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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

paulpach Re:Torvalds is half right (449 comments)

But I have to take issue of Linus tone in which he downplays "graphics" as being a rather unimportant subset of computing tasks. It's not "graphics". It's "GRAPHICS". That's not a small outlier of a task. Wait until we're all wearing ninth generation Oculus headsets... the trajectory of parallel processing requirements for graphics is already becoming clear -- and it's stratospheric. The issue is this: Our desktop processing requirements are actually slowing and as Linus points out, are probably ill-suited for increased parallelism. But our graphics requirements may be nearly infinite.

I agree, he dismisses graphics as something a few people do. WTF? in mobile, all the top grossing apps are games. The number 1 thing games do is graphics. If anything, I would argue that graphics is the single most important type of workload in mobile. Gaming (and therefore graphics) might not be quite as big in desktop, but it is still very far from being the niche he pretends it is.

That said, I think he is right that the fast single threaded big CPU's are not going anywhere. The trend for mobile and desktop has been to do graphics and general processing in separate hardware (GPU + CPU), I don't see a reason in sight to change that. Even if they were to be combined in a single chip, it would still be different part of the chip doing the tasks.

about a month ago

The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

paulpach Re:Well duh (420 comments)

The "open office" is just cost-reduction masquerading as some sort of innovation.

It's the march towards ever less expenses to allow more profit to funnel to the few.

And the many embrace it. The few have managed to get the many to embrace their own destruction.

It is not as simple as say less space -> more profit. While corporate real state is indeed a cost, it is typically insignificant compared to the opportunity cost in lost productivity, and training costs every time a worker leaves.

As a business you would have to weight:

potential productivity loss due to interruptions
unhappy employees leaving
friction between workers ( I hate listening to my coworker's loud chewing)
lack of privacy may irritate people
lack of personal space may make it hard to "bond" with the job.


potential productivity gains due to improved communication
lack of privacy keep people focused on work
reduced real state costs

I believe this is best worked out on a case by case basis, the different factors have different weight based on the job and the individuals. If a company _only_ looks at real state cost, it just puts itself at a competitive disadvantage.

about a month ago

The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

paulpach Re:Well duh (420 comments)

More likely it's managements desire to see the workers, every single minute of the work day. It's a symbol of America's unwillingness to trust the workers.

I got moved to an open office last year (boss cannot see us though). There are things I like and things I dislike about it.

I like that the communication is very fluid. We embraced agile and my team is leading with it. The open office environment goes well with agile, and we are very much working together. This is not about management watching over us, but about communication.


I absolutely hate listening to people eat, chewing loudly with their mouth open or slurping their coffee. It may sound petty, especially depending on your culture, but putting up with it day after day for months really gets under my skin and it makes me hate an otherwise likable person. There is not even an easy way to tell him to stop.

I hate the constant interruption. I do software development, it takes 20-30 minutes to get into flow and really be at the top of my game. If I know I will be interrupted in 30 mins, I tend to avoid complex tasks, because by the time I got it going, I will have to stop.

I don't have enough space for my stuff.

For these reasons, I have requested to be put back in a cube.

about a month ago

Docker Image Insecurity

paulpach Re:Love that response (73 comments)

If you can't dazzle them with your intelligence, baffle them with your bullshit.

1) They have complete lack of image validation
2) Docker prints "Image validated" as part of the pull.

This is just flat out embarrassing, If I was the "lead security engineer" of that, I would actually worry about job stability.
There is not a whole lot he could say that would save face.
And yet, the response is truly terrible. He essentially says "yeap, we knew about it, shipped it anyway, and talked about fixing it"

It does not take a PR genius to figure out a good response. For example: "Thank you for pointing it out, we will have a patch soon" or respond with an actual patch. This is not rocket science, validating a signature properly only takes a few lines of shell script or C code, and has been solved a long time ago by most other package managers.

about a month ago

Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

paulpach tools are better (241 comments)

Perhaps requirements have increased. Your users in your enterprise might demand mobile support and whatnot, but at the same time, the tools are getting better and better.

For example: you need a server? well, it used to take months to get your server in the datacenter up and functional. Now, it is a matter of instantiating a new VM in your private cloud.

The impact is even more dramatic for small companies. Want to make a web application? create an account in azure or amazon or any other cloud provider, and just deploy your app in a few minutes. Email, storage, databases, backups, version control systems, project planning tools, ecommerce sites, you can set any of that stuff up in a few minutes with a few clicks, often for free.

If anything IT, particularly for small businesses, has been simplified to where it is a cheap commodity and just a few clicks away.

about a month and a half ago

Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

paulpach Re:Gridlock is so bad ... (127 comments)

The gridlock has been so bad that the American public has voted to fix it. Yay!

I will gladly take gridlock over the out of control goverments we have had in the last 13 years or so.

If Obama was incapable of passing a single law for the rest of his term, I would be very happy. I wish there was this gridlock when Bush was president pushing for bailouts.

about 3 months ago

What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

paulpach Would they approve this? (320 comments)

Suppose you tell the current politicians:

"Hey, I got this great invention, it will improve our transportation 10x, but it will require highly toxic and flammable chemicals to be stored in underground tanks every other block in highly populated areas. It will also cause around 1.3 million deaths per year worldwide, and become the #9 leading cause of death".

How many current politicians would approve this?

That is right, if it was for the current politicians, the car would not exist. We would all be still riding horses, which are even worse for the environment and have a fatality rate of 1 per 10,000 riders.

So I don't hold my breath for current politicians to approve self driving cars, even if 1 person gets killed by a self driving car, politicians will scream "think of the children!" and ban this right away, it will not matter if the fatality rate is even lower than manually driven cars.

about 3 months ago

Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

paulpach Re:Basic Income (720 comments)

So people should starve to death and let the human population shrink to the number of employed people required, eventually to zero? Or are you OK with paying welfare as long as it is sub-livable?

No. I am ok with having charities, which are much better at helping the needed than governments.

The "eventually zero" bit does not make sense, in a free market, the economy grows as people become more productive, accumulate capital, and improve technology, not shrink.
Perhaps you refer to automation taking jobs? As we need less and less labor to produce food, clothing and other necessities, our labor will simply shift to more leisure related jobs. We will spend more on movies, tourism, sports, etc. Instead of working 5 days a week 8 hours each, as productivity improves, we will require smaller shifts, like 2 days 5 hours each. Consider that it used to be 12 hours per day 6 days a week.

Jobs is not a scarce resource, labor is. We will never have enough labor for all the jobs we would like to do, so we must allocate labor to the most productive ones. This is what a free market does best. Only bad laws (like minimum wage) prevent people from finding jobs.

I am definitely not ok paying welfare _ever_.

about 3 months ago

Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

paulpach Re:Basic Income (720 comments)

This mindset is what we have to get over. Why do people have to earn a living if there is no need for their work? Just out of curiosity, would you be OK with them digging holes and then filling them up again all day to "earn" money?

No. The only way to earn something is to either produce it yourself, or producing something that you can exchange for it. In other words, you have to produce something of value. Digging a hole and filling it back up does not help anyone at all, therefore, society should not reward you for it.

And if you can make good money for yourself while sustaining others who society does not need work from - and you yourself don't need to work - why is it wrong for some of your pay to go towards supporting others? Again there is no productive work for them to do. You're not being forced to work, either literally, or practically as today. Are you just too selfish?

If I voluntarily want to donate to another person, (I do a lot of charity), then I am willingly forfeiting enjoyment of my earnings to help another. When my earnings are taken by force to give to another, it is not charity, it is slavery, and it is morally wrong.

about 3 months ago

Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

paulpach Re:Basic Income (720 comments)

I can't wait for the day nearly all menial labor jobs are eliminated and everyone is given a basic income (something low but still enough above the living wage). That way if you want to earn more money, you can still pursue more advanced positions, while poverty and lack of healthcare will cease to exist (at least, for those who can manage their money). This is after all, the paradise futurists have pined for for many years.

While a priory it sounds pretty, it would be an economic disaster and morally wrong. A number of people would simply decide to live off this basic income, and don't bother getting a job or producing anything. This would mean that the productive part of society would be forced by law to maintain these people. This is the moral equivalent of slavery, where you force someone to work for someone else against their will.

People need to _earn_ a living, no one is entitled to someone else's earnings just because they breathe.

about 3 months ago

Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

paulpach Minimum wage vs economy (720 comments)

Peter Schiff wrote a very eloquent piece explaining why minimim wage hurts the economy, job growth, and especially the young, unskilled and minorities. Here is part of it:

Low-skilled workers must compete for employers’ dollars with both skilled workers and capital. For example, if a skilled worker can do a job for $14 per hour that two unskilled workers can do for $6.50 per hour each, then it makes economic sense for the employer to go with the unskilled labor. Increase the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour and the unskilled workers are priced out of their jobs. This dynamic is precisely why labor unions are such big supporters of minimum wage laws. Even though none of their members earn the minimum wage, the law helps protect their members from having to compete with lower-skilled workers.

Employers also have the choice of whether to employ people or machines. For example, an employer can hire a receptionist or invest in an automated answering system. The next time you are screaming obscenities into the phone as you try to have a conversation with a computer, you know what to blame for your frustration.

There are numerous other examples of employers substituting capital for labor simply because the minimum wage has made low-skilled workers uncompetitive. For example, handcarts have replaced skycaps at airports. The main reason fast-food restaurants use paper plates and plastic utensils is to avoid having to hire dishwashers.

As a result, many low-skilled jobs that used to be the first rung on the employment ladder have been priced out of the market. Can you remember the last time an usher showed you to your seat in a dark movie theater? When was the last time someone other than the cashier not only bagged your groceries, but also loaded them into your car? By the way, it won’t be long before the cashiers themselves are priced out of the market, replaced by automated scanners, leaving you to bag your purchases with no help whatsoever.

The disappearance of these jobs has broader economic and societal consequences. First jobs are a means to improve skills so that low skilled workers can offer greater productivity to current or future employers. As their skills grow, so does their ability to earn higher wages. However, remove the bottom rung from the employment ladder and many never have a chance to climb it.

So the next time you are pumping your own gas in the rain, do not just think about the teenager who could have been pumping it for you, think about the auto mechanic he could have become – had the minimum wage not denied him a job. Many auto mechanics used to learn their trade while working as pump jockeys. Between fill-ups, checking tire pressure, and washing windows, they would spend a lot of time helping – and learning from – the mechanics.

You can read the entire thing here:

about 3 months ago

Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

paulpach "Earn"???? (398 comments)

Here, fixed it for you:

"Speed Cameras In Chicago confiscate $50M Less Than Expected"

The cameras don't earn anything, as they don't produce anything of value. They are simply taxing devices, yet another way to confiscate money from drivers, and justified with an unproven "keep your children safe" blanket

about 3 months ago

CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

paulpach if these standards were not made... (180 comments)

He says that if these standards were not made, "the web would have become a giant fax machine where pictures of text would be passed along."

Self righteous nonsense. If these standards were not made, others would have been made instead.

about 4 months ago

Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

paulpach Re:Grandstanding (81 comments)

The problem is "security researchers" want to gain notoriety so they can make more money as consultants and doing paid appearances. The way you do that is irresponsible disclosure that causes a big stir. If you tell someone I discovered heartbleed they have heard of that and will take it as a credibility indicator. If you tell them I discovered XSA-128 everyone says never heard of it. It's all about marketing and PR and making bucks. That's how these things end up with catchy names. The people doing this are acting rationally but with questionable motives and their dedication to actual security should be under great scrutiny.

The fact that heartbleed made more noise, also means more people know they need to apply a patch. What you call "irresponsible disclosure" is to some of us the only responsible way to disclose it.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

paulpach "Your employer" is you and me in this case (182 comments)

They should be bearing the cost of the training and conferences.

By "they" you mean us right? because the OP specifically said this is a public sector job, so all the training is paid for with tax payer money.

about 4 months ago

The Benefits of Inequality

paulpach Re:Totalitarianism all the way (254 comments)

Ideally we would be ruled by a benevolent artificial intelligence who can determine without outside input what is best for everyone.

No. Ideally we would not be ruled at all, and you would be free to do whatever you want as long as you don't harm others.

about 6 months ago

FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

paulpach Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (128 comments)

That will be the last time I fly commercial. The LAST thing I want to do is be couped up in an aluminum can for 1+ hours listening to half of other people's mindless drivel conversations on their phones. It's already bad enough the second the plane hits the runway on landing everyone pulls out their phones to call people. And they don't just have the "ok we just landed I'll meet you out front in 20 minutes" short talk. - No it turns into long drawn out annoying conversations hat CERTAINLY can wait until they are off the plane to have.

I suppose it is impossible for you to ever take a train or long bus trip. Should we ban cell phones from them too?

about 7 months ago

California Legalizes Bitcoin

paulpach Re:not generally enforced either (162 comments)

How has it not been enforced? That quote is about limitations on individual state governments, as it comes from Article I, section 10. It says absolutely nothing about the Federal government, which is perfectly entitled to make paper dollars into legal tender.

It does not matter what the federal government does. The constitution clearly says that states cannot use anything other than gold and silver for payment of debts. Meaning, regardless what the federal government does, the states cannot charge state taxes or collect payment for any other debt in anything but gold and silver.

The federal government is not above the constitution, or so it was supposed to work.

about 7 months ago

California Legalizes Bitcoin

paulpach not generally enforced either (162 comments)

From the US. Constitution:

No State shall ... make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;

I guess that one has not been generally enforced for a while either.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

paulpach Re:You have to pay $$ to use C# in a game. (254 comments)

If you have to pay $4500 because you are making $100K/year , it is a very nice problem to have :).

That's great except that's not how it works. You pay $4500 and then maybe you'll make $100k or maybe you'll make $500. In the latter case, you're probably going to wish you had that extra $4000 to help pay the bills. (I write this an an independent app developer, albeit not in games. Money-wise, I've had several times where I realized I bought something for development that I didn't really need. I've never bought anything where I wished I'd bought it earlier, or otherwise regretted not buying something.)

No. you do not have to pay _until_ you start making $100K/year. It is not required to pay the cost up front, you can use the free version until you reach that threshold.

You can go ahead, make your app, and if it fails and you only make $500/year, you never have to pay a dime to unity.

about 7 months ago



paulpach paulpach writes  |  about 8 years ago

paulpach (798828) writes "Someone hacked beryl's servers. After being tracked down, the attacker confessed, and offered his resignation as the compiz forum mantainer. There is some detail in This month in beryl

I have let down both the compiz and beryl community and I apologize greatly for that and I will be stepping down as the compiz forum administrator. It is also important to note that my actions don't reflect the beliefs of the compiz project and are certainly not condoned by them. I hope compiz and beryl can work better together in future.


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