* Posts by Muira

7 posts • joined 27 Jul 2018

Quick, get the popcorn: Amazon Web Services says Microsoft's benchmarks for Azure are a load of stripe

Muira

Re: So Amazon paid $5Bn in various taxes

Yes, this is very significant. All those RSUs vest and they are typically* taxed as ordinary income at an individual's marginal tax rate at the time they vest. So you pay federal, state, local, and FICA taxes.

* unless you opt for Section 83(b) Election (which most people don't) in which case you had better stay at the company long enough for the stock to vest or you have paid a lot of tax upfront (on the day of the grant) and the shares never vest.

Why so glum, VMware? It's Friday. Oh, is it this $235m patent infringement invoice from Densify? Too bad, so sad

Muira

Re: US Patent 8,209,687 & 9,654,367

You mean like the patent for a method of swinging on a swing that has just expired? https://patents.google.com/patent/US6368227B1/en

Serverless is awesome (if you overlook inflated costs, dislike distributed computing, love vendor lock-in), say boffins

Muira

You're presumably thinking about connection pools etc. for relational DBs. They are a pain, for sure. But the end is nigh for these things, Everything is (or will become, if not already) an API call. It's a simple HTTPS request, that's signed for authentication (and to prevent tampering), that delivers the SQL request (or whatever). No complex connection setup, no persistent connection pooling, no fighting for shared resources. The auth and request are combined in the same, single, lighter-weight HTTPS request.

Google throws new version of Dart at the desktop, will be hoping it sticks with app devs

Muira

Re: Hobbyists and workers

Worth bearing in mind that the ECMAScript 2015 class syntax does not actually introduce a traditional object-oriented inheritance model to JavaScript. It simply allows you to write code using more traditional OO syntax while under the covers it remains the existing prototype-based inheritance. It doesn't provide the guarantees that every Java developer has become used to.

Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

Muira

The face comparison algorithm yields results with a 'similarity' which is a measure (0-100%) of how confident the algorithm is that two faces match. The positive results that they obtained are relatively low similarity (sub-90%). An educated individual would not consider these a good match. You can also ask the API to ignore matches that do not exceed a specific threshold, and this is common practice, but the people who did this experiment did not. Hence the misinformed results and the misplaced outrage.

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