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Comment Re:Seems like a good idea to me... (Score 1) 307

You usually also have the local government or Fed pay the fees to repair the place. If you control the labor costs and keep good books, you can easily profit from having a Section 8 contract.

However, if the government removes the property from Section 8 coverage due to changes in the neighborhood, or budget 'restructuring' you can be left holding a bag of poo. In which case, you should have those profits piled up to assuage the wounds you might take on the sale of the property.

That's the real challenge in building a new development for a Section 8 or similarly subsidized housing, the development itself is likely to be partially covered by the government, but there is an gap that is supposed to be filled by collecting rents on the property or selling the property to a management company. In either case your long term wager is based on the stability of the local and federal bureacrats.

Comment Re: Curing meat into bacon (Score 1) 242

However, that is not the only means to curing it. It can be solely salt cured and hung to dry. That's how I prefer my bacon. (I lie, I also heavily pepper it.)

From what I understand, the smoke ring created when smoking a meat creates some level of nitrites/nitrates in the meat, but rather than being through the meat, it is just near the surface which implies fewer nitrates/nitrites. In either case, if I want to add a smoky flavor to the bacon, then I will lightly smoke it (smoke it at a very low temp for approx 4hrs) before I salt and hang it.

In the end, I end up with something much less salty than the store bought stuff. It leaves a less lingering taste in the mouth, and for some reason doesn't make me feel nearly as thirsty.

All of that work can be done in a small apartment with a patio. If you're good at bartering, it can definitely help your neighborhood relationships as well.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 5, Informative) 917

Even so, in every bit of coaching that I have ever seen, there is a requirement of: request, rebuff, request again, escalate, unless the references are "to the reasonable person" offensive in the extreme.

That also seems to follow the legal doctrine on the matter. An advance is considered normal and human (if stupid, from a manager), the repeated advance in the face of clear rejection causes the condition to rise to harassment. This goes for passive things like, a mudflap girl coffee mug, inappropriate humor, etc.

I agree that the victim should escalate early and often for their own protection and documentation, but the HR person (if they were being honest) did the right thing. If we went around firing everyone for the first inappropriate thing they ever did the manpower churn itself would be a viable alternative power source.

I'm not a lawyer, advisor, or necessarily reasonable. I'm just old enough to see this go around multiple times, sometimes having negotiated successful resolutions... sometime having quit MY JOB because of the treatment of peer and the company's response.

Comment Re: Coming from an information security academic (Score 1) 88

Other folks here have provided insight and commentary that you likely have no clue as to what you are talking about, but who doesn't love a dogpile?

I have implemented MANY very large Splunk and ELK implementations. ELK will almost always ask for MORE hardware to get search performance. I agree that ELK scales out more quickly, but far less efficiently than Splunk does. If your sole criteria is search speed and you have unlimited hardware capacity then ELK is the way to go.

However, doing calculations on the logs, presenting the logs, transforming the data (geo IP lookups, changing the message so that it reads more easily), and doing multivariable comparison for either human or automated response is vastly superior in Splunk. In both the functions and toolkits available and the ability to front load a lot of your search work so that your performance is outstanding.

Cost wise... it's usually a wash. I have customers that have looked at the cost of installing and maintaining an ELK stack and replacing the lost features and ran away quickly. This is for >500GB/day infrastructures with a dedicated dev team of >3 people.

If your Splunk implementation is sucking wind that badly, then it is likely that whoever is paying for your implementation has expressed goals that are counter to your goals and thus you are ill served. If you are the payer, then you have done poorly at describing your desired outcome and approx 50% of the result is your fault.

Continuing on... You mention Flume and Solr. Solr, if you buy the production implementation (last time I looked) doesn't have a good flow control and message verification platform and is thus dependent on the messaging bus within Flume or the implementation of an outside message bus (Kafka, Redis). This results in another set of configurations to maintain, and a good place for logs to be lost in the ether. Flume itself is awesome, although the parsing recipes could use some work. If I were looking outside of Logstash/Beats (which is advisable as Logstash seems to still have some memory management issues) I would favor Fluent as the ingest process is less of a pain in the neck.

However, I've only done hundreds of implementations of log management infrastructures using logstash, ElasticSearch, Kibana, flume, kafka, redis, fluent, syslog-ng, and/or Splunk... so there are likely some options I haven't mentioned.

Comment Re:Why don't taxis just provide good service?! (Score 1) 136

In Vegas (been there 3 times since the Uber ban lifted) the Uber fare was half of the taxi fare.

I could not take Uber to the airport as they were still restricted as of Sept 24th from going to the airport. (Some will still go there, but will remove their decal before doing so.)

However, from the Embassy Suites on Swenson to Mandalay Bay, MGM, Paris, and Cosmo... the fare was almost exactly half of the taxi fare.

Comment Re:Now that was cool! (Score 1) 65

Palo Alto's themselves are not that complex. The interface is an interesting attempt at being usable, and it's getting better. What I thought was interesting about the PA node was how many connections to Apache products it has. That makes me think that people are not happy with using Panorama to view/manage the logs and run reports against the logs.

I can sympathize.

Comment Re:Simplistic (Score 1) 385

Not all of their emotions are faked. The disinterest and disgust... the ennui of having to hear the same jokes and clumsily flirtatious lines. Boredom.

The humor at your excuses when you fail to perform. The humor and disdain as you fall for their "passionate" SFX.

I don't know if a robot could replicate all of that.

Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 78

Umm... Same principle. Females are not taking as many courses in programming, therefore there are not as many of them to hire. Once the gender quota is reached then the market may have twice as many domestic programmers as they have currently. It won't actually work out that way due to price signalling causing people to change jobs or avoid the discipline altogether.

At the end, they reach the same outcome. More laborers equate to lower wages for all.

I'm never afraid to compete, I've always been at the top of whatever I do and competition just makes this stuff more fun. However, for people that are not obsessed with their jobs, and performance of such, this will suck. Over time, the industry will likely calcify as people with less patience for mediocre programmers influencing the flow of creativity in a project find other ways to fill the void. This will likely change the methods of development and delivery.

Whatever the case... The H1B bullshit is about lying motherfuckers. It has nothing to do with fear of competition, it's about playing fair and by the rules. If the rules need to be changed, let the Congress critters voice those concerns and reap the rewards.

Comment Re:Privacy? (Score 3, Informative) 776

Actually, that's funny. For instance, I happen to have moved (recently) to a predominantly white suburb that boasts a very large and well rated school system.

The schools in urban baltimore spend almost twice as much per student. Adjusting for cost of living/doing business this would still leave a considerable +55% buffer on expenses. Given that the school near us boasts 15 languages with 4 yr programs and a football stadium larger than most universities, I am baffled as to what the BWI schools are spending their money on.

1. Meals?
2. Material costs due to vandalism?
3. Security procedures due to higher studentstudent violence rates?

After reading the budget and balance sheets, one of the significant differences that I noticed were property taxes... I don't have time to calculate the percentage affecting each student, but it seems ironic to find that the schools themselves are victim to the same pressures that spur some households and businesses to relocate outside the city.

Comment Re:From Micro-Soft (Score 1) 323

GWB is about as poor an example of a sociopath as you can muster. There are quite a few documented cases of impromptu empathy.

You can hate the machine, you can hate the politics, but don't hate the person. It narrows your mind and cheapens your thoughts.

Bill Clinton is a little closer (as in harder to find impromptu, unexpected empathetic responses), but that's because he polished himself up earlier and better.

Yes, I realize it's a spectrum. I also realize that there are jobs where you are required to shed empathy in the role, or at least a large portion of it. Any job where you hold fiduciary responsibility, for instance, as it may be proven that you didn't act in the best interests of the stakeholders and might be held liable. At that point, you have to ask "What is the exposure?" of a decision.

Another excellent example, military leaders: The reduce their feelings to win tactically, or strategically... but I've known a lot of battle tested Marines, none of whom was a sociopath. In fact, when the boots and utes come off... I swear to god you couldn't find a bigger bunch of shit talking softies....

Comment Re:Not very broad (Score 1) 105

Mouse=Input Device=Camera

InputDevice provides data (i2c sensor, temperature sensor, mouse, camera, mic, voltage meter) computer responds to said data stream. It's kinda what they do.

Hell, if you count the optic sensors as primitive cameras you can extend the analogy.

Like I said before, I have no problems on copyrighting code, or patenting a specific way to determine motion in a specific context... but the arbitrary gesture parts are where things get hinky, starting at Claim 11.

The guy who wrote motion was doing the same thing... he was just making it easier for other folks.


I didn't have time to read the whole page, but I know for certain that he was operational in 2009 as I was hoping that he would have time to work out the kinks to make things a bit more stable.

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