping your systems running is necessarily much larger than for Amazon. If you don't understand that, you certainly "don't have your stuff together".

Either you don't get it or you don't want to get it.

Well setup thought of systems require little staff. But you must be prepared to go the whole 9 yards during development phase. Resulting systems behave reasonably and predictively with respect to resources (CPU, memory, storage, networking bandwidth, etc...) The function of required staff vs. workload should be asymptotic and mustn't be linear and certainly not exponential. The task of the system administrator must be extremely boring (backups, restoring broken systems, adding hardware when thresholds are reached, patching/updating the OS when necessary.) Think of redundant systems without a single point of failure whereby hardware is added when necessary and where failure of one node only means that the system runs at a reduced speed. Think of prioritizing batch workload in order to reduce the max. needed CPU/IO. Think of transaction oriented processing. Think of reducing memory footprint. Think of letting your people work more and attend less meetings. Think of KISS even though what I describe sounds rather complex.

However, such kinds of systems the disadvantage that they eventually are taken for granted. And that crappy system designers get all the attention as apparently their work is of course much more complex.

You can achieve such levels of stability if you run a shop where the bottom line is clear to everyone. Or if you have exceptional management that understands the advantage of stability and the cost of instability.

Comment Re:Maybe you should own your hardware (Score 1) 113

However... The more you have your stuff together the easier it is to reach absurdly high levels of availability at affordable costs. Automatic host fail over, automatic site fail over, etc...

How nice. And when the employee that put all that together leaves to company for greener pastures or to pursue his dreams and when you have to replace him on short notice, that setup falls apart. Likewise, when you suddenly need to quadruple your capacity because of some business decision, you lack the staff and resources to do so quickly.

The nice thing about Amazon is that it is predictable, low (not zero) risk, and scalable.

I said "The more you have your stuff together". That means you have removed the bus effect as a factor. Not having your stuff together means the market forces will efficiently deal with you sooner or later.

Comment Re:Ways around this (Score 4, Insightful) 514

Same here. Would want to visit the USA. Should be fantastic. Both the country and people. There are many American scientists and artists that I hold in great esteem.

But as usual in any country, a minority of pedantic idiots try to screw things up. In my impression such wankers are more effective in the USA than in other true constitutional democracies. Coming up with pointless moronic rules (screen data at the airport that could be transferred in other more convenient, secure and untraceable ways), applying zero tolerance and feeling good about themselves for having done "a great job" at defending the country's best interests. And then there are their vassals who by the book and ooze stupidity out of their eyes.

To the majority of Americans that do have sense I'd say that it'd be good if that same majority would convey the idea that America surely wasn't built on FUD but more likely on risk taking, convention challenging, hard working and intellect.

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