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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

SimonInOz Re:Naive to say the least. (253 comments)

Even Jupiter's day is 10 hours. (Ok, 9.9, but close enough).

Maybe if we speeded up the earth's rotation a bit ... yeah, let's do that, make it one hour. Oh boy, effective gravity has gone slightly negative at the equator, we are losing our atmosphere, and cows will fly, perhaps over the moon, though mooing seems unlikely.

Nah, I vote to leave it alone and do arithmetic properly. Boring, but we should live longer (though maybe not in days).


Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

SimonInOz Re:Naive to say the least. (253 comments)

every 11 years, or when my inbuilt estimation engine says "these figures are wrong, let's just check that".

Said engine was especially useful when we used slide-rules (you might have to look that up), as I did at high school. It still is, because the world is full of people who blindly believe stuff.

Not you of course.


Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

SimonInOz Re:Naive to say the least. (253 comments)

er, last time I checked, 100,000 hours is 11 years.
273 years is 2,400,000 hours. Did you lose the use of your calculator?

2 days ago

Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

SimonInOz Re:Any actual examples? (598 comments)

I updates my iPad to the new iOS - and now it won't play Plants vs Zombies.

Oh, and it ran like a slug until yet another update improved it slightly.

Maybe they should do updates like Tesla - where they actually make things better?

about three weeks ago

The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

SimonInOz Re:Micromanagement reigns... (420 comments)

Micromanagement == Agile.

Sorry, back to open offices.
The problem here is a clash between the qualities useful for office politics (cooperation, social interaction, group activities, knowledge of multiple projects, multi-tasking), and the ones actually required for getting intellectual work done (concentration, single mindedness, long periods of interruption-free abstraction).
For project design, architecture, debugging, etc, the effective person is not the one leaping up and down, having meetings, calling people ... no, it's the one sitting rather quietly thinking "if we did it this way, we'd save 5 years of work".

The whole thrust of "office design", and office working techniques, is aimed at extroverts. Extroverts make rotten programmers, designers, and they tend not to be especially innovative. Management is appropriate for extroverts - and, as we know, people promote people like them ... and even hire them.

So basically, if you are a quiet, bright, introvert, you are probably brilliant at your job - and almost unemployable.

Bummer, eh?

about 1 month ago

Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

SimonInOz Re:Wrong assumption (552 comments)

It is impressively selfcentred - or is that "USA-centred" - to assume all great programmers should immediately move to the USA. Doesn't the rest of the world get a go? They do have computers - er, come to think of it, they just might have invented them. Or was Alan Turing American? Babbage? Boole?

I'm actually glad I migrated to Australia, not the USA. I'd probably be richer, but I'd be fatter, unhappier, and possibly deader than I am now (given the number of USA citizens the USA police shoot each year [400+ USA, 5+ Aus] - oh, and heart attacks).

about a month ago

Computer Error Grounds Flights In the UK

SimonInOz Old specs (68 comments)

When I worked on the radar system for south east England in 1977, the requirements included allowing for a madman in the computer room with an axe.

It was supposed to fail back gradually, eventually all the way to analog passive radar.

Whatever happened to decent requirements?

And get off my lawn!

about a month and a half ago

Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

SimonInOz Re:Poor animal. (164 comments)

"get's" ?? I think you meant "gets"

Ich danke Ihnen

about 3 months ago

New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

SimonInOz Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

>> This is a function based on how many males vs females there are, and how often a male needs to, er, sit.

No it isn't.
The logical thing to do is the minimum possible - ie leave the seat where it is when the operation is complete. When the next user comes along they may - or may not - have to adjust it.

Or are you suggesting that women reverse blindly into a bathroom and sit down?

about 3 months ago

New Website Offers Provably Fair Solutions To Everyday Problems

SimonInOz Re:Toilet etiquette (167 comments)

Yeah - how come nobody ever asks "Why can't women put the damned seat up after them? They are so inconsiderate."

Maybe someone could hack one of those dopey toilet seat closers?

about 3 months ago

Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

SimonInOz Re:Honestly, who gives a fuck? (608 comments)

More important is - why aren't men going into teaching? Much more concerning.
We seem to be entering a world where everyone is being taught to be female.

Males - in my experience - work well alone, can delve very deeply into things. Females are better with group work, and tend to take a broader approach.

We need both, sure.
But as people tend to go for jobs and careers they think they might be good at ... maybe we should let them choose?

Overly sexually biased workplaces tend to be painful - over female and you get bitch city and bullying, over male and you get macho posturing and bullying. A mixture is nice. We used to have male occupations leavened by admin assistants, invariably female, and traditionally female occupations usually had males about for some stuff.
But with the automation of many tasks, thing get more concentrated. And we have lost that mix.

about 3 months ago

NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

SimonInOz Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

I started my Computer Science degree in 1973 (yes, yes, get off my lawn, etc ... but I'm still coding and quite well paid so there).
There were very few women - two I think, maybe three in a class of maybe 30. And they were terrible. I recall explaining arrays to one girl ... in third year. (Mind you, many of the blokes were equally terrible, but some were brilliant).

Over the years I have encountered few good female coders - not zero, but few.
I have encountered a number of female sysadmins - and good ones, at that.
But project managers - lots more women, and good ones to boot.

So maybe, just maybe ... different sexes tend to be good at different things. Just like our parents assumed.

Gosh. How about that.

Let the trolling commence.

about 3 months ago

US Remains Top Country For Global Workers

SimonInOz Re:Diversity vs monoculture (123 comments)

I left Britain fairly early on - first I went to Europe (Holland/Belgium), where there was money to be made, and anyway it was fun. Then, after a couple of years off, I tried the UK once again, but the weather drove me away (all the unpleasant stories about the English weather are true, unfortunately. Warming up a bit might improve the place a lot).
So I fled to Australia.
Decent climate, English spoken, high tech, in fact a decent country all round.

Thirty years later I'm still there.

This is how I chose ...
USA - the visa challenges repelled me (I don't fancy it these days, it seems to have lost/sold its soul)
Canada - too cold
India not my cup of tea,
China - wasn't on my radar at the time, and the language difficulties would have been formidable,
South Africa - no thanks
Various European countries - language problems
New Zealand - pretty, but cold

So I'll stay in Australia, thanks! Sunny today, with a very small chance of invasions later in the day.

about 4 months ago

Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

SimonInOz Re:Wow (134 comments)

Ok. You can be on my lawn. Good show.

about 4 months ago

Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

SimonInOz Societal balance (425 comments)

Would you like to enter a sweepstake on how many male soldiers, as opposed to female, die in action? I'm betting 100:1. Or maybe higher. But I bet any that do die will get huge coverage.

It's amazing, is it not, how appalled "society" is by violence against women, but violence against men is not only expected, but actively encouraged?

Our society is way off balance. We assume and expect men to perform all the dirty and dangerous jobs - soldiers, garbage men, oil drilling, you name it - and expect them to die to defend women under all circumstances.

But such responsibilities seem to garner no extra rights at all. Indeed, it looks like the reverse - divorces, for example, generally leave men poor (they usually lose significantly more than half the assets earned by the sweat of their brow - not their partners, and their future income is slashed ... even if the split was initiated by the female, as it usually is), utterly distraught - they usually lose decent access to their children (an event described by most people as "worse punishment than death"), and they are frequently accused of horrible crimes (claiming male on female domestic assault gets you free court representation in many places, so is embarrassingly common, with no vestige of punishment on the lying party should it be demonstrated untrue. Funnily enough, claiming it the other way (somewhat more common according to independent research [Harvard]) gets you nothing).

It seems to me, if we are to have a just and balanced society, either we perform ALL the same roles - nurse, teacher, CEO, soldier - and take the same risks, and are treated actually equally, or we should consider how else to balance things. (I love the "women get paid more than men" meme. Women control the spending of 75%+ of the worlds money - have you ever been to a shopping mall? Have you ever counted the number of shops devoted specifically to "women's stuff"? It's amazing).

One this is pretty certain, though. The mediaeval society seemingly sought by ISIS/ISIL/Daesh/wherever the heck these dopey folk want to call themselves this week is not a nice one. Especially for women. You'd think women would be lining up in droves to kill it off - but they don't, that's "men's work". Hmm, funny how that works out when push comes to shove.

So come on women - how about some SheForShe activity? Go fight the bastards and let the males take a break. Leave the kids - single fathers do a much better job in bringing up children anyway - lower rates of drug taking, teenage pregnancy, truancy, check the figures.
After all, that's what "society" seems to expect the fathers to do.

about 4 months ago

Google's Security Guards Are Now Officially Google Employees

SimonInOz Re:Wow (134 comments)

>> its not uncommon for a place to run there own guards. one are local hospitals have there own guards. they only used outside guards for when they where moving to a new building and the tare down of the old one.

Ok, try again ...

It's not uncommon for a place to run their own guards. For example our local hospitals have their own guards. They only used outside guards when they were moving to a new building and during the tear-down of the old one.

Fixed that for you. I mean, really. And get off my lawn.

about 4 months ago

Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

SimonInOz Re:Tech Companies have become warring fiefdoms (161 comments)

>> Or is it because the corporate culture (the ROI mentality) that has taken over (in almost all the big tech companies that I know) and it is killing the tech field as we know it?


about 4 months ago

Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

SimonInOz Re:But the good news is (130 comments)

I put a software system into a nuclear plant in, oh, 1978. It was a pair of PDP-11 machines, had graphic colour monitors, multiple terminals, and a host of monitoring software, mostly written in FORTRAN, if I remember correctly.
It went in more or less on time, and seemingly behaved well.
This was in Holland - and the plant was the cleanest place I have ever seen (a lot cleaner than the hot strip steel mill I worked in some years later).
The project lasted about 6 months.

Why are they taking so long? The reactors are pretty much the same, the software is much more sophisticated, and the people are just the same.

about 5 months ago


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