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Comment Sigh... (Score 1) 228

I love the complaints in here over DST, I especially like the suggestions that "schools should adjust schedules so that kids should not go to school in the dark."

And therein lies the problem. So instead of adjusting the clocks, we'll now adjust everybody's schedule. In the winter time, you work from 9A-6P. In the summertime, you work from 10A-7P. Bam!

You now sleep until 8A instead of 7A, or in the winter time you sleep until 7A instead of 8A!'re doing exactly what you would have fucking done with DST, except where you change the timings...

Comment Never going to win these arguments (Score 2) 468

I am reading lots of arguments where people go "Well what about THIS random edge case? and THAT one?" You won't win against these people. These are the same people who willingly drop $20,000 on a new truck because they might get 2 inches of snow in the winter, rather than simply $1,000 on a set of good winter tires and wheels. Or $20,000 on a truck because there is the rare occasion they may need to haul something, rather than renting a truck from the local Home Depot or UHaul for a hundred bucks or two.

Comment Pebble wasn't a smart watch company... (Score 1, Troll) 193

Funny thing about Pebble is that they weren't a "smart watch" company. They were a data mining Silicon Valley company. Pebble was looking for more data scientists than they were giving a damn about making a hardware product. I met a few of them.

The hardware product was just barely a thing to allow them to collect the data they wanted (where their real attempt at money was in data collection and sales). "Big Data" is going belly up it seems.

Comment Re:Gotta love the hypocrisy (Score 1) 400

I agree with you, but I still think it's a problem for most American workers. Though there is a large bit of uneducated populace that could take on these jobs. Though I highly doubt someone who obtained a 4-year degree is going to come out and do laborious farm-hand type work even if you tied the minimum wage to the cost of living. (That said, at least in the short term, it might help because a cost of living min wage would be far higher than what the education was worth itself).

Comment Re:Gotta love the hypocrisy (Score 1) 400

Honestly, while I don't disagree that being a good farmer takes a lot of education, dedication, experience, and time; the average American college student is going through many tens of thousands of dollars in debt, being told that this was what they needed to do in order to compete in the educated world economy; only to get out of school and find the jobs are at worst "internships" that are unpaid, and at best are jobs that are paid like absolute garbage. For that matter, the universities also are not necessarily providing them the skills they need to actually contribute in the workforce. I often times interact with college students in my career and I find that while they are energetic and want to learn, they were woefully unprepared for even the most basic understanding. And this is an absolute problem for anyone entering a Bachelor's program. The problem is, our education system is doing this en masse, to every single student. "Get the paper! It will get you a career and you'll pay that loan right off! Your American dream will come true!"

Again, I'm not discounting the farmers. Though I do discount the farm hands who do nothing but do menial tasks in the field. Though I do agree that farm work should pay more as well and incentivize hiring locals to do the jobs.

At any rate, the problem is multi-pronged and requires a multi-pronged approach to fixing. Unfortunately that requires analyzing both education and VISA policies. And Americans love their college football culture too much to give a shit about the actual education quality received. It's pretty terrible.

Comment Re:I'm not "in circumstances" (Score 1) 338

Just independent until mommy and daddy's money comes and saves the day. Just like they got a job at 14 years old, saved up all of the money themselves, bought themselves a car, paid full insurance, pay for a cell phone, and oh pay their own health insurance once they turn 18 (none of this let's sit on parents' insurance until 25 nonsense, remember, you automatically have 'agency' at 18, right?)

Comment Re:Will Curse Relocate? (Score 1) 25

Highly doubt it.

Curse opened an office in Irvine recently (past year or so) which I suspected at the time was a move to court someone in California into buying Curse. I called back when they announced the opening of the office, amusingly (I've got friends that work at Curse and also at other local game companies in that region). Why they needed to open an office there for this, I'm not sure; but I suspected it due to the proximity of Blizzard & Riot Games.

I suspect if anything it's possible that Twitch will continue to allow Curse to operate semi independently. The standard folks to leave will likely be out of jobs here soon. Typical back office IT, HR, all of the Overhead stuff. Likely all pulled into the Twitch realm. Or not. It really depends. If they start making too many changes too early a lot of the Curse staff might bail and all of the knowledge will leave.

Comment Re:Why the obsession? (Score 2) 237

I think it's funny how people seem to think that being anonymous is important while simultaneously being pissed off that the government doesn't do enough to "deter cheating" of the voting system, legality of immigration status. In short, MY privacy is IMPORTANT, but YOUR privacy is not!

Even more amusing is that they all seem to have no problems with private companies hoarding all of this data. We have no Constitutional protections against private entities. Google and Facebook are far more powerful than the NSA, FBI, and DEA combined. But let's not draw any attention to that, shall we? Let's all focus on how the EVIL GUBMINT is STORIN' DATA ON ME!

Let's pay no attention to the fact that the things you post on social networking or the Internet in general, or the stuff you buy, can be used to build a profile of you that not only controls how much money you're going to spend on something (interest rates), but also whether or not you're hirable at all. You know, things that are truly important to like 99.99% of anyone in the country, earning money and buying goods and services with their money.

Comment Re:The bullshit is fresh and steamy (Score 3, Informative) 237

No, they enabled copy protection that the content producers want to see enabled before they let you stream 1080P/4K content. That's just how it is. It sucks, but don't go after Microsoft on this one.

The good news is that since 4K will be so hard to obtain--then most end users will ultimately just use 720P content anyway. There's no demand for 4K content in the sense that if it's too fucking difficult to access nobody will want it.

Comment Re: This brings us one step closer to many things (Score 1) 428

Here's a fun fact:

Anyone who knows anything about datacenters knew what they would be collecting when they built the Utah datacenter. its building wasn't a secret.

You want to know who else has datacenters that size? Facebook and Google.

What the fuck did you think the NSA was going to do with a datacenter in Utah that rivaled a Facebook datacenter?

This shit was common knowledge. Here's an article about it a full 2.5 years before Mr. Idiot leaked information.

Comment Re:Not really. (Score 1) 233

Yes, People still "think" this. And it's in your best interest to read the platform documentation for the systems and applications you're leveraging before you make decisions on whether to go physical or virtual.

As an example of the "scalability problem", Microsoft has documented their Exchange 2013 Preferred Architecture--which is pretty much 2U, 2CPU servers with JBOD of 7200 RPM disks. Essentially, you take away what you think and know being a VM platform guy (Snapshots, SANs, LUNs, RAID, etc.) and throw it out the window because none of it applies to Exchange 2013 (and newer). Microsoft, and other application vendors, have built resiliency into the application stack. Because of this, all of your traditional VM methods of failover (host failover, DRS, HA) do not apply to the technology. Or rather, is an unsupported configuration which may result in performance problems at best, and data resiliency problems at worst.

The links below don't necessarily say don't virtualize, but they do say to understand the design they're going for and build appropriately (scale out, not up). VM Architecture is a massive overhead cost in comparison of throwing a bunch of dumb servers together and saying "make it work".

This is just one particular item that I think doesn't lend itself well to virtualization, but another area is SQL server--where the disk i/o requirements of SQL are so intense that it's cheaper to build out a dedicated SQL cluster than it is to build out a virtualization environment that meets the disk i/o needs of the databases.

An application which leans heavily on iops workload is something like Sharepoint ( Microsoft strongly recommends dedicating a cluster to Sharepoint, do not share (do not add an instance to a cluster running other applications), and that for a large size you may need some serious iops.

Again, these things aren't impossible to virtualize. But the raw needs of both of these applications lend themselves better to physical hardware rather than being tossed on a VM cluster. By the time you dedicate enough resources (whether CPU time, dynamic memory usage, or io priority) to these apps, you would have been better off just buying some dedicated physical hardware, and you'd end up with much better performance.

Yes, for a lot of workloads VM is great. Things like low end application servers, scale-out web servers (using web clusters preferably where you can) are great. You can get a lot of VM density on a great many workloads. But not everything can be done this way. Unless you want to put 100Gbps links in all of your physical servers going to your storage clusters...and SSDs everywhere.

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