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Comment: Woops, accidentally voted for only 2. (Score 1) 301

I voted for 2, thinking that I'd want to still be able to use an external mouse/trackball if I was gaming on it because I wouldn't want to have to unplug the mouse to mount a USB drive, but then I realized that if it didn't have an ethernet port either, I'd want at least 3.

Comment: Re:Has to be worse? (Score 1) 82

by Narcocide (#49572581) Attached to: ATT, DirecTV Mega-Merger May Go Through

I think that is most likely actually because someone in the area you moved to was offering DirecTV a better deal than AT&T was in that region. Your main point likely stands, because a merger between AT&T and DirecTV would no doubt preclude them from bundling with other companies except for regions where AT&T has no service coverage whatsoever, but that's likely got little or nothing to do with the upgrade to U-Verse in the area you moved from. In my region, for example, DirecTV will happily bundle you with U-Verse, whereas just a few blocks east of here where I used to live their choice was Time Warner Cable. For all I know this may change from block-to-block, or even building-to-building.

Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 5, Insightful) 417

by Narcocide (#49540795) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

I think you probably aren't aware that Dell has a pretty decent foothold in the market of prefab data center solutions, and compared to a lot of others their servers&racks snap together a lot nicer, and come with a lot more enterprise-friendly tech support. Don't get me wrong, I'm no big fan of Dell so I'm not gonna advertise for them, but if you Google "Dell blade server" I'm sure you'll quickly realize its no laughing matter.

NASA

NASA's ARM Will Take a Boulder From an Asteroid and Put It In Lunar Orbit 97

Posted by samzenpus
from the throwing-rocks dept.
coondoggie writes NASA officials today said they have picked the specific asteroid mission and offered new details for that mission which could launch in the 2020 timeframe. Specifically, NASA's associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will rendezvous with the target asteroid, land a robotic spacecraft on the surface, grab a 4 meter or so sized boulder and begin a six-year journey to redirect the boulder into orbit around the moon for exploration by astronauts.
Programming

No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory 486

Posted by Soulskill
from the performance-that-fails-to-perform dept.
itwbennett writes: It's a commonly held belief among software developers that avoiding disk access in favor of doing as much work as possible in-memory will results in shorter runtimes. To test this assumption, researchers from the University of Calgary and the University of British Columbia compared the efficiency of alternative ways to create a 1MB string and write it to disk. The results consistently found that doing most of the work in-memory to minimize disk access was significantly slower than just writing out to disk repeatedly (PDF).

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