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Submission + - RTOS Vs. General Purpose OS 1 writes: I have been working with VxWorks and Linux for real-time solutions. My main focus has been in the voice market. I don't see any impact on the servers we deploy running Debian and/or RedHat. We even have most of our infrastructure virtualized. So my question is, is there still a market for any Real-time Os and if so what is that purpose? From my experience Linux if tweaked, it is stable enough to run efficiently at least for most of the stuff I have done. That is why I would like to know a good argument for running VxWorks or any RTOS vs a Linux distro.

Comment Yay - just what I want - more low quality programs (Score 1) 294

Choice quote:

"He then went on to list a variety of exclusive shows coming up on the service, including new work from Ricky Gervais, Idris Elba and Adam Sandler."
Translation: We're going to make some cheap reality tv shows with actors who have or are about to jump the shark because we've got nothing else.

I know that Netflix does have some original programming that are respectable. I don't watch any of them. In fact, I can't name any of them. I primarily go there for movies and binge watching tv shows like lost/walking dead/etc. I suspect many/most of us do to some degree. The problem is good shows are ridiculously expensive and short lived (how many times can you watch Gravity). The bean counters are looking at that and trying to eliminate that cost even though it may kill their base audience.

TV & cable channels have become a vast wasteland of "reality" programming because it's easy and cheap. Netflix is seeing that and thinking "Wow - ME TOO!"? Is this the same CEO that wanted to split the company and raise rates?

If Hulu transitions from primarily episodic tv to include movies and netflix transitions to "me too", I'll be transitioning my service too. My loyalty is pretty weak. I do, however, hope this is a move to negotiate better terms with the content mongers.

Submission + - Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling ( 1

MojoKid writes: The ongoing battle between Netflix and ISPs that can't seem to handle the streaming video service's traffic boiled over to an infuriating level for Colin Nederkoon, a startup CEO who resides in New York City. Rather than accept excuses and finger pointing from either side, Nederkoon did a little investigating into why he was receiving such slow Netflix streams on his Verizon FiOS connection, and what he discovered is that there appears to be a clear culprit. Nederkoon pays for Internet service that promises 75Mbps downstream and 35Mbps upstream through his FiOS connection. However, his Netflix video streams were limping along at just 375kbps (0.375mbps), equivalent to 0.5 percent of the speed he's paying for. On a hunch, he decided to connect to a VPN service, which in theory should actually make things slower since it's adding extra hops. Speeds didn't get slower, they got much faster. After connecting to VyprVPN, his Netflix connection suddenly jumped to 3000kbps, the fastest the streaming service allows and around 10 times faster than when connecting directly with Verizon. Verizon may have a different explanation as to why Nederkoon's Netflix streams suddenly sped up, but in the meantime, it would appear that throttling shenanigans are taking place. It seems that by using a VPN, Verizon simply doesn't know which packets to throttle, hence the gross disparity in speed.

Comment Re:$150,000? (Score 1) 220

One would hope that the cpu time cost of this supercomputer has been calculated. I.E. How much people are willing to pay for CPU time on similar machines. Or even how much the facilities cost to house and run this computer (power, cooling, operators, building costs, etc). How about total costs amortized over the expected lifetime of the machine?

Of course, we don't know how the cost was calculated and it was probably a number arrived at after appropriate hand waving. And then someone transcribed some numbers when jotting it down, and this is the "amount worth" published.

Comment Re:the numbers are wrong (Score 2) 373

2015 - intel/ms produce all goods in China - the computer sent to the US
2020 - intel/ms declare bankruptcy. Chinese companies produce all parts and software, computer sent to the US

The problem is not just the assembly cost, which is in fact marginal. The problem is the costs all down the supply chain. All the components inside, say, an Ipod are made in China. All the profits made producing and selling those items stay in China. I don't think you could even produce a computer in the US today. You'd have to get and ship all your parts from Asia. Hard drives, memory, displays, discrete components - all made overseas. The huge support base for producing all electronics have moved overseas. If a $200 Ipod costs Apple $150 in parts, $10 assembly/packaging/shipping and $40 profit, that's still $150 that flowed into Chinese economy - not the US economy.

Prototyping and design used to be done here. It's now easier to get the engineering talent overseas where engineers have access and contact with the people producing the actual parts they need to use in their own products. We've lost the production capability, we're about to lose knowledge about how to even create the devices we invented.

Comment Put yourself in their shoes (Score 5, Informative) 173

You're hiring a someone to be a computer scientist. Would you rather see them have a CS degree or a biology degree? Ivy League degree or Pretty Good European University? I think everyone is going to look at this differently. I know *I'd* rather see the CS degree. I wouldn't be overly impressed by Ivy League but I think a lot of others would be. I work in the the tech field along with people who have degrees in unusual areas (Dance?) but are technically top notch.

BTW, these days it seems a lot of resumes are searched for key words. If they're hiring a computer scientist - guess what keywords they're going to look for?

Comment Take the job (Score 1) 735

I've seen many people who seemed extremely critical leave. Once we had someone leave who convinced a couple of others to jump as well. Others fill in the gap (amazing how quickly some people learn when they *really* need to), new talent is hired. Take the new job, enjoy the 7.5 hours a week of more time, invest the money and meet your old pals at the pub.

Comment Re:just go all the way and uninstall Mcafee (Score 1) 213

I think that in addition to the virus detection code there's a *larger* amount of "valid paid-up subscription" nag code. The memory footprint of these things is truly stunning and kills machine's performance. Microsoft's Security Essentials used to be pretty lightweight but it's hitting middle age weight gain. At least it's not intrusive and doesn't nag you to pay up since it's free.

Comment Print screen (Score 1) 306

I agree that there are a lot of reasons why this is unlikely to more forward.

From a technical standpoint though, in Windows, you can make a plug-in that will prevent "print screen" from working on/"seeing" certain areas of the screen. Fire up Windows Media player. Start any movie, hit print screen and then see what you got by pasting it into something. You'll notice you'll get the media player window with a nice black box for the content. I also remember Windows being able to do that with IE when they first started their Terraserver project - the imagery was somehow copyrighted and you could look at it, but attempting to copy it or print it resulted in an image with the word copyright repeated over and over and no satellite image.

Of course this won't prevent anyone determined enough to reverse engineer the way the plugin works and then design a workaround. It would however prevent the casual user (probably about 99% of the facebook population) from simply using print-screen or copying the image and mailing it to a friend.

Comment How to test for something you know nothing about? (Score 1) 810

Has anyone ever been able to definitely prove the presence of a ghost? Houdini was rather well known for his attempts at contacting his mother through seances but was never able to find a clairvoyant who was real. Quite a few "ghost shows" are on TV where the "investigators" get all worked up about something quite ordinary ("Ooooh - look - only part of this chair is warm - someone was sitting here in the last hour!!! OMG get a thermal picture of it - this is too weird - I'm freaking out!!!!"). Yet these shows never find anything remotely mystifying.

So you're left with the task of proving/disproving the presence of something you and everyone else knows nothing about - much less how to test for the presence of it. Do they affect magnetic fields? Do they emit light? Do they make noise? Do they alter the temperature of the air around them? Are they affected by unlicensed nuclear accelerators? For ghosts, the answer would have to be "maybe". For humans, the answer for every question is "yes" (yes, we do emit very faint light). So if you do detect something, it's almost certain it's not a ghost, but rather a human.

Comment Re:We couldn't get it to play from the Times Union (Score 3, Funny) 133

They've pulled the beta off of their website. They received a letter from the lawyers representing the estate of Edison. The lawyers clients are claiming ownership of the ip rights to all pallotophone codecs and pallotophone encryption/decryption algorithms. Said counsel for Bubba Edison - Mr. G. R. White, "Mr. Edison is seeking to ride on his Great Grandfathers coat tails -we aim to help him since that's the right thing to do - and the fact that he's paying us lots of money". Mr. White was not immediately available for comment as he was participating in a feeding frenzy.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist