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Comment: Re:"old sata drives"? (Score 1) 68

by mlts (#49514929) Attached to: New PCIe SSDs Load Games, Apps As Fast As Old SATA Drives

I'm not sure why this is news. Sticking any device on the PCIe bus is going to allow for a lot more speed than using the SATA bus, and because SSDs are not limited by any mechanical mechanism, many layers of RAID 0 striping can be used to keep increasing performance.

Where I see this a big help personally is virtualization [1]. Even a SSD that is stuffed into an enclosure and is run over USB 3, because VMs do a lot of random I/O, performance is distinctively better than HDDs.

[1]: With all the Web based compromises lying in wait, it is wise to run VMs and separate tasks. Plus, with App-V, Unity, and other methods, it doesn't take much from usability.


Swift Tops List of Most-Loved Languages and Tech 100

Posted by samzenpus
from the apple-of-you-eye dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes Perhaps developers are increasingly overjoyed at the prospect of building iOS apps with a language other than Objective-C, which Apple has positioned Swift to replace; whatever the reason, Swift topped Stack Overflow's recent survey of the "Most Loved" languages and technologies (cited by 77.6 percent of the 26,086 respondents), followed by C++11 (75.6 percent), Rust (73.8 percent), Go (72.5 percent), and Clojure (71 percent). The "Most Dreaded" languages and technologies included Salesforce (73.2 percent), Visual Basic (72 percent), WordPress (68.2 percent), MATLAB (65.6 percent), and SharePoint (62.8 percent). Those results were mirrored somewhat in recent list from RedMonk, a tech-industry analyst firm, which ranked Swift 22nd in popularity among programming languages (based on data drawn from GitHub and Stack Overflow) but climbing noticeably quickly.

Comment: Re:Unless (Score 1) 295

Oh fucking hell. It's like you people have no idea who the man was. He was Propaganda Minister, a member of Hitler's inner circle, and most certainly made decisions in his own capacity that lead to the murder of Jews. For instance, when the decision to go ahead with the Final Solution had been made, Goebbels was keen that Berlin Jews be the first to be sent to the camps.

If that is the logic to apply, then none of the senior Nazis were guilty of anything. So far as I know, Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, Goering, all the big guys on top, never killed anyone themselves. I doubt Hitler ever directly took another life after WWI.

If nothing else, Goebbels, like his fellow senior members of the Nazi government, were guilty of conspiracy to commit genocide. But even Goebbels, mere marketing guru, had considerably more influence over Nazi racial policy than being a loudspeaker, which all of you morons would know if any of you knew a fucking thing about the Nazi leadership.

Comment: Re:Here's a better idea (Score 3, Informative) 567

If Washington State is anything like British Columbia (and considering they're right next door to each other, and Washington is south of the 49th), there are looming water problems; an extremely low snow pack which will likely mean water restrictions in some areas. Yes, it's rains a lot in the region, but the way that rain is "captured" is through snowfall.


Comcast and TWC Will Negotiate With Officials To Save Their Merger 85

Posted by samzenpus
from the lets-talk-about-this dept.
An anonymous reader writes with news about Comcast and Time Warner Cable's attempt to keep their proposed merger alive. "Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are slated to sit down for the first time on Wednesday with Justice Department officials to discuss potential remedies in hopes of keeping their $45.2 billion merger on track, according to people familiar with the matter. The parties haven't met face-to-face to hash out possible concessions in the more than 14 months since the deal was announced. Staffers at both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission remain concerned a combined company would wield too much power in the broadband Internet market and give it unfair competitive leverage against TV channel owners and new market entrants that offer video programming online, said people with knowledge of the review."
United Kingdom

Assange Talk Spurs UK Judges To Boycott Legal Conference 160

Posted by timothy
from the didn't-get-a-harrumph-outta-that-guy dept.
An anonymous reader writes The Commonwealth Law Conference in Glasgow was subjected to walk outs and boycott once it became known that Julian Assange was to appear by video link from the Ecuadorian embassy to give a talk at the conference. The Guardian reports that, "Judges from Scotland, England and Wales and the UK supreme court had agreed to speak at or chair other sessions but withdrew – in some cases after arriving at the conference centre– when they found out about Assange's appearance. Among those to boycott the conference were the most senior judge in Scotland, Lord Gill, and two judges on the supreme court, Lord Neuberger and Lord Hodge. A spokesperson for the Judicial Office for Scotland said: "The conference programme was changed to include Mr Assange's participation at short notice and without consultation. Mr Assange is, as a matter of law, currently a fugitive from justice, and it would therefore not be appropriate for judges to be addressed by him. "Under these circumstances, the lord president, Lord Gill, and the other Scottish judicial officeholders in attendance have withdrawn from the conference." A spokesman for the UK supreme court added: "Lord Neuberger and Lord Hodge share the concerns expressed by Lord Gill and his fellow senior Scottish judges ... "As a result of this unfortunate development, they trust that delegates will understand their decision to withdraw from the conference. ..." A spokesman for judiciary of England and Wales said: "The lord chief justice shares the concerns expressed by Lord Gill and Lord Neuberger ... He agreed with the position taken by both, and the judges of England and Wales also withdrew from the conference. ...""

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 533

Which leads to an obvious question: Isn't the U.S. capable of producing its own anesthetics? At least the ones used for executions which should no longer be covered by patents?

Sure they could, but there's basically no market for it.

The established European companies have the legitimate-medical-uses market sown up, so that just leaves the killing-people market, which is really damn small, so they'd never even make back their investment, much less make a profit on it.

It would be possible to whomp up a government-owned corporation or government division to do it and not care about the cost, but the free market mania that the Republicans running the states that still do executions subscribe to probably wouldn't allow that or even have it occur to them.

Comment: great, chrome becomes even more annoying (Score 3, Interesting) 69

by X0563511 (#49506523) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites

For a good long while it's been annoying when dealing with mangled SSL configurations - at least firefox let's you tweak stuff in about:config to work around them.

No, getting the site fixed is not always an option, and validation of the certificate is not always necessary. For instance, there was a good long while where Chrome was completely unusable with some of our ZFS storage appliances (which live on a nonrouted private management network) because of retarded cert validation changes. Sure, that makes sense when you are visiting your bank's site... but not so much when you're trying to get into something on when you're directly connected to the thing with a crossover cable... and no, updating the software in the controller wasn't an option because of outstanding critical-level bugs.

Fun times.

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