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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

rtaylor Re:Shyeah, right. (273 comments)

That's why 0 was skipped and they went straight from 1BC to 1.


Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

rtaylor Re:Not sure if it adds up (82 comments)

Damnit! Messed up the tag.

3 days ago

Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

rtaylor Re:Not sure if it adds up (82 comments)

[b]I think a much better way would be for companies to bid based on the value they bring to the end consumer public, with the company that promises the best value winning.[/b]

I believe Russia did something like this with their last spectrum auction. Companies received the spectrum for free (20 year lease or something) and made promises of certain quality of service and network capabilities in exchange.

3 days ago

Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

rtaylor Re:In the words of Linus Torvalds (171 comments)

Right up until you want a way to define API changes and continue to maintain back branches.

about a week ago

Do Good Programmers Need Agents?

rtaylor Re:10x Productivity (215 comments)

A rockstar programmer doesn't bang out a lot of code.

They pick the right algorithm which scales well (doesn't need to be rewritten), considers and handles most error cases cleanly (few bug reports), and often leaves easily maintainable code (another person can take over, doesn't require a support team).

about two weeks ago

PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

rtaylor Re:No news! (147 comments)

Actually, they didn't. The benchmarking was done as the JSONB feature in Pg is brand new and they wanted to see how it stood up to the competition (being much much slower is a sign that something could be improved).

Being faster on a single node was a surprise.

about 2 months ago

WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

rtaylor Re:containment (296 comments)

That's almost exactly how it works with our quarter million dollar SANs.

They get paid to maintain the SAN and regularly visit to swap hardware bits or apply software patches to it.

about 3 months ago

Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

rtaylor Re:Why they're really doomed... (272 comments)

Actually, I also stopped ordering anything from Windows computers years ago, because I couldn't trust them anymore either.

You just made yourself irrelevant to the conversation by showing just how different you are from the average consumer.

about 6 months ago

GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

rtaylor Re:"GM thinks" there's your problem. (216 comments)

You don't need to break it up, just increase the tax rate a smidgen on large firms (revenue over $1B?). Call it "bailout insurance" and dump it into a non-profit government managed fund.

If companies have contributed, then they can make claims at roughly the same scale as they contributed (see government pension plans for a similar setup).

about 6 months ago

How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

rtaylor Re:Business class is a misnomer (146 comments)

That is the airlines problem.

The more workarounds a person finds for not travelling (calls, emails, etc.) the less the cost to the ticket buying company; assuming they manage to keep productivity the same.

about 7 months ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

rtaylor Re:This happened to my wife (632 comments)

I assume the dues are tied to the estate of the person.

They're reclaiming it from the inheritance which should not have been passed down.

about 7 months ago

Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

rtaylor Re:Power? (630 comments)

The largest diesel ship engines can kick out 80MW of power (100,000 hp) which is right in the middle of the marine nuclear range (40MW to 100MW is common).

The main benefit to nukes, as currently used on surface ships, is the size of the fuel tank.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

rtaylor Re:Use PostgreSQL (272 comments)

Right. So 5 years from requiring a NoSQL DB, and hardware/software advancements in that period will likely give another 3 years of easy growth with just a basic Pg installation.

If it was 10m text/blob records per day, that would be a different animal; but it's probably 1/10th of that.

about 8 months ago

Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

rtaylor Re:Not practical as contact lenses (99 comments)

Close your IR eye and open your normal vision eye.

Same idea as pirates moving their patch from one eye to the other when going from surface to inside the dark ship.

about 8 months ago

IEEE Predicts 85% of Daily Tasks Will Be Games By 2020

rtaylor Re:We don't need more competition (146 comments)

And if they award points for cooperation?

This is taking KPI (Key Performance Indicator) to a personalized level and giving them scores. Of course, as with current KPIs you get what you measure, and they rarely measure what senior management thinks they do.

The most effective way to stop getting customer complaints is to stop answering the phone.

about 9 months ago

California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

rtaylor Re:Meanwhile, in Toronto... (362 comments)

Right. Save a couple billion on expanded water treatment facilities but you need a little extra per litre to cover the pipe maintenance.

It's not a net loss.

about 9 months ago

Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

rtaylor Re: why not? (303 comments)

Next time your boss pulls out his list of Key Performance Indicators remember that they will get what they measure; game the system for your review.

about 10 months ago

LibreOffice 4.2 Busts Out GPU Mantle Support and Corporate IT Integration

rtaylor Re:GPU acceleration for other platforms (192 comments)

Perhaps it'll help with conditional aggregates which are painfully slow in Libreoffice with only a few thousand records.

For example, sum the $D column when the $E column matches year '2013'. Basically anything involving squiggly brackets around a SUM equation:

{=SUM(($E$1:$E$65518=$A6) * ($D$1:$D$65518))}

about 10 months ago

Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

rtaylor Re:It's almost as though cars need winterizing (476 comments)

Merely pointing out that a world exists outside California is enough to blow a fair amount of minds, I'm afraid.

I see you've met the US Customs agent I had the other day.

about 9 months ago

Google Charging OEMs Licensing Fees For Play Store

rtaylor Re:I thought they were already charging (225 comments)

It may have been Samsungs idea in the first place.

Large companies like to poo-poo regulation, fees, etc. but they also realize it increases the barrier to entry which greatly benefits them.

Samsung has healthy profit margins and can cover the cost. Other manufacturers Samsung competes against will struggle just a bit more as a result. Some new guy on the block is really going to struggle if it's up-front per device manufactured and not done on a per-sale basis.

about 10 months ago


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