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Comment: Re:Plant? (Score 1) 368

by Bengie (#49752217) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever
Java seems to like to create objects more often than .Net. Even though it does this quite quickly, it causes the GC to kick in more often, and the GC does a stop world, and stop world is bad for thread scaling.

A 1% difference of total CPU time spent in GC time can quickly turn into a 100% different in performance. Amdahl's law has caused me great pain when trying to reduce GC time.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 2) 289

by Bengie (#49720093) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband
The FCC is tasked with governing and regulating how citizens communicate, including the Internet. They are not clearly overstepping their bounds, they're just in a grey area as to where the line should be drawn. Part of their job is to make sure citizen have "good" access to the Internet. It can get pretty bad before the FCC can step in and make changes, but many think we are already there and the FCC is dutied with fixing the situation before it gets worse.

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 528

by Bengie (#49711747) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint
You bring up another subject of discussion

Which scenario would you rather be in.
1) Save one person's life, but let 1mil other perish directly because of your "good deed"
2) Kill one person knowing it will save 1mil others.

Would you rather kill or save the one person?

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions" has two meanings.
1) Doing evil with good intentions
2) Doing good with good intentions, but getting a horrible outcome

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action (Score 1) 528

by Bengie (#49711511) Attached to: Harvard Hit With Racial Bias Complaint
GPAs above 4.0, hah. The only GPA my Uni cared about was the local high school which had some accredited classes that actually counted towards credits. Otherwise their stance about GPAs that they were arbitrary numbers and completely worthless. All that mattered to get in was ACT, SAT, or a valued recommendation.

Comment: Re:Fuck you. (Score 4, Interesting) 616

by Bengie (#49711465) Attached to: Editor-in-Chief of the Next Web: Adblockers Are Immoral
Do advertisements add enough value to my existence to compensate me for the time lost? Not rhetorical, I think it's a good question. Having some commercials while watching TV may be the only reason I have something to watch on TV, I can appreciate that. But in the paste decade or more, commercials have consumed such a large portion of the time of TV, that it was no longer worth the time investment to be constantly interrupted, taking 30 minutes of my time to watch a 15 minute show.

I guess I would use that as an example. Another staggering fact that I learned while in school is that about 50% of the cost of enterprise software is marketing, If you pay $10k for some software, about $5k of that cost was convincing you to purchase it in the first place. I understand that to some degree that marketing is a necessary evil, but holy crap!

Comment: Re:Alteryx (Score 2) 94

by Bengie (#49710133) Attached to: In-Database R Coming To SQL Server 2016
When I was doing research into databases and total cost of ownership, Postgres was pretty much the best until about $100k, then MS-SQL caught up and it was pretty much a tie. MySQL was pretty bad the entire way through. There were a few other databases, but they were both uncommon and not ever better.

With Postgres and MS-SQL being pretty much a tie on TCO, just choose whichever best fits your situation. Postgres does have a low barrier of entry and can do some pretty nifty things, but those things increase the base technical expertise required to program and administrate.

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