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Comment: Re:complex application example (Score 1) 160

by Greyfox (#47494759) Attached to: Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads
Could you put multiple network cards on your scheduler machine, put the workers on different subnets and randomly dole out the jobs between those subnets? Seems like you'd be less likely to drop UDP packets that way, I'm pretty sure I ran across a utility (lsipc or something) that would list IPC resources, including shared memory. I seem to recall that the segments also show up in /proc somewhere. It's been a while since I've looked at it.

Not being able to ack important message packets seems like a design flaw.

Even though we have a LOT more hardware now than we did back in the day, you still can't BFI your way through a lot of the big data applications that companies are starting to try to get into. In the past, the company would just throw more hardware at a poorly designed application and that would "solve" the problem. I once saw a team throw 48 gigabytes of RAM at a leaky Java program, and schedule weekly restarts for the goddamn thing. But it's a lot easier to hit hard walls with big data, to the point where you absolutely can't throw more hardware at the problem.

Comment: Re:Your Results Will Vary (Score 2) 241

by Greyfox (#47486453) Attached to: Math, Programming, and Language Learning
I took nothing past Calculus either and up until two or three years ago never even used trigonometry in my professional programming. The last few years I've been writing satellite simulations, which has forced me to knock the rust off some of my old math skills. Most programmers can get away with very little math a lot of the time. A lot of very interesting programming involves a fair bit of math. That programming is generally being done by some guy with a Ph.D. in another field, and he's usually doing it in Fortran.

Comment: Promises... (Score 1) 64

by Greyfox (#47452265) Attached to: Coming Soon(ish) From LG: Transparent, Rollup Display
Scuttlebutt's there's a transparent roll-up display coming soon since, what? Around 2004? Maybe even a bit earlier. OLEDs were supposed to deliver them back in the day. And yet here we are 10 years later, still no transparent roll-up display. Doesn't seem like this should be as hard as a flying car, and yet they both share the same status. I'm sure this one will be different though...

Comment: Re:Let me guess (Score 1) 138

by Greyfox (#47452191) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park
I'm guessing. I stopped watching them last season. It really felt like they were just phoning it in, and have been since The Book of Mormon took off. At the same time, I think they (and I) probably had issues with Comedy Central's standards and practices. I'm guessing once it goes over to Hulu, the various characters will now be able to say "fuck." Knowing Matt and Trey, they're going to abuse the hell out of that in the first episode.

Comment: That's Fine (Score 5, Insightful) 110

If they want to go after a SEO company for not optimizing their search results, I don't see anything wrong with that. But has Seattle City Light considered just NOT SUCKING as a strategy to improve their reputation? Seems to me that analyzing the root cause of the problem ("Man, we REALLY suck!") and fixing it ("Hey, has anyone thought about maybe trying NOT sucking?") would be a good bit less expensive. Seems like only an idiot would say "Hey here's an idea! Let's pay 20 grand to some company and then we can keep sucking!" Of course, as a power company you kind of have a captive audience, so it seems like you could really suck all you want to as long as you don't capture the attention of various regulatory bodies in the process.

*shrug* I don't live in Seattle, so I don't know anything about it, but the internets say they suck pretty hard. I'm guessing their SEO company kind of sucks, too. Birds of a feather, eh?

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