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Comment: Re:$23k isn't crap to an oracle shop... (Score 1) 91

by gnupun (#47551503) Attached to: Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

$23k/core pricing is stupid greedy. Cores are not getting much faster and therefore chip companies are adding more cores to increase performance. Oracle DB pricing should be constant per socket regardless of the number of cores and whether the CPU is implemented as a multichip module or single chip.

For a AMD/Intel multi-core Linux boxes
it can be a single quad-core CPU box (4x0.5=2 sockets -- but, paying twice the processor license - because it is now 2 sockets) or
it can be a 2 dual-core CPU (2X2x0.5=2 sockets -- but, paying twice the processor license) or
it can be a single dual-core CPU box (2x0.5=1 -- paying only a single processor license)

Comment: Re:Rely on Reputation? (Score 1) 275

Believe what you want, but all games that used to run smoothly a year or so ago (under an older iOS version), now stutter, pause and don't animate smoothly. My performance has even dropped by half in some of these games after "updates" to the games. Note that no new major functionality has been added to the games to warrant the slowdown -- updates are usually minor features and bug fixes. So the cause cause of the slowdown is probably:

(a) OS update
(b) new Apple SDKs used by different versions of the games
(c) algorithm changes in the game itself
(d) combination of the above

Comment: Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (Score 1) 393

This doesn't change the fact that the customer paid for 75Mbps and got... a lot less.

Maybe there's a conflict of interest... Netflix's movie streaming service competes with Verizon cable tv, so the latter is trying to reduce quality of service of Netflix so customers switch. Maybe ISPs should not be allowed to run cable tv/satellite tv services... they should branch off cable/satellite to a different company.

Comment: Re:Spyware companies will love it (Score 1) 171

by gnupun (#47513483) Attached to: Firefox 31 Released

Read again what I wrote: Don't let scripts read back the canvas content.

Isn't reading the canvas important to doing image manipulation operations? So disabling that might cause some problems... in the future. But for now, you're right, we need a check box in preferences to "prevent scripts from reading Canvas contents," or just hard code the disabling.

Another feature that needs to be removed is access to all locally installed fonts except for a minimal set of default fonts. With web fonts this is hardly a limitation, but access to local fonts enables a very effective fingerprinting technique.

Not a good idea. What if the user selected this non-web font or javascript selected this non-web font because it looks good for this page?

Comment: Re:It is like... (Score 1) 474

by gnupun (#47498557) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

LOL about Tuesday. There are more cigarette smokers than marijuana smokers because cigarettes are legal. The cost of cigarettes is low because it's legal and the market is relatively large. Plus there's no risk of legal troubles for smoking cigarettes.

Now that drugs are going to share the same characteristics as cigarettes, it stands to reason that people who enjoy being intoxicated (i.e. former cigarette smokers/alcohol consumers) are likely to experiment with drugs since the price will be low and the access easy.

Comment: Re:It is like... (Score 1) 474

by gnupun (#47493499) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

They'd have to produce 1000 times more stuff for the same profit.

No, you're way too high. The price will at best drop to a 1/3rd or 1/5th of the current rate which means profits rise at least 200 x current profit. Expect a lot of college dropouts and flunkouts as students high on weed can't pass exams.

Comment: Re:Obviously... (Score 1) 435

by gnupun (#47472921) Attached to: FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

you made a real jump from tracking to remote control,

Did I? A human operated car requires thousands of inputs/commands to go to a destination whereas a driverless car requires only one/few commands. What's to prevent car manufacturers from adding a such a facility on behalf of the govt.?

Lets put it another way: lojack works fairly well and is on a number of computers. But can it be subverted? Are systems with lojack installed and enabled still stolen and sold for money?

Let me put it this way: if I scatter code inside the kernel of an operating system, will you be able to remove it without access to even the binary (let alone the source)? You can't easily disable something that's hardwired into the software. Those lojacks are not essential for the operation of the car and can therefore be removed without problem.

Extracting the operating system of the car, reverse engineering it, then removing the code you don't want is not as easy. And even if you succeed in removing the tracking code, you won't be able to service the car as the service center employees will detect you have tampered with it.

Comment: Re:Subscription Everything (Score 1) 87

by gnupun (#47469447) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

So for better or worse, everything is going to turn into a subscription service. You'll subscribe to read books, listen to music, stream movies, etc.

The 10 year cost for this subscription is $1,200, which is damn cheap, equivalent to 20 or 50 books. Most bookworms read way more than 50 books in 10 years. So you have to wonder, after amazon takes its cut from the subscription fees, how much will the authors/publishers get? They're gonna get shafted.

Two can Live as Cheaply as One for Half as Long. -- Howard Kandel