The complexities of a Multi-tenant Architecture

A coworker asked for a quote on what I thought about them:

Multi-tenant architecture initially reduces costs by streamlined business processes constraining tenants to make operations more consistent. Friction develops where existing processes shoehorned into something different feel less than ideal or not the way the tenant might have designed it.

The one I prefered:

Reductions in hardware, licensing, and staffing costs initially draw organizations into multi-tenant architectures. Streamlined business processes make operations more consistent to achieve an actual favorable return on investment. Friction develops where existing processes shoehorned into something different feel less than ideal or not how the tenant might have designed it.

He asked because of my experiences running “WebCT/Blackboard Vista” and D2L.

Let’s add more electoral votes

If we don’t want to make states out of the territories, then let’s at least give them non-voting members of Congress and Electoral College votes like the District of Columbia via the 23rd Amendment.

  • DC has a population of about 720,000 people which would make it the 3rd smallest state. It gets 3 electoral votes consistent with Wyoming, Vermont, and Alaska.
  • Puerto Rico has a population of about 2,874,000 people which would make it the 15th smallest state and would get 5 electoral votes similar to New Mexico and Kansas.

Setting up Puerto Rico with 5 electoral votes would make presidents more interested in their affairs. The 45th president told people at a rally Puerto Rico better vote for him. This could make that a reality.

It would be good for Virgin Islands and other places to get one elector.

Counting in counties

The frequency of both words being used in the same sentence the past couple days has me wondering about the relatedness. So, I looked up the etymology of both.

  • count (verb) late 14c., “to enumerate, assign numerals to successively and in order; repeat the numerals in order,” also “to reckon among, include,” from Old French conter “to count, add up,” also “tell a story,” from Latin computare “to count, sum up, reckon together,” from com “with, together” (see com-) + putare “to reckon,” originally “to prune,” from PIE root *pau- (2) “to cut, strike, stamp.”
  • county (noun) mid-14c., “a shire, a definite division of a country or state for political and administrative purposes,” from Anglo-French counte, from Late Latin comitatus “jurisdiction of a count,” from Latin comes (see count (n.1)). It replaced Old English scir “shire.”

So, not at all. Both come from different French and Latin terms. French conter vs counte and Lating computare vs comitatus.

English is weird, yo.

Donation matching

Georgia Public Broadcasting just concluded their October funding drive. Something I noticed and wondered about is all the matching.

They would say, “whatever you donate will be matched dollar for dollar to double [or triple] it.” Then sometimes explain the matching funds came from earlier donations.

Something about this feels like a Ponzi scheme. I guess the way this would be legitimate is the people providing the matching funds donated to that cause knowing that the people donating later are going to be enticed into helping using them. I might have heard something about that earlier, but I am not sure.

I remember a decade ago GPB using the matching less frequently. I guess they are getting more success with donations to back the matches.

Are there any numbers on how much came in for the matching funds? If not, then people are taking their word about whether there is enough to cover. They could just say a donation is doubled to entice it when they ran out of matching funds before that point.

Modern Red Record

I read The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States in 2015. It was a couple years after the start of #BlackLivesMatter. I read it after the mayor of Charleston claimed not to know about the treatment of blacks, so people created reading lists, and this was on them.

It came to my mind that #BlackLivesMatter is really a modern version of the Red Record.

The United States to create fairness has a justice system. Law enforcement makes an arrest. Criminal prosecutors charge the arrestee. A judge runs a trial. A jury makes a decision on guilt. In the case of the jury deciding the individual is guilty, there is a punishment applied. In the most severe offenses being guilty, the individual might get an execution.

Lynchings are where the individual gets an execution without a trial. A mob kills the individual. Or it might be a smaller group.

Law enforcement killing someone they sought to arrest circumvents justice where they are supposed to uphold it.

Election season: U.S. leader quotes on my mind

Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.

President James-Garfield, 100th anniversary of Declaration of Independence

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln