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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

afidel Re:AWS is NOT cheap (133 comments)

LOL, only to internal customers =)

yesterday
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

afidel Re:AWS is NOT cheap (133 comments)

Yes, I've heard of Xen, and I've even run it in production, both Xenserver and Oracle VM flavors, and both sucked horribly. Back when VMWare tried the v.Tax I contemplated switching to KVM using RHEV but Redhat took almost 30 days to even get me access to a RHEV download by which time VMWare had backed off on their pricing.

As to the crack about redundancy and scalability, I've got a better uptime metric than any cloud provider, zero unplanned downtime in the last 5 years (vmotion + svmotion makes replacing both hosts and storage a breeze) thanks to redundant generators, UPS, chillers, and internet connections.

yesterday
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

afidel AWS is NOT cheap (133 comments)

AWS is expensive, I can provide the equivalent of an m3.large reserved instance to my users for 1/4th the cost over 3 years, if you ammatorize my infrastructure over 5 years (which is what we've actually been doing) then it's almost 1/7th as much. The only places where AWS makes sense is if you're a quickly growing startup, have a VERY bursty workload, or you're so small that you can't justify 3 hosts for a VMWare Essentials bundle.

yesterday
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

afidel Re:Who makes that? Also FP (280 comments)

My total benefits put me in the top 25% of industry average for my position and region (systems engineering manager in the midwest). If you're consistently making below industry average then you are either a very poor negotiator, your skills are below average in value, or you value something else about the jobs you take more than monetary compensation.

2 days ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

afidel Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (475 comments)

Or, you know we could negotiate a salary that we are happy with given the job descriptions we are applying for. Since I make between 2 and 3 times the median wage I'm ok with answering some emails off hours or waking up to a page once every 6 months due to a system problem. Then again I'm a tech lead and hence management so I'd be exempt under just about any rules =)

5 days ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

afidel Re:Corporations are not people (139 comments)

No, corporations exist to protect the OWNERS, not the executives or the board. In criminal cases the government is perfectly capable of prosecuting the individuals who committed or ordered others to commit crimes.

5 days ago
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Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs

afidel SVLTE/SVDO? (47 comments)

So does this finally mean we'll get Simultaneous voice and LTE/SVDO back? Because all the current generation Qualcomm processors lack dual radio paths for some reason, this despite the fact that the previous generation had it. I have to assume it's because they used so much power/transistor budget on 'more cores!!!!' that they didn't have room for an RF design to accommodate features that are actually useful.

about a week ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

afidel Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

4/0 3 conductor cable is only 2,548lbs per thousand feet according this chart which puts it at 2.5lbs per foot, hardly something that your average adult can't handle. For reference this listing puts a fuel hose at .6lbs/foot but it looks significantly thinner than what's required around here.

about a week ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

afidel Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

Considering I actually have 600A 480V service in my datacenter and can go and physically grab the cable and note that it is significantly less thick than the line coming down from the fuel pump I used this morning I'm not sure where your theory crafting is coming from.

about a week ago
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Nanodot-Based Smartphone Battery Recharges In 30 Seconds

afidel Re:Phones yeah (227 comments)

480V 600A cables are smaller in diameter than current gasoline lines and probably not that much heavier per meter, though that would take ~20 minutes to fill a 100kw battery instead of 3-5 minutes for a gasoline fillup.

about a week ago
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Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

afidel Re:So If I Drop My Phone (62 comments)

Or, you could send your broken phone to phoneambulance or any of the other third party sites to have it repaired, or heck pay the manufacturer to 'fix' it (ie give you a recertified used one).

about two weeks ago
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Intel Upgrades MinnowBoard: Baytrail CPU, Nearly Halves Price To $99

afidel Re:Cool but expensive (92 comments)

My point is it seems whenever you add the words embedded PC or hobbyist to the description you get an instant 50% bump in cost relative to the same/similar hardware in other uses. Perhaps it's because of the much smaller runs relative to a consumer device, but PCB's aren't really that expensive.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Upgrades MinnowBoard: Baytrail CPU, Nearly Halves Price To $99

afidel Cool but expensive (92 comments)

Seems pretty expensive considering you can get a Dell Venue 8 with 2GHz dual core/2GB ram/32GB flash/battery/screen/case for $179. Still, for a lot of projects it would be useful.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

afidel Re:sky should be the limit... (314 comments)

It's far too pricey for cheap ass geegaws - if it was really carbon fiber, it would be way way up there in price.

Not really, CF is only slightly more expensive than fiberglass to make in sheets, it's complex forms that have to be vacuum kilned that get expensive (mostly because it's a batch rather than continuous process and so slow and labor intensive).

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

afidel Re:"extrusion"? (314 comments)

50k tons is indeed huge, the presses that extrude the entire side of a full sized van are only around 2k tons and they shake the ground for a hundred acres around them even though they sit on huge shock absorbers and isolators. I should see if my dad has any contacts at the Cleveland Alcoa site with two of those mega presses.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

afidel Re: To make it easier: (285 comments)

Peppers are fruit and hence ARE the offspring of the parents...

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

afidel Re:Depends on the dish (285 comments)

That reminds me of my dads indian friend, he often left curry cooking all day while he was in class and teaching. One day we accompanied him home at the end of his school day, when he opened the door it was like being maced (and I too am a bit of a chilihead). Another friend told us when he moved out that the landlord had to strip the existing paint and put on 3 coats of thick paint just to get the smell down to where someone else could stand to be in the place long enough to sign a lease =)

about three weeks ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

afidel Re:The launch was smooth (166 comments)

An auto-upgrade option could make it a good party game, have the game do some quick analysis and if a drop is better overall for the character have it equip on pickup. Obviously you'd want to be able to disable it if you're at all a serious player, but for a quick fun game it would be a neat twist.

about three weeks ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

afidel Re:Too Little Too Late (166 comments)

Loot 2.0 and the new more granular monster scaling did fix most of the brokenness with D3, there no longer an item wall at Act 2 Inferno where you can't progress without grinding for gold to buy items you have almost zero chance of finding yourself, now you find actual upgrades on a fairly regular basis that allow you to continue on to higher difficulties and you don't run into this steep cliff where you go from slaughtering monsters to being slaughtered through no fault of your gameplay but rather bad itemization. Now I'm not saying you can just jump in and hit Torment 7 in a day, but I took my HC wizard from 43 (Act 3 Nightmare in D3 1.x) to Torment 1 in two weeks and when I found my killing power a little lacking in Torment 1 it was because I was having my health yo-yo more than I would like rather than suddenly being one shotted like happened multiple times under 1.x.

about three weeks ago

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afidel afidel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

afidel (530433) writes "Dell announced a somewhat shocking development at Oracle World, they are shipping two lines of AMD Opteron based servers! The article mentions this being a break from Dell's longtime Intel exclusive partnership. Is the love afair over, is Dell throwing Intel a bone to help them with their antitrust lawsuit and has no real plans to push the Opteron servers, or has customer demand finally forced their hand?"

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