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Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 451 451

Mmm good thinking but you're assuming the swap partition is on the same drive as the system.
While this is assumption is right most of the time, so is it that the system partitions (/, /usr, ...), from which you'll be fetching that "new memory hungry application", also lie at the start of the drive.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 451 451

I don't think that there's any evidence that the linux swapfile performs better - and in any case why would it being unfragmented be an advantage? Memory access is random, and so swapfile access is random, and so why does having it non-contiguous cause an issue?

That's exactly why you want a swap partition at the start of the drive where seek time is as low as possible.
You don't want a bad situation (swapping) to become even worse (swapping and seeking all around the drive).

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 451 451

Fucknose why anyone would actually want that though.

I believe it was Alan Cox that uses a high swappiness (99) to keep interactive programs always fed with real memory.
The idea is that the programs with low cputime (deamons, ...) gets paged out before the interactive programs.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 451 451

That's not true, they are not eliminated. There is plenty of crappy kernel mode software out there (drivers, filesystem filters).
And the following (mostly hardware) problems also often cause BSOD's:
- Overheating GPU's.
- Broken stick of RAM, often due to dusty working environment, overheating
or abuse.
- Bad Hard drive causing corrupt system files.
- ACPI Power issues (hibernate,suspend,...).

Now most of these problems do crash all systems.
But personally I find the kernel panic and short stack trace on the console a lot more helpful
than the BSOD (not counting the MEMORY.DMP or Minidump files since these need windbg).

Comment: Re:This is a GODDAMN DISASTER! (Score 2) 178 178

Are the ways to abuse the system worse than the things the system is supposed to protect you against? I don't know. But it's a valid question - one that is likely to have different answers at different times and places. The answer may vary for different people too. For that reasons, bitcoin is a good thing. Whether the wild west mentality is better is one thing, but having the option of the wild west mentality can't really be bad.

What about spending ridiculous amounts of electricity to print your own money (mining) ?

Comment: Re:Nobody cares about VR (Score 1) 144 144

Who wouldn't want to be able to carry around their own movie screen?

Hello ? Smartphone, tablet, laptop, portable DVD players, ...
I don't like wearing glasses. But what I really don't like is wearing bulky glasses. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this sentiment.

History is full of people saying things will fail that are now commonplace. How many people said the iPod or iPad would be a flop? People said the same about the GUI, homeless carriage, and any number of things.

And the line of vaporware wraps a few times around the earth.

Comment: Re:Nobody cares about VR (Score 1) 144 144

VR combined with an automated (and reliable, working with a good percentage of the population) induction of an alternate mental state will lead to gaming that matches the reality levels of a lucid dream.

I think that's still pretty far in the future. We don't really understand the brain enough to do that.
And even if we did there are legal, health and general safety issues that need to be explored beforehand.

Comment: Re:Responses (Score 1) 244 244

I don't really think it's all about competence. If you enforce the use of "complicated tools" (GPG)
you'll be perceived as working against the company. And your job could be on the chopping block next quarter.
Also while I think password hashing and salting should be mandatory I've received numerous calls from higher-ups wanting to know their "forgotten passwords".
So even that can that can be seen as you working against the bosses :(.

Comment: Re:Return, Reload, Repeat as necessary. (Score 1) 834 834

Presumably when you are very far away and invisible to the enemy, you fly back to where ever you came from, reload, and repeat until the enemy has no planes left. I think this is generally the idea behind the whole F-35 concept.

Yeah, but once radar tech catches up you lose that tactic.

The computing field is always in need of new cliches. -- Alan Perlis