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Comment To preserve my attention span (Score 1) 147

A good night's sleep, frequent breaks, and rest periods. Whenever I switch to a new task, I methodically clean up after the last one - close terminals, browser tabs, diagnostic programs, everything. Sometimes interruptions are avoidable, and I have to open a ticket for something, but I make the quickest note possible so I can get back to my task right away.

Comment Re:" close workers came to averting...." (Score 1) 259

> Isn't this the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl?

Yes. As the submitter said.

> Should the summary read a bit more like 'averting a worse nuclear disaster than Chernobyl'?

No. Basically, all their efforts failed, so it was as bad as it could have been. And it was still much less severe than Chernobyl.

Comment Luddite 100% (Score 1) 539

I was going to be irritated by the one-sidedness of the summary, but after reading the article, it's apparent that the submitter is spot on. Blount's rant is one of the most ignorant tirades I've ever read, and the "Luddite" title fits him like a glove. He wants job protection for no other reason than some jobs are threatened:

- There is no copyright violation
- There is no patent violation
- There is no contractual violation
- There is no theft

There is basically no violation of the law or any ethical guideline.

To enact his suggestion would prevent a large number of people from benefiting from this technology. He would make readers into leeches at the expense of the public. He is an embarrassment.

Comment Surveying is not the best method (Score 4, Insightful) 219

An extensive survey of the two groups showed that the exclusion of violence didn't diminish players' enjoyment of the game.

I hope they did more then just ask them how much they enjoyed themselves. People can be unreliable when asked such questions, for any number of reasons, such as not wanting to appear like bloodthirsty savages when questioned by authority figures.


30th Anniversary of the (No Good) Spreadsheet 407

theodp writes "PC Magazine's John C. Dvorak offers his curmudgeonly take on the 30th anniversary of the spreadsheet, which Dvorak blames for elevating once lowly bean counters to the executive suite and enabling them to make some truly horrible decisions. But even if you believe that VisiCalc was the root-of-all-evil, as Dvorak claims, your geek side still has to admire it for the programming tour-de-force that it was, implemented in 32KB memory using the look-Ma-no-multiply-or-divide instruction set of the 1MHz 8-bit 6502 processor that powered the Apple II." On the brighter side, one of my favorite things about Visicalc is the widely repeated story that it was snuck into businesses on Apple machines bought under the guise of word processors, but covertly used for accounting instead.
Data Storage

Real-World Benchmarks of Ext4 249

Ashmash writes "Phoronix has put out a fresh series of benchmarks that show the real world performance of the Ext4 file-system. They ran 19 tests on Fedora 10 with changing out their primary partition to test Ext3, Ext4, Xfs, and ReiserFS. The Linux 2.6.27 kernel was used with the latest file-system support. In the disk benchmarks like Bonnie++ Ext4 was a clear winner but with the real world tests the results were much tighter and Xfs also possessed many wins. They conclude though that Ext4 is a nice upgrade over Ext3 due to the new features and just not improved performance in a few areas, but its lifespan may be short with btrfs coming soon."

Comment Re:Go install fail2ban (Score 5, Informative) 167

Please read more of the article before posting. The activity being described is a brute-force SSH login attack that is distributed across a botnet.

(Yes, the title of the article is misleading, as botnets are by definition distributed; the interesting bit is that SSH brute-force attacks against a specific host don't seem to have been distributed before.)

Here's the relevant bit:

See for example the attempts to log on as the alias user, 14 attempts are made from 13 different hosts, with only trying more than once. Then thirteen attempts are made for the amanda user, from 13 other hosts.

fail2ban is not effective against this.

Comment Washington-speak (Score 2, Insightful) 1486

I dunno, this seems like double-talk to me:

Obama and Biden will fight for a trade policy that opens up foreign markets to support good American jobs. They will use trade agreements to spread good labor and environmental standards around the world...

The first sentence is contradicted by the second. When you insist on extra conditions as prerequisites to trade agreements, such as good labor and environmental standards, you necessarily increase the cost of trade to whomever you're negotiating with. Thus, the likelihood of trade is decreased. Decreasing trade is the opposite of opening up foreign markets.

This is independent of the question of whether insisting on labor and environmental standards is good.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison