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Making Best Use of Data Center Space: Density Vs. Isolation

bobaferret Re:Blade servers blow (56 comments)

We're actually moving away from blade servers to standalone servers. You can get so many cores on a chip now that each set of 8 blades can be replaced by 1 2U server. Each server has a number of raided 2.5" drives that we use with glusterfs for redundancy between servers which we then re-export over Fiber channel so that we can get rid of our dedicated FC arrays, yet continue to use the FC infrastructure we have in place.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

bobaferret Re:Answer: You can't. Even wired (279 comments)

I have fiber in my house as well; not Google, but got an opportunity and took it. It's a new house and we ran cat 5e everywhere. Maybe some day I'll regret not running cat 6, but I doubt it. I just recently put the ends on the cables, and stopped using wireless for everything. It's made a huge difference, and well worth it. It's not uncommon for 5 people to be streaming something different at the same time, and the wireless just couldn't handle it. Depending, you might be able to replace all of you phone lines with ethernet. You can always use an RJ11 in an RJ45 jack and just decide at the patch panel what it's going to be, phone or ethernet. If this isn't a new house, chances are you have a bunch of unused phone jacks just taking up wall space. And depending, you might just be able to pull the ethernet using the old phone line.

good luck

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

bobaferret Re:Slashdot Response (755 comments)

really good to know...

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

bobaferret Re:SOme people like them (304 comments)

yes.... yes that's it exactly... oh well... was funny in my head...

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

bobaferret Re:Slashdot Response (755 comments)

I can see the benefits of course. Doesn't mean it shouldn't be modular. So this one thing or that one thing can be replaced when something comes along that is better for someone. And why not just have a better way of doing this through /proc/xxx/fd?

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

bobaferret Re:Bottom line: is Systemd popular with Linux user (755 comments)

Thanks. I've read this before. But not currently switching to RHEL7, so have obviously forgotten everything that isn't relevant to my day to day trials. But thanks again for the reminder.

about two weeks ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

bobaferret Re:SOme people like them (304 comments)

It's nice to think that a whole hosts of angles are ding as I write this reply on my oh so very audible Model M. It's the click that does it for me.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

bobaferret Re:Bottom line: is Systemd popular with Linux user (755 comments)

I haven't seen a lot of pressure yet. With RHEL6 the urge to switch came on fast. Esp with regards to virtualization and what not. I haven't gotten the sense that RHEL7 has a whole lot of "must have now" tech in it, as opposed to the amount of systemd fear it has. Based on some quick googling, systemd can be configured to send your log files over syslog so that takes care of most of my corporate compliance concerns. I don't think the systemd folks have done a good jobs educating people on how it can fit into existing workflows. Esp. against all of the noise out there. I don't really know if it's even possible to fit it in with everything. But I guess we'll find out. I currently have no opinion, I see some benefits as well as some drawbacks.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

bobaferret Re:Slashdot Response (755 comments)

I guess that's sort of my issue as well. Why isn't systemd modular. If They want to fix all of the problems that's great. But isn't there a way we can just use the pieces we want. I get that they've effectively made a standard API for all of the init processes to talk to each other and start up and all of that magic stuff. Terminals, Security, logins et all. There's a big mess there. No one will deny that. But it would have been nice if they'd actually defined a formal API for all of this, that we could do things differently if needed. Personally, I'm gonna stick to my RHEL6x servers till I get a good sense of the fallout from all of this. I wouldn't be surprised if someone forks RHEL6 or Debian at this point just keep systemd out of the way.

about two weeks ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

bobaferret Re:Maybe it has to do with spelling (399 comments)

what really sux, is that for most people, here in the southern part of the US, no matter how much they want to, they can't hear or speak the difference in pen vs. pin. That why we call them stick pins, and not just pins..

about three weeks ago
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Hierarchical Membrane For Cleaning Up Oil Spills

bobaferret Re:Is this better for pour-over or French Press? (32 comments)

I was under the impression that the membrane was simply separating oil from water, but not holding onto anything. A mechanical process could simply wipe the oil from the membrane, while at the same time apply pressure to push the water through.

about 4 months ago
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Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

bobaferret Re:Teacher here.... (293 comments)

alas no mod points, but thanks for the info.

about 4 months ago
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OpenStack: the Open Source Cloud That Vendors Love and Users Are Ignoring

bobaferret Re:What is the use case? (99 comments)

yes, this is what OpenStack does/is supposed to do. You can migrate your virtual machines, and the storage and networking infrastructure from your local datacenter, to a remote datacenter, to AWS, or Rackspace or any other openstack compliant hosting provider. In the grand sceme of this things it's really quite impressive and awesome. In reality it's still a mess, but getting better all of the time.

about 4 months ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

bobaferret Re:Horse alternative (204 comments)

Your apology is not going to cut it this time. Seppuku is the only honorable choice here.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

bobaferret Heavy Metal and others (285 comments)

And any other graphic novel/ comic book like thing out there. There's some flow to graphic novels that I've never really seen done well on a computer.

I think Photography magazines are still better in print that digital. What the picture looks like printed out is always different than what it looks like in a digital format.

I'd also suggest Mad Magazine. You just can't fold a tablet the same way you can the back page.

about 6 months ago
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How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

bobaferret Re:Rural Electrification Act of 1935... (142 comments)

Just as an FYI. Obama administration has done a large number of federal grants to get fiber to rural schools, hospitals, libraries, and court houses. These grants allowed the companies to add on any commercial business along the way. These grants as far as I know do not include residential access however. You'll find that going to legal zoom and quickly creating an LLC will give you access however. We we're finally able to go from a T1@$800/month to 10Mbps at $500/month. Or in our case 50Mbit @ $900/month. The pricing is obviously still commercial, and not residential. But my point here is that it is coming, and it is being funded by the government. It's just pricey and slow to rollout. I might also suggest a neighborhood co-op to pay for the install and then wireless to all of the houses.

about 7 months ago
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Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

bobaferret Re:Does it matter? (108 comments)

this. Augmented reality is about interacting with the real world. Virtual reality is about being cut off from it. The market segments are so different I can't believe this article even came into existence..... Oh wait, this is from news.dice.com..... It's that who owns slashdot.... ah! I believe I see what your trying to do there..

about 7 months ago
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How St. Louis Is Bootstrapping Hundreds of Programmers

bobaferret Re:Taking one course solves a "shortage"? (147 comments)

no. Everything else, gas, electricity, dentists, drugs are cheaper. And who the hell _needs_ a BMW.

about 7 months ago
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How St. Louis Is Bootstrapping Hundreds of Programmers

bobaferret Re:Taking one course solves a "shortage"? (147 comments)

Around here 40K is good money, and yes if you're any good, you'll get bumped up fast, and if you have experience that's not where you'd start. That 40K is for someone with no experience. You know, someone fresh out of a diploma mill with no long term project management skills. How many people do you know who've come out of college thinking they're god's gift to programming yet can't function in a professional programming environment right off the bat. If you don't have any experience, you'd better have some humility. You may have been raised to believe that you're mommy's special little snow flake, but in the real world you're part of a team and a community and you need to ask some questions before you decide you have all of the answers. We're not going to do everything like you learned in class, because it could take to long to refactor 3 million lines of code in 5 different product lines.

I misspoke actually. All of our programming staff has degrees, but only half of them have it in CS, and some are just associates.

The rules are simple here. If you want to make more money write something that makes the company more money. We stay in business by writing software for courts who can't afford some million dollar software package. We have court's who have only two people on staff, one of which is an elected official. It's our job to help them as much as we can, without breaking the bank. Last I checked we charge 30K for our flagship, while our closest competitor charges 1.2 million. Should we charge more, no, none of our clients could afford it. We're into help out the folks who need help, not the people who can afford to through unlimited amounts of money at a problem. Our pricing model has always been based on how much time/money we save the courts from having to do it by hand. If we add a new feature that's going save them 30 seconds on each case that gets filed then we we charge them a percentage of their labor savings. This doesn't make us a ton of money, but we're about making sure our employees have jobs and homes, and a low stress work life, not making them or the company rich.

Why am I still arguing? Because I'm trying to have a dialog with people here so that I can understand their points of view and see if I need to adjust my own, which may very well be wrong.

I've never said that there is a shortage of people with the necessary skills out there. I think that's utter bullshit, there plenty of people out there with mad skills, who just need a little training. As opposed to meeting some company's crazy list of requirements. I do think there is a shortage of people who will come to work in our area.

As far as incentives go, we have them, but they're generally not money related, which means it's harder to find the people. There are other software companies around here who offer far more money, but less perks and still can't find people. I think they hire in large metro areas then give them the option of moving here. Not really sure.

And we do get all of our work done with just the people we have. That doesn't mean we're not always looking for more. As far as attracting talent to the area goes. That's hard. There are 4, maybe 5 software shops, and one hardware manufacturer around here, plus SIUC. So there's not a lot of opportunity to jump from job to job. If you've got real talent, and a penchant for jumping from job to job you can't really do it here. It's a catch-22, there aren't enough talented people here to really lure more talented people. We're sponsoring Hack Fests with SIU, and Conferences with local schools but that all takes time, because we effectively have to build up our talent from the local population, as opposed to being able to import them. And for the foreseeable future the pay nor the community is not going to be what it is out in the Valley. Doesn't mean we're not trying to change it.

about 7 months ago

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