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Comment Re:What the hell do containers even do? (Score 1) 31

A container is a package containing your application and designating how much of which version of the OS, libraries, file system, utilities, etc. it gets to see. It looks to the app like it's running on its own little machine, just like in a VM. But it's actually running (along with everything else) under the native Linux kernel, which is using several compartmentalization mechanisms to give the app its own, limited and tuned, view of task numbers, file system, tables, etc.

This is where I get lost with containers vs. virtualization. How does a container choose what version of the OS it gets to use if it runs under a given OS? The library aspects I think I get, assuming you're able to install multiple copies of the libraries or apps in question in the OS.

Or is that the part I don't get -- it's more like an app build process, where you essentially compile the app and install its binaries and linked libraries, including system libraries into the container? I guess this makes sense, but then I don't get how you're able to obtain OS portability for containers without essentially throwing every bit of the OS into the container it might need. Or do they not have OS portability, and the container is more or less locked to the OS it was built under?

At some point I'm curious how containers aren't just basically a method of obtaining what amounts to a statically linked binary with FS jails and networking baked into the container host.

It all pretty much started here


Comment i've done this (Score 2) 140

The best advice I can give is save a year's salary first, then start with consulting/contracting work while building your product. Maybe you'll be able to stay alive long enough and transition from consulting/contracting to your product. Also, identify what you're not good at and find people who are and will give up their successful career to roll the dice on a shot in the dark ( not easy ). Finally, if you have a spouse make sure they're on board 100% and make sure they understand the odds and what failure means like no house, car, health insurance, savings etc.
"Being successful at these things is about as likely as getting struck by lightning at the bottom of a swimming pool. Well that's a bit much, the odds aren't that good actually." - paraphrased quote i read in some random startup book

Comment Re:The 3 Laws (Score 1) 7

I should have it posted in a day or two. Both translations will be there (the Australian one is better, but still not good enough as it has a fax, which wouldn't be invented for decades).

Comment Re:As opposed to? (Score 1) 47

He's cut funding for the State Department, making the entire world less safe. He's cut the EPA budget to the bone, and I remember rolling up the windows in 95F degree heat when driving past Monsanto because the air burned your lungs. I remember rivers catching fire. I remember leaded gasoline and paint.

Trump is destroying the US.

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Journal Journal: Rossum's Universal Robots 7

Slashdot has probably borked the text although it looks fine in preview. A non-borked version is at my blog.
Half a century ago I was reading a book by Isaac Asimov. I don’t remember what book, but I know it wasn’t I, Robot because I looked last night and it wasn’t in that book. But in the book, whichever one it was, Dr. Asimov wrote about the origin of the word “robot”; a story by K

Comment Re:then go somewhere else (Score 1) 476

At the end of the day these companies facilitate the connection between a producer and consume and then take a cut ( albeit a large one ) for the connection. I just don't see how these companies owe more than the contract specifies.

It implies capital controls - you can't send big piles of money abroad, but you can spend freely domestically. You can't hire foreign labor and if you want to import good that have a large foreign laybor component well there are going to have to be tariffs, tariffs high enough that you will decide to make things domestically instead. In other words the tariffs are not designed to increase tax revenues for government re-distribution, they are designed to restrict trade by being high enough few would choose the pay them, but still allow goods and services into the country that cannot be sourced locally at least not in the short term.

It requires tight restrictions on immigration, because communities will need to absorb and integrate new members. A solution like a large immigration tax would probably be in order. Want to stay in the US more than few weeks $50K! Want to be on the citizenship/green card tack $80K!

I think what you're talking about is the effects of globalization on the cost of labor. From that perspective Fiverr is different in that it is a global "gig economy" company and the buyer gets to choose between everyone on earth and not just their local neighborhood. In that way I would agree elected leaders could have an affect and, I would say, are obligated to protect their constituents. However, globalization is a very different discussion and has impacts far beyond just the gig economy in the US.

Comment Re:then go somewhere else (Score 1) 476

There is some external pressure and its almost certainly in the form under employment, unemployment, under paid and without negotiating leverage, trade competition and similar. The capital owner element of the gig economy is keenly aware of this, its the reason they have a labor pool to hire. I am not saying its exploitative, people should be free to make whatever contract, work whatever job they wish. I just don't have any illusion that this is a bunch of people out there looking to make a little mad money. There are major structural factors at work here and the market is simply responding. I am also of the belief that its response isn't unaffected by governmental policy. They people we voted for are doing this to us.

At the end of the day these companies facilitate the connection between a producer and consume and then take a cut ( albeit a large one ) for the connection. I just don't see how these companies owe more than the contract specifies. Let's say i'm a graphic designer and I hire a leads company to generate leads for me and I pay them a percentage of a completed project originated from their lead. Does the leads company owe me full employment and benefits?

Also, how does our elected leaders even factor in here? What could they possibly do? Should the government require Uber to pay drivers a living wage ( assuming "living wage" can be defined )? Go back to my analogy with the leads company, now they too should pay me a living wage.

It's hard for to me to understand how anyone can seriously think these things.

Comment then go somewhere else (Score 0, Flamebait) 476

If fiverr, or the others, don't work for you then go somewhere else. Further, things like fiverr, lyft, and Uber aren't meant to be a primary source of income. The gig economy is just gigs for some cash not full time employment. If you want to be an independent full time then you need to setup your own legal entity and charge your own rates and build your own brand.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

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