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Comment: Re:32bit vs 64bit (Score 1) 156

by PlusFiveTroll (#48865321) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Some of the time older programs work, and other times they don't. Take some ancient version of Advantage database server, or a whole pile of proprietary DBs. Installing older versions on newer Windows is almost certain to break. Many have copy protection schemes that make assumptions on how Windows operates.

Comment: Re:End of support, not "end of life". (Score 1) 156

by PlusFiveTroll (#48865233) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

>I agree that computers "don't get slower", they are always the same speed as the day you bought them, that software "doesn't get worse", it's the same software as the day you bought it. I get the comparative nature of this.

This is true, but at the same time growth in data sets can make this not true too. Start out with a customer database that has a limited number of fields and it works great, everything hot fits in cache, most of the database fits in memory. Then as the years go buy you need to store more information. You add more columns, for things like email, websites, whatever else you can think of. All of the sudden your it doesn't fit in cache and you get a dramatic slowdown. You decide to live with it rather then spend $10,000+ to upgrade. You add many more customers, now the data doesn't fit in memory and you're going to disk and swap. I see this happen in real life quite often with large companies that take 10+ seconds to look up customer records.

Software doesn't change, but data does. And the data makes or breaks the system.

Comment: Re: Maybe (Score 1) 93

by PlusFiveTroll (#48799475) Attached to: The Next Decade In Storage

At one point you spent huge sums of money on memory, or a smaller large pile of money on lots of drives if you were in the moderate sized database world. With SSD you get excellent performance at a cost that ends up being far cheaper than disk per IOP. There are many applications where flash is replacing both memory and disk.

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

The difference between your pre-90 car and a car now, is you were much less likely to walk away if your old car got hit. New cars are made of plastic crumply stuff on purpose. They are cheaper to replace than body parts. RICO wouldn't go anywhere, they'd just show they are trying to meet safety standards.

Comment: Re:Carriers (Score 2) 312

by PlusFiveTroll (#48707041) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

And they are not going to. A sizable percentage of an ISPs customers have some kind of bot on it. Since almost everyone these days has a NAT router if one computer out of ten has a bot on it, the entire network goes down. Customers get pissed. Bills don't get paid. Long arguments with tech support over who's problem it is. Some of these bots are wireless clients that move around too.

Or, they can do what they are doing now and neglect the problem. My money is on the continued neglect except in the worst of cases.

Comment: Re:I don't even... (Score 0) 323

by PlusFiveTroll (#48655775) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

Thinking that governments have not, are not, and will not adjust children for their own means is slightly maladjusted in itself.

>My program for educating youth is hard weakness must be hammered away. In my castles of the Teutonic Order, a new youth will grow up, before which the world will tremble. I want a brutal, domineering, fearless and cruel youth. Youth must be all that. It must bear pain. There must be nothing weak and gentle about it. The free, splendid beast of prey must once again flash from its eyesThat is how I will eradicate thousands of years of human domesticationThat is how I will create the New Order.

Comment: Re:Old (Score 2) 628

by PlusFiveTroll (#48642739) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Ah, we can always pump more oil out of the ground. We will always be able to find new sources of oil. What kind of liberal leftist ploy are you coming up with trying to say that we can't stick an unlimited number of tube and get an unlimited amount of oil out.

See, I too can use hyperbole as dumb as yours. We are not longer replacing people with machines, we are replacing people with machines, communication, and simulated intelligence.

Speed of a tortoise breaking the sound barrier = 1 Machturtle