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Comment: Re:Mod TFS as flamebait (Score 2, Informative) 151

by WuphonsReach (#48190179) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime
VSS (Visual SourceSafe) was okay - as long as you locked it up behind a SourceOffSite (3rd party) server. The SOS service as the primary interface between the VSS repository and the clients prevented about 99% of corruption issues.

This was back when your options amounted to VSS, Perforce, and a few other high priced version control systems. About the only free solution back around 2000 was CVS, and that was just bad for other reasons.

(Some teams benefit from distributed version control systems like Mercurial/Git. Others benefit more from centralized VCS like SVN / TFS / Perforce. We prefer SVN because it is far easier for non-technical members, i.e. mere mortals, to understand and much harder for them to do the wrong thing.)

Comment: Re:HTC (Score 1) 201

by WuphonsReach (#48156867) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9
I greatly enjoy my (m8) that I got this past spring. The phone is very responsive, makes my 2-year old Asus TF700T tablet feel like a slug (even though both are quad-core and the speed on the HTC is not that much more).

BlinkFeed thing is eh... doesn't bother me and sometimes I use it to pass the time, but I wouldn't miss it either.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 3, Interesting) 463

by WuphonsReach (#48155333) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker
Ebola would have to shed about 80% of its mass to get airborne. At which point, it probably would not be Ebola any longer. There's just a huge difference between fluid-borne and air-borne viruses in terms of mass.

Droplets are the big issue, small enough not to be visible to the naked eye, but with a range of 1-2m (3m if the wind blows hard).

Comment: Re:Charging amperage (Score 1) 395

Even if it never scales up past cell-phone battery size, the increased recharge ability (10,000 cycles) would make it far better then today's batteries which start to fade after ~200 to ~1000 cycles.

Which was one of the more annoying features of early Lithium Ion batteries...

Comment: Re:hardware has hit a wall so leave it as is (Score 1) 554

Single-core performance has mostly stalled, yes. It used to double in power every 3 years, but since mid-2000s, that pace has slowed dramatically.

I'd estimate about 10-15% improvement per year these days. A modern 2.5GHz Intel i5/i7 is probably 50-75% faster then a 2.5GHz Intel Core/Core2 from 2007. Plus memory speed has gone from DDR2-533/800 to DDR3-1600 (or 2400-3200), which also makes for a 10-30% boost.

Over a 5-year time span, it's definitely noticeable. And a 7-year old machine (even with dual-core, a SSD + fresh install of Win7 + 8GB RAM) does feel a bit sluggish compared to a more recent machine. My AMD FX-8350 is much more enjoyable / responsive then my Intel Core2 Duo from 2007. And the older machine runs Win7, 8GB and a SSD.

Now, we're long past the days of needing to upgrade every 3 years just to do the bare minimums, but you can't run a machine forever. Keeping a machine for five years is pretty common, and you can stretch that to 7-10 years if the hardware holds up. Multi-core, plenty of RAM, and SSDs help greatly in that regards. Most of the PC retirements from when multi-core became common are likely to be hardware related.

Comment: Re:Contagiousness (Score 2) 475

by WuphonsReach (#48035751) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States
Don't confuse incubation period with symptomatic period with infectious period. With Ebola, incubation can be 3-21 days, but you are only infectious once you become symptomatic. Because unless you come in contact with bodily fluids, you won't catch it. (The problem is that if the host is extremely symptomatic, there is thrashing / spatter of fluids everywhere.)

This is unlike the common flu where are are infectious, even if non-symptomatic.

Fortunately, it is also highly unlikely to switch from being spread by droplets / fluids to becoming completely airborne. AIDS/HIV have been known about for decades, but have never made the switch from being a blood / fluid spread virus into an airborne virus. The sequence of random mutations required in order to switch infection style is huge.

(The Reston Ebola study was not able to prove simian to simian airborne transmission. So it's not 100% proved that Ebola can spread without physical contact.)

Comment: Re:Still have a boxed copy of Windows 2.0 (Score 1) 644

by WuphonsReach (#48035247) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10
OS/2 Warp was pretty good for the time (93-96 era). I ran OS/2 2.x and 3.x for a long while as my main operating system. But application selection was really limited, and running 16-bit Windows programs only got you so far.

Not having to reboot for weeks at a time was a very nice feature. This was back when Win95 could only run for about 40-some hours before crashing due to an overflow in a counter.

But there were no open-source development tools at the time, so in order to write OS/2 applications you had to pony up a few hundred dollars for the compiler, then more money for a GUI framework library, plus more money for documentation. That, I feel, was IBM's biggest mistake - charging for development tools. But then, this was the days when a 28k modem was high-speed and ISDN 128k lines were popular - so not sure how they would have distributed it.

Linux was still a minor blip at the time (I installed an early version of Red Hat in the late 90s).

Comment: Re:To summarize: (Score 1) 304

by WuphonsReach (#48016467) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed
I've had a HTC One (m8) since it came out (about 6 months ago). I keep mine in a case (SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle) and have it in my front pocket all the time.

It still lays perfectly flat, no bending.

Maybe having a hard rubber bumper and the hard plastic back of the case is enough, or this is not a big issue on the HTC units.

Comment: Re:Folks.... (Score 2) 185

by WuphonsReach (#48006927) Attached to: Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market
Eliminate that chain, work out a public exchange and verification program (something akin to bittorrent for gpg signed certificates from other people you trust.) and plug that in in place of the current certificate authority model and you're set.


It limits the damage a lot more then the current "trust the CA completely" model. A rogue CA can only damage / MitM certificates that they have issued without raising red flags in the SSL stack.

Is DNSSEC+DANE perfect? No, it has some rough edges and possible corner cases, but it's far better then depending on the current CA model.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.