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Comment: Re:or sqlite (Score 4, Informative) 241

The default configs for postgres are set for a fairly small memory usage profile (*), which is fine if that's what you need (e.g. tiny vm or something that makes it a huge production to raise things like max shm size), but if you have sufficient ram, you can crank a hell of a lot more performance out of the engine by making the configs less conservative. This page is a good start:

Not that it's a priori *wrong* to run with the defaults, it'll still work just fine, but once you start having significant traffic or complicated queries you'll be happier if it more fully uses the system resources available.

(*) It's been a good while since I last had to take a pg instance from stock and tune it, but I very vaguely recall the default settings were on the order of a eight megabytes of ram usage.

+ - Linode hacked, CCs and passwords leaked 6

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On Friday Linode announced a precautionary password reset due to an attack despite claiming that they were not compromised. The attacker has claimed otherwise, claiming to have obtained card numbers and password hashes. Password hashes, source code fragments and directory listings have been released as proof. Linode has yet to comment on or deny these claims."

Comment: Re:Well this sounds totally scalable (Score 1) 62

by StandardDeviant (#43442415) Attached to: Building a Better Tech School

(assuming it really is a great school, which I have serious doubts)

For what it's worth, Cornell is currently ranked something like fifth in the US(*) in terms of their computer science department, and the Technion is hardly a degree mill either. I don't know what their hybrid programs are going to be like, but at least the source departments seem solid. Admittedly, rankings are largely bullshit and the student guarantees far more of outcome than the institution, but I don't think it's a stretch to say that the "Stanford/MIT/CMU/UCB/Cornell" group is good-to-great.

(*) source:

Comment: Re:No Windows OS (Score 1) 591

by Scott Wood (#43382835) Attached to: If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

There's a big difference between information about the programming interface of a device, and "blue prints" that would allow a competitor to easily implement a copy. It might make it easier to produce hardware that works with the same drivers, but probably not easier than just writing new drivers for totally unrelated hardware (unlike in the DOS days where drivers were embedded in application code, and hardware compatibility was the only reliable approach).

There is lots of hardware with open source drivers -- how often does that result in the hardware being cloned?

Of course, some devices are relatively simple things with all the intelligence in the driver software. In that case, you'd have more of a point (though you could still document the interface to the hardware itself), but that's more about selling software than preventing a clone of the simple hardware. It doesn't justify a general statement that Linux driver development is "pure hell".

Comment: Re:Stop it......its BS.....where are the ice sheet (Score 1) 623

by Nigel Stepp (#42058241) Attached to: Report Says Climate Change Already Evident, Emissions Gap Growing

Also you're comparing geological time-scale climate change with dramatic recent climate change. Answers for your questions exist, even if you don't wish to see them.

Comment: Re:While I like the idea (Score 4, Informative) 180

by StandardDeviant (#41675917) Attached to: Uber Gives Up On New York Taxi Service

Hahahaha. Have you ever visited NYC, let alone lived there? Getting a cab can be a pain in the ass even in mid-town. "Oh, look the 500th fuckin cab that's full or off duty! Might as well stand here with my arm in the air for another twenty minutes like a fucking tourist!"

The MTA may get you where you want to go, but might take two hours to do it. JFK to BX w/out MNR, anyone?

Seriously tell me hailing a cab is easy after you've tried to do it while standing in the snow an hour after bars close and you don't want to take three more God-forsaken hours to get home to an outer borough shithole apartment that costs $waytoofuckinmuch... Not that I'm bitter. :)

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