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Comment: Re:Rules of war (Score 1) 220

by Carewolf (#47801341) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

The maps doesn't really disagree, they are just painted differently. If you double check with google maps on the side, the areas where the BBC map and Russian propaganda map disagrees are uninhabited areas of corn field that probably neither side bothers to defend. Pick you poison. The BBC maps was more informative as it showed Luhansk to be surrounded which it was.

Comment: Re:PowerVR graphics (Score 1) 88

by Carewolf (#47801307) Attached to: MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board

What makes you think they aren't providing drivers?

That they are providing their normal drivers which are no good. They either need to make better drivers (which I don't think they can), or they need to help the production of open source drivers which this could have been a good move to do, but as it is, they just going the NVidia route without the manpower, quality or anything.

Comment: Re:Rules of war (Score 1) 220

by Carewolf (#47798935) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

Rebels consolidated control over their areas and also won several tactical victories before the 'invasion'. If anything, this 'invasion' can be associated with more aggressive push towards capturing Mariupol. I.e. with offensive operations.

Personally, I have a lot of doubts that the 'invasion' is really real. It looks more like Kiev tries to frantically shift the blame from the extreme stupidity of Ukrainian military commanders who simply use soldiers as cannon fodder.


The rebels were losing ground everywhere and suddenly resurged a place they had no men and no foothold, and exactly where we have pictures of more than a 100 russian tanks driving over the border.

Comment: Re:Rules of war (Score 2) 220

by Carewolf (#47796997) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

My considered opinion is that the Ukrainian military is not motivated, not trained, not equipped, not professional, and not reliable. They are heading for the hills because they can't endure the battle which is their duty. They will have a long, long, long wait if they wait for mommy in the form of "international reaction" to punish their bullies.

My assessment does not rely on the completely unsupported phantasm of OMG Russian troops. I don't give it because it pleases me that the situation is this way, but I decline to warp my view of the situation to fit my fantasy of how things ought to be.

Actually it turns out I was wrong, they have been engaging the invading forces heavily and lost, though also it appears the group called "Mothers of Russia" are starting to report about missing sons and bodies coming back.

Comment: Re:How I know that Russian troops are not in Ukrai (Score 1) 220

by Carewolf (#47796865) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

100.000? I would suggest he send 200.000. Ukraine is not a small country like Georgia, a 100.000 is not enough if he wants to take all of it.

Still it would be a stupid thing to do. He needs to keep a soft hand approach to maintain whatever fig leafs that is his plausible denibilty and avoid reopening the iron curtain thereby completely destroying the modern Russian economy. When not only the US and Europe but also China and Japan strongly disapproves with your actions and are invoking sanctions, you are really setting yourself up for some serious isolation.

Comment: Re:Rules of war (Score 3, Insightful) 220

by Carewolf (#47796819) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

As Ukraine is under military assault by Russia at the moment, they should abandon any complaint monitoring for the time being.

That turns out not to be the case. The Ukrainian army - which is rapidly running out of effectives who are willing to lay down their lives for billionaire Nazi oligarchs - has been severely mauled by the militias formed to defend the area around Donetsk and Lugansk. As Americans would form militias to fight for their homes if an army trundled into their state and began bombarding city centres.

Turns out? Turns out?

The legal government led by the newly democratically elected president of the Ukraine was winning and driving the rebels out of even their stongholds like Luhansk, before the Russians decided to openly intervene instead of just sending "soldiers on holliday" and anti-maylasia air systems.

Now, as in the latest few days the Ukraines are withdrawing, they havn't lost any engagements yet, but are moving to better prositions and waiting for international reactions before engaging the invading Russian troops.

Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 1) 397

by Carewolf (#47794627) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

You mean "Kill every company on the internet's business that serves customers in Europe and America."

Legal precedent would compel Google, and everyone else, to do the same stupid thing this judge has ordered, who is apparently unaware of international laws and seems to assume that US law is the only thing that exists or even should exist. If MS loses, everyone loses.

Not really. The European privacy laws doesn't protect the data from court orders. As long as there is a legal process it should be fine. Anyway, if MS or any other wanted to protect the data from the US all they need to have is a switch a non-US residence can flip that disables US access to the data. Once there is no US access that means they will need cooperation from someone not in the US and it needs to go though international procedures.

Comment: Re:nail in W3C coffin (Score 1) 89

by Carewolf (#47792095) Attached to: Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

Most of the HTML5 specifications gets developed here first:

Then eventually after a long process will end up here:

However Picture-tag actually came from the community first, not the W3C or the vendors directly: only later did it become and later became part of the HTML5-specification.

Ehmm. W3C is the community, WhatWG is the vendors. The whole point of WhatWG was to coordinated between browser vendors.

Comment: Re:Cut the Russians Off (Score 3, Insightful) 827

by Carewolf (#47777895) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

And for good measure, Ukraine should "sell" its ownership in the Ukrainian section of the gas pipeline to a Nato country and then shut off the flow of gas.

Cutting off the flow of gas would hurt Europe a lot more than it would hurt Russia at this point. Entering the winter with your largest gas supplier no longer providing you with the gas that you use for heating would suck. And as gas is fungible, it doesn't matter to Russia if we stop buying it from them, unless everyone else stops buying it from them - if China doesn't join in with the boycott then it just means that they'll be buying more has from Russia because the price of everyone else's gas will go up.

No Russian economy depends on this income, it make up a significant part of their entire national GDP, meanwhile Europe has been finding other alternative sources of energy in case Russia would cut of the supply again as they did after the sanction put on them for the invasion of Georgia. And the gas is not fungible, it would take over a year to build new pipelines to other countries, especially China is a long long way away from the gas going to Europe. Russia would be completely and utterly fucked without the gas, in Europe it would just hurt the home owner who has invested in natural gas heating to save money, they would not be saving money anymore.

Comment: Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (Score 1) 83

by Carewolf (#47772379) Attached to: $33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

You don't seem to be talking from experience and seem to be simply conjecturing. I am in India. I have never heard of any village sharing just one cell phone. It is not even plausible.

It isnt? I know several towns in Western Europe that used to share a single cell tower. There are different types of towers, and the big ones used in rural areas have much longer range (in km) than those used in cities (100m). The main limit is how many concurrent connections the tower can handle.

Comment: Re:Switched double speed half capacity, realistic? (Score 1) 315

by Carewolf (#47764473) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

As you mention, 15k SAS drives are going to be rapidly undercut by SSDs. The price difference is no longer 10x or 20x when looking at cost/gigabyte, the price difference is now only 2-3x.

Pay 2x-3x the amount for a SSD of the same size as the 15k SAS, and you gain 50x improvement in your IOPS. For workloads where that matters, it's an easy choice to make now. As soon as you say something like "we'll short-stroke some 15k RPM SAS drives" - you should be considering enterprise level SSD instead. Less spindles needed, less power needed, and huge performance gains.

The only downside of SSDs is that write-endurance. A 600GB SSD can only handle about 120TB of writes over its lifespan (give or take 20-50% depending on the controller, technology, etc). The question is - are you really writing more then 60GB/day to the drive (in which case it will wear out in 5 years).

And more importantly... will you care if it wears out in 4-5 years? That you could handle the same workload using fewer spindles and less power likely pays for itself, including replacing the drives every 4-5 years.

I don't know what you're talking about. You can definitely write more than 120TB/600GB=240 times to the same bits.

Yes, but to all bits? Remember the drive will move around physical where a logical data cell is stored. Each time you write you are almost guaranteed it will be written to a new place and the old just marked free until all cells have been as used as that one.

Comment: Re:"Computing's Narrow Focus"? (Score 1) 329

by Carewolf (#47743285) Attached to: ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

"Computing's Narrow Focus"? Get a degree in petroleum geology or structural engineering if you want a narrow focus. Or pick the wrong field in biology. I know a woman who got a PhD in an area of microbiology that turned out to be a dead end. She ended up managing a coffee shop.

The last has probably nothing to do with her choice of subject. Most biology students end up as unskilled workers. I have several friends who have studied biology, and the job market for them while big is way too small for the sheer number of biologists educated.

Mystics always hope that science will some day overtake them. -- Booth Tarkington