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Steve Wozniak at Percona Live 2015
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The current archtectural style seems to be to make the building look like it was built out of shipping containers stacked up in a junkyard.
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A useful essay on "whatever happened to the George Jetson 2 hour workday", or more formally, John Maynard Keynes' essay "Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren".  Keynes got many things wrong, and this is one of them, and here is a good explanation why:

Employers have incentives to not hire workers who will work for less of the week, e.g., because of costs associated with hiring more workers and ensuring their productivity.  This is definitely true for high-skill, long-term workers because of overhead effects. Assume it takes six months of full-time (40 hr/wk) effort for a new employee to get up to speed on whatever task or project they are working. And then ten hours a week to keep track of what everyone else on the project is doing, maintain currency in their professional skills, keep up with the literature, and of course complete the mandatory sexual-harassment prevention training, ethics training, desert tortoise awareness training, etc.

If I hire one person to work forty hours a week for five years under such conditions, I get 7,020 hours of productive work. If I hire two people to work twenty hours a week for five years, I get a total of 4,160 hours of productive work. That’s 40% less productivity for the same cost; I really need to hire 3.375 half-time workers to replace one full-time.

And that assumes that the “keep track of what everyone else on the project is doing” overhead is constant. If I’ve got three-and-change times as many people working on the project, that’s more people everyone has to talk to in order to understand what is going on. Probably an extra layer of management. More desert-tortoise awareness training staff, because I can’t train each person half or a third as much.

But if I can get my people to work 60 hours a week, that’s 12,130 hours of productivity from one man over five years. I will about break even even if I have to pay time-and-a-half for overtime – which I maybe don’t if the guy is a salaried employee. And I can start cutting down on overhead and run a generally leaner project team.

Where labor is not a commodity, where specific skills and knowledge and connections matter, you want the right man for the job and you want that man on the job right up to the edge of burnout.

And if you’re asking to work 20 hours a week so you have time to raise your children, play golf, or whatever, understand that you are not offering one-third of what the 60 hr/wk overachiever is providing, you’re offering maybe one-sixth. This will be reflected in the salary and benefits you can negotiate, but it may be camouflaged (e.g. half the nominal full-time salary for a lower-ranked position, no insurance or pension, no bonuses or promotions).

// John Schilling, writing at Slate Star Codex
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So I just explained to a brand design consultant exactly why open source project brand efforts need high quality cleanly colored stickers. She had helped a couple of corporate open source projects brand in the past, and had always been confused by the top level requirement of "must look good on a sticker" and why one of the first purchases after the brand design was done was an order for 10,000 2" round stickers.
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"Tumblr’s interface doesn’t allow you to comment on other people’s posts, per se. Instead, it lets you reblog them with your own commentary added. So if you want to tell someone they’re an idiot, your only option is to reblog their entire post to all your friends with the message “you are an idiot” below it.  Whoever invented this system either didn’t understand memetics, or understood memetics much too well."  // Scott S Alexander
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How long will it be before a payment card is itself a "real computer", with a low bandwidth wireless whispernet VPN connection back to it's issuing bank?  We could almost build one right now in exactly the same formfactor.  It could have eink displays on both sides for payment and notification information, and recharge itself every time it's dipped into a merchant terminal.
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... and it could need regular security updates and go unsupported six weeks after its release; three weeks later every random cracker out there can dip into your account and drain it dry.

Oh brave new world...
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Important public service announcement: if you ever get a call from your bank or your payment card's security department, hang up on them, and call back via the number printed on your payment card.

I just got a call from a blocked number claiming to be my bank's security department, alerting me that my card was locked, and to press 0 to transfer to an agent for assistance.   I hung up on them, and then called the number printed on my card.  My bank's actual security department let me know they are fully aware of this ongoing phishing attempt, and thanked me for knowing not to fall for it.
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Well, I take calls from USAA, but then that's because they tell me stuff, they don't ask me stuff.  That is, they'll call me in order to clear/deny a fraudulent transaction, but they never ask for a number or password.
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The current architectural style seems to be to make the building look like it was built out of shipping containers stacked up in a junkyard.
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Wouldn't a flywheel make more sense than a chemical rechargeable battery for in-home energy storage?
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I did the calculations once. Short answer: no.

Long answer involves assuming a ridiculously huge and massive flywheel going at ridiculous speeds and calculating that there's only a few kWh worth of joules in it.
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Today is my grandfather's birthday.  Alva Lawrence Morgan was born 1894-04-17 and died 1965-10-05, almost 4 years before I was born.  He lived a long and interesting life.  One of the stories I was told that he was drafted into Woodrow Wilson's stupid little war and sent to France.  When he came home, he refused to watch sad and depressing movies, having had his bellyful of real sad and real depressing in the mud of the trenches.
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Director of Open Source Engagement for HP, Resident of Seattle
Introduction
I meet interesting people and learn interesting stuff, and then introduce them all to each other.

I regularly commit autodidactism.

I have demolished a house with a crowbar while wearing a business suit.

I am an introverted people watcher, yet I enjoy public speaking.

I pay attention. I listen, I watch, and I learn.

I drink red wine, green tea, and dark beer.

I love the feel of a smooth nib against good paper, because thoughts and images have to go into books, as well as come from them.

Work
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Open Source & Open Standards Advocate
Employment
  • Hewlett-Packard
    Director, 2012 - present
  • Red Hat Software
    Developer Evangelist, 2011 - 2012
    I travelled extensively to speak to audiences ranging from small users groups and meetups and classrooms, up to conference audiences of thousands of attendees. I helped develop relationships with other technology projects and open source projects. I wrote demos and created blog content. I marketed the power of open source practices internally and externally, and helped external community members make useful contributions to open source projects.
  • Eucalyptus Systems
    Community Manager, 2010 - 2011
    I travelled extensively to speak to audiences and conferences about the Eucalyptus cloud-computing technology. I managed and promoted recognition and engagement with the the project's community of users and developers.
  • MySQL
    Senior Professional Services Consultant, 2007 - 2008
    Professional Services consulting for users of MySQL, concentrating on custom storage engines, specialized server patches, and MySQL User Defined Functions. I travelled extensively to clients' worksites. I worked closely with client web developers, DBAs, IT staff, and project managers, often under conditions of high stress. I worked in a remote distributed manner, while collaborating via email, IRC, phone, Skype, Wiki & XMPP Instant Message.
  • Digeo
    Senior Software Developer, 2001 - 2006
    Responsible for networking features for a Linux based networked consumer appliance (security, iptables, PCMCIA, USB, hotplug). Implemented key parts of a IPTV client (HDTV MPEG over multicast IP). I drove the configuration and management of a custom computing Xen-based grid running DistCC.
  • F5 Networks
    Test Engineer, 2000 - 2000
    Complex, automated, and ad hoc testing of an internet appliance. Wrote new automation test frameworks. Wrote network fault injection and simulation plugins for Linux iptables. Added protocol dissectors to Ethereal Wireshark.
  • Ampersand
    Software Developer, 1996 - 1999
    Wrote SNMP subagents. Wrote a translator for a proprietary telephony control language into Java. Designed, implemented, tested, debugged and documented large software systems. Very large, complex, and advanced Perl development environment. Held a US DOD clearance.
  • HomeStar Communications
    System and Network Administrator, 1996 - 1996
    Provided short-term and long-term expertise for customers on maintenance contracts and on a billed per-hour basis. All aspects of WAN/LAN integration, UNIX, X-Windows, TCP/IP, routers. Customers included ISPs, Internet Transit Providers, and business offices running UNIX, Windows, and Netware. Experience in crisis situations, rapid troubleshooting, telephone and remote network support, and customer relations. Innovated interfacing Web servers and SQL servers in 1995. Installed, configured, and administered Oracle8 and Sybase. Programmed using Oracle OCI, Perl modules, Delphi C/S, CGI, and custom modified HTTP servers. Ran seminars, one on one training, press interviews, and pre-sales for customers, executives, and the press in "internet", "web servers", and "HTML".
  • A&M Networking
    Principal System Administrator & Architect, 1996 - 1996
    Provided short-term and long-term expertise for customers on maintenance contracts and on a billed per-hour basis. All aspects of WAN/LAN integration, UNIX, X-Windows, TCP/IP, routers. Customers included ISPs, Internet Transit Providers, and business offices running UNIX, Windows, and Netware. Experience in crisis situations, rapid troubleshooting, telephone and remote network support, and customer relations. Innovated interfacing Web servers and SQL servers in 1995. Installed, configured, and administered Oracle8 and Sybase. Programmed using Oracle OCI, Perl modules, Delphi C/S, CGI, and custom modified HTTP servers. Ran seminars, one on one training, press interviews, and pre-sales for customers, executives, and the press in "internet", "web servers", and "HTML".
  • WBK Controls
    Lead Software Developer, 1992 - 1995
    Implemented several embedded systems, mostly for USAF military contracts. Responsible for all phases of software specification and design. Primarily responsible for all custom software, including design, coding, testing, and documentation. Participated in formal design and engineering reviews. Adhered to formal standards, including MIL-STD-2167A. Languages used were Ada, C, and assembly (68HC11) on UNIX workstations and embedded processors. User interfaces to automated test control systems. Very low level hardware interfaces, timing and bit twiddling.
  • Sun Microsystems
    Senior Technology Advisor, 2008 - 2009
    I participated in design and value reviews of existing and proposed internal and external technologies, and their usefulness in Sun's cloud technology initiatives. I reported directly to the Sun Cloud CTO. I contributed work to a number of open source projects, with the goal of integrating them with Sun's offerings.
  • Gear6
    Director of Community Development, 2009 - 2010
    This was a director level position. I directed all aspects of community management for the company in general, for the company's contributions to external open source projects, and for growing the community of those projects themselves. I worked with non-employee community developers, and with the developers and staff of other organizations that were engaged in the same projects. I helped manage publicity and tech press engagement for the projects. I interacted directly with PR firms, event organizers, well-known reporters and editors in the technology press, spoke at conferences, and participated in relevant online forums. I also managed the flow of bugs and patches between the company fork and the community versions of the Memcached. I drove the successful and profitable effort to port the company's products to Amazon Web Services.
  • Sun Microsystems
    Professional Services Solution Architect, 2008 - 2008
    Professional Services consulting for users of MySQL, concentrating on custom storage engines, specialized server patches, and MySQL User Defined Functions. I travelled extensively to clients' worksites. I worked closely with client web developers, DBAs, IT staff, and project managers, often under conditions of high stress.
  • Eucalyptus Systems Inc.
    Community Manager, 2010 - 2011
    I travelled extensively to speak to audiences and conferences about the Eucalyptus cloud-computing technology. I managed and promoted recognition and engagement with the the project's community of users and developers.
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