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Comment: Re:Razr v3 (Score 1) 224

by RingDev (#49754495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

I bought my wife a Motorola Tundra. She doesn't want a smart phone, but she does want something that will get reception in the boonies and survive the rigors of horse back riding (or falling off said horse). I have seen that phone light up while at the bottom of a 3' deep creek, and she called me on it after taking a dive off a horse and was in need of an ambulance. So it passes my tests ;)


Comment: Re: Why ext4 (Score 1) 221

It was great... until the other filesystems caught up while it was not under development.

It was great... until it went on a rampage and murdered your data. I kid, but I'm also serious. When it was in current development, no other fs was as efficient with small files, and there's a lot of those on the average Unix system so that's of great interest. But it also was the least reliable filesystem in common use. So it was really never worth using.

Comment: Re:How about ... (Score 1) 464

by drinkypoo (#49754419) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

I can't opt out of paying the advertising tax (through everyday higher prices of every single damn object I purchase).

You can't opt out completely, not if you want to be a functioning member of society, but you can mitigate the issue by choosing to buy as many products as possible which are not advertised. One of the nifty things about the web is that you can actually find those products now...

Comment: Re:I want the same question answered clearly (Score 1) 224

by drinkypoo (#49754355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Motorola made an e-Ink candybar phone for India at one point, is that still around? Would it be useful in any other countries, given the frequencies? It was supposed to have more or less best-ever battery life, like a month of standby or something nutty like that, and days of talk time.


A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video) 30

Posted by Roblimo
from the doo-wop-is-now-de-dupe dept.
This was originally going to be an interview about the state of enterprise-level backup software in an increasingly edge computing-focused world, but we rapidly drifted into talking about how Druva started in Pune (near Bangalore) and ended up moving to Silicon Valley. We hear plenty about American software companies moving to India, but not a lot about Indian software companies moving here. Druva had good reasons for the move, the chief one being a financing deal with Sequoia Capital. Aside from that, though, Jaspreet says the talent pool -- not just developers but software marketing people and other important staffers -- is more concentrated in Silicon Valley than almost anywhere else in the world. 'It's like Hollywood for geeks,' Jaspreet says. This doesn't mean business is necessarily easy in the USA: Jaspreet ended up laying off his entire staff. Twice. And he made other mistakes as a young, new CEO bringing a company to life in a crowded field.

Those mistakes, which Jaspreet shares freely with us, are like a business school 'Start-Up Pitfalls' class. You may never want to do your own startup, but if you're a developer or otherwise involved with the software industry, there's a good chance that you'll have a chance to work for one at some point. And if you have that chance, you'll be glad you watched this video (or read the transcript) before you take the startup plunge.

Comment: Re:Any materialized predictions? (Re:Sudden?) (Score 1) 243

by "link" I assume you are using a colloquialism for directions to a specific resource. One might think of it as a "Universal Resource Locator".

For instance, there is a "link" to but that does not identify the specific resources you are looking for. To do so, we would need to provide a more specific PAIR of links, for example: Page 131, Figure 1.4, TAR predictions 2001-2030

and Page 131, Figure 1.4, Observed Temperature Anomalies

Now, you can argue the quality of the data, the accuracy of the models, and the legitimacy of the authors all you like. But these are TWO fully defined links to the exact information you are looking for.

If you would like to offer up your home address, I will personally pay for a special needs assistant to come to your residence, open a web browser for you, scroll to page 131, show you figure 1.4, and read aloud to you the text and description.

The burden of proof my friend, now lays on your shoulders.


Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 464

I agree wholeheartedly. Sadly, the handwriting for this has been on the wall for some time. I can only hope Debian's Iceweasel port of Firefox does not adopt this "feature".

This makes me start to wonder if there is a reduced capability browser -- something leaner and meaner, focused militantly on privacy and even going so far as to deliberately not support portions of HTML5 (e.g. DRM).

Coders of the world, here's a niche you could fill...

I have been considering going the other way entirely and switching to sea-monkey as I already use both firefox and thunderbird but both have been being shit upon by mozzila devs but from what i have seen seamonkey seems to get less abuse and lets me continue to use my addons.

Comment: Re:Power savings (Score 1) 98

The difficulty in replacing it is of course a factor. People could buy a CPU+memory package as an upgrade for a motherboard, though, and still use card-slot peripherals like extra network cards and such. Many motherboards even in the enthusiast space now have networking, sound, lots of USB, and lots of SATA onboard.

I'd pay a few hundred dollars for a mid-line CPU with mid-high GPU and 16 or 32 GB of ultrafast memory on a card that mounts onto the motherboard in a great big socket. Heck, that motherboard could then have DIMM slots for a few GB of slower DDR3 just as a RAM cache for the drives. Better yet for a server would be 32GB of HBM with 128GB of DDR3 or DDR4 swap space.

This all assumes HP or IBM doesn't make it to market with memristors / big racetrack memory that's much faster still. Any of that, too, though, would benefit from being more tightly coupled to the CPU.

Comment: It's not consequences. It's the lack of control. (Score 1) 208

by mr_mischief (#49752601) Attached to: Asteroid Risk Greatly Overestimated By Almost Everyone

People aren't so much scared of what could happen as they are about inability to do anything about it.

Being careful around traffic makes getting hit by a big truck less likely. Diet and exercise are not panaceas but are mitigating factors for lots of medical conditions even if you're genetically or epigenetically predisposed to them. Modern medicine, although imperfect, gives us far greater control over both of those types of things even after the fact.

In a plane crash, unless you're the pilot or mechanic, there's not much you can do. In an asteroid strike, unless it's a smaller one we know is coming and can evacuate people, there's not much anyone can do. With a disease with a high infection rate, high mortality rate and no known effective treatment, such as Ebola until recently was, there's not much that can be done other than avoiding high-risk areas and quarantining people in those high-risk areas.

Regardless of the odds, people fear loss of control sometimes as much or more than the actual negative impacts. Some competitive team sports athletes have a more difficult time watching their team from the sidelines after an injury than they have emotional difficulty in their recovery.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins