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Comment: Re:Saves you on bandwidth (Score 5, Insightful) 61

by Gumber (#38055206) Attached to: Common Crawl Foundation Providing Data For Search Researchers

Bitch moan, bitch moan. If I had a need for such a dataset, I think I'd be damn grateful that I didn't have to collect it myself. As for the cost of processing the pages, the article suggests that running a hadoop job on the whole dataset on EC2 might be in the neighborhood of $100. That's not that costly.

Comment: Re:Interesting, however (Score 4, Insightful) 61

by Gumber (#38055192) Attached to: Common Crawl Foundation Providing Data For Search Researchers

It may or may not be a small part of the problem, but it isn't a small problem to crawl that many web pages. This likely lets people save a lot of time and effort which they can then devote to their unique research.

Maybe it will cost a fortune to analyze that much data, but there isn't really anyway of getting around the cost if you need that much data. Besides, for what its worth, the linked article suggests that a hadoop run against the data costs about $100. I'm sure the real cost depends on the extent and efficiency of your analysis, but that is hardly "a fortune."

Comment: Re:Is this an Amazon sponsor thingy? (Score 2) 61

by Gumber (#38055162) Attached to: Common Crawl Foundation Providing Data For Search Researchers

A conspiracy? You're going to have to pay someone for the compute time. It's not like a lot of people have big clusters lying around, so lot of people are going to opt to pay Amazon anyway.

As for selling access to the data on physical media, it doesn't look like there is anything to stop you from taking advantage of Amazon's Export Service to get the data set on physical media.

Comment: Re:When do we get compression? (Score 1) 803

by Gumber (#37927648) Attached to: Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

Well, putting aside the fact that you are talking about filesystem internals, and the OP is talking about conventions for filesystem layout:

Disks are really big these days. The things people tend to fill them with are images, video and audio that is already in a compressed format. So, for the average user, directory compression isn't going to be a big win.

To put it more succinctly, this isn't an important filesystem feature.

Comment: Re:I would be a bit worried to fly in this plane. (Score 1) 366

by Gumber (#37516550) Attached to: Boeing To Deliver First 787 Today

Aeronautical engineers involved with civillian passenger aircraft seem to have an appropriately conservative attitude about risk. That doesn't mean that there won't be problems when they try to innovate, but I have a hard time imagining that the 787 will actually go into commercial service without thorough vetting. Its still a new design, of course, and problems will be discovered and fixed once the aircraft are in regular use.

It may be less safe than, say, an older model with more real world use, or a new model with less ambitious design and technology, but it is less safe from a baseline with a remarkable degree of safety.

Comment: Re:Disappointing lack of technical details. (Score 1) 95

by Gumber (#37301066) Attached to: Newly Digitized Film Shows Ed Catmull's 3D Graphics From 1972

Thanks for the clarification. I'd misread the 2.5 minute time as being the total throughput, not the time it took to output a single completed frame, but rereading the paper, it seems like it is indeed the time to expose a 1024x1024 frame. Its unclear to me how long the computation took.

Comment: Re:Disappointing lack of technical details. (Score 3, Informative) 95

by Gumber (#37298606) Attached to: Newly Digitized Film Shows Ed Catmull's 3D Graphics From 1972

I dug into the technical details a bit and posted some of what I found on my blog, along with links to the papers describing the hand and facial animation work in more detail: http://geekfun.com/2011/09/03/early-cgi-animation-by-ed-catmull/

The short answer is that the facial animation was produced by software written in Fortran and run on a pair of PDP-10s, and the hand animation was likely running in the same environment. When each frame was finished, it was displayed on a CRT and captured to film using a 35mm animation camera. For the facial animation, each frame took about 2.5 minutes to render.

Comment: Um, what about all the gamers? (Score 1) 483

by Gumber (#33731828) Attached to: Why Warriors, Not Geeks, Run US Cyber Command Posts

What about the hundreds of thousands of geeks who have been refining their command of strategy and tactics since they were old enough to hold a mouse?

I can tell you one thing, the US is f-ucked in the event of a major cyberattack if someone as clueless as this clown is in charge.

Comment: Beware Agent Provocateurs (Score 4, Interesting) 467

by Gumber (#28395855) Attached to: Man Attacked In Ohio For Providing Iran Proxies

Assuming this story is true, I'd be concerned that this is an attempt to draw the US Government into a confrontation that will help the hard-liners in Iran. As for who would want such a thing.

Clearly the hard-liners would like to try, once again, to get people to rally behind them in the face of "the great satan." You'd also have to look at the US Neocons, many of whom would like to remove any sympathy for Iran or Iranians that gets in the way of their long-disgraced axis-of-evil BS. And then there is Israel. At least some in Israel are on the same page as the neocons, though I wouldn't want to suggest that their position is universally held.

Anyway, I'm suspicious of the motives of anyone who wants to use this as anything but a reason to get the cops and/or FBI on the case.


Berners-Lee Challenges 'Stupid' Male Geek Culture 693

Posted by Zonk
from the here-here dept.
ZDOne wrote with a link to a ZDNet article discussing some comments made by Tim Berners-Lee on the discrimination women face within 'stupid male geek culture'. The respected developer expressed frustration at a culture that would 'disregard the work of capable female engineers, and put others off entering the profession.' From the article: "'It's a complex problem -- we find bias against women by women. There are bits of male geek culture and engineer culture that are stupid. They should realize that they could be alienating people who are smarter and better engineers,' said Berners-Lee. Engineering research facilities that interview candidates based only on how many papers they have had published also risk adding to the problem, according to Berners-Lee, because of an apparent in-built bias against women."

Programmers used to batch environments may find it hard to live without giant listings; we would find it hard to use them. -- D.M. Ritchie