I think he's more surprised that more technologically savvy young people are so cavalier about it, especially at a college. Over the last 40-some years, college students have generally been pretty anti-establishment.
His opinion is that has shifted a little as college has become seen as more vocational, especially with kids focused on "business" degrees ("Fuck liberal arts, I just want to go make money") and as the economy has tightened and people see college as more of an economic stepping stone and less as a place to seek enlightenment. Cue the funeral music for the liberal arts.
My sense I shared with him is that so many kids of college age are SO public with their lives on social media and cellphones that when they feel like they don't have anything to hide, they're kind of being literal about it because they've already shared their opinons and pictures of themselves on Facebook already, so it's like "WTF? What else is there?" They have a very diminished sense of a private sphere.
Of course, I'm 47 next year, so I've accumulated a lot of things to hide...or at least a greater appreciation of a private sphere.
I'm sure there's a lot of great applications, but unifying persistent storage and memory seems like one with a lot of disruptive and performance enhancing possibilities relative to the limitations of RAM vs. disk.
A have a friend who teaches political science and history at a state college. He has been asking his students how they feel about NSA surveillance and the majority opinion is summarized "I have nothing to hide, I'm not doing anything wrong, if it increases safety it's OK."
It doesn't sound to me like a lot of "young people" are taking a very strong civil-liberties position on this. The school he teaches at is a smaller state school (ie, not the main, big-name state university) so the student body tends to be more "mainstream" than the more leftish bias you might expect at the "prestige" main campus.
And when I raise the issue among my 40-something adult peers it's surprising how little people care and the "Where's your tinfoil hat?" look people give you.
I think memristors are a really interesting development, mainly because as I understand one of the potential applications is for storage densities greater than hard disks with DRAM-like access speeds.
It's not hard to postulate applications where you combine data storage and DRAM together, resulting in big performance increases by eliminating much of the latencies involved with disk access.
It probably wouldn't have as much impact on pure CPU bound tasks but so many workloads now are I/O bound and performance limited by disk systems that having a unified DRAM + storage space could mean performance increases beyond what the additional of CPU power alone could mean.
It MUST have been the "goddamn, dipshit, gypsy-dildo" Rodriguez brothers!
...or several of the scenes in Repo Man!
And there's two sides to the cultural thing -- management is an equal player in the push-pull with unions and bears some responsibility for the things typically blamed on unions.
IANAL, but if a public building has a resource available in a common area without access controls or signage indicating its use is restricted, isn't it a reasonable assumption that the resource is a public accomodation available for all to use?
It seems to me that it's not reasonable to make resources available without signage or access controls in a public space and then arrest someone for actually using them.
There may be finer-grained questions about what would constitute "reasonable use" -- ie, I can't run a hose from a public drinking fountain to fill my swimming pool, and maybe charging EVs would violate reasonable use, but unless you post rules for the outlet or some kind of locking mechanism, using an outlet on the outside of a public building to charge an EV in the building's parking lot doesn't seem like theft.
I can believe the firmware issue in SAN systems, especially because I think SANs work with the drives probably more in depth than typical storage environments.
There was a period of time where we had a ton of drives failing in Equallogic SANs and not long after there was new firmware for the controllers and the drives that made the high rate of failure end.
What this makes me wonder, though, is when drives "fail" in a lot of storage environments are they really failing, or is there just some communication issue with the drive and its controller chain? I know a lot of times a failed server RAID drive can be pulled and replaced and it will just rebuild as if it was a new drive (in some cases, not ever failing again or at least not for a long time).
I don't know how, but when plugging a USB A plug it usually takes me more than two tries to get it in. USB B is easier because the plug orientation is more visually apparent.
Mini-B is less troublesome than Micro-B, which is really hard to work with in low light for old farts like me with presbyopia.
Cue the anti-Lightning connector posts.
The proprietary nature of Lightning and its excessive control by Apple is bad, but as a functional connector it works pretty well. I can plug my phone in without being able to see anything and thusfar it has been plenty durable, too. (My Proclip car charger/holder uses a lightning/30pin cable in the base, so it gets pretty hard use without any issues).
I think Apple would have been smart to create a cheap licensing program for it to gain wider adoption, especially for devices that aren't phones or tablets, as well as a more open spec that would have allowed for more innovative use with iPhones for third party components. Now that a USB spec is coming that eliminates the mechanical advantage of Lightning as a plug, the proprietary nature of of Lightning will be more glaring.
This is known as Genre Blindness. I would say that Zombieland did a good job of inverting this trope; the characters (especially Columbus) seem painfully aware of the fact that they are living in The Zombie Apocalypse.
Well then - maybe I shouldn't have skipped that one. Thanks for the suggestion!
This right here is the reason I still come to Slashdot despite watching the overall quality decline.
I could get the same news anywhere else - and have it better delivered. But there's no other place where it will be followed up by insightful elocution on the physics behind suspension tuning in the comments section*. I just love that I can get a technical take on just about any subject out there delivered by someone who spends their life being passionate about that subject.
Thanks for teaching me something today, Scootin159.
*Oh man, I almost exploded just thinking about 'comments section', 'other sites' and 'insightful' at the same time.