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Re: The Barge is...
Offshore data center?
Ok, so how fast can you pump data in to it?
Is microwave fast as fiber?
Mozilla is going to have a rough time with it...
Q8: I want to distribute (outside my organization) executable programs or libraries that I have compiled from someone else's unchanged MPL-licensed source code, either standalone or part of a larger work. What do I have to do?
You must inform the recipients where they can get the source for the MPLed code in the executable program or library you are distributing (i.e., you must comply with Section 3.2). You may distribute any executables you create under a license of your choosing, as long as that license does not interfere with the recipients' rights to the source under the terms of the MPL.
This is from the Mozilla web site.
While what Dell is doing seems like a rip off.... It doesn't appear, at first blush, to be against the law or against the Mozilla License.
I too used to charge beers for helping friends, but I no longer drink and while my friends are mad.. my liver thanks me. :-)
@Andrue Re: If IBM was smart...
Yeah... I think when you get to The cat who could walk through walls you hit the end.
And yes, if memory serves it was Fear no Evil however, it does provoke some thought about what if you could do a brain transplant.
I also do agree that Niven is a better read, however totally different and deals with more physics instead some of the social issues or questioned raised by Heinlein. Heinlein seemed more into Hippie movement.
A lot of the Sci-Fi Fantasy was written as a way to discuss social issues that could have been considered 'taboo'.
Re: If IBM was smart...
Typical marketing hack didn't get the reference.
In terms of 'hero who could do no wrong' that would be more L. Ron Hubbard 's style which plays in to his Scientology stuff. (You can replace stuff with harsher words if you'd like. I was focusing on the author's literary skills.)
In L. Ron Hubbard, the protagonist is the perfect Uber Mench. Always right, can do no wrong. I would say its probably due to his growing up on movie serials where the hero is alwasy a hero and has no flaws.
Robert A. Heinlein's main characters aren't perfect and do have some 'morale' flaws. But they tend to be smarter than the average bear, able to figure things out ahead of the rest of the crew, of course they do have help from friends. More of an adventure series but again the hero isn't flawed like today's Batman and others. (Choose a character out of Gibson's novels.)
To your point, I guess one could do a masters and even a PhD on the evolution of science fiction writers and their protagonists. But what do I know? ENG meant college of Engineering and not English. Although the only English class I ever got an A in was intro to Science Fiction.
If IBM was smart...
They would rename the machine from Watson to Mike.
Re: I'm telling ya..
But which state?
What no bio fuel?
Yeah, power those cooling generators using Sage grass churned into bio fuel.
And build your data center to take advantage of the earth's thermal properties along with some basic science... like using a tall hollow tower and vents down below to help create natural drafts and air flow to help remove waste heat.
IBM is old news ...
You want a distributed file system... talk to Cleverssafe.
@James ... Re: Log analysis
"Google has argued that the identity of any non-Gmail users can only be found out if someone goes through all the non-Gmail users whose addresses are on file in its systems and then sifts through the responses - a Sisyphean task that would be totally unworkable."
You didn't include the whole text.
To your point... yes Google can do it as can anyone who has a large enough cluster of machines.
You can even run a k means clustering algo to see patterns of who talks with who. Both internal and external to Google's Gmail services.
As to the case's merits, it has enough to go forward.
Its going to be interesting because of the edu addresses.
If Google didn't harvest info from the EDU group... then their practice of spying on everyone would be saved until another lawsuit.
Re: Lucy Koh again
Sure, but the judge you get is going to be based on the court (district) where you raise the case and where the judge sits in the queue and gets the lawsuit.
@Jake Re: Lexical extension
"Glasticle" is sexist.
There are women in IT. ;-)
But then again, if Bikini Babe Kate Upton was walking down the street in a sexy outfit, wearing a pair of Google Glass, what would you call her?
Or rather more to the point, would you even notice that she was wearing a pair of glasses?
(and on that note. I am being sexist! But did you see the vid of her in the Vomit Comet?)
@ hammarbtyp Re: Law is a mystery to me
Barring class actions is a double bladed sword.
While the judgements against the company will be smaller, the fact is that if enough of the smaller cases win, then the odds of later cases winning will be greater and evidence from an earlier case will be available for the other lawyers to use.
The downside with class actions is that only the lawyers win. They get the big payday.
Trying to force arbitration is also not a bad thing.
What's interesting is the following... looking at what their product does... why would they take this draconian position?
I mean what could happen that would force a class action lawsuit against them?
Can you say Hadoop? (Cloudera,Hortonworks, MapR, Intel, IBM , Pivotal(EMC)) all have distros
Can you say Cassandra?
Can you say Accumulo?
Can you say Mesos?
The list goes on...
Maybe its because your work load is lame and not CPU intensive? :-P
To your point, when the Intel talking head says:
"Intel has offered another reason it doesn't think ARM processors pose an enormous threat to its high-end chip business: software isn't written to run across multiple CPUs."
I guess he hasn't heard about this thing called Hadoop? (There's more , but if you don't grok Hadoop then you probably don't know anything about Mesos and spark)
CPUs can be the bottleneck depending on what you are doing.
And yes, memory and disk are the major bottleneck today...
@Tromos Re: That's who you need @Ian Michael Gumby
So far he's been a prat but not a felon in Ecuador.
Jumping bail and the pending rape charges will get him booted from the UK and Sweden.
It could spread and make him an undesirable in several other countries as well.
We see celebs who have had drug convictions in the past... (US convictions) be turned away from Japan and the UK. So I could imagine he could be banned from a lot of countries when the dust settles.
Based on the author's comments, I would wager the saddest thing for Julian would be to be sent to the boonies in Australia and no one gave a damn. He wants to be the center of attention but his 15 minutes of fame are long gone. If he had been more mature, he could have at least milked it like a Kardashian...
@Adrian, Re: Don't be distracted
"What about the snivelling excuses for government that murdered people and tried to cover it up ?"
Uhm which government are you talking about?
There are so many to choose from.
Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Japan, Germany, Russia among others.
I'm sure if we wanted to, we could accuse Great Britain of it as well.
@Sebastian Re: Character assassination doesn't change anything
Dumping data en masse and taken out of context doesn't help anything.
Egypt is still a mess and if you had to ask the Egyptian people of they felt that they were better off today than when under Mubarak, what do you think they would say?
Honestly, I don't know the answer to that...
@Psyx Re: Wow
I have to agree that its attention seeking...
The interesting thing from the article is that Assange didn't want to talk about his own personal life, yet wanted a world with no secrets.
I think that what the author wrote makes one want to feel sorry for Assange. There's a reason why he doesn't want to open up about his home life and his childhood. His mum was paranoid and either its an inherited trait, or a learned behavior. (Or Both)
The dude is royal messed in the head. He seems like he comes out of a Dostoyevsky novel.
He justified his alleged 'rape' of women, in fact how he treats women.
There's more, but you get the idea.
If he were smart, he'd go to Sweden. Maybe while in jail he can start to get therapy. Of course he would first have to admit he has a problem... but that won't happen.
Re: That's who you need @hollerith
"No give him a fair trial for breach of bail conditions and apply proper legal process (probably already done) between UK and Sweden and send him back to the Swedish justice system to process as appropriate. Even dickheads get fair trials."
No trial in the UK.
He's caught... he goes to jail then cuffed as he's carted off to Sweden where he then goes in for his formal questioning, faces charges, then off to jail to await trial. (Ya think they'd be dumb enough to give him bail? That's never going to happen.)
After the shit in Sweden is done, then maybe... he might come back to the UK to face the bail jumping charges. Then back on a play to Australia... after that.. who knows. Maybe he could then apply for asylum in Ecuador, get a Ecuadorian passport and leave Australia before someone else wants to extradite him.
Unlike Snowden, Assange has been documented to be a royal prick to deal with. We have a couple editors from real journalistic newspapers that can confirm this.
One thing for sure, when this is all said and done... Julian will never be allowed back in to the UK or Sweden....
A problem in the making...
I'm not a Cisco fanboi or Cisco bigot.
But when we see these 'cut rate' programs get implemented to save money, they usually end up costing more in the long run.
I don't disagree that there are other kit manufacturers that are just as good and in some cases better than Cisco, however... the policy of just going to the lower cost provider opens the door to dodgy kit.
Its not Cisco, but the process.
While you may end up saving money on hardware. You may end up losing elsewhere. In terms of capabilities and training and support costs.
Just putting it out there... stop the madness of the bean counters. Focus on the QoS first.
Re: Ram size matters
I don't why you posted Anon...
But bang on... What's the point of thinner drives if the drive form factor is the same for all drives?
I agree the trend is to move towards RRAM and SSDs to get rid of the spinning rust.
We see this trend, but we don't see the cost dropping or density increasing as quickly as it could.
Re: Even stranger...
Wow... smells of Mike Olson and selling his companies to Larry Ellison... ;-)
Yet another product in the Information Management pillar to help make the message even more 'cloudier' and not in a good way. ;-)
Funny... JSON fiddling...
The weird thing is that they (IBM) already has JSON stuff baked in to their IDS (Informix) Engine already. Not as a datablade, but as part of the query language itself. (Or so I am informed.)
Not sure why they bought Cloudant, but then again, IBM has been doing some peculiar things of late...
@Don Jefe ... Re: Big fat juicy target
I responded to your earlier comment.
Its not alumni money, but grant money.
And that's the thing.
You lose grant money sources, there goes your R&D and then your researchers and then the school slowly goes down the drain. However this is 'Harvard' we're talking about where the students have more money than common sense.
Re: Even the smart ones
Book smarts vs Street smarts? ;-)
Yes, you can be book smart, yet lack common sense.
You could also be a sociopath.
Maybe he should have read "Crime and Punishment" ? Or is that no longer required reading your senior year in High School?
@Don Jafe Re: A++?
Do you know what happens when you get funds for non-profit, or 'not for profit' research grants, than then get diverted to 'for profit' activities?
Depending on where the money came from... it goes away.
Then there's the damage to your reputation.
Then there's the issue of theft.
The student was guilty of theft of services.
At 'Hah vahrd' there is still a concept of an honor code. This act would have been a violation of said honor code.
The point is that the student either didn't give a rat's ass about the consequences or didn't stop to think about the consequences.
I think he should have read more William Gibson.
I smell an opportunity for arbitrage.
@Jurrasic Re: A beelion users can't be wrong (can they?)
The article mentioned that WhatsApp also slurped your phone book, so its 450m users times the numbers in their phone book.
So suppose you don't use WhatsApp, but a friend or associate does.
They now have your phone number.
Suppose someone at your company has the company phone directory on their smart phone...
It just got slurped.
The really interesting thing is that when they say the founder is persnickity about security, yet talk about how insecure the app is... how does that equate? Or am I missing something?
@Ted Treen ...Re: Speak for yourself...
You may not use facebook.
I may not use facebook.
But I'll wager that you have family members that use facebook.
They put up a family photo on their 'wall' and tag the images. Now your face is on facebook. They know who you are. With Whatsapp, they have your phone number, your email, and your relationship to your family members who are on facebook.
You and I are idiots by association.
The only way to escape is to become unplugged.
You can go underground if you want to... but it means taking some steps that will reduce your exposure but doesn't remove it completely....
@Mad Mike Re: @That terrorist "Ian Michael Gumby"
They key to stopping a terrorist attack is to stop them before they can act.
The information which Greenwald and Snowden have released has damaged the security of the UK and US countries.
You're never going to find an 'aha!' moment or the proverbial silver bullet and even when you do, many will not believe it.
Saddam admitted he was claiming to have WMDs as a way to keep the Iranians at bay. So while the information was ultimately false, it was true that Iraq claimed to have them. Saddam was amazed that the US fell for it, but that's another topic for discussion. Saddam's admittance was never widely publicized.
Here's also an interesting rub. They stopped Glenn's boy toy. Now why did they know to stop him?
Think about that.
It goes beyond harassing someone. They had credible intelligence that he was the mule aka courier.
@ Mad Mike ... Re: @AC
I just wonder what they taught you in school.
Without the Americans, you had Dunkirk. What does that tell you.
With out the Americans, you lacked the resources for the long haul. So too did Germany.
Germany could have taken Europe and held it, except that he couldn't also contain the Russians.
What Russia did was sacrifice their Western cities and moved their industrial production further east. This made it difficult for the Germans to knock out their ability to produce weapons so they could fight.
1) You would need a 4 engine bomber from Europe to strike at the Eastern Seaboard of the US. Germany built 2 engine bombers to strike closer targets.
2) US had all the raw materials needed to produce weapons as well as factories across the nation.
(Look at a map and learn geography. The US is really a big country. It would take a train over 3 days to cross the US. How long does it take a train to go the length of the UK Island? ) [Talking 40's tech]
3) Man power. Yes, we were fighting on two fronts. Bailing the British Empire out on both sides of the world. Didn't see the Brits bombing Tokyo. Did I miss something?
If we want to look at British victories? El Alamein. That was the most strategic victories and the only one where you can give sole credit to the Brits. Note that I don't include the air battle over Britain, but I guess I should include it.
In terms of the 'tank', Lancelot de Mole was an Australian. And of course the British Government shot him down repeatedly too. That was WW I and after the war, the Germans advanced the tech, as did the Russians with sloped armor. So again to my point about the jet engine, you can add the tank to yet another wasted blunder by the British Military. ;-)
Ooops! (I'd love to do this all day... but I have a day job.)
Ok, and to be clear, as much as I love pointing out the blunders and lack of imagination on the part of the British Government, that doesn't mean that the Brits as a whole haven't done much in terms of providing advancements in tech. They have. I just started poking fun of the Brit who posted how thanks to them, they saved the scientists who were responsible for the bomb. And that just isn't true.
@ I. Aproveofitspendingonspecificprojects Re: A stunning lack of history
You really lack an understanding of the world history. What do they teach you in school these days?
The Lend Lease act allowed the American Government to purchase munitions and arms and give them to the Brits and Allies so that they could hold off the Germans. If this didn't happen... Germany could have invaded the UK.
The jet engine was a 'simultaneous' discover between a Brit and an Italian. With the Brit's engine a better design. The British government shot down his idea...
The real invention that helped save the day was the Turbocharged Rolls engine that they mated with the P-51 Mustang.
The point was that if the UK surrendered to Germany, you wouldn't have rescued anyone... Also my point was that the bulk of the scientists who were involved in the bomb project were already in the US prior to the start of WWII.
You do realize without the US and the lend lease act... you would haven't had the opportunity to 'rescue' scientists not to mention that many were already living in the US.
You do remember that little science project going on under the bleachers at the University of Chicago?
The one contribution that the UK could have made was the jet engine back in the late 30's.
Oh wait. British Government shot that one down.
@Bitterbug Re: 'boy toy'?
Yes, he is his boy toy.
I don't believe that they are legally married.
So they are living in sin so to speak. Regardless of their sexual orientation that's the correct phrase.
(Not that I'm passing judgement.)
Re: @That terrorist "Ian Michael Gumby"
"Do you really think embarrassing the government should be on a par with plotting to kill, injure or maim innocent people?"
Running up and putting a cream pie in to the face of one of the royals? That would be embarassing.
But you could go to jail for assaulting them.
How about snapping a photo on your iphone of the younger prince getting a lap dance in a strip club.
Now that would embarrass the country...
But taking and disseminating classified documents which hurt the national security of the country?
Yeah, I'd say he deserves to be bitch slapped around a bit. Oh wait, he wasn't. He was just detained.
He was a mule. And as a mule, when you get caught, you do the time.
@dogged.... Re: Not quite the same
"Are you now telling me that it is illegal for some information (regardless of type) to be carried in the UK? That somebody can be arrested for carrying some files around?"
It depends on what that information contains...
Stop me if you've heard this one...
A long time ago, there was a revolution in the American Colonies against their British overlords.
There was this one guy riding on horseback... Benedict Arnold who was a British Loyalist.
He was found carrying a piece of paper in his sock...
Do you really have to ask why one can be stopped and arrested for carrying around certain documents that they don't own?
You seem to be implying that he was going to be found guilty regardless of his actual guilt.
Sorry, but the court got it right.
Were it Greenwald who was detained... then you could argue that he was a member of the press, however... that in and of itself isn't a strong shield.
I'm probably going to get a massive amount of down votes, but Greenwald set his boy toy up to take a fall. Of course because of the information. Were Greenwald carrying it, he would definitely end up back in the US facing charges. (Whether he's guilty or not of anything but being a prat.)
(Yes, I think Greenwald is a Don Quixote wantabe and a massive idiot.)
When you are going to break the laws, be prepared to face the consequences.
One has to ask...
If Google is doing deep packet sniffing to see what you're doing so that they can better understand how to serve your advertisements...
Sorry, they are a firm you can't trust.
Re: don't get it
So you want to pay to put a camera on your face as you walk around.
Invading other's privacy because you don't give a rat's ass about your own?
So when you walk in to the pub, and focus on a person's face, Google glass could capture the image, try to identify the person using facial recognition and then track data about that person being at location X,Y at a specific time.... That's the creep factor. You're now a toad for Google. While you say that Google couldn't do that... want to bet? The concept came from a Japanese Anime Eden of the East. (And I'm sure someone could cite an even earlier reference. )
Many of you be-itch about the NSA spying... compared to Google, they are amateurs.
Short rule of thumb, don't wear them...
Google is saying... don't wear them when you're going to be someplace and people find it offensive.
That could mean clubbing (bars), restaurants, movie theaters, coffee shops, essentially any place in public.
Google says don't use them instead of the big devices so you don't have to concentrate on what's on the screen. What does this mean? DONT WEAR THEM WHILE DRIVING BECAUSE THEN THE GOVERNMENT WILL OUTLAW THEM EVEN IF YOU HAVE PRESCRIPTION LENSES.
So in short. Just say No.
Don't be a glasshole. period.
That's a different rub.
Bean counters like the dollar per hour metric.
They don't grok that you can do with fewer higher priced people and the end result will be working software for an over all lower TCO.
But here's the rub.
There's always some idiot who will BS about their ability and demand the higher wage even though they can't do the work. So all the bean counters see is a bunch of consultants wanting more money.
If you can build the small team of people who can produce results and repeat those results, then you have a winner.
@AC ... Re: Meanwhile
No, the Brits pull us over because the software ideas were developed and integrated here.
When your management team is so very conservative, you'll watch your intelligent young Brits jump ship from the island and come to the US where they have freedom.
"Much of the widely-alleged benefit of offshoring sounds like a typical tunnel-vision fantasy of a stereotypical accountant. As with IT, there are a lot of Indians here working in accounting. I wonder if any of them are pushing both offshoring and importing--and perhaps steering their employers to particular staff sources in India. Of course I wouldn't want to suggest that anyone is taking bribes. No American businessperson--much less a government official--would ever do such a thing, any more than an Indian businessperson would offer a bribe."
I don't think you have to dig that deep to get a reason why you see companies not only onshoring staff but building technical staff over in India.
First to the bean counter who has his MBA from some school, he is taught that the secret to success is to reduce costs which will increase profits. In IT, that means reducing the cost for staff.
If all you need are trained monkeys, you go to where you can find the cheapest trained monkey. (If you don't like monkeys, replace it with seals...)
They don't understand that just because you are a FTE and have the same title as the guy next to you, that you are not equal. They also don't understand that the art in software engineering isn't just to hammer out code that works, but that not only works, but works well and can easily be maintained and extended.
Another myth is that having code that just works is ok because in 3 years, the next great thing is going to happen so they will end up replacing the system. (Only trouble is that you now have a sunk cost in your software and you want to ride it out because you don't have budget to build the next great thing.)
The other truth is that the bean counter gets promoted and a bonus for making short term gains, regardless of the long term expense.
The evidence is that I fail to see one success story here about making things work in an off shore outsourced world.
How many sites do we see that pop up with 'interview questions' and answers?
I've even seen one guy boast that he could learn enough to get the job... and I've heard funny 'horror' stories of interviews gone wrong...
But I digress...
The point is that until the MBA schools teach manager that Offshoring doesn't work... they will continue to do it.
Re: Only Half?
I wonder if we did an audit of those rejected and see if it was because they lied about the skills they supposedly had, or if there was some other discrepancy in their paperwork?
Huh? Re: I have two queries
Not sure what you're talking about.
The graph shows a major decrease in unplanned outages. Meaning the kit is more reliable.
Re: Enterprise software licensing is so much fun...
The issue isn't a question of 'free use' of a commercial product for personal use, but that Rimini Street was selling 3rd party support to customers.
So if a customer was running Oracle 11i and the system is stable and the customer doesn't want to pay Oracle, which would probably force them to upgrade to a supported release, the company could contract with Rimini Street.
What makes this more interesting is that the founder of Rimini Street was also founder of a previous company which Oracle had sued and won for doing essentially the same thing.
Rimini Street also filed for an IPO.... That's one company that is sure to get shorted in to non-existence.
@AC Re: Goose and Gander
Don't know which rock you live under...
But you send an email to a friend on gmail... Google will slice and dice the email... they will then build a profile of you the sender. Why? Because they can. You didn't agree to it, but your buddy with the gmail account did.
You want to sue them? Go for it. While you're at it, can you spare a brother a cool million? (Think about how much the lawsuit will be if Google doesn't succeed in getting it tossed in the first place...)
@AMBxx Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices
That's exactly what you are getting.
A small computer with hot swap drives.
The difference is that its meant to sit on your LAN with no monitor or keyboard and all it does is manage a raid configuration of disks for you.
This is just a plug and play piece of hardware where you don't have to do anything to set it up.
You are paying for the convenience.
"Do you know a guy by the name Setphen Elop?" [sic]
Actually, I do. ;-)
More to your point... anyone with half a brain in this industry has at least a dozen or so head hunters in their contact lists.
Re: @ Destroy All Monsters
You have this bizarre concept of what it means to run a company that you founded.
I've done the 'work for a big comany' gig [HAL] Been there, done that. Too many incompetent fscks and bureaucracy.
Try running your own firm.
You talk about the CEO crashing the company.
Guess what... when 2008 hit, and things ground to a halt... lots of small consultancies floundered. As things slowed down, you still had to make payroll. And you had to make payroll for everyone else while you didn't get paid.
You need the golden parachute to attract top talent.
In the US... paying 100% of health insurance for you and 50% for spouse and family is a benefit to attract talent. (Do you realize what that costs per employee?) Vacation, quarterly bonuses, bump's in salary while rates are getting slashed? Do you know what Net60 means to your cashflow?
Or having to buy equipment, office space, phone?
It aint cheap junior.
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