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Journal: Disable Advertising checkbox gone?

I used to have a box in the top right corner of my page which I could check to disable advertising. I left it unchecked but it was nice to know it was an option. It appears to be gone, and I know I haven't checked it as I'm still seeing ads. I still have excellent karma. Anyone else notice this, or did it just move somewhere else and I'm not noticing it?

Comment: Re:SSH Tunnel (Score 4, Insightful) 284 284

Traffic pattern matching over SSL. A web session over an SSL connection looks very different than an ssh tunnel session over SSL, not to mention the length of life of the socket. It's trivial to have the firewall identify the ssh connection over port 443 and disconnect it in the first few seconds of the session based purely on the pattern of the traffic regardless of content.

Comment: Re:Mechanical Keyboards (Score 1) 279 279

Keytronics MS Natural from the 1990's. I buy every one I can find at garage sales and such. Even got a fancy PS/2 to USB active adapter to keep them working with newer machines. Ergonomic and able to be used as a beat-stick due to steel plate in the base? YES PLEASE!

Comment: Re:If they hadn't brought their drone (Score 1) 1127 1127

Effective range refers to the ability of the projectile to kill its intended target. In this case, hitting a bird at greater than 40 yards is only likely to cause injury or annoyance but not death. Most hunters prefer to kill their targets with a single shot.

That does not mean that being hit with bird shot at 45 yards would not hurt or is some desirable outcome.

Comment: Re:OOM? (Score 1) 35 35

Why get performance out of what we have? Spend more and replace it instead!

Sorry Barbra, but I just got this Macbook Pro. It has 8 gig of ram and is max'ed out. The application I am testing requires a 4+ gig heap under light use. The controller web-app requires 1.5 gigs of heap and the VM to run an Oracle DB server needs another 2 gigs. That leaves 512 megs for the OS, my debugging tools and the test suite to execute in. Without swap something would fail or I would not be able to run the VM which allows for "airplane mode" development without needing networked resources. And, the machine performs just as well with occasional paging as when it's not paging. It has an ssd drive as it's only disk.

I'm on the same page (*rimshot*) as Jaws on this one. Swapping/paging is a good thing.

Comment: OOM? (Score 1) 35 35

So, what happens to your machine when you run out of physical memory to run all that stuff? I can burn through 4 gigs on my dev workstation when running a copy of the 2 apps I'm working on and running integration tests against them in Eclipse. Without swap to page out some of the memory the whole machine would just go "out of memory, I give up" and die a horrific death on me. I can't see running with no swap partition mounted when you need to fully utilize all the resources on the machine.

Comment: minor quibble (Score 1) 8 8

Sim City is incorrect about the lowering of taxes not improving things. For certain values of "lower" there is a net gain in revenues. While it's still argued because it's a bit over simplified, the Laffer curve http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laffer_curve suggests there are cases where improving economic activity by reducing the marginal tax rate results in a net gain to government revenues.

Comment: Re:If only... (Score 1) 737 737

I'm in favor of slashing all government spending down to the bare minimums in every department, eliminating all entitlements and subsidies, having everyone pay a flat 3% income tax with no deductions or reductions and many more things you probably would call extreme. Government is a necessary evil for the viability of society as a whole, but should not be anywhere near the growing monstrosity we have in the U.S.

Comment: Re:If only... (Score 1) 737 737

Our 2 party system does play heavily into the "lesser of two evils" mentality. That makes people vote for the guy closest to their view point who is likely to win and not someone who they fully agree with. Personally, I don't fall for this trap and end up "wasting my vote" by placing it for Libertarian candidates. Yes, they often have their own form of crazy. But, it's closer to what I'd like to see represented.

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