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Comment Re:Isn't Flash extinct? (Score 0) 199

The one reason that flash does not run on the iPhone is that a man with a black collar did not want all kind of flash games on his phone, he wanted to sell those games native from the app-store, and take a percentage on that.

But since flash is no longer a 99% cross platform solution people tend to look for solutions that are more cross platform.

(beside that, linux and android run old version that i doubt about security..)

Comment Re:Let's not forget Mercurial (Score 1) 203

It might be a good product, but don't forget one of the strengths of git is that a lot of people are familiar with it and its uses.

Other product might be good, but the learning curve might make it that people choose familiar over best tool for the job.

-- if you have hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Comment Re:Good. +1 for Google. (Score 1) 176

There are some mistakes.
" CAs used to be meticulous about who they signed certs for.". what you say may be misunderstood., what signing is used for in most of the times. They sign that you are who you say you are. Not about who. you can get crooksincorperated.com, or mikerowsoft.com signed very simple if you own the corresponding domain. Even if it is signed you might not be able to find the owner of that site. The certificate only proves the data is not modified.

What went wrong here is that MCS got the certificate to create more certificates, and MCS did not protect that cert very well. You know what happened in egypt with internet? It got monitored to be very simple. Maybe with help of the MCS proxy device.

Comment Re:Predictable failure. (Score 1) 258

You are referring to loosing a sector on the platter. That is exactly what the study assumes. loose a sector (detect that and do somtething with that ) or loose the disk.(have But there might be much more failure modes.
-power fluctuation.
-memory problems
-Software problems. (Ever seen the SAN in a big compy having problems... yup, some configuration issue)
-driver/interfaceproblems.

Comment Predictable failure. (Score 1) 258

It also assumes a normal failure of drives. However modern drives do not always fail normal. They develop slow spots, timeouts from which they might recover.

Also the software to create the redundancy might fail, of it might fail if you do not update the firmware.

And I am not even talking about catastropic failure. When a drive overheats you might want to remove it from the datacenter.

Comment Re:Limitations (Score 1) 449

You are not wrong, but the point is that parralel system can scale the number of cpu's ftom 4 to 1000. However the same locking mechanisms used for 4 way parralelism are not useful in 1000 way parralelism. You need different techniques then. The linus rant is pointeda current programming techniquess that scale to 4-16 cores, but start to loose a lot of efficientcy at more cores.

By the way, some synamic pipeway already exists a long time. Think about hyperthreading. 2 threads share1 core. second thread is optional to keep the cpu busy when one thread could not. Also cache might be local to one or more cores. This is also a way of dynamic pipeline.

Comment Order it from china... 5 dollar (Score 2) 28

The lastest cardboard app (the 1.3) is broken for me(display drivers?), but the cardboard is for sale at 5 dollar in China (paypal recommended)

That is including cardboard,lenses,magnets, velcro and shipping.

I might not be at your doorstep before chrismas, but such a small amount is nice for 10 minutes of fun.

Comment Re:But what do you need? (Score 1) 147

Exactly

Big data is a different thing from datawarehousing.

In a big data scenario you have lots of data, that you process with a highly scalable solution.

In a databasehouse you collect data from different sources and transform them in several steps to a datamodel you can create reports from it in a simple way. .

And there is the other option you just have to process lots of records from a simular source (measuring data), where you carefully monitor and tune the processing of that data.

The question does not even make a difference between this. Most of the above options are not a single person job if you want it done in a reasonable timeframe(that is before business needs catch up).

The hardware depends on the size of the data. hardware sellers are happy to sell their high-end servers with a scaleable SAN, for a price you can buy a mid class car, or even a price that is not listed.But depending on your needs a simple dell server with a good backup facility under 1000$ might suffice.

no way to tell

PS, "services" might be a way to convince you that that the solution needs to run in the cloud (to complete the buzzworld cicle) or a way to sell consultancy hours.

Comment Re:And low-emission transport trucks, too (Score 1) 491

All you need are wordlwide emision regulations. Better qulaity fuel or eniges better tued to emisions might make a lot of difference. There currently is economic benefit to tune a ship for better emissions. Even putting it in a harbour for 2 weeks to tune the engine (don't know if technical possible) will set the owner back a lot of money. He will not do it just for emision.

You will not need large innovations. Clean emisions is already understood, and used in power plants. YOu just need motivations.

by the way, Carbon (CO2) exhaust: some idusties, heating, and electircy generation might win more.

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