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Comment: Re:Submitter doesn't understand Wikipedia notabili (Score 1) 98

by Wdomburg (#48170605) Attached to: Python-LMDB In a High-Performance Environment

Don't know, don't care. The case against notability was stronger when it was first submitted, likely, but it is certainly hard to defend now. There are mature bindings for most languages, it underpins a number of higher level data stores (including OpenLDAP, of course, but also FineDB, Hustle), and is a supported back-end for a large number of projects (sometimes as a default component, as with CFengine and Zimbra).

Comment: Re:Ebola threat (Score 1) 478

by Wdomburg (#48119819) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

No, that's exactly what I read into the suits. Dealing with a deadly, incurable disease demands an excess of caution, even if the transmission rate is dramatically lower than other diseases. You don't need each patient to infect a hundred other people for it to spread; so long as it is more than one, it is a growing problem.

The risk here isn't because the disease is especially contagious; it is because the containment and treatment is especially costly. Doctor diagnoses someone with the flu, they send them home and tell them to drink plenty of wayer and get plenty of rest. In an extreme case, they may push IV fluids and keep a few days for observation.

With Ebola that becomes weeks of quarantine and treatment, stringent sterilization procedures, and monitoring anyone they've come in contact with. It wouldn't take an especially large outbreak to strain and ultimately exhaust available resources. And as necessity forces compromises in care and treatment by untrained individuals, transmission rates will spike.

Comment: Re:Ebola threat (Score 1) 478

by Wdomburg (#48119623) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Coughing and sneezing may be symptoms of specific diseases, but they are also reflexes that are not necessarily linked to a specific disease. People may cough because they aspirated saliva, or because they just came in from smoking. People may sneeze because its ragweed season, of because of the judiciously applied perfume of the person next to them (or the guy who just came in from smoking), or even as a reaction to a brightly lit waiting room.

Possibly a bigger risk than the waiting room itself would be the bathrooms. The likelihood of contamination when there is evacuation of infectious material, as well as repeated bare skin contact with the same surface by a stream of individuals strikes me as very high, especially if some patients wait long enough that they have developed rashes.

In iso+lation, this is a solvable problem, but if a critical mass of patients develops, it can quickly get out of hand. Especially now, as we are enter flu season.

Comment: Re:Ebola threat (Score 1) 478

by Wdomburg (#48119541) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Separation is not enough when the virus can survive outside the body for extended periods. All it takes is for one infected individual to rest their sweaty hands on an armrest and that seat becomes a possible vector. There is a reason people are wearing those suits, and it is not because they look cool.

Sending people with sick kids is not a particularly viable long term solution. Even if it reduces the immediate risk to the general population, it puts the rest of their family at grave risk and is a likely death sentence for the child. Homes are simply not equipped to deliver the necessary palliative care needed by patients, nor are most people trained in the necessary sanitation procedures to prevent transmission.

Comment: Re:Ebola threat (Score 3, Insightful) 478

by Wdomburg (#48114931) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

People with fevers sweat, they cough, they sneeze. Droplet transmission is a serious threat, especially in cramped conditions. No licking necessary. But then you throw children in the mix, and there will be licking and mouthing of potentially contaminated items. And sick kids that want to be held by mommy or daddy, and will sneeze directly in their face.

Not saying that we have reason to panic now, but it is fatuous to dismiss the very real challenges of effective containment once the disease becomes endemic to a particular population.

Comment: Re:Thinking back to my undergraduate days (late 70 (Score 2) 547

by Wdomburg (#48105181) Attached to: Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Java is going nowhere. In addition to being in most phones (Android, Jave ME), it is in every Blu-Ray player (BD-J), every cable box (OCAP), cash registers, ATMs and voting machines. And that isn't even touching on enterprise, web and desktop applications.

Take a look at most language rankings and Java remains near or at the top, whether you look at Tiobe, PyPL, RedMonk, IEEE Spectrum, or the various job surveys published by the likes of Dice.com and eWeek.

Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 511

by Wdomburg (#47746635) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Java has a vast ecosystem, excellent threading and concurrency support, robust monitoring and debugging tools, and can rival (or exceed) the performance of traditional compiled languages.

This is true for both small scale and large scale problems. For example, I wrote a little tool to do LDIF transforms in perl. Six hours later, it wasn't even half finished. Rewrote it using a Java library (UnboundSDK) and it finished in about twenty-five minutes.

On the other end of spectrum, I wrote a load-testing application that scaled cleanly to tens of thousands of threads. In a couple of hours. With no experience writing anything to that scale before.

(And the idea that Java is strictly Android these days is absurd. Your cable box runs Java. So does your blu-ray player. Along with ATMs, cash registers, voting machines, any number of enterprise applications, webservices, etc, etc. It is an incredibly pervasive language.)

Comment: Re:what does that cost? Compare 64TB per $300 (Score 1) 193

by Wdomburg (#47741943) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

How big a stack do you need to match a 1320 tape library? Even using 4TB disks you're talking 825 disks, which means 51 enclosures. And then four racks to hold those enclosures. And enough floor space to hold those racks. And enough circuits to power those racks.

At that level of scale, tape is simply a better option for archival storage.

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