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Comment I like Flash (Score 1) 202

I like Flash because it's easy to disable. Everything that's awful about Flash (i.e. all of it) is now being integrated into HTML, which makes annoying flashy crap much harder to avoid.

Can we get an EverythingThatUsedToBeInFlashButIsNowInHTML_Block add-on for our browsers?

Comment LLC? ISP? WTF? (Score 3, Informative) 53

"Limited Liability Corporation" and "Internet Service Provider" don't make much sense, but then again I'm pretty far behind the times on CPU architecture. Who knows what coprocessors they're spending their insane transistor budgets on these days.

OK, "ISP" appears to mean "Image Signal Processor". "LLC" could mean "Last Level Cache" or "Logical Link Control". "Last Level Cache" makes more sense in context, though this is the first time I've seen that phrase. Usually cache levels are explicitly numbered (first, second, third, etc).

It looks like they spelled out everything else except "IPC" which is obviously(?) "Instructions Per Cycle".

Good job there, author, submitter, and editor!

Comment Elephant in the room (Score 3, Interesting) 676

Everybody seems to be ignoring the most important questions:

1. What kind of server was it?

2. What OS?

3. Which MTA?

I mean, if she rescued some old Sun pizza box from the dumpster, installed Gentoo and a heavily patched Qmail, then she gets my vote for sure! If it was a Dell running Windows Server and Exchange ... well ... that bitch can go straight to hell.

Comment Re:SanDisk sells a 512TB 3U shelf... (Score 1) 219

$1/GB, which is a ton cheaper than building a SAN of that capacity,

The marginal price of HDD storage is about $0.05/GB. Maybe double that for higher density, maybe double it again for redundancy. That's a maximum of $0.2/GB for the disks. There's some fixed overhead for a large disk farm plus some more per-byte overhead for the controllers and interconnects. Hard to believe that really adds up to much more than $1/GB. We're talking half a million dollars for 500TB.

Daydream on. Big cluster of mid-tower PCs. Six 4TB drives per tower, for a total of 20TB with 1:6 redundancy. 25 of those towers would give you 500TB. 150 drives at $150 each = $23K. 25 server-grade PCs at about $1000 each = $25K. Networking? No idea, maybe another $2K? So we're looking at about $50K for 500TB. Obviously there will be some overhead for a managed commercial "enterprise" level system from a big vendor. But more than 10x the price? Really? Seems like there's room for a little more competition in that business.

Comment Re:DMCA takedown system is a farce (Score 1) 188

Unless they specifically mentioned the DMCA somewhere, it was almost certainly Youtube's own takedown / takeover process that affected your video. Youtube is free to host, or not, whatever they want, and do whatever they want with the ad revenue, and you really have no recourse since you don't have a contract with them.

We really need a distributed alternative to Youtube. If you could self-host your videos then the copyright assholes would actually have to use the DMCA for takedowns and you'd have some legal recourse against their malicious or grossly negligent false claims. But man, it's hard to compete with Google's storage, processing, and connectivity resources.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.