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Comment Re:Who paid for this study? (Score 5, Funny) 80

They do have an agenda. Big "Walk a half an hour a day and don't eat garbage" wants people to have a longer and healthier life so senior citizens can be milked longer by bingo halls and casinos. This lobby is in a perpetual fight against another lobby, Big "Eat sugar and die in your mid 60s" who want to accelerate the settlement of reverse mortgages.

Comment time to move on (Score 5, Funny) 196

Want to really get the dirt? Bug your bosses phone. That's how it works in the real world.

Considering "bugging your bosses phone" is one of those red flags that indicate that maybe it's time for a long vacation or for a major change in your career path.

Other red flags:
- asking a trusted coworker to setup parental control on your work laptop so you can't use it to watch porn in the bathroom
- knowing how many heartbeats it takes to do the elevator ride up to your floor
- opening multiple sock puppet Facebooks to see if the cute girl in HR would ignore friend requests from strangers like she ignored yours
- knowing the cleaners schedule so you can sift through people's trash cans after business hours without being caught

Comment Re:"Like"? (Score 4, Insightful) 408

What I really don't get in this write-up is the insinuation that a focus on (purely) functional programming is a "recent trend".

There is a new area where functional programming does shine, and it's large scale analytics. Sometimes when you think about solving a specific problem, you can go about it in a few different ways, but almost every time if your solution later needs to be parallelized (i.e. running on a Hadoop cluster) the functional programming way will be easier to adapt.

For instance, let's imagine a situation where you have a small e-commerce website and the marketing team wants to know what are the most common sequences of pages visited by users. You could write a quick & dirty python script that parses the logs and creates a hash of every possible sequence, then you could use that to "rank" sequences by time, browser, location, etc. Or you can play the fancy card and use something like Petri nets in a map-reduce-ish kind of way. Both approaches work.

But then your small website becomes a big success, and grows and grows and grows, and one day your script runs out of steam. So you figure, let's run that bitch on a big Hadoop cluster. Well guess what, a script that is map-reduce friendly will be a lot easier to adapt for that.

I'm not saying every single situation warrants for this kind of thinking. But that qualifies as a kind of problem that is fairly new for mainstream programmers.


Comment Re: Time to switch (Score 1) 216

Azure runs Linux VMs clueless one (and Windows, I know.)

Ok maybe it'd be best for you to dial down a bit the "clueless" thing, you're not even doing it right.

When it comes to Azure, whether a company pays $0.25 per hour to run a Linux or Windows server, the money goes to the same place. I honestly don't know why someone would choose Windows Server but it's apparently a thing since Windows Server licensing went up 46% last year. A fair chunk of that is coming from AWS customers.

Comment Re:What's changed? (Score 0) 312

This may sound strange, but people who I've always considered "conservatives"/"Republicans"/"right-wingers" have started to express some of the most positive and hopeful sentiments. They're pulling together and have hope for a better future. [... ]

Again, this may also sound strange, but people who I'd describe as "progressives"/"Democrats"/"left-wingers" have really been expressing some of the most negative, and sometimes even hateful, sentiments.

The problem is calibration of what is truly "right". By using the word as an insult that applies to anyone who doesn't agree with their view, leftists have (on purpose) confused everyone, painting the world in black & white so they can better hide their own extremists views.

You wouldn't like "real" right-wingers if they were in your entourage. Think: teabaggers, Wesboro Baptist church, obnoxious pro-life protesters. You can't argue with them any more than you can argue with alleged "antifascists". Both sides of the fences think they know better than you and want to make the rules.

Basically the line has shifted 2/3 of the way to the left, and people who shit bricks on social media are just trying to fit in. They're not posting their thoughts, they're posting what they think they should be thinking based on what the media convey. Just tune them out on social media, odds are that in real life they're still gonna have some part of their personality intact and if you make a politically incorrect joke they'll laugh (as long as there's no audience).

Comment A penny saved (Score 1) 216

Last month I paid 10 cents. S3 is stupidly cheap for storing documents and source code backups, since that takes up very little space.

ARE YOU MADE OF MONEY? You could have paid 1 cent if you had used Glacier instead. As long as you don't plan to be on a hurry to restore your backup, because I'm pretty sure Glacier restore is a team of interns who take the bus to go off-site and fetch backup tapes. That's how slow it is. But at 1/10 of the price of S3 which is already dirt cheap, it's to be expected.

Comment Re:We ran the same calculus (Score 1) 216

We are a school that used to run exchange - we've run every version from 5.5 to 2010. It worked well for us and academic licensing is pretty cheap.

However....backup, anti-virus, spam filtering, and a DR solution drives up the cost very quickly.

Google apps was a very easy decision since schools get unlimited storage for free. Google also gives academic accounts the same SLA that businesses get - pretty nice.

Running Microsoft Exchange is cheap - running it properly isn't.

So basically you no longer have backup or DR. Read the fine print or call a Google rep, and you'll realize it. They will tell you outright that even with Google Apps (or G Suite) you need your own backup/DR, all they have is a lightweight recycle bin where deleted stuff lives for like 2 weeks. And you can't restore more than a handful of accounts at once.

You're unlikely to lose emails (although it can happen) but if there's a rogue element in your organization that goes around and deletes stuff, you're fucked. You have to buy a 3rd party product if you want something serious.

The Office365 equivalent of Google Apps has backup and DR options. They're not free but they're a lot better than not having one.

Comment Re: Time to switch (Score 1) 216

I think you're the clueless one if you don\t know that there's no money in consumer software. The big bucks are in the enterprise. Why do you think even Github, Docker and others have paid enterprise versions? Because someone has to pay the bills, and it's not you and your twitters.

As for "Internet Servers", for the public facing stuff Microsoft is basically printing money with Azure, and for the enterprise it depends on the size, the crown goes to either IBM, Oracle or Microsoft.

So look at the stuff that you can see around yourself, the things you bought at the store, the things you ordered online, the things your mom gave you, and pretty much all of it at one point or another was a number in an Excel spreadsheet. That's what "the world runs on Microsoft" means.

Comment Sure (Score 1) 216

Also - putting all your docs online is a risk - it means that M$ can read all your documents and get access to all your business strategies.

Really? You think Microsoft cares about business strategies stored in your Word documents? They make $20 billions in profit every year. What strategy are they going to steal from someone's $10/month cloud account.

And supposing that it wasn't encrypted, how would that work exactly, since there's millions of documents? They would use Bing to find documents that have the words "profit" or "secret" in them? Or rent Watson from IBM to AI it?

Unlike Google they're not even mining FREE email accounts for ads. I suspect that part of it is because they don't know how to, but still.

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