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Comment Re:some of the challenges (Score 1) 127 127

Admittedly not as large but I worked on 2000+ node clusters in the early oughts. They way they got "efficiently used" was they were broken up and jobs generally only used a small subset of relatively adjacent nodes. One scientist would use 40 cores on 10 servers sharing a switch, another 100 copies of a serial app on 100 cores etc. Every once and a while, and it was rare, an astrophysicist or whatever would actually use hundreds of cores concurrently for a parallel algorithm. It was by far the minority case though. That said it is ~13 years later and more tools to use parallel exist, and DOE, defense etc have more budget to pay for massive parallel code to be written and even if it is relatively junk if it runs faster in parallel throw 1B of computer at it and say "well our budget is +- 1 steath fighter anyways so ....".

Comment caps lock should be on the function row (Score 1) 535 535

right next to the calculator button. The 1 time a year you wish you had it you can hunt for it and push it. Maybe instead it could be a page down and with shift a page up button Rather than when navigating having to go way the hell off the home row to hit the tiny buttons.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 270 270

Since we are discussing rules for the society where those links hold true, it hardly matters.

If/when society changes radically enough, we can revisit.

That will be quite a radical change though since as far back as written history goes, we find remarks about young adults being more rash and hot-headed than their elders and so in need of guidance.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 270 270

See the references here.

If your claim was true, parents would instinctively tell their 5 year olds to go to bed when they feel like it and wouldn't worry about it if their 12 year old decided not to come home until morning.

Instead, they recognize that the 5 year old is developmentally advanced enough to avoid immediate threats but is nowhere near ready to plan their future.

Your knowledge is decades out of date.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 270 270

That's just BS.

No it isn't. It is a fact of human development.

That doesn't mean helicopter parenting is in order or that they can't manage at home by themselves for a while with generally increasing autonomy, but it does mean that expecting adult thinking about longer term life choices will be hit and miss at best. It makes no more sense to hold them forever responsible for their actions than it does to teach calculus in kindergarten.

While pulling everything off the internet forever isn't really possible, we can certainly disallow use of old information from childhood when deciding on employment or credit at the very least.

Comment So where is the rending of garments? (Score 5, Insightful) 102 102

Snowden hands over evidence that the NSA has been illegally spying on U.S. citizens and Allies (not to mention perjuring itself before Congress) to an American journalist resulting in a careful release of some data to prove the allegation and the feds call for his head on a platter, even risking an international incident or two to try to disappear him.

The OPM fumbles and hands over 4.2 million very detailed dossiers on federal employees and 21 million others with security clearance to China and the feds say "no worries, we'll give you a year of credit monitoring.....eventually.".

Comment Re:Why do you need this stuff on the internet at l (Score 1) 83 83

I can imagine a few good reasons *IF* security is tight enough. For example, many people don't know in advance when they will return home. It might be nice to bump the heat up or the AC down when they're on their way. Some people get 'lock anxiety' when they are out (OMG, did I forget to lock the door). Now they can be sure.

The key is to make sure it is secure. My preference would be a firewall rule on the router that allows me to ssh to a designated box that then allows me to control the home systems. Make it pubkey authentication only.

As for the intranet, given how many people fail to secure their WiFi, I wouldn't count on that keeping it secure either. Better if there is decenty authentication on the device itself.

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