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Comment: No one answer (Score 1) 170

by brausch (#48217123) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

On the servers I manage, the usage is fairly stable so we have alerting set at various levels for each file system. Some are set above 95% and others as low as 60%. I want to know when disk usage changes abnormally, no matter what the absolute level is.

Some disks are less important than others so they just send email alerts. The file systems that are critical send text messages since we're a 24x7 shop.

Comment: Re:MUMPS (Score 1) 729

It's even worse than you think! :-) White space is significant (reminds of makefiles and tabs vs spaces). The above source isn't quite right. There need to be TWO spaces after the Q:'X in the line beginning with a C.

Having said that, I love programming in this language (well, Intersystems Caché actually). The database and language are fully integrated with a very powerful standard library.

Comment: PHP on the command line (Score 1) 466

by brausch (#47241771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

You said: "as web apps using PHP"

How about just using PHP from the command line? It's dead simple and just extends all of the things you already know how to do: sed, grep, shell scripts and C. Just read from stdin and write to stdout and you have access to a lot of capability with very little new learning. You don't need web pages to write PHP. It can be used like any other scripting language (Perl, awk, etc.)

Comment: Re:1M lines? Really? (Score 1) 435

by brausch (#46880187) Attached to: C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

I think it could be true. I wrote over 200,000 lines of C in one three year burst in the early 90s. A multi-tier client server thing, everything from user interface to SCSI control code. It is running still in production 20 years later. So a million lines in a decade is at least feasible.

Comment: Re:Lower the river, obviously (Score 2) 168

by brausch (#46383049) Attached to: Damming News From Washington State

Point: there are quite a few Columbia River dams downstream of Wanapum, not just one. There is only one below Wanapum and above the free-flowing stretch of the Columbia, but that is only about 60 miles or so. Then there are a few hundred more miles of river with several more dams.

Point: there are many buried reactor cores at Hanford. Hanford is large though, over 500 square miles, and they are not subject to flooding even if the dam was gone.

Biggest concern at the moment is the potential fluctuations in the cost of electricity.

It's hard to think of you as the end result of millions of years of evolution.