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Comment: Re: Great one more fail (Score 1) 582

by Finite9 (#47924153) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint
I'm neither a gun owner or American, but your statement just failed a logic test... How do you know that 2.5 million crimes were avoided if they never happened? Are there strictly defined scenarios that have to be met for the police or courts to come to the conclusion that it was actually because the potential victim had a gun and for no other reason, that the crime did not occur? Or are you just quoting some book?

Comment: Sebastian Thrun must be devastated (Score 1) 182

by Finite9 (#47916989) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't
I took the introduction to artificial intelligence course while he was still at Stanford and they tried this MOOC thing there for the first time. I completed it but didnt take any exam. Afterwards, I heard that he was so excited by the whole MOOC thing that he decided to quit his tenure and go to Udacity. I remember thinking at the time that he was being extremely naive in quiting a position at Stanford for something like this, and really got the impression from his video statements that he was being duped, in a way, by Udacity, who likely probably promised him that this was something BIG! Yes, it could have been, but quitting your day job after the first course is a bit drastic.

Comment: Re: How about making it more fun? (Score 1) 170

really, Quake Live is the ultimate fps deathmatch skill game. You can't take any other modern fps storied game, and make it into the competition game that QL is. CS is the same thing but for tactical combat rather than DM/TeamDM/CTF/duel. That's why CS and Quake Live are till going strong after 16 years. Unless someone takes id tech 5 and releases a new game with heavily updated graphics that also improves even further on weapon/mod balancing,map design and network efficiency in the engine, then QL is going to stay.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (Score 1) 613

by Finite9 (#47824221) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

Simply put, how long does it take to get something like an Oracle DB up, running and usable on Windows vs Linux? What is the cost of that build, including the licensing and the time it takes to put together? I can image a Linux based server with only the stuff I need significantly faster than I can do the same in Windows Server 2012.

Shame you chose Oracle as your example because it's actually much quicker to install on Windows than Linux/UNIX because you have to faff about creating users/groups and setting kernel parameters and checking you've got all the correct dependency versions. Oracle Linux makes it easier by providing a meta package, but RedHat it's all manual. But your point was still bang on the money. --speaking as an Oracle DBA

Comment: Re: *drool* (Score 1) 181

by Finite9 (#47794431) Attached to: Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory
I don't upgrade my system just for extra speed or cores, although that's nice with more cores when you transcoded video. For me its more about the surrounding technologies like chipsets, PCI speeds USB speeds especially sata upgrades, because the bottleneck is still the damn disc drive even with ssd.

Comment: Re:Sales flow chart. (Score 1) 97

by Finite9 (#47564095) Attached to: Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs
I've been working as an Oracle DBA in one of the global top 5 IT services companies (and with that said, I only mean that we have a lot of other companies that we host and manage, and im not implying that im a hot shot DBA) for 12 years. Hosting 150 production databases with many diverse setups is a joy to experience. I've worked in both dev and production teams. I've never worked with any other DB, but im a Linux fanboi and would love to get to grips with postgresql as it fits more in line with my ethics than Oracle does.

Long disclaimer aside; I crave comparisons such as this, but every single time I realise that they are all just anecdotes, and every dba on the planet has their own anecdote. It's hard to find comparisons on the Internet from people that are actually qualified to give such comparisons. The closest we can get is face-offs with the likes of Tom Kyte or Jonathan Lewis against similarly experienced MySQL/Postgresql experts. Many Oracle DBA's are also very arrogant, in my opinion, so these anecdotes tend to fly fast.

my experience is that Oracle is extremely expensive, but i've never dealt with paying that money so i've no appreciation of just how bad it can get. Oracle has some technologies like RAC, Data Guard, partitioning and replication, that from what I can gather have no real competition from other vendors, because they are very stable, fast and feature rich in comparison, which I can attest to. Sure, many other DB's have some implementation of these features, but they are not comparable.

Oracle is very configurable, but also very inconsistent in the syntax for configuration, and everything they provide seems to have followed an organic growth method, rather than an overall encompassing design. A lot of technologies are designed by building on how the underlying engine works. For instance, RAC is constrained by the design of the SGA, rightly or wrongly. DG is constrained by the design of redo log generation. From the very tiny exposure i've had to Postgresql, their design philosophy seems to follow the UNIX/Linux philosophy, and I can imagine that if Oracle had followed suit, then some features in oracle may well have been much more efficient and less complex.

I love working with Oracle DB but then again, im a bit of an elitist, so it appeals to me. I do however get the feeling that it could be a hell of a lot less complex and still fulfill the same goals. And I know for a fact that many Oracle customers don't really need that level of complexity. They could have functioned just fine on any other DB motor, especially the ones that don't use licensable features of oracle, but marketing has lead many to believe it's the only choice if your serious about your data.

Comment: Re: Not rocket science (Score 1) 348

by Finite9 (#47117207) Attached to: Why Snowden Did Right

You conveniently forget that he went to China first and would have stayed in all liklihood if not for the fact that the USA has very strong financial ties and influence there and his security could not be guaranteed. He was probably advised to go to Russia. But don't worry, you're not alone in your forgetfulness... Even John Kerry said the same on TV yesterday

Comment: Re:logical fallacies with this thinking... (Score 1) 193

by Finite9 (#47106009) Attached to: US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

and after RTFA, I could find no mention of the name of "the offical" from Washington anywhere. Almost as if they didn't want to mention their name. Huh. I wonder why? I'd say that was either poor or deceptive reporting from that newspaper.

The only name mentioned in the last paragraph was "State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki", but it is not certain that she was the same official making the statement.

Comment: logical fallacies with this thinking... (Score 1) 193

by Finite9 (#47105983) Attached to: US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

It's racist to forbid a certain race of people from attending a civilian public conference.

People post on the internet anyway. The information will become free, so unless the US creates a great firewall of USA, they aren't going to stop the information from reaching other countries anyway.

The US, by following through on this threat, would create a precedent for similar actions at other venues, and for other countries to follow suit.

It's a short sighted and immoral suggestion. Which individual suggested this action again?

Comment: why bother with consumer router? (Score 1) 113

by Finite9 (#46840293) Attached to: WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

they're all crap, both in hw and sw. Yes, you can install dd-wrt ét al, but it's still generally crap hardware you're installing it on, and the firmware is only valid for certain hardware.

I bought a Fit-PC 1.0 second hand for 500SEK ($76) and installed pfSense on it which is not hardware specific. Best router i've ever had. I have to use another device for wireless, but there I just re-used my old Linksys WRT610nv2 wireless router as a simple access point. You can get wireless-N access points pretty cheap these days, because the market is all for all-in-one router/switch/AP devices which generally cost $150 or more.

Comment: Re:This approach has gone nowhere for years (Score 1) 169

by Finite9 (#46831085) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

in the same vein of making claims without knowing what im talking about...

I agree, there are lots of skimmers at work, and even if the banks absorb the cost (most of the time), and even if it's only a fraction of what they earn, i would hardly say that it's efficient. Plus, the 'only' loss is virtual currency, which is easy to replace if the bank accepts the loss.

If we're talking about passwords to systems, it's data that is stolen, which can have a more profound impact on the person losing the data. So saying that we could go to PIN codes and use the same system as banks would not be evaluating the risk correctly.

Comment: in line with Spotify pricing? (Score 1) 202

by Finite9 (#46831051) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

I pay 79 SEK/mnth for Netflix and 99 SEK/mnth for Spotify. I get way more value out of Netflix I feel, because I spend more time on Netflix than I do on Spotify. If they increase by 2 dollars, it brings it up to the same price as Spotify, which I still find reasonable. They probably also figured that Spotify had no reason to charge more for their service as they are similar models.

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