Marketplaces In Computing, Part 2

Last time around, I looked at the tragedy of the commons as it relates to server resources.  Today, I want to introduce two patterns for optimal resource utilization given different sets of actors with independent goals. The Microservice Solution Concept The first use pattern is the easier one:  remove the contention by having independent teams…

Marketplaces In Computing, Part 1

I tend to see resource over-subscription problems frequently at work.  We have a set of product teams, and each team has a manager, a product owner, and a set of employees.  These teams share computing resources, though:  they use the same servers, access the same databases, and use the same networks.  This leads to a…

The Marginal DBA

You Have A Performance Problem; What Do You Do? Brent Ozar had a blog post about what hardware you can purchase with the price of two cores of Enterprise Edition and argues that you should probably spend some more money on hardware.  Gianluca Sartori has a blog post along similar lines.  By contrast, Andre Kamman had an entire…

The economy — stupid or not?

Fivethirtyeight has an excellent breakdown of the State of the Union address and what it actually means. tl;dr -- the economy is better off than mainstream Republicans claim but not as good as the Democrats claim. We're just about to pre-recession levels in a lot of areas. The flip side of the coin is "How…

Sorry, Mike Trout: should have gotten an economics degree

Regression is quickly becoming the most interesting site in the Deadspin network (if the least funny). A recent article actually quantifies a superstar General Manager as more valuable than the best player in the game.  You can get his actual paper here. I've skimmed the paper -- the writing itself could use some improvements, I would…

Contra Penguatroll: The Spike In Tuition

This started out as a comment on yesterday's blog post, but I've been terrible lately about posting, so I'm turning this into a full-blown post. Reasons for tuition going up: 1) Greater demand. Tony is spot-on here; when American culture has gotten to the point where you _must_ go to a four-year university to "find yourself"…

Wage Suppression

Steve Sailer has been posting a lot lately about wage suppression, especially in software development and tech recruiters.  The special agreement hiring policy doesn't quite say what Sailer's saying, though---the collusion involves managers, not engineers. On the other side of things, where I think Sailer's argument is much stronger, we're getting our annual "We've got to…