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Comment: Use a tool for what its good for (Score 1) 55

by ADRA (#48619749) Attached to: The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

Hadoop is good at generally running massive queries of tons of data in a relatively efficient amount of time. I say efficient and not fast, becuase the requests can vary from well structured for grid data sets to massive bloated ugly queries that would be massive bloated and ugly in any DBMS environment. If you want to talk about regulation, etc.. I think you're batrking up the wrong tree with Hadoop. If you're concerned with regulation, seed the DB with unique though meaningless data when importing and avoid all of those problems.

Comment: Re:Knowledge is power (Score 5, Insightful) 594

by ADRA (#48603301) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

NIMBY man, it either makes people on the interstate slower, or those in their neighborhoods. The result is someone's going to be unhappy that you're on the road. If said is the case, there's absolutely no asshole cred being handed out for making your life easier.

Don't like traffic going through your nehbourhood? Make it unmanageable for traffic to traverse quickly, which will affect you, but everyone pays for those roads, and everyone has the right to use them as they see fit.

Comment: Re:That retarded logic (Score 1) 130

by ADRA (#48601687) Attached to: Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

It could only be barely considered illegal if the channel in which the media is presented has some form of 'official' character. If Google published a video under their official YouTube publishing tag, one could say that the video should be as specified, but if spliff666 published "Attack of the Clones" to their YouTube account, there's exactly zero assumption of the video being in any form 'legitimate', which a charge of fraud would first have to establish--- IMHO IANAL.

Comment: Re:That retarded logic (Score 1) 130

by ADRA (#48601653) Attached to: Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

That in fact depends on the host country's law regarding this. In the US, facilitating the illegal use of copyright is enough to get into trouble, which is why there aren't Illegal content torrent sites in the US, and why many old peer software sharing services like napster no longer exists.

Comment: Holistic Nutbars (Score 1) 1050

by ADRA (#48581993) Attached to: Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

I have a friend who is one, and no matter how hard you try to get them to see reason, you know you're talking to a brick wall, because their wall of ignorance will never allow for rational discourse. Their belief has only been amplified by all the media on new/old age of holistic medicines, aroma therapy, acupuncture, food alergies, etc. etc.. some may actually have some practical benefits for some illnesses, but that just reinforces the belief that a scorched earth approach to diet, medication, etc... are somehow better for themselves / children. I fear for those people, and apparently from the article, those around them.

Comment: Akami is dead (Score 0) 67

by ADRA (#48567975) Attached to: BitTorrent Launches Project Maelstrom, the First Torrent-Based Browser

Yeah, they're really shaking in their boots. But really, if you want 'anonymous' go use Tor I guess. What is this besides something that will probably break most of the web?

Seriously, if you think static content is the life blood of your internet business, then a solution like this (though packaged specifically for your audience) is great, but how does this help anyone else, when I'd say about 90% of the content delivered to most people now a-days are at least somewhat curated to you as an individual or at least browser individual?

Comment: Re:why would I write to that? (Score 1) 187

by ADRA (#48535075) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Core

I'd complain more about Java generics being an illusion to begin with, which is annoying but not the end of the Earth. Considering that all generics were overlayed the java 'Object' typing model of which runtime/language primitives like int/float/etc.. are not a part of, it isn't surprising that primitives were left out of the generics system as well.

isNullOrEmpty is a trivial single-line method, which is generally why nobody who develops in java cares about this or any other nit picking problems. Why not bitch about the lack of Pairs and Triples?

"??" is once again syntactic sugar, which is fine if you want to obfuscate and reduce code clearity, but if I wanted to write (X==null?X:-1). I think most people can deal with it as well.

There are many reasons to hate on Java, but at least rant about things (like non-runtime generics) that are actual problems to people who use the language on a day to day basis?

Comment: Uh yeah? (Score 4, Insightful) 193

by ADRA (#48506101) Attached to: Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

When you have a device that lasts maybe 5 years of use, adding about $100 per child per year just for the device really starts to add up.

I suppose chromebooks could be used for some entry CS-like education and obviously word processing, but I have no idea what educational aid an iPad contains besides maybe text books, but if that was the case, I'd rather have schools endorsing an epaper solution being far cheaper, energy efficient, and probably better on those poor kid's eyes (staring at screens for 8 class hours and how many home hours?).

Comment: Re:What is it? (Score 1) 145

by ADRA (#48450765) Attached to: Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

Eggs require chickens which requires feeding chickens, which is fine if you're raising the chickens yourself, but when you have a world with billions of people, not everyone can raise their own chickens, so either you stop eating chickens, or you get someone else to raise them for you. *takes breath* All that chicken requires a lot of feed, and a lot of feed takes more airable land away from producing the crap you do want, like human consumable veg and the such. Airable land is scarce and getting more so. So either you stop eating all together (a proud though darwinian outcome), you find more efficient human consumtion methods (like the one listed in said article), you purge humanity thorugh bloody force, or you purge humanity through artificial means of blocking reproduction. Pick your poison.

Comment: Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (Score 1) 320

by ADRA (#48368991) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Would using frameworks make you a cheater? Would copying a very know pattern (as a Pair/Triple) deem you a cheater (even if you attributed it, like I often did both in school and in professional life)? If you read a help site that says do A, B, C , D and you do the same operation of steps exactly (regardless of copy/paste), is that cheating?

If you want to stomp out cheaters, come up with problem domains with very unique and strange processes that wouldn't be found in the wild. If you want to bust someone for leveraging a well known, legally OK use of a tool, you might as well stop issuing CS-diplomas and start issuing CS-that-won't-function-in-the-real-world-diplomas.

Maybe the better appeal woud be an official citation system so that you can prove sources in an adequite way. Most courses in Uni have soime sort of standardized attribution system, why not CS?

Comment: Re:Why are Asians always ignored in this discussio (Score 1) 459

by ADRA (#48361147) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Because people like to complain about their perceived natural handicaps more than breaking out of them.

20-30 years from now when Asians dominate actual tech innovation (if they haven't already) and all the lazy white guys like myself will be slagging the 'yellow guys stealing my job', or insert some other out group who I feel threatened of.

Racial / religious / sexual / etc.. intolerance happens, I try to avoid it like the plague but the only way to truly overcome is on a personal level. Donate money to outreach and education programs if you think it'll help (i'm doubtful) or be the shining image of what -insert said minority- can be by outshining your peers and FORCE them to recognize your achievements. Is it hard? Sure, but to assume no handicaps in this world is to welcome a very disappointing life. I'll welcome the world when we're all born with the same opportunities, but I'm not deluded enough to assume it'll happen in my lifetime.

Comment: Uh (Score 4, Insightful) 112

by ADRA (#48341097) Attached to: Amazon's Echo Chamber

Netflix made 71m off of the 'there's no money to be made slinging content' game, and who knows how much Apple makes off music, either in content distribution or hardware. Yes, they made a product less desirable for their market and they're paying for that mistake, oh well.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.