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Comment Re:Still... (Score 1) 835

I think between the overly-agressive memory management of windows (6GB of RAM, 1.5GB in use for active programs, 2GB for system cache, and it's *still* paging stuff? WTF?), and the fact that it memory-maps executables (as opposed to copying them to memory to run) cause major problems if a drive is operating slow. True it can service another process while it's accessing the disk, but what if that process has to be paged off of disk before it can be run? True the CPU can go onto the next process, but I'm still here waiting for Word or WoW to open. Memory-mapping of executables was great when all we needed was 640Kb of memory, but today it's only purpose is to require exclusive filelocks when a process is running and prevent the application from being updated. This doesn't explain why a system would run fast for weeks/months and then suddenly slow down one day, but it's a serious flaw in how windows manages it's memory and processes.

Comment Re:lite (Score 1) 632

If you're encountering enough lock-ups to cause you to need to be able to end a single tab's process regularly (which is pretty hard to do in Chrome with all the tabs having the same process name mind you) then have fun with your threaded tabs.

See, the beauty of multi-process (or multi-threaded, even) is when one tab locks up, the rest of the browser doesn't. Open Chrome's process manager (Shift+Esc) and kill the tab. And I don't know anyone that goes around trying to open tabs that will lock up the browser. That's done on accident, and it's nice to be able to do something about it when that occurs.


Social Networking Site Safety Questioned 73

An anonymous reader writes to mention a TechNewsWorld article about social networking sites. Researchers are finding these places are goldmines for social engineering exercises. Between worm attacks and simple human observation, sites like MySpace are the perfect place to obtain saleable personal information. From the article: "The danger is real, according to a study conducted by CA and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). In October, the alliance issued its first social networking study examining the link between specific online behaviors and the potential for becoming a victim of cybercrime. Despite all the publicity about sexual predators on sites like MySpace and FaceBook, the alliance took a different approach by measuring the potential for threats such as fraud, identity theft, computer spyware and viruses. Although 57 percent of people who use social networking sites admit to worrying about becoming a victim of cybercrime, they are still divulging information that may put them at risk, as Boyd suggested. Social networkers are also downloading unknown files from other people's profiles, and responding to unsolicited instant messages that could contain worms, the NCSA reported."
Data Storage

Flash Memory HDD for Notebooks Launched 277

ukhackster writes "Traditional magnetic hard drive platters could be on the way out, thanks to SanDisk's launch today of a hard drive based on flash memory chips. The device can store 32GB of data and is meant for notebooks . SanDisk claims that using flash chips means faster access and better reliability, so less danger of a serious system crash wiping out all your valuable data if you drop your laptop. The downside, though, is price. At an extra $600 dollars, are price-conscious consumers going to be interested?"

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst