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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

Cytotoxic Re:What DevOps movement? (207 comments)

I was going to say something similar. There are a lot of people who don't want to be kept in a box, doing only one thing all day. I used to hire those people specifically - I found it worked well for our culture. Plus, I personally get bored with too much of the same thing. I love coming up with a cool SQL trick that cuts the cost of a query by 99%. It is fun to watch something complete in 2 seconds that was taking 15 minutes before. But I wouldn't want to do that all day, every day year after year......

Different strokes for different folks. Not every developer wants to be pigeon-holed into coding web-server middleware all day, every day.

yesterday
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Cytotoxic Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (445 comments)

What i dont like is late comers to companies that get IPO, and then these get millions, ahead of the hardworking coders who started there from day 0.

I dont mind her there, but if the company IPOs for billions, she should not get a cent, as I cannot see anything she can contribute that would add to the book value or earnings values. /*

Actually, when IPO time rolls around people with "names" can add a great deal to the IPO. I can certainly believe that a former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor might have contributions to make on the "privacy and security" front, which is the focal point of the criticism. That aside, the IPO's that I have been involved in always included bringing in people with the right resume in high level posts at the last minute. That way the big institutional investors who are looking in to the company can say "Aha, I see they have big name official on the board, and look, they have the former CIO from Transamerica. They have all the right people in place to move the company forward!" And yes, it pissed me off that someone who had nothing to do with building the company made more than I did (by a couple of orders of magnitude) on the IPO. But Mr. Analyst working for the big investment group doesn't want to hear "we have this great guy who is super-bright and has been working 100 hours a week since the beginning as CIO".

But that is irrelevant to the major shareholders - they are simply asking themselves "can we make 30% more if we bring in this handful of people for the IPO?" If they can make an extra $200 million by spending 20 million, they'll do it every time. Once the VC guys get involved, loyalty kinda flies out the window.

So I guess the moral of the story is, make sure you get paid on the initial investments, because that might be the last bite of the apple you get.

4 days ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Cytotoxic Re:Not the first time this has happened (639 comments)

He was using Jews as an excuse for NASA covering up the "truth".

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This man should be ignored.

Even more so due to NASA's early leadership comprised mostly of former Nazi SS officers. It takes a particularly convoluted suite of conspiracy theorist logic to propose that a bunch of Nazi scientists are under the command and control of the global Jewish conspiracy.

about a week ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Cytotoxic Re:This is one thing I love about it (544 comments)

Shifting is a lot of fun, even in a little economy car. Even more so in a nice sports car.

Having driven a Tesla Roadster.... the "instant-on" acceleration of the Tesla is even more fun. It makes you giggle like a little kid. The acceleration is so instantaneous that it is startling the first time.

To go with it there is also a weird bit of instant-off deceleration to contend with as well, at least in the Roadster. Simply lifting your foot results in a fairly hard braking force from the electric engine. You adjust pretty quickly to leaving your foot on the accelerator to maintain speed or coast, but that first ride really emphasizes the massively different level of torque and power that you get from an electric like the Tesla Roadster.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Cytotoxic Re:Lies (544 comments)

I like this comment. I'm reminded of a recent interview that Neil Degrasse-Tyson did with the director of several big blockbusters. Neil called him out on a shot where there was a big lightning storm on the horizon and the sound of the thunder was coincident with the lightning in the distance. The director laughed and said he originally cut it with the real sound and the long delay was off-putting, despite being accurate. Apparently the accurate sound pulled you right out of the movie (because the delay was like 7-8 seconds).

Interesting that "real" sometimes doesn't help tell the story, and it can even hinder it.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Cytotoxic Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

The point about the dealerships is that several states have protectionist laws that prohibit direct sales from an auto manufacturer. They require a separately owned dealership.

Tesla does not sell through separate dealers. They only do direct sales.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Cytotoxic Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

It was a complete puff piece, but I did really like one voiceover quote:

"In the history of space exploration, four entities have sent a capsule into orbit and successfully recovered it. Russia, the United States, China and Elon Musk."

If I was Elon, I'd have that on a continuous loop somewhere.

about two weeks ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

Cytotoxic Re:What party was that again... (234 comments)

Artor3 has you there. I was going to post along the same lines, but I think that pretty much covers it. Everyone is susceptible to confirmation bias and a myriad of other logical fallacies that support our personal world view. If you think you are exempt, that's just because your own biases are particularly strong.

about three weeks ago
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Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

Cytotoxic Re:Well actually he's pretty solidly anti-gun too. (234 comments)

I gotta agree with the furry fungus here - this legislator was spending his career expanding the prohibition of guns while allegedly being involved in the black market for guns.

Drug and alcohol prohibition and the black markets they create are directly applicable examples for this discussion. Although it is admittedly pretty rare for the perverse incentives to be as directly applied as they are in this case. Usually it just involves interested parties like police and prison unions and private prisons lobbying (donating to campaigns) for more prohibition.

about three weeks ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

Cytotoxic Re:Geek Rage!!! (243 comments)

I don't know. "receive a digital version" is somewhat ambiguous. I might interpret that to mean that I would get a copy of the movie that I could keep and use offline, not just a licence to stream the movie from their service.

about a month ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

Cytotoxic Re:Hollywood is pathetic (243 comments)

I'll add one more requirement: the popular/standard format should be convertible to other formats for viewing on disparate devices.

Dear Hollywood,

I would like to be able to pay you a reasonable fee for a permanent and transferable license to view your movies in any and every format. I want to be able to watch flawless HD on my 60 inch display at home, compressed HD on my tablet, and highly compressed lower def files on my cell phone. I want to be able to use the hosting service of my choice for streaming content, not be tied down to any one company once you've sold me the rights to a given movie.

Make this happen at a reasonable cost and you'll earn most of our business while cutting out the middle men who take such a large slice of your revenue. No, it won't end piracy. But if you make it cheap and convenient enough to pay you for content that we can use in the ways that we would like, you'll get that piracy level as low as it will ever be possible.

about a month ago
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Kickstarted Veronica Mars Promised Digital Download; Pirate Bay Delivers

Cytotoxic Re:Not true. (243 comments)

"Downloaded" or "Streamed"? Having a downloaded copy of a movie and being able to stream a movie from their servers is not the same thing. If they told me I would be able to "download the movie" or they would provide a "digital copy" I would expect a copy of the entire film on my local machine that I could access at any time even offline.

If they said they would provide access to their streaming service for the film I would have different expectations.

It sounds like they are not allowing a copy for download. This is something that I find very annoying about digital media services. Amazon allows me to download a copy to 2 devices at a time, but only movies that I own. The movies from their Prime service cannot be downloaded. This is a bit of a PITA with the ability to play children's TV shows being one of the major benefits of the Prime service. Not so useful when you take your Kindle into a restaurant that doesn't have free WiFi available.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Testing Landing Legs On Next Falcon9 Rocket

Cytotoxic Re:Landing legs... water landing... (73 comments)

On the last test the stage began to spin too rapidly and the engine shut down because the fuel was slung out of reach of the fuel intake. This time they will have the legs attached which helps with stability on the way down. The water part is just for safety - if you lose control during a landing in the middle of the ocean you crash in the middle of the ocean. Losing control on the way back to Canaveral and crashing into Cocoa Beach would be bad.

about 2 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

Cytotoxic Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

Because this is 20 years later and now it is cool to make things look retro. In the 70's a faded color photo taken with a brownie camera wasn't retro, it was your family photo album.

about 3 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

Cytotoxic Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

Gah.... touchpad mouse controller deleted a line - about TV manufacturers not touting their paid service apps in an expensive ad campaign during sporting events.

About the paid content - one thing us computer nerds are really good at is being correct while getting it wrong. I was sure that the paid services were a dumb idea from the jump - for the same reasons the GP stated. Those reasons are right.... yet reality didn't turn out that way. My old CEO and I used to talk with a couple of our sales directors about our marketing and we had all kinds of points that we felt were really important for informing our customers about their choices. (and they were in fact the salient points if you wanted to make a good decision about using our products). The people who work in sales and actually know what the customers really want told us very succinctly: "You don't think like normal people think." Apparently people don't always evaluate things using the same criteria as one would expect.

But then, as techies we should know this. In 2014 you will still help someone who has lost their important document and ask them "where did you save it?" only to receive the reply: "In Word." It has only been 30 years, nobody should be confused about application/data/file/storage anymore - yet that is more the norm than our mindset.

about 3 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

Cytotoxic Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

They are providing free content because that is what is expected from the internet - people won't pay for it. You can have the most convenient, zero overhead cost currency possible and people still won't click on the pay article or video, they will click on the free one.

Nobody would ever subscribe to a service that provides content, particularly DRM video. Things like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox, Vudu... that will never fly. And nobody would ever buy a little box like a Roku to play the services on their TV when they already own a PC. And no TV manufacturers would ever include applications for such paid services in their television sets during the NCAA national championship game and NFL playoff games. Not to mention cable and satellite as paid content providers with DRM.

Maybe people are willing to pay for DRM protected video content. Perhaps there are some other types of content that they are less willing to pay for, like traditional newspaper services. And some types of content that they just won't pay for at all, like blogs about some chick's cat toys. People even pay for porn on the internet for some reason, to the tune of many, many billions of dollars.

Sometimes old truisms are true, like "The only constant in business is change."

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

Cytotoxic Re:It is how to address national debt (348 comments)

China only holds about $5.6 trillion in US debt, per the last estimate I saw. Far from the whole $16 trillion. Still, since we just passed a budget that will offer up another $7 trillion in government bonds for sale over the next few years, they have the opportunity to push that total up!

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Waived Laws To Keep F-35 On Track With China-made Parts

Cytotoxic Re:Don't imagine it stops there. (348 comments)

China has a recently minted middle class that is larger than the entire population of the US. They are already showing signs that they are not going to remain silent little workers. Before long the pressure on the government to clean up the environment will become too great for them to ignore. Whether you are in Pittsburgh or Shenzhen, poor people don't have much time for complaining about pollution. They have other priorities. The very wealthy can trundle off to their mountain estates, whether the Biltmore house near Asheville or the Dayi Villa in Guangzhou. The middle class... they have to live where they work. And 400 million pissed off people with disposable income is going to be hard for the central government to ignore. I have a feeling that the Chinese will be forced to clean up their act much more rapidly than the US did.

Perhaps that's another business opportunity... selling clean tech to the Chinese. Wanna bet there's folks from General Electric over there right now trying to drum up sales for their clean coal technology?

about 3 months ago

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Measuring the Speed of Light with a Valentine

Cytotoxic Cytotoxic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Cytotoxic (245301) writes "What to do with all of those leftover Valentine's Day chocolates? — a common problem for the Slashdot crowd. The folks over at Wired magazine have an answer for you in a nice article showing how to measure the speed of light with a microwave and some chocolate. A simple yet surprisingly accurate method that can be used to introduce the scientific method to children and others in need of a scientific education."
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