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Comment Re:Both those Jar Jar movie sucked. (Score 1) 233

Until they have to finish the story. Then it turns out that the whole "magical" journey was about something utterly unremarkable, that almost all those unexplained elements were simply meaningless (cause they can't ALL be vitally important), that a lot of "cool" was forced, and that there is this huge pile of shit standing there in the living room - and they have to find a meaning to it all. Which usually ends up with a lot of really smart people on all sides of the story suddenly starting to act like complete idiots - or accidents start to happen. Or both. Improbable things suddenly become the norm, logic goes out the window, and it turns out that all the buildup and mysticism was leading to something very empty or simply stupid.

What is amazing about this is that you perfectly described Fringe, another JJ franchise. Which was also, ultimately, a massive disappointment.

Comment Re:Historical significance (Score 1) 464

It's more historically significant than that -- Linux was the last major *nix to support 386s. FreeBSD and NetBSD abandoned the 386sx/dx a while ago. So if you want to tinker with that 386dx-40 you found in the basement, you'll have to find an old distro to go with it, since you can't cross-compile a working kernel for 386 any more.

Comment Re:Many years ago.... (Score 1) 395

If you are a rack switch away from the exchange's computer, you are too far. 1ms is too much latency.

Most of the hardware is sub-1ms. When I worked trading IT, we measured latency in micros.

You need to be a virtual appliance on the same virtual host, with read-only access directly to shared memory space on the host where trades are processed.

I'm not sure this is an actual offering you can purchase.

Infiniband was state-of-the-art in the trading industry about 3 years ago, although things were moving towards memory-mapped 10gig.

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