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Submission + - "Cloud" my ***: can 500K servers float?

chckn.grg writes: ( posted their list of the companies with the most servers in operation. Fascinating stuff. The google-microsoft arms race dominates

Comment Re:They asked for it (Score 1) 630

The law does work on a broad swath of people, like me, who won't risk the consequences of breaking the law. For example, I don't smoke pot because it's illegal and I could lose my job. If it was legal I would smoke it frequently. If my employer could tell by testing my urine whether I illegally downloaded something, I wouldn't do that either.

Comment It's not just the systems, it's the people (Score 1) 88

Does that make you feel unsafe? How about the fact that all the guys hired after Reagan fired the ATCs for striking are retiring en masse right now? I guess the bright side is when the new guys show up, they'll raise hell about the Rube Goldberg computer system in operation now. "Hey, I can write an iPhone app that would do a better job than this old PASCAL program ..."

Comment this report is silly (Score 1) 1137

I rather doubt anyone will be swayed by these findings. First, there's no special insights here into hidden costs of driving, and second we all have a good idea how much commuting costs, both ways. Who hasn't spent time while sitting in traffic figuring this out? Who didn't think this through before they bought a house or rented an apartment? There are simple ways to make huge progress on the issues of traffic congestion and pollution, but they're not all politically palatable. My own view is we should stop letting people deduct their mortgage insurance payments (and I have a mortgage). You really need to live on a half acre plot, fine. Just don't make me subsidize it. Notice, also, that the story is focused on the gain from one person switching. This ignores the network effect. If everyone around here used the train, it would make sense to have a denser network. That, in turn would lower the relative value of owning a car.

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Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?