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Comment: Re:A Boom in Civilization (Score 1) 227

by WuphonsReach (#48858051) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships
EVE seems to be doing OK, and while there's war to participate in if you want to, there are plenty of people making money from mining, research, logistics, and so on.

All activities in EVE (other then agent-driven mission running) are PvP. Selling on the market? You're PvPing against the other sellers who want to undercut you and sell their product faster. Mining? You're competing to harvest before someone else comes and harvests the resource.

Comment: Re:anything has to be better than beyond earth (Score 2) 227

by WuphonsReach (#48858005) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships
One unit per tile (1UT) sucks on the Civ5 maps because the hexes are way too large for the scale. The only way 1 unit/tile would have worked well would have been to subdivide the hexes into 7 smaller hexes while keeping the cities the same size (taking up multiple hexes).

The other major issue with the series is that instead of simply improving upon the Civ4 series (by adding hexes and fixing the stack of death issues and doing work on the AI), they brought in a brand new designer who threw out all the lessons of the past in order to put his mark on the product.

The result was a poor product with numerous bugs and many balance issues and a definite downgrade from Civ4's quality.

Comment: Re:The battle of WEB developer mindshare (Score 1) 245

by WuphonsReach (#48815295) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share
Java is going to be the COBOL of modern languages - it will be around 10-30 years from now or more.

And if you learn to use AspectJ and a good code generation tool like Spring Roo, a lot of the pain points about Java go away. Sprinkle in a good framework along with things like Maven and JUnit testing. At this point it's a very mature language with a fully fleshed out ecosystem.

Comment: Re:VPS hosting and IPv4 address exhaustion (Score 1) 245

by WuphonsReach (#48815243) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share
Or can we ignore IE/XP and Android 2 (whose TLS stacks don't support multiple certificates on port 443 of an IP address) by now?

Well, WinXP is out of support and Android 2 is ancient at this point - both have less then 15% market share and are dropping reasonably quickly. So overall, you might only impact 1 in 10 visitors for a project that launches in a few months.

In another year, that will probably be 1 in 25. In terms of development dollars spent vs projected income, trying to support that under 10% market share which will vanish within 2-3 years is probably not worth it.

Comment: Re:Well Then (Score 2) 148

by WuphonsReach (#48759185) Attached to: Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell
Moving services like ssh to a higher, non-default port is not done for "security". It is primarily to reduce the noise written to logs.

A reduction of 2-4 orders of magnitude. Which brings benefits to the security side because you have far less false positive reports to wade through. So it's not primarily done for security, but every little bit helps.

Comment: Re:...and... (Score 1) 381

I still can't follow his logic; but, it doesn't bode well for (what I assume is) the common Russian understanding of Science.

Replace "Russian" with "80% of humanity" and you'd be closer to the mark. The average person has barely enough critical thinking skills to get by in life. They'll believe anything that makes the world into a simpler place so that they can have the delusion of understanding it all.

Comment: Re:Programming keyboard (Score 1) 190

by WuphonsReach (#48688767) Attached to: Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared
Mechanical keyboards only require more force to use if you are using them wrong. As you depress the mechanical switch, there is a tactile click as the switch engages but before the key bottoms out. A proper touch typist will begin to let up on the pressing down motion as soon as that click is felt. There's no need to mash the keys all the way to the bottom.

The other reason that mechanical keyboards can feel tiresome is that people do not position their wrists properly (keep them off the desk!), or fail to tilt the keyboard.

Comment: Re:Sony security: strong or weak? (Score 1) 343

If your mail system doesn't strip out executable content from attachments (especially the low-hanging fruit like EXE, DLL, SCR, etc.) -- then your IT folks need to be beaten with a clue bat.

Heck, that rule should have been in place almost two decades ago at this point once the various VBS / SCR trojans first started hitting mail user's inboxes.

Comment: Re:Why no 2tb model? (Score 1) 127

by WuphonsReach (#48578309) Attached to: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested
You're young. Early PCs cost 4-5k. Individual hard drives were in the $1000 range back in the 80s.

For someone who absolutely needs 10TB of zero-wait storage in a 2.5" form factor, 4-5k is not a big deal. Because pretty soon it will be $2000, then $1000, then $500.

Inexpensive enterprise SSD is having a big impact on how you spec out servers now. Do you build something with a bunch of 15k RPM drives in a RAID 0+1 array, short-stroked and end up with about 1TB of useful space? Or do you simply put 2x1TB in a RAID-1 array in a much smaller unit?

I paid about $650 per drive last week for 1TB enterprise quality SSDs. I expect them to be below $400 by this time next year. By 2016, I suspect you will not be able to buy a 15k RPM SAS drive as the enterprise SSDs are crushing them from above on price/performance.

Comment: Re:100k employees making 100k a day in email (Score 1) 215

by WuphonsReach (#48477199) Attached to: Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025
(shrugs) your IT is definitely stuck in the 2000s (i.e. 5+ years ago).

Cost per TB (raw storage, the hardware to hold the storage, plus the backup tapes / disks) for bulk storage - is definitely more like $800-$1000 per TB these days and not $10k. The sweet spot for bulk storage these days is the 3TB 3.5" enterprise SATA drives at about $230 each. Add in the loss of capacity due to RAID + server costs and you're at about $500/TB of actual storage.

Primary storage is still much more expensive at $1500-$2000 per TB. But primary storage is using SSDs (around $1/GB) or 15k SAS drives (about $0.35/GB to $0.50/GB). And not the relatively inexpensive 3TB enterprise drives at $0.08/GB.

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