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Comment: Question (Score 1) 353

by einer (#27345667) Attached to: Want a PC With 192 GB of RAM?

Could you put together a device that ZFS'd up a buttload of old ram chips? The cost of ram doesn't seem to have much to do with how much ram storage is available on earth as much as it's speed and utility in today's hardware. Could you build a device that was essentially a huge ram bus for old chips addressable over ... I dunno a pcix or agp bus? Agp might not be good, but something that had big i/o in both directions. Someone please do this. I have tons of old ram sticks that I paid waaaaaay too much for back in the day, and I'd like to be able to claim that they weren't a waste of money. :)

Comment: Re:humanity makes no sense. (Score 1) 260

by einer (#26903679) Attached to: Facebook Reverts ToS Change After User Uproar

If I could hurt the banks by doing something as simple as closing a facebook account I would. Closing a bank account just means I have to open another one somewhere else. Also, me closing my account hurts banks a LOT less than me deleting my profile hurts facebook, especially since I'm subsidizing banks when I pay taxes whether I have an account or not.

Comment: Not an easy calculation (Score 2, Informative) 242

by einer (#26482633) Attached to: 1 In 3 Windows PCs Still Vulnerable To Worm Attack

How much downtime is caused (money is lost) by patches that break things versus how much money is lost when machines get hacked? This isn't a windows only issue. I've seen Debian security releases break things too. They're a bit easier to rollback, but the problem is fundamentally an ROI or EV problem, not a technical one.

Comment: Re:potential of Air ? (Score 1) 231

by einer (#26167553) Attached to: iPlayer Released for Mac, Linux; Adobe Announces AIR for Linux

JavaFX (Applets 2.0) has awesome potential, but they pretty much said "screw you" to Linux which means I won't be early adopting it and neither will any of my co-workers. That said, they're already so far behind on install base that all Flash needs to nip this in the bud is release a browser independent runtime and a nicer web service binding api and there will be no practical reason not to choose it. I would like to see someone write a browser in Flash for some reason. So you could browse while you browse.


+ - Prepare for "reduced functionality mode"

Submitted by einer
einer (459199) writes "All of the Windows Genuine Advantage servers are down, and may not be up for a while. For Vista users, this apparently means no DirectX.

From the Microsoft Forums:

After several email excahnges with Microsoft on validation problems, I just received this:
Thank you for your response.

I'm sorry to inform you that the Windows Genuine server might be down for few days. I have escalate the issue to our Genuine team, kindly try to validate again on Tuesday 28 Aug 2007.

Thank you for contacting Microsoft Technical Support."

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.