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Comment Re:Californa Uber Alles (Score 1) 255

How could you call yourself culturally aware and not know of the Dead Kennedys? While "cult" stars at the peak of their performing career, they remain a defining element of punk rock music.

They and their lead singer Jello Biafra made the national TV news when they were charged with "obscenity" for a poster included in their albums. Tipper Gore, Al Gore's wife, a critic of "offensive" rock music, sparred with Jello.

Comment Re:Don't agree with the conclusion .... (Score 1) 182


In Minnesota user fees (of which gas taxes are just a subset) doesn't cover the maintenance cost of the roads and less than half the total cost of the roads. And the bitching about deferred maintenance and delayed capital spending for roads is endless.

Politically you would never get away with the $2-3 in statewide tax increase directly funneled to mass transit. The people who don't or can't use mass transit (ie, they live hundreds of miles from it) would never agree to a huge gas tax and the $4-6 increase you would need to impose on people who *could* use it in metro areas would be an economic disaster for almost everyone and a political impossibility.

If you imposed a metro-area transit gas tax of $5/gal to meaningfully fund transit improvements it would jack up my personal fuel expenses by 300% and I drive barely 10,000 miles a year.

I could probably afford it financially, but the reality is almost all of my driving for work to client sites is impossible *now* with mass transit -- and I live in the city and have clients in the city. The schedule and timing is not remotely viable for that, let alone reverse commuting to some suburb on a schedule designed around driving.

Comment Re:public routing table vs connection tuple (Score 3, Interesting) 116

I always thought the Netware IPX/SPX network numbering system was quite clever -- 32 bits of network addressing and a 48 bit node address, usually based on MAC addresses.

I always think of how much simpler IP would have been with a similar structure -- subnets could have scaled easily without renumbering or routing when common /24 limits were hit. The use of MAC addresses for node addresses would have eliminated DHCP for the most part or essentially automated it as clients would have only had to query for a network number, not a node address.

Comment Re:nothing to do with the environment (Score 1) 83

I'd take it more seriously if they were to directly power their data centers from renewables 24/7 only instead of some of the funny math of just spending more money to "buy" renewable energy from grid producers at a large enough volume to say they run on 100% renewable (or worse, carbon credits).

Because on the back end, they're still dependent in terms of actual consumption on grid baseload generation even if they have a balance sheet that says otherwise.

Further, trying to run full-time off wind+solar would require a substantial investment in energy storage to balance night/still air and storage is where we need the investment. And build-anywhere storage, not pumped hydro or other geographically dependent storage, either.

Comment Re:-Still- looking at you, BBC... (Score 1) 94

Worse than that, you still need a Windows server running Update Manager components and the Windows client to install updates.

I think the switch from a heavyweight thick management ESX to ESXi was a good idea, but the problem is that it leaves all management capability needing a VM or external server with all the associated availability problems a single point of failure.

Frankly, I'd like to see ESXi re-thickened a bit to include vCenter management into the base install with master/slave clustering and a distributed database. This would improve vCenter availability and reduce the dependence on a separate VM.

Every new host would then be a potential vCenter cluster management participant. Upgrading a node across version boundary would upgrade vCenter, so as the cluster was upgraded the vCenter upgrade came with the package.

The downside would be that it would require more storage for the base image, breaking more than a few tiny SD/USB installs. The write rate of vCenter may be a bit much for the media used in these flash installs, but not by much and if server motherboards start shipping with M.2 slots the capacity and write durability shouldn't be issues.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 319

Wow, 100.. That makes it less likely than winning the lottery.

Students are trained to beat the test (i.e., always having the right answer), which inhibits risk-taking because they don't want to be failures. Students who are already considered failures by the education system aren't afraid to take risks. You can't succeed in business unless you're willing to take risk and hire people smarter than you.

Comment Re:Comuter programming redux (Score 4, Informative) 319

Back in the 1960's, corporations had training programs. The bean counters in the 1980's eliminated everything that didn't add value directly to the bottom line. The cost of training people to become employees got shifted to the public school and colleges. These days you need a college degree to get hired on as a filing clerk.


Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 319

I have a friend whose niece got sent to New York City to become a Broadway musical star at $30K per semester. She spent four years at college, had bit roles in off Broadway productions during the summers, and, the summer after graduation, she came home after being unable to find a Broadway job. She now works at Staples and performs in local productions — just like she did before Daddy dropped a quarter-million in cash on her education. Meanwhile, Daddy and Mommy are disappointed that they won't be getting free tickets to Broadway musicals in their retirement years.

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